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Saturday, August 30, 2014

in which a mysterious soccer ball turns my cat into an athlete



The wife is like "what is the cat playing with?"
"A small soccer ball"
"Where did he get a small soccer ball?"
"Maybe when I was babysitting Yogi, he brought it over?"
"That must be it."
"He's mighty good at that, maybe he'll lose some weight and the vet will stop pestering us to put Spike on a diet...."



pair of awesome light green and blue mugsdoggy mugceladon glazed flower vaseset of 3 green bowlscat cup

HEY, never too early to shop for Christmas, and look at all the fine new items added to my etsy gallery (click here!), go get 'em while they are HOT!
piggy cuppretty yellow flower vase


Friday, August 29, 2014

squashed....



My neighbors (probably yours too) have squash coming out their EARS.  I have a whole file of zucchini recipes that gets dusted off every summer for frantic use (although I like zucchini anytime), but summer squash?  Only 2 recipes, I like to make it into chili or lasagna, both sooooo good.  Those same neighbors mentioned they made squash muffins too, a new idea to me, and I found many recipes (click here)... and a gluten-free recipe I like a lot (click here).  It is not one of those rich-full-of-sugar-and-fat recipes, more of a light and fluffy muffin that turned out perfectly and makes you wonder where the squash is...I did not see any reason to NOT add blueberries and then top with cinnamon sugar because I did not have any lemon anything.....
have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

wheels keep on turning....

The wife wandered through the studio yesterday, got some snaps of me finishing one mug and glazing another... my favorite part of pottery is glazing, second is finishing thrown items.  Throwing clay on the wheel?  A distant third:  it makes me feel unbelieveably  great, but I always feels like the writer and the blank page, full of anxiety about the unknown, whereas with trimming and glazing, all the decisions have already been made, you just have to follow the known steps :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
–William Shakespeare


Campbell Meadow, near our house.  Have an awesome Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

your corner of the woods...

"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." ... Winnie the Pooh




I needed to go see my parents Monday.  At the last minute Yogi's family asked me to babysit him.  NO PROBLEM!  Yogi is such a good dog, and on a perfect summer day my parents' farm is heaven for ANYBODY.  Yogi had an ear problem recently and was not allowed to swim...a tough one for a natural swimmer on a hot day when there is a creek, river and pond....

Above is that wee creek, below is the entry to their place....


When you first drive up to their place, there is a bridge over the river.  This is looking from the bridge at the entry to my mom and dad's place...


The drive follows the river.


The drive follows the river a ways then into the woods....


You come around a bend and see their barn...


The view from their house down to the pond....yep, you can see Yogi wishes he could get soaked...
have an awesome Tuesday yerself!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Me and Missus Tastycakes

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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.