Mowing, painting, and eating ice cream.

There’s something that happens when you mow a lawn for the second time: you shift from that first phase of brush-clearing and initial cleaning to the general maintenance that accompanies owning a home. Yesterday, Leah mowed the lawn again. But rather than falling into the humdrum of neverending upkeep, we’re eagerly pursuing new projects.

Dario, a friend of Siena’s, is visiting, bringing with him enthusiasm to share.  Together, we started on the task of painting the second floor deck at the back of the house. Its former pebble blue is now coated in a lovely shade of oops green, perhaps an “Oceanside sage.”
Siena’s sister Josie is currently staying nearby at her Dad’s house in Scotch Ridge, and abducted us for a surprise ice cream run! Finding an ice cream shop along the back roads of the Ohio Valley proved to be a story in itself, as the shop we were navigating to was closed. Somehow we found ourselves in the driveway of a farmer whose wife was happy to tell us the full story of how they had met and where all their kids are now before directing us to a wonderful homemade ice cream shop in the next town over. The ice cream was thick and creamy, and stacked enormously high on our cones.
On the way back, closed roads led us down new routes to surprising views.

Like surprise ice cream runs, making delicious meals for lunch and dinner also keeps the days from becoming too routine.



About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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