Just Sayin’ Life, 102: We have one shot at this life.

Oh my goodness!  I was getting ready to attend a meeting and needed to iron a shirt.  (Remember, I moved recently.). I pulled out my ironing board and no pad!  Wait!  Where is the pad?  Then, I remembered.  By, the way how are you?

We have one shot at this life:

Recently, in The New Yorker magazine, I read about how our life span has grown more than our health span.  Think about that for a minute.  One statement, actually many statements caught my eye, in this article.  The Harvard Study of Adult Development has found, in eight decades, that human connections may be the single most critical determinant of long-term happiness and health.  So, our relationships with community, friends and family is very important. Let’s all try to get out and do something new with people this month. We only have one shot at this life.

Click on the link above to read the article.  I think you will find it interesting.

So, ironing the shirt. I was tossing a moving box, I saw the pad fly into the dumpster and thought, “shoot, now I need to buy a new one.”  My ironing board was my grandmother’s board.  I received it when she passed.  My mom had one and guess what, I had my great grandmother’s ironing board at the time. It was getting pretty rusted and rickety.  So, I upgraded by one generation.  I steamed my shirt and did order a new ironing board pad.  Here’s a question: What do you have that your mother gave you and you still use after 25 years?

New Art Discovered and Gallery Thoughts:

New Art Found:

I had a chance to visit several Douglas, MI galleries recently. A nice collection of artwork throughout town.  Several of my former artists’ artwork (Ronna Alexander, Mark Chatterley, Matthew Paskiet, Mike Taylor, and Eli Zilke) can be seen around Douglas.  Do you remember the quiet paintings that I discovered in Naples, Florida?  Here are paintings by Max Matteson that could work in many homes.

landscape painting

What will you do with your art collection?

There was an interesting conversation between fellow artists last month.  It was about collecting artwork. As an artist, there is a second conversation about our studios.  I am asked about valuation of art and how to sell a no longer loved painting.  Sadly, there is no easy answer.

I would suggest googling the artist.  See what you can learn online. If you find quite a bit of information.  I would consider contacting an art museum to see if they have someone on staff who could provide valuation on it. Any information that you have on the artist, I would attach to the back of the painting.

If you would like to sell the artwork, I would list it on eBay, Facebook marketplace, and write a post on facebook or instagram with a good picture of it.

If you love the artwork and will be keeping it in your collection.  I would create two files: a spreadsheet and a paper file to help your heirs.  On the spreadsheet, I would list the title, artist name, price paid for it, date purchased, and who should receive it upon your death.  In the paper file, I would have the spreadsheet plus any articles that you have collected regarding the artwork. Many times, a gallery will provide you with a resume.

If the artwork does truly have historical value, a regional art museum or university art department may be interested in adding it to their permanent collection.  You should consider designating who would receive the artwork upon your death.  This could be a letter attached to your will.

My children will probably not want most of the artwork that I have collected.  I would think many of you will be in the same position.  I plan to create a note written to the kids suggesting what they do with all of it.  I hope I have the opportunity to talk with them about some of their favorite pieces.  I would add to their name to the back of a painting so that there would be no question of my intentions.  Fingers crossed that I can keep it fairly equitable between them.

Some New Recipes to Try:

kids cook book

Do you have grandkids that like to cook?  While visiting my Arizona kids, my granddaughter and I had a baking competition.  We used a kids’ cookbook written by America’s Test Kitchen.  They are a Vermont non-profit business focused scientifically researching recipes, kitchen tools, and ingredients.  I have several of their cookbooks.  ATK provides great information for the kids to be successful in the kitchen.

Egg Avocado Asparagus Salad: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/grated-egg-avocado-asparagus-salad/

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/roasted-cauliflower-and-chickpea-tacos/

Shakshuka: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/shakshuka/#wprm-recipe-container-51977

Fish Tacos: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C52Amk1M1kN/?igsh=bzVmYXE0eno3a3Bz


Sometimes in life you have to scrape away to reveal the essence, just like this pot. I am excited about this moon jar.  Fingers crossed that it makes it through glaze firing.  It stands 17 inches tall and 14 inches across before firing.  It is porcelain and will shrink 13% after two firings.  I etched the life circles into the surface and then covered it in blue underglaze.  I had to wait over night before I could scrape the excess blue away.  The life circles appear with blue in the recesses.  I plan to add waves over the blue and then my beach glaze over the entire surface.  Or not.  Still thinking about it.

Would you like to see my new studio?  I am hosting a pop-up show on June 22nd from 5-8pm.  One of the reasons that I moved was to be a part of a community.  Other artists in my pocket community will be opening their studios.  Mike Westra, Bev Hundley, Dave Warmenhoven, and a screenprinting demonstration at Marushka’s print shop.  Of course, there will be food and beverages, maybe live music.  It’s all coming together and will be a lot of fun.  Please park on VerHoeks or Waverly Streets and walk into our development.  I look forward to seeing you.  Please take good care of yourself and have some fun.



2 replies on “Just Sayin’ Life, 102: We have one shot at this life.

  • becca

    Hello Cyndi,
    I would love to see your new studio and your lake inspired moon jar. I, too love making moon jars. Last summer I made several smaller ones, got distracted with some other forms and hoping to return to some moon jars this summer again.

    I jotted down the date of your ‘pop up’ and hoping to be able to work out the date with my daughter (she lives in Spring Lake, MI)

    I love to see your love for lake life and spirit continue through your pots!

    Hope to catch up with you and talk pottery this summer!


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