I’m Not Dead … Yet ;)

Sorry for the really long lapse between postings.  The reasons are varied, but combine busy-overload bday2019with creative funk, along with a bit of cleaning and reorganizing.  And … officially entering my 5th decade of life.  OUCH!

My family knows me so well … And they all came to celebrate with dinner and cake at our favorite restaurant.  Unfortunately, DH cut Grandpa T out of the photo, but here is a pic of the rest of our gang (also minus the photographer – DH…).  I feel so blessed!


Creamy-Tortellini-SoupThen DH and I tried a new soup recipe – Spinach Sausage Tortellini Soup.  I thought I’d love it, but … no.  I’m not sure who likes giant pasta clots in their soup.  I now know tortellini is not for me! [Not my photo]

We had some craziness this summer/fall with many puppies arriving all at once.  It was a challenge and a test of our years of whelping/caring for canine skills/knowledge, and I hope to never be tested that way again … Our moms and pups did great and we our down to our last baby, named Brutus (Beefcake).  Here he is ‘striking a pose’ for the camera.


I did a bit of stamping this week.  I’m really trying to get my stamps organized in a user-friendly format. It’s an ongoing work in progress …  Here I’m trying the WRMK stamping-11-8stamp press with turnabout stamps … not so successful.  (In my head, it made perfect sense … still not sure why it failed to automatically line up!  Doh!)  And – you can see a bit of the new shelf that runs along the middle of my large work table, adding more ready-to-use items in a somewhat organized fashion …

I have also prepped a dozen spoon rests, cut for night lights (rainbow and Christmas trees – no photo) and worked on a special request badge reel (Certified Vet Tech) … neat!

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As part of my birthday present, I have a crate of my most-used fusible glass on its way.  Being 50 um … 29(!) has some perks!  Smile  Thank you, DH!

Next up – a weekend of ER nursing fun.  Hugs Y’all!  heart-emoji

Mildly progressive …

Yep – I’ve been a mildly progressive  BUM this week!  I was helping DH with our pups, moving along stamp identification, making glass, cooking – oh, and catching the last rays of summer sunshine!  [While Monday was cooler temps – so far we’re 5/5 days in the pool and I hope to add one more day TODAY!  Gotta love our pool cover with Indian summers!]

It was a good week!  Here are some photos.  Chicken stir fry (loosely based on this recipe – thank you Sara!); bulldog LOVE; Halloween-requests (more to come); and Neo babies!


We have an old shed on our property that was taken over by a GIANT HIVE OF BEES … DH called the Magic Bee Family (a local listing he found in our area, with my own magical name) – a father and son crew who came and rehomed the entire hive!  Thank you Magic men!!!


Baby Steps … Win the Race?

Well no.  But they keep you moving forward.  Our time is so segregated these days – but it’s all good!  So, I’m reporting on a little of this and a little of that!

I have managed to do a couple of things in the studio.  Speaking of which – here is a reverse view from one of our cameras … showcasing my studio (upstairs – and his man-cave downstairs)!


Anyway – I need to create a few glass items for orders/requests. So, I put together some Christmas Tree ornaments, which are finishing in the baby kiln as I type.  I also have a few enamel covered night lights drying (in preparation for sand-blasting), and I’m working on a batch of Snowman ornaments, and prepping more batch spoon rests … “Holiday Shopping” has begun, PEOPLE!  I’m also making progress on my stamp inventory.  I’m about 1/2 way there … Thank you sweet baby Jesus!  This is some TEDIOUS work.  But I’m hoping it will help me with speedy/concise card-making when it’s done …


DH and I have squeaked out a couple of stingy pool days.  Thank  goodness for the solar blanket and pool heater.  I’m hoping to squeeze out another two weeks of sun-time … We’ll see. 

Oh – and DH ran over to our neighbors, to return their beagles who went for a ‘walk about’.  Anyway – he caught a quick photo of their turkeys, who ‘gobble-gobble’ for all in the neighborhood to hear (I love it!) … One of these days – we’ll add chickens and turkeys to our homestead!  [This city-girl just needs to learn a few more things about raising healthy birds!]


As pups are still the big focus for us, we’re definitely hit and miss in the kitchen, with meals frequently supplemented by take-out.  But as the weather changes, I’ll open the recipe book up to some soups.  I’m excited about that aspect of losing summer, at least …

I’ll leave with a couple of adorable photos of our pups.  These boys are 8 and 7 wks old, love their outside romp-time and tolerate posing for the camera!  Winking smile  Here’s Andy and Jerry … Awwww! Smile

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Next up – 24 hours of nursing fun … G’night Y’all!

