Friday, August 01, 2008

My Report on Slumgum

Today was the day to deal with the Slumgum. A rather messy process. Sticky too.

Before that however, I needed to clean out the freezer. (no, these two things are in no way related, just had to be done.) I know one finds strange things, sometimes unknown things when one cleans out the freezer, but I have to say I was rather surprised to find, well, a bird. Not the eating kind. The kind with feathers. Must talk to the Birdchick about that, can't possibly belong to anyone else.

(I was going to post a picture, but looking at it, I think not. It will go back into the freezer until such a time as it is needed for , well, whatever it is needed for)

Slumgum. Right. It is what is left, wax, and Stuff, after the honey has all been strained out.



That's it still wrapped in the cheesecloth. Here it is out of it's cheesecloth. Lovely, isn't it?



There are many methods of extracting the Beeswax from the Slumgum (I love that word!) My favorite (and the only one I know) is to heat it in a big old pot (the operative word being OLD pot, you will not be using this pot for anything else. Ever. It looks like this melted:



Mmmmm.....Dinner anyone?

After it has melted, you strain it thru more cheesecloth, and a strainer, which we have no photos of, as it is a two handed process, and quite impossible to let go with one hand and try and take the shot with the other, with a camera that has no screen. I know this.

When it cools, you have wax:



Pop it out and you have this:



Now, this big question: What do I DO with it?? Make a candle? Something else? Anyone know?

I put the rest of the Slumgum (She says to use the word one more time) out for the Bees, who love it. I should also mention that the Oysterband makes a lovely soundtrack for a day of Slumglumming (she says, making up a new word)

Just about perfect.

Love and Bees,
Lorraine

73 Comments:

At 7:38 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Thanks for the report on slumglum. That is a GREAT word. It reminds me of Puddleglum from C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. I loved Puddleglum and I once got to play the Emerald Witch/Dragon opposite him and Prince Rilian at Camp Narnia, when I was a counselor one summer (best job I ever had). I would play the witch all nice and sweet until Puddleglum would foil my spell, then I would jump behind the curtain and come back out with a dragon mask on roaring and scaring the kids. It was my favourite role and I got to spread green sparkles on a fire as my magic spell. Ah, good times.

I recommend the candle making. I have made dipped candles (but not from beeswax) and I have made rolled up beeswax candles (which, I think, doesn't apply here) but I am no expert. I am not 100% sure the beeswax would work the same as parafin

When I used regular parafin wax for dipping candles I just melted the wax in a metal tin - use a clean old coffee tin or something like that (the taller and thinner the better). The tin sits in a pot of simmering or just boiled water to warm it and make it fluid. To add colour just throw in some old crayons. To make multi-coloured candles you start with light colours and then gradually get darker by adding more crayons or, even better, use multiple tin cans with a different colours in each.

To make the candle you dip a wick (easily available in a craft store) in the melted wax and then bring it up, letting it cool for a moment before you dip it again. Gradually the wax builds up on the candle.

It is a slow process but quite rewarding as I recall (it has been a while) and you get such lovely candles from it. Someone recently told me how calming and spiritual it felt for them. I bet it is part of the whole bee-keeping earth-mother thing.

You can speed the process up a bit by using a long wick and dipping both ends. That way you make two candles at once.

If you want to get fancy you can try to shape the newly cooled wax into beautiful shapes (like flower petals and things) I haven't done this but I have seen someone else do it in a mall... or you could try molds. There are lots of tutorial videos out there on youtube but whatever you do, if you decide to make candles, be careful because that wax can get HOT and it will hurt if you get it on your skin.

Come to think of it, I taught the dipped candle making while I was a counselor at Camp Narnia.

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Camp Narnia??? What a cool camp that must have been!

Thanks for the process, I would love to make candles.

Beekeeping truly IS one of the most satisfying and spiritual experiences ever. I love it.

