Friday, October 19, 2018

A month goes by quickly.

It is the busy season. We held a fundraiser for the museum and raised $5,000. I bought tickets for the dinner and contributed items to the silent auction.

Matt, Mark, Jeffrey, Addison, Cathy, and Dan.

I had the vegetarian dinner, but I suspect there was lard in the tamales because I started to feel sick while driving home and soon afterwards threw up. But we raised $5,000, so that was great.

Matt and Homer. The bolo tie was made by my step-grandfather in the late 1960s.

I am assembling my altar for my All Souls Procession cocktail party. I taught Robert how to make the flowers and he helped out.

Robert and his flowers.

I also showed him how to make refrigerator magnets. I will be doing both craft activities for an event next weekend.


Gave a talk for AAHS. Giving another later this month on legal executions in Pima County. Went to the State Archives to do research and found a lot of useful data.

Little Miss Ruby is all grown up. She is getting better with going bathroom outside, other than some very occasional accidents. Also less chewing of things.


Today I got to visit with Christos, who was in town for a trunk show. He was the boyfriend of my roommate Les back in 1985-1986. I haven't seen him since the summer of 1986. Time goes by. It was really fun to see him and catch up.

Christos and Homer.

He said I hadn't changed, but I really have. I look older, balder, and fatter. I used to be so super skinny and I had a lot of very fine brown hair on my head. But that's what happens.

Friday, September 21, 2018

I had a nice 55th birthday. Matt came over and gave me a lovely photo book.

Steve McCurry, The Iconic Photographs.

We then headed over to the Presidio Museum where I have a couple of talks and also showed kids how to make beer cap magnets featuring loteria images.

We went to lunch at BK's where the service was sub-par, but I still enjoyed the meal.

We came back and Matt gave me a beautiful work of art, a photo of the 2017 eclipse on glass.

Eclipse photo.

Doug came over and gave me a store-bought mini-birthday cake. It was very colorful.

On Saturday night I worked Retro Game Show and Peter gave me a photo of me taken at the Tucson Birthday Party.

August 20th, 2018.

And then yesterday a mysterious package showed up at the gate, containing a beautiful pink glass cake stand. I have no idea who sent it to me! I am going to use it when I have my All Souls Procession Party.

Mystery cake plate.

And so yes, I had a nice birthday, the best in a long time.

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Transfer-printed Dishes.

In the 1870s, people got tired of the Romantic scenes on their dishes. The Aesthetic Style Had a frenzy of elements in the center of the vessel. The central scene of many dishes featured scrolls, flowers, foliage, birds, and butterflies.

 Beatrice, Wedgwood, 1880.

 Cairo plate, Copeland, 1883.

Excelsior, Old Hall E. Ware Co., 1880-1886.

Unknown pattern, Ridgway Stoke on Trent, 1880.

Summer time, T. & R. Boote, 1878.

Other people preferred more simple designs of flowers.

Unknown pattern, Belleek.

Daffodil plate, Wm. Grindley & Co., 1882.

Spring, Wm. Grindley & Co., 1886.

Version 55.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Blog Post 2800. Fifteen years ago I started this blog, fretting about turning 40. Back then I was young, had been single for 10 months after being dumped by the boyfriend of five years. It was a different time, I cannot say that today I am the same person because I have done a lot more things, met new people, perhaps grown up some more, seen my pets and loved ones die. I have done some things I had really wanted to, but there are more that I haven't.

Currently, I am not dealing well with Mother's death. I push it back into the back of my mind. Sometimes I forget. At night and early in the morning I often dream about her. I have a pile of papers I brought back that I have made a point of not going through. I occupy my mind with other things. I miss her.

I was at the Presidio museum setting things up for our volunteer dinner. A woman was there and I asked her if she wanted a tour and she said yes. I took her around, telling her the history of the area. She mentioned that her ancestors had lived in the Presidio and as it turned out his picture was on one of the signs. I told her that the family was in the book that I wrote that lists all of the people who lived in Tucson between  1775 and 1856. She was very happy about that and asked me to sign the copy she purchased.

The author.

Afterwards we had a nice volunteer dinner, I made a pineapple upside-down cake and mango salsa. Next weekend is our first fundraising dinner, we are hoping to raise a few thousand dollars.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Transfer printed dishes. If you have been to my house you will see my kitchen walls are mostly covered by antique dishes, as well as the open-faced cabinets above my sink. They range in date from the 1820s to the early 1900s. Recently I have acquired some new pieces and decided to research them and collect some data on all of them.

Collection, part 1.

Collection, Part 2

Transfer printed vessels were created by placing thin pieces of paper onto inked plates which had designs on them. Some of the designs were copied from prints found in books, others were created by artists employed by the ceramic manufacturers. Most vessels have a central scene with a separate design around the rim.

The earlier transfer prints are often "Romantic" scenes which could include view incorporating Chinese, Arab, Classical, or Countryside scenes. These were popular up into the 1870s.

Chinese Landscapes soup tureen, Hicks, Meigh & Johnson, 1822-1835.

Milesian plate, J. Wedgwood.

Unmarked plate. This plate has the same border as the one above.

Minerva plate, Podmore, Walker & Co., circa 1834-1859.

Fountain plate, E. Woods & Sons, 1818-1846.

Palestine plate, Adams.

Acropolis bowl, J. M. S.. 1830-1845.

Foliage plate, unknown manufacturer.

Susa plate, Charles Meigh, Son & Parkhurst, 1850-1851. This is from my grandmother's china cabinet.

Lozere creamer tray, E. Challinor, 1842-1867.

Mesina plate, Wood & Challinor, 1828-1843.

Sirius small plate, James Edward, 1839-1841.

Corea plate, J. Clementson, 1840-1864.

Cyprus plate, Davenport, 1820-1860.

Ailanthus plate, C. & W. K. Harvey, 1835-1853.

Unmarked large platter.

Unmarked small tray.

Unmarked small tray.

Birds & Fruit plate, Charles Meigh, circa 1850.

Asiatic Pheasants platter, unknown manufacturer.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Several weeks. Moments of busy activities, followed by lengthy times of stress and sadness.

Jimbo came to visit. We went to watch bats but it started to rain.

Peter, Jimbo, and Homer.

We of course went to Rosa's for dinner. Jim enjoyed his food, I found that the quality of the cheese enchiladas had declined.


We also went to BK's where I enjoyed a pina colada.

Pina colada.

It was very hot. We went to naked pool volleyball, buy the pool was very hot and it was about 106 outside. We left a little early.

I headed north to Flagstaff to attend a conference. I have a new, larger tent that fits my new queen sized air mattress. I didn't think my talk was so great (it was better than the kiva as a corn dryer talk), but people complimented me on it.

New tent.

Supper was good. I hung out with Michael and his friends and got drunk on Lime Bud Lights.

Michael and Homer.

The monsoon has finally started at my house. Unexpectedly, a large toad showed up in the backyard. Ruby wanted to eat it so I put it into the neighbor's yard (they don't have a dog).


Ruby is being a brat. She keeps pooping in the house, moments after I have walked her outside. I yelled at her and then felt bad about it afterward.

The brat and Buddy Cat.

I had Greek food with Matt. It was tasty. He is swell.


I got new glasses two weeks ago and Ruby got up on my desk and chewed one of the pairs.

Only $29, thankfully.

I attended the 243rd Tucson Birthday Party. In my new outfit.

Homer and Jean.

The doctor told me no sugar, no carbs. I am too fat and have too many tryglycerides. SIGH.


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