Late night, quick thoughts

Today one of my good friends met Bob for the first time. It must have been freaky for him. He’s walking Elly at Brengle Terrace in the morning when a strange woman says “I know you, I’ve seen your pictures”. Well it turns out that my friend Marianne (the one who writes comments about this blog that make me smile) was walking at the same time in the park. She has heard many stories about our lives and seen many pictures. They introduced themselves and had a nice conversation. I heard about it via email. Unfortunately he went to bed before I got home from art class, so I have not heard his side of the story.

Art class is kicking my butt. I feel like a kindergartener trying to mold clay for the first time. Can’t get the sides of my box smooth, so now I’m behind. And then today I tried pouring wax for a bell shape. Did a beautiful job with the wax, unfortunately I picked a bad old mold. What is supposed to happen is you soak a bell shaped plaster mold in water for 15 minutes (or more). Then you pour wax at 140 degrees into this mold and wait as it gets hard. The edges get hard first. When the edges are about a half inch thick, you pour out the remaining wax. Wait a few more minutes, put the mold back in water, and VOILA, a wax bell pops out of the mold. Then you decorate the outside of the mold, put a ceramic shell on it, burn out the wax, and then pour bronze into the shell creating a metal bell. Unfortunately mine didn’t work. It was the VOILA step that failed–the damned bell stuck to the mold. Ended up throwing out the wax and the mold. So instead of being on track in this class, I’m now behind and will be making a new mold on Thursday. Oh well, it’s great fun so when I’m not frustrated, I get to play.

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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