 
At 8:11 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

It was a GREAT camp. I went there 2 summers in a row (1 week each) as a kid and then when I figured I had to have summer job in highschool I went back as a counselor. There were so many excellent things about the camp. I loved going back as a counselor. The camp has now moved to a different location so it isn't likely to be the same if I went back now.

Each week-long camp had a different book as it's theme. At one point during the week we would act out the book with the counselors acting out the encounters in different places throughout the camp while the kids went from station to station (over acres and acres of land and forest) and they acted as the main characters. That's when I got to play the Emerald Queen when we did the Silver Chair. I was also old Trumpkin the Dwarf once. That was a bit of an honour because he was the camp protector and it was extra fun since he was supposed to be old and deaf at that point so I kept 'mis-hearing' the kids' replies.

The games were super fun... the people were great... the jellyfish in the water were terrifying (if harmless) but the phosphorescence was amazing at night and the crystal pool was gorgeous to climb up to, and the horses were lovely and the 'crepes on a shovel' were delish as was the bannock, and 'Hazardinia' the obstacle course, was terribly fun (especially as a counselor who didn't have to climb the wall).

As counselors we went through a week of training at the beginning of the summer, most of which was spent in total silence as a bonding routine.... and BOY did it work. At one point they did a trust exersize where you made a presentation of yourself, your goals and hopes, and then the whole group would pick you up with just a few fingers each, and rock you to your favourite song. When we had to leave at the end of the summer we all cried and cried and cried around the campfire. It was a VERY emotional summer and I learned a LOT and gained a great deal of confidence.

 
At 8:26 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

and I will never forget the application form. It was the first and only time I have lied on an application form. It asked 'would you be willing to lick a slug' and I was anxious to get the job so I said yes... but I wasn't... and when we finally did get out into the forest with a group of kids, I let the other counselor do it (he really didn't mind).

um, and I am not particularly sad or remorseful about that.

 
At 8:34 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Great camp!

Lick a slug?????? I am pretty sure there is only one answer to that!!!!! Hee-hee...

I've been ut walking the Bengals. I only took Mim down a few houses, where some neighbors were having an evening sit, but you could hear Venus HOWLING all the way down the block, so I left Mim with the folks and went and got Venus, we had a regular party.

I live a wild life.

 
At 8:58 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

A little google snooping got me to this use for beeswax which sounds/looks kinda cool. I would not use those molds but the actual bars seem cool.

 
At 9:00 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

it sounds like a wonderful evening Lo, except for poor venus screaming - i would love to see these cats someday, i cannot fathom a cat acting like yours do, course i have never met a bengal before. rubius, what a cool camp, i am truly envious tho i wouldn't lick a slug if my life depended on it - yuch to all things slimy. Lorraine, you can also expand on Rubius' candle making idea by making beeswax ornaments - melt the wax (gently as it has a low boiling point), add color as Kristina said, and pour into a plaster mold which has been soaked in water. wax form will pop out when cool. trick is to have the plaster mold hydrated - and i have heard this works with hydrated terra cotta cookie molds too. smells wonderful, and you can also just make sculptures out of it by warming and manipulating it with your hands (well, i can't as i have chronically cold hands, but i know many who can) If you like sculpting, you can refine the form by gently heating an xacto knife in a candle flame and using it so smoothe or to add texture. or to lop off a head :)

good lord, can you tell i like to teach sculpture? i do love techniques and to introduce possibilities.
Oh did anyone catch 20/20? they did a big segment on the jonas bros tour, and i tried to see if i could catch kittie on tv, but only saw the last five minutes. i guess they are going to be on good morning america as well - hope kittie is holding up ok!

 
At 9:01 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh and duh, rubius talked about molds, i am always behind and read to fast!

 
At 9:05 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Sue, I bet you are good at teaching too!

Bengals sure are different, that's for sure. It's not like living with cats, more like having to roommates...Really Freaky roommates.

Aleta, I am going to heck out your link tomorrow, this darm computer is being really weird, hope this posts...

