Monday, August 15, 2016

Still Alive and Kicking

Hi everyone. It's been a busy summer. In May I had my best show ever, I was up about 75% over last year.  The weather was beautiful and it was the day before Mothers Day. I sold a ton of pots but before noon, my back started screaming  at me and if it were not for help from some wonderful friends I would still be there in the middle of the street.

July, the big event was Tina and I went to NY State to see our son and meet his partner Sarah and her two boys who recently joined our family. Our daughter Kate and her husband Lucas came up from Charlotte and we had a regular family reunion.We had a most excellent visit and were even close enough to Guy Wolfe to pop over for a visit. We also did some modest hiking, kayaking in a swamp, and spent a day at STORMKING sculpture park. The picture of Ben and is family is blurry because they never sit still and I kind of like it that way. The landscapes are the view from their home near Patterson, NY.

The end of the month found me at Plain Folk CafĂ© doing open mic.  Thanks to everyone who came out and my friend Ed for sending me the picture.

The most recent event of the summer was an Art Show in Yellow Springs Ohio. This is usually a very good show for me so I was looking forward to it. However, as the week went on, those idiots on TV were loudly predicting an 80% chance of storms. People stayed away in droves. There was some traffic the first hour and I made a few sales but they left early and the second shift never showed up. It was hot. It was humid. I hadn't felt well to start with and set up was exhausting. Then I noticed I forgot my phone/ Luckily I was able to use a friends phone to call Tina and she brought it up about 11 but I really didn't need it. The crowd was thinning and the one buyer who really needed it was long gone. We has a couple of spritzes of rain the about 3pm the sky opened up for a half hour. That was about the end of it. One of the volunteers came thru and said we could pack if we wanted and I started drying stuff off and slowly putting stuff away. It was still 7pm by the time I left and I only sold about a third of what I did last year. You roll the dice every time you go out and this too is part of the game.

If you have come this far with me, I am going to give you some tips on shelves and weights.
 Super light and stiff shelf unit Sets up with 2 carriage bolts w/ wingnuts

 The old light bulb still flickers ! After shimming the shelves, I use the eyes to stake the frame to the ground. Super solid and secure. These were great on grass.

 My current tent weights are large ammo boxes attached to the frame of the tent by the top of the legs with tie down straps cinched tight. Even in the big blow, nothing moved. They are easy to handle and pack too.