Brutus Beefcake has healed nicely from his abscess surgery and he’s clearly gotten VERY content being indoors.
Poppet has been tolerant… sometimes.
Onto another boy’s story…
When we brought Casey home all of the cats tolerated him fairly well. All except for Kibbles… she HATES Casey and when he moved in she decided that she was going to permanently move into the basement rafters. She refuses to come down from there.
Of course I’ve made her quite comfortable. She has her favorite toy
She has multiple shelves to sleep on, she has her food and water, and yes, she even has her own litter boxes UP IN THE RAFTERS!
But Casey still occasionally gets bored and gets up into the rafters to torment her.
This morning I heard a crash down there and went down to find Casey running away with his tail all poofed out like a feather duster. I saw that one of Kibble’s sleeping blankets had fallen off her shelf.
Then I noticed blood … I tracked Casey upstairs following the spots of blood on the floor.
I’m not exactly sure what happened but this is the result
I certainly hope he’s learned his lesson! Somehow I doubt it, boys are trouble!
I bought an inexpensive watercolor set just to give it a try. I love painting with acrylics, but I found myself trying to achieve details that frankly, I’m just not good enough, or patient enough to make happen. Watercolor appeals to me because it’s naturally a looser style of painting and I don’t seem to stress as much about it. I really like the surprise factor of what the paint does on it’s own after it’s applied to the wet paper.
This was my second attempt… a little mini, wet on dry
And my third painting. It’s way over-worked and I’m not crazy about it.
And here’s my third, still on the easel… I am pretty happy with this one so far.
I’ve also been working on a new mosaic, another rooster.
Guess I’ve been feeling artsy lately.
Literally! They get space cleared out and the feeders filled before anything else. Priorities!
I turned some pots onto their sides for extra feeding stations
So we got about 22” of snow one day
and today it’s sunny and in the 50s!
I love that!
Being stuck inside made me kinda productive.
I finally finished a hummingbird commission
And I painted my very first watercolor!
Let it snow! (can’t believe I just wrote that!)
I’ve been keeping busy with wildlife rehab things lately. Our group, Valley Wildlife Care conducted the area’s first ever Groundhog Day event at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
Winchester Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter.
Since they are predicting a big snow storm for tomorrow and Thursday he obviously knows what he’s talking about!
The event was a fund raiser for our group and I was in charge of the silent auction.
We had some awesome donations.
My friend Michele Sommers donated this painting
My friend (and painting teacher) Terri Nicholson donated this one
Other beautiful artwork, watercolor prints were also available
Everyone was amazed by this cake from Beckaboo’s
Yes a cake!
The event was a success and we’ve been invited to do it every year. YAY!
This past weekend I went to a continuing education wildlife seminar and these were some of the things people brought in for our lunch
I love cute food!
Brutus was getting pretty vocal about his boredom being cooped up in Mr. C’s office so we decided to turn him loose in the house to see what happened.
So far he’s pretty much made himself at home.
There have been no altercations or problems so far but we still put him in the office at night when we aren’t available to supervise.
He seems to quite appreciate being inside.
“Thank you, Thank you very much” (Doing his best Elvis impression!)
Brutus Beefcake has been ensconced in Mr.C’s office for his recovery. He’s bored to tears up there!
I took his stitches out yesterday.
He has been an excellent patient.
I think he’ll be getting a bath just to make this an even more memorable experience for him.
And just a couple more pictures I took yesterday morning.
I’m pretty sure that we’re all really sick of wintertime. I know I’m ready to get back out and start digging in the garden.
However, we had freezing rain last night and I took a stroll around he yard finding plenty of beauty to enjoy.
I hope you enjoy it as well.
I love knowing a birdie stays warm inside this log cabin.
Is my weeping beech tree giving the weather ‘the finger’?
I love grasses in the wintertime
Can’t beat a red twig dogwood
Or a sedum
But my favorite scene is this…
Because it means that Mr.C. made it home safe and sound!
Take the time to look for the beauty in everything… it’s really worth it.