No easel time this week.

Due to a very busy week, my time at the easel will be non-existent. Both of my daughters will be home at the same time. My oldest, from Savannah GA, and her young man are arriving today. Also arriving is my youngest from Chicago. Both girls and Jeff (dad) spent a couple of days at my in-laws lake house in Indiana. I didn't go because I had a lot to do and these past 2 days alone have been quite nice. My own little vacation.

One of the things I had to do is hang my show (above) at The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon. I am the featured artist from July 1 until Jul 15. As an exhibiting artist member of the gallery, we have the opportunity to be featured at the front of the gallery for 2 weeks (or more) a year.

My buddy, Debbie, joined me this past Sunday to help hang it. Those gessobord paintings (the larger ones) are on the heavy side. The gallery was closed that day, so we took our time and then walked down to the Thai restaurant for a nice lunch al fresco! A beautiful day.

Yesterday, Monday, was spent doing laundry at my house and at our bed & breakfast. We had a full house of guests Friday and Saturday evenings and with kids coming home, I realized that I had NO beds that were clean and made up!

The kids just called and said they'll be home by 12:30 p.m. or so and so yesterday I did all the prep work for tonight's dinner. One of my daughters does not eat much in the meat category, so it's always a bit of a challenge.

Tomorrow, the 4th of July, I have made the one big plan that everyone is pretty much required to attend. Debbie's family and my family will be canoing down the Rock River from the Oregon, IL damn to a cabin that Debbie and John are renting this year. It's very rustic, but after a few beers, and 3 hours of canoeing, it'll be a palace....if you know what I mean. The weather geeks are predicting a chance of severe thunderstorms the same day, but Debbie says you always plan as if it's going to be beautiful and then be flexible! So as soon as I finish this post, I have to start my famous potato salad to bring tomorrow. We're also taking fixings for Jeff's famous GRILLED Romaine Salad. Yes, grilled. It's so good.

My mom and a couple of my sisters (I have 5 sisters) are coming up this week to stop by the gallery and then to dinner at our restaurant to see the kids. We're trying to get together on Friday evening. Everyone leaves by Saturday in the morning.

Next Monday will be my first sleep-in-late day in weeks.

Have a happy 4th of July everyone!