Domestic bliss.

Life is pretty good around here  right now.

Tonight, after Derek goes to sleep, I am going to make this. to eat for dessert tomorrow. I am so busy these days, I don’t cook much to enjoy the process, it’s mostly about a scratch dinner that is also quick to do with a toddler underfoot. So tonight, once he is asleep, I’ll work on this recipe.
DLJ works late every Wed. He goes in right after lunch, and comes home late at night. I really have come to enjoy this arrangement. I get him at home for half a day, once a week. He gets time to work on his projects at work when no one is bugging him during working hours to do something else. I get my “alone” time every week to do what I please, be it work, or just reading, or, like tonight, mindful cooking. The days are getting easier, Derek as a toddler is a challenge, of course, but he is not 100% needing me every moment anymore. I get little breathers here and there to type, or do a quick cleaning chore, or just a moment or two to look out the window and think. It’s nice to finally be here…where my world opens up again.
We are in the middle of a lot of little house projects. Repainting the kitchen and some trim needs to be done, and we selected the color, at least. A back wall in the garden needs to be put back in. Those are the two projects I have for the spring/summer. Part of me wishes for a newer house that doesn’t need as much upkeep as ours. And if I had to do it over, I’d stay strong and wait for one with a more mid-century look than what we purchased. But overall, I do enjoy this house. And I don’t need the house of my dreams for my first house, certainly. Despite the work this house sometimes requires, it does make me feel more like we really live here, but taking care of and improving it. And even though I do get a touch of wisfulness when I visit friends with a more modern, or less-work house…what I have is a less than $700 per month mortgage for over 2k sq. feet, which is plenty of room for all of us, and a low payment that is a locked in amount that brings more peace and ease of living than a house with little work to do.
Next week Derek and I are going to Tucson to see my parents, while DLJ stays home. I know he will miss us, but he will have plenty of time for his projects he never has time for while we are around to distract him, like cleaning the garage and maybe finishing the great toolshed he built out back over the past couple weekends. And we will enjoy the desert weather. It has been raining here a lot, as it should this time of year. I appreciate it, and so do my plants that I don’t have to water every day (yet) but a small break of sun will be great for us.
That’s the news. Slow, and happy, pretty much, in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.

Phew

Party over. It was a very good time and everyone had fun. We have a lot of stuff leftover. Oof, people brought such interesting items!

Derek just had a strange cry jag upstairs, and now it is over. Way past bedtime. I think he is just tired, it’s rare for him to do that.
We are pretty sure he has now been in a dry diaper for 24 hours. Go, Derek! Yer not even 2!

Good things

Well, the kiln has no cure. But it can go onward as is as long as I can put up with it. When it goes south, it will go south quick, but is totally usable until then, as long as I ignore what temperature it SAYS it is. I think I found the right temp for my glass, so I can keep working with the kiln. It is in perfect condition, save for the control board. The brains. Yuck. But at least it’s not dead. I can use it and keep on keepin’ on.

My straws are selling very well. This is good. Practical item, not like jewelry. Which is also selling pretty well, even in this economy. I can’t complain.

I got a used drill press which will allow me to do a LOT more with metals in my work. Yay.

Today is Copper River Salmon day. Once a year we splurge on the really good stuff, both since it is so good, and also to support wild caught salmon as an industry vs. farmed. We buy wild whenver we can. So dinner tonight will be yummy. When Derek wakes we will walk to the store that has it, and he can have a cookie. Then back home and run around, I guess.

Tomorrow I get stitches out of my thumb. Yay. And I need to finish a large straw order, and take photos of the straw carrying cases, and make dinner, and…and…

it’s good to be busy.

This weekend, since the kiln issue is as resolved as it is going to be, I am going to set up my new torch. Finally. I am looking forward to that!

Sweet as….

honey. I am eating local organic yogurt and local honey. The honey is AMAZING. It says here….

* All honey is from beekeepers in the Willamette Valley, Oregon—except for Fireweed from Washington and Orange Blossom from California.
* The honey is gently warmed to under 115 degrees Fahrenheit and the wax and larger particles skimmed. Unfiltered, our honey still contains traces of Pollen and Propolis, which have well documented health benefits.
* Our honey has absolutely no additives (many commercial packers add water to achieve the legal limit of 18% moisture).

All I know it is delicious and I have a  half gallon!

Phew

Show is over. I should be unpacking the stuff in the garage to put away. But instead I had ice cream and now I am sitting here. Ha!

