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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Project 365 ~ Week 8

I only missed one day this week. By Friday evening I was down for the count. So I spent the day Saturday curled up in a blanket sipping my Alka Seltzer Plus and sleeping!

Sunday, February 17

There is just something very satisfying about using a bowl that I made myself. This poor little bowl, a bowl only a mother could love, it wobbles and spins as it is not flat on the bottom and the rim is off and not flat either. But we were all happy with this new glaze combo.  It is just the right size for a double scoop of strawberry frozen yogurt.


Monday, February 18

The Hub’s loves a big salad with something sliced up on top. I had some grilled pork chops in the freezer and I pulled them out and had dinner in under a few minutes. I love those kind of suppers!


Tuesday, February 19

I entertained myself for a few minutes watching this Mourning Dove collect nesting materials in the back yard. It was very particular about searching for the proper ingredients. The nest is located on a large bank of cedar trees bordering the neighbors backyard. So I had a front for seat as it went back and fourth all morning long:)

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Wednesday, February 20

I know I promised no pictures of wet and drying clay, BUT I was very happy with how these three small batter bowls came out.

They are almost all the same size and shape…


Thursday, February 21

I made cabbage with sausages for dinner. Normally I toss some apples into the mix at the end. However I had used some chorizo sausage and I did not think the apples would be a good contrast. I settled for tossing them in a pan with some butter and brown sugar. It was a super good combo, the sweet apples and the savory cabbages and sausage! YUM!!!!!


Friday, February 22

I made these cups at the end of last year. I was totally not happy with how the glazing turned out. I decided that since I did not like them already it would not hurt to try my hand at re-glazing them a second time. No harm no foul.

Well I am glad that I did. I was much happier with the outcome the second time around!

 coffee cup re-glaze

That was my week.

I am feeling a bit better, but not 100%.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend, for more P365 y’all head over to Amy’s and link up!




Friday, February 22, 2013

Bla Bla Bla Blogging Bla….Anybody else out there feeling this way?


What up with this? I think I have lost my blogging mojo.


Anybody else out there feeling this way?


Thinking of taking a break…


Does anybody even read these post????


What peeks your interest for visiting and reading a blog?


What do you want to read or why do you give a blog a look-see?


Ho Hum…bla bla bla…


Blogging blaa-ness…




Sunday, February 17, 2013

Project 365 ~ Week 7

I am trying to work up this post and keep an open line of prayerful communication at the same time. As parents we all face those times when the natural course of time brings the inevitable rites of passage. These things need to happen, yet as parents we would choose for them to be postponed indefinitely.

We have a new driver in the family and today is the first day she will be driving herself home from church. I am sure that this is not a new concept to many of you. It happens to all of us. However I will openly confess that this mothers heart is a bit on the anxious side. I know she is a good driver, yet my desire is to wrap her and the car in a heavenly and very thick layer of bubble wrap of protection.

So I am moving on to other distractions until she is safely home and out from behind the wheel, at least for today anyway.

Prayer for safe travels would be greatly appreciated….

Sunday, February 10

My son and his family were over Sunday night. He required a bit of help from his dad for some repairs to their vehicle. Well since Muffinhead had to be back at our house bright and early the next morning we decide that it would be easier and logical for her to just spend the night. Thankfully I had a spare set of PJ’s on hand…so we were good to go!

She likes to take a bath in our big garden tub when she is here so she had a really nice soak with her toy hippo…


Note To Self: Next time do not let her take the plastic animals in the tub. They are hollow and have a small hole in them, so now they are all full of water….no telling how long it will take for the water to evaporate out from inside:(

Wednesday, February 13

More Muffinhead surprises. I think hands down beside her Barbie's, her next favorite toys are all of her small plastic animals. She never tires of playing with them. After she left on Wednesday I went to scatter a few sprinkles of salt over something and this is what I found in my salt container…..so how do you take you lamb and your cat?

Heavily salted I think!


Thursday, February 14

This past Tuesday was Skoots1mom’s birthday. We decide that since it was Valentines Day and half of our husbands were called out of town that we would take this opportunity to have Birthday/Valentines Day celebrations. We met for dinner at a local pasta place and had a wonderful time. We all had a bite of this sweet treat after dinner. Crepe’s filled with Hazelnut and fresh banana's It was delicious! 


Friday, February 15

It was a happy kiln day at the pottery studio.

 Two Small Brown Bowls


Blue and Brown Bowls - Set of 2

We have decided to work up some more inventory for a spring sale. I have a list of things i am fairly confident that I can reproduce. Over the next few weeks we will be working diligently to get enough completed to have another sale….

Saturday. February 16

Winter in the south, some days it’s super cold and then the next it shorts sleeves and flip flops. It confuses the flora and fauna so much. There a daffodils and jonquils popping up all over and all the redbuds are in full bloom. The cherry tree in our backyard is even beginning to bloom. The sad thing is that there is always a cold spurt that usually gives everything a good singe before the really true spring weather sets in….