 
At 9:37 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

The slug licking was supposed to show kids that it wouldn't kill them to do it, stop people from being squeamish for no reason about slugs, explain how they help the environment, and somewhere at the end there was a line about how the moisture of your tongue is good for the slug. I wouldn't go quite that far... after all your digestive enzymes can't be that helpful for the poor thing. Still... it is for a good purpose.. kids and nature and all that, but you can't make me!!! ewwwww!

The camp brings me a flood of great memories. By the way, sorry to overload your post with my long winded ramblings, Lorraine.

I bet you anything that Malena could come up with some GREAT smelling ideas that include beeswax in the recipe (but you already said you might ask her) and Aleta, those massage bars look luscious.

Sue, I would LOVE to have you teach me to sculpt. You have a nourishing presence and you are so kind. I have always fancied being a sculptor (particularly marble) and I just drool over classical Greek, Roman and Etruscan sculpture. Do you by any chance need an apprentice??? ;-P

Much love to Kitty
We continue to miss her.
Sending far-flung hugs!!

 
At 9:41 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

With Bengals, any life is wild.

 
At 11:18 PM , OpenID kali-licious said...

Slumglum is a really cool word. Now I know what bee bread is.

Rubius that camp sounds so fun. (except for the licking slugs part..ick;)

Ivenotime sculpting sounds like fun. I've always wanted to try stone or marble though 'cause I seem to be better at carving stuff off than building it up. (I hope that makes sense, it's been a long day;)

I was just thinking of Kitty last night..I saw the Jonas Brothers are on this months' Rolling Stone cover. They must really keep her hopping with all this media stuff.

Lorraine I think candles are a great idea. And if you don't want to dip candles you can always hit Michaels or Hobby Lobby for candle molds. Soap could be fun too..I'm sure Malena would be the expert on that. Poor Venus. Pretty needy for a cat. I never thought I'd use the terms "needy" and "cat" in one sentence, ever, but Bengals seem to be the exception to a lot of things. I wonder what Sharon had you freeze that bird for?

 
At 11:36 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Why do I have some vague recollection of a bird hitting a window, dying, and being frozen for later identification? hmmm... probably has nothing to do with you.

all that bird in freezer stuff is not too unusual for me. My mom had done it before since she is quite an experienced birder.

Imagine, all this time you have had a bird ghost in that fridge, in that kitchen... I bet that explains the knife incident. hehe

never to early for spooky

 
At 5:53 AM , Blogger LauraJ said...

You can make, honest, really decent skin care products. My hippier-than-I friend made one using plantain leaves (try your unherbicided lawn), and St. John's wort -- you let the herbs sit in olive oil until the oil is colored and smells herby, add a few capsules of Vitamin E for a preservative, and then very gently warm a chunk of beeswax in the oil and stir. After the wax is mixed in, pour it in something like an old Altoids tin. When it cools, you have a semisolid cream (a first aid cream in this case). Or you can put essential oil like citronella and rose geranium and lavender into the olive oil (or the soybean oil or the almond oil or ....)for an insect repellent. Basically, the beeswax is the hardener, while having its own healing properties and smelling good. Book-Google Jeanne Rose: Herbal Body Book, or for a short article try Googling homemade salves. Think Christmas gifts. Think 'I need a new obsession.'

 
At 7:28 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Thanks, LauraJ, I love that idea!

Venus was berserk this morning, as in WAKE UP I AM GOING TO EAT YOU!!!!!!! And started in on my feet. Note to self: Never ever take Mim out without Venus....

 
At 12:01 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Maybe you could use the slumgum to make lip balm!

Um, was that bird alive ... or dead? Because I would really hate to find a dead bird in my freezer.

At least, I would hate to find the kind that still had feathers. We do have frozen processed stuff in our freezer.

~Emily

 
At 12:05 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Ummm...It was quite dead. Sometimes a bird will hot the window and die, and the Birdchick often takes them, as Bird People can learn a lot that ay, especially if it is a banded bird.

Lip balm would be great. Lotion and lip balm. I could set up my own business...

