One Year Older

Esperanza is one year older this month.  She is growing so fast.  We have been extremely busy since the start of this semester.  I feel like we are running with the throttle wide open and as such I hope you all do not give up on me posting semi regularly.  I plan to do so.  I just have to catch up with everything that is going on.
Faythe is doing awesome in school.  He is bringing home high marks in all of his school work Inez and I are so proud of him and the work he is doing.  Esperanza surprised Inez the other day by reading to her.  Inez didn’t know that Esperanza could read as well as she does.  I had an idea that she could when we sat down and I helped her read a chapter out of Dick and Jane. She is a smart little girl.

School is running me ragged, I started this post two weeks ago and am now getting around to writing again.  I would go into our current medical woes but that would take up a bit more space than I want to.  Suffice to say, Inez and I are going in for MRI’s on our lower backs tomorrow.  I even hurts to wedge clay, which is not a good thing, since I tend to need to do quite a bit of that.  I am taking figure drawing this semester as well and it is going great.  I am very happy in my progress in being able to render the human body.  I have also posted a picture of one of my current works; in progress.  I will write more about it on my portfolio site, ’cause I need to add some more content there too.

Inez is doing well in her classes as well.  She is an excellent writer.  She should be writing more posts, I should teach her how.

Faythe rashed out a couple months ago, and he was recently able to get into the allergist.  It turns out he is deathly allergic to Tree Nuts and very allergic to Cats and Dogs.  When he was younger he showed an allergic tendancy to peanuts so we have been pretty careful to keep him from eating any types of nuts.  As it turns out that was a good decision.  Now we have to carry an epi-pen around with us just in case.

Well that is all for now.

— Jerel

The Glaicers in our yard are receeding

Looks like things *may* warm up a bit. The weather was a balmy 48 deg. Fahrenheit yesterday. Warm enough I broke out the Barbecue and cooked up a few Pork Chops, and grilled some bell peppers, onions, and a portobello mushroom. After that I grilled some pineapple slices. It was all pretty dang good. while we were eating the storm that was threating to break while I was outside, finally let loose and it has been raining and sleeting ever since. I sure missed good barbecued food.

I’m not sure what Inez has booked up for herself this coming week, but I am going to be rather busy with school work. I’ve got one paper to write, a project proposal for my sculpture class to put together (costs of materials, reasons behind my ideas for the project, etc.) another sculpture to finish, which by the way basswood is a bugger to cut with a jig saw blade, the sawdust keeps packing up the blade, making it impossible to cut. I’ve got a bunch of pots to glaze and more to throw, and I have to finish casting a mold of my hand for use in a sculpture. All in all I’ve got allot to do. I hope you all have a good week as well.

— Jerel

Oh and I forgot that I will have to change out the Air Suction (a.k.a. reed) valve on my truck, when the part shows up this week.  Toyota conveniently quit manufacturing the part, and subsequently no one else makes it either.  I was finally able to track one down in a salvage yard in Denver, Colorado.   I sure hope it is in good condition, as I have to run the truck through emissions next month and I’m sure it won’t pass if that part is not functioning.