Happy New Year

Well this should be as good of a day as any to sit by the fire and start a pottery blog.  I got a lot accomplished on the first day of 2014.  I finally figured out how to get this space started.  I had seen the advertisements on hulu and liked the clean look of the website.  I was concerned that since my pictures look messy to begin with (clay, chickens, Duke), that adding them to a dark or cluttered backdrop would just add to the mess.  I liked the contemporary feel of the page with the organic look of the pottery - gives it a pottery barn feel.

Like I said, I got a lot done yesterday.  I have a lot of goals I want to get through this year and I might as well start out with a bang.  I started filing my daughter's FAFSA form (joy).  For those of you without college age kids, this is like guessing your taxes on the first day of the year only to do it again after you get all your information.  But it's done and I found out how little I made last year after a new roof and gutters that fell off at the first snow.  It's worth it to be able to send Lauren to such a good school.

My main goal for 2014 is to feel better about myself.  Let's face it, I went through about the worse low you can get last year after Rob passed, and I am on a continuing  climb to feel not just good but kick ass awesome.  I started forcing myself out of the hole by thinking of 6 things I was grateful for each day - no repeats in a week.  So you can't just say your friends and family each day.  It really works - by focusing on the positive in your life, the negative just kind of melts away.  I bought a (paper) journal to keep track of these for this year so I won't bore you with my list but I did have a wonderful time with my sister-in-law and her family last night.  We deep fried wall-eye, shrimp, onions, potatoes, wings and mushrooms in their barn.  My son and his friends stopped by and I doodled on one of my nieces new toys (I forget what it was called now, but it was cool) and my nephew hung out with us as well instead of sitting in front of the video games.  A new year's miracle!  What an incredible artist he is.  It will be interesting to see how he uses that talent as an adult.

Time to get back on the wheel.  Have a great new year! 

Woke up to a winter wonderland

Woke up to a winter wonderland