Saturday, January 13, 2018

2017-12-30 - Saturday - Snow

On Saturday it snowed in our part of PA and we enjoyed it quite a bit. It's been cold here. Saturday's high was 23 F and the low was 18 F. This snow was not sticky at all, it was powder.

It was fun watching it come down when we had nowhere to be. It was so quiet...

Video taken through the kitchen window.

My walk to Eva's house.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017-12-29 - Friday - Doodle

My current phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and it comes with a stylus.

While we were sitting in the kitchen talking I started doodling with the stylus. I wasn't worried about the proportions as much as I wanted to see what kind of shading I could achieve with the tools in the stock paint program. I did it while talking so only gave it half my attention. I need to work with it some more.


2017-12-27 - Wednesday - Death by chocolate

I think Karen is trying to kill me (with kindness). This is just some of the chocolate Karen got me for Christmas. She also got me almonds in dark chocolate with turbinado sugar and sea salt. No matter how you slice it, that's a lot of chocolate.

We drove to Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with the relatives and see our kids. When we got there, Eva's water heater was not working so I offered to help her change out the thermostats. We got the water heater fixed and while we were working on it I noticed the bottom of her cellar staircase. Each board has been individually wedged. That's some nice work.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017-12-26 - Tuesday - Who spilled paint?

We had a very quiet Christmas. We stayed in our PJs all day.

When I walked out on Tuesday I thought someone had spilled paint on the driveway. That had to be some big bird.


2017-12-24 - Sunday - Festive shrubbery

On Christmas Eve I was outside grilling and noticed that the Harbor Belle dwarf nandinas were fruiting. It made me think even the shrubs were in the Christmas season (even though Karen and I are spending Christmas alone and I was grilling).

It was odd without the kids. Stephanie and Brett spent Thanksgiving with us, so they spent Christmas with Brett's family. Meredith couldn't get time off for Christmas until the 29th. We will all meet up in Pennsylvania after Christmas. That will be nice.

I love Karen, and we love spending time together, but it was a strange Christmas without the kids here. Binkley isn't here either, and he always LOVED Christmas.

We discussed going someplace for Christmas next year, possibly a cruise.

We'll see.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2017-12-20 - Wednesday - Rite Aid Macy

Karen and I always get a kick out of partially burned-out signs. Unfortunately we usually see them from the road when we can't stop and get an image. This one was in a shopping center parking lot.

When I saw this I said, "I didn't know that Rite Aid bought Macy's."

We chuckled and drove on.


2017-12-19 - Tuesday - Lumberton sunset

Tuesday when I was leaving my customer's office in Lumberton, NC I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sky again. I had just missed the actual sunset, but caught the aftermath. The clouds were amazing.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

2017-12-17 - Sunday - Bugs and pots

Sunday was filled with insects and new pots.

I found an insect above the door frame in the kitchen. After researching it, it appears to be a leafhopper assassin bug nymph. Sounds like it could be painful to touch it, glad I didn't.


I went to Clayworks to pick up my pots from the gas firing and while talking to Kira Campbell about her pots I noticed a brown marmorated stink bug on the handle of her tray.

Stink bug.

I'm really impressed with the camera on my new phone.
Detail of the same photo.

I picked up my pots and was very pleased with the results of the firing. I didn't like the way the re-fired oribe (green) pots came out, but I wasn't impressed with them before they went back in either. The rest of my pots came out great.


Friday, January 5, 2018

2017-12-16 - Saturday - This and that and art

Saturday I ran some errands and visited some of my friends' sales.

First, I went to the Re-cyclery to drop off the kids old bikes. They want "dusty, not rusty" and our bikes fit the bill.

I was really impressed with the size of the operation and how much good they were doing there. If you have any old bikes you can drop them off there. If you would like to buy some good quality used bikes, I would recommend them.

Next, I went to Amy Sanders holiday sale and bought a bowl and this really cool ornament that Gus made with Princess Leia on it.

She's got attitude.

After that I went to NoDa to check out my friend Ralph Janelli's booth at the outdoor sale. While talking to Ralph I was taken with this mural by Osiris Rain.


2017-12-14 - Thursday - Gas kiln

Thursday we finished loading the gas kiln. It's always fun to load it, fire it, and unload it.

It's like Christmas.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

2017-12-13 - Wednesday - Dustin Harbin Book

Wednesday I received the small books I ordered from local artist, Dustin Harbin. He sells them on his website along with prints of his wonderful work. Go check out his website and tell him I sent you.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017-12-12 - Tuesday - Glazing

Tuesday night I was glazing for an upcoming  cone 10 kiln firing. Everyone is trying to get the last firings in at the end of the year to finish up work. As I've mentioned many times, it takes a long time for me to glaze. Tuesday was no exception.

8:45 pm.

01:00 am.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017-12-10 - Sunday - Kiln repair and showroom

Sunday I repaired the kiln lid and moved my pottery display over to the other side of the garage. I now have a 'showroom' in the garage. If you would like to do some shopping, please let me know and I will make plans to meet you there. I'm open for business.

The lid is now sound.

Showroom setup.

Wrapping and paperwork station.


Monday, January 1, 2018

2017-12-09 - Saturday - Holiday Sale

Saturday morning I put out signs on all the major roads leading to our house. We had good traffic and a lot of pots found new homes.


2017-12-08 - Friday - Show set up

Friday night we set up the garage for the Goneaway Pottery Holiday Sale. It's a lot of work to get the garage ready, but it really shines when everything is set up.

I took a break in the middle to have supper with Karen, then it was back to work.

My work.

My work.

Susan Meadows.

Becky Story.

Judith Wood.

The guest area with the wrapping table.

My "seconds" area.