Blue Butterfly

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fun in frozen Pittsburgh... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas, here I am again - just took this picture of Babalooee (aka Bob) trying to clear our driveway - he looks the picture of happiness and bliss.   Last year our son, Robert, bought this snow blower for his Dad to use and we didn't have much snow - this year is another story.  We would have brokey backs if we didn't have it and had to use the shovel.  What was it the weather forecasters named it, The Polar Vortex, cold was putting it mildly.  We had to shovel the snow out back where wee Corey takes care of Paisley (business) and he was quite pleased 'cause the snow came up over his back so couldn't risk him getting lost in the frozen white canyons of Tomey Road.  
This upcoming week warmer weather should be coming in, around 40 farenheit, like a heatwave.  To warm Bob up I got out my slow cooker and made a lovely big pot of Chili - not bad Willis, not bad.
and he has the cheek to say I don't cook, ha. 
So, a good meal was had by all.
Well, it's that time again when I am planning another trip back home, need an infusion of Haggis, Black Pudding, etc., and etc.,  Will probably be going the 4th of March getting back the first week in April.   I know the weather won't be all hot and humid in March, but let's face it, you don't go to Scotland to get a suntan, you go to see family and enjoy the unbelievable scenery.  Once I pick up my ticket this weekend, I'll be adding more info.   So until next time, Corey says to say Hi and Bye - cheerio, toodle pips, ta ra, au revoir and all that jazz.  Take care and be good, well, don't be too good.  "E"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy Hogmanay an' aw ra best tae ye all for 2014... .

Hello to all you wonderful Bloganistas --- Can you believe it, here we are at 5p.m. on Hogmanay (New Years Eve to those who are not Scottish, Irish or English and in The Know). To the left is  my Wee Fella, he is my favourite Gargoyle;  I've had him for some 20 years and way back then I christened him "Oh Shit".  He has always sat at an entryway to my home -- each Season I have him dressed up in a different costume (I buy the costumes at Petco, a pet supplies store)  I usually buy thingies for a Chihuahua pooch and, as you know, they are the wee doggies of the canine world -- on the 25th of January (birthday of the famous Scottish Bard, I have made for him a Scottish Tartan Tammy with a wee toorie on his bonnet... .at Easter he has his Easter Bonnet and at Thanksgiving I have made him a Pilgrims hat.
2013 has been a year of mixed emotions, however, I do not want to relive them, so my dear "Mother of the Universe" - get your London derriere in gear and get on with it and make our lives easier to get on with life.
Here we have a picture of The Point in Pittsburgh - you are looking at the new football arena, Heinz Field (yep Heinz after the Ketchup, Beans and the old nom de plum, Heinz 57... . it sits on the Ohio River and is extremely, visually impressive, day or night.
 
By now you all know that my passion is ceramics, so here is my latest offering - I made this for a 
 very special friend. She collects Christmnas Houses 
and, as I keep my Santa Clauses out all year, Anna also keeps her Christmas Houses on display on her mantle-piece.  
Well. I could keep  on going, however, I am going to close here for this year -- Wee Corey, you remember him, and I are wishing each and every one of you a Happy Hogmanay and a Safe, Healthy and a Very Happy New Year - Here's tae us, wha's like us, damned few and they're aw died..,. .  Let me wish each and every one of you a Happy, Safe and Blessed New Year -- ta ra, toodle pips and aw ra best... .   "Liz" and Corey.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gobble, Gobble Time... .

Hello to all you Fabulous BloganistasCan you believe it, here we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in a couple of days and then it's all a-go getting ready for Santa Claus, ho, ho, ho!!!
Nothing much is going on at the moment -- I have the Turkey brining, got my bread croutons cut and ready to toast tomorrow to get the stuffing ready.   Have all the "stuff" to make a couple of Pumpkin Pies and all the fixin's to make my casseroles etc., you all know the drill.  
The weather took a cold turn today along with some snow, however, now that it is raining it is washing away the snow and it's all slushy - we have to get some more snow tonight - let's hope it is dry and sunny on Thursday for Thanksgiving Day.  I was going to go to ceramics tonight but decided against it due to the weather - next week is another day.
Thanks to Mother Nature and my neighbour across the street I am able to share this beautiful picture with you - the autumn colours are so spectacular and each year they seem to look nicer; however, it doesn't last too long and we find ourselves looking at the bare branches that, in themselves, have a certain elegance.
Well, as I said, nothing much going on at the mo, so I will close for now and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Cheerio for now, ta ta, toodle pips, au revoir and all that jazz.  Corey says hello - he got his hair cut yesterday and is looking very dapper.  Wishing you All the Best,  "E"

