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Who am I?

I love to write about my interest and experiences and most often I take a fact and expand on it just for the fun of it.  Over the next few articles, that I write you can decide if they are truth or fiction.

I’ll start with one phrase that my husband and I always say, “We are God blessed”.  Every Thursday we do Meals on Wheels and we deliver to about 10 people who are either just old or have health problems.  We are, in a lot of cases, delivering to people who are younger than we are.  Most of the ladies are really lonely, and the only people many of them see each day is the person who delivers their lunch to them.  We try to spend time with the ones who are really lonely.  If you want to feel God Blessed, then volunteer to help the poor or the lonely.

We have been blessed with two wonderful children, our daughter, Eebie, and our son, Chip.  They are in their 50’s now and I keep saying I’m not old enough to have kids that old.  Each of them has their own families and have made their way successfully in the world.  My Mother thought men were pretty stupid.  So when my sister and I ended up with only male grandchildren we used to tease her saying it was her fault we didn’t have any girls.  In a later story, I will write about my Mom who was indeed a lady who walked to a different drummer.

Family Portrait

This is called a tease so you will keep coming back to read my stories.

When I was but a wee person I had asthma and at that time they did not know how to treat it.  When I would have an attack they would wrap me in a handmade quilt and put me in a rocking chair in front of the door thinking the fresh air would help me breathe.  Well, I was allergic to everything that blossoms at night so it is amazing I survived at all.  I think that the health problems and the fact that it turned out I have dyslexia probably formed the basis of why I am an artist.

When I was director of an art non-profit promoting artists, as well as writers, I realized that most artists and writers have some form of disability that they have used their creativeness to overcome their problems.  Probably the one time it was blaring in my face was a writers’ workshop that had many successful retired people attending.  The writing was absolutely amazing.  Then one session the instructor asks each of us to read a paragraph out of a book and not one of us could read without hesitation.  It was an eye opener and also a wonderful revelation that many of our creative successful people are also the ones who have overcome or worked around a disability.

I hated school because I would think I had made an A on a test and it would come back C, D, F.  Many years later I realized it was because I was mixing up my letters as I wrote.  I managed to keep a C average and did get accepted into college.  Luckily I met my husband in my sophomore year and quit and got married.  Of all the stupid things I was working on a Bachelor of Science degree.  Obviously, I thought very highly of myself.

I realized that I had dyslexia when my son was diagnosed in the second grade.  When they explained his problems it was quite an eye opener, but at last, I knew I wasn’t stupid.   Thank God for spell check, because I can now express myself and only be laughed with and not at when it is my choice.

I’ve been in the arts since 1964 but never thought about being successful are “famous” until one day a lady I had sculpted a piece for turned me down and later told a neighbor, "I didn’t buy her piece because she is not famous."

Bird of Paradise Sculpture

That is the first time in 20+ years of selling my art that I sat down and wrote a bio of everything I had accomplished.  I said “Damn I’m good!” and closed the book and kept on creating and having fun doing exactly what I want to do.  To be happy you only have to see yourself as being famous to heck with what other people think.

I used to say life begins after 55, but now I realize it gets better and better each year.  So next year I will say life begins at 80.  I thank God every day for my family, but more than that I thank him for bringing these friends into my life.  They keep me young in spirit.

Luncheon outing in Greenville SC.

I truly am God Blessed in every way.

PS: When I showed my pottery friends the photo of Charles and I  they said, "We recognize Chuck, that doesn't look like you!".  I still don't know how to take that.

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Happy New Year to one and all! It's hard to believe 2016 has come and gone! Is this what happens when you're middle aged? The days just seem to fly on by. Why Christmas is just around the corner. I better start making my ornaments. Before you know it, it will be Christmas Eve!

January is a calm month for me. All the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over and now I can get back to my knitting (currently making a welcome blanket), finishing one book and starting a new one, and catching up on my shows. I usually record my shows because I can't stand the "never ending" commercials.  It's amazing how short a show is without the commercials.

My daughters and grandbaby with 2 more on the way

I better enjoy the peace and quiet because both of my daughters are pregnant and due within months of each other (a girl in April and a boy in June). I already have a 16 month old grand baby girl, Madison, who I love and adore. Just think, I will be a grandmother of three and all three will be in diapers and under the age of 20 months. I have a feeling this year will be a busy one for "Ni Ni". My granddaughter has started calling me "Ni Ni" (not sure about the spelling) and with a little coaxing from my daughter, she's even started calling her grandpa "Papa". So it looks like our names are set.

