Lots and Lots of News!!!

Oops!!! First of all, I apologize for the very strange mailing you received last week which said, “Anything goes today”!  It was intended to be a test for two but it went to many!  Ugh!  Several of you have responded so at least we got your attention. 

It’s been way too long since I posted a blog!  So much has transpired over the past few months it’s hard not to write too much and bore you to tears. Please forgive me if I do!

Our first post-isolation public endeavor was the April La Encantada Fine Art Festival!  The weather was perfect, the attendance was great and sales exceptional! 

As we moved on after being vaccinated we were able to travel and explore the USA!  We spent a week in Yosemite National Park in April with good friends.  What an amazing place!  The crowds were small and the waterfalls were at their peak. What a majestic place! It couldn’t have been better to be outside in God’s beautiful country! 

Stealing a kiss at Yosemite Falls!

In early May I ventured out for the first time since covid on an airplane to Brooklyn, NY to see Jackson and help Jake and Elif prepare to move back to the West coast!  Yay!  What a great experience having my 3 ½-year-old grandson, Jackson, direct me to the local Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  The two of us walked daily through the streets of Brooklyn and he never got us lost. By the third day he told me: “GiaMia turn off your GPS, we don’t need it!  It was a much-needed reconnection after 18 mos of video conversations.  I am so thankful!

Pillow time with Jackson! Wish you could hear the giggles!

As the West coast family was relocating to Santa Monica we all shared time here in the desert.  Of course it happened to be the hottest week of our summer!  A few swim days and early outdoor adventures were in order.  Being together made up for any 100+ degree days!  Aaron and Kiori were missed because of their far away residence in Abu Dhabi but our every two-week zoom sessions really help to keep us all connected!

Jackson and Dad playing with Marble Madness! Truly insane play!!

Then I was off for a long weekend visit to Denver to help celebrate my sister, Patti’s birthday.  So nice to be together after several years.  Hikes, shopping, food, and Contra dancing all made for a fun weekend!

Decadent Creme Brulee’ at the 1914 House in Niwot, CO

Next up was our cross-country road trip in July to reconnect with family and friends!  As you may recall back in 1974 this is how we spent our honeymoon, on the road from coast to coast. (Honeymoon Cross Country Highlights ).  This was certainly an abbreviated version of that trip but it felt wonderful to be back out there seeing the country.  The “Corn Belt ” of the Midwest, which went on forever, created its own beauty.  It made me realize how important this part of the country is to the agricultural strength of our nation.  A big “thank you” goes out to all the hardworking farmers that make this happen! We traveled in our much-loved 2007 Honda minivan with way over 230,000 miles.  After almost 5000 travel miles and fabulous reconnecting with friends, the van purred along and got us home safely. Here is one of many of our favorite stops.

Flowers and garden art galore at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, NE

Before you just delete all this verbiage, take a look at many new things on our horizon. 

Look in your inbox for your early bird online shopping opportunity to participate in the “Endless Summer Tent Sale”. Great savings up to 50% off!

Endless Summer Tent Sale on at the Bubany Gallery onAugust 28.

Big news! We have been invited to show our art glass at a very popular, upscale Tucson art gallery beginning in mid-Sept. More info to come.

Our major Fall show is the La Encantada Fine Arts Festival on November 20 & 21.  The weather in this pleasant outdoor setting should be the best.  I will be focusing on several new outdoor sculptures.

As I close I have to say please be vaccinated so we can conquer this beast among us.  Please wear a mask in indoor spaces!   Be safe and remain healthy until we meet again!

Thanks for following our blog and being a very important part of our lives!

Love to all!

 Mary and Paul, my BBF and chief schleper.

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