Monday, October 16, 2017

A Clockwork Orange

What in the heck are these discs for? They're clock faces. (This first one made me think of A Clockwork Orange. I had forgotten how violent that novel was. Makes me think of several terrible happenings in our current time.) I've stained the leaves a rich orange color. If the orange isn't dark enough I can add more color after the bisque. I plan on these either hanging on a wall or set on a table top plate rack.

Clocks are probably archaic; the world is changing, sometimes at an alarming rate. But what if all the cell towers go down or the electricity is gone? What if someone just wants to look up and see the time? I plan on having a second hand and you never know when a second hand might come in handy. These seem so symmetrical, almost oddly so. What do you think? I have an idea to make a couple more that are asymmetrical. We shall see how these turn out after the bisque and glaze firings. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

UPDATE someone pointed out I have too many hours in the day; I'll go back and fix that, ugh.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Death of a Groundhog

We had a pretty good day today then on the way home tragedy struck. Our neighborhood groundhog was hit by a car. I've seen him occasionally driving by our neighbor's yard peering at me or sitting in the road sunning himself. Next week is supposed to turn colder and I am sure he would have stayed in his den, but the cold just didn't come soon enough.

Unfortunately he had a habit of crossing the road at the crest of a hill unseen by cars coming up the  lane. As we crested the hill, he lay motionless in the middle of the road. I wasn't sure anyone else besides Gary and I would mourn his demise but Gary talked to our neighbor and he knew about him sitting in the road. I feel so very very sad this evening. I love all the critters living here and it affects me greatly at their loss. I only hope there are some youngsters to take his place. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bison Meatloaf

Every so often I splurge on ground bison for meatloaf. Ground bison is just over $10 a pound. In fact any meat is very expensive nowadays, hence all the soups, vegetables, beans and rice we usually eat. Gary had a tooth procedure so I thought ground meat would be good for him to eat. I haven't eaten beef in over 20 years but I occasionally eat bison meat.

I make meatloaf like my mother did surrounded with potatoes and carrots and topped with a can of chopped tomatoes. I mix the meat with eggs, spices and this time I used flax meal to hold it all together. I also sprinkled a little brown sugar over the top before baking. That was a nice flavor enhancer.

Bake at 375 F for one hour, let sit for 10 minutes then slice and serve. I used two pounds of ground bison and it makes meals for all week long or can be frozen for later. I once had a couple over for dinner and when they learned the meatloaf was bison they quit eating. It was real hard for me to throw away their uneaten portions since bison is just over $10 a pound. Why someone would eat beef but not bison is beyond me. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Call of the Black Capped Chickadee

Every day this week I've heard this beautiful two note call from a bird in the forest surrounding my home. I finally figured out it's the call of the Black Capped Chickadee. I am amazed this beautiful piercing call comes from such a small bird.  The chickadee eats mostly caterpillars but will eat seeds and berries in winter and often uses a cache to store food. So glad to have a chickadee for a neighbor.

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.