Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Whats Dissolve?"

Sometimes its just easier to show an answer to a question, so when Claire asked me, 'Whats dissolve?' I told her to get some salt, sugar and a couple cups of water. She went the extra mile and got powdered sugar as well as the regular granulated stuff. Then she poured and stirred and observed. Finally she defined dissolve as 'when something disappears into water'. I don't know why I was having such a difficult time trying to define it for her!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Two Extra Dogs, One Less Tooth

Friends of ours are on vacation for the next two weeks or so, and we volunteered to watch their two dogs. They are probably two of the easiest dogs to have. They don't really bark, and they spend all their time in the kitchen (the Pug sheds, so we are trying to keep the allergens concentrated in one area for Mike) or outside running around. Claire loves it. She does all the feeding and treat giving. She puts them to bed at night and takes them outside. It been nice to have them.

Today I also got one of my wisdom teeth pulled. I only have two, both on the bottom, and I decided to have them removed one at a time with just local anesthetic. It was by far the easiest dental procedure I've ever had done. It took forever (15 minutes) to get my jaw numbed up, and maybe three minutes to take the tooth out. It was over far before I realized he even started. Now that I know how it all goes, I probably won't put off having the second one removed as long as I did the first.

So thats about all that is happening with us right now. Other than the Celtics winning last night (almost forgot, sorry Alle!) of course. June is already half over, unbelievably. So far the spring has been quiet, sunny and cool, not anything like the past two springs we have spent in Maine. Its been great.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer Vacation

Claire graduated from preschool this past Friday. Its hard to believe she'll be going to Kindergarten this fall. She's ready, and we're both excited, but I'd be lying if I said my chest didn't tighten up a little when I think about walking her to the big K-5 school down the street in three months. Time flies.

I've been spending a lot of time throwing pots, glazing, and firing or reading about it. I've been going about some parts of the whole throwing process the hard way, without really knowing it. Its amazing how changing a technique to make something easier instantly makes it more difficult, until you 'get it' again. Its a good thing clay is recyclable.