Had a text from Spacelaw this morning, she is having a fine time in Nottingham, lucky women, and a lovely note from Miss Kitty, who is hanging in there and missing us.

 
At 7:58 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Where is everyone today? Ah, Sunday, at the lake? Moving (wonder how that is going for Val) tending kids, running around Nottingham...

What sorts of Sunday things went on..

I took the dog to a birthday party and went to the farm and bought milk and eggs. And stopped by the airport for Boss.

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

:waves:

I have been in and out all day. But... it is Saturday isn't it??? I have actually been thinking it is Sunday off and on today but I think it is Saturday.

I wish I could say I was off doing productive things all day but mostly I have let time slip through my fingers mostly.

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

You know, she says sheepishly, I realized that on the way home and felt pretty silly....

My neighbor had never read "When we were very young" and her son is 2 today. I thought of reporting her to Child Services, as in my opinion raising a child without AA Milne is a crime, but instead , bought him a copy of the book.

Read it again first, it's amazing how those poems are so ingrained. Emma and I actually recorded Buckingham Palace once, I recall...

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

You certainly did and your version of that pops into my head from time to time when I am driving... not sure why but it seems to be a good driving song.

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Oh how I loved aa milne as grade schooler - i read all his works over and over! and thank god it is saturday, as it is now past midnight and i have just started the accounting stuff for the hub's business. uh,well, i guess that technically makes it sunday. a doggie bday party sounds like such fun! and i too love lauraj's beeswax ideas-lip balm sculpture :)? Hope the move is going well, and Nat is having fun, and kitty surviving. Rubius and kali, i too would love to work in stone - i never have, and am intrigued by the idea of freeing the sculpture within ala michelangelo, and being terrified as it accepts no errors - wouldn't it be fun to embark on that journey all together? it would also be great fun to all get together and start with clay sculpture - lovely manipulative squishy clay, then work in beeswax - and after have a party with music, dancin' singin' fiddlin' music.....aaahhh dreams, yes it is getting late and i am prolonging the inevitable dreary Writing the Checks to Vendors and How Many of Them Can We Pay? mind numbing.... :) hope everyone has had a lovely evening!

 
At 9:24 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

A Milne's autobiography is a wonderfully fun read, if you can ever find it. Loved it many times over.

Someone once told me sculpting was cutting away everything that wasn't the sculpture. That's how it is writing music, just figuring out what order the notes go in.

 
At 9:27 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Question of the Evening to dan-who-knows-all-things-webby:
it is 12:13 am est. yet the post time at my previous entry reads as 9:12 pm - which is pst, isn't blogger smart enough to discern timezones yet? hmmm, so where does the blogger program originate from?
ok, i have got to get to work, i just deleted a huge paragraph on my previous employment from the eighties for Fod's sake (i used to work on timezones as a computer programmmer), boy, am i dogging the inevitable. bah. i am so not an accountant.

 
At 9:35 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

I'm not Dan so I hope it is okay if I answer anyway. If you click on "customize" at the top of your blog and look under "format" you'll see a spot where you can chose what timezone you want your blog to be attached to.

Lorraine's blog is set to pst. Mine is set to Central so if you go there and make a comment right now it will be 11:30 something.

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Since Malena set up everything, I think we all post on LA time, which is fine, but it is odd, I suppose it has to be on one, it would be confusing if people all over the world posted in their own time zones.

We do need Dan Guy to explain this wonder to us tho....Surely it has something to do with the Bengal-Bee alliance?

 
At 9:41 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Aleta just made that up, so as not to give away Secrets that may impact Danguy and Dr Scores World Domination plan....

 
At 9:49 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Well of course only Dan can explain the deeper meanings and the connections to his greater evil mad plans with the bengal bee alliance and Cabal's cabal and all of that.

If I tried to explain any of that he'd have to kill me and I really would rather that not happen!

;-)

I want to sculpt too. I took one course in college. It was a cool class but I was a new shiny freshman and the instructor was a big giant man who made big giant metal abstracts. Mostly I was afraid. Now I love his work and would get so much more out of the class if I were to take it today.

