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Saturday, December 20, 2014

when EVERYbody comes to visit...

Or just a few.  Soupy the corgi came over first.  She loves to play with Penny but with Spike the cat she was like "WTF is THAT?"  and Spike was friendly and Soupy kept dancing away..... give it time....
then my mom and dad came over for awhile.  They no longer have pets themselves and needed a dose of my two....

Friday, December 19, 2014

9 cats and dogs!

The perfect storm of pets:  there are some dogs and cats I see only a couple of times of year. Then there is KIKO! A new daily dog, added this week.  And I hadn't seen Nook in awhile, but they have me with him every day....and then, of course Soupy every day...my own dogs and cats AND HOLY SH!T it is the busiest retail month of the year, what happened this week, what happened YESTERDAY? ALL my pet sitting clients in one day???? Well, all but one, plus my own and my own work....

ALL of my work got done, every pet, including my own got their alloted time and MORE....

OK, it was like this.  6:45 am-5 pm
Before the wife goes to work we walk Penny a mile or 2 every day, then I run a few miles.  I realized Thursday there was no time for a run. My calendar is blocked out for every moment.
Penny went to sleep, I drove off to see Scoop the cat.
Back to our house, brought Yogi over from the neighbors to help me work for a few hours. THANK GOD Yogi is a good boy and happily does whatever I am doing. I am working on the COOLest pots....Then the madness begins...
Penny out to play with Yogi, Spike fed.
Lunch.
Yogi taken for a walk. Done with Yogi for the day.
Walk Soupy the corgi, rub her belly, give her treats.
Home, take Penny for a walk. Lunch for Penny and Spike....
Drive to Nook's, pick him up. First, play with Abu, their cat, take care of HIM. Drive Nook up to KIKO'S!  The new dog.  She has a great yard for dogs to play.  I did not have time to walk both dogs properly by themselves, so they both played in Kiko's yard then I walked both dogs a few miles.  Kiko and Nook's moms both thought I was pretty BADASS for walking in wintry weather with 2 young and active dogs....piece of cake....
Drove Nook back down to his house, played with Abu the cat then....
PUFFY!  Remember Puffy the cat?  It has been a few months.  Puffy and I played for quite awhile, clean the box, pour the crunchies, water the Christmas tree....
Back home.  Walk Penny.
5 pm, customer comes over to pick up an order DONE.  5pm :)
Pour self the adult beverage, toast my success.
I LOVE pet sitting, this was SO much fun, although unlikely I will ever have so many in one day, and NO I am not adding any more clients, thanks :)

Me in the car with Nook.


Nook's little brother Abu.


Nook with Kiko who is a spice colored golden retriver mix.  I love her, she loves anything and anybody.  This is good, if I ever need to double time dog walking....


Finally, PUFFY!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

thinking about a new year and new work....

I am wicked impatient, compulsive and impulsive, and rarely like to make the same work repetitively.  Many potters ONLY make the same work over and over again. I have a few items I have made more than once over the years like popular elephant mugs and piggy banks, but lord, don't make me do more than ten at once.
Mostly I follow the leadings of my restless mind.  I never go anywhere, but my mind does.  It seems like every December I am thinking of some big changes to explore in the new year and I start messing around once the holiday rush is over.  My rush is ending but the experiments have begun.
I'll show what I mean more clearly tomorrow and the next day, but this gives you an idea of ONE of the big new ideas percolating....
(frog mug with leaves by Gary Rith)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

getting...to the end?

I visited a potter friend Monday, my car full of pots for the post office including one going to England--can a box get to England in 9 days?.  Her front porch?  Full of just packed pots also for the PO-- I am delivering by hand several items today, later this week. Its like, you are in a grocery store parking lot passing over your POT, getting cash back--a shady looking deal, but really! Just a piggy bank or bowl....

ANYWAY, fine with me if it  never stops, right?  Gotta earn some coin.  But the rush is starting to slow, and I think today is the last day the PO promises priority will get there....



(new pots by Gary Rith)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

preppie mating symbol....



I tell the wife "made an alligator bowl today, tail up!" and we remember what that meant back in the 80s....yuppies could spy each other across the dance floor, and the tail up on their shirt meant they were ready and willing to mate with their own kind.....

WELL ANYWAY, have the awesome Tuesday!

(new alligator pots by Gary Rith)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Score! The lucky wagon joins the lucky blue table...



So you know I am at my last fair of the year Sunday (and YES, my aching body  slept like the dead last night) and it was a first, in some ways.
As you see below, I don't recall ever loading the vehicle when I was in snow almost up to my knees in our driveway...I s'pose I could have shoveled there, right? Also, my lucky blue table on the roof?  It has never ridden atop the car before.  I mean, I found it on the street for free, so it is not unused to the elements, and it is a tough little trooper....I find that when I go to fairs with it I do SUPER GOOD sales...really!

But you see that wagon up there in the middle?  The last picture of these shows my buddy Nance and her colorful display. Which HAD a wagon in it, a small, puppy size wagon.  The name of this show was Little Red Wagon, so Nance borrowed a little red wagon from a friend who slapped a price tag on it saying "if you can sell it, do!".  Nance was displaying jewelry on it.

She was setting up and I grabbed it and threw some cash at her with a jaunty "No tax, and you'll give me a discount, won't you?" and she was like "wait, you can't take it now, it's my display!!!".

I took it.  It became MY display.  Later another friend told her I had doubled the price and sold it to HER for a tidy little profit and Nance was steamed...until she heard the laughter....
I am not selling it, now it is MY lucky little red wagon.  Nice part of the display, hmm?


My old pal Christi organized this thing.  If I WAS tired, imagine how tired she might be?
Awesome season, now to ship some boxes.....


Nance below, WITHout the little wagon....

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I am a part-time pottery instructor at Cornell University Pot Shop and a full-time studio potter and sculptor, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.