Five Questions Friday: Do dogs have a sixth sense?

Q: So how did we forget to post 5 Questions Friday last week when it was practically all done? You even picked the photo with Jaxson waiting for you!
Eric: You are asking me? I can hardly remember what state I was in last Friday. I think it was Georgia.

Q: So here’s my proof that your dog was waiting patiently for you to arrive back home after being gone for a week. Do you really think he had a sixth sense that you were coming home that day? I mean he dragged out the pillow from your movie room that morning and stayed there practically all day? 
Eric: Maybe he does. I’m just glad we put all the crappy pillows in the movie room. You know he can only get the small ones out through the dog door. I’ve seen him try with the larger ones.

Q: I saw Suzanne’s mini baskets cut in half for her Sailor’s Valentines. How about we lacquer up some of your mini baskets and cut those in half to stick on my paintings???
Eric: You are joking right?

Q: So I have to ask and excuse me for being ignorant, especially since I’m a basketmaker’s wife… but why is it so different weaving a basket off of the mold like your City Pack Basket?
Eric:
They are two different skill sets. If you are used to working on a mold and then have to weave off one, it can be a whole new challenge.
So the Cottage Girls did great then?
Yes, they did.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Getting whacked in the head inadvertently with a City Pack Basket carried by one of my students.
And she was mortified and I think a little shocked! Poor Mr. Basketmaker…

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Five Questions Friday: Sneaker Trees

Q: When you left, your dog Jaxson waited in the driveway all day. Now, since last night, all he does is whine and follow me around. Won’t even let me take a picture in your workshop! Can you call him again like you did last night and talk to him?
Eric: Okay, put him on the phone.

Q: The Hallmark Channel kicks off it’s annual 24/7 Christmas Movies today! Aren’t you excited?
Eric: Get it out of your system while I’m away.

Q: Anything eventful happen on your trip to the Upper Peninsula for the Assoc. of Michigan’s Basketmaker’s Convention?
Eric:
One, it’s not techniquely the UP – very close. Two, yes I saw a tree with hundreds of sneakers hanging from it. I will try to get a photo of it on my way home.

Q: Actually, there’s many trees like that up in Michigan and are attached with various urban legends and eerie occurrences. One of them says odd things will happen to your car if you stop. You sure you want to get a photo now? Do you believe in that kind of stuff?
Eric: 
Oh, so I could be cursed if I photograph it? Was talking to a woman today about that tree and she said she’s going to stop on the way back to take a photo of it too.
Well, you better tell her not to stop.
I’m guessing that you believe in the urban legends so I shouldn’t stop, right?
You are correct.

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: I had to wear pants this morning instead of shorts and had to scrape ice of the car windows. It’s freezing up here!

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Five Questions Friday: Table vs. Bench

Q: I really like this Display Tote basket of yours. Do you still teach this?
Eric: 
Yes, I do. Uhm, this is a basket I did teach around the country but now it’s been retired to teaching here in Tennessee or at a private workshop.

Q: I can see why you named it “tote” but why “display?” Does that mean people can’t use it?  
Eric: 
Ahhh, you know my feeling about naming baskets. It’s difficult to keep naming baskets. You can use it, I just came up with “display” to add to the word “tote” because I couldn’t leave it as “tote.” And, technically, it’s now called the Presentation Tote but I think I named my photo wrong when I sent it to you so you’re the only one calling it “Display.”

Q: Why do you call your work table a bench when you don’t sit on it?
Eric: Men call it a bench. Women call it a table.

Q: That makes no sense. It’s a table!! Why?
Eric: Look… men stand at a bench and women sit at a table. If I’m in my workshop and talking to my student, Mark, for example, I would say “come to my bench.” If I was talking to Ginger, I would say “come on over here to the table.” Now I’m not stereotyping anyone so don’t go and get me in trouble.
(You are getting your own self in trouble.)

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: Your “bench” question and every other time I tell you “it’s on my bench” and you lecture me on how it’s not a bench, it’s a table and that you sit on a bench and blah blah blah!
(Well, now you’re really in trouble…)

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