Thursday, August 24, 2017

Other pottery - a mustard jar?

Yes I have been back in the studio, when there wasn't anything more major to take care of.  We all have that happening, don't we?

A honey pot with speckled brownstone clay, glazed with Spectrum Butter Yellow.  It would be just right as a mustard jar!
See this post to see what a honey pot made of white clay and the same yellow looks like.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Celebrating a 75th

I've been posting old photos of myself when younger, as Facebook portraits for the last month.  Tee hee.  Most people who know me now wouldn't believe that's me.  Perhaps I could sneak in Susan Sarandon, Merle Street? Well, I've got green eyes, so Sarandon won't work...not sure about Merle.  And not at age 75, if you please, anyway.
Barb Rogers 1976 or so

I'm celebrating by myself this year.  Strangely enough.  My daughters-out-of-law have birthdays in the same month, and one had a trip to Yellowstone last month, and the other a trip to Cuba for their birthdays.  That leaves 2 of my sons with empty pockets but happy girl friends.  My other son is going through one of those big work transitions right now, after he just got back from vacation with his family.

My travels aren't that far these days, but a whole day driving around these mountains is certainly enjoyable for me.  Just wait till I post pics of my waterfall, Mount Pisgah, Cradle of Forestry trip from last week!

A selfie with US Congressman McHenry asking him to make sure to protect all senior programs...
he's smiling and I'm talking!
I was surprised yesterday when Congressman McHenry came into our Senior Lunch Site, and stood at each table talking to the participants.  When he came to our table where we were having conversational Spanish class (just 5 of us this week when we sometimes have 12!) I had asked the 5 (in English) what we should ask him.  So we were somewhat prepared.  It was the most attention I would have ever received from a Congressman, and he came to us.  We stressed that healthcare needs to be changed, but part of the problem is that the insurance industry donates to Congressmen.  He said he'd take money from anyone, but would vote to represent his constituents.  (Can I believe that?)  He then left to go to a Town Hall meeting where 170 or so people met with him.  And I was one of 5 that had his attention for 10 minutes! WHow!

My best friend who lives on the other side of the continent, sent a package that got here last Friday.  I was looking forward to seeing the lovely things she's sent.  A nice silver necklace with a pretty stone in it, blue...not sure what.  And several blouses in jewel-tones.  I am wearing one of them (and the necklace) in the picture with Mr. McHenry above.  While she's battling cancer, she thinks of others...that's the way she's lived all her life.

I went shopping for a new purse last week.  When I went up to Pisgah Inn with a friend last week, I splurged on food and decadent chocolate.  That was definitely a birthday bash.  She has her birthday at the end of July, and I missed celebrating it with her.

When we get to this age, life seems to interfere with birthdays.

After all, there was this eclipse this week.  Geese, how could it not be on MY DAY!

Posted by National Quilt Museum,  Thanks to commenter, made by Caryl Bryer Fallert.
This year I'm very very grateful for my good health, which has improved after a couple of times when it dipped into the uglies.  I'm being more active in taking care of myself as a result!  McHenry also had pneumonia this summer, and we briefly talked about the long time it takes to come back to our own "normal."

I could have organized a festive party, if I'd had the energy.  That would also include green energy, namely the money it takes in food and booze. I prefer to parcel out my energy expenditures in things that bring me the most joy, and frankly having a lot of clean-up after a party doesn't give me much joy.  I'll see most of my friends at one time or another during a the studio, at the lunch program, at church, or just in Facebook and emails, where I also kind of keep up with my family.

So here I go doing what I choose to do each day for another trip around the 76th!
I just realized maybe I'm ready to take more risks with my life.  Mmm, can I change at this time in my life? We shall see!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Great American Eclipse

Rays of sunlight coming from behind clouds as eclipse reached our 98% totality

Even when at totality (using my glasses this did show a large moon shadow) the sun won out with plenty of power! You can't tell there's even a bit of shadow through the clouds!

Ready for eclipse yesterday!

Amazing clouds that kept attacking the sun!

Our "totality of 98% left a sliver of bright sun at the top of the moon's shadow, so it never got very dark...

Residents and staff tried to see the totality, but clouds got in the way.
I did have to turn on the lights when I came inside after my two hours watching clouds and a little bit of eclipse...enough that I can say I saw it (with those great glasses!)

My attempt at a selfie with our totality...didn't show any moon, did it?
The view of eclipse in KY, which as shown later on C-Span

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cats doing Yoga (2 more)

 While waiting to be glazed, these two escaped the studio for a ride outside!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

As the week moves along

Sourwood Festival...lots of tents, lots of strange and interesting crafts, lots of food and drinks, lots of people, lots of traffic.  These were taken Sunday morning before it really got crowded a week ago!

