It has been a stunningly unproductive week down here at the studio. I was blindsided by the flu and spent 48 hours in bed last weekend. Makes me grateful for my usual good health. (And so much for the flu shot, by the way!!) By the end of the week I was in fair enough shape to start my residency at Woodriver Elementary and we will be starting to make our mosaic panels next Tuesday.
To add to the January joy we are back in the deep freeze again. I feel for the teachers and students at Woodriver. With the cold and terrible air quality in the neighborhood around the school the kids are stuck indoors for recess. Not good for anybody. The considerate and forward-thinking folks in Fairbanks have successfully fought any local attempts to regulate or monitor how and what people burn to heat their homes. Better to keep big government out and keep kids sick. . . .
The temperature rose briefly in the early part of the day today and my goal was to get all the dogs out skijoring – between my flu and the cold they have barely run all week. Last night Pete was parked under the rack of lines and harnesses looking at them with great longing. I feel very guilty when we don’t get out as running is what these guys live for. (Well, that and the couch.) I managed to get everyone exercised before the thermometer dropped back into the -30’s.
Now the wood stove is cranking, the dogs are sleeping, and I am getting caught up. Here’s to a better week ahead!