Hibernating, Not

It may seem as if I am hibernating after the holidays. Goodness knows, I certainly feel as if I could! January and February are quickly becoming my favorite months of the year;  a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. A time to relax and rejuvenate - change of pace. It may look... Continue Reading →

Hooray! It’s Today!

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Happy New Year!

A new week!

A new day!

Hooray!

I made no New Year’s resolutions. In fact, a long time ago I resolved not to make New Year’s resolutions. Instead  I decided to make daily resolutions or, as some may call them, daily affirmations.  Daily resolutions are much less daunting. The intent is for the day rather than for a WHOLE year.  Think about that . . .a WHOLE year. That is 365 days!

I do set long term goals such as eating healthier, exercising more, getting more sleep and not swearing (as much) but these goals need tweaking through the year because, as we all know, LIFE happens – circumstances beyond our control; so daily resolutions can be tweaked to suit fluid life situations.

Tweaking daily resolutions requires learning how to forgive yourself when a resolution has not been met.  It is far too easy to fall into…

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New Ideas New Possibilities

Over the winter, my thoughts turn to solving pottery problems, learning about new ideas and techniques.  One reoccurring problem I have had was making large pet dishes (8 inches or larger in diameter).  In almost every single instance, I would ruin the pet dish when taking it off the bat. It wasn't until I had... Continue Reading →

In Search of One Photo

I've been looking through box after box of old photographs in photo albums (remember those?) for that one photo of our children hand feeding birds (mentioned in my previous post).  Much to my dismay, that one  particular photo was missing as well as the negative.  The photos were pre-digital (1990's).  It was actually the year... Continue Reading →

Winter is Here

It's winter and that means it is time to feed the birds. There are a lot of recipes for homemade suet.  I found the following recipe to be the quickest and easiest to make: Ingredients: One part lard at room temperature to two parts bird seed Add raisins, peanuts or grated cheese (optional) Method: Combine... Continue Reading →

Winter Is For The Birds

I'm eager to dirty my hands in the mud meanwhile winter is in full swing.   This winter has been extraordinarily fun.  Our grandson loves the outdoors.  The snow and cold will not keep him inside so I follow him around with my camera as he discovers a winter wonderland. Along with discovering the wonders... Continue Reading →

Spring Training!

It's that time of year where I reclaim the earth one bucket at a time! I wedged 20.5 pounds of clay yesterday.  The balls of clay (see photo above) are ready to be thrown onto the wheel and molded into something spectacular! Sadly, though, I'm not in tip-top shape. (And it's still pretty darn cold... Continue Reading →

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