So now …

The dreaded taxes are done!  Yay!  So now, we can focus on the next job(s) … Our group project is refinishing the hardwood floors.  MY NEXT project is finding and CLEANING this studio.  I’m going to majorly shame myself and post a photo.  It shows just how cluttered I’ve become.  Gah! 

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In between, I will continue to make cards, run the occasional kiln load and watch over my garden starts.  I’ve been playing with watercolors …

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And, I’m kicking around the idea of hosting some classes.  I plan to rope my sister into helping me figure out a working agenda for each, but here are some of the items I’m thinking about.classes

baby-bunnyOur baby bunnies are getting cuter by the day and starting to explore the world outside of their nesting box ro-headphones… Awwww!

I’m also sharing a quick pic of Miss Rotunda, who likes listening to my blue-tooth face (eye) mask with thunderstorms and crickets playing …

And now, I’ve got to start cleaning.  Hugs Y’all!

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That time of year …

glass-bulbsBut first – here are some of the bulbs I made in the glass blowing class with my sister.  taxes-22We had a great time, and now we’re looking at other classes to take.

It is THAT time of year, so tax prep is well underway.  I’m hoping we can pull them together within the next 2-3 days.  Maybe, sure …

seed-bookIt’s also seed-starting time … So, I busted out my big ‘book of seeds’ and got a few trays going.  So far so good!

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I continue to play with cards as we’re looking at the various farmers markets in our area.  Meanwhile, DH is making beautiful pottery (photos to come).

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I hope to have some cute Thumper baby bunny photos for you next time.  And, it looks like Princess Buttercup might be having a few, too.  Hugs Y’all!

Card-Mania Continues …

FMI’ve spent a bit of quality time in my studio, playing with paper.  DH and I were talking about working some of the area Farmers Markets this spring/summer … Right now I’m making cards, cards, and more cards …

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hydroponics-3-22Meanwhile, our hydroponics are still going strong.  I’m hoping to get some tomatoes and maybe a few zucchini before we move on to outdoor gardening.  Come on spring … I am so ready!

My sister and I are taking a class this weekend to play with blowing glass.  I’m excited.  I hope to share some neat photos in my next post…

Speaking of sharing pictures – I’ll leave with this crazy one.  Somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted to try magnetic lashes … Doh!  Not a good look for me, but it made me laugh!  Hugs Y’all!

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Struggle … Yep – that bus is REAL!

So, I’m trying to embrace all things I’m supposed to be embracing.  Meanwhile, dark, depressive thoughts keep springing up.  I AM OKAY!  I’m just trying to figure some sh*t out.  I am Ukrainian by birth.  Muchly disregarded by the birth mother, but I always felt that pull!  However, at this time – it is not my fight.  I have enough to keep my head and hands busy!

Dude, I am totally ok.  I’m a nurse, and I’m not currently nursing.  I’m on sabbatical … I’m keeping myself sane.  Go, Me!!!

Meanwhile, I have fun photos to share.  And, I’m cleaning the studio, planning for new fused glass, working out some card ideas, while I feed my chickens and bunnies.  We’re supposed to grow by pigs or goats this year.  I’m excited – and waiting for more words from DH!

Here are some cards I made …

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And some ceramics …

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20220225_111728  Christmas with my Dad …  And, I’ll leave with our hydroponic mega-salad with bok-choy and greens … Yeah, baby!

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And … I think the greenhouse build is a GO for this YEAR!  Yay!

So, Actually …

It turns out Babs is really (Mr.) Bugs – and our Miss Thumper has had babies!  OMGosh – how fun!  Here’s a quick pic of Mom and baby bunnies.

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I’ve made a few cards, and I’m having a good time getting back into studio work.

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We’ve also been playing with pottery.  Here is our window for planter pots.  Pretty!

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I’ll leave with a cute photo of Crazy Ava – who loves to sing to us.  Hugs Y’all!

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Snow and Play …

We had our big snow storm.  It produced, but nothing overly dramatic.  The pups had fun romping through it, though.

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Meanwhile, we continue to play in the ceramic  studio.  DH made a Batman mug.  It fired okay (with glazes), but we’ve definitely had some better pieces coming out of our kilns.  And here is our new mug display in the kitchen.  Smile

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Our hydroponics continue to grow.  We are routinely grabbing bok choy and various herbs.  I would like the tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini to produce a bit more/faster …2-22-hydroponics    hyrdoponics-2-22

tragus-piercingOh, and this just happened.  I’d been wanting to get a tragus piercing for a bit, so I had my little sister act as my ‘wing-man’.  I’m glad I have it, and she had me laughing through most of it …

This also happened (today).  We brought our male, “Buck Rogers” home, along with a sweet blue girl – named “Violet” – who is 3 months old.  Awwww!  Babs and Thumper are enjoying a more ‘colony’ vibe to their habitat now …

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I’m also playing in the kitchen of my studio.  Lip balm last week, and I hope to add strawberry and mango flavors as well.  And a new book to learn from.  We already make yogurt (SO MUCH CHEAPER!!!), but I’d love to make some cheeses (like muenster and gouda!) …

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I’m gathering supplies for soap making too … Just a matter of time now!  Winking smile

Stay safe and hugs, Y’all!

