Just Sayin’ Life, 99: Settled and Getting Back to Work

Hello, 2024!  

I just re-read my November blog post.  November and December were whirlwinds.  Leo and I are settled into our new work/live condo. I am getting back to work.

I am so happy here.  A change of venue is exactly what I needed.  It took faith and courage to leave my large home.  Shhh, I almost changed my mind.  I was sitting in my backyard watching the lodge pole pines sway in the wind.  I was thinking of how much I would miss watching them.  I don’t have pines around me but I do have a wonderful new studio that is organized and so well lit. 

Now, I have room to work on several projects at once.  For the past 16 years, I fired kilns in an unheated space.  A heated kiln room and running water is such a gift.  I am very thankful.

In February, I will be heading to North Carolina. There, I will be working with Tony Clennell and several ceramic artists that I met in Portugal two years ago.  It is going to be a great time of making work, talking about projects (pots) and all things ceramic.  I am scurrying to get pots made to fire there.  As I type, I have porcelain under my nails.  A welcome sight.  

new ceramic studio for c2c

hands of a potter

Need a book to read?

I have started reading again.  What a joy!  A friend recommended Stuart Woods books to get me out of my funk.  They were books about Santa Fe.  If you haven’t read them, I would recommend them for a fun read.  Other books in the last three months:

Mad Honey, by Jodi Picoult

Shopgirl, by Steve Martin

The Sun also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett

Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver (full disclosure, I couldn’t get through this book)

Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Grams

Old Man Sailing, by John Passmore

Currently reading:

Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

Next up:

The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese

Oath and Honor, by Liz Cheney

mezze platter

How about some new recipes?

Mezze Platter – I had dinner at a friends’ home several weeks ago (time does fly, doesn’t it?).  Another friend made this platter.  It was fabulous.  I made the Muhammara and Whipped feta for girlfriends recently.  It was a hit.  https://www.loveandlemons.com/mezze-platter/

Homemade Pita Chips – to go with the Mezzo platter.

Black Bean Salad – this could be a salad or a dip with tortilla chips.

Ribollita – this vegetable soup sounds so good.  It’s based on Tuscan bread soups.

I don’t have a stove in my condo yet, just an induction cooktop.  But, I can make any of these recipes.  You can too.

So, how am I doing? 

Thank you to those of you who reached out to me regarding my last blog post.  I truly appreciated your kind words.  I am doing better.  Sleeping in my own bed and living with my “things” has helped.  My brother in law helped install things like decorative shelves and Wifi.  While he was teaching me about “correctly” hanging shelves, he told me about a Chevy commercial.  (He knows that I don’t watch TV.)  When we finished with the project, I pulled it up on YouTube. 

2023 holiday chevy commercial

Oh, my goodness!!!  It was as though the writers created a video about my daughter and mother.  I cried hard.  So, then, of course, I had to send it to my daughter.  She called immediately crying.  We talked for more than an hour about how we missed grandma/mom.  Both of us, shared specific moments feeling as though she was with us.  That hour was precious. 

Camille Casemier performing at School at Art Institute of Chicago  

I hope that if you are struggling with something right now, you can find your way forward.  It can be hard.  We all need to keep our eyes open for the things that make us smile and bring joy.  Please don’t miss them because you are too busy.

Thank you for reading my notes.  I appreciate you.  

Take good care,


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