Hank and Marie, a dear couple that I nicknamed ‘The Swans.”
A talent is not a talent until it has been shared. If we are so blessed as to be an artist, shouldn’t we help someone just as someone helped us? (Wayne A. Wright)
Who wouldn’t want to step into this sunset dining scene?
Years ago when Hank and Marie Groff were distant neighbors in Costa Rica, Marie often invited me to join them for dinner. If I was working on a creative project, I knew that I would have difficulty pulling out of my focus to switch gears, put away my supplies and drive to their home for dinner. Hours later while deep in a painting trance, I often heard Marie return. She quietly came inside, whispered from the doorway, “Don’t stop; your dinner’s here in the kitchen.” With a loving heart, she retreated without another word.
We embraced a new challenge – the art of mosaic tile!
When my vehicle was no longer road worthy, she always asked if I wanted to ride with her to a larger city to buy supplies. When the other option was by bus on bumpy four-wheel-drive roads, I was always grateful to ride in her Isuzu Trooper limousine!
Hank and Marie help with a tear-down project – Team Zeebra!
(Above photo: see Construction in Reverse.)
With a background in construction, Hank as been a patient teacher; he’s tutored me about soil samples, engineering reports, concrete finishing and repair. He’s helped solve water-line riddles, and every so often I am able to share my work experience with him. He has explained why the peeling paint on a wall most likely came from a roof leak and has helped with repair on gates and shovels and doors!
From the outdoor pavilion – June Solstice Sunset – One Day Early!
They are tireless in their support, and I am blessed to have such loving and helpful friends. It’s quite natural to reciprocate with the same loving spirit!
Their ‘soaking pool’ perches on the corner of their outdoor pavilion, and Hank recently tiled the inner area. The three of us agreed that a mosaic border would enhance the effect, and we approached the challenge at full throttle and worked from mid morning until sunset almost every day until we finished! Continue reading