One inch of snow.

Earlier this week we were cooped up in the house because we just had our first flurry of snow. Not much snow but the temperature did drop. My husband and I braved the cold to walk around our neighborhood. It felt good getting out of the house and walking briskly in the cold air. It reminded me of days gone-by snow skiing out west. That brisk air just wakes up the soul and we look forward to a hot toddy when we get back. Even my left knee says "thank you" because the more I walk the better my knee feels. It will be almost a year since I had my knee replacement surgery and it was well worth it.

It's the middle of the week and we're going from 18 degrees just a few days ago to 70 degrees by this Friday. That's our unpredictable Georgia weather.

Greenware bowl drying--for charity

So between now and baby time, I will be working in my clay studio making plenty of pottery. I enjoy the peace and quiet working in my small studio. It's very therapeutic and I've been pleased with the results of my work. I just met with the rest of my Lady Fingers tribe to make bowls for charity and just hang out and try to solve all the problems in the world. (still working on that part)

Since it was pretty cold earlier this week, my husband made some chili. He keeps the recipe in his head and there is no measuring, so I took it upon myself to write it down. It's pretty good when he makes it. I just hope I translated it correctly.

John's Chili Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground lean beef
1 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 box Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 TBS molasses
1 TBS cocoa (unsweetened)
1 green pepper diced
1 can chili beans
1 can canolli beans, drained
1 TBS worcestershire sauce
1 can chicken broth
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Lightly saute onions and garlic in 1 TBS olive oil in a skillet
Brown Turkey and Beef in a separate skillet
In large pot add broth and 1/2 cup water (add water as needed during cooking)
Add molasses, cocoa, and worcestershire sauce in pot and stir
Stir in box of Carroll Shelby's chili kit
Add sauteed onions and garlic
Add tomatoes with juices
Add beans and green pepper
Add browned Meat (Turkey/Beef)
Heat to boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for an hour

Bon Appetit and God Bless

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Simply Susan

Well, let's see, I was born in the year of the Lord...OK! OK!  I'm just kidding.  But I was born in Wisconsin and even as a little girl, I felt that God made a mistake about where I was to live.  I had this natural affinity for the South.  I read "Gone with the Wind" when I was about 10 and lost my heart to Georgia.  I also discovered the author, Eugenia Price of St. Simon's Island and determined I'd live in Georgia one day.

A lot of time has come and gone since those early days of dreaming about Georgia and its pine-scented woods.  Let's see, I was in the U.S. Army for five years.  I've been married twice (both from - guess where - Georgia, of course.)  The second one stuck, btw!  I've raised two handsome boys to young men and they, along with their dad, are the apple of my eye.

My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye
My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye

And yes, I moved to Georgia when I was 25 and it was everything I had dreamed it would be.  There was a minor pit-stop in St. Louis for 13 years, but I arrived back in the lovely country of Northeast Georgia and have fallen in love all over again.  Here I finely found my "tribe," a group of wonderful artists who befriended me and have loved and nurtured me. They are made up of old and new friends, always the best combination.

One of these special women, Patti Petit, came into my life when I was writing articles on artists for the local newspaper.  Patti is a potter and teacher, and while in her studio that day, she showed me a piece that one of her students made after just one lesson.  I was totally impressed and remember thinking to myself, "Now I could do that!"  Well, only weeks later I was one of her new students.  That was it!  After two sets of lessons with Patti, I was on my way to a potter's future.  And Patti had become not only my teacher, but my dear friend and mentor.

My Tribe.
My Tribe.

From there, I was introduced to Jaymi, another artist and potter.  Now Jaymi is someone I aspire to be when I grow up.  I thought I had a pretty well developed imagination, but Jaymi is certainly at a higher level (or maybe another planet).  These two ladies have inspired me in my new endeavor in countless ways and always are encouragers.

So after a few years into my love of pottery I, too, became a teacher (of sorts).  A friend from my distant past retired and moved to Northeast Georgia as well.  I invited her to visit us on a Friday when the three of us worked together in a gallery studio.  Next thing we knew Patricia was down and dirty with the rest of us -- hence our tribe.

I'm in love with Northeast Georgia and all its beauty and not only the wonder of all the nature that surrounds us, but in love with pottery and the people I've come to know and love here.  I hope you will join us on our journey together.  Who knows, maybe YOU will become one of the tribe!

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~ Susan