Sunday, September 13, 2015

a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday update...

DH decided that he'd really like an apple pie Friday. Well, I'd already spent the morning trying out a new recipe for meat loaf, but since we were out running errands anyway, it wouldn't be hard to pick up some apples. Do you know that apples are expensive when you have to buy a bunch? Usually I just pick up one or two each week to put in our salads, but when you need 6 - 8 and best to get a variety of types, it can cost you. Anyway, the only other choice would be to buy a pie already made (probably cheaper too), but you know, home-made almost always tastes better... so-oo here it is. the crust isn't exactly beautiful, but should taste good... and I can't wait to put some melted cheddar cheese on top. I know most people prefer ice-cream (DH does), but I love apple pie with melted cheddar!

Our first Fall pottery class met Saturday. I wasn't sure that I was going to go because I'd had a strange night (which I'll explain later), but ended up going anyway... a little late. It was fine. Some of the old pottery wheels had been replaced with new ones. This was great except that the foot pedals were a bit stiff and took a little breaking in. I had watched a few videos on making clay goblets, so gave it a try. These are my results... not perfect by any means, but works in progress.

These were made in 2 pieces. I tried to do one all in one piece, but it didn't work out. However, I will continue to work on that. The goblet in the center has a solid stem. The others have hollow stems which are better for firing... but what I didn't realize until doing this was that the hollow stems dry out a lot faster than the cup parts. This can be a problem when attaching the two. There's also a 4th goblet, but I didn't take any pics. It's huge!(about twice the size of these)

Now I'll mention what almost caused me to skip class Saturday. I woke up about 2:30 Saturday morning with chest pains.  I've had these off and on before  on occasion and they usually go away in about 5 minutes. But this time they continued until I finally got out of bed and went to sit in the den. They continued until about 4am... and then eased off. I did take my blood pressure (which is usually low... sometimes very low) and it read 171/81 (high for me), but the 2nd time I took it about 15 minutes later it read 151/123 (that was an unusual diastolic?), later it went to 185/87, then 169/81. By morning it was back to 131/70 (normal for me). Strange, yes?  I plan to check it out with my doctor this week as I have to admit it scared me... not enough to go to the emergency room, but enough to warrant a consult. 

Tux enjoying the Sunday morning sunshine

For those of you who have cats, you won't be surprised when I tell you that both Tux and Julie spent Saturday morning sitting with me and looking very concerned during my scary episode. Cats can be very comforting.


  1. I would definitely get that checked out, Rian. Those BP readings are scary! I wonder if you had what is called a TIA (transient ischemic attack). I'll be looking forward to hearing what the doctor says. Don't delay too long as there are enzymes that show up in your blood after an episode. Sending you hugs! :-)

    1. Thanks, DJan. I plan to check with my doctor Monday. I would happen on a weekend... and I don't have a good feel about emergency rooms.

  2. Yikes, scary episode indeed! Fingers crossed all is/will be okay.

    The pie looks yummy and I'm sure is delicious, no matter what it's paired with. Mom always liked a good cheddar with apple pie.

    I think your globlets are terrific! Doing something like that boggles my mind, so kudos to you.

    And Tux has a wonderful spot to keep an eye on you...and on the neighbourhood too!

    1. Kim, it was scary, but hopefully it was nothing and won't happen again.
      As for the goblets, they are fun to make and I plan to make a lot more... maybe some fun lopsided ones or tiny out of kilter ones.
      And yes, Tux loves that spot in the window. He can watch the birds and squirrels at the feeders as well as the neighbors walking their dogs.

  3. those goblets are wonderful and I just know you make the best pies.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm enjoying the fun of making something new.
      And the pie turned out really good. DH and I just had a piece with our coffee a few minutes ago.

  4. Oh, that sounds frightening. I'm not sure I wouldn't have wanted to see the doctor right away. A few minutes of chest pain, yes but sustained over more than an hour sounds worrisome. Hope everything checks out.

    The pie looks absolutely delish. I've never been very good at pie crust so today I made an apple crisp. I'll have it with ice cream, though I do enjoy apple pie with cheese. The contrast of the sweet and salty is so good.

    Love the goblets! You are very talented!

  5. Thanks, Eileen. It was worrisome, but I will check it out.
    Your apple crisp sounds wonderful too!

  6. Do make an appointment with your primary physician; don't delay; better find out and take steps to avoid a future episode. I speak from experience.


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