 
At 9:55 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

snicker, yes, it is part of the bee plot, which thickens ever so slightly (and thank you Aleta:), that makes sense) and thanks to you both as it is now 12:43 am and i have yet to start accounting! i have a fun clock that when it rolls to an hour it says 1 (or whatever) f#$%$. why? i don't know but it is entirely appropriate when you are running late. or if you don't feel like doing what you are supposed to be doing. bah, but, cowboy bebop is on in an hour, i suppose that is something to look forward to.

on a different note, Lorraine, (punny i am) i found your remark about music being like sculpture intriguing, as I couldn't put notes together to save my soul - wouldn't that be an interesting collaboration? either between two individuals, or one person - creating a sculpture, then creating music in response and vice versa.... ahhh, dreaming again. ok i have got to get to work!!!! NOW SUE YOU HAVE TO PAY BILLS!!!

 
At 10:08 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

(oooh quick aside) Aleta,i wish you lived close - i teach basic welding in my 200 level class, and since it's not structural, it's a very forgiving technique - come to michigan! i would love to show you! I had some intimidating instructors too, ugh, can be hard to make art. I work very hard in my class to create doors and opportunities for each student - i know when i started i had zero self-confidence and i really appreciated some of my better instructor's approaches to teaching.

 
At 10:11 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

I can't make art like drawing or sculpture to save my life, but writing music is easy. See? Perspective.

Interesting idea tho..There is lots of writing and music collaboration going on, but what about sculpture or drawing or painting with music?

Could we try something? Take a painting, or an idea, a thought, a line, a quote, and all do what we do best, and see what each makes of it?

Just an idea...

It might be interesting, I mean, all of us are so many different things....

 
At 10:27 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

a capital idea! and you can tell i am still not paying bills :) hmm, you could post lyrics, or maybe a link with music, we could respond with art of our choice - then we post our results and perhaps there would be an answer and more postings -could be cool, enlightening and fun! then we could start another round, perhaps with one of us poster's contribution- a painting, drawing, poetry, dead bird...

 
At 10:32 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Lorraine I love that idea! I'd write I guess. That is what I like to think I do... also some visual art sorts of things... (photography and collage and a million years ago pottery) I love the idea of a prompt that we all respond to in our own way.

ivenotime -- maybe I should take a sculpture vacation sometime and take a class with you. Hmmm. Interesting idea.

All this creativity is making me realize that, while I did not realize it when I started hanging out with you guys, this blog and the people who play here might fit into my research on online creative communities. I'm not at the stage where I am really doing research yet and I'd never use anything here without warning and informed consent and all that -- maybe that is what I'll use the blogger blog for when the time comes.

I am babbling now! Goodnight all!

 
At 10:35 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Excellent. I will ponder this...And we will do a Thing. More ideas welcome...

Now, Sue, Get back to work!!! Hee-hee...The best ideas seem to come from avoiding the things we are meant to be doing, don't they???

 
At 11:43 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So, Rubius, was the slug which your fellow counselor licked a banana slug or a tiger slug? And how much longer than 6 inches was it, non-stretched? ;)

My husband had a t-shirt in college that said, "If Seattle is the Emerald City, then Toto is a slug." It had an appropriate graphic. Slugs get really big in the Pacific Northwest, but they don't move any faster.

 
At 12:09 AM , OpenID kali-licious said...

ivenotime: You teach welding too? Aw man I've always wanted to do that.:)
And you get great ideas when you're not paying bills, so it works out, right?;)

Lorraine, I think this means the Bee-Bengal Alliance can alter time..*gulp* (lol)
And you brought Boss home, which is good. He looks very tired in some of those photos on his blog.

 
At 6:30 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Note to Self: Do not view Lorraine's photos of slumglumming while eating breakfast. It's a bad idea. Shouldn't be done. Skip ahead. Scroll down. Tag it for later.

