I am a




colored pencil artist

and lover of

dogs and all animals

cooking and baking

mushroom hunting

wild food foraging


February 19, 2017

I called my mother today and told her what Izzy did last night and she thought it was the funniest thing she had heard in a long time.

I went to bed as usual last night. Izzy jumped up with me and proceeded to try to bite my nose as I hid under the covers until she calm...

February 18, 2017

I used to watch those commercials where an entire family is chasing a puppy around the house to get a slipper or whatever away from it. I think they were usually for insurance companies. I always thought that it was amazing that they could train a puppy so young to do...

December 24, 2016

We had to scale down our tree this year, although we still managed to overdo it because the top of the tree scraped the ceiling. We knew we had to put it up on a table and out of the immediate reach of Izzy. We also just plain didn't put out a lot of decorations so we...

December 6, 2016

Today was the first day it snowed this year. It usually happens at the beginning of November but, with the NEW normal, things aren't normal. It can't really be seen in this picture, but it was snowing quite hard up at this elevation, about 1600 ft. Ursus and I were on...

November 29, 2016

Is not completely unlike having a child. Except a puppy has sharper teeth, will get through with being a youngster much faster, and won't want you to pay their way through college or buy them a car. A puppy will, however, expect you to be her chauffeur forever. 


October 26, 2016

Izzy was already drinking and contemplating the meaning of life at only 14 weeks. I wish she would contemplate more on NOT giving me all of those puncture wounds you can see on my hand. Those sharp little teeth! She really loves biting at me and it seems somehow that i...

October 23, 2016

This is what Isadora has done to my clothing. She, being an Australian Shepherd from a herding line, is all teeth. She mistakes me for cattle or sheep all of the time. I guess her parents didn't teach her the difference between cattle, sheep and the hand that feeds you...

October 14, 2016

On Labor Day, September 5, 2016, exactly two days before the “Get Day” for Preston, we picked up a new puppy.

It wasn’t quite how we expected it to be.

There was a miscommunication via email between the breeder and Paul in which the breeder decided that we wanted to wait...

September 24, 2016

It is certainly strange how things happen. I went in for my first colonoscopy on Tuesday. Absolutely clear, no problems…yippee!! Not for another ten years! I was going to put a picture of it on this blog but I decided, nah.

That wasn’t interesting at all. I have been to...

September 18, 2016

Yup. That's me there, looking like I'm blow-drying my hair with one of those early-1980s Conairs. Nope. That's not it. Only I could manage to get my hair pulled into the motor of a sander. I was actually sanding the rafters of our new covered deck so it would be easier...

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