The Man from … NUNKE

So, long story short … we still watch Swamp People here at Clayton Hill (… and we still haven’t done any gator-hunting, and are STILL big Landry fans!).  This week, DH (actually) said HE would like someone to call him Nunke (however, he is way TOO OLD to be getting any new nieces and nephews!) … So, I’m NOT to call him D.H. anymore … The Yorkies and I should call him NUNKE.   Sure, Babe – you got it!


Meanwhile, my private-duty patient (youngest daughter) is healing well and is back in school!  [Thank YOU!!!]  She’s ‘graduated’ to a full cast, and showing no signs of infection.  [Baby steps!]

Still not too much going on in the studio.  I’m waiting for some glass supplies to arrive (powders and frits and chemical reactions – Oh MY!) … So, I played with the Graphtec CE6000 [vinyl plotter] today.  She and I are in-sync at the moment!  I was able to take (new) 4 inch stencils and turn them into less than 1.25 inch vinyl decals!  (I know, RIGHT?!?)  That balloon needs more micro-weeding yet, but WOW!  So far, so good!  Since I still don’t have running water in the studio(!), I can take my time with ‘weeding’ (removing non-essential vinyl) …


bottling-exerciseAnd, so – to stay busy … D.H. Nunke and I did my version of exercisebottling-wine tonight.  Yep, it’s BOTTLING TIME here on the homestead.  Thirty brand new bottles of Cherry Pinot Noir.  Sure, it’s exercise … those GRAVITY-fed (lots of deep-knee-bending) BOTTLES don’t CORK themselves … picture a red-neck rowing-machine!  Winking smile  Next up (stage one fermentation) is the batch of ‘Skinny Wine’!


Lastly (- to ensure there is never a dull moment!), I managed to break a crown last week.  Have I mentioned my ever-growing odontophobia???  I’m still trying to figure out if it’s time to dig out my big-girl-panties or just pull a WILSON!!!  I have time …


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WWU … My Poor Baby!

My youngest daughter came to visit me at work this weekend.  hurt-babyNot exactly in a manner I would have hoped for … but I was able to help care for her AND be her Mom.  She got hurt at her job*.  Multiple x-rays, stitches and one long microscopic surgery later, and my private-duty patient (and precious hormonal cargo) is on the mend … A special THANKS to my work family for letting me play both roles.   Little Sister has a bit of a journey on the nerve-healing/physical-therapy road ahead, but so far she’s been amazing and I am one proud Momma-Nurse.   [*Who knew waitressing could be that treacherous!]

So, while I promised not to post a photo of her … I don’t think she’ll mind a quick pic of her boo-boo arm pre-surgery.  She is currently napping in a medicated-haze, and all of her requested comfort-foods are nearby.

With all this excitement going on … my studio is quiet (but thawing), while fused glass ideas are flowing (yet – still without water)! bubbling ideas

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That is how the ER Nurse do …

It’s that time of year again.  Time to take online classes, complete re-certs and attend meetings.  [I’m so glad I am making more wine!]  One such class is the NRP.  A great class, but it has me thinking about all the steps involved with officially delivering a baby in the Emergency Department.  There are about 100+ things to remember to mimic the way of the OB staff … way too many for a Keep It Simple/Stupid ER nurse. 

These thoughts had me whining at dinner tonight, and ending with my opening line above:  “Just catch the baby and make sure he/she is breathing … that is how the ER nurse do,” a la True Facts/Ze Frank style.  If you haven’t seen any of them, here is the Star Nosed Mole video … my family’s favorite.

(I just realized he doesn’t say his ‘famous line’ in the video, but it’s funny and essentially safe for work … )

Moving on.  Here’s a photo of this week’s studio learning – thanks to a recent Glass Patterns Quarterly/T.Viet class.  These are some of my test trials, and I plan to keep playing …


And, my next project will include some trials from this book.  Thank you L.Beckéus …


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Wet Room … and THANK YOU!

But first, my scenic cabs.  It takes 5 firings to move these bad boys from start to finish.  And, while I learned some skills and like a few of them, these just aren’t my cup of tea, overall … So, I’m not sure when I’ll revisit the technique.  I will re-fire a few of them, though, as I mixed and matched decal suppliers (different temperatures) – like the ‘I love you to the moon and back’ cab.  Anyway, here they are:

scabs   love2moon

studio-showerAnd, presenting my new studio wet room:  It’s not new, actually.  It is what one does with an existing shower in a glass studio that has problems with sulfur-smelling water (… Ummm, when said studio HAS running water) … There is no known hair conditioner that would out-stink an actual shower in it; DH claims I would have to give up 16-24 square foot of precious studio floor space to provide the rotten-egg-odor cure (water softener) … so, it has been sitting, useless.  Until now.  Here’s my wet-saw in her new home.  I need to get a quality blade for it before I can USE it – and running water would be a plus … But, she sure is pretty in there, right?  Smile