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ghosts and Goblins

Hello to all you fabulous Ghostly Gooly Bloganistas -- well, it is that time of year again and I thought I would have Helga, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Sooty the Cat say Booooo and Hellooooooo to you all - I made this ceramic piece back in 1997 finished her in fired glazes and stains.  I am presently making the Three Ghosts (something like the three tenors... .) so once I get them finished, sad to say not in time for this Halloween, however, not to worry, there will be plenty more.   I also have another piece - a wee Pumpkin with a Black Cat sitting atop its head.  By now you have probably guessed that ceramics is my one true passion, after Corey that is.  In the past years I've always had to get the various holiday pieces made in time for the holidays - no longer -  I make them as I get to them... . The weather has taken a cool turn - this past Friday we had snow flurries but nothing to write home about - don't know when we last had a White Christmas, who knows, maybe this year.  I know, be careful what you wish for.    I stopped in at Soergels' Orchards today, heavens the place was like a Zoo on steroids.  I enjoyed browsing through all the stuff and found some packets of pectin, etc., that I can use in making some mixed fruit jam, however, the one prize in the shop was two little recipe books - one for Zucchini and the other for Tomatoes, yay.  There are some terrific recipes for all the green tomatoes I have and I don't even have to peel them to make some really great recipes, so guess what I'll be doing this upcoming week, yep oh, and there's even a recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes - now there was a good movie.  (Don't ask me what happened here - the print is off on its tod.  So, to get the real low-down on the History of Halloween, scroll down to last years entry and enjoy.Time to say ta ra, cheerio, toodle pips, and all that jazz - and may all your tricks be a treat... .
P.S.  If you click on the images, they enlarge that way you can get a better look at the pieces/
Love to all,  Elizabeth & Corey  xox








Monday, October 14, 2013

The Higginbottam Sisters... .

I'm baaaack... .  Hello, once again, to all you fabulous Bloganistas and Bloganisters (of the male persuasion) finally finished Zelda (with the Orange coloured hat) and Thelma (with the Blue hat)  I've only been working on them since 2002 and, when I was taking them in for final firing, I knocked Zelda's head off, yep, given the time of year, you could say she was the headless horse woman.  527 Glue to the rescue... . and it was a perfect fit, So I am quite happy.  
I've been having a busy day, made a big pot of my "kitchen sink" soup (chicken broth, lentils, split peas, grated carrots, onions and whatever scraps of veggies I found in the 'fridge veggie drawer Tastes really good, so we'll be having a bowl of it tonight along with stuffed Peppers over Rice.  I also got the Zucchini peeled and cut-up to make my Relish, however, my back gave out so that is another project for tomorrow.   Bob's still waiting for his Apple Pies!!!
and, guess what, I finally finished Seamus Me Boy.  
Started making him in 1996 - hey, no one ever said I was the fastest filly out the gate.
 



Hallowe'en is coming in a couple of weeks and I have out my other ceramic pieces I have been making over the years.   This is Hector the Wizard - won't tell you how long I was in getting this finished.

So let me wish you all a Happy Hallowe'en and I hope all your tricks are a treat.  Okay, time to say,  bye for now cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir,  and all that jazz. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lest We Forget... .

September 11 2001 - 2013

We have survived the best of times and the worst of times... .  

I have been watching the Memorial Service from New York City, The Pentagon and also Shanksville (80 miles south-east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I live), although Shanksville does seem to be the forgotten tragedy, not receiving the same coverage that the other two sites are given.   My daughter was friends with one of the passengers on Flight 93 who lost her life that fateful day in Shanksville - and a young man, Pierre, who worked in the World Trade Centre No: 1 from whom I ordered by perfume on a regular basis, was also taken - my perfume has never seemed the same since that day.

These fire fighters to the left, are volunteers, and they need to be counted amongst the brave men and women who risk their lives, and those who work this profession on a daily basis, keeping us safe.  Please take a moment and no matter your beliefs, say a prayer in honour of those souls lost that day, their families and friends.  

The fire fighter in the front of the picture, is my son Robert.    Bye for now and God Bless.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Not much going on at the mo... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas -- been a couple of months since I was last blogging.  Lots going on keeping up with the garden, however my veggies have been so poor this year that I didn't even bother to take any photographs.  We've had a really dry, hot summer here in Pittsburgh and it burnt my Cukes and Squash Pulled a few off the vines and I have enough Squash to make a few jars of relish.
This is Kya, my son's pooch - Shepherd/Husky mix. He is out of town for work, so Bob and I are doggy-sitting,  She is such a great pooch - our wee Corey has the cheek to growl at her and steal her food, of course, she steals Corey's food.  It's funny watching the two of them.  When people say dogs don't talk back, forget it, when Kya doesn't want to do something, she will argue the toss with you - just love it.
Hey, those of you who are Dr. Who aficionados, and those of you who need to be, the new series starts early September - so, let's hope Peter Capaldi brings a new twist to the series and breathes excitement in to the role as the 12th Doctor and repair the damage Matt Smith did (my opinion... .)    He, Peter, has to be good, after all he is from Glasgow... . 

When I was a little girl living in Dalmarnock Road I used to buy my ice cream cones from a Mr. & Mrs. Capaldi, very Italian, wonder if they are his relatives.  Mrs. Capaldi used to give me a free 3d (3 penny) cone until my wee dog Terry, a Rat Terrier, did a number on her cat in the shop window trashing her Christmas Tree, and the cat.  Terry hated cats and motorcycles, he used to chase both of them.

Okay, time to go get a cuppa - Corey and Kya say "...keep tuned in to our Blog... ."  ta ra, cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir and Bye y'all.  "E"

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