Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Cleaning

Yesterday I did some spring cleaning in my studio. Today I have dusting to do on the shelves in the foreground.

I tried taking a video of my bells ringing but would you believe I forgot to push the play button. So back down stairs to try again. Hope I can get it to work and then learn how to download off the camera and upload for you to see and listen. We shall see. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby Snapping Turtle

Returning with the baseboards for the basement room this morning, a baby snapping turtle was crossing the road. I insisted Gary stop so I could be sure he got across the road safely. Now is the time turtles will be crossing the road so please watch out for them. If you pick up a turtle crossing the road put them on the side in the direction they were going because they know which way they need to go. If you put them on the wrong side they'll just turn around and cross again. (I didn't have my camera with me so this baby turtle photo was borrowed from the net).

Perhaps you recall the mother snapping turtle from Florida I helped. Never pick up a snapping turtle because their mouths are strong enough to crack open shellfish and they can snap your finger off with ease. The snapping turtle is easily recognizable from their very long tail. Today we're painting the baseboards and wiping the grout haze off the tile, photos coming soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bluebells are Blooming

 The bluebells are blooming and they're fragrant too.

The basement tile is installed, grouting today. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poached & Smoked Mahi & Wood Look Tile

Finally got my taxes completed and in the mail. A while ago I purchased a large frozen slab of mahi at Ingles Grocery. I poached half and I smoked half. We've run out of our Florida seafood. Gary is due to take a trip down there in May.

Here are the mahi steaks being poached in the brine I used. Once the steaks were cooked through I let the brine cook till it thickened and we spooned it over the steaks and our rice. Below are the smoked mahi steaks.

A home improvement project has been taking up most of our time so I haven't made it into the studio this week. We've been finishing the interior garage side of the basement with insulation and wallboard. We divided the garage in half with a wall. Since there is only room to drive in one small car we figured the added square feet would be an improvement. If I ever have an open studio the new section will be perfect to set up finished pottery. Keeping the actual studio side of the basement for visitors to tour. We primed and painted the last couple of days.

Tiling is scheduled for Saturday. We're trying the new type of tile that looks like wood, so stay tuned for actual photos. Above is approximately what the tile looks like. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.