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My Prized Possession

To most, this is just a piece of junk. Anyone looking through my utensil drawer would think I should have tossed it long ago.  Afterall, it's no longer functional. It just takes up space!  In my eyes it is beautiful. All of its imperfections are part of its story. Part of MY story. In 1984 I was moving into my very first apartment.  I was about to have my own kitchen.  I had nothing to put in it of course except for a set of dishes I purchased at a yard sale and some glasses Id collected from work lol. My mother took me to the store and bought me a set of pots & pans.  She also reached into her own utensil drawer and took out this very spatula.  It was one of her older ones.  Its handle already had several battle wounds from being against the side of a skillet a little too long as she used it to prepare meals for my dad and me. Over the years I have used it to prepare meals for my own family.  My children used it as they learned to cook.   I retired it about 10 years ago beca…

Jack Frost

Good Morning!
It's currently 3:30am in Alaska. It's also 15 degrees and snowing.
Latte #1 is down and Dr. Who is playing on the iPad.

Last night I watched Enemy of the State starring Will Smith.
It was released in 1998. An oldie but a goodie lol
A corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight) has a congressman assassinated to assure the passage of expansive new surveillance legislation. When a videotape of the murder ends up in the hands of Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith), a labor lawyer and dedicated family man, he is framed for murder. With the help of ex-intelligence agent Edward "Brill" Lyle (Gene Hackman), Dean attempts to throw Reynolds off his trail and prove his innocence.
If you haven't seen it yet, check it out.

It's going to be a busy day at the Hermit House and I want to get some promos done before it all begins. Not to mention that I really need my other latte lol.
So, before I get started I'm going to share a recent promo I did featuring Frost for Genesis 8 Female by Brahann. I'm a huge fan of his work, so I got all jittery when I found out we were going to get to play with his new toy lol



His skin textures are always primo and his ladies are always different.
They are a bit more hardened. A little more worldly, edgy. Never the wholesome cheerleader look that you see so much of and I love it.
Diversity is a wonderful thing! If you have never had the pleasure of working with his characters, I highly recommend that you do :D
Until tomorrow,
Happy Rendering

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My Prized Possession

To most, this is just a piece of junk. Anyone looking through my utensil drawer would think I should have tossed it long ago.  Afterall, it's no longer functional. It just takes up space!  In my eyes it is beautiful. All of its imperfections are part of its story. Part of MY story. In 1984 I was moving into my very first apartment.  I was about to have my own kitchen.  I had nothing to put in it of course except for a set of dishes I purchased at a yard sale and some glasses Id collected from work lol. My mother took me to the store and bought me a set of pots & pans.  She also reached into her own utensil drawer and took out this very spatula.  It was one of her older ones.  Its handle already had several battle wounds from being against the side of a skillet a little too long as she used it to prepare meals for my dad and me. Over the years I have used it to prepare meals for my own family.  My children used it as they learned to cook.   I retired it about 10 years ago beca…