Monday, March 12, 2012

Photo challenge and wild abandon.

Hi...long time no see.  
This is a busy time of year for us furniture folks. 
Pre-Market in High Point is this week.
I have been glued to my computer doing renderings and time has gotten away from me. 

Please forgive my lack of posting.
To make up for the lack of posting....I have 52 photos on this post.

I am doing the March Photo A Day photo challenge with some other folks.
From the Fat Mum Slim blog.

The photo of Smudge above is the first photo...UP.

This is photo number 2.  Fruit.
I had a bunch of strawberries on steroids the night before I realized that the challenge was fruit.
I took the strawberries to a meeting with the ladies in the writing group that I am a part of.  
Needless to say the strawberries did not make it into the photo.  
So....sadly.....the only other fruit that I had was a bag of frozen blueberries.
I think they turned out pretty good.  I grew them too and that makes it even better.

This is photo number 3.  Your neighborhood.
I also have a story behind this one.  
I wanted to hike with Zippy to a Christmas tree farm a couple of ridges over to get a 
picture of our neighborhood.  One with Elk Knob State Park and Snake Mountain in the  background.
We got all the way over there and then met up with a loose dog.  Zippy does not 
play well with others and I had to turn around and come back home without  my shot. 
Zippy was on a lead, but I just did not want to chance it.  
Oh well...

Photo number 4...bedside.
I thought this was better than my nightstand with a chewed up nylabone on it.

A picture of the snow starting.

This is milkweed.
I thought it was very soft and pretty.

Checking out the snow storm that was blowing in.

Zippy on the lookout for snow...and deer.
Or any other moving object.

More milkweed.

Can't get enough milkweed.  Ha ha ha..

This is photo number 5.  Smile.
Snow makes me smile!

We had a great time in the snow.
Even if it was only a few inches. 

It did not last very long, but at least we had some.

This is photo number 6.  5 PM.  

I think they are wondering what I am doing. 

I like the way Eco hides behind the others....
He is probably thinking that I am going to do something to him.
He injured his "good" eye the other day and I have to clean it and medicate twice a day.
Poor guy. 

This was my alternate "smile" shot.

I have always wanted to get a picture of Zippy doing this. 
When he shakes, his feet go off the ground. 
He really gets into it. 

Don't worry Eco...I only want a picture of you. don't have to hide.


Danza with snow on her nose.

Smudge zooming around.  

More zooming.

When I walk with Smudge she flies past me and tries to grab my hand or jacket.
She has air under her cheeks.  On the way down.
One of my friends said that her shadow looks like the Grinch.

Here she is trying to grab my jacket.

Zippy found this in the woods the other day.
Pretty neat.

Looking for Ruffled Grouse.
He is really getting good at finding birds.  
I think we are up to about 15-20 Grouse sightings.

Who knew a Bull Terrier could be a birddog?

This is photo number 8. Window.

You may ask....What is that thing you are using for a window....
Well...a cow vertebrae of course.  
No cows were harmed in the making of these photos.
I found the vertebrae.

This is photo number 9.  Something you wore.

That is my Mickey Mouse hat and various buttons from my past.
I thought the "Just visiting this planet" one and the "Hope I die before I get old" one 
suited the deer.

This is just interesting.  
I loved the gnarlyness of it.

I know gnarlyness is not a least I don't think it is.


Smudge on the way to her Grandpa's birthday celebration.

Photo number 9.  Red.
A shriveled up Peter Pepper.  

Checking for Grouse.

A picture of Zippy in action.  
Sneaking up to the Grouse's lair.
Every time one comes flapping out of the brush, I jump about 10 feet into the 
air....well..not really 10 feet, but I jump really high.
Still trying to get a picture of the actual bird.  
If only I weren't so jumpy.   

The first signs of spring. 

Picture number 10.  Someone you talked to today.
And....yes....she is talking back!

Picture number 11.  Loud.
I called this one Braying for Breakfast.
Breakfast Burrito.

This is what donkeys think of Smudges.  

They don't like them.

At all.

Otis has the cutest little trot.
One of these days...when I have time...
I want to try him out with my cart.
That will be an interesting adventure.

Her Highness....Princess Smudge.
On her splintered throne.

Share the love Smudge.

This is like a family portrait.

Zippy enjoying the warm weather.
Jumping and digging.
His ankle is really swollen, but he was having so much fun that I just let him go.
Why not?

Such style and grace.


Photo number 12.  Fork.  

I just shake my head..

At least he is having fun.

Go out and jump or do something with wild abandon.
It will make a big difference in your life. 
Just ask Zippy.


  1. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! Loved the Family Portrait, the red pepper, the princess in her splintered throne, and of course the flying Zippy!!

  2. I like the one of Zippy yawning. And the one of Smudge running around in the snow!

  3. I just love the Zippy jumping photos! And the splintered throne~ hilarious!

    Mamma Heartbeat

  4. I loved them all. Very creative and beautiful.

  5. I loved the photos! You are such a fun-loving goof, Zippy!

    Love ya lots,

  6. incredible pictures, Jill!! Hard for me to pick a favorite - although I kind of lean towards bedside Zippy and Smudge going to Grandpa's birthday party. They look so happy and peaceful. Your animals have wonderful lives and such a good mama!!

  7. That is some selection of photos! You have been so busy. Things are lookin good down there.

  8. I love the wide variety of shots you have but especially love the fourlegged ones.

  9. We have taken Zippy's advice and are finally letting our newest dog roam free -- with wild abandon! We're all enjoying it and when she comes home, she's too tired to chew up stuff.