Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Flu and other items

Hi folks!  I'm not sure if anyone out there is actually following me yet, but I'm good at pretending.  :)

I've been out of commission for the past few days.  The flu bus hit me at about 4 am last Friday, right before the start to my much-anticipated 3-day weekend.  On the schedule, we had a dinner out on Saturday night, a fun trip to The Children's Museum with my 2 year-old nephew, James, on Sunday and an excursion to IKEA to pick up a much-needed bookcase for Monday.  All plans were dashed.

I've been trying to figure out where I caught the flu and the only thing I can think of was last Monday's trip to Lahey Clinic for my annual blood-work.  Working from home doesn't put me in contact with live, in-person people on a regular basis, so the doctor visit must have been the culprit, ironically. 
 tv table with under-glaze residue and flu supplies

Not to dwell on the nastiness of this particular flu strain, but I had body aches like you wouldn't believe (seriously like being hit by a bus), a fever for two days and now I've been left with chest and upper respiratory congestion!  Next year I WILL be getting a flu shot! 

I'm thankful to have a very caring and helpful husband who was a fantastic nurse.  I kept referring to him as my wet-nurse, just to lighten the mood, but I'm not sure he liked that.  He was on top of keeping the gingerale and Alleve well-stocked.  

On a lighter note, before I got sick, I worked on a few new pottery pieces.  I've been doing some painting at home instead of at Made by Me, just because of hating to go out in the cold and being able to watch The Bachelor and paint at the same time.  Fun!   Here's what I've been working on... keep in mind, these are just with under-glaze.  They still need to be glazed and fired, which I hope to do this weekend.  Under-glaze, when dry, has a very chalky and dull look.  The glazing and firing is what brings the colors to life.
square coaster in my new wave design & ocean color scheme

small soy bowl in grey with purple and yellow dot design

closer-up of the soy bowl; you can see my pencil marks a little bit near the edge - they burn off in the kiln
nesting bowl set in the wave design, ocean color scheme - like the coaster

Also, I was contacted on Etsy about participating in a craft fair at the end of next month!  How very exciting!  My first craft fair.  I've been to a million in my day (my mom used to make lovely shell wreaths and mirrors back in the 80s; that was my first exposure to "crafting") but have never sold my own stuff! 

The fair is at The Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, MA on Thursday March 31 from 7-9 pm.  I'll post reminders, of course!  It would be great to have friends attend if you are able!  :) 

I must get back to my "real job"... lunch break is just about over.  I will be back again soon....

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