Late to the Party …

In an effort to try to organize my growing stamp collection, I stumbled on a program … Yep – I understand it’s been around for a long time … Evernote (a free organizing app).  So, while I’m watching over my moms and pups, I’m entering lots and lots of data.  I’ve plowed through 2 baskets of stamps this week, and only have about 8 more to go … Hmmm, data entry – not so thrilling!


On a more exciting note, our Gina has chimed in to add her pups to our nursery.  They were born on 8/15 and are adjusting (and growing) great!  Here’s a quick photo of Gina’s boys … awww!  You can see more pups (and almost smell the puppy breath Winking smile) on our site here


I tried my hand at making my own enamel dots with perler beads.  Hmmm – I may just stick with Nuvo drops …perler-enamel-dots
A couple of short trips to the pool for some stolen sunshine, a few home cooked meals (with a lot of take out thrown in), and that about catches us up.  I’ll add a cute pic of Linda, napping!  Off for a fun-filled ER nursing weekend … Stay safe y’all!


Updates …

I have managed to misplace my creative mojo again.  But – there have been a few other things keeping us occupied lately …

We’ve had puppies (again)!  Our Josie had her first litter, so we’ve added four big, beautiful blue babies to our nursery. Josie is doing an awesome job loving, feeding and caring for her pups. [And Cali and her crew are doing great too – her pups are 3 wks old now and almost ready for gruel … photos to come!]JosiePups

Our oldest daughter turned 27.  Our youngest daughter made it safely home from Ghana.  I met with the ‘High School Girls’ – we had a great dinner while we caught up with each other.  And DH and I have  squeezed in as many pool days as possible.  Chloe even had her first 2019 pool float.


My studio still needs cleaning, so I can find my missing creativity.  But in the meantime, here are a couple of cute photos of my bulldog girlz (Aunt Chloe, Momma Ro, Linda … and Viola).

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I’ll leave this quick update with a pretty picture DH took of one of our summer sunsets … or maybe it was a sunrise??? wlEmoticon-winkingsmile.pngsummer-sunset-2019

A Lot to Report …

OK  – running through the list since my last post.  Last week was wonderful, with pool days every day!  Got through a steady ER-nursing weekend, with a bit of a twist.  Our youngest daughter came up to see me and inform she was twinsheading back to Ghana for a ‘short visit’ (3 wks).  She left the ER to meet her brother, drove all night to catch a flight from New York and has made it safely to Ghana.  [Big THANKS to her oldest brother for helping her out like that.]  Moving on, the twins turned 22 on Tuesday (with Little Sis internationally travelling through it all). 

I made a vat of Swamp Juice – our custom to make a batch every summer… [Once started as a Sangria recipe that has been modified over the years Smile]

swamp-juice-fruit swamp-juice-fixings swamp-juice-2019

cali-stares-at-DHBefore we could enjoy it, we started pup watch, as our Neo, Cali was as big as a horse and due any day.  I have a photo of her staring longingly at DH, willing him to wake up from his nap, while Clyde hung out with her in the whelping box on Wednesday.

She had 13 beautiful blue and tawny babies, starting at 3am on Friday morning and finishing by 2pm in the afternoon.  Since we’re all adjusting to life on the outside, I’ve stayed busy near mom and pups. (Photo of the boys …)calipups

I made a bunch of soy candles and prepped some spoon rests for slumping.

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I also have Linda close by, as she decided to take after Uncle Clyde with some palette issues, and was admitted to the canine ER with (aspiration) pneumonia on Monday, and came home on Thursday.  She still has a horrible sounding cough, but is getting better daily.  Here’s a quick photo of her with Aunt Chloe.


So, yeah – that catches us up.  Now I’m ready to head back to the ER for a fun-filled weekend.  Stay cool, y’all!

It’s been a while …

I keep going back and forth with this creative rut.  I need to do a MAJOR deep clean in the studio, and I’m not looking forward to it.  But it has to happen, so … Next week!

