Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I have another group of four boys at US in my knitting elective this year. They're loving it. This group is all sixth graders (last year was seventh graders), and they've picked up the basics very quickly.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Monday, October 29, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Empty Bowls

This morning I went to a fundraiser in Logan called "Empty Bowls", which benefits hunger relief in Hocking County. Several area potters and high school students made and donated bowls for the event, and churches and other organizations donated food and other supplies. It's basically a soup lunch, but every participant gets to take home a handmade bowl. I think it's a great idea for a fundraiser.

Bill Sauer Field

Friday, October 26, 2007

I'm in Logan this weekend celebrating the last home game at Logan High School's Bill Sauer Field. Well, it would have been the last home game, except they won, which means they will play on this field one more time, but this was the big celebration. They're tearing down the school next summer and building a new one out in the country. This is a big deal because the school on the "Hilltop" has been a tradition in this town for a long, long time. My parents, grandmother and great grandmother all went to school in this same building that I went to. And football is as big a deal here as in any small midwestern town, so this last home game on the Hilltop was a big event.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Bricks and Ivy

I'll be travelling this weekend, so I might not be able to post tomorrow. But once I get to Logan I should be able to get back on schedule. So check back in late Friday or Saturday.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Mark and I went to this warehouse on Lee Road in Cleveland tonight to meet a guy named "Rosti" who buys and resells pretty good quality cabinets. This is one style that we might pick.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Carl Sorensen Detail

Carl Sorensen was an Arts and Crafts style metalworker who made bronze bowls and things with an interesting patina. Mark bought one off ebay or something and it's sitting on a little wall between our living and dining room. Some day I'll take a color picture with good lighting to highlight the unusual green, bronzy patina, but this was one of my end of the day last minute shots, so my only lighting was the weak overhead light in our dining room. Not ideal for capturing nice colors.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Mark and I went to a Patterson Fruit Farm today to pick apples--unfortunately their apple trees were stripped clean. But I got some nice pumpkin pictures.
On another note--Mark and I decided to start a blog to let people see the progress on our kitchen remodel. You can find it at: (Extreme Makeover Erdmann Kitchen Edition). Check it out!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Dinner at Chipotle

Blogger was having technical difficulties last night when I tried to post, and would let me upload a picture. So here is yesterday's photo.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fall Colors

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


We have begun our kitchen remodel. There used to be a wall and cabinets in this corner, but Mark spent this evening taking care of that. Yay!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Tiny Person

As I said originally, I didn't think my first picture was the permanent choice. I finally got around to messing around with the pictures I took in St. Louis, and picked another one to post. The first one was a little unoriginal, I thought. So here's something a little different. I uploaded several others from that trip onto jpg. You can see them here.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Cast Iron Tubs

We did some antiquing in Alton today, and as we drove down the main drag I noticed this yard full of old cast iron tubs. I took about a dozen pictures, but I'd like to go back and take some more. I'm picturing in my mind shots I didn't get that I'd like to try for.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Painted Asphalt

In the last 24 hours I've travelled by car, pickup truck, bus and train and I've seen downtown Cleveland, downtown Chicago and the mighty Mississippi River. But I didn't take any pictures of any of those things. Instead, I have this picture of some painted asphalt outside the Amtrak station in Alton Illinois.

I was hoping to have all kinds of great travelling pictures, but I left on a bus from Cleveland at midnight, arrived in Chicago around 6:00 AM, had to get to the track to get on a train at about 6:45, and when I got off the train and saw what I thought would make a great shot of one of the Amtrak employees standing on the steps of the train as it pulled away, I didn't have time to pull my camera out of the bag and take a picture. Travelling by myself was a little to hectic to make a good photo shoot.

But while I was waiting for Mark's aunt and uncle to pick me up at the station, I did look down and think this looked like an interesting shot. Hopefully the rest of our weekend here in the St. Louis area will provide more picture opportunities.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Blue Bench

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bathroom Tiles

Tonight I thought I would end up with a dud, because I left it till the last minute. But I was inspired by my bathroom floor. Unfortunately our bathroom floor is not this white, but I used the "Enhance color" button on Picture Manager. When you click this button, the cursor becomes little cross-hairs, which you then place over any part of the picture that is truly white (or that you wish was truly white). When you click, it adjusts the colors accordingly. In this case it makes the photo look black and white, but if you look carefully you can see some colored bits of dust.

I really like this particular picture, but I must admit that one of the reasons I chose it was because it was the one that made our bathroom floor look the cleanest.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Dapping Punches

JPGMagazine is taking submissions in a theme called "Tools of the Trade". I went to the basement today to find some interesting-looking tools in Mark's workshop. I don't know what these things are, my guess is that they are used for raising silver or maybe removing dents. Mark will have to confirm for me (he's out of town at the moment, so I'll have to ask him later). In this picture they look like soldiers.

***Update: I talked with Mark and it turns out these are dapping punches. They are used to punch metal into round shapes. This would be done to make hollow round spheres, or to make round depressions in metal when embossing or chasing.