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Clay Date and More

Saturday, December 08, 2018

One of my coworkers is coming over today for a "clay" date. We had been talking about creating stuff, and I invited her. First, we're going to meet at a local diner for a nice big breakfast and get all coffee'd up.

This morning after I got up, I started preparing the crock pot of chili that we'll have for lunch.
Of course, I made a lot because I freeze portions for future lunches and dinners.

I have done a LITTLE inventory of the animals I have in stock. Levi - God bless him, he's so sweet! - LOVES my work, NOT because it can provide an extra source of income (my late husband's attitude) but because he loves the work for itself. He has a few dogs I'd brought down, but he is asking for some African animals. So last week I made a lion, elephant, and leopard. Today I'm going to go for giraffes. They're a pain to make because the soft clay requires support as it dries (I use more clay, and just throw it in water to reconstitute it) - and then, of course, there's the PAINTING - Oh, those spots! I have ONE giraffe in stock. SO I want to have more for when I resume doing art shows, probably when Levi is here to help set up a tent. Still, giraffes aren't as bad to paint as PEACOCKS. I have 2 sitting and waiting to be painted! Each takes a couple of hours - I use acrylic paints rather that the underglaze and glaze I use for almost all the rest of the animals, because of the colors. Whenever I do have a peacock for sale, it sells right away, and I groan about having to do another! I think I should up my price!

Actually, when I have done special orders, my customers are often so pleased with the results that they give me extra. Recently one of my regular customers ordered a cat, and I asked for 20 - she gave me 30! Merry Christmas!

Now, Thursday I had taken the day off from work because I had to go back to the surgeon to have more removed from my ankle - a matter of basal cell carcinomas ( I've had surgeries done in 2 places on my temple and one on the top of my scalp - so this is site number 4.) As I told my daughter, I'm being whittled away!

The appointment wasn't until 1:15, so in the morning I went to Staples for some brown wrapping paper for the package I was mailing to my younger daughter in Ireland - old ornaments with sentimental value, and some figurines I'd made, notably of her Landseer Newfy and Boston terrier

I also bought a new webcam so I could do facetime with Levi (since I have been unable to download a messenger program onto my cell phone)

So, after Staples I went home and prepared the box and took it to the PO (about 50 bucks to mail!) and then I went to Aldi's and Wegmans for some groceries.

After putting the groceries away, I looked through my freezer and found a portion of the shepherd's pie I'd made, and ate that with much relish for lunch before heading to my appointment.

Well, after the procedure - which took only about 15 minutes - I went home and super-cleaned the house, not that I thought my friend would judge, but because it was needing it anyway.

I dusted above doors and windows, swept, and mopped.
Later that night I was glad I had done it when I did. Because the local anesthetic and tylenol had worn off around midnight, and my ankle was STINGING!

And yesterday I had to wear BOOTS because of snow, and of COURSE, they rubbed the spot! So I've been alternating tylenol and ibuprofen, and yesterday I used my cane at work.
But I have a clean house now, and already the chili is smelling good from the crockpot, and in about 20 minutes I'm heading out to breakfast. I hope y'all are having a good weekend too!

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    Wow on the clay dogs and peacock!!! I watched Hoarders the other night. I would like to hire their crew to clean and rearrange my furniture. The houses look great when they are cleaned out,
    481 days ago
    Love your statues, you are so talented, I can not work in clay at all, but I am pretty good at knitting and crochet. [keeps me busy ,and relaxed] emoticon
    hope your recovery is in no fun. emoticon
    Happy Holidays to you and family emoticon

    482 days ago
    Love your clay sculptures! Peacock is amazing.
    I had an art party today too; two friends came over and we painted watercolors. Yes I did a big housecleaning too! It's just a good inspiration to paint -- AND to clean house
    482 days ago
    Love your statue that you made for your DD. You are so talented.

    Sorry you had to have that procedure but hope the site feels better today.

    483 days ago
    What fun! Enjoy.
    483 days ago
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