My last day of summer work went perfectly. I walked Balt and went in early to get to cleaning. At 9am, I started finishing up grades that were due posted by 10am. I had one student in working, and two others not show up. I texted Jessi and Monika that if they got up and went through all the clothing in the basement I would take them out to lunch anywhere, their choice. As I was finishing up, Jessi texted me they were ready for lunch. So was I. I had gotten nearly everything put away and the gallery was nearly complete. I have room for maybe two or three more works that will need to be framed once I get back from California. Josh popped in to see me in the gallery and shared his delight in my varied media and style. It was nice to hear the compliments. I'm going out on a limb with this show and having my friends support is meaningful. Jessi saw the show yesterday and seemed genuinely interested. She snapped photos of my work which I think is good.
I came home to find the girls had indeed done good work. Three bags of clothing ready for donation were waiting for me in the garage. Jessi informed that she reached into a bin of socks but felt something damp and saw fly emerge and decided not to risk investigation. She was sure something dead was in there. I dumped the bin of socks onto the grass in the sunshine and started to kick around the pile. A brown sock seemed to leap onto my foot and I whelped in fear! Monika came to the rescue with a broom stick. We poked and spread the socks about only to find molding wet socks. Somehow the socks got wet and they stank like rotten earth. I left them out in the sun all day and then Jessi and I sorted them after the sun set. Balt enjoyed sitting near them (it must smell differently to him) but luckily chose not lie ON them. Most are being tossed out.
The girls are out at a free concert this evening downtown, so I'm home alone with a quiet house. It feels good to be finally on vacation. School will start all too soon but I have 3 full weeks, not quite a month to unwind, explore and recharge. A road trip should be just what I need.