Having a GREAT time …

DH-55-cardWarning – another photo-heavy post.  But, I’m having so much fun! 

DH had a birthday, so I made him a ‘pop-up’ card:DH-bday-card

And, we’ve been cooking.  I have photos of the jerky we made (pork, beef and chicken), along with the homemade dog treats … The pups love them!  Here’s the link to the dog treat recipe.  Thanks Alyssa!

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I’ve also been reading up on handmade lotions, so I whipped up a couple of batches.

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ceramic-kiln-number-3Oh, and we purchased another ceramic kiln (our third).  Check her out, she’s HUGE!

So, we’ve been making and glazing pots (mugs, dishes, plant pots, etc.)  Here come the pictures:

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I’m making some glass things too – just so those kilns don’t feel lonely.  Smile

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ducksDH and I have been going for walks (called exercising – in my book).  We stumbled on a neighbor’s pond full of ducks, so I took a photo.  I’ve also been doing some AM hours (or being a day-walker) … CRAZY, I know!  But here is the sunrise photo I caught on DH’s birthday.  Pretty!

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I’ll leave with a cute pic of one of our Neo pups, Walter (Cronkite or ‘Kronk’).  Awwww!  And Miss Chloe Cowbell – because it’s hard to be Chloe!  Winking smile

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Love and hugs, y’all!

A Little of This …


rose-lights-and-spoonrestsSo, today’s update is more about photo sharing – with a little of this and that thrown in …

I’m creating in the glass studio again.  I had a request for some rose night lights and spoon rests.  And, I’m playing with an idea for these gnome ornaments and glass paints … we’ll see if it works.

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bunny-bungalowDH and I are staying busy.  We hung some mood-lighting in the bunny hutch (or the  Bunny Bungalow – as I like to call it).  Smile

fleur-de-lisWe continue to play at least a little every day in the clay studio.  Here is a mug I painted, waiting for her turn in the glazing kiln.  And we have lots of pots waiting for glazing!  Yesterday, we hung these shelves – that DH made YEARS AGO.  I like them, and think it finishes the wall nicely.

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We have not yet celebrated Christmas with my dad, so I decided to decorate the Whimsy Tree – one of my favorites!

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pretzel-bunsAnd of course, we continue to eat well.  Here are the pretzel buns I made for our home ground burgers.  I have a few more meats I hope to grind later this week (chicken and pork).  Since it’s a new year, with lots of changes, DH and I have decided to start walking/hiking.  We’ve managed a few days with 1-2 miles at a nice leisurely pace.  Baby steps!!!

I’ll leave with a cute photo of my sisters (Chloe and Rotunda), hanging out with us in the clay studio enjoying their favorite hobby (NAPPING!)!!  Hugs and <3. y’all!ChloeNRo

Another Update and Welcoming 2022 …

Oh my goodness, 2021 went out with a bang!  There is a big work story that I’m not quite ready to share, but we can cover Christmas, food/recipes, clay studio, other life stories and cute photos.  So – here we go …

candied-pecansPrepping for Christmas 2021, DH and I opted for more-than-not homemade gifts.  So, we gave cards, candied pecans, tubs of chex mix and plants in our pots (along with a few store bought items).  Do my kids appreciate it?  Probably not.  But it makes me feel good.

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xmas-2020Our Christmas morning: The chicken feather plucker is mine and DH received a 10 piece set of pots and pans that he had wanted for some time. 

