Sunday, February 26, 2006

Belleek Newslettre (# 10.1)


Well, this year is flying by so far, and
with a
full calendar of events scheduled
in the upcoming
months, I wish all Belleekers
the best of
health and prosperity in the
New Year.


THANKS to my lovely daughter, who
that Google STILL has like
30K Links to my OLD
Web Site over on AOL,
I have Updated ALL the
Pages that you
might have an OLD Link, i.e., BookMark

to, to direct you to my NEW Comcast Site
Pages !!


I came across this exercise suggested for
us seniors, to build muscle strength in
the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy,

so I thought I'd pass it on. The article
suggested doing it three days a week.
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface,

where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand,
extend your arms straight out from your
sides, and hold them there as long as

you can. Try to reach a full minute,
then relax. Each day, you'll find that
you can hold this position for just a bit


After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb.
potato sacks. Then 50-lb. potato sacks,
and then eventually try to get to where

you can lift a 100-lb. potato sack in each
hand and hold your arms straight for more
than a full minute.

Once you feel confident at that level,
put a potato in each of the sacks.


March 25 and 26, 2006 bring us back to
Atlantic (Ocean) City, New Jersey for their
splendid Spring Antique Fair !! This year
will be the celebration of their 20th.
Anniversary !!

With this major event, they are boasting
Over 10 1/2 Acres of Indoor Excitement.

Exhibitors from 41 states plus Canada,
Great Britain, Europe and the Orient.

Extensive information can be obtained at the
following Link :


I'll be arriving (late) Friday nite and
billeting myself across the street from the
main convention hall, in the Sheraton !!

If you plan on attending, just leave me a
note in my room
box or on my room's message
line as it would be SPLENDID
visiting with
ANY Belleekers during the Fair !!


From the Phobia List we discouver that the
fear of Numbers is either Arithmophobia or
Numerophobia !! Unfortunately, they don't
distinguish between odd and even numbers ??

Has your decorator ever mentioned to you
that displays with ODD number of items per
shelf apparently appeared more aesthetic
to the human eye ?? Well, lately, I've
been obsessed with creating that 'perfect'
look in each of my china cabinet shelves
by rearranging my Museum with the proper
display of an odd number of items per shelf !!

My phobia is so intense, that in the past,
I've gone so far as to call my Credit Card
Company and reported a stolen card in hopes
that the replacement card will be an EVEN
number instead of the issued ODD number they
sent me !! Now, that's paranoid !!

SO, is that why we have valance over our
curtains ?? To 'complete' that odd look ??


Speaking of which, Angela has made an
OFFICIAL announcement that our next
Convention will be the 150th. Anniversary
of the Pottery Convention to be held at
the Belleek Pottery in 2007 !! It is
currently slated to be a SPRING convention,
tentatively scheduled for April of that year !!
SO, it's ONLY a bit more than a Year away
now, as time is FLYING !! It's time to start
making arrangements !! And for those of

you whom are persistent procrastinators,
like myself, we had best begin packing !!

Editor's Note : I've begun to Update my
Web Site with relevant Convention information,
as it becomes available !!


I don't know if anyone else discouvered this
prior to
me, BUT, if you attempt to dispose
of all your organic wastes in your kitchen
disposal, like I do, here's a hint for you !!

I had found that I had banana peels, shrimp
shells and onion skins just bouncing around in

my disposal and NOT being ground up properly
going down the drain !! In a moment of
genius, a flash came to me !! I dumped a
couple of cups of ICE CUBES into my disposal
and BINGO, as the ice was ground up, it, in
turn, ground up EVERYTHING else remaining !!

WONDERFUL !! AND, it left my
disposal totally clean and fresh smelling !!

** E-BAY WOES !!

A City Policeman went up to a vendor
selling toys and said, "I'm sorry, you
can't sell that stuff without a license."

The peddler replied, "I knew I wasn't
selling any, but I didn't know the reason."


Speaking of E-Bay, I was the fortunate
High Bidder of this lovely Flowered Small
Oval Basket !! When my newest Basket
arrived, I had my doubts as it appeared
to have NO glaze on it ??

I placed it in its place of honour in one
of my cabinets that I had rearranged to
accommodate it, BUT as I continued to stare
at it throughout the day, I become more and
more displeased with my purchase !!

FINALLY, in desperation, I removed my new
Basket from the cabinet and placing a
folded towel in my kitchen sink, softly
placed the Basket on the towel !!

I then proceeded to spray my Basket with a
heavy coat of Fantastic, a kitchen cleaner !!

After waiting a reasonable amount of time,
utilizing my sink faucet sprayer, I
completely rinsed my Basket off with warm
revealing a MARVELOUS sheen !!

Editor's Note : Be VERY cautious when
'washing' your Belleek with ANY liquid or
solvent, as MOST commercial liquids
manufactured today contain some sort of
petroleum distillate, i.e., a GREASE CUTTER !!
UNFORTUNATELY, these chemical grease cutters,
will ALSO cut thru, i.e., dissolve,
acrylic and porcelain repairs !!

When I removed my Basket, following its
bath, not too much to my surprise, there
was THE BLACKEST RING on the towel, where
the foot of my Basket had been
resting !!

I then rinsed the towel out thoroughly and
repeated the cleansing process an additional
several times !! Following each rinse, my
newest treasure appeared to glow more
abundantly !!

Following one last exhaustive warm water
rinse, I then dried off my acquisition, with
an electric hair dryer, and placed my
jewel safely back in its place of honour !!

Editor's Note : For those Belleekers, whom
are members of the Belleek
International Society, you may wish to refer
to our
publication, The Belleek Collector,
Volume 1, Number 3/4, 1990, Christmas
Issue !! There is a SPLENDID
article on a
pair of fairly recent
3 Strand Baskets, the
Clematis and
Hawthorne Baskets !!

Belleek Small Oval Basket, Flowered !!

          A Beautiful Example of the Small Oval Basket !!
                Note the Exquisite Flowering !!

Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
Bellevue, WA 98008-2711

Telephone : 1 (425) 746-6363
Message : 1 (425) 746-6363
FAX : 1 (425) 746-6363
E-mail : delyicious@comcast.net
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