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Hot Glass and the foot draggers.

A few weeks ago we had one of those bizarre experiences that leave you wondering just what planet you live on. After leaving Westside Market in Cleveland (maybe more on that later…) I spotted a little shop on the corner that caught my eye.
Mark Shutt-0592Hot Glassblowing…! Who could resist?  Well, my kids did at first. Apparently no one wanted any more culture for the day.

It took a little persuading, but I finally coerced my reluctant little band of foot draggers into following me in.  And what we found was a little hard to describe.

Hot kilns, beautiful glass, strange art, nice people, and a free roaming chicken. Strange maybe, but amazing none the less.

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While I love art and the things and processes that make up art, I think my favorite part was the PLACE. A dump of a building, filled to the rafters with stuff, but with a giant skylight in the center.  The light was amazing.

Mark Shutt-0574For all their reluctance going in, foot dragging and complaining,  it turned out to be hard getting them out. If you ever get to Cleveland’s west-side, you need to check it out.  The proprietor is friendly, the atmosphere is great, and the pet chicken leaves you wondering just where in the world you are.Mark Shutt-0606

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A Sunday walk in the park

Covered Bridge

Covered bridge at Mohican State Park

A few weeks ago we had One-Of-Those-Days. By now I’m sure, you know the sort. An all night Saturday night snow, everything canceled, icy and dangerous roads, and the kids were going insane. The Solution? Simple. We piled into the truck, slide down the hill, and set off on an adventure.

Mark Shutt-0198So, the big question was… where to?  North to Lake Erie? No… to far.  South or West?  To blah.   This time East won. More hills. Less people. And a park.  Only 15 minutes from home (usually) and we too seldom head out to enjoy Mohican State Park.  Unless its buried in snow of course.Mark Shutt-0394

This time we had it (mostly) to ourselves. A few other adventurous souls (fishermen??), a few ducks, and the snow.

Mark Shutt-0416It was worth it..

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