START THE DAY WITH A SMILE!

WHAT A SMILE!

WHAT A SMILE!

Have I ever mentioned how much of a morning person I’m not?  These days as I fumble around the kitchen in search of my morning mug of coffee, this little blue face greets me with his perpetual smile.  Now, how can I possibly not return his smile?  When I first saw him at Katydid Antiques, I didn't really know what he was, all I knew was that he was definitely coming home with me.  

As it turns out, my cheerful little friend, I think I’ll call him Eggy, is actually a blue cobalt glazed ceramic egg separator signed “Potts Town LP ‘95.”  LP is Linda Potts of Seagrove, North Carolina.  She and her husband, Jeff, are well known North Carolina potters.  The cobalt blue glaze is their signature color.  Check out the Mint Museum website for more information on their pottery.  While I do not know Linda Potts, I’m certainly glad she crafted little Eggy and that he eventually found his way to me.  I wonder where he has been all these years.  I hope she doesn't mind that her highly functional piece of kitchen pottery has become more of a therapeutic piece in my kitchen.

My shrubbery is hoping that Eggy’s presence will ease the therapy sessions I foist upon them.  You see, my usual and customary form of therapy involves heading outside clutching my trusty somewhat rusty hedge clippers and trimming away my hostilities and frustrations.  I can see the shrubs cringe upon my approach, as more times than not, when I walk away, there are only nubs left.  Luckily, they have always grown back lush and full.  They have been known to get back at me though by recruiting ninja-like poison ivy to lurk among their branches and attack without mercy covering me from head to toe and everywhere in between.  Fortunately, we have no photos of their revenge. 

Dorothea Benton Frank provides another, more pleasant form of therapy.  If you haven’t read any of her books, you are missing out on a great supply of mind and body balancing laughter.  She grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina and her characters are so real they will become your friends and family.  She addresses topics that are relevant, leading her readers to delve deeper into some subjects and possibly changing their opinions.  While doing all of this, she delivers not only smiles, giggles, and chuckles, but so much deep-belly laughter that you will draw the attention of curious onlookers if you choose to read in public.  (Seriously, this happened to me while reading Sullivan’s Island.  Needless to say, they lined up to borrow the book when I finished.)  While her books won’t solve your problems, you may look at things from a different perspective once you are in a happier frame of mind.

Finally, there is always a cup of tea.  Yet again, it’s not going to solve your problems, but like Sheldon Cooper says on the Big Bang Theory, when a friend is upset, you offer him a hot beverage.  And no, you cannot sing Soft Kitty, that’s only for when you’re sick.