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Greetings from Limbo!

By My Artist Home

Bet you thought I wasn’t updating my blog because we were taking a Summer Vacation!

Nope.

In fact we have been caught in the sticky fingers of that ghastly place known as…

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where we have been ever so busy being chewed up and spit back out by the transactions known as “Selling Your House” and “Buying A Different House.”

This is what I have learned: when you are the Seller it is a “Buyer’s Market,” and when you are the Buyer it is a “Seller’s Market,” and if you are doing both at the same time it is simply “Not YOUR Market, Not NOW, Not EVER, So Sorrynotsorry About the Teethmarks, Market.”

And this is pretty much what it feels like:

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The only reason I am able to even attempt a new blog post is that I think I can just begin to almost see the slightest bit of the tiniest glimmer of a light at the end of the tunnel.

“How’s that?” you ask. Well, we have managed to “Buy A Different House” and I have painted many of its walls, and had carpeting removed from the room which will be our studio, and we have moved in the contents of 4 “Storage Cubbys” leaving only the biggest pieces of furniture to be moved by Cross Town Movers on Saturday, and that, as they say, is All Good.

I have even started a new Monument to Materialism in our storage room which is off the courtyard to our townhouse…

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Meanwhile we have been living in the “House for Sale” and bending over backwards in our efforts to get it to that golden moment when it is in fact, “SOLD.”

WISH US LUCK!

I may be smiling, but my back is killing me!

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Happy 239th Birthday, USA!!

By Holidaze

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This year we celebrated the 4th of July the way we have for the past two years — by starting our day early at the Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Festival in Ann Morrison Park.

This was my third year as a Featured Artist and my goal was to be finished no later than 11:00 AM. (And not ever let them see me sweat!)

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After working on 8′ x 10′ tarpestries for a while now, the 6′ square piece of sidewalk didn’t seem all that big, so I spilled over into the next square with a fifth firework.

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Because it’s much more fun working in the hot sun with a friend by your side, I was happy to have Lauren Kistner be my sidewalk buddy again this time.

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She worked on another charming chicken — a charming, naughty chicken who’d gotten into the vegetable garden.

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Mike was a huge help as always. He dealt with the crazy parking, decorated the additional 5th firework with a nod to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” fetched water, blended outlines and took a ton of photos.

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When I was almost finished, Mike picked Logan up so he could see this year’s chalk art. And get hugs from my sidewalk buddy.

(I think his t-shirt selection was spot on!)

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Not sure I’ll do this again next year — 3 times seems like a perfect number — but I have had a great time, every time!

I hope you have a great time this 4th of July as well.

Stay cool, have fun, and remember — chalk art fireworks won’t accidentally catch your Grand Pappy’s barn on fire and burn down half the county!

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Making a Splash at Reel Foods

By Tarpage

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The Fish Tarpestries are up!

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Terry Burkes and I met at Reel Foods this morning and put them up together.

I’ll be adding a few more velcro straps here and there to help keep them a bit straighter, but they look awesome — if I do say so myself!

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You know what else looks awesome?

The totally fresh seafood at Reel Foods.

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After we finished installing the tarpestries, Terry and I were treated to some wonderful Sushi — we had the Boise River roll with smoked trout. And, I am very impressed by, and can’t wait to try, the variety of oysters they offer. Chef Mark thinks the Steamboat oysters will charcoal grill nicely — just the way we loved them in New Orleans!

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Hungry yet? (Jeez, I am!)

Well, you should go to Reel Foods on Capitol Blvd. and check them out…

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the fresh seafood, AND the Fresh Fish Tarpestries!

Still Fishing!

By Tarpage

I’ve been keeping busy while the house is on the market — working on my tarpestries for Reel Foods. Nothing like a few hours a day making art with tarp and tape and permanent markers to take your mind off your poor pitiful existence. Kidding. All I could think about was selling the house.

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Well the house hasn’t sold yet, but the tarps are all done!

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They’ll be installed on July 1st so you can see them on First Thursday, over the 4th of July weekend, and during Reel Foods’ business hours through October.

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See food?

Seafood!

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See you!