Brrrrr - It's Cold Outside

At 5 degrees, it's plenty cold outside.  I can barely get Oz, my MinPin, to go outside to do his business.  I haven't been out since Tuesday when I had the hardware removed from my left wrist.  So . . . what to do on a cold day?  I can't knit or crochet at the moment, I could read a book but that's not calling me.  Instead, I've been going through photos fro[...]

Why to use back button focus

It's the first day of the new year and like just about everyone else, I'm filled with ideas on how to improve something this year.  I'm going to focus on photography since last year I seemed to be pretty lazy.  After my photo a day for 2013, I think I burned myself out.  So, my first "improvement" this year will be to learn how to do back button focusing sin[...]

Once burned, twice shy

I attended the 2014 Raku party for the first time on the advice of a friend. My friend and her daughter have attended these parties for four years in a row and she couldn’t say enough good things about the event – including how much she loved her Raku pieces and how gorgeous they all turned out. I thought I would try it and bought tickets for my two daughter[...]

Upcoming Events for The Water Closet Werks

Currently my work is hanging at Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room.  It's up until the end of the month.  See prior post for more details. In November, I'll have some pieces at the Brighton Art Guild's 15th Annual All Member Exhibition from November 6 to 16.  Particulars are below. I'll also be at I'll be at: Christmas in Clawson Saturday, Nov 8 9:0[...]

MI Michigan: The Road Less Traveled

As you can tell by the post card/photo, I'm staging a solo show beginning tomorrow afternoon and running through October. Come to the meet the artist event on October 12. You won't be disappointed - in the photos or the great Michigan wines you'll be able to taste (for a small price). Hope to see some of you there.

The Saving of Homemade Cherry Preserves

Jen decided to make homemade sour cherry preserves. First, it wasn't easy finding a recipe. We finally found one in the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Jen made the preserves. They didn't come out all that good; they were runny and overly sweet. We combined a couple of recipes we found on line - one from Martha Stewart and one from Food.com. Those two recipes helpe[...]

On Exhibit at the Brighton District Library

My digital photographs are now on display at the Brighton District Library, 100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI.  The exhibit runs from June 24 to August 4.  On Monday, June 30, we will be having a reception at the library from 6 to 8 p.m.  Please come visit.  

State of MI . . . nd @ the Om Cafe in Ferndale

Starting 15 April 2014, 12 of my images of Michigan will be gracing the walls of the Om Cafe on Woodward in Funky Fashionable Ferndale.   Drop in, have a delicious meal, and enjoy looking at some photos of our great state.  The display will be up for six months (15 October).  Both the Om Cafe and I will appreciate your interest.

Around the House - Episode ?????

It's been quite some time since I posted anything on my website. This winter kicked us all in the backside with record amounts of snow and icicle-inducing temperatures. The weather indoors at my house this past four months hasn't been grand either. Christmas jumped up and bit us in the butt since we missed a week between Gobbler Day and Jolly Old St. Nick.[...]

Oaks Church, Royal Oak

If you're looking for a great way to help local people who are in unfortunate circumstances, check out the Oaks Church outreach  opportunity.  While I'm not unduly religious and don't necessarily believe much in organized religions, I am a strong proponent of the Golden Rule.  It's important to help others and the Oaks Church does a good job of promoting com[...]