WWU:  I spent a few hours with a WW2 vet.  He is pleasantly confused, and events from many decades ago are so fresh in his memories.  His body is slowly breaking, but he doesn’t moan, complain or even appear to mind.  He shared some (active combat) stories about that war … and I was reminded how grateful I am for people like him (our soldiers).  So, thank you to our troops, both current and past!  [I am also glad I was able to meet him, and provide the nursing care and dignity our senior patients deserve …]


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Staying warm and slowly producing …

Not much to report on this week in the studio, but I am moving a few pieces along …

making-water-Michigan-winteCustom request dichroic badge reels are a tad trickier to create without running water.  Fortunately, I’m married to a handy guy who keeps lots of buckets around – and I’m surrounded by snow.  So, the outdoors is coming in, one pail at a time to sit by the heat and ‘make water’ … I’d say I feel a bit like a ‘pioneer woman’, but that’s a touch too whiny – even for me.  (BTW, DH did fix the busted pipes, it’s just that the next-level freeze hit below ground too, so there won’t be any working plumbing in the studio until the Michigan earth thaws …)  Anyway, my dichro cabs after acid-etching:

dichro-cabs-2-15   tropical-dreamin

And, a handful of my scenic cabs have been ground and are ready for kiln polishing.  I’ll fire a decal into them eventually, but in the meantime, I’m making a few more.

scenic-cabs-2-15   layered-cabs-2-15

I tell myself now is a good time to stock up on ornaments, but … it’s too cold and I’m just not feeling it right now.  [Whine!]

Speaking of which, my 30-bottle batch of wine is percolating nicely, and ready for the next step later today (slowing the fermentation process by removing the lees and racking the bucket into the carboy).  I’m making a red wine batch, and I think I’ll get a white going as well … or maybe a sangria … Hmmm, gotta stay warm somehow – and moving 6 gallons of wine around between the storage area and basement kitchen does that! Winking smilesecondary-fermentation

WWU: Nothing noteworthy to report last weekend.  A lot of the same-‘ole/same-‘ole.  [Yep, flu season is still upon us.  Based on what I see in the ER each weekend, you’d think folks had never lived through a few episodes of vomiting before … Time to mentally prepare for this coming nursing tour … Whine?!?]

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More good, bad and ugly …

The WWU post I had in mind for this week has been overshadowed by the very cold events of Tuesday …

But first … the good:  The stairway leading to my studio is now complete.  Carpet, paint and the wall of shame (along with some pretty items) …


And, Tuesday afternoon I made a new batch of candles in yummy scents.  It’s that time of year, and it had the house smelling winter cozy with Butterscotch, Crème Brulee, Mocha Cappuccino, Calypso, Raspberry Sangria and Coconut Lime Cooler …


All while disaster was striking in my beloved studio … because – IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!!!  Aarrgh!

The pipes froze out in the studio.  That’s not new.  I know how to handle that.  But when we had those few measly hours of ‘warm’ weather on Tuesday … the cold water pipe that leads to my studio bathroom (toilet) completely blew! 

When DH and I headed to the studio Tuesday evening, we were greeted with 2-3 inches of standing water in multiple areas of the studio.  While I don’t have photos of the mini lake we had created on the upper floor of his barn (12 feet in the air) … I do have pictures of some of the aftermath/clean-up.

We removed some 15+ gallons of water (thank you wet/dry vac), and I’m slowly getting her up and running again … minus any working plumbing/bath facilities.  We’re not going to talk about the gallons of damage to DH’s automotive and carpentry tools in the ‘man cave’ … Oh, Michigan Winters – how I love thee!!!

toilet  packing-room  studio-2-15

studio2 2-15

On the plus side, it can all be repaired/salvaged and or replaced (… additionally, the new carpet/stairs did not suffer any water damage).  AND – I have several cases of wine I have now been inspired to make!  Thank you Wine Expert!


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(WWU) Because not everyone reads the rule book …

We got to actually save a life this past weekend.  He was much too young and totally didn’t understand that his heart was NOT supposed to do THAT!  But it’s all good now, and our team did what was needed.  Pretty cool stuff!


girl-aging-cycleAnd, I had dinner with the (grade school) girls this week.  Always a good time, and amazing to see how our three lives move along on similar but different paths as we grow and … age.  Smile

cooking-the-booksWe (DH and I) are jump-starting on our taxes this year, as we pushed that procrastination envelope just a bit too far for my liking last year.  So, in between fun in the studio, playing with pooches and family time – we’re  “cooking the books” … in the legal sense.

Here’s what cooking in the studio:  Store listings, making some fun jewelry bits and playing with a DVD jewelry technique …

new-2015-night-lights    playing-with-frits

donut-necklaces    TV-scenic-layering

I’ll wrap these up and decide what project comes next, while we roll into this next ER nursing weekend … who else hasn’t read the rule book?


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