Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lucky Peach

This little mama showed up with her kittens about a week ago.  We think she had them under a low rooflet that shelters a lot of my clay.  The area behind the buckets is very dry with lots of cozy leaves.
She began bringing them out about four days ago. 

 We have no idea what she has been eating but she was pretty skinny so of course we put food out for her.  We still can't get close to her, but now we have figured out a way to put out food without scaring her away.

She will look at us curiously when we look out the second floor windows.  She looks like she wants to come but is just too skittery.

So yesterday I told her she looks like a little peach, then began calling her Lucky Peach.  Now mama has a name.  We hope to keep her and take the kittens, when they are weaned, to a no-kill shelter.


I think cats have secret signs they post that let others know that this a good place for kitties.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

YES! I'M BAAAAAACK!!!

It's been quite a month.

I finally found a car I am happy with.

Caterpillars ate almost everything I planted earlier in the spring so at some point I gave up.  However, they are now dead!  And it looks like we have had a population crash........toes crossed.

Lilies and day lilies have been delight.  All our spring and continued damp have made everything grow like gangbusters.

I have been finding many petunia sports which I have been nursing along, also cleome so there will be some flowers.

I have been rehabbing the pool; it looked and smelled like something out of a bad horror movie!  Lots of pool shock and algicide is doing the trick.  We should be able to swim in a few days. 

This is Aloysius's favorite napping spot.  In the sun.  On his foam core pad.  Go figure!

I've been starting some fish and mermaids; there will be more later. 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Try Out

This is one of the first tripod mugs I made last year.  I decided this morning that before I make a bunch of them I really should see if they stand as sturdily with beverage in them as they do when empty.


So far so good.    It seems to be very stabile.  Holds eight ounces with room for milk or cream.  I haven't tried it in the microwave yet.  I personally never put mugs in the zapper but I know people do so I like to know what will happen.

I'm okay with the design.  The base is glazed in a low fire Spectrum metallic; I have no idea wich one!  I meant to glaze the interior with clear, but used the clear with a little Mason Red-Brown that I use on terra cotta.  Live and learn!

We have had another period of heavy showers.  I am hopeful that it will clear enough for me to finally plant my dahlias.  Last year the caterpillars devastated them, so I decided to hold off until they were pupating.  With our wet, chilly spring they have not done well at all.  HURRAH!



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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sun! At Last!

Spring, or perhaps I should say early summer, has arrived.  At last we are having warm, sunny days.

Yellow flags, white flags, and poppies are in full bloom.  At last we are having a good year of poppies.  I covered them during the last week of rain because they are so fragile that one good shower reduces to soggy masses of tissue paper.

Due to the continued rain, chill, and most particularly the various caterpillars the gardens, pond and pool are in a sorry state.  Now to play catch up!





We had many praying mantis egg sacs last fall.  Two days ago we found babies had hatched from one of them.  I managed to get a shot of this little guy before it took off.  This is a much enlarged photo.  It was about one quarter the size shown and almost transparent.



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Farewell Red Rabbit

My Toyota 4RUNNER, the Red Rabbit, has finally bitten the dust.  Took it in for inspection and the verdict is that even if I were willing to spend the thousands to fix it there is no way to to put new parts into the rusted underbody.  The rear end is gone.  I can't really complain as it has over 250000 miles on it, half of which I put on in all the years I have had it.


The photo is the little whistle I mad in its honor many years ago.

Now to get a replacement.  My car guys think they can find something within the week!

Toes crossed........we'll see, grasshopper............we'll see.............

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

HARES AND RABBITS!!!

Some say White Rabbit.  I am sure there other variations to wish good luck on the first day of the month, or year, or millenium.


Whatever you do or don't say, here's to a great June!

We even have sunshine, and the yellow flags are starting to bloom.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mug Feet

I've been looking at my mugs again and have decided to work on the feet on my handbuilt mugs

In one style of mug I leave the edge of the bottom slab visible.  Other times I blend it into the form and mark a bottom ring with a squiggly line.  I've emphasized these with black underglaze so I can keep track of them more easily.  I am experimenting with indenting the bottoms to form a foot or at least a ring.  This makes for a steadier cup.  Because my majolica glazes are so stable I can glaze the indented center.  This can lead to a nice little surprise on the bottom.

This all thanks to Tim See, who talked about feet and the bottoms of pots in the workshop he did at S.C.A.A. last month.



I also took a good look at my favorite Linda Arbuckle mug.  In addition to having huge admiration for the way she decorates her work, I like the way she pays special attention to all the little details in the foot ring, the decoration and her signature inside the foot, and the interior of the mug. The eye for all these little details and the way they add up to a sum greater than the items is what makes her work so exciting. 








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