We did have two wonderful houseguests for several days: Andrew and Maria. They are both artists and their visit brought two days of wonderful conversations. Andrew went on such interesting tangents on topics that I know next to nothing about that I took to listing them on a pad of paper so I could Google them later:
1. Movie: The Train (with Burt Lancaster)
2. Richard Scully (a contemporary painter)
3. David Hockney (artist)
4. Fibernocci Numbers (probably spelled wrong)
5. Giclee ( a printing technique from a photograph)
By the time they left yesterday afternoon, I felt as though my brain had grown several sizes larger. Seriously.
Maria also helped me in the garden. With her help, we harvested all of the potatoes and had a rollicking good time digging them out of the dirt together.
I also worked Cornelius in the arena on a lunge line and she sketched him as he trotted and cantered around me in a circle.
Oh, I'll just come right out and say it -- Corny looks stunning as a quick sketch.
She also sketched the geese when they gathered around her as she sat on the porch. She captured them perfectly, big mouths and all.
Today I was back in the classroom, putting order into chaos. It feels like an almost hopeless task (hence my sour frame of mind), but I'm just setting my mind to doing what I can. I plan to be finished tomorrow (whether I'm finished or not).