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National Cat Day!

Hooray! It’s kind of a big deal in our house! Ok, not really, since every day is “cat day” in our house. Still, in honor of today, I figured I’d stalk my children (who always have cats nearby) while they’re in cyber school, and take some pictures. (Really any excuse to take photos…)





*Edit, I realized I should probably toss in a watercolor I did this morning, in honor of today. =P


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Glass Gem Corn!

So we planted three varieties of corn this year. My Mom was insistent that she wanted three kinds: bloody butcher, glass gem, and some edible non-gmo corn. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s all for autumn decorating. We started harvesting the glass gem corn today and oooooh my they are so beautiful! I couldn’t help but take photos, lots of photos. Lots.

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I’ve decided these colorful kernels look like jelly beans. Delicious, tasty, jelly beans. I really want some right now. I can’t wait to see what the next cobs look like, but we’re going to leave them on for a bit longer as they’re pretty small!

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Hanging Out With Chickens

This year’s spring and summer rain really hindered our garden this year. The soil was so wet, that under the squash and pumpkin plants mushrooms were growing! Anyway, we decided to let the chickens have the run of the garden, so they can clean out the beds and we can get ready for next time.


Of course the chickens were more than happy to oblige! Going right for the beds, laying their eggs in them, and kicking up dirt! I only asked that they leave the marigolds and nasturtium alone.Β _MG_6049

We also had to make sure we covered the potato area with chicken wire. Still holding out hope that the potatoes will get a bit larger than cherry tomatoes. =P_MG_6062

Anna picked a marigold for her hair, so I took a quick portrait of her by the sunflowers.

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Little Lamb, Little Lamb

I had to “get out” of the house today. Sure it meant only walking to the front yard, but I had to step away from my painting desk. I’ve been so focused with commissions and making clay pendants that I was starting to go stir-crazy. So I threw Anna in a dress and mask and took some quick shots.Β I’m good for now…

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May the Fourth Be With You!

Happy May the 4th! =P

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Backyard Friends & Spring

Goldilocks and Puddy, hanging out on the not-so-swinging bench. Pretty sure Puddy cat was judging the height of the fence, and Goldilocks was judging Puddy.

Signs of spring with the forsythia blooming!

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A Good Read


Yesterday was apparently all about the books for me…

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Happy Earth Day!

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If She Were a Ginger

Although Anna likes to acknowledge her Icelandic side more than her Irish, she enjoyed a quick portrait today.

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Snow and More Snow

For a few minutes, the snow fell so heavily that it looked like 1″ puffs of cotton falling from the sky. It was beautiful! So we scrambled to make it outside for a couple photos.