Well that was my week.

That was a good 30 minute distraction while I typed up this post. Now all I have to do is make it another two hours until the Girlchild get on the road heading home…..


For more P365 y’all head over to Amy’s and link up to see everyone's pictures.



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Project 365 ~ Week 6: It’s a Miracle…I have all seven days!

This rarely happens, I actually have a picture for each day this week. Don’t hold your breath because it will probably not happen again for quite some time!

Sunday. February 3

Something happened during the Youth Worship that I thought would never ever happen… the Girlchild did a violin performance with three other members of her youth group. They did great y’all! I am hoping that this will be the first of many performances!


Monday, February 4

Muffinhead always has a unique take on how to watch television. She would pop her head out of the tub and then pop back down for a few seconds. She had a great time, however the dog was a bit confused!



Tuesday, February 5

Tuesday the cupboards were so bare that Muffinhead and I had to go out for lunch. We went to Chick-Fil-A. I tried their new Chicken Tortilla soup, it was very good!


After lunch Muffinhead had a great time in the play place. It was like bowling with pre-schooler’s. They would ALL climb up and then ALL come down the slide at the same time ending up in a heap of bodies at the end!


It was an eventful day as the Girlchild got her long awaited Drivers License!


Wednesday, February 6

I finished another prayer shawl. I will share that of all the ones I have done this color combination is not one of my favorites. This is a very simple knitted shawl and easy to come together. The yarn is the Hobby Lobby’s version of Homespun. I like the yarn, just not the color combo. It was a self striping yarn. Kind of ho hum in my opinion, but I am sure it will find the right home!


Thursday, February 7

Restrain is not one of Muffinhead strong suits. One of her jobs that she has elected to do on the mornings she is at my house is feed the dog. After she feeds him, Buster gets an after breakfast treat. Well if one chew toy is good then six is even better. She does this every morning that she feeds him. We then have to have a lengthy conversation as she picks up all the chew toys and puts them back in the bag that he really only needs one! One day I hope that she will actually remember this lesson….


Friday, February 8

Skoots1mom came to try her hand on the potters wheel. She totally reamed me out for posting her picture on facebook. She was not happy with the photograph. Don't get me on my soapbox about how we as women are conditioned to think we have to look a certain way due to the expectations that society places on us, unrealistic expectation if you ask me…but then I think I just went where I said I wasn't going to go. In any event this is her first successful pot, she can’t complain with the face, it’s her girl and if you look at pictures of Skoots when she was younger this is exactly how she looked back then…….


Saturday, February 9

We had a full house on Saturday at the pottery studio. This is a mother daughter session on how to throw a pot. I have tried to get my girl over there but she has no interest in learning something new. I think it might mess up her nails…but I still offer from time to time. One day she may take me up on it!


This is Skoot’s back at the wheel cleaning up her little pot!


Me finishing up on a carved kitchen crock!


That was my week! Y’all head over to Momma Fran’s and link up for more P365.

Blessings for a great week in pictures y’all!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

God is Good…All the TIME!

I am going to go down a bit of a bunny trail here but hang with me I do have a very good point…in April of 2012 I was in a very minor fender bender. Some woman backed into the side of my car in the Kroger parking lot. We went ahead and had the side of my car repaired and paid the $200.00 deductible. The insurance company began the process of perusing the other insurance company for damages done to my car, as it was not my fault. Life goes on and I had not given much thought to the status of the claim.

Fast forward to this morning.

The Hubs is working on our taxes.

We have been faithful to set aside a portion of our monthly income so that when the tax bill comes due we have the funds to pay it. We have long since stopped loaning the government an interest free loan long ago so we know we will have to pay each year. When all the numbers were calculated we had done very well. Our Federal Tax line item in the budget fell short by only $150.00 to pay both the federal and the state taxes. As I was opening the mail today sorting through junk mail, bills and what not I tear into an envelope and find ……a reimbursement check for the insurance company. They have been quietly working behind the scenes to get our deductable back. So we fall $150.00 short and the very same day God sends us a check in the mail via the insurance company for $200.00….God is so GOOD!

Living within our means, living on a budget and recognizing and being thankful for God’s abundant provision….He Is Faithful!




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy Hodgepodge y'all!

1.  Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake?  Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers? 

Snakes, I can’t claim to be necessarily phobic about them, however I don’t care to spend any long term time in the close vicinity of the slithery creatures. Also I can never remember those catchy rhymes that help you remember when snakes are venomous and which are not…red touches yellow your a good fellow….red touches black….I always forget. So I usually err on the side of caution!

As a public service announcement I just Googled it and here is what I have found…

Red touches Black, he's a friendly Jack.
Red touches Yellow, he's a deadly fellow.

