Wow, here it is April already. The last half of winter and the beginning of spring have been very hard for us. My mother-in-law’s health took a turn for the worse in February, and she passed away March 21st. We had spent a lot of time and emotional energy on dealing with that, and I had to make the decision to back out of the Renaissance Faire of the Ozarks this upcoming weekend. After we got back from the funeral trip I had a hard look at the calendar and the list of things I had left to do and there was only one conclusion: I wasn’t ready, and in the few days I had left I couldn’t be ready. I’ve never had to cancel on an event like that, and it wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. So if you were planning on seeing me in Arkansas, I apologize that I won’t be there and I hope you understand.
We had a vacation planned for the first part of April with my sister-in-law and her family, a chance to bond and spend some quality time with people we usually only see once a year. We decided to go ahead with it and it was a great experience. It was the first real vacation Lucinda and I have had in five years and we both really needed it. We rented a cabin in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky, a beautiful part of the country. We got to spend real time with the kids, hiked, cooked, did some touristy stuff, and just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. On the last day we did a canoe trip, during which I flipped the canoe and broke my toe. It has been an inconvenience. A painful inconvenience.
But now it’s back to work and obligations and real life again. I still have the Central Mo Renaissance Festival to get ready for in June. Due to all that’s gone on recently I’ve had to put my plans for a permanent building there on hold, but I do have something else up my sleeve. And I haven’t exactly been idle since January either. I filled an order for a matching table to one that a customer purchased from me in 2015, and I also made a set of bed steps and a big girl chair for our sweet little friend Eleanor, who outgrew her toddler chair many moons ago although she didn’t know it. I’ve also volunteered to organize the Craft Guild at CMRF. So lots still going on in the world of Jason Sinco Woodworks.
The river will carry me past many joys and pains and sorrows before I reach its end.