Thursday, May 30, 2013


Not happening yet.
Just wishful thinking on my part.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hydrangeas In Turquoise


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Salsa From My Garden

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickles

During that summer
When unicorns were still possible;
When the purpose of knees
Was to be skinned;
When shiny horse chestnuts
    (Hollowed out
    Fitted with straws
    Crammed with tobacco
    Stolen from butts
    In family ashtrays)
Were puffed in green lizard silence
While straddling thick branches
Far above and away
From the softening effects
Of civilization;
During that summer--
Which may never have been at all;
But which has become more real
Than the one that was--
Watermelons ruled.
Thick imperial slices
Melting frigidly on sun-parched tongues
Dribbling from chins;
Leaving the best part,
The black bullet seeds,
To be spit out in rapid fire
Against the wall
Against the wind
Against each other;
And when the ammunition was spent,
There was always another bite:
It was a summer of limitless bites,
Of hungers quickly felt
And quickly forgotten
With the next careless gorging.
The bites are fewer now.
Each one is savored lingeringly,
Swallowed reluctantly.
But in a jar put up by Felicity,
The summer which maybe never was
Has been captured and preserved.
And when we unscrew the lid
And slice off a piece
And let it linger on our tongue:
Unicorns become possible again.
John Tobias

Saturday, May 25, 2013

ELHSAA Auction 2013

The 19th annual East Liverpool High School Alumni Association Pottery Auction will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The auction will feature pottery items made in the Tri-State area, plus other memorabilia related to the history of the area. In addition to items consigned or donated by individuals, the auction will feature limited-production pieces donated by local manufacturers.

The Homer Laughlin China Company's donation will be twelve individually numbered Fiesta® Coffeepots in the Flamingo glaze color. 

The W.C. Bunting Company will contribute twelve individually numbered calendar plates in Fiesta® Flamingo.

The Hall China Company donation as of press deadline is yet to be announced.

Other items featured in the auction will include early pottery pieces and other memorabilia which are significant to the unique history of the East Liverpool area.

Absentee bids are welcome. Absentee bids for the auction should be sent to Deanna Plemons at the Clock Tower office by phone at 330-385-0591 or email Deadline for receipt of bids is Friday, June 21st, at 5 p.m., Eastern time. All sales are final.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Time To Remember

Memorial Day
A time to remember all those who have given so much.
Details on today's table at the end of this post.

On the table:
Vintage tablecloth from my Tablecloth Database
Polka Dot Fiesta and Uncle Sam pitcher exclusives from the HLCCA
"Diner" plate and bowl from Homer Laughlin
Flatware is a mix of two sets purchased on the net
Napkins, tumblers - Home Goods
Napkin rings - Crate and Barrel years ago
Votive coasters from
Cobalt blue goblets - Pier 1
Vintage 1939 World's Fair George Washington toby jug
Vintage straw dispenser from my collection
Scarlet Fiesta "Hostess Bowl"

On the sideboard:
Footed jadite cake stands from Martha By Mail
Fiesta Pie Plates by Homer Laughlin
Reproduction Scarlet "Betty Bowl"
Sapphire Fiesta Disc Pitcher
"American As Apple Pie" mug is contemporary Fiesta
Vintage Fiesta mug with flag toting bear

Thanks so much for dropping in again today and 
Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Day Lilies in Sunflower

Tomatoes ...... more to come

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Small Lapis Fluted Vase - Order Yours NOW!

The HL outlet is taking orders starting today for the Lapis Small fluted Vase
1-800-452-4462 Option #1
$75 plus $10 shipping 
ONE per customer.

UPDATE 5/24/13

Hydrangeas and Lilac

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