In the meantime, DH and I have played with some hot weather desserts.  We tried some homemade (no churn) ice cream, along with peanut butter sauce (YUM!).  I didn’t care for the ice cream as it is too sweet, but DH likes it.  Then we made strawberry frozen yogurt.  Again, I didn’t care for it as I felt it was more like a tart sorbet.  BUT, when I mixed the ice cream (minus the peanut butter sauce) into the strawberry yogurt … PERFECTION!  (Thank you Gemma and Tracy!)

homemade-icecream-peanut-butter-sauce    strawberry-frozen-yogurt

I did pull a few birthday cards together.  cards-7-5

new-deck-dockAnd, DH built the pond deck/dock.  Victor and Gina approve.  And Chloe and Ro helped … play in the mud!  Smile

muddy-chloe  muddy-ro-2019

We’ve been enjoying the arrival of actual summer (sunshine and warm weather), with pool days as often as possible.  I’m calling it “Jamaica in July” (no swim up bar, but a handy cooler at the edge of the pool is in place) and I’m loving it!  During the wee hours of the night (my natural awake time), I’m catching up on yearly nursing computer competencies.  Our facility, which doesn’t like to pay for actually doing these competencies, recently issued a new deadline of June 30 for ALL to be complete.  As I was working (a very busy weekend with lots of volume, a few truly sick pts scattered amid many physically and emotionally demanding pts and families) … I didn’t make the deadline.  So far,  I’m 4 hours into them, with (hopefully just) 2 more hours to go to complete the 40+ modules.   Yep – Jamaica in July … because I need it!!!

I caught some neighborhood fireworks through my studio window.  I tried to get a picture.  This is the best I managed … over DH’s dump truck, between the trees and electric poles … Ambience!  Winking smile


One more pool day before returning to another fun ER nursing weekend.  Be safe Y’all!

Just a couple more days …

Even with less than cooperative Michigan summer weather, I’m having a great stay-cation.  I have a couple more days of ‘bumming’ coe90-carnival-murrini-canebefore heading back to the ER this weekend …  In the meantime, we had our coe90 ‘carnival’ pull.  Here is the stack, with the resulting murrini and cane.

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We had a family gathering at my sister’s.  The photo has three generations of Thompson folk (my grandfather, uncle, and sister).  It was a great visit,


sisters-6-20Speaking of sisters … I’m sneaking in a photo of Chloe and Ro.  Cowbell is definitely feeling better!  And Rotunda’s daughters, Linda and Viola – who are rolling into 3 months old.  So stinkin’ cute!!!


foiled-sugar-skullI’ made some card bases.  Played with foiling – and had decent results.  I will slowly add sentiments and layers to them.  I also made some ‘inky backgrounds’ in bold colors.  I will emboss an image and tone down the bold coloring – as in the rose card.  I’m also making a few argyle cards – so the 3 diamond backgrounds are layer one … I’ll show the finished cards when I get there …


We had a cloudy ‘pool day’ yesterday.  As always, I’m hoping to squeeze in another before returning to work.  We’ll see … Leaving with a pretty picture DH caught of the moonlight over ‘Purdy Pond’ … Happy Summer Y’all!

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Finally some pulling …

I cut some glass for a few vitrigraph pulls.  Tonight we did an aqua pull.  Here’s the stack, and the murrini results.

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90-beige-stack-6-14I also plan to do a repeat coe90 beige pull.  And I’m trying to recreate the coe96 Carnival pull, but in coe90 colors … We’ll see how well I did mixing the lead and sulfur glasses – hopefully I have enough protective (safe) colors surrounding them … Otherwise, we’ll have a lovely [NOT] mud-colored batch of murrini cane…

96-stack      90-carnival-trial


I’m still working out what colors/color-mixes to create in coe96.  And, I’m making baby-step progress towards our long awaited coe96 pink stack … I have some pastel pink and maybe a bit of transparent pink to add, as well.   It feels good to play with glass again!

Leaving with a pretty sunset photo DH caught the other day.   I love summer-time!


Tinkering …

Cuz – I can.  I’m on vacation.  No – we’re not going anywhere.  But I’m taking a much-needed break from (ER) work…

We’ve had a beautiful SUN day.  DH shared his plans to build a deck on the pond …


My dad has a birthday coming up … 71 years young.  So, I made a card.  And then, I ordered a gift card to fill it (to replace the ‘Amazon’ card) and some prints of our GANG – so he has new photos of his canine grand-kids!

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And, I’m working on some dichro cabs, for an order.


I hope to straighten up and (re-)organize the studio, make some great food, and maybe have a vit pull or two …

Either way, I’m on VACATION!!! Smile