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Sunday, May 29, 2016

polar bears and poppies...

The wife is not crazy about orange, but because I like big and bright poppies, she grows some for me!  And check out her columbine…..what a little sweetie.

I was dreaming last night that a polar bear came into our house (it is in the 90s here, we have no airco, and the dog likes to sleep at my do the math…). In the dream it was cold and snowy, and he was curious about our living room.  He was very cuddly at first, but rough, like one big friendly swipe of the paw could take off your head, so we needed to trick him OUT of the house….

anyway, all that and some new pots too!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

the hail Mary pass in gardening...

I am just awful with plants.  They either thrive or they don't, getting very little help from me.  I have not the patience for it, therefore avoiding gardening, except my YEARLY HAIL MARY pass with the tomato seeds…and sunflowers, basil and cosmos.  Those guys do OK with me.  (well, the tomato plants always start OK then die a horrible death…it is true! I write about it every August…)

I think these tomato plants have a good chance.  The neighbors have these badass cherry tomato plants that come up every year and tomato blight, a big problem here, never touches them…and it has been years since they planted those things!  The plants are so tough and fecund they seed themselves and grow beautifully.  OBVIOUSLY it was worth trying to save some of those seeds, and so far this year they look pretty good.  I also saved a few seeds from an heirloom plant I had last year that wasn't 100 percent killed by blight…maybe it will produce a few….
as for the flowers, it got to be a big mess and I ended up tossing half the seedlings into a mass burial…I mean, I dug a trench, planted and watered them and told them I had done my best (which isn't much). Everybody got some stinky plant food which the dog always tries to eat, some water, then in the evening we had the nicest little rainfall, which may just help them on their way….

Friday, May 27, 2016

porridge with peanut butter and applesauce….

Feast your eyes on these new mugs while I tell you of the dream I just had:  I was feasting on the HUGEST omelette.  With cheese over toast.  You might think that is ordinary enough, but I am a super picky eater as you know, and thanks to various allergies and sensitivities and medicine that can make me nauseous, an omellette makes me sick to even think of…SO, I got up and had the usual breakfast of buckwheat porridge with a little peanut butter and applesauce in there…. mmmm :) My dreams, hmm?

ANYWAY, this blue mug shows that I can get the blue flower patterning on another glaze color, which has me THRILLED …have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ginger jars and Jessica Rabbit...

The wife tells me things about what I make "I love that ginger jar!" and "those pots look like Jessica Rabbit!" (the curvy silhouette, ya know?).

I just make what I think looks good….

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

the field trip...

Remember how you loved school outings and field trips, esp. when the weather was perfect?
I went to the Cornell Museum Tuesday to refresh the batteries for a little while. I was there with the wife Saturday and found a new exhibition space which is in the basement and holds storage items--so on the top floor are some fabulous ceramic pieces, but in the basement is a clutter of HOLY CATS items, all crowded together, my favorite:  Korean celadons!  Many other things too, like glass, and OH, this stunning little Japanese garden, all hiding down in the basement of an otherwise crowded museum…there is currently a Rembrandt print exhibit, featuring these lions, too…

my favorites:  a dragon handled cup, covered jar, those melon shaped ewers and the tiny little faceted bowl…

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

quick timeout for some CUTEness

Little Soupy the corgi is my neighbor's dog and she comes over to play with Penny sometimes.  A small beagle playing with a corgi that looks like her lower, shaggier, ears-up twin is probably the cutest thing you will EVER see :)

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I am a full-time studio potter, sculptor, and dog walker, married to superhawt Missus Tastycake.