Thursday, April 2, 2020

And So It Goes.

We live in a ruralish area and don’t do a lot of going out in the world.
Prior to going into the hospital and before Crovid I was doing reasonably well, even though surgery was in the offing.
I fired Big Mama pretty successfully.  I was planning on cleaning and changing my studio a bit, which is something I like to do every spring.  I was even thinking about being able to do some selling at Christmas!
Now that I am home I am realizing that recovery is going to be a long, hopefully steady, process. I just have to take it on a day by day basis.
The most difficult thing has been to try to accept that I am almost seventy-seven and recent cancer surgery survivor.  I will make it a point to avoid people when I am able to drive. Others can do my errands; there is no need for me to go into places.
Doc follow-up appt tomorrow.........we’ll see, grasshopper......we’ll see.
As always, thanks for stopping by......*s*

Saturday, March 28, 2020


The kiln goddess was good. 
I managed to finally fire my kiln before going into the hospital.  (More about that later.)

I have had many conversations about glazing and firing purchased terra cotta pots.  Here is proof that it can be done.
However, there are caveats:  1. Pots from Italy seem to be more successful.  Examine them carefully for hairline cracks. I spray mist to bring out any hidden problems.   2. I have used studio glazes
successfully, but there is a greater chance of crawling and bubbling so I am sticking with Spectrum
Majolica White #799.
This will be great outside over the summer but I will put it in a safe dry place before there is any chance of frost.

Now for the not so fun part.  I may get fairly graphic so if talk of bowels and such turns you off stop reading.
In late January I saw my primary care doc for my annual checkup.  She did not like the looks of hemorrhoids so recommended I see my gastroenterologist ASAP.  A week and a half later I was having a colonoscopy (which I was due for anyway).  Hemorrhoids taken care of but discovered a one and a half centimeter polyp which she removed and biopsied.  Came back cancerous, so within three weeksI was scheduled for upper bowel surgery. Went into the hospital March 24, had surgery, was well enough  to come home yesterday, Friday.

I seem to be recovering well.  But I am still trying to get used to thinking of myself as ‘at risk’. I guess at 76 and cancer survivor those are the breaks.  Staying away from people out here in the woods and enjoying early spring.

The good news is that a CT Scan showed no others problems.

Stay well and safe.  Get that colonoscopy; the prep is worse than the procedure.

As always, thanks for stopping by...............*s*


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Goonie Variations

I have been looking at the original Goonie Birds (shown below on my New Year’s Day Post) and thinking about how I could come up with variations.

These first efforts came from the pinch chickens and ducks that I make.  Obviously they need a lot of work with wing, feet, etc., but they are a beginning.

We’ll see, grasshopper........we’ll see........

As always, thanks for stopping by.......*s*

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Twelfth Night

Old Christmas is past,
Twelfth tide is the last,
And we bid you adieu.
Great health in the new.

Wishing everyone a Happy Twelfth Night.

As always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy Birthday, Mother Earth

Never a Christmas Morning
Never the Old Year ends
But Someone thinks of Someone
Old Days,  Old Times, Old friends

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019


I have taken to drinking my morning tea in the sunroom rather than lolling around in bed.

We are beginning to get more birds this year.  Last year there weren't many.  I don't know if  there was some reason other than they didn't feel like it.We used to have many house finches; they no longer seem to be in the neighborhood.  Perhaps they will return.

In addition to those pictured we have many titmice, juncos, and nuthatches.

We do let the squirrels come.  After all, they get hungry too.  They love peanuts in the shell  and corn, which we are currently out of.

We are enjoying sunny, cold days.  Much better than the cold, sleety, rain we had last week.

Meanwhile I am cozy and warm enjoying the heat from our trusty Jotul.

Good Yule to everyone!

As always, thanks for stopping by..........*s*