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blooming spring!

Walked out on the back porch, and our spirea 'Fairy Queen' seemed to have popped overnight!

blooming spring!

blooming spring!
close-up of spirea
It's a drizzle-y day today and these white plants sure bring joy!

Below is the Candytuft/Iberis 'Whiteout'. I cannot believe how much it has grown since I planted it late last year.

blooming spring!

blooming spring!
close-up of Candytuft

Aren't paint palettes some of the prettiest things?
One of my cheap sloppy watercolor palettes -  bought it for a dollar or two years ago.

Still making cards...
Blanks/backgrounds - haven't doodled on them yet.

My sister M is taking a watercolor class starting tomorrow!  Cannot wait to see her work!! She is so talented.

One of these days I hope to take a watercolor class, too, and not just screw around like I have been doing (though I have to admit I am having fun). A perk of teaching where I do is that we can take a class for free!

I am getting ingredients together for a majolica glaze recipe. Found some old terracotta clay in a bucket in the basement - it has been in that bucket for about...ummmm...ten years....more? Wedged some up today, will throw and/or handbuild some pieces so when I make the glaze, I can test it all together.

I haven't done proper majolica in years.  Here is a bowl I made back in college (1986?). I cannot believe I still have it.



And here's me, testing out one of my mugs...or am I just kissing it?



what's the buzz...

Weather: It's been a chilly April so far - we had snow over the weekend, and yesterday the powers-that-be cancelled the Cleveland Indians (baseball) Opening Day.Windchill of 18 degrees and snow/rain.  Not that I was planning on going to the game.  Baseball isn't my favorite sport to view (same with basketball), though if I have to watch any baseball, I prefer minor league, or folks at a pick-up game.

Television: Over the weekend, there are so many soccer and hockey games on television, esp. now that we have access to NBC Sports Network. By Saturday evening, after watching a ton of soccer, we started watching a hockey game, and I was fed up with myself. See, usually I knit while watching TV but I'm in between knitting ideas, and I had to do something, so I started making some very simple watercolor greeting cards, using masking tape, round stickers, and micron pen. I felt better about myself.

what's the buzz...

I enjoy sending and receiving cards in the mail, so I'll continue to play around with this idea.

Oh, and regarding television shows - I'm still not happy with the season finale of The Walking Dead- I am this close to being done with it, but I have to say I'm a bit interested in The Kingdom. Hinterland season 2 is on Netflix, so we'll be watching that at some point. Happy about Grantchester (season 2) and another season of Call the Midwife. And I'm still enjoying some sitcoms.

Pottery: I'm teaching some at-risk high school students on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks, and starting Wednesday night I have a new four week hand-building class.

I splurged on a new book - 500 Cups! I was able to find it for $10.00. I really want 500 Bowls, but cannot find that one cheap (yet).

what's the buzz...
My favorite mug at the moment.
Reading: Just finished a Mrs. Pollifax - enjoying these cozy mysteries these days.  Still reading The Art of Eating - I started it in August of last year. I'm on page 687 and I'm only now warming up to the author.

Garden: I'm using the weather and other (stressful) things as excuses, but truly, I should have started seeds weeks ago. Maybe this weekend.

Politics:  Don't even get me started.

easter

easter
I just had to dye and decorate some Easter eggs
(dye, markers, crayons and wax)
I have always loved Easter.
The Easter Bunny would hide our baskets - 
we would tear about the house Easter Sunday morning trying to find them.
And when we had our morning newspaper route, those of us kids who got up early to deliver the papers had a hard time being good on holidays by not looking for our baskets (or under the tree on Christmas) before everyone else was up. Sometimes we did sneak a peek. We hurried to deliver the papers on holidays.
Candy was a special treat three times a year - Easter/Halloween/Christmas.
Dad would buy us girls (and Mom, too!) corsages.
We usually got a new Easter outfit.
I was so into that blue and green color combination. And I remember loving those tights I'm wearing.
A lamb shaped cake, too, for dessert after dinner.
Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate. I'm celebrating Spring!

easter
1967 or '68 because brotherD isn't in the picture.
SisterM, brotherM, me, brotherC and sisterD
Thanks to SisterM for finding this photo!

blah and #tbt

Not feeling it this week - been sick, stressed, disgusted and grouchy. So I'll blab a bit. Tired of violence and hatred, tired of blow-hards, tired of financial stress and being ill. Just plain tired.

My husband is healing well - and that's a positive.

I really enjoy Sally Wainwright's shows. Recently realized that she did The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard. We just binge-watched season 2 of Happy Valley.

blah and #tbt

Still thinking about being 24 in '83. Which is probably not helping my mood much. Here's a few other pictures. "Youth is wasted on the wrong people" says an older man in It's A Wonderful Life.

blah and #tbt
#TBT - At the time, I blew this photo up and replaced
my (horrible) high school graduation photo with this photo
at my parents house.
blah and #tbt
'83 or '84  at college - I must have had a rough night

I'm semi-lurking in a Facebook group #100mugsin100days. I thought it would be good for inspiration and motivation - mostly it just makes me anxious. Carpal tunnel and arthritis make throwing difficult some days.

