The winter from hell in oh so many ways........
Saturday, February 10, 2018
When I was little, I used to call these squirrels "city squirrels", because animals running around seemed to be a country thing. I was quite pleased to have them in the yard. They are Grey Squirrels, although they are anything but gray! When I was a teen-ager, I used to buy bags of peanuts and feed them. They would practically come in the house when I opened the door to give them a peanut! I had to use my foot to block them :) I photographed them, they all had names and I certainly could tell them all apart. My little 126 instamatic camera soon became my 35mm Olympus SLR. A have a photo album that is at least 5 inches thick. I had a lot of fun, except when they would run into the street.
So in honor of all my buddies from 40 years ago, I decided to make a "city" squirrel.
1:12 scale. Hand carved wood, painted then furred.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Well now everything is encased in ice. Doors frozen, power lines... I can't believe I still have power.
Yikes, better go make my coffee before it goes out :)
Oh this winter just keeps getting.... nevermind...
I went down to the mail box and wanted to share these cool pics. The last time I saw ice like this the power was out for 7 days. Fingers crossed :)
The bird feeder, they really need it now!
I took this old stove from the farm, thought it would add a rustic touch.
The rest of the photos are ice encrusted foliage.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Same shot- tonight. I love that one little cloud reflecting.
I know something else I can tell you. See the second tallest tree (on the left of the shot)? When I was working at the farm (in the Miracle Chicken story) of course it was common for people to dump unwanted animals. Well one day I arrived to find a baby tree. just two little sticks and a nice root ball. In a blue plastic bag. So I put it in a pot 'til I left to move down here. Then I planted it (thankfully NOT under the power line!) That's him!! A huge beautiful red maple, towering high :)
Sunday, February 4, 2018
.....but it's kinda pretty I have to admit :) This morning, the view out my side window. Can you spot the little splash of red? That's my lilac bush. A cutting from my neighbor's 100 year old tree. I had to mark it so the power company wouldn't cut it down mowing their right of way. I've been here 16 years and last year was the first time they wanted to mow under the power lines. Never thought of it when I planted it there.... That's the only thing under the lines. I've got baby apple trees started from seed, and another lilac bush, a cutting from the bush back home from my childhood. I'd say that bush is at least 60 years old. Thankfully nothing else ended up under a power line!
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
There is a recurring theme with the new animals I've been making. Togetherness. There are mamas with babies, whole families, or just buddies. Here are two little Doxies. One is a boy and the other is a girl.
This one is the girl.
And the little boy.
Hand carved wood, 1:12 scale. Painted then furred.
Complete with toenails and paw pads.
Monday, January 8, 2018
I've been having fun making some little woodland critters. Hand carved wood then furred, 1:12 scale.
Well, furring is pretty mind numbing, but the carving is fun :)
I love this little squirrel, I may make a friend for him.
And a little bunny....
And two chipmunks.
It would appear my sciatica has moved North....It is in my neck now, making working on these critters very difficult. Like sciatica runs down your leg, this is the exact same pain only in my neck, running down my arm and my index finger is numb. Like the freezing below zero isn't bad enough......
I've been hanging on my inversion table I got for the original sciatica. Helps for a bit, but not long before it is bad again.........
To end on an up note, the weather is warming up gradually to our January thaw on Thursday. Melt the piles of snow. My car is stuck down the driveway, I can go fetch it soon.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
As the sun goes down on 2017......
And the moon rises on 2018......
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I went outside, and saw this, the last sunset of the year. As I turned around to go back inside, I saw the beautiful moonrise.. Thought it would be a rather fitting post.
Here is the whole picture of the moon with my beloved little bug:
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Meet Mom and Dad Basset, their puppies and wise old Grandpa. They are hand carved wood, furred, 1:12 scale. I love Basset Hounds. I guess they are my favorite dog breed. I admit I got a bit carried away carving them, just couldn't stop and the family grew :)
The mama on the left and daddy on the right...
...and their 3 puppies.
Mama having a moment with her children.
When I finished carving this one, I decided he looked like a wise old dog, hence the graying face. What fun!
And this little guy is asking Grandpa for some advice!
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Yes, the daddy is the same cat from the last post, but now he is pictured with mama and kitten :)
A cute little family I think.
Mama and her little one are having a playful moment.
And with the obligatory pencil for size :)
Sunday, September 17, 2017
I know I have posted "this" cat before but he is a new order.
And since everything is one of a kind, as no two will be alike, he is new.
The pose is the same as that was the request, and even though it is also a brown tabby, it is different.
I really like him, wish I could keep him!
Thanks for looking---
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Again, not miniature, but this is a beautiful story! I took a picture of this bumble bee in a zinnia. No big deal...but I got to thinking he didn't look too well. I remembered something I'd seen on Facebook that if you see a bee like this, you should immediately get him some sugar water to revive him. So I got a capful out of the hummingbird feeder and put it in front of him. He immediately started drinking, it was SO interesting to watch this. I'm trying to hold still for him, and he finally had his fill. Now for the beautiful part. This sweet little bumble bee walked up onto my hand and every time I tried to put him back in a flower, he would not let me! I'd get him into a flower and before I could move away, he was back on my hand! The sweet little guy was thanking me! I know he was....
Eventually he flew off and I was very happy for him. We need our bees. Every one is important. Plus it is so cool to help another creature :)