And our gift from the twins … Meet Roz the chameleon!  She is presently staying with the twins as we have a bit too much going on right now with all of our other animals.  But she’s cute – in her lizardly way …

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pasta-makerWe have eaten well, as I uncovered our Kitchenaid pasta maker and grinder attachments.  So we made pasta (with a mushroom/herb sauce – no photo) and then we ground some beef for burgers (I’ll make pretzel buns to go with) …

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killer-mac-and-cheeseWe also have a huge pan (9×13) of KILLER Mac & Cheese.  It’s made with 5 cheeses (although I may have added more) and because we couldn’t find the cheeses in the recipe, we improvised with others (gouda, swiss, colby jack, muenster, parmesan, mozerella, along with whatever other cheeses I may have had in our fridge).  It is AMAZING, although NOT heart healthy.  Here is a link to the recipe, if you’re interested:  https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cheese-lovers-5-cheese-mac-and-cheese-recipe-1944515

And – our most recent meal, Crispy Oven Roasted Garlic Chicken – from one of our backyard (SKOS) chickens.  It was pretty great!  Link to recipe: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-roasted-garlic-chicken/

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dichroic-glass-cup-holderWe’ve also been playing in the studio and deep cleaning just about every room and space we have.  Here’s what we have going on in the pottery studio …

A fused glass cup holder/pencil-cup I uncovered from when the kilns were in the house.  I’m playing with clay shapes to add to our coffee mugs, using silicone molds and cookie cutters that we have.  And lastly, our most recent glazing ready for the kiln (trial 2).  Baby steps!!!

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DH-the-modelI mentioned deep cleaning … well, one of those jobs was cleaning out our closets, where DH stumbled on this crazy leather jacket (seriously hideous) and felt compelled to model it, so I took a few photos.  I’d say he’s (NOT QUITE) ready for the runway/modeling career!  Winking smile

winter-eggsOur Ladies (the chickens) are NOT laying in their nesting boxes, which makes me think a couple of things … 1) Too cold or 2) They are BRATS!  But, either way, we store the extra straw (for the outdoor run) in their coop.  Here is where they are laying eggs now.  Even Miss Hannigan started to lay again (green eggs), so I’ll take it.  In the meantime, we have wrapped the outer portion of their run with wind barriers, making it very nice and toasty (or at least breeze-free).  Happy Ladies, happy eggs, happy Chicken-Mom!  Smile

And lastlly, a photo of Miss Chloe CowBell.  Just like a kid, give them all the toys they could want and what do they play with?  THE BOX!!!  Cute little snot!

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Happy New Year and HUGS, y’all!

MiA …

But I’m back.  I’m sorry.  I’m doing the best that I can.  The nursing toll is feeling heavy this year.  Add to it: Mandatory competency deadlines; another level of hot flashes; and T-8 days until Christmas … OMGosh!

Got through my birthday, Thanksgiving, figuring our pottery kiln problem, annual work competencies … And here I am.  Add the stressors of Christmas countdown, Covid surge number 86 – along with increased volume, acuity and overnight HOLDS in our free-standing ER; Growing our farm, daily chores and maintenance, on top of what HAS GOT TO BE the LAST level of menopausal power-ups [PLEASE?!?] … I’m struggling.  But it’s all good.  We have also been moving forward.

And the rest will be covered via photos … 

We have bunnies … Meet Babs and Thumper, so cute!  They are 3 months old now and  acclimating well …  We hope to add a male for them soon.  Meanwhile, they are adjusting to us – while getting used to daily treats of carrot, spinach, melons, cucumber and alfalfa.  I think they might just love me …

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TWD-zombie-lungWe worked our way through a kiln issue and finally fired our first (and second – in the kiln as I type) batch of ceramic pots.  Live and learn is the message of the week!  And we are learning … But, check out that Walking Dead/Zombie Lung interior we created … Dang!!!

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We are throwing ‘pots’ – gaining knowledge to control clay on the potter’s wheel daily.  Again, DH has more innate skill, and patience – than I do.  But, I have better glaze-dunking abilities (… so yeah, he’s still ‘beating’ me …) … Smile

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hydroponic-wk4My hydroponic plants are growing … Here is a quick photo of our dutch bucket cucumbers, doing AMAZING!

Ava-Disco-BallWe’re keeping up with animal upkeep.  We cleaned out the chicken coop today, while DH has added a disco ball to the ladies run … Right?!?  Because EVERYONE needs a disco ball!!!

new-cardAnd my latest card, trying to wrap up gift making in time for Christmas.  We Can Do This!!!

Oh, BTW – DH told me that our oldest wants to host Christmas.  As he and I were just discussing the long list  of hurdles and challenges of meeting that deadline (hosting here), baby girl comes through!  Yes, please!!!

Meanwhile, on the ER nurse front – I continue to bob-&-weave through covid patients, sick patients and the influx of volume met with holiday-season staffing challenges … as best as I can.  Good Golly, this STINKS!

And, my latest trick in the hot flash/menopause department has added palpitations and dizziness on top of igniting my whole body in internal heat/flames.  Cool!!!

Finally, DH and I have eaten well … so many good recipes, great soups and awesome meals have been created. [No photos, but amazing food!]  Will do better with updates, I hope!

Merry Christmas, peace and hugs ya’ll!