Sorry to keep you in suspense. Yes, our floors did get finished. They finally left at 6:30 PM, too late for us to make our usual Tuesday Happy Hour stop at Padre’s. The floors look great but the collateral damage was higher than I expected. We have someone coming next week to repair the drywall in our stairwell. There is also a lot of paint touch-up that needs to be done. We spent all day Wednesday and Thursday cleaning and putting all of our furniture back in place. I’ll be finding sawdust in crevices for the next month. But things are finally getting back to normal.
So today we went to the Tempe Festival of the Arts. It’s a huge art fair that takes place twice a year near the ASU campus in Tempe. Being a large show, it covers a pretty broad range of stuff. You can buy anything from handmade kid’s clothes to metal yard art to cactus jelly to fine jewelry or paintings costing thousands of dollars. I always park in the same spot and walk it in the same pattern. I skip past 80% of the booths with barely a glance. Hats for dogs? Really? Handpainted refrigerator magnets? No thanks, I’ll pass. Flattened wine bottles as wall art? WTF??
To be fair (pun intended), even the kitschy stuff looks reasonably well made and not like total crap. Although I can’t say I’ve looked at any of it that closely. We did find a few nice paintings. One artist did brilliantly colored paintings on silk for very reasonable prices. Her subject matter was primarily southwestern scenes. It’s really tricky to do fun and whimsical art without crossing the line into cutesy. But this artist nailed it. I could have bought out half her booth but settled on one painting for us and one for a gift. The other piece we bought for ourselves was a HUGE painting of 5 kachinas. Don’t ask how we managed to get it home.
We also found a great Thai restaurant nearby. Or at least it seemed nearby when we drove past it in the car on the way to the art fair. It seemed a lot farther away when we decided to walk to it instead of taking the car. But it’s always nice to get in a little walk after lunch. We have this ongoing quest to find great Thai food in any city we visit. (Number one so far was in Amsterdam, there’s also a great place in Memphis) This place is definitely worth a return visit.
So tonight we relax, for tomorrow we hang. The paintings, I mean.