Life has been very crazy in mostly good ways, but it has really put a hitch in my blog and cooking time! I just returned from a trip to Tucson where nearly every moment was spent working through a massive task list.
I arrived on a Saturday evening, went to the Sunday Market, wrote about that, and then BLAM!
Ten days gone!!
I wish I could tell you about the great meals I produced and all the must visit food sites, but I was there to help with a project, so it was work all day and fall down tired every night. However, I can say that the Lamb Saag at Flavor of India was so good I had it twice.
I managed to drag a record amount of rain to the desert with me. The precipitation almost messed up that big football thing going on in Arizona.
After that, it was stunning vistas filled with sunshine from horizon to horizon.
It is no small thing to transform a tile and flooring showroom from crowded and disorganized into an inviting jewel box, but we did it! Tile, by nature, is heavy, fragile, and cumbersome, so this was not work for the lazy or feint of heart. On paper, the job looked insurmountable, but after a few days, we started seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
I tackled this project with Serena. You probably know how I feel about that! The synergy of working in tandem with the only other person that could possibly outwork me never ever gets old! We growled, we shoved, we bickered, we laughed, we danced, we bashed and banged our tender digits, and every night we surveyed the progress and could not wait to tackle more the next day! Less talk, more action, and the job was finally finished. Surveying a completed project is so satisfying when the space looks beautiful and inviting. The best part is the grin at the end.
One of the things I treasure most when working with Serena is her organizational skill. She has a gift for making the small parts and pieces fit and work efficiently. Economy of motion is such a beautiful thing, but more important is how she inspires me with her neatness and organization. I think everyone should have that kind of person around nudging you to be more than you are.
I’m back in my own nest and a pot of soup is on the stove. My cat has almost forgiven me for being gone. She had a wonderful person staying here to tend to her every whim and need, but apparently she will need to yell at me for several more days.
Home Sweet Home.