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summer so far


summer so far
Rose of Sharon in our back yard/garden
It has been hot! And we need more rain. We may have a thunderstorm soon - I sure hope so.

And I have been distracted.  Mostly by politics and negativity and hate - oh, a shout out to Cleveland for shining during last week's RNC  - but also by other things.

I am also incredibly lazy these past two or three days. Haven't had much energy to do anything but read books (The Miss Peregrine series) with the A/C blasting, and watch You Tube videos of people talking about tarot.

Yes, I'm seriously studying the tarot these days, and I am fascinated! In 1990 I bought a tarot deck but didn't do much with it until recently, being spurred on by an on-line friend of mine that I have known from the old ATC (artist trading cards) and mail art days.  She has a YouTube channel, and that's how I (gladly) fell down the rabbit hole!

summer so far

Other things?

Had coffee with Evelyn, then visited her pet rescue pig.

summer so far
Oliver is a movie star - but I keep forgetting the name of the movie he was in!
Then later in the week she let us borrow her truck so we could get some fencing home. Free fencing! Yes! We have plans for the back yard. We had to cut the fence pieces in half because they were too long for the truck.
summer so far
At the community garden. 
As you can see, Robert is doing very well after his surgery in February!
I am not teaching pottery for a few weeks, so I have time to do some pottery things for myself. Though my majolica glaze experiment was a flop - but I'll try try try again.

summer so far
Top photo of glazed test piece before firing.
Bottom is of after firing - the glaze was either mixed wrong or
not fired to the optimal temperature
Another fail - tried using rubber cement as a resist for my watercolor greeting cards but while taking the glue off, the paper ripped. In the past, I used masking tape. Will try try try again.

Here's me off to buy that darned rubber cement.  See how hopeful I was:

summer so far
Empty chicken coop in the background - we need a new flock

catching up

It's been awhile since I posted!

Speaking of ketchup - Malcolm Gladwell wrote a little essay about the many varieties of mustard vs. the very few varieties of ketchup which was included his book What the Dog Saw that I read not too long ago.  It has been a few years since that article was originally published, and I can now tell you that we have found a delicious new ketchup - Wild Oats Organic Ketchup. We're not obsessed about organic, and the main reason we bought it was because it doesn't have high fructose corn syrup, and best of all, it is not expensive. (Obviously, that essay stuck with me)

The Big Parade paraded on Saturday April 30th. I missed the actual parade because I was loading and unloading a kiln at the community arts center, but here are a few photos as people hang around afterwards. I think some of you remember that when Robert and I got married on May 1st in 2004, the Big Parade was on the same day, and as we (and our family and friends) walked through the square on the way home, the excitement and spectacle and colors and happy energy added to the day.

catching up
The decorated tree in front of the community arts center
catching up
The town square
Today I'm finishing up some of my watercolor cards, and attempting to scan them, but the scanner we have is about a zillion years old and the color is way off, so I decided to just take photos but they're not great, but better than that old scanner.

Speaking of snail mail - does anyone else get confused about this?  So, I often write letters in my head, and then I think that I have actually written them. Weeks later, I'm all "oh yeah, so-and-so should have gotten my card by now!" and then I think "did I really write it or just think I wrote it?" (With one person recently, I just thought I wrote it - sheesh!)  I found a little notebook and am now writing down when I send cards to people. Unlike email where you can check to see if you actually sent a person an email, I need to document my letter-writing.

Which makes me think this - back when people only wrote letters, and wrote to many many people, how did they keep their correspondences straight? Did they repeat themselves often?  Did they make copies of their letters? (I used to do that with a few friends with whom I wrote a lot of letters to years ago, especially if I happened to work at the copy shop or an office, where I could sneak a personal copy in now and again). I have been mulling this over, and will probably do a mini-research/google search to see if I can come up with any answers.

Last night, R and I were invited to my brother C and his wife K's home for dinner.  We had a wonderful time! I'm cutting back on some social media (not blogs, though - I love blogs - it's like being in someone's kitchen, listening to them talk about their day) and making an effort to spend more time with people 'in real life' and of course also writing more letters.  (Which reminds me of an article I read about millennials and their love for the TV show Friends  - and this article too which I found very interesting, and a bit sad, given that I grew up in the pre-internet/cell phone era and am glad for that, though I can be a hermit sometimes, especially in the winter! )

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.

Where did the week go?

I cannot believe it is Thursday night already.  Wow.

Here's a photo of the apple-pineapple-brown sugar zucchini candy. As you can see, the color is much richer.  The taste is just about the same as the other batches I have made (i.e., delicious).  I gave most of this to my friend who donated the zucchini.  She was very happy!

Where did the week go?

Another friend took me along with her yesterday to go to thrift stores and orchards.  I picked up some seconds of apples, some not-quite-ripe pears, and some plums.  Right now I have a bunch of apple slices and two plums in the dehydrator.  Cannot wait to see how they come out!

I'm marinating another batch of eggplant for jerky.  This time I was able to find "Liquid Smoke" and added some to the marinade.  Will put eggplant in the dehydrator once the fruit comes out.

Here's a little card I made for my nephew.  It was late because I couldn't think of something boy-ish. But I think this is okay.  Permanent marker and watercolors.

Where did the week go?



dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card

My husband and I went to our community garden yesterday and picked a bunch of basil.  This is a photo he took of one of our beds - filled to the brim with three types of basil.  He made a wonderful pesto to top some pasta for our dinner last night.  Today I'm drying what was left of yesterday's basil harvest.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


This is a little watercolor and pen greeting card I made.

dehydrating basil, and a little greeting card


I really miss doing Index Card a Day.  I haven't been in my little basement studio room in so long.  There is so much other stuff to be doing that the day passes too quickly.  And without a project to report in for, well, that little room has been neglected.  I'll try to get in there and do some drawing or painting or something once a day next week.


boil alert!

We have been on water advisory/boil alert for 24 hours or so.  I really need a shower.  I really need to water our garden.

I made a little birthday card for one of my nieces.  Nothing fancy - just watercolors and permanent marker. I probably shouldn't have used watercolors as the color density was lacking in the blue and purple.  Oh well.  I like that the center of the sun looks like an egg!  She was recently visiting, and was the champion chicken catcher - I wonder if she'll see the connection!

boil alert!

Thank goodness I didn't make any pickles yesterday!

summer so far catching upwhat's the buzz...Where did the week go?postcard for a niecedehydrating basil, and a little greeting cardboil alert!two more greeting cards, and guess what?  less smudges!!more greeting cards, and smudges

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