Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sixty Years Ago Today

Today would have been my parents 60th wedding anniversary.  This is her first without him.  How does that feel?  I can't even imagine but I'll talk to mom later to see how she's doing.  I wish I could be there with her.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Luna Moths

Have you ever seen a luna moth?  They are quite rare to see because they only live for 24 hours and are only out at night.  Janet and I saw one at the train station early one morning when we were leaving for vacation several years ago.  We were both thrilled and thought it was a good omen for our vacation and it was.  We had a great time in Key West and even visited a butterfly house where I carried a butterfly on my shoulder for most of the visit.  I was told this is a lucky thing.  I guess people associate lots of luck with moths and butterflies.

Luna Moth

I think they are beautiful and mysterious, rare and fascinating.  So I've commemorated them on this mug.
Luna Moth Mug by Lori Buff
Luna Moth Mug
This is one of the pieces that I did with some embellishment and carving for relief.  I wrote about them here when I first made them.  You can read more about this mug in my Etsy Store.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Meatless Monday - Quick Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes

The cooler weather is starting to move into many parts of the country as summer is giving up her hold.  We are now trying to use up the last spoils of the summer garden before the autumn crops take over entirely.  Of course this is a recipe that you should bookmark and come back to a few times next summer while you can get great tasting tomatoes.

You can find hundreds of different recipes for stuffed tomatoes, many of them include baking the tomatoes in the oven with lots of cheese bubbling out of them.  Doesn't that sound good?  Maybe I'll try something like that one day soon but for now I'm still not ready to turn on the oven and heat up the house and I'm not ready to give up that fresh tomato taste.  So this recipe is heavy on fresh flavor and a quick, easy meal.  You can even make the couscous a head of time.  If you can't or don't want to eat pasta try a hearty grain.

Quick Couscous Stuffed Tomatoes by Future Relics Gallery
Quick Couscous Stuffed Tomato
Ingredients: 

4 large ripe tomatoes
1 cup couscous, cooked
1/4 cup feta cheese, diced or crumbled
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped

Directions:

Cut the top off of the tomato and scoop out the insides with a spoon but try to leave the fruit at the skin in tact. Chop the tomato insides and place in a medium bowl with the couscous, feta and herbs.  Mix well then return it the hollowed out tomato.  Serve and enjoy.

Plate by Lora Rust.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

An Unexpected Gift

Did you read yesterday's blog post about peace and doing nice things for each other.  When I wrote that I was thinking about giving, not receiving.  I did not expect, at all, that I might be the recipient of someone else act of kindness.  Then this morning the mail carrier dropped a package onto my front porch.  I didn't remember ordering anything and we are between birthdays here so what could it be?

Once the mail carrier left and the dogs calmed down I retrieved the package and found it was from my blogging friend Linda Starr.  She knows I've been going through a tough time lately and felt compelled to do something to add some sunshine to my life.  She did just that.

In the package was a very sweet espresso cup.  I do enjoy an espresso pretty frequently so this will be used often and I will feel the friendship of Linda with each use.  It is hand built with a very cool gun metal glaze that shows a few touches of green where it's thiner.  I believe that I will notice more and more colors in the glaze as I expose it to different light sources.  You gotta love a glaze like that.

Espresso Cup by Linda Starr
The package also contained a little bag of black beans.  These are Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Beans.  Linda wrote about them in this blog post, you should read it, it's very interesting.  I understand the meaning of the beans and their significance to her.  So I will plant them in my garden and share the crop with friends that garden so they can grow them also.

The box was also very full of something that every potter loves, bubble wrap!  It may sound silly to people who aren't spending so much time trying to protect fragile items but the gift of bubble wrap to a potter is a great gift indeed.

Linda, thank you so much for your sweet, thoughtful and caring gift.  I am very grateful for you.  Many hugs to you.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wishing of Peace

Many of us remember what we were doing on September 11th.  We remember how we found out what happened and how we watched it happen again, and again on TV and the news.  Many of us remember how people acted in the days and weeks after the attacks.  I've heard many stories from family and friends about how much friendlier people in New York city seemed to be.  I spent a lot of time in NYC and knew that some people were very friendly, some were not.  Now it seemed more people acted kindly to each other.  That was a good thing that came of the attack.

The weeks became months and the months have become years.  Time marches on and although we don't forget what has happened we often forget the behavior that we had while we were still in shock. Many of us are just naturally kind people who just perform acts of compassion and kindness without giving it a second thought.  Some of us are very nice but don't really look for ways to do something simple and nice for others.  How about today we all try to be a little extra friendly to others?  How about we become very conscious about being nice to people.  For those of you who make a habit of being nice, be mindful of it for just a moment.

Tie Dye and Peace by Future Relics Pottery
Tie Dye and Peace Mugs

Maybe if we spent more thought on being caring, friendly, nice, and compassionate we might have more peace.  What can you do to be a friend to someone today?

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