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Where does the time go?

This poor blog. So much has been going on this year that it has been sadly neglected. We did a mid-year check-in over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog not long ago, and while I’ve made some progress on the things I’d hoped to accomplish (see here and here), there are things I really want to do better. So here’s a quick update:

Journaling and Planning

I started the year with some planner printables I liked the look of, but I found the system hard to keep up with. It wasn’t intuitive and the binder I put together was huge. Then one of my blog partners over at AJE, Jen Cameron, told us about something called bullet journaling… and I fell in love with it. I’ve been using that method for the last two months, with much more success, and it satisfies my need for a place to jot and doodle.

Francesca Watson Bullet Journal

I also took the plunge and hired a part time studio assistant. She comes in to help me one day a week, and it has made an enormous (and very positive) difference in the business of what I do. She’s taking on a lot of the administrative side of things, and has helped me to talk through, evaluate and set short- and long-term goals. The accountability has been very beneficial, and truthfully… since I’m paying for the help, I’m more inclined to take that time seriously. It’s been a really good thing.

The Homestead

We closed on our new house last September and I promptly got pneumonia and was laid up for three weeks, leaving my poor husband to handle the bulk of the moving chores by himself. (We had a wonderful friend, Martha, who organized and held a garage sale for us – we could not have made the move without her!) So we didn’t really get to any of the big projects at the new house until after the first of the year, but we’re making progress.

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New fences going in – we’ve had a lot more rain since then!

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Touching up the pipe.

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I was fascinated by how much like wire wrapping this was, just on a larger scale.

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New gutters for the house.

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Chicken coop.

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Back 40 – we’ve been clearing some cedars, so we have a nice woodpile started.

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The garden before the pergola was finished….

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… and the pergola finished on Saturday (from my Instagram feed).

I finally ordered the dirt for the garden last week – it either hasn’t been dry enough for long enough here in Texas for the dirt piles to dry out at the local soil suppliers or rain has been predicted the day after a planned soil delivery. I am so excited about getting the garden in – I’ll be starting seedlings for the fall crop in the next couple of weeks.

And the chickens! They started out like this….

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

… and have turned into this:

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

When they were very little they required a fair amount of attention – but after the first couple of weeks it became a fairly simple and straight-forward routine. And they have been seriously entertaining.

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Mmmmm. Tomatoes!

Francesca Watson Life in the Country

Fluffy face!!

We probably won’t start getting eggs until September, but I already have friends in line ready to take the extras off our hands. In the meantime I’m looking forward to fresh custards and meringues and omelettes and frittatas. Yum!

Roadhouse and learning

I have a full teaching schedule between now and the end of the year, including three classes at BeadFest Philadelphia. I haven’t yet been able to take a drawing class, which was on my wishlist for this year, but I am taking one of the six week painting workshops we’re offering at Roadhouse this summer. The metals retreat in March with Connie Fox and Melissa Muir was an inspirational time – it deeply impacted how I work and how I think about my work And I have indulged in some time to work on my art photography – I’m hoping to have some prints for sale in the Roadhouse gallery soon.

Francesca Watson Art Print

So we’ve been busy, and most of it has been really good. I really miss writing, though, so while I won’t make any promises, I’m adding more or less regular blog posting to my goals for the second half of this year. How are things with you?

Until next time!

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