Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little Bluebird

Well, it's definitely been awhile since I last blogged -- the first week of May for the letter Y to be exact. I've had computer problems galore.... wound up getting a new one and a new router/modem combo. I had a backup but not everything backed up.... I'm still working on that.

I'm pretty sure a massive lightning bolt was the cause of my old computer's demise. Oliver and I both ran for the hills (OK, the hall) when that lightening crashed!! Poor cat, with all the rain and thunderstorms we're having, he is just a tad nervous!

Now there's a whole new round started for AlphabeThursday!!

I've been doing a bit a crocheting and came up with this little cutie guy :)

Isn't he a sweetie with his pudgy tummy?! I don't think he's passed up too many worms!

His wings can be "at rest"

or sticking straight out in preparation for flight!

and he's got a cute little tail on his backside!

I plan on making more in various colors.... I've even got a plan for a robin and maybe a cardinal if I can get his black mask right. If not then he'll just be a red bird!

Look for him and some of his buddies in my Magnolia Surprise shop -- hopefully by the time June rolls around!

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Blue Monday


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yellow Kitty On the Loose!

You might remember when I wrote about the "very tiny babies" that were born in our yard on April 12.... it's been 3 ½ weeks and we have now had an official kitten sighting!

Wait, mama, wait for me!

Yellow kitty escaped from their little nest behind the board leaning against the shed, following Mousie mom across the yard. She was heading to the greenhouse (which we use for an extra storage space since neither one of us has a particularly green thumb) and little Yellow Kitty was in hot pursuit! About as hot a pursuit as a 3 week old kitten can manage!

Mousie turned back to rescue Yellow Kitty, after waiting a few minutes while the big bad hooman man (Dennis) had a good look at her kitten (standing several feet away). That little kitty was mewing away!

Then mama ran over, snatched Yellow Kitty up and ran quick as a bunny to the greenhouse. Zip zip through the doggy-now-kitty door and jump jump up onto the built-in potting table, and scoot scoot behind the tarp covered storage boxes on said table.


When she's got YK settled in, she runs and gets Grey Kitty, drops her, circles around and grabs her up again, and back into the greenhouse.

But not before I got a series of Awww moments with Grey Kitty!

Oh my, is this the cutest or what!

A definite awww moment here! The little furball.

Mama catches her again

and goes back to get Black Kitty.

Ha! This is all I got of Black Kitty's transport! 
Mouse had been practicing with the other two kittens and was too fast for me!

Now they are all three nestled snug as a bug in the greenhouse!

And we can finally get rid of the poison ivy that's growing at the corner of the shed... the "kitty corner" as it were. LOL!

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~ AlphabeThursday letter Y


Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Happens When You Don't Pay Attention?

This happens

Totally out of control burned pizza
Those round things are eggplant slices if you can believe it!

But definitely an opportunity to call the pizza guy!
We hadn't had a Pizza Hut pizza in so long....

and it was delicious!
All those yummy veggies...
and pineapple!

Heaven in a cardboard box

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Very Tiny and Very Tall Babies

The Very Tiny

Somekitty in the backyard had some sweet tiny kittens.....

Born April 12

Just three, thank goodness! But Mouse's middle looked like she had swallowed a soccer ball so three really surprised me. From what I can see, they are solid colors -- one grey, one golden and one black. 

Mama Mouse

She made a little nest behind a board that was leaning against the shed. Another surprise -- I would have thought it would be under the shed which is their go to place when confronted by us humans. Yet, maybe that was the reason she chose another place -- too much activity under the shed!

Aren't they the cutest?

The Very Tall

Katie, one of the giraffes at the Dallas Zoo had her calf on Friday, April 10. After 15 months. Fifteen months! Can you imagine? But I guess it takes a while to grow a 6 foot tall baby! It's a girl -- a petite 5 feet, 10 inches and 139 pounds! No name yet -- the zookeepers have chosen three and fans can vote on them. 

Giraffe photos courteous of Dallas Zoo

This was a collaboration between the Dallas Zoo and Animal Planet. Animal Planet set eight different cameras in the special maternity pen where Katie was, and the birth was broadcast live! Oh what an amazing birth!

There are twelve giraffes at the zoo and just about all of them were hanging over the fences checking out the new babe! Apparently, they are very curious animals! 

The cameras are still rolling, so if you'd like to take a look, check out the live cam hereSometimes you'll see an empty pen when Katie and and babe are with the vets, so be patient! If you'd like to see the birth scroll down a bit and click where it says "Watch the video highlights" in green (or links from across the top of the page).

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~ Saturday's Critters

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Un-Easter Bunny Comes to Visit

OK, I know that title is quite a stretch for the letter U....
But what can I say? That's all I've got!

Actually, I wanted to share a bit of Easter fun with you, and didn't want to wait much longer since Easter is over! 

Noli knows the truth about the Easter Bunny, but still enjoys the goodies that he brings! Since they (and Nova the dog) were going to the lake on Sunday -- and we didn't particularly want to go with -- Noli and Stephanie came over on Saturday to get in a bit of family (and E. Bunny) time.

