Who’s the Overachiever?

my son's chickens

OK, who’s the overachiever here?

super large egg in carton

My son has around two dozen chickens and one of them produces a huge egg every couple of days. We still don’t know which one.

And in honor of this mystery I chose large and small as a theme for my weekly Zentangle tile.

Zentangle tile, theme is large and small
week 28 – large and small
patterns: metros, bask-it, and blips
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Willow’s Corner – Life on the Hill

It’s been awhile since I last posted.

Life is good here on the hill. I have my own place and all the grass I can eat. The weather has warmed up and the bunny yard is a good place to live (that’s Meemaw’s son in the picture, he’s a sweetie).

I’m a grown-up gal now and I’m dating a nice bunny. Meemaw keeps records of my dates (go figure).

Well, I’m off to find some clover.

A visitor and a Song

My sweetie was sitting at the kitchen table and called me over to see the deer walking down the road by our house. Just out for a stroll, I guess. (You can see one of our posts off to the side. It’s for our snow roof ~ this year’s project.)

deer wandering past our home

Oh, and I got a ukelele. 🙂 I’m kinda tickled about it. So far I’ve found a couple of great sites (SongHub and UkuTabs) and a helpful app.

my new ukelele

I added a little color to the front of it because it’s the same ukelele that a friend of mine has. I’m looking forward to playing a duet or two.

Flying Feathers

I’ve been trying to take pictures of all the hummingbirds that visit our feeder. They are fast little boogers so I have very few pictures that aren’t just a blur.

So I did a bit of research and found that Washington is home to four species of hummingbird.
     rufous
     Anna’s
     calliope
     black-chinned

black-chinned hummingbird

We’ve had a truckload of black-chinned visitors (the little guy in the picture) and the other day we had a pair of rufous hummingbirds (what the pictures don’t show you is how iridescent they are in the light). The male is stunningly orange and the female is a much paler version. Males get to wear fancier clothes in the hummingbird world.

And in honor of our little hummers, I picked feathers as my theme word for this week’s  Zentangle® tile.

week 27 – feathers
pattern: featherfall
materials: 6″ square tile, black micron, pencil

week 26 – Square and a Pumpkin

My personal challenge word this week was square. So I splashed a few squares over my tile and filled them with fun patterns.

week 26 – square
patterns: aegis, ambler, capell, atheral, dyzzee, fiore, & florez
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

My garden is starting produce veggies. Here’s my cherry tomato plant setting fruit.

cherry tomatoes on the vine

And, if you look very closely, you can see a baby pumpkin on this vine.

pumpkin forming on the vine

I’ve got flowers on my winter squash vines and my herbs are growing like weeds.

It’s so lovely watching everything grow.

Strange Company

My sweetie called me to look out our dining room window and this is what I saw.

turkey under bird feeder

We’ll probably be seeing more of this as the rafters of turkeys continue to grow over the summer. By fall we’ll be drowning in wild turkey.

And here’s the latest in LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s Zendala templates. They are such a gift to the Zentangle community. Here’s my handiwork.

patterns: antique, kisses, and cle
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

Week 25 – Splash!

After all the rain, we now have higher temperatures and little to no rain. We are officially in sprinkler season (we’re already under a burn ban).

We’ve cut the bunny yard into two sections. We park the bunnies on one side (muncha muncha) and water the other side until the grass is a few inches tall. Then we move the bunnies into the taller grass and mow and water the munched half. Back and forth, keeping the grass in good shape for the bunnies.

We were going to build a fenced area for the bunnies to run a bit and give us a chance to get them used to being handled, but we’re so busy with other projects, we decided to set up the tent instead. It gives some shade and creates a play area for the smaller children and bunnies.

And here’s this week’s Zentangle tile done up in honor of the sprinklers – splash!

week 25 – splash!
patterns: pea-few, pais, kitl, ginili, fern, disco, and beadlines
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

Ladybug, Ladybug

I have always loved ladybugs and this year my grandson and family gifted me with a number of them for my garden.

ladybug decorations in my garden

(My daughter-in-law is the creative genius behind it all, but M1 did the actual bean work for the aphid city signpost.)

I hope all the ladybugs appreciate their creativity.

Projects

We’ve got several building projects going on around here. The big one for this year is building a snow roof. It will be around 40×22 feet and will cover our RV and the proposed addition to our home.

I looked out the window recently and saw this.

husband and son digging gigantic holes

This is my son and husband digging gigantic holes right up next to the RV slab. Shortly there will be poles in the holes and then cement to hold the poles in the holes (sounds like the children’s song “there was an old lady who swallowed a fly“).

You can see our steps discarded in the background. They’re now back in place so we can get in and out of our home. (And I see Willow’s cage in the background. I wonder what she thinks of all the noise and commotion.)

kids going for a ride

And here’s a little after-the-work fun with the younger cousins. It doesn’t move fast, but who can resist a ride on the tractor?

week 24 – growth

With the lovely growth in and around my garden, it seemed appropriate to have growth as a theme this week (with a few “butterflies” about).

week 24 – growth
patterns: dooleedo, pendrills, birds on a wire, & 3-loop-6
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

I did have to cover all the tomatoes for a few nights. We had near freezing temperatures. They all survived though they are a bit grumpy.

I have red and yellow cherry tomatoes, roma, beefsteak, and a mystery tomato from the OMIL* (thanks, Linda!)

*OMIL – other mother-in-law (my son married a sweet gal and her mom and I are friends)