Thursday, May 31, 2012

It's A Wrap

My wrapped vase.
I used my pie-crust making skills to add scallop detail to the top of the vase.
I made this plate two weeks ago.  
My collection.  The two plates that I made last week are the deep blue ones on the upper left side of the photo. I tried to take close up photos of them but I couldn't get rid of the glare from the flash and the edges looked very uneven (more so than they actually are!). The plates look much better from a distance.  
This is the one piece that I made using glazes not from the blue/aquamarine/teal palette.  
Not bad for a beginner if I do say so myself!

We had a lot going on here today.  I went to a luncheon to celebrate a friend's birthday and there were several women there that I met for the first time - another expansion of my circle of friends.  Caitlynne had netball after school but I couldn't help out because the birthday lunch ran very long. Netball training finished while I was drinking coffee and eating cake. Both of the kids have basketball this afternoon and Caitlynne usually goes to a Zumba class on Tuesday and Thursday nights so she will be out of the house for that. The best part is that I do not have to drive anyone anywhere.  All of these activities are either at school or somewhere else in Nichada so the kids can ride their bikes to and from and mom is released from chauffeur duty!

Kevin is not aging well.  For the last two months, he has been having a tingling/pins & needles feeling in his left leg several times a day.  He finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with having a bulging disk in his lower back.  The RX is for him to do core exercises to increase his muscle strength around the disk (I guess his six pack abs aren't enough in this case! Ha!) and to take anti-inflammatory medicine (Motrin or Advil) in the morning and at night.  He also decided to reduce his running to every 3rd day until he starts to feel better.  Kind of a bummer for him but it seems like if he makes some changes, he can get relief. 

More worrisome to me were the three growths that he had removed from his stomach & back yesterday.  They were of pretty significant size - two required 5 stitches to close and the other required 3 stitches.  The doctor seemed to think they were basal cell carcinoma but still sent them to the lab for testing and (we hope) confirmation of that diagnosis.  Kevin had several basal cell growths removed about this time last year so it is a little unnerving to us that even more appeared this year.  He has been very careful with protecting his skin with lotion and covering up when he is outside so maybe the cells are growing from earlier exposures? It is so important for everyone to have an annual dermatological "head to toe" exam.  Any suspicious growths can be removed immediately or observed over time for changes in appearance, growth, etc. My public service announcement for the day. 

Have a great Thursday and enjoy the last day of May 2012!

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