Hehe... anyway...

I love learning about the whole beekeeping business. It's absolutely fascinating. Reading your blog is like being a beekeeper without actually having to keep the bees, which is good since bees terrify me.

When I was a kid, we rented a house from the drummer of the Grateful Dead (owner is not really important to the story, but it's still fun to be able to say "I lived in a house owned by the Grateful Dead"). Out in the backyard was a massive old oak tree with a big ol' beehive. Every couple of years the swarm would split.

Two times the new swarm landed in the bushes right outside our front door, which made for trouble getting in and out. It was a fascinating process to watch the beekeeper collect the new queen and watch the drones follow her away.


Thanks again for sharing. The pics were great, especially that one without the cheesecloth.

 
At 9:29 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Hmm, i did such a good job avoiding work that i went to bed instead and NOW guess what i have to do. sigh. tho last night was far more fun discussing new art ventures! would be great fun to do this! sigh. accounting here i come (dragging heels verrryyyy sllooowwwlllyy)

 
At 9:42 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Erin, that's so cool, not the Greatful Dead but, tho that is fun, which drummer? But the swarming thing. I am SO waiting to get a call for Swarm Patrol, we have a spare hive just for this...

Beekeeping is great. Tho, not always pretty. Good thing I didn't post the pic of the dead bird...

The Bengal Bee alliance does seem to be able to alter time. This does change things...

Oh, no Sue, I guess we know how you are going to spend SUnday....

I am going to buy a new cell phone. Mine died yesterday for no reason...

 
At 10:11 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

re: new phone. I am loving my iPhone. Maybe a good option for you. I listen to Last.fm on my iPhone, read your blog on my iPhone, check all three of my main email accounts on my iPhone and play silly games on my iPhone. Oh and just yesterday I added an app to record audio notes to myself which is great too. Oh and I use it as a phone too. :-)

 
At 10:59 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

I have serious Iphone envy. Would love one. I don't think they work out here tho, we are too rural, was the last I had heard, and I don't really need internet access on the phone, so we dropped that from the plan. I do get e-mail tho, which is nice.


I am going to get a new Blackberry, which tho, does play music, and take pictures...

 
At 11:53 AM , Blogger K said...

I have not heard of banana slugs or tiger slugs, but I don't like the sound of them.

Here in the UK we have the wee grey ones (about 1.5 inches or smaller) and the big fat black carnivorous ones (up to 5 inches or so). I've seen bright terracotta-orange ones in France, which are a bit alarming.

All the ones in my garden are small and grey and get flung over the fence (none of my neighbours grow anything in their gardens except grass, so I don't feel guilty about this). I can live with picking them up, but I wouldn't lick one.

So how do they benefit the environment, anyway? By providing food for birds? I don't know that much about them except that they evidently believe my courgette plants are Evil and must be destroyed.

If I had beeswax, I think I'd definitely make lipbalm.

 
At 1:58 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Okay, Ms. Fabulous, I have a shocker for you. The only A. A. Milne I have read was abbreviated Pooh stories to my girls within the last six years. That means I didn't read any A. A. Milne until I was over 40. I was never really interested. I was too busy reading mythology and folk tales, King Arthur and Robin Hood, horse and dog tales, not to mention discovering Andre Norton in fourth grade.
So, does this make me less in your eyes? ;)

 
At 4:14 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Check this out for everything (and more) than you could possibly ever need to know on the benefits of Slugs, written by Shep, age 15.

The Slimy Yet Special Slug

No Ariandalen, it most certainly does NOT make me think less of you! No one can read everything (tho we can TRY!) and it makes me excited as there is no statue of limitations on reading AA Milne, it's as lovely now, as when I was wee.

HERE is a page with a bunch of 'em.

(TWO hyperlinks!!!!!!!!!)

 
At 9:41 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Spent the day making stained glass (my friend and I just bought our first grinder and we are stinging with glass cuts and loving it) and playing video games. Love Cowboy Bebop.

