|Does this qualify as mud-luscious?|
The first day of spring is a fine time for spring cleaning. Yesterday I met up with a local pastor with a knack for organizing, and the two of us turned a storage room inside out, filling trash bags, consolidating containers, and taking armloads of miscellany to more sensible locations.
"You like organizing things," she remarked.
"I like organizing other people's things," I clarified. "Not my own."
That's good enough to get me through this project. Any retreat center will accumulate clutter, but a rural artists' community like the Grünewald Guild generates it at an alarming rate. There are closets and cupboards and basements full of all kinds of art supplies. Some of them look deceptively like trash: broken glass, scraps of colored paper, half-empty paint tubes. Meanwhile, abandoned creations lurk around every corner, pots and weavings and sculptures left behind by the generous or the forgetful. That's why I needed the pastor: because she knew which things weren't trash. (In one area of the community, anyway. Other areas will require input from other experts.)
|These are important supplies for dyeing fabric. Not trash.|
I don't like organizing my own things because it seems like every object is a reminder of something I failed to finish or follow up on. But other people's things, or communal things, are free of that kind of baggage, and there's an exploratory aspect to it that draws me in: What's in this vintage cookie tin? What's under that pile of fabric? How far back do the yogurt tubs go? So that's where all the hammers went!
|The screened porch is where a lot of things went... but not the hammers.|
It was with a similar sense of exploration that I signed on to Facebook earlier this week for the first time, ever. I'd been ignoring friends' pleas and demands to join for many years. I was already satisfied with my internet experience. What did I need Facebook for? Well, I found some reasons.
|Springtime on the Wenatchee River ain't all bad.|
Besides, the more people who are expecting a book, the more motivation I have to work on it, right? I'll need that motivation even more now that I'm the Volunteer and Hospitality Coordinator for the Grünewald Guild. The job isn't rocket science (as evidenced by the paycheck), but it does have a lot of facets to get my head around, a lot of deep dark corners full of cobwebs, and a lot of potential for improving things. Like any good new job (or adventure), it's exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, and has a tendency to be all-consuming. So while Facebook is (of course!) a distraction, it's also the opposite: a reminder of my goals.
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|Grünewald Guild artists in residence on their way to dinner.|