Mmm Mmm Good

Yesterday my DIL knocked on the door and asked if I wanted to go mushroom hunting. We’ve had recent rains and it turns out our back five acres is a good place to go hunting.

chanterelle mushrooms

It took me a bit to figure out what I was looking for, but pretty soon I recognized the yellow-orange chanterelle mushrooms and picked a whole bag.

Paul made mushroom gravy to add to our dinner and the rest will probably be cut into small chunks and cooked up in a bit of butter (I’m told that is the best way to serve them).

I’m totally getting into this whole foraging thing. 🙂


The other day my sweetie and I heard this really raucous sound. We finally decided it was a bird and then we saw this fellow out our dining room window. He’s a Stellar’s Jay.

a Stellar's Jay

The picture doesn’t do him justice. He was a very striking blue sporting a black mohawk of feathers (it’s called a crest, but he had attitude so mohawk it is).

Then the kitty arrived.

cat on a beam

She inched her way up a pole of our snow roof and parked on a beam to watch the bird.

Steller's Jay teasing the cat

I did say the bird had an attitude, right? Well, here he is teasing the cat by flying and landing just out of reach.

Inchworms and Puppy Tails

It’s been a while since I posted. Life got complicated. 🙂

Grampa had a small stroke (just some mild tingling). So we had a time of hospital visits and doctor’s appointments. And all this while we are trying to get our snow roof up (we should get the rafters done this weekend) and do a major rework on a website.

Life can be challenging.

That said, life can also be beautiful.

The puppies are such a treat. Here they are on a “family walk” (which looks more like semi-controlled chaos). Eight puppies, mom, a toddler, and an infant.

Whiskey and puppies

And they’re all headed up to the bunny yard to feed and water the bunnies (8 adults and 20 kits).

And here’s a bit of doodling, including the pattern inchworm. LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s shares a Zendala template each month and here’s my take. 

patterns: inchworm, facets, fandance, and hurakan
materials: pattern on printer paper, black micron, pencil

They’re Growing Up

Those sweet little bits of fur have grown so much. They’re beginning to eat “solid” food and in a few more weeks they will have homes of their own.


Though I think my son and family are going to keep the puppy in the upper left (he has blue eyes like his mom).

We’re still trying to figure out who dad is. We think he has some boxer in him because of the brindle fur and the head shape in a few of the pups.

Willow’s Corner – My Babies

I promised pictures of my beautiful babies, but they move so fast most of the photos are full of blurs.

Here is one photo that captured four of them in a relatively still moment.

You can see how cute and fluffy they are.  🙂  I’m busy thinking up names. Definitely Hazel (I’ll be keeping her). Clover? Thumper? Daisy?


Pour It On

A while back a friend shared a number of really cool videos on YouTube about acrylic pour painting (here’s my favorite). I bought the materials and then life got busy. The materials found a home on my closet shelf.

Well, recently another friend of mine invited me to a class where we all got to play and do a pour on a large canvas.

Here’s mine shortly after I did the initial pour (the white blob at the bottom is reflected light). It was crazy fun watching the different colors of paint push around and create a delightful mess of cells. Here’s a closeup.

I’m definitely going to do more of this … maybe on rocks or Christmas ornaments.

balance & wave

Here are a couple of themed tiles for my 2019 Zentangle challenge.

week 32 – balance
patterns: paradox, pepper, pop’t, pritemps, fescue, and reye
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil
week 33 – wave
patterns: joki, shnek, and twistee
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil

A Peek Inside

I’ve been using a bullet journal for a few years now and it’s truly an amazing tool.

I finally got around to creating an article about what mine looks like and how it works. I also finally got around to creating a “soapbox” section on the site for sharing about this and that, whatever seems interesting or important to me.

So here is my first soapbox article.

Inside My Bullet Journal

Willow’s Corner – They’re Looking Pretty Now

I did promise y’all pictures. Here are my sweet babies with their fur just coming in. Turns out there are four orange babies in varying shades, one with black fur, and one with what is called “chestnut” fur (sort of variegated brown, sometimes called agouti).

Willow's babies

It won’t be long until their eyes are open. They’re getting so big.


Up Goes the Roof

My sweetie is busy building beams that will become a part of our snow roof (we’ve got wood everywhere!).

piles of wood

So I got a little creative with a roof sketch for this week’s Zentangle® tile.

week 31 – roof
patterns: khirkee, diva dance, and banderole
materials: 6″ tile, black micron, pencil