Will check out those links when I get home from my friend's house (tomorrow sometime)... but aren't links fun?

Collaboration eh???

 
At 9:42 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

... and I think it was banana slugs.

ewww.

 
At 9:52 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

and I forgot to say that in cutting glass it is also kind of about feeling the grain and cutting the excess away... and my friend, who also works in glass blowing, says it is somewhat like that when working with hot glass too.

Yes, I'd say we operate as an online artistic community of sorts.

 
At 10:30 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Arg, I wrote out a long and thoughtful comment about how my move was going, and Blogger ate it.

Sigh.

The short answer is: it looks like my furniture and I have been sparring, and I lost, spectacularly. All the furniture is in the new place, but a lot of the small things, and my art, are still in the old place. The back=-and-forth is driving Dog nuts, and Cat's not too thrilled, either, watching me come and go while they stay behind. I need a couple more days to get things sorted before I can bring them to the new place. Tomorrow will be the DSL/VoIP installation.

I am incredibly sore after lifting so much furniture and so many books (7 bookcases' worth). And a 19-hour day, 3 hours of sleep, then a 20-hour day, and I'm totally slacking with today's 16 hours of work. Now I'm going to investigate the bathtub… assuming I can find which box the Epsom salts are in…

I'll write more once I've slept and have caffeine. :)

 
At 10:37 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Good luck Rubious! I have no stained glass skills, but it sure is cool..

Val, get some sleep and tell us your stories, we will have to have a housewarming!!!

 
At 9:54 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Lorraine, I love your idea ... where would we begin?

(Unless you would rather I not do it, being probably the youngest person on the blog. You can be honest.)

~Emily

 
At 11:08 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Emily, of course you should do it! Silly girl. Art has no age.

I'll do a blog tonight and we shall all see if we can brainstorm and come up with some ideas...I think this is going to be REALLY fun!

 
At 12:06 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

It burns! The sweetness...IT BURNSSSSS!!!


Oh, excuse me.
You were saying something about A. A. Milne, Ms. Fabulous?

;)

 
At 12:16 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Excellent! I was just making sure that there wasn't some reason .... I look forward to this!

~Emily

 
At 1:01 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Heee-heeeeeee...You make me laugh....

Glad you liked it. See? Never too late for AA Milne. More or less.

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

No, it's never too late. I didn't start reading "Winnie the Pooh" until I was thirteen. I used to watch Pooh videos as a child but for some reason I was never subjected to the books ... evil parents.

~Emily

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

My parents weren't raised with Pooh. My mother was born in 1930 and my father in 1934. I'm thinking not exactly prime Pooh time in the U.S.A. My mother was into The Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew. I found Nancy Drew to be extremely boring. My parents pretty much let me read whatever I wanted, within reason. I remember the talk of violence in children's cartoons/television then reading Kipling's Just So Stories and thinking that there was far more violence in the stories than on the screen. Of course, this was when you could still hear Wile E. Coyote land all his long falls.

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am listening to a story on MPR about E.B White and "Charlotte's Web" and the ideals of loyalty and sacrifice. I know it doesn't have anything to do with anything here but I can't stop crying and imagine most of you here would feel the same if you heard it. But of course I have a thing about spiders so maybe it's just me. Posting it here made me feel less alone. So thanks. :)

I will post a link when the show is archived on MPR's "All Things Considered". If you have not heard their coverage of the China earthquake you should! Again, with the crying!

I hope everyone is well. Burn some sage for me if you get a sec. Emotional drama here!

Hope you all are well. The beeswax looks fab!

 
At 5:20 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I like the collaboration idea -- that'd be cool. Speaking of collaborations and adaptations, I need to get my studio unpacked so I can finish one very special adaptation which I think you all will like a lot. And that needs to get done by the end of the month for the art show I'm in, she says, a bit panicked.

A little later tonight, after traffic has died down, I'm going to move my animals in here. But I now have DSL, VoIP, a working fridge, working air conditioning, a garage attached to my place of my very own, a bathtub, a dishwasher, a microwave, and a fireplace. And 23 bruises of various sizes and colors.

