I have been away from the computer except for dribs and drabs here and there because I’m in the process of eating an elephant. If you are often overwhelmed, as I am, by all the projects that go along with owning a home you know of what I speak. Usually I see them all before me like a very large, tough hided, did I mention enormous, big eared, long trunked elephant. But as my wise husband pointed out, you go about eating an elephant one bite at a time. Occasionally he can be wise, but more often what comes out of his mouth are the lyrics to any and every song from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. I guess his brain file can’t handle anything from the 2000’s. The kids and I sometimes play a game where we blurt out a word and he flips through his brain file and starts singing a song with that word. Okey, dokey I digress. I was talking about the elephant. Anyway, the bites I’m digesting right now are keeping the gardens weeded and dooming Japanese beetles to soapy water drownings, and painting and purging unnecessary clutter around the house. Large item clutter-and boy does it feel good! Would anyone like an antique clawfoot bathtub, a couch and chair with ratty soiled upholstery, a wedding dress? The good news in all of this elephant eating is that when I finish I will get this space as my …….my……..my………I can’t bring myself to use this word……….studio! The bad news is there is no air conditioning or heat out there, and it is full of spiders. But the space, the light, and the fact that I can trick it out exactly the way I want it (within budgetary constraints of course – this is the other most frequent thing out of my husband’s mouth) is dreamy. I know I’m completely flippin spoiled. And tomorrow I’m taking a day off from eating elephant and checking in with all of you!