Black Mountain

The intersection of Walker Rd. and Old US 70 west. Love the garden and the artistic fence! (I just discovered blogs on iPhones don't have the header at all. Do they on iPads?)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Glazing like Georgia

 O'Keefe that is! Her poppies...or my version of them....(another repost from 2019)

On to plates this time.

This was just before coating the with a couple of layers of clear matte glaze.  They will be sort of creamy colored, with hopefully brilliant red flowers.

In case you wondered...first the yellow in the center is over a layer of black, so it probably will be black with a few specks of yellow where it was thinner.  The little dots will probably blend in.  That's the plan anyway.

And why did I make 3 plates, you might ask.  Because one had a crack, so there aren't 4. 

And when they are glaze fired, they'll shrink a bit more, and be nice sandwich plates.

NOTE from 2023: I decided to keep these, and love having sandwiches and small salads and even deserts on them

Today's quote:
Compassion is not weakness and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. -Hubert Humphrey, US Vice President (27 May 1911-1978)

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

My friend's electric car


I've seen it parked before, but this was my first chance to ride in it.

One little control wand, and a very sci-fi lookin' dash

Friend is changing gears on the control wand, and away we go.

Very spacious front seat

Smaller area in back seat, plus the half door in back seat doesn't even open unless the front door is open. I would sure be uncomfortable way out!

Today's quote:

There is freedom in admitting that you don’t know something, as that allows for a new learning experience to emerge.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Poppies everywhere


Can you stand another old pottery post? I promise I will give something more current tomorrow!

Repost from 2018

 The white of the outside is a smooth unfinished, but vitrified clay surface...I think it's a great contrast to the shiny bright red of the poppy.  Of course it's food safe.

Quote for today:
We now know that memories are not fixed or frozen, like Proust's jars of preserves in a larder, but are transformed, disassembled, reassembled, and recategorized with every act of recollection. -Oliver Sacks, neurologist and writer (9 Jul 1933-2015) 

Sunday, March 26, 2023

O'Keeffe style Poppies

 A repost from 2018 to share my Poppies on pottery. This is a good way to sit here and heal (me) while you have something pretty to look at. A FB friend has started painting and I'm urging her on, of course. She asked me what my O'Keeffe style was.

Now I've done a vase, which still has a bit of Georgia O'Keeffe's style...and is pretty brilliant (meaning the colors are vibrant!)

I started with these 4 medium size mugs. All my mugs have Celtic Cross thumb knobs.

The same mug next to the vase.

The vase can certainly stand alone, or have some great green stems of flowers coming out of it...what do you think?

Everything is hand painted, while looking at an O'Keefe painting.

Today's Quote:
“Research suggests that one of the most effective things that procrastinators can do is to forgive themselves for procrastinating,” Swanson 

Saturday, March 25, 2023



These are supposedly the tracks of wagons going west in AZ. There is argument about it.

Annie  Liebowitz with camera and assistant - do you recognize the building? Photographed by John Leongard

Stalled on the desert near Idaho, 1937, taken by Dorthea Lange

Nebraska, pioneer family in 1880.

Apsaroke man in winter of 1908 in Montana, photo by Edward S. Curtis

Sharing with Sepia Saturday this week, where a couple of strawberry vendors are a bit sad. Will they and their horse survive for another day? Who knows.

Today's quote:

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd, / I stand and look at them long and long. / They do not sweat and whine about their condition, / They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, / They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, / Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, / Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, / Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth. -Walt Whitman, poet (31 May 1819-1892)

Friday, March 24, 2023

As spring arrives

Repost from 2020 

Spring Equinox

Yes, today finally there is as much daylight as nighttime. We have been dreaming of this for weeks...sharing our first blossoms together, sighing that this is so slow this year. But I looked at some of the blooms around me, and found they are within a day of when they bloomed last year.

Perhaps my yearning is what has grown longer, deeper, definitely more intense.

 March 20, 2018

March 23, 2019

March 17, 2020

If I were disciplined enough to walk every day, I might have actual days through the years, but these are pretty close.

Today's quote:

In a world that lives like a fist, mercy is no more than waking with your hands open.


Thursday, March 23, 2023

Fighting the bug

 Well, not the virus which everyone has had, or avoided having for the last 3 years...the one that I caught has made my life miserable.

On top of a cough that usually is bothersome mostly in the evenings, I've begun coughing all day long. That's tiresome in itself. 

But fevers of 100, or 101 aren't so great. I feel really washed out, and take Tylenol or Ibuprophen, and then can function.

BUT it's like walking around feeling like I'm only halfway there. I have to watch each step.  Yep, a bit of virtigo that is no fun if I have to bend forward. I feel like I might keep bending down forever.

OK, you have no idea what fun this is not. So I'll just say after a friend thoughtfully drove me around to doctor and X-Ray imaging of my lungs, it was determined that I definitely have pneumonia. So tomorrow I have some new antibiotic to start. It was too late to get it filled this afternoon.

But I was well enough to eat a take-out of Baja Shrimp Taco and beans and rice from Ole's Guacamole. My friend was glad I didn't want the little bag of chips which were freshly cooked but somehow not to my taste these days....a paltry payment for all that time and energy she spent for me.

But she reminded me of Ram Dass' saying "We're all just walking each other home."

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

A pottery candy jar


This little Humpty Dumpty Jar wished some grandchildren a Happy Easter, full of jelly beans.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ostara and eggs


Pysanky by Andrea Kulish

As most of us know (the elders at least) Easter in the western world is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.

Couldn't get much more pagan than that!

Osestra included a celebration of the awakening world of vegetation and little animals being born. What's more appropriate than eggs?

Prayer Honoring the Goddesses of Spring
Hail, and welcome!
Green life returns to the earth
blooming and blossoming
once more from the soil.
We welcome you,
goddesses of spring,
Eostre, Persephone, Flora, Cybele,
in the trees,
in the soil,
in the flowers,
in the rains,
and we are grateful
for your presence.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Equinox ducks


Pair of ducks on Spring Equinox, 2011. I used to call these Wood Ducks, but stand corrected because there is now a photo identification posted at Lake Tomahawk.  This is the Mandarin Duck!  

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been..” ~Mark Twain