And now, I must put in curtain rods for, well, curtains. And sage must be burned.

More later.

 
At 5:45 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Gayle, would love to hear the show. I think you need to get out and come to a Paul and Lorraine show this weekend, that's what I think. Dr Score and I will fix you right up, and I think Aleta and gang are coming down one night..

Yea for Val!!!!!!! Your very own place!!!!!! Sage all around for everyone!

(and you may drink for yourself tonight, and not me, hee-hee..You sound like you need it!)

 
At 6:18 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Well, I know that as the performer it is nice to spread out the "audience you know" but I would love to come out on a night when others of "our kind" will be there.

And yes, your invitation to come to a show made me tear up. I have turned into my Mother (in the "everything makes me cry" way, not the really scary way) and would really love to be amongst friends!

And last of all, SAGE ALL AROUND indeed! :D

 
At 6:51 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Sometimes everything makes us all want to cry, life GETS like that sometimes, and being around friends can help. That's just what Paul and I like to do best.

In a perfect night, by the end of the night , everyone in the place is a friend.

And Gayle, you make US very happy when you come down. We need you!

Hang in there, and we are all, all of us HERE, right there with you!

 
At 6:56 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I have not had time to do anything but skim comments here but I have to say that banana slugs are THE BEST! They don't look like slugs they look like bananas. :D

As a child exploring the mountains of Santa Cruz CA, banana slugs were some of the most wondrous creatures ever! VERY large (well for slugs) bright yellow creatures. Not yucky at all. Well, I'm a little odd though.

Don't know how to link so here is a photo the way I know how:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/prawnpie/63836505/

 
At 9:24 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Ok, THAT is a slug! We don't have anything half so cool here and I admit to not liking the slimy variety we have here....

But still, apparently, they are useful....

 
At 8:43 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Good grief! I spend a weekend in the lab working on the latest death ray and you people amass 63 comments! It's inhumane, I tell you.

Slumgum.

 
At 9:36 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Yes. 64 comments on Slumgum. Not bad for a Blog with really gross pictures, eh?

Can you use it in your Death Ray?????

 
At 9:56 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

A death ray that runs on slumgum would be an interesting projekt...

I just like saying "slumgum".

Slumgum.

 
At 10:13 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

I know what you mean, I want to keep this going, just so I can keep saying Slumgum too....

I am taking the honey to the faire today! Blue ribbons for all.

Or. Else.

 
At 11:37 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Somehow the taking the honey to the fair comment put me in mind of Winnie the Pooh. Well that is not all that surprising giving this thread.

Anyway, when my mind went to WtP I had an image of your Boss as Rabbit talking about his "Prize winning honey!" This image made me smile so I had to share it. This also made me wonder who everyone else would be in this version of the Hundred Acre Wood.

Sometimes my mind is a fun place to hang out.

Also Slumgum is a great word and all the talk of slugs made me turn it into Slugmum which is rather interesting in and of itself.

 
At 1:15 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Hee-hee...Yes, how to cast us...

Dan Guy would be owl I think, (with a dash of Heffelump)

Malena is clearly Tigger.

I would be Christopher Robin with a cross of Kanga and dash of Woozle....

Who else, what else?

I am very excited to take the honey to the fair, in an hour or so...

 
At 2:56 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Rats. Darn bees.

Wait, why am I posting here in Slumgum world????

 
At 10:21 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Hey Gayle -- I will be at Charlie's on Friday night with at least one other person (maybe more). It would be very cool to see you there!

 
At 10:26 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

YES! It would be really nice to see you, Gayle!

(And you Aleta, glad you are coming, we will have a fine time, I am more than ready to play again!)

 
At 4:26 AM , Blogger Loki said...

you could keep the wax (purify it again perhaps)
a friend of mine (rather his dad) has bees and two years ago we used the wax to seal the wood after we restaurated one of his old wardrobes (about 200 years old)

 

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