Happy New Year, Sue, Holly and JoAnne. Starting a new thread for 2021.
Hope you are all off to a good healthy start for the year. We are sticking to our routine—mine is walk, make pottery, and cook dinner! But we are healthy so it’s worth it.
I have to start reading my next BC book—Lacuna by Kingslover—not a new book but one member loved it so we are going with it. Both eyes are now reading w/o glasses so that’s great.
I have started making people — sort of tubular people—experimenting with some ideas to make women who I admire. My first was RBG and while she is going to be pretty cool, today I made Jane Austen and I created a form to form the body around and it’s really going to be neat if I can paint the way I want to. So will re make RBG using the form—can’t wait to bisque fire them so I can do the painting I want—am going to create their clothing print with cursive writing related to them—-did a practice tile and will fire it soon to see if my idea is workable. Just having lots of fun!
Not cookin tonight so am excited that DH is ordering himself a pizza and me a salad!
Hoping for a happy and healthy 2021 for everyone. It's been such a tough year. Last week was brutal - really sad where we are as a country. And these new videos coming out of the violence is terrible. The whole thing is shocking but sadly not surprising. Of course it would need to take something like this to change some people's minds.
We had a quiet New Year's - of course. I had caviar and pate and SO had a huge Caesar salad. We totally eat different things.
Joan, thanks for starting us in 2021 What are you going to do with the female figures? You could sell them I'll bet. Ginsburg would be very popular Glad your eye surgeries went well.
Holly, when does school start?
My youngest nephew is thinking of taking a year off from school. He would be starting his second semester of freshman year in college but first semester was such a bust. Very isolating being on campus with only 1 in person class and no room mate. I feel so bad for him.
Last night watching R Maddow was the first sign of hope I;ve seen for so long—hearing what was actually done in the capital was just awful tho. Knowing there were gov police involved is so scary. DH and I are signed up for a vaccination on Feb 1. We heard from our son’s dr friends that the second shot has some strong symptoms, flu-like—aches and pains. DS park ranger confirmed that getting his 2nd shot last week—he thought he had injured a disc in his neck. So will be fore-armed with Advil..
I just finished reading Lacuna by B. Kingsolver—I tried this book a few years ago and couldn’t get into it. Thank goodness BC voted to read it because it is an excellent book—-wow, learned so much history that now I need to go back and read about. The theme of the book is so appropriate to today—it is all about how words control people and disinformation and distorted hysterical written claims and radio (only at the time setting) created total truth breaks. But Kingsolver is such a writer! It is a pretty amazing fete!
Our winds finally stopped so have been getting out for a walk daily again. For New Years I only set one goal—decided the absolute worst loss for me physically due to pandemic is flexibility which has always been a strong point for me. So I got an app that has a morning stretch routine for in bed and I am doing it daily—also has a writing prompt which I am doing also—then at nine o’clock every night it’s down on the floor for more stretches—I have added a downward dog in now and bridge pose—will continue to add a bit in here and there. So in 12 days I am sleeping better, waking up not aching, less stiff—oh my gosh, such a fast response—my body obviously was craving stretching. Because I had been doing yoga and Pilates and I let it all fall away when the gym closed or within a month or two of closing, I have been doing nothing but walking. Big mistake!
Sue, I agree, I think the concept of the little women I am making could sell—however, I am a hobbyist—and love that I can make whatever my brain comes up with so I will only make and give away—then it remains fun. I so enjoy the process! I follow the 18 year old Lucy who taught an online workshop for Amaco that one weekend (she’ the one who’s process I used to make the floral dishes for DD in CA) and she asked to see what i made—was such a kick to get her feedback—she is so amazing—she has her own ceramics business and is a top student as well—she is trans and so bright and talented. SHe lives only 10 miles from the capital and said just total panic seeing the mobs and knowing what was happening so close. The artists in the pottery world are so amazingly friendly—even those who are “known”—they chat with their followers and share their processes—really a nice community. Occasionally there is someone who won’t share but they are the exception.
Oh and here’s a fun potter’s fact that probably no one cares about but I just think it’’s cool as I did not know this would work so well—you can build with lace on your pottery—you dip a piece of lace in mushy clay slip and apply the lace to a piece—in the bisque fire the threads burn away and leave the lace pattern in bisque fired clay on your piece. I put a lace piece to give RBG her “collar” on her robe and it works! Now I found out you can use things as thick as burlap—as long as it is natural fibers! I see some burlap textures in my future!
Yes, mind boggling death rate—and the “country” or part of it anyway, seem totally oblivious to the losses. I just can hardly imagine we would be at this point. We get vaccine on the first.
DS and his SO from SLCity left this morning about 10–we were so, so lucky—a warm up weather wise with no wind—we were outside for hours at a time—ate every meal outside and never were together in the house. They stayed in a nearby motel. It was so wonderful to visit and visit! I cried when they were about to leave—just so hard not to give your kid a hug and such a realization of how much you have missed!
Had a nice surprise today thou—my new glasses came in and I can see so well—and they are really nice—my funky sunglasses are adorable and my everyday ones are beautiful—I sprung for pricier frames and I think it was worth it. I can read such fine print it is crazy—way better than 20/20 at this point. It’s possible they will slip back a little but even so I’d be so far beyond any sight I’ve had ever before.
