Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sunshine and birds again

I've never seen this bug-eyed look before
Harvesting day, to take these lovelies to the Tailgate Market.  I donated them to the Mudbuddiess Booth.  There were a lot of disappointed bees.

I was still not clear of antibiotics which make it really uncomfortable to be in the sun.  So I had to get there early!.

Pat Levi's tall vase.
(I heard it sold with the flowers in it!)

I think this pitcher was made by Marsha Cozart.

I suggested that they give flowers to customers who bought a pot.  I don't know how that went.  Maybe the mudbuddies took some of the flowers home with them!  I'm just glad to share them.  I went home and took a nap.

Though many of my feeder's visitors looked like juveniles or females, this ruby throat sure zapped the camera as he flew away.  I think getting this much captured made my day!

Sorry about quality.  Taken with Nikon this time, but through double-paned glass and a screen.  Pretty difficult to get good images.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Monarch Mandala wall pillow, hanging on wall, $75

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pale flowers and leaves

Thrown and altered shape, with pale pink, yellow and greens to suggest many petaled flowers.  6" tall, $25.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Old entertainment and baby fowl

The source of many a program which would get a family to gather 'round.
The Texaco Radio Hour, Amos and Andy, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, The Lone Ranger, Gracey Allen and George Burns, and many many more! Do you have radio (pre-TV) memories?

For Sepia Saturday (HERE) to remind us of times when entertainment meant we could see the things depicted by this sailing family with their rabbit-eared TV.  Here in the land of the free we no longer get free TV reception, but have to pay for someone to beam it into their box in our homes.

Today I have some baby fowl to share with you...first the Canada Goose family, with a couple of fluffy goslings at the foot of a column on the picnic pavilion...can you make them out?  It was really hard, because of course those are very wary parents!

Not sure why the goslings are sitting in a puddle, but they look like they were cold.

 And here were a couple of baby swifts...there tucked into the beams under the Senior Center's porch.
Located at the junction of where porch changes direction, the beams seemed just right for the Swift family, who returns to nest here every year.

A quieter area, but not the choice for the nest, also under the porch.

Nest is in far left upper corner
I'm guessing 3 mouths open wide...
I tried watching and standing further away, but parents waited until I was gone completely, as well as people walking their dogs.

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... 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