Saturday, July 22, 2017

The blues have it

Someone said yesterday that she just loved blue pottery.  Here's another one with blue flowers.

 About 4-1/2 inches tall, $25

Thrown shape, then altered, additional buttons for flower centers, then glazed with Mayco Designer Liner and Stroke n Coat glazes.  Rim was dipped into plum glaze for the drippy effect.  Clear glaze over all.




Friday, July 21, 2017

Vase and flowers


Bowl vase with blue  blossoms on thrown-altered shape. 5 inches high, $25



Did you know that after being picked, a few days later, these lovelies still will produce pollen, and send it out all over the house! Achoo!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hummer visitors

The thing about sitting around getting well, is lots of sitting around!  Looking at a humming bird whenever she comes to the feeder.

Last night she would sing a bit as she ate!

My dear friend, Panther, also likes to see them, but they become very fast when they notice her in the window.  Good instinct but not needed because of the distance between them.






Today the shutter speed just wasn't fast enough to show the little gal who came at least 10 times...these were the best pics that I could get with the phone.  Sorry.





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summertime bliss - the blue cone


Dairy King, in Black Mountain NC.

This is where folks gather on hot (or even cool) evenings in the summer.  My friends took me out for a soft serve Arctic Swirl or Twirl or something.  The place with a Queen's name that's all over the country can't beat the small town greetings of each other...those who arrive barefoot, with or without kids who ride the tiny merry-go-round, those who see old friends, and those who just enjoy sitting around and slurping the cool delights like we did last night.

I am so blessed to live in this community! Not just for the Blue Cone! (Which incidentally isn't blue any more but that's what the locals call this gathering spot.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Electricity problems solved

Yes pretty roses, but my eye also sees a cable. After a power outage the other night during the thunderstorm, to the other half of my building, there appeared this lovely trio of cables snaking along the ground from the transformer...

...at my end of the building (a new transformer [big green box] was put in place as part of the renovations after I moved here in 2015)  ...and then...

...I'm not sure what's happening in there behind the bushes, but that's where the electric box panels are on the exterior wall, feeding the 4 apartments at the other end of the building.

The four apartments at my end of the building never lost electricity...meaning 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs.

I was contacted by our power company and later by the maintenance man, to see if I'd lost power. Later they texted me if it had been restored, though I'd been fine all along.  I felt bad because there's a tenant who uses a wheel chair downstairs in that part of the building.  It was several hours before this "repair" was devised, whatever it is.  And of course it may have started at 5 pm but it was full dark before the final "text" from the power company came through.

My front porch, with cable running across under the steps

Incidentally, my personal account of the storm was that I had been awakened from a nap by a strike of thunder, well before the rain started, around 4:30.  I had been using my C-Pap to help me breathe while asleep, which is electrically run, so I would definitely have noticed if the power went off!  I'm not really sure which day this was, they are all running together while I stay home and recuperate.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bells and pitcher

 A Million Bells, flowering through the summertime in a hanging planter

A medium pitcher waiting for new owner.  5" tall, $25

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Snowflake glaze transition



 An altered thrown bowl shaped vase, with pale frosty snowflake glaze at the base. For sale of course, at huge price of $20.

I did some tests (posted about HERE) from recipes that John Britt published in Ceramics Monthly years ago.  This is one of the results.

I haven't been feeling that well, so most of my energy is going to getting better.  I'll post more as soon as I'm back on my feet.  If you're the kind of person who wants to know my condition, I'll just say I cracked a rib while coughing, and have one lung with pneumonia in it.

I still will read blogs, cause I can do that while doing my morning breathing treatments.  As they say, getting old is not for the faint of heart.  I now spend an hour a day with these breathing treatments, morning and night.  I get up around 7, and before I know it, it's already 10 am, and that gives me very little morning to work with.

I know, do I want crackers with my whine? Only if they have something spread upon them.

And I just noticed something when looking at blogs on a phone...because I do post my link on facebook and get some hits through that.  But phones make it hard to see the right hand column, and the tabs at the top of the page just say "home" and you have to click on it persistently to get to the sales tab.  No wonder people aren't emailing me with their desires to make me rich...or whatever.