Now I hope to get my eyelid fixed next—it’s droopy.
I made two nice dinners this weekend—grilled glazed pork tenderloins one night and halibut with mango cream sauce the next. Was so fun to eat and talk—-it was cool by evening but our patio heater is so good—kept us toasty enough that you could ditch the coats.
My son fixed the back door handle—it was sticking and so hard to open—he took it all apart and lubricated it and it’s so smooth now. DH is handy and does most things like that but he hates door knobs.
Holly, yay for being nearly finished! That seems fast to the people not doing all the extra work! LOL
Yes, keep our fingers crossed for a safe and sane Wednesday—I am afraid—wish they were having a very private, sequestered swearing in and just virtual for everyone—just seems ridiculous to risk this. Makes me so nervous.
We are awaiting second shot on the Feb 17. Then in a week or so hopefully have some immunity. We are going to remain home and only get together outside as before but re-connect with friends who are also going to stay pretty secluded. We did visit BF’s outside yesterday—got too chilly after an hour and the sun wasn’t warm anymore so we didn’t stay any longer—first time we’ve seen them since long before Thanksgiving—probably since Oct 19 on BF’s DH’s birthday.
we are bisque firing tonight—my ladies are in the kiln for a second bisque—also a dozen mugs and a bowl and a bunch of new stamps I carved over the weekend. So excited to get things to glaze again.
I just finished reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Honeyman—OMG, it was such a good read.
I did get in touch with JoAnne—she is okay and will contact us eventually.
DGD20 in NYC is loving classes from Columbia—she says it’s hard and all the students are really excellent—but she loves that!
DGS’s father is not well—apparently has been in the hospital 2 times since being released after Covid—he has Chirhosis of the liver and his kidneys are failing—each time he checked himself out against dr orders—don’t know where he is now—last we heard he was home, could not walk and was refusing to allow his GF to notify anyone—she went against his wishes and did tell DGS20 in Reno—unbelievable. He is only 49 but I don’t think he will last long. He never quit drinking when told to two years ago when he was diagnosed. What a mess. I feel so fad for the boys—a dad who doesn’t want to see them or even have a conversation-and he may not make it. So unfair to leave your children in this limbo.
Hi All, Sorry I have been out of touch for so long! I have been very lazy! Haven’t walked, done yard work, or used the computer much either. Know that I need to get back to all!
DH and I had our shingles vaccine on Friday. DH did fine, no problems. I had a low grade fever, ached all over, and had a headache that I could not get rid of . I couldn’t sleep at all Friday night. It was miserable. But when I woke up Sunday, I felt so much better that I wanted to celebrate!
We can’t get our Covid vaccine for at least 2 weeks.
I have been doing a lot of knitting and crocheting lately. Seems I can’t just sit watching tv without using my hands for something .
Watching the DocMartin series and I am really enjoying it.
Haven’t gotten back to my violin lessons since the arm issues after my fall. Guess I will return to the lessons when I finish PT. My neck is so much better but my shoulder hasn’t improved much.
Jo Anne, good to hear from you. I love Doc Martin. It is hilarious.
Joan, I am so sorry to hear about DGS’s dad. Is DGS20 in college as well?
I had an abdominal ultrasound and x-ray of my neck this morning. I am still waiting to hear results. They suspect that I might have gallstones. There is a lot of tightness on the right side from having to lean towards the computer.
Oh so good to hear from you both—JoAnne, I have watched the entire Doc Martin series twice—I absolutely love that show! Wow, big reaction to the shingles shot. I was thinking we may have to get it again—we were about 62 when we got it — will have to ask at Walgreens when we should re do.
DGS”s DH apparently is back at work at his new job—first one in 2 years since getting fired from his vice presidency of RedRock Casinos chain. He must have nine lives—Have a feeling they finally got him long enough to do dialysis so it will be interesting to see if he tanks again—will all depend on his willingness to pass up booze. He is too egocentric to do AA but he should be in it. All of his good friends are big drinkers because that’s all he wanted to hang out with.
Yes, DGS20 is in college at Reno—UNR—he has straight A’s — will graduate with a degree in agriculture and am sure he still plans to be involved in the cannabis industry in some way. But he is no longer messed up like he was—I credit his really responsible girlfriend with a lot of his turn around.
We have second shot scheduled for the 17th as does DGD here in LV. She has Moderna and we have Pfizer.
Tanzi, my sweetheart savannah kitty is in the vets—sick—dehydrated—we will pick her up at 6 after they rehydrate her and do some bloodwork to try to see what is going on. She just would not eat and was so larthargic. I worry about her so much—have seen aging signs for a while and yet she is only 13.5.
I am glazing marathon style-had 20 pieces to do—finishing up on four of them this afternoon and hoping my friend is doing hers so we can fire this weekend.
I have made the leap—started tracking on My Fitness Pal again—why do I not realize how this affects my eating—its amazing what just tracking what I am eating controls my impulsive grab and snack/taste thing. Have to keep this up!