This year has presented Husband and I with more projects, household demands, & visitors (Yay!) than any year previously.
A mere couple of weeks after arriving in April Husband and I were delighted to welcome a dear friend back to The Den. Friend has been coming down for many years, and he is always an absolute dear. This year Friend decided to introduce his nephew to this tiny jewel of an island, and we were blessed with two avid fishermen. A definite boon for me since I can't get enough fish! More importantly, we were able to treat an overworked, stressed out soul to a laid back, rejuvenating week in Paradise. I'd like to think he learned how to chill a little bit while he was here.
My own Paradise came not long after their visit in the form of a new range for the kitchen, AND a new washing machine. Hooray! My old range had been installed in the house before Hubby bought it, same with the washer. When using the oven, I've had to brace a broom against the door to keep it shut all the way, and only one burner on top worked. It the last few weeks before the new arrival, even that burner began to fade away. The washer was in no better shape when we pulled the old one out. We discovered a very large land crab that had wedged itself into the bottom of the washer and been unable to escape. (Hmm...that explains that smell we endured for several weeks.) Aside from serving as a wildlife graveyard, the contraption that is supposed to clean our clothes had decided to start depositing bits and pieces of itself along with rust stains onto our lightest apparel. As loyal and hardworking as it had been, it was time to lay it to rest. The new stove and washer, Wonder of Wonders, function perfectly. Let me tell you, that has been an absolute luxury!
There has been no shortage of painting projects this summer either. I received a commission for a "whole set" of wine glasses with an "Exuma Theme". Sea Creatures actually found locally with text that says "Exuma, Bahamas". Hooray! My favorite things to paint: Sea Creatures! I was running low on stock, so I could only do a partial set, but I did what I could with what I had. Below you will find pictures of the Exuma glasses. Although things fell through with the original client, I had two (separate) other clients asking to buy them, so they will soon be on their way to the U.S.
Brightest Blessings to you all!