The long days of summer are whizzing past. We are blessed with a beautiful season this year. Soft warm days, cool nights and dramatic thunderstorms have made July a joyful month. Mother Nature seems quite happy in our secluded corner of the world. Miles of bright yellow sunflowers, golden fields of ripe wheat, and freshly cut hay, raked into long undulating rows, form an extraordinary patchwork of beauty. Our small garden is overflowing with vegetables and flowers, bees and ladybugs. In June I planted 4 tiny plants that were labeled Butternut Squash, but now the vines are taking over the entire garden. The squash are dark green and we are estimating their weight to be over ten pounds each already. I hope they are edible. I'm impatient to know just how much they will weigh by autumn. We don't use any poisonous products. I pray for the day that all dangerous pesticides disappear from the world.
Bella is growing into a bright but mischievous friend, terrorizing our cats and sheep. She has redecorated the living room in Early Puppy Style. The sofa is covered in a hand-woven antique sheet, artistically paw printed in a rust colored mud motif. The rugs and accessories have disappeared, to be replaced with partially chewed shoes, socks, toys and plastic bottles, completing the trendy casual look. However, with only a few minutes a day of practice, she is walking nicely on a leash, although it is often difficult to know who is walking whom. She sits, lies down and shakes hands when asked if she's positive a treat is forthcoming. Today was her first picnic and swim in the lake.
Scott Ecelberger has finished the stained glass window for the back of Tòti and it is a work of art. The colors are perfect. I love the turtle he has created for the centerpiece of the window. It is standing tall with head held high. It looks ready to stride out into the world. My daughter, Dana, will be hand carrying it from the states in September. The day we place it in Tòti's back wall will be the day that Tòti's heart begins to beat. Thank you Scott!!
I have been driving off each morning to work, repairing and painting windows for a friend. Meanwhile Mark has been building the framework for Tòti's walls. The two side walls are framed and held temporarily in place on the chassis. He is now working on the back wall. Last weekend we worked together mixing epoxy and gluing all the pieces together. Each side wall frame weighs only 11 kilos. So far we are pleased with the Paulonia wood, and the Entropy Resin is easy to work with. We are assembling everything in a garage with the doors open and I am not aware of any epoxy odor.