Thursday, February 27, 2014


Been wondering where I am?

Eventually I'll be back.

And it isn't even me doing the work. My Blog Wrangler is coordinating the contractors on this.
She has announced she has no life.
We eat sawdust. Our neighbors (we live in an apartment building) hate us.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Because of a chicken foot? A chicken foot?!?

The looming demise of print newspapers will definitely put an abrupt end to world-shattering news items like this one.

And an end to valuable information! My potato head men and I had no clue that chicken feet were even edible. Sort of like crunchy potato chips?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day, 2014

“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
Even longer,' Pooh answered.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Hedgehog whistles, about 4 inches long.
Trivia: Susan is 50% pure Polish, complete with a maiden name that has z and w and s and all sorts of odd letters in it and is not easily pronounced. Her grandfather was born in February in Poland and was named Valentine. He came to the United States in 1907 when he was 16 because he heard the streets were "paved in gold".

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Egg Came First

I'm a pretty decent cook and hard-boiled eggs are a snap to make. We like to always have some in the refrigerator for last minute egg-salad sandwiches or when we are hungry but in a hurry to go somewhere. Can't say no to protein!  We've learned the hard way to not only keep them in a separate bowl in the refrigerator but to also mark on them. Otherwise, it makes for an interest episode when two people are working in the kitchen and one will be using hard-boiled eggs to make egg-salad but the other is going to make scrambled eggs with the regular eggs and they both have put their eggs on the counter and the one using the hard-boiled eggs always cracks the egg by slapping it on the counter.... you get the picture.

Susan just grabs a pencil and scribbles a mark on the egg. This question will be on the final exam:
In the picture above, identify which eggs have been marked by Susan
 and which eggs have been marked by Don. 
These aren't eggs, these are giant acorns, about the size of a tennis ball. Their stems could have been a little thinner and maybe their caps a little shorter but I'm liking them. They are going to get some color added with a paint wash. For a long time I've fought using paint on my ceramic pieces -- they are supposed to be glazed! But I'm beginning to realize that I can do anything I want -- My art, My rules.  Robert Rauschenberg can put quilts on his paintings, I can put paint on my ceramic sculptures.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weather Alert

More little birdies. I've been trying out different glazes and techniques.  The top two are raku, the bottom two are high-fire. The only one of the four I really like is the green one and even the glaze on that is spotty. But I like the wing pattern on him.

Today is the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl (on the Animal Planet channel) and the Kitten Bowl (on the Hallmark channel). I plan on trying to nap/doze through most of them. Everyone says the commercials are the main reason to watch the game but they are usually on the internet the next day so I can catch up then.

Just in case you are tired of our ugly winter weather - anyone talking about global warming lately? - I provide you with an all-purpose weather report. WARNING: Video contains offensive language. Don't watch it if you don't like offensive language.