I need a nap, and cake. Robert just baked a coffee cake so away I go. My crabbiness is annoying me.

voting and vertigo

This morning, vertigo woke me up. That and a migraine kept me down and out most of the day but I had to go out to vote. Gosh, vertigo is weird.

Although I am a registered "Independent", I am able to ask for either a Democratic or Republican ballot - of course I requested the Democratic ballot. This vote is for the presidential primary, and for other primary state/local government officials, and some local tax levies.

I triple checked my ballot before it was cast.

As many of you know I live in Ohio - nothing was going to keep me from my civic and moral duty today.

Oddly, our governor is the least worst of the remaining Republican candidates running for the presidential nomination.

Update:  Watching the news, because you can cross-over and vote on the ballot for another party, a LOT of Ohioan Democrats are voting Republican and against Trump by voting for Kasich (our governor.) I actually thought about doing that, because like I mentioned above, he is the least worst.

Another Update:  Kasich won our state - trumped Trump.

24 in '83

Thanks to Vix' recommendation, we're loving Deutschland 83.

24 in '83


The lead character is 24 in 1983 - I was, too. Makes me think about what little I was doing as an angry anti-Reaganite American at that time. I was involved in an anti-nuke protest, but other than that...? Preached to the choir - lots of conversations.  But did I write letters or call the government? I may have.

Which makes me think of politics here now, which makes me angry and disgusted. I have written emails, but what more can I do? Of course I'll vote, I always vote; but is that enough? I don't think it is.
24 in '83

celadon glazed pots

I am currently using pre-made celadon glazes; my plan is to make my own one of these days.

In the meantime, here are a few pots that just came out of the kiln:

celadon glazed pots
This is the one pictured here, before I glazed and fired.
White engobe with sgraffito and glazed with light green celadon glaze.
celadon glazed pots
White engobe, sgraffito, and brown celadon glaze.
Because the white engobe doesn't show up much, I'm going to
lighten the glaze next time.
celadon glazed pots
A demo piece - I usually teach this technique in beginning hand-building;
I used two different celadon glazes on this piece - no engobe or
sgraffito, just texture with lace and a piece of open-weaved metal.
The first two pots were supposed to be mugs. But the handles weren't working, so I did what makes me happy - I threw on some engobe and started carving. Gosh I love doing sgraffito.

Next on my to-do list for pottery - I will, yes I will make actual mugs. And I will do some larger vases and jars so I can sgraffito to my heart's delight!


first week in march

We recently watched Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, and all I have to say is - what? (apologies to anyone out there who is a huge fan), though there was something about them that I did enjoy. I'm reading an Inspector Gently book now - to see if I'm just 21st century jaded. I'm also getting annoyed with television shows recently - for instance, I cannot wait until we are done with the last episode of Downton Abbey (we DVRed it) - I think it jumped the shark years ago. EDIT:  We just watched the final episode - very well done! And The Walking Dead, which I normally enjoy, is bugging me too. In case you all think I'm a total curmudgeon (I'm only partly curmudgeon!), there are some television shows I find enjoyable. Like Life in Pieces and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Guess I need some light-hearted laughs.

And speaking of TV, we found out that we now get NBC Sports Network and oh dear - we watched soooo many soccer games this weekend. But that's really okay for now as you know I knit while I'm watching TV, and it is nice to sit and relax a bit with Robert. What else?  Oh, we went to the hospital again on Wednesday because Robert is having severe muscle/neck/head pains probably due to how he's holding himself since his surgery. The PA (physicians assistant) told me to stop following him around all the time - that there is really nothing I would be able to do if he fell, anyway. I'm in such fear of R falling down and splitting open his sternum, and I would trail along after him in the house.  He had a few tests done at the hospital, and I waited in a pretty waiting room at that hospital.  Another good thing about his check-up on Wednesday - now that he has been given the go-ahead to walk around freely, he can also cook a little.  Whoot!

first week in march
See, the hospital can do nice-looking waiting rooms.
The PA gave him the go-ahead to have massages, so we went on Friday (our pal Scott has his office in a building overlooking the square) and while R was getting his massage, I took this photo of the square, and then went to the post office. I don't think I have posted any photos of the so-called winter we have had this year. In fact, I think we had the most snow this winter on Friday, and by Sunday all of this snow was melted away. Hey, I'm not complaining.

first week in march
Friday: early March snow in the town square
I was asked to teach a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute once-a-week for six weeks pottery class to some high school students from Cleveland. Now to figure out what high school students like. I haven't taught that age group in a long time. This class starts in two weeks - better get researching.

Went back to work (at the non-profit) on Tuesday after some vacation time/being with the husband, so I took some photos in the bathroom there. Linked to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style blog for her Visible Monday post.
first week in march
Second-hand top (long-sleeved shirt and vest) and very very old scarf from somewhere, 
and matching brown specs.I had a good hair day and had to document it.
blooming spring!spring snowwhat's the buzz...easterblah and #tbt24 in '83celadon glazed potsfirst week in march

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