“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape!”Saguaro SunsetGreetings PlayMates~

Have you been wondering what the heck happened to the Mistress of Merriment and where the blazes (literally!) is her schedule of new classes????? I hope so! Here’s the short version of the long, gory story…minus all the anguished hair-pulling, speaking in curses, and decidedly “As The World Turns” melodramatic elements–fill them in on your own and don’t forget the expletives!

People murmur about “Mercury in Retrograde” and sun spots and karma and all manner of random cosmic dysfunction. For the most part (usually) I’m able to slip through these calamities. And even if I do, per chance, have a setback or two–I get through it. People don’t call me Suzie Sunshine for nothin’! I was raised to sort of “buck up” and get on with things, not whine or complain, not take myself or anything else so seriously that I fall off the rails. But lately…it’s been a real challenge. I mean, even Suzie Sunshine has her limits!

The short list is:

I had to invest a couple of thousand dollars in my beloved 2002 Subaru Forester (BaRoo) BaRoo to keep her on the road…I love that car! She’s the first new car I ever bought and I paid for her with my very own hard earned money and we’ve shared many fine adventures together over the years–200 thousand miles worth! People said, “well the Blue Book says she’s only worth a couple of thousand dollars and maybe it’s time to let her go…” AAAAARRRRGGGGGH! I recycle, up-cycle, green cycle everything in my life and I’m not about to let BaRoo go! You’ve probably seen her around town–she’s covered in bumper stickers, has ladybug seat covers, has a stuffed bear sidekick named Scruffy on the passenger seat. BaRoo 2The good new is I found the most wonderful local auto mechanics and they patched her back up beautifully and didn’t even blink when I told them her whole life story and why I loved her so! Check out JayBees Auto Services at 790-6035 ( and ask for Shelly–she’s amazing!

Okay–and then Shazaaaaam (!)I had a HUGE computer CRASH and for a breathless week I was without a computer (how the heck did we get soooo dependent on these danged contraptions?!) No e-mail contact list, no documents, no picture archive, ALL MY SOFTWARE WIPED OUT!!! But the amazing folks at Computer Renaissance somehow got her back together and retrieved EVERYTHING! (Call them at 888-8100 and ask for Faraz Zein who is a great tech!)

Then the Girlz with HeART Summer Leadership and Creativity Camp responsibilities hit a real crescendo and we had several setbacks and complications and “opportunities to grow.” The good news is that the Girlz themselves pulled together and creatively managed to problem solve, re-adjust, and come back stronger and more positive than ever. They are utterly amazing little people! creative girlThrough your kindness in donating so many great things for their “jumble sale,” they have decided to make the whole month of August their fundraising focus. Instead of having their Jumble Sale at The Cottage on Saturday, August 2, as they’d originally planned, they decided to have sales all over Tucson & Marana, in their neighborhoods, at their mentor’s churches, and at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet to maximize their earning potential. All proceeds will go directly into their fall/winter activities with their gratitude to all of you for your fantastic support of their hard work to evolve into happy, productive, creative “little beans.”

And, finally, I’ve been going through  “seasonal distress” as my Sweetie calls it. It’s been tooooo hot, not enough rain, toooo much war and strife and mean-spiritedness in the world, and I’ve been feeling a tad hopeless, helpless, “old & in the way.” Does that ever happen to you? Sometimes even Suzie Sunshine hits the skids!

But, thanks to all your love and encouragement and the general joy in my life,Punkin with friends I’m feeling sooooo much better and have a whole new list of classes for August to share with you (check out the Cottage Classes tab above)! Thanks for hangin’ in there with me!

More soon. Please sign up (over to the right of this post) to receive the blog in your “in” box to keep up with all the crazy news of my life and to0 see if there are seats in my classes. There will be special class offerings just for folks who read the blog too! My plan is to write a blog post every week from now on, update status on classes, add pictures of students and their work, and generally share news of books and movies and fun activities with you. See the “My Favorites” tab above for all the news about Marnie’s very cool arts retreat!

And, meanwhile, celebrate your life, create something every day (sign up for some Cottage classes!) and remember that your pal Kaitlin is sending you love!

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7 comments on “SHAZAAAAAAAM!!!!!

  1. Thanks dear students and friends for filling up my classes for August so quickly–within 24 hours of posting them, two are already sold out! Your support cheers my spirits soooo much and fills my heart with joy! THANK YOU!

  2. Oh M of M…so glad you are back on track with car, computer and even the weather blahs. Dolores, Janey, and I met this morning and did some artwork. We talked about you and the Girlz and how you continue to inspire us. I am sending you a special picture of a statue that reminds me of you. Lovingly, Mary

  3. Thank you Kaitlin for keeping the cottage and giving us a judgment free place to play and create cool art! I know just what you mean about the summertime blues….but now that it’s almost August I know September is right around the corner and then it will start to cool off (at least at night). Besides, your cottage has an air conditioner so we’re all good!

  4. Kaitlin, as you already know, you haven’t been the only one affected by all the negative happenings in our small world. Thanks for sharing your Sunshine and sharing, shining,& loving and making my personal world a whole lot brighter. Love you.

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