Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy National Rubber Ducky Day!

Did you know that January 13th is National Rubber Ducky Day? Well, I just found out myself and I just so happen to have a picture to help us all celebrate this momentous day.

rubber ducky, toy duck, mother duck, mallard duck

So I hope you'll treat your rubber ducky extra nice today!

In other bird news, on this morning's hike I went back to the trail where I saw a Northern Pygmy Owl for the first time a few days ago and guess what? I saw another one! (Or maybe it was the same one...that's probably more likely.) This time instead of posing for me he twitched his tail back and forth like a pendulum a few times and as soon as I was about to focus my camera on him, he flew away. I gave him my best Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation and said, "I'll be back!"

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rubber ducky art

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Northern Pygmy Owl

Yesterday I saw my first Northern Pygmy Owl. Coincidentally, a friend had sent me a picture she'd taken of a pygmy owl in her yard just a few days before and I must admit, I was envious.

I've been hiking on the same trail for months now and have seen very little wildlife so I decided to switch it up yesterday and returned to a trail I have hiked often in the past. The road leading to that trail is awful so that's one reason I've been avoiding it, but the other reason is I've seen so many bears there in the past, it got kind of unnerving. But since it's winter now, I figured the bears would be sleeping soundly and wouldn't be bothering me.

Anyway, back to the owl...I swear to you, five minutes beforehand I thought, "I want to see a pygmy owl." I tried to picture what kind of tree I might find one in but didn't really know. So I just kept my eyes open and tried to stay alert instead of zoning out and daydreaming like I usually do. Then I saw what I thought might be a big leaf at the top of an otherwise bare bush. I kept walking towards it, staring at it, thinking, "could it be?" and then...it moved! Hallelujah, it was a pygmy owl!
owls, northern pygmy owl

The owl was quite tolerant of me and let me get relatively close. What an amazing looking bird...he was no bigger than my hand. I photographed him from a few different angles then moved on, hoping that the light would be a little better by the time I returned from my hike. But of course, by the time I returned an hour later, he was gone.

I added some layers of watercolors to the photograph because the sky was so white and boring. I want my owl to look a little more artsy. 

Last night I had pygmy owl dreams. I sure hope I see another one sometime soon, and not just in my dreams!

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pygmy owl art

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! But Don't Drink and Drive!

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Happy New Year!

Just dropping in to wish you a very Happy New Year! But remember, don't be a silly squirrel...don't drink and drive!

May 2015 become the year you always remember for making your dreams become a reality. See you in the new year!

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happy new year art

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Avoid Stuffing Your Face During the Holidays

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Do you know how to avoid stuffing your face during the holidays? No? Well, neither do I! If you came here hoping for some advice about that particular problem, I'm sorry to disappoint you because I haven't got a clue. 

This past week it was like I was possessed by a sugar-craving demon. It started innocently enough...I mentioned to my husband that I felt like a little treat. After a few moments I specifically mentioned that something like a dark chocolate bar might hit the spot. I envisioned having a few bites and leaving the rest for him.

What did he do? He brought home a humungous double chocolate cake/brownie thing from the supermarket. With icing. And extra chocolate bits inside the cake/brownie. So of course I had to at least sample it. I had a smallish piece and I thought that was that.

"Oh no, you don't!" said the cake. "You don't get off that easy. It's December and that means Christmas is coming and that means it's time to loosen your belt and let the calories fly!" I swear the cake was speaking to me. It told me to keep eating it until it was all gone. It took my husband and me a day to wipe that cake off the face of the earth. He'd have a piece, then I figured I deserved another, and so it went.

A day passed after the cake was no more. I was in the supermarket and I swear a "party tray" of goodies called my name as I passed by. Before I knew it, the party tray was hitching a ride in my grocery cart. I threw a bunch of carrots in there too just to feel a little better about things.

My husband had two little treats from the assorted goodies in the party tray. He said he felt like his face was vibrating afterwards...from the sugar, I guess. He very kindly left the rest of the goodies to me. One thing about party trays is that you have a fine selection of things from which to choose. It's like taste-testing and it's basically your job to compare and judge each treat to see which one you like best. Then you have to rate them in order of preference. Well, for me it's no contest, Nanaimo bars always come out on top. I'm not even sure if they're made anywhere besides in Canada. If not, you really should travel to Canada just to taste one because they're out of this world. Talk about a sugar rush though...wowee!

Right after I wiped out the party tray of little cakes and such, I was selling my wares at a craft market and of course the woman next to me was selling fruitcakes and cookies and this sort of thing. My husband dropped by and bought her last fruitcake. What I didn't mention to him was that I'd already bought a package of shortbread cookies from her and ate all four cookies. 

Anyway, I'm swearing off all the sugar again. I'm going to straighten up and fly right for the rest of the holidays. I notice my immune system takes a dip whenever I get into the sugar like that and really, who needs it? Sugar is the devil in disguise, I'm convinced. 

No more cookies
No more cake
No more anything
Sweet you bake

I mean it!

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cookie jar art

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rainy Days

leaves, waterdrops, dewdrops

Yesterday I told you about getting stuck in the rain when my van broke down on the side of the highway.

It wasn't just any old rain...we had two days of heavy rainfall warnings and wind warnings. It was actually scary to go to sleep the first night because the wind was gusting at about 90 kilometers per hour. Our house is surrounded by tall trees so it's a little nerve-wracking when the wind gets to blowing like that, as it often does in late fall and winter. I kept wondering how the Anna's hummingbird managed to stay on the branch...I'll bet he or she didn't get a very good night's sleep either. But he managed to survive several days of snow and below freezing temperatures a couple of weeks ago, so I imagine a little old wind warning doesn't phase him.

Anyway, we made it through o.k. and the power even stayed on, unbelievably. I read, however, that the lower Sunshine Coast had some flooding. One woman told me that it felt like a hurricane ripped through the area. Such is winter here on the coast. We don't get much of the white stuff but wind and rain...well, that's our specialty.

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waterdrops art

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Old Car Blues

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Rusty Old Car in the Forest

Today I had the supremely fun experience of walking the dogs in a torrential downpour (during a so-called "rainfall warning"), then having my van die on me on the highway as we drove home.

Yes, it was big fun indeed! First the radio went off. Then the ABS (which I believe stands for auto brake system) light came on, followed by the seatbelt light (I was wearing mine). Then the rear windshield wiper started by itself and all the wipers slowed to a fraction of the speed they should've been, which of course wasn't enough to keep the driving rain off the windows. Then the van waited until we hit a dangerous curve before it decided to give up entirely. I was able to pull over just enough to get off the highway.

I called our local tow guy, Chad, who has helped me out before. Luckily he lives just around the corