We got a new copy of “Goodnight Moon” so this was Danica’s first introduction to a book that was a favourite of the boys when they were little. She looks very serious, but I think it’s more about the sun in the eyes.
The ever-changing shoreline. The lake has been freezing over a lot more than it did last year. This particular day it had been frozen over night and all of the sudden the mass of ice started moving at a steady rate toward shore, breaking and piling up on the shoreline. This went on for a couple of hours before it had all moved in and the lake was again water.
I’ve been taking another pottery class. I hesitated to sign up for a variety of reasons, all of them being confirmed as valid reasons since I started! Still…. I am enjoying it very much. Do you want to know why I hesitated? First of all, whenever I start potting again it makes me want a wheel and kiln at home. Graeme pointed out that it might not be that far off to me being able to get one. I signed up. Then I was reminded how I feel about doing that drive in the evening, leaving my family behind, getting home so late (around 11pm), and all the while feeling like it’s not directly contributing to my family. Again, my dear husband was encouraging in this and pointed out that once I get some equipment at home I can teach my children pottery so it’s indirectly (at the moment) contributing to the family. Last Tuesday was amazing! It was like everything came together and for the first time I felt like I had (almost) complete control of the clay. As I watched the clock I forced myself to stop, clean up, and head home when what I would have loved most was to practice while everything was going so well! (This is why a wheel at home would be ideal!) Anyway, here I share with you the first few finished pieces from this course. I won’t have many. I’m trashing the things I’m not happy with and only firing and glazing the better ones. I’m going for quality, not quantity. Our instructor is eighty years old. He has decades of experience and is an amazing teacher.
In the above image you can see my very out-of-line handle! Very ergonomic if you’re left handed!
Getting ready to head outside with everyone, I didn’t think much of my statement, “Zach, Katie has the candles and matches” until he laughed and replied, “All the things a baby shouldn’t be given; a plastic bag, paraffin, and matches.”
And here is what the candles and matches were for! It seemed such a shame to let all that good ice go to waste, so we hauled some of it up from the lake and made these candle lanterns! Basically, it was just for the photo shoot, but we all agreed it would be lovely to set up a whole bunch of them sometime when we’re having people out for an outdoor winter party.