Mead Overflow!

This has been the year for mead experimentation!  I should buy stock in honey.

Let’s start with the Japanese plum mead.  I bottled it this weekend.  It tastes delicious and look at the color.  Isn’t it beautiful?

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After making the batch of minneola dandelion wine, I started a batch of orange mead and lemon mead at the same time.  I bottled the orange and will soon bottle the lemon.  I had to run new bottles through the dishwasher so the bottling process came to a halt. 

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The orange has good flavor, but there is a pretty strong honey aftertaste I’m not fond of.  It looks pretty in the bottle though!

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Back in early summer Sakuma opened a strawberry field to the public to pick as many berries as they wanted for no charge.  Dena and I went over and picked a couple buckets of berries.  I picked strawberries for Sakuma when I was in high school.  It was kind of fun to be back in the field.  I got all muddy and sticky.

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I have wanted to try strawberry mead for quite some time, but they can be expensive.  I haven’t been able to grow a large enough crop for a batch of mead so the free berries presented the perfect opportunity!

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It’s such a pretty red color.  Hopefully it will stay red or pink.

I managed to score a good deal on Italian plums right before I left for Missouri.  I started two batches of plum mead using different types of yeast.

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While in Missouri I picked up three different varieties of grapes:  concord,  white concord and catawba.

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I can’t wait to see how they work up.  Catawba grapes have an interesting flavor. 

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Not to be outdone, my ‘ornamental’ grape vine really produced grapes this year and I was able to try two different batches of mead with the fruit.

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And of course there are the two batches of fig mead I started a few weeks ago.  Hopefully they all turn out yummy!

A friendly public service announcement (somewhere in Montana)… #365catzy #standin – View on Path.

A friendly public service announcement (somewhere in Montana)… #365catzy #standin – View on Path.

Fiesta Mosaic Mirror

It took a few months from start to end just because of timing, but I was finally able to hang my Fiesta mirror in the dining room!

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I found and purchased broken Fiesta pieces online (Purposely break my own dishes?  NEVER!).  They are ‘heel’ pieces which means they have the unglazed, buff colored ring the piece sits on during firing. 

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Heidi attached the mirror on the plywood ‘frame’.  She typically uses 1/8”, but this time she used a thicker mirror (3/16”) to better match the thickness of the pottery.  She also put a wire hanger on the back with two screws.

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Then I brought over the Fiesta pieces and we worked at gluing them in place around the mirror with caulk to create the colorful frame.  Getting a good mix of color and size evenly distributed around the mirror took some time!

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We also glued 1/8” thick mirror rectangles around the edges to give it a nice finished edge.

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Then we had to wait for it to dry before applying the grout…

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After braving mosquitoes, we successfully grouted our mirrors!  Then it was more waiting for the grout to dry. 

Heidi was kind enough to do the final step of buffing, polishing and sealing the grout.  She delivered it to me last night and after putting two molly bolts in the wall (it’s pretty heavy!), it’s now hanging in its new home!

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I really like how it turned out and I like how the ‘heels’ tie into the grout.  I have quite a bit of left over Fiesta pieces and I’m thinking about doing a couple of smaller mirrors to hang on the other wall.

The Unwanted Love

The Unwanted Love
Aaron Yan

You, there’s too many people here
Who worries about not finding delight
Yet I can only bring meaningless emotions
So leave me
You have better toys to play with
Yet I continue to practice the same sweet words

Love without love, interestingly, unexpectedly continues
Love turned dull, leaving, this is your law
I don’t suit you, and don’t adapt to you
Your world has no requirements
No wonder
I am your, disposable affair

Unwanted me
Unwanted love
Love’s exorbitance

Me, why am I here?
Still so honestly melancholy
But can only complete you
Another drama
I do not know how to let go
And still ask you what lovers are
You say I’m too passionate
But had too little companionship

Love without love, interestingly, unexpectedly continues
Love turned dull, leaving, this is your law
I don’t suit you, and don’t adapt to you
Your world has no requirements
No wonder
I am your, disposable affair

Unwanted me
Unwanted love
Love’s exorbitance

Love without love, interestingly, unexpectedly continues
Love turned dull, leaving, this is your law
I don’t suit you, and don’t adapt to you
Your world has no requirements
No wonder
I am your, disposable affair

Unwanted me
Unwanted love
Love’s exorbitance