It was a really great show. I did very well, made a few contacts, have a few orders to check up on. I need to plant some sunflower seeds. I need more sleep. DLJ and Derek survived my being gone all weekend. Derek had the most trouble at nap time, missing Momma. It was hard on me, too, missing him more and more as each hour went by. But it was a successful show. I think I might treat myself to a new torch! We shall see.

Now, I can start selling on Etsy again, since I don’t need to really hoard inventory anymore. I have a small show at a bistro May 31, but that is about it for the near future in terms of needing a bunch of stuff at a particular location.

Yesterday was Summer Registration Opening Day for the local park and recs dept. I wanted to get Derek in a gym type class that I have heard excellent reviews on, and a swimming class. The phone lines open at 8, and the web at 10. It felt like buying Def Leppard tickets in the 80’s, redial, redial, redial.

I ended up giving up around 8:30 and waiting till 10, hoping there would be some spots left. I managed to snag a spot in the really good class, there were  only 4 left by the time they opened the web at 10. As soon as I got it in my cart, which reserves it, the website went pretty south as everyone clammored on to try to reserve things that way. I imagined all these moms of preschoolers cursing each other and trying to get spots, along with yoga practitioners, weight lifters, and crazy artists.

But, I got him his spot in the class I had hoped for, and then added a late-summer swimming class. The pools get very crowded in the summer, understandably, so it’s nice to have a month of knowing you will have good pool space at class, at the very least.

Last night DLJ started up the grill for the first time. He made wonderful burgers, mixing the meat with garlic and spices before making the patties. It was really tasty, with roasted potato salad and fruit.

Today is mostly a fun day. Popsicles, planting a few seeds, and DLJ just made homemade french toast, so it’s almost time to eat. I think we will take a bike ride today as well, and who knows what else!

My first boro is done and out of the kiln, I need to take some photos and now I am waiting impatiently for my bigger order to arrive. I just got a few small bits to test with, and I have over 2 pounds of the stuff I won over two years ago at Glass Stock. Speaking of, I got into it again this year, yay! 4 days of glass amazingness at the coast. I am so thrilled. It is a great event and you learn SO much. SO SO much. And have fun!

Brilliant Day

Today was, and still will be, I hope, wonderful.

I spent 2+ hours at a local sauna/spa relaxing, laying around nekkid, sitting in the wet sauna, sweating out toxins, taking showers and splashing with cold water infused with mugwort. It was terrific. Then I went to Powell’s and flipped through a magazine or two before coming home, refreshed. When I have free time, I go to the studio, and it was slowly driving me mad. So today, instead of DLJ and Derek going out, I went out by myself.

Then I came home and did a little work in the studio, and spent the afternoon outside with Derek and DLJ, messing with the garden, and getting the new bike trailer up and running (new inner tubes), and playing with the neighborhood kids up the street.

Now I am making homemade french onion soup, the sun is shining, and I am sure we will all go for an evening walk after dinner. The weather is fabulous, despite being super cold this morning with frost on the deck.

Very, very, VERY good day.

Milk love

I love getting our local, non homogenized milk SO much. It’s a treat to drink now, and I want LESS of it because it is so delicious and rich tasting compared to regular stuff. I wish I had had access to this decades ago for my body. I eat less processed cereal now because I only get myself a half gallon a week, for drinking, so putting it on cereal is less for drinking. Derek still doesn’t drink milk other than mine, but when he does, I will start getting him some from here, too.

Here’s why:
” Milk that you buy in the grocery store is processed; this means that it runs through a machine called a homonogizer. This machine applies 2500 psi of pressure on one side while the milk gets pressed through a tiny hole with zero pressure on the other side. During this process the milk “explodes” causing all of the milk elements (such as fat, vitamins, enzymes, and membranes) to be broken down into very tiny particles. These particles can be absorbed directly into the blood stream via your mouth. While some of these particles, such as enzymes, are beneficial when digested properly, many of these particles are detrimental to your health. Fatty acids released during the homonogizing process have been known to cause blocked arteries and heart disease.

It is important to know that any processed food including milk, margarine, soy, oils and others are not good for your body or your health. The Noris Glass Bottled Milk line is not processed. Instead of processing we pasteurize our milk so it is safe to drink, allowing it to be as natural as possible. You will notice the difference in our milk when the cream rises to the top. Noris milk will not cause blocked arteries because it is not processed.

The cows producing Noris milk are on pasture all year long. Our cows consume natural grass with herbs, producing a very good tasting, healthy milk with all the goodies nature offers in the pasture. “