Monday, December 2, 2013
Gearing Up to Tow My New Toad
I'll be leaving Truth or Consequences within the next week or so. I'm not picking the date of departure yet. I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff done by the end of the week, and then I can leave whichever day I feel ready to go.
On Thursday, I'll take down my solo art show that I talked about in my last blog post, and my friend Janice and I will be hanging a group show in its place. It's an annual Postcard Show. All of the pieces are 4 x 6 inches, but they can be any media. It will be interesting to see what people contribute. The prices will be moderate (nothing over $50) and the Happy Belly Deli takes a reasonable commission. So we're all hoping that there will be some impulse holiday gift purchases made, and that all of the artists will make some money.
I'm punctuating this blog entry with my own postcards, which are acrylic on canvas board.
I don't need to stick around to take this show down--Janice will do that in January. I also left about 10 of my own paintings at Grapes Gallery to be shown for the next couple of months.
The biggest news for me in the past couple of weeks is that I bought a toad! This was not something I was planning to do immediately. I had a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan that I'd been keeping here in Truth or Consequences as my getting around vehicle, and I wanted to get it sold before I leave for Why, Arizona, for the winter. But I did not expect to replace it so quickly with a smaller vehicle that I could tow behind the Beluga. I figured on buying a toad in Arizona sometime over the winter.
But, lucky me! I saw a nice 1992 Geo Tracker parked on a nearby street with a "for sale" sign on it, and I managed to get the van sold quickly to a friend. So now when I leave for Arizona, I'll be driving this big honking Class A motorhome that I'm not yet altogether comfortable driving yet, while towing a car, which I've never done before. Oh, boy!
The Tracker already had a base plate, and my friend Brian gave me a tow bar which I'm having installed tomorrow morning. I also went to buy a hitch for the back of the motorhome today. I've met a nice mechanic here in TorC, Travis from Pit Stop on Date Street, who has been super to work with on several things lately. (That's a recommendation to anyone who needs work done while in this area!)
I had a very nice Thanksgiving with friends, and I'm relishing my last few visits to coffee shops, thrift stores, book shops, etc., here in Truth or Consequences.
That's all the news from me for now. After staying in one place for nearly half a year, I'm pretty busy stowing things away and wrapping up business here.