2. The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck.  Do you believe in luck?

Not really, more accurately I believe in God-incidences. I understand random happenings and things falling in place in a good way. I also think that if you are seeking a life in Christ that all things are connected to your faith. God is so ever present in all things that he wants to make connections with his beloved children in any way that he can. He never misses an opportunity to connect with those he walks with and those he is trying to reach. If that connection comes in the form of a happy accident then so be it! God never wastes any opportunity…ever!

3. sledding-ice skating-building a snowman...if given a choice, which activity would you choose?  Which of the three have you done most recently?  

Sledding…NO, Ice skating…NO, Building a Snowman…only when absolutely necessary and only when the required ingredients are available. The last time it snowed enough to make a snowman here in theses parts was several years ago.

4.  Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, "The years teach much which the days never knew."  Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?  

Oh my, there certainly is a lot packed into that saying! When you get to be a certain age you begin to understand certain things. My guess is that Emerson was looking back on a long life and seeing all the lessons he learned through out his life. Remembering the times spent on useless pursuits and how often we waste time on mindless activity. Also as I have gotten older my perspective has greatly changed. Looking back and finding the valued lessons in the difficulties and the suffering are now very valuable experiences. In the moment of pain we rarely see things clearly. Once we move past the days we can look at the long range years and see the lessons in them.

5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?  

Sadly I can’t remember, which may require an immediate trip to the store. I spotted a bakery just around the corner that was named “Cup Cake” hmmmm, wonder what they sell there?

6. What's something you can't say no to?  

A second cup of coffee, a really good movie, chocolate anything, a bowl of pop corn and breakfast for dinner!

7.  Are you a doodler?  

It depends on the situation. I once took a bible study that was facilitated by a less than engaging person, the curriculum was. at the time, a bit over my head. My workbook was full of lovely illustrations and curly Q decorations…boredom = doodling!

8.  I am not feeling very random right now, but hopefully it will be a light week for me. The Hubs left for a business trip this morning. So that means my dinner duties will be greatly abbreviated. He is off to Puerto Rico…yea I know! It’s cold here and he is off to the warm tropical breezes. However I am consoling myself with the fact that he will be working most of the time and will be stuck on in the interior of the island soooooooo no ocean breezes and sunset over the ocean for him. Just for a minute, if you are somewhere cold just imagine yourself sitting in a lounge chairs basking in the warm tropical sun…..

Just saying…
Well that’s if for me this week.

Y’all head over to Joyce’s and link up!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Project 365 ~ Week 5: It was a good week with the clay y’all!

We had some extreme weather, I made an awesome chocolate cake and our last glaze firing was full of lots of happy results!

Monday, January 28

Overall I was very happy with this coffee cup, there is a slight boo boo on the other side due to an operator error when I glazed it but live and learn is the phrase for the day where me and the clay are concerned….


I call these glaze buggers…I am sure there is a technical pottery term but bugger works for me!


Tuesday, January 29

Skoots1mom posted a recipe on her FB page for a vinegar cake, it was so simple that I had to try it. You can be sure I will be keeping this one around for a long time. The amazing thing is that the recipe required absolutely no eggs! It is just your simple every day pantry ingredient, and most of the time we all have them in our pantry all the time, so the next time you need a super quick desert idea….my suggestion is a vinegar cake. It was awesome. Click here for the recipe…..


Cooks note, I replaced the water in the cake with my left over morning coffee and it was super delicious!!!!!! Ina always says coffee enhanced the chocolate flavor and well ….it was really good!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 30

We had some nasty weather on Wednesday. Lots of rain, there were some tornado’s but thankfully none in my area…just a LOT of rain!

Don’t ya just love the rive flowing through my backyard!!!!!


Thursday, January 31

They decided to have a quiet moment in the morning sun….


Friday, February 1

intently watching Curious George…


Well it was a happy kiln day at the pottery studio today!

I was happy with the results, I liked this small bowl. I have two more larger bowls that I have glazed the same color. There was not room in the kiln for all of them so they will be in the next firing.

Small Brown and Blue Bowl 1 of 3

I was happy with this one as well! The glaze is called Whale Blue, I think it is appropriately named. It really does remind me of the skin on a whale!

blue and red candy dish

This is the surprise of the week. Look at the difference in how the glaze was painted on and how it finished off. This defiantly did not turn out how I anticipated! However I was surprised by how much I like the results!

Haybale Yellow Bowl

I was semi happy with the result of this Carved Kitchen Utensil Crock. I already have some revisions on mind for the next one. Overall I was happy with it. It is at least happy with the height and the width. Much more functional than the last one I did!


Saturday, February 2

I had poured my cheerios into my tired old Tupperware cereal bowl when I spotted my new bowl on the kitchen counter. My heart did a small leap with excitement as I dumped my cereal back into the container and re-poured them into my new bowl!

I am thinking I need to make a purple and red bowl or a brown and blue coffee mug for a matched breakfast set….


Well that was my week! Lot’s of pottery so I apologize for the redundancy!

Y’all head over to Momma Fran’s and link up for more P365 fun!



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