Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kicking off the weekend with a little fun

Mark and I kicked off the weekend last night by hosting a beer tasting party at our place last night.
There are a couple of really nice guys, Joel McClosky and Andrew Deming ,who have been on the path of beer making and that path is taking them to actually opening a beer tasting room in the Asheboro area. They are in the process of looking for space now in or around the downtown area.
They approached the local potters to help them in their Kickstarter program  by having us make beer mugs for them to use. Mark and I are happy to be a part of this new adventure and kicked off with a tasting party last night so that potters who were interested could taste the product.
I have planned to get some pictures and was too busy tasting and enjoying one of those nights outside with good food, great beer and good conversation.
For the most part I liked just about all the beers I tasted . The first Potter's Clay was my favorite and some of the others grew on me. All in all they have a very good start to a what I am sure will be a successful business.
We hope to see them all again.
Plus how could I not have a soft spot for another Joel?

While Mark and I were cleaning up and getting ready Mark noticed that something had been in the utility room that is attached to the carport. In the past we have had possums get in our buildings and they can make a mess. I figured it was just a baby one and we could leave the door open for it to leave. Later Mark went in for something and then noticed this head looking at him.
(Gary- do not read or look I know how you feel about these lizards with no legs!)
I hear Mark calling me in a voice that tells me it is no possum but something else and I have to come see.
Do I want to?
Well, noway out now.
Here is the animal and yes he did grab it and pull it out of some pipe...ewwww....
  This snake was the biggest we have had around the house for awhile.
At least 5 foot.
Don't ask me where he is now.
I don't want to know.
This is about the size that got in the house a few years back.
 We have since put different doors on the house and that seems to have stopped them from getting in.
Really, we don't keep these things in the house if we can help it.

Kiln Opening:
Cookies are made, pots are unloaded just come on out for a southern minute.
Tom what time will you be here?!


Kathy said...

Awesome pic, LOVE it! Good for yall for not killing it... There ARE some good snakes... Long as they aren't on 2 legs? ah ha... ;))

Dennis Allen said...

Have a great day.

cookingwithgas said...

thanks Dennis and Kathy- sending the snake your way...

smartcat said...

EEEWWWW!!!Every time I think I might want to move to warmer climes, I am reminded that there are serpents!

Hope it's a great week end. Cookies! Yum! Pots! Yummiest!

cookingwithgas said...

smartcat-there are reasons to watch your step in the south. Really snakes would rather you, we, get out of their way and leave them alone. It is all about respect.

Tracey Broome said...

Look at Mark handling that snake! What a MAN!!
Hope your little friend doesn't crash your party today:)
The beer sounds like my kind of kiln opening, great idea.

Ok I am on my third try with the word verification, grrrr

Shortstuff said...

Yowza...a chance to taste some good beer without having to leave your driveway? I need to be in on some of that! Sounds like a good time. I love a good craft brew.
Mr. Snake looks pretty chill. I was wondering about that utility room when I was grilling down there last month. I try not to go into places like that without army boots on. Hope you have a great opening. Wish I could be there.

Kellie Jensen said...

smartcat... I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I used to live in Northern Indiana and we had snakes there too... It's not just the south.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

holy CATS! yuuuuck! we have a wee garter snake living next to our garden gate....but nothing like your buddy there! looks like it is not poisonous?

Anna M. Branner said...


But the beer tasting cancels out the serpent terror. ;)

Amy said...

Glad the fun was the beer and not the snake. Gross! Can't believe he's holding it. May come out this pm. Longing for hours and hours in the studio though. Looking forward to meeting you sometime!

cookingwithgas said...

Mark is not afraid to pick them up. Me on the other hand i will move one along with a long stick, never would i pick one up.
Not poisinous gary- big black snake who eat mice and rats and small dogs..
Les- i know your love of snakes and don't think he was out in April.
Amy- I hope you do come out. I would love to meet you.

Laurie said...

Yea, I try & keep them out of the house too. A good policy, in general.

cookingwithgas said...

I was happy he did not stay for the beer tasting..

Michèle Hastings said...

the beer tasting was awesome, as was all the food that was shared, thanks again for hosting!
... glad I didn't have to see the snake.

cookingwithgas said...

MH- the food was really good- I need your recipe for those wings- yummy.
I could use one of those beers right now.