Thursday, April 29, 2021

back in the saddle - day 48 (year 2)

in which our plucky heroine catches up on some long delayed work...

It has been a long while since I fired up the enameling kiln. A commission, initially started prior to pandemic, is finally getting finished, and I am enjoying getting back to it.  It would be better, if as in the past, if there was a second piece to work on at the same time, since there is a fair amount of sit and wait for the enamel to dry before it goes into the 1500F box for a few minutes at a time, over and over again...

beauty in the time of isolation:
the color contrast between the euphorbia and the burgundy foliage really caught my eye today....

I'm thinking I need to cut bread from my weekly meals, at least in the form of "sandwich" or "toast"...I will do this as an experiment for the duration of this challenge at least. I don't eat most wheat foods, but there is one type of sourdough that I found I can eat without digestive issues, and I started adding it to my groceries this year of isolation, because comfort*. Just like I have given up "milk as a beverage" (my lifelong habit), switching to plain water had about a fifteen pound difference on the scale. I am wondering if moving bread to "occasional rare occasion cooking ingredient" from it's current multiple times a week food might have a similarly useful result for me...

~ creativity challenge ~
unset completed Laurel medallion enamel... the setting is finished but unpolished. Tomorrow I will put it all in place, polish it, and mail it off to the recipient. Actual size 1¼" diameter.

On Saturday, started an attempt experimental batch of lactofermented garlic... salt brine and whey, in a jar with two heads of peeled garlic cloves. (sterilised all the glass etc with boiling water)

April SMART goals (x=extra)
1 wire planter cage
cover smaller sleeve board
yard waste bin
2 prototype mesh wash bag
cover larger sleeve board
recycle bin
3 5 jars blood orange marmalade
baby plants repotted
bag of fabric
4 3 jars Awesome sauce
skirret cage adapted
bag of fabric
5 4 jars strawberry rhubarb sauce
temporary biffy
bag of fabric
6 two large blue planters
remove thumbhole cuffs bag of fabric
7 two bone Viking threadwinders
planted herbs  bag of old fur
8 original Luttrell-inspired scroll
pruned forsythia
yard waste bin
9 two Adiantum charters pruned persimmon
recycle bin
10 red Laurel enamel
x yard waste bin
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - there was enough propane to finish soldering the enamel setting... like a number of other staple supplies, it has not been replenished for the whole of the pandemic, and is on the list of things to deal with once it is possible.

*sure wish I could figure out a comfort for me that didn't involve food, or human contact...

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