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friday--ipod struggle continues

Friday, September 22, 2017

good morning! well rob tackled the ipod last night, still to no avail. he has determined that our computer is not seeing it properly as a device--and is treating it like it's a zip drive. we can't get it to sync up when we add new music. we tried making a whole new file--didn't work. he spent quite awhile trying to find a solution on line, but so far came up empty. oh well--I have music on it that I can listen to, but i'm getting kind of tired of the same mixes all the time.
and he found a Subaru outback that is pretty close to exactly what he wants. so we will go test drive it tonight or tomorrow. not in a big hurry to buy, but he wants to see if it is in line with the expectations he has built up in his head or not.
punishingly hot here--yesterday was simply atrocious. I think the humidity was close to 100 percent and the air temp was 90. there aren't many days when I do NOT want to be outside, but yesterday was one of them. I took ralphie for a short walk at the park, and then stayed inside for the most part.
robs weight hadn't budged this week--I suspect he has hit an old set point. he is going to bump his activity a bit more and see what happens. I can't believe he has hit the upper limit on his carbohydrate tolerance yet, but we will hold at 45 for awhile. most days we don't hit that limit as it is.
and my glazing discipline this week has really helped me come up with a routine that makes sense. since i am at the foot of such a steep learning curve and my way of learning it to try everything and reject (over time) what doesn't work, i have to organize the components of glazing so i can understand my successes and failures better. first up is the plethora of commercial glazes. it's like fabric to a quilter. you can never have enough, and i have quite a few and 4 different brands. glazes each have individual quirks because of their chemistry. you can combine and layer glazes, which potentially changes the chemical composition and further entangles the process. and you can inadvertently cause some REALLY ugly results (i know firsthand emoticon ). but my adventuresome side wants to try everything. add that to my forgetful, unorganized side and you have glazing jobs that sit half done until i forget what glazes i put on and then have a puzzle on my hands, both of how to finish and how to record the final result in my glaze notebook. so this week i decided beforehand on the glaze combos i wanted to try and wrote them down. then i numbered each combo. then i decided on 4 or 5 pieces of bisque for the individual combo, rinsed the bisque pieces and wrote the number of the glaze combo i had chosen on the bottom of each piece in pencil. i worked on 2 sets of bisque at a time--glazing requires at least 2 coats of glaze, and the bisque has to dry completely between each coat. so i could go back and forth between 2 sets of bisque. i also spent the "drying time" sponging and tidying some greenware to get it ready to be bisque fired. over the course of the last two days i have 3 combinations nearly done, and several pieces that were half done are finished. even then i managed to goof up on a couple tea bowls i glazed before i started my new "system" and add a glaze i didn't intend. so i just wrote it down in my glaze book and we'll see what happens. may be a happy accident. i have bisque ready for combos' 5 and 6 ready to go today. i set up a little work station for myself (i glaze at my wheel) and so far it's working pretty well, although i could use a little more space. they make add on things for wheels that provide a sort of shelf above the splash pan--i may decide to add one. i am trying very hard to be meticulous and tidy--which is a huge challenge for me--but the inherent formality of the system i am using is helping with that. won't know for sure until the glaze firing, but the process overall is less chaotic, and that has to be a good thing!
here is a pic of the glazed pieces and rinsed bisque--they wait in these little zippered greenhouses because it helps keep them dust free.

and here on the open shelves are fired bisque, waiting for their turn.

have a great day!
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  • EILEEN828
    Ugh, you're right your weather sucks right now. I hope it changes soon. I would imagine that you would reach different plateaus every so often when going through a diet regimin. Loved seeing your beautiful pottery work and hearing about your setup. Sounds like you're working out your glazing process pretty well. emoticon
    538 days ago
    I hope you can stay cool there with everything you have going dear. Hugs.
    540 days ago
    I love looking at your results, thank you for sharing. Drying time has to be difficult with the humidity.
    542 days ago
  • JANET552
    You have lots of pieces!! I think your new system sounds good.

    We are just starting our wicked hot weather. We may have hotter days in the next three days than we had all summer. Just odd.
    542 days ago
    I just love the look of those pitchers.
    542 days ago
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