I hid the Easter basket that I had put together for Noli so she wouldn't pounce on it the moment she walked in the door, and then brought it out when she wasn't looking.

I, of course, maintained that the true Easter Bunny had delivered it.

She would have no part of it.

Then I told her the story of when the Easter Bunny left me a note in my basket. When I was a kid, I put out my Easter basket like you do your stocking for Santa. And he comes in the night and fills it up. Well, carrying on the Bunny/Santa tradition, I also left a carrot for Mr. E.B. -- and one year, he left me a note!

It said, "Thanks for the carrot, Sarah" -- and the carrot was drawn! It was written in beautiful calligraphy. I was so excited that the Easter Bunny had left me a note!

And Noli fell for it hook, line and sinker. 

By the way, just so you know, that is a true story. He did leave me a note! In later years, I insisted that my brother had written it, but he always denied it. I guess I'll just never know for sure.... 

As for Noli's basket.... see the bunny money? I found this cute way of folding a dollar bill into a bunny, so she got bunny money plus shiny new quarters in the eggs. Google "folding dollar bills" and you'll find lots of cool ways to fold them! I glue-sticked the eyes and nose -- the nose is just a hole punch into the pink portion of an advertisement!

And of course, there were peanut M&Ms, along with a fancy new notebook and gel pens, some super cool blue nail polish, and a a big egg full of bunnies (like that monkey game where you hook them all together)

Ha! They match her shirt!

And then Stephanie had some surprises for her for Easter morning, one of which was a cute new dress to wear Easter Sunday. Two visits from Mr. E. Bunny!

Noli, goof that she is, has a new pink bunny grass hat....

We went to Jason's Deli to eat lunch and she started writing in her notebook about what she was eating. (She and I shared a Reuben.... I was surprised that a 9 year old would like corned beef and sauerkraut but she does!) Stephanie and Papa had the salad bar, but Noli and I were craving meat!! 

Then we went to a park so Noli could run off some of that bunny energy.... all in all a good day!


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Speaking of Share Your Cup Thursday.... I just saw that my crochet tea and cookies set was featured this week!! Be sure to drop by Jann's party to see what others are sharing!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tea Party for Two

You're invited to a tea party! 

There will be cookies!

OK, so it's not a real tea party... but it could be a doll tea party; definitely a little girl's tea party :)

Looks yummy, huh?

Maybe I should call this "Evolution of a Tea Party" because at first I made just one teacup, and was going to list it in my Etsy shop as a pincushion. 

Then, I decided to make another teacup and list it as a toy. 

But those two teacups needed something sweet to go along with them.... so along came the two sugar cookies! With sweet pink icing. And sprinkles.

Is your sweet tooth acting up yet?

Mine is.

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~ AlphabeThursday for the letter T


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring is Springing Up Everywhere

While we were running errands the other day, I couldn't help but notice the flowers that are springing up all over town :)

I snapped a few pictures to share, and thought of the March Challenge on the Blogging Business Artisans Etsy team. This month's challenge is brought to us by Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers who posed the question "The first signs of spring .... what does spring mean to you? What inspires you as the weather starts to warm up?"

The first flowers popping up, the tiny bright green leaves sprouting on the trees, the breezes prompting me to open my windows and enjoy the beautiful days. That's spring to me!

These tulips were growing on the edges of a parking lot

Even pretty with the lamp post behind them!

Especially, when reflected in a puddle!

So pretty....

We passed a church with a large expanse of front lawn
covered in tiny pink flowers

with patches of Bluebonnets just starting to sprout

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~ AlphabeThursday for the letter S
~ Share Your Cup Thursday
~ Blue Monday for those Bluebonnets! 



Thursday, March 19, 2015

A New Roof for Mr. Shed

The shed in our backyard is a handy storage space but not a very lovely-to-look-at building (sorry, Mr. Shed, but I can only tell it like it is...) It's not one of those that you can buy from the home building stores, but one that was made by the gentleman who owned our house before us.

And, during a stormy time at the end of last year, a large tree branch broke and fell on Mr. Shed causing damage and breaking his poor roof.

Fortunately, it was only his outside edge (ie overhang) that was broken.

Well, since Mr. Shed sorely needed a new roof, (or as he calls it -- a new Sunday suit) we called our handy friend, Perry, and he agreed to fix Mr. Shed's Sunday suit. Perry is hubby's closest friend and is also very handy and seems to be able to fix just about anything! And, fortunately for us, he doesn't mind being called upon.


We put a tarp up there since it was still raining and it would be a few days before Perry could do the work. But as it turned out, the break was only on the overhang and the inside didn't get wet at all. And the sun came out!!

Since hubby isn't very comfortable walking around on roofs, he was designated the official tool-hander and old shingles picker-upper. Which made me happy because I'm really not comfortable with his walking around on roofs :D

I'm not even much comfortable with him climbing a ladder!

Dennis, the tool-hander

Perry is so clever... he got these nifty Husky bags
I didn't even know they existed!

Dennis showing how tough that bag is....

Hard at work, but almost done...

Yay! All done!!
Perry conquers the roof!

A new Sunday suit for Mr. Shed!
He is very happy :)

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