The temp in the shade today!
So this is what we’ve been working on a lot lately. We’ve already moved about 3/4 of the pile!
I sanded my Sassy Cat sign… looks much better!
The toads are gettin busy in the pond.
The girls and Bobby Lee are enjoying the sunshine.
The Virginia Bluebells are poppin
So are the Daffodils and the Marsh Marigolds
The waterfall got a little wider
The Crazy Dog People gave us this cool solar fountain for Christmas, love it!
The front porch is ready for visiting!
Happy Sunday! Happy Spring!
The hard drive on my laptop crashed a few weeks ago. Thank goodness that for some reason we decided to buy the extended warranty when we bought it. That is something we almost never do!
As my friend Mrs. Schmenkman would say… “That’s a kiss on the cheek from God!”
Unfortunately I hadn’t backed up many of my recent pictures so I lost a lot of good ones that I was planning to share.
So here are just a few things that have been happening here on The Hill.
One of our big white pines began dying a slow death so we made the sad decision to cut her down.
Until I got the bright idea to turn her into a bird feeding pole!
The squirrels approve!
Casey likes to squeeze himself into a box.
This big boy was stalking our pond. He sat in Neighbor Mike’s locust tree just watching for the longest time.
Then he flew to the fence.
The he moved in for the hunt.
Then I scared him away!
Speaking of Neighbor Mike, he got a lead on a big walnut tree that was going to be cut down so he got us permission to get the firewood. That’s what we worked on all day yesterday. The thing was covered in various types of vines. Right now we’re praying that none of them were poison ivy!
Tomorrow we’ll go on a Sunday Stroll.
There is a new resident here on The Hill!
Meet Bobby Lee
He is a pure bred Phoenix Rooster and he is gorgeous!
If he looks familiar to you it may be because he was the inspiration for this commissioned mosaic I did a while back.
He has been my friend Penny’s favorite roo and she loves him very much. Unfortunately, Penny had a Coupe in her Coop similar to what happened here on The Hill a few years back CLICK HERE for that sad story.
So Penny asked me if I could help her find Bobby Lee a home before something worse happened to him, he had been beaten up pretty badly.
While I wasn’t intending to have any more roosters, I jumped at the chance of getting Bobby Lee because she said he is sweet and friendly and would eat out of her hand.
And did I mention how GORGEOUS he is??!!!
Look at those tail feathers!
He’ll be even more beautiful once his war wounds heal up.
Prudence is QUITE taken with him and has been busy showing him around The Hill and all of her favorite places to find tasty treats.
LouWeasel, the lone survivor of the weasel attack we had in the Bantam coop, likes him too but she isn’t infatuated with him like Pru is.
Brutus even introduced himself even though he was a bit unsure
We’re so happy to have him here! Thanks Penny! (And Bernie too!)
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!