Garden

TWO of my tomato plants have wee green tomatoes on them! TWOOOO! Also, three of my pepper plants are in bloom. They are doing such important-to-the-development-of-food things when the temperature has dropped to unconducive levels, but hey. I’m still excited. Google tells me their babies risk turning out “cat-faced”, but quite frankly, hat does not sound like a bad thing. I am quite curious to find out exactly how a vegetable can appear cat-faced. I bet it’s cute.

In other news, pots continue happening. I put another dent in my pile of bisqued book teacups this week; they’ll be fired tomorrow, along with a special request and sundry robots. Lots of medieval textbooks in this load. I’ll have to set them aside and figure out how to get gold luster on them. (Gold luster not only requires firing to a different temperature than I normally hit. It’s also incredibly toxic stuff. The gold is held in suspension with a bunch of very nasty, highly absorbable chemicals. Gloves ain’t gonna cut it for safety gear. I strongly suspect the respirator I have is the wrong sort[1], and the ventilation system in the studio may not be good enough for the length of the firing… What I need is an outdoor kiln or something. Hrm. )

[1] It’s rated for mineral and other dust, not chemical fumes.

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