Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Tucson is getting frighteningly close, and I think I have steam coming out of my ears...

Last night I was working, not really knowing what to make, when I realized that I haven't made florals in a very long time. Years, even. I hadn't had any good clear, so I just stopped making them. So I tried making one, with just the stringers I had on the table, nothing fancy....it felt good. So I made another, and another.... :)It actually felt like coming home.

When I was done for the night I went and looked up my old website photos from Alaska and browsed through them. Some things I would change now, but overall, a nice body of work. I got some ideas to translate into the newer glass and press shapes.

So, while the photography isn't the greatest, I was really happy to see how much we've changed in the last 10-12 years, and how much we haven't changed, either.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cocoa is out of trouble, sort of

Well it turns out there was a tiny little gap in the wire in the bunny cage....Cocoa probably didn't go in and catch one after all. We went out to water and there was a tiny white fluff running back and forth trying to get back into the pen. Of course all three Chi's took off after it, and I must have woken the neighbors yelling---they did stop and we were able to capture it and put it back in its home.

We also discovered that there were more than we thought, which is a nice bonus.
I had wanted to ask the neighbors if they would like Easter bunnies for their grandchildren, maybe I will ask them tomorrow.

I'm still upset, but Cocoa was only doing what instinct told her to do.

It will be a good day today

Warmer and the sun is shining......it WILL be a good day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Cocoa has managed to kill a baby bunny...I believe she was trying to bring it in the house to mother, but crushed it in the process. She was out last night and wouldn't come when I called, so I went to find her....she came awkwardly around the corner with something in her mouth that she could barely hold. I told her to drop it, but it was limp when I picked it up, and with a tiny sigh it was gone.
Poor Cocoa was in disgrace, I swatted her with the flyswatter while I held the body to her face, then sent her to the bathroom for the night.

I think she must have crushed it trying to jump back out of the bunny cage with it, she would have had to grip it tightly since she is so small.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I was supposed to make beads

Instead I cleaned beads and cut my finger when a bead stuck on the dremel..then Cocoa came in from the back yard with a big thorn in her paw, broken off of course.
We tried holding her down, she tried biting us. We wrapped her in a towel and put a sock on her head. Then we tried putting her in a pillow case and lying on her. Then I tied her hind legs up with a bathrobe belt. This all took 45 minutes.
I finally became frustrated and duct-taped her up in a bundle in the pillow case with the sock on her head. Finally! Thirty seconds and the thorn was out. Who would think a seven pound Chihuahua could put up such a fight?
Now she is zooming around on three legs when we're watching, four legs when she thinks we don't see her.....

Monday, January 17, 2011


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Miss Mary

I called Miss Mary to wish her a happy new year, and see if she needed anything, since it was blizzarding outside....she was fine, but the weather reminded her of the blizzard her late husband had lost his toes in. (I didn't ask how many) She said it was just like this, wind, snow, below zero and the boss told her husband to go out and tend the cattle, so they all went, not sure why. He got the feed out, but on the way back the car got stuck and so he left her and the two little ones in the car and walked through the snow to a house, following the fence. He got back with a blanket and help to dig the car out, but he had no boots, only cheap shoes, so his toes were frozen and they didn't know it. She said it was 1953, and they had just come from Texas in 1949, so they didn't know about blizzards. When they got into bed, she said, his feet were so cold, "like blocks of ice", that she became alarmed and looked at them. They tried to warm his feet but it was too late.