Happy Valentine's Day

Added on by Yoko Sekino-Bove.

It has been a while since the last entry, and I haven't updated the glaze formula section yet. During winter, I switch to the hibernation mode and spend most of time thinking about fun things. Also, it's physically harder to make ceramics, since I don't have an indoor spray booth. Did you know the glaze freezes in 15 minutes inside of a spray gun outside? For the first few winters in Pennsylvania, I thought my fingers would freeze off while spraying outside in 10 F. Now I make only small pieces that I can dip during winter. Lesson learned.

Anyway, during winters, I do other things such as reading and messing up the house. My specialty is bringing back lots of half-dead plants from DIY stores. They have a gardening section, but nobody takes care of the plants, so they end up selling half-dead plants for half price quite often. I have a soft spot on anything half-dead, whether they are stray animals or abandoned plants. Our house is full of former half-dead plants, taking up all the windows in the warmest room, where my former injured feral cat lounges all day.

The most dangerous time for me is just after holidays, such as Christmas and Valentine's Day. These shops discard the unsold flower pots by mounds, I have to avoid going to the stores to prevent buying them all. How can I let these poor plants die in vain? Don't they deserve the second chance?

I wish you a happy Valentine's Day, and stay away from these DIY stores that sell half dead plants.