Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dog TV

We didn't have room for the microwave in the kitchen (vintage kitchens don't have built-in microwave ovens!) and so we kept it on a shelf in the garage, right outside the door to the kitchen. It was close, but awful cold and inconvenient. We had a little table we replaced with something more 'period' and I stuck it in the corner of the dining room and put the microwave on it. I didn't realize I was inventing a new dog entertainment system.

Watch my lunch go round ' round!

Navi growled at Barclay until he backed off - 'It's MINE' she said! Barclay just barked in protest! Surprise guys, neither of you get it - it's mine!


Around the firepit

A couple weeks ago we took advantage of a mild afternoon when it wasn't raining for a short time, to try out our new firepit.

Our primary reason was to get rid of a whole box of old financial papers which we couldn't recycle, and it would have taken forever to shred. The fire made short work of them, and also gave us an afternoon of entertainment.

Towards the end I brought the dogs out but kept them on leash. Navi isn't as close tot he fire as it looks. Barclay actually just laid down in the grass and took a nap. It was quite relaxing to just sit and look into the coals and watch the flames dance around, and the red light as they burned from within was fascinating. I could sit and watch a campfire all evening.


Pests, I mean, Guests!

Complete chaos at our house with four little peski-mos all barking and chasing cats and wanting attention and cuddles at the same time!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Framed at last!

In 2009 I posted a picture of my Grandfather's silk painting, and the silk painting we had recently found in an antique shop for $20.

Silk Paintings

Well, here it is a few years later and we finally got the second painting framed, and hung them both in the front room where we can enjoy looking at them. We had the framing done at the local frame shop, and I was really impressed with the way the new frame made the silk painting look so much better than the ratty old frame it had been mounted in. The matt really makes the colors pop! It's gorgeous now!

I don't care for all the shadows from the lamp below them, but eventually there will be a couch against that wall, and the lamp will move to an endtable.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Woodburning Sake & Sitka

Sherry said she'd like woodburnings done of Sake & Sitka, so I pulled a couple nice shots of them out of the Christmas photos, converted them to sketches, and transferred them to wood. The whole project was delayed because I couldn't find my woodburning kit, but I finally dug it out of the unpacked items in the garage. Once I got the outlines done I added the little details that make them really look like the individuals - that's where the art comes in! I was really happy with how these turned out, I think they do look like them, and Scott and Sherry love them :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

First snow at The Rancho


First snow in our new house! Not much of a snow, just a dusting really. I went out first thing in the morning to explore the frozen backyard with my faithful companions


Two faithful companions, reporting for duty!


I was first attracted by the apples that still hung on the tree, capped with snow




Frozen birdbath



I went to the frozen fountain, and thought it would be fun to photograph a contrasting pebble across the expanse of ice. So I picked out a pebble and tossed it out there.






Thanks, Barclay! You’re a lot of help!


The statues looked kind of haunting, draped in frozen cobwebs and snow




Snow and cold marked every part of the yard.




The little birds who visit the birdbath every morning must have been disappointed to find it frozen over. One hopped across the snow and left tracks for me to find.