Monday, April 24, 2017

Planned Obsolescence

Nowadays it seems everything is made with planned obsolescence. When we moved here just over three years ago, the kitchen appliances were all new. A year ago our microwave broke and now our dishwasher has broken. It costs more to fix them then it does to purchase a new one. Years ago appliances would last for years.

Now new fangled appliances which use less water and electricity to run seem to quit working far too soon. When I add up the cost of the dishwasher and the refrigerator and divide that number by 3 for the years we've lived here, it adds up to a big expense. Just keeping things in good working order is eating me out of house and home. I think appliances should last at least ten years. What do you think? What have your experiences with appliances been. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Beginning next Saturday my pottery will be available at the Reece Farm & Heritage Center in Blairsville, Georgia. The Reece Farm is open April through November on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The Reece Farm was the home of the acclaimed poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958).

During his life Reece published four volumes of poetry and two novels. Reece was the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship for fiction in 1952.

The farm is a place to learn about Byron Reece and about living on a farm in the Appalachian Mountains during Reece's lifetime. Situated alongside Wolf Creek and surrounded by mountains, the grounds have wonderful displays of authentic farm buildings and equipment utilized during Reece's lifetime.

The farm consists of the Visitor Center with Gift Shop, the Reece Writing Studio, the Main Barn which houses farm exhibits and the Reece Gallery, the Corn Crib, the Chicken House, a Smoke House, and the Spring House. This year the farm plans on establishing a vegetable demonstration garden in conjunction with the Blairsville Farmer's Market.

The Reece Farm and Heritage Center is located a mile from Vogel State Park and entrance is free. On the grounds there is also a pavilion available for weddings. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Colors and Positive Thinking

I'm thinking of Spring colors for positive thinking this morning. I rediscovered these plates with Spring colors from 5 years ago. Time is really flying by.

It doesn't hurt to revisit work you've made in the past. Suddenly it becomes relevant for today.

If I concentrate on these colors the world is a brighter place. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April First, Plant Friends

Sometimes plants seem more pleasant than people. Plants provide beauty, food, shade, and most always remain friends through thick and thin. Plants talk back occasionally, but not behind your back. Plants don't unfriend or shun you. They tell you right up front; they talk to you. They say, hey I need some water or I need pruning. Plants talk back like weeds which pop up saying pull me, or broken tree branches which say cut me up, or plants which fail to bloom saying fertilizer me. I didn't plant this crabapple tree but I am rewarded with it's friendship year after year. I only give it water yet this crabapple gives much more to me.

I am rewarded with the crabapples friendship flowers in Spring, drought tolerance in Summer, red orange Autumn colors, and tiny to medium sized crabapples in Winter. The crabapple is friends with birds too, providing food with it's apples. The only negative I can say about crabapples is not to plant them near a driveway or patio because of fruit drop. If you have the room I recommend planting crabapples. They are medium sized trees and grow a nice wide vase shape naturally. Crabapples are a plant friend to have.

In the foreground is a small red leafed crabapple I planted last year. It doubled in size but I pruned it way back, trying to encourage it to grow wider instead of taller. Often trees grown in containers in a nursery are crowded so they tend to grow straight up. With a good selective pruning for a couple of years I can correct this plants bad habit of growing straight up. Sometimes it takes a little effort to have a good plant friend but like all friends it's worth it in the long run. Sometimes people discard friends like they are easy to find; I have a hard time with that.

Here are the flowering pear trees I planted the first year here, three years ago. They grow fast and tall which was my intent since they are planted near the driveway. I am standing on the second floor deck and the trees are taller than that; probably 20 feet tall. When we planted them they were about 8 feet tall. The frost killed most of the blossoms this year, otherwise they would have been a mass of white blossoms. They turn a beautiful red orange Autumn color.

I wonder, should I pick friends because of how they grow like I do plants, tall or wide? Sometimes I feel like a weed, pulled and tossed aside. Even weeds are good, for instance plantain or dandelion. Those two weeds are edible and nutritious. I just can't discard friends like weeds and toss them aside. Thank goodness for plant friends. White rabbit to you all. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.