During this week we all were getting ready for an eclipse on Mon Aug 21.  I then will have an inspection  on Tues. of my apartment to make sure I follow all the rules and thus am eligible to live here.  And then on Wed. I turn another year older.  So this is a busy week.
Editors note: Being almost 75, I beg to be a bit forgetful.  The inspection is on Thurs, and my daughter-in-laws birthday is on Tues!

By Thursday when I go in the studio,  I'll be thinking of my daughter-out-of-law who's maybe visiting Cuba with her boyfriend, my son (or maybe they've already returned!)  At any rate, that's another August birthday.

What are you going to/or did you do for the eclipse?

It reminds me that at 5:30 am (when I wrote this on the 13th) I looked up at the sky to see if the Perseid shower was still happening.  We'd had rain off and on the day before, and early mornings in the mountains usually are cloudy.  Yep, that's what I saw.  Nice grey glow.

So I'll be happy if I see the sun at all as well as an eclipse.  I'll try taking some photos if I do.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Motorcycles in my life

I've finally figured something out...about me. Not a great big thing, but one that I must admit to the other Sepia Saturday sepias. I wrote why I enjoyed SS a few weeks back. Now I must say that the reason I love seeing old pictures of people with British heritage (mainly) is that there is so much more history available to Brits. I'm intrigued, because my history just kind of ends in a muddle a few hundred years ago...until I also go back to Britain. So I'm glad to be a voyeur by all your sharing. Thanks!

Now to work on matching some of my photos to this week's prompt.  It's a doozie.  Check over on their site HERE to see what others come up with.

"Our theme image this week shows a dispatch rider repairing a motor cycle in France during the Great War. The August 1915 photograph is part of the collection of the British Museum which is available on Flickr Commons. There are the usual generous collection of potential themes available within this image - you don't need to get down on your back with your spanners out to find them. Whatever theme you discover, just match it with an old image from your own collection and post it on or around Saturday 19th August and add a link to the list below.

OK, I'm going to repost from one on another of my blogs about motorcycles.  

Not my ex-husband's first motorcycle, but similar!

I rode more than this first motorcycle, a Triton, which belonged to my boyfriend at the time, who I later married.

We didn't stay married all that long, and the best part was having two sons together. (He had sold the motorcycle when he entered the Coast Guard and before we got married.)  After the divorce I found my new-found freedom in the 70s and maybe went a bit overboard.  I had a boyfriend who I got engaged to, and we bought a motorcycle together...a little Honda.  

Here I am (hands on hips) having a yard sale in 1973.  I think it was mainly things my sister was selling as she moved from an apartment in FL to living in a cabin in TN.  But there are the Honda's handlebars in the foreground, which I felt pretty comfortable riding on my own.

In a few more years,  the next motorcycle in my life was a BMW, which another boyfriend owned.  I actually never drove another one myself.  (Don't ask how many boyfriends I had, but I'll gladly tell you I only was married once!)

However just last week I heard a motorcycle behind me, and knew it was a BMW by the sound.  They are the earliest (that I know of) to have a drive shaft rather than a chain.  It makes a world of difference, I think!

Not me, nor the exact model we rode in the 70s, obviously!

 Motorcyclists love to cruise on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is about 5 miles from my home.

And between my home and the Parkway is a huge Harley Davidson store.  So most of the "bikes" on the parkway are Harleys.

Except when there aren't a lot of cars or motorcycles, there are actual bicycles.  It's a great sport for the more fit among us, to climb these mountains by pedal power.

There are frequent traffic jams backed up when a bicycle is riding in your lane, and the cars can't find a way to pass him/her.  There are often other cars coming toward you, and you can't pull out into the oncoming lane to pass the bike.  There's now a law saying you can pass bikes by going over a double yellow line, as long as it's clear.  I hope bicyclists chose to ride during less traveled times.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Red Sunflower inspiration

Honey pots.  I'd made a couple before I got sick, and they've patiently been waiting around for me to feel like glazing.

So the other day I did one just in plain's still waiting to be fired.  Since it's speckled brownstone clay, it will be speckled yellow.

And then I tried my hand at Designer Liner and Stroke & Coat glazes (both by Mayco).  And then added some of Spectrum's Butter Yellow for the yellow base glaze.  Clay body is Little Loafers, cone 5-6 from Highwater.

This came out very pleasing for me.