Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Playing catch up...and a bright gift.

I feel as if I have been away for a while.
I have.

I had all of my pictures in place for a blog post and something took over my world 
for a bit.  
Nothing major, just a creative project.
It is at the bottom of all of these accumulated pictures.

One warm (40s) day...
I spotted this while Zippy and I were out on a walk.
A very bright cup fungi called a Helotium.
Hot pink in the middle and a peachy color on the outside. 
It was getting dark and I had a difficult time getting a picture of it. 
I thought that maybe I would go back in the morning and try again, because it 
was so pretty.

The next morning...
looked like this!
A nice blizzard like storm.
I never got that second Helotium picture.

I actually think that the minis and the horses liked it for awhile.
It has been so warm and their coats are so thick.
Probably pretty refreshing.

Oracle seemed very content in the snow.

They had access to the barn and just stayed out in it all day.

I love his white eyelashes.

Then the wind really kicked in and they all came inside for the night. 

The next day was beautiful, but most of the snow had blown away.

This spot was a little more protected.

The snow melted very quickly and back into the 40s again.
We even hit 50 one day.
It has given me a chance to get some things in my gardens cleaned up a bit.
THINGS that a certain little white dog drug into my flower beds.

Here is the little princess.  
Angry because I am in the flower bed removing her collection of 

She has a real stash of high valued items under the deck too.

Barking at me because she knows that I am raiding her treasure.

Seriously.....I unplug my little pond pump every winter and guess what I found.

"Someone" had chewed completely through the cord to the pump.

The cord was even buried.
I don't know how she happened to find it.

Just glad it was not plugged in.

Hi....My name is Smudge and I have a chewing problem.

Really....It is not MY problem....

The humans are the ones that have the problem...
I just have fun..

Remember Smudge..
It is all fun and games until someone gets electrocuted.

I know, May....It is hopeless.

Mud, mud, mud...
The pastures are so muddy and gross.

Especially when the horses do this...

and this....
He might be old (21)...but by gosh...he can still move.

I guess that they are having fun though!

Eco snorting at me....

I get no respect.

Hey.....Just stretching our legs.
Nothing personal.

Even Zippy has been taking advantage of the great weather.
Jumping and digging.
(No skunk chasing though)

Here we go again....
another small snow.
I guess it is too much to ask for a really big snow this late in the game.

Although....one of the largest snows on record here happened in mid March.
So I guess that I should keep thinking positively.  

Zippy has been checking for deer at his favorite deer viewing station.
There were actually two deer to the far right and he could not see them because of the tree.

Such a pretty snow.  
No wind..
That is always a bonus.


Back into the 40s we go....

Smudge making a snow angel.
A little Smudge trivia...
Angel was her name when she was born.


More zooming.

and ........
even more zooming.

Not sure if you can read this..
It is a Valentine's Day card that I made when I was a kid.
I know I am late in posting this, but I thought it was funny.

Now......TA DA

This is what has taken my time away....
Not for everyone.....a very bright guitar.
I painted it for a gift. 
For a person that dedicated his time and expertise to the benefit for my friend
that was injured in the car accident last summer.
My friend just had another surgery on her arm....a bone graft.
She still has at least 2-3 more surgeries ahead of her. 
You never know when your life will change....live it to the fullest.  


  1. Your painting is gorgeous. Surely your friend will love it.

    Great pics! Thanks Jill the Great ;-)

  2. That is a beautiful painting! Love your artwork. I used to have a 20-something YOUNG horse... she took delight in making sure I was awake... LOL

  3. I always enjoy you photos. I've said before, you live in a beautiful place. The guitar is fantastic!

    I have been away for several months, so I was surprised to meet Smudge. I hesitate to ask about Bumble, but I must.

  4. Jill...I think your weather has been more spastic than ours. Currently we are about out of snow with the next 4 days over 40. 21 is not old! I had one that lived to 36...and the one I ride (Berlin) the most, is 27 and acts 10. Love the close up of Oracle and you did a fabulous job with the painting. Sorry to hear that your friend is still going through so much. She is home, right? Please send her my best...what a woman!

    Smudge is one very expensive dog! Our daughter has one that is also very valuable.

  5. Holy moosepoops! You've had more snow than we have here in CT!!! Those horses and Zippy are just trying to compete with you know who, who has you sooooo bamboozeled!...:)JP

  6. The painting is amazing!! I love the pictures of the horses running. I see poor Smudge is still getting blamed for everything....

  7. Wow! The guitar is just beautiful and so is the orange mushroom. It looks like a pumpkin without the lid!

    Love ya lots,

  8. smudge is certainly growing up isnt she?

  9. BRRR! You've had lots of snow on your side of the mountain. I'm so glad Smudge wasn't chewing into a live wire... YIKES!
    Love the pictures of the snow-covered horse and donkeys!

  10. Wonderful pictures -- and oh, that Smudge. Being cute really allows a pup to get away with quite a lot of mischief.

  11. Love this post...snow...Oracle...Smudge...Zippy...all taking advantage of the white stuff....really beautiful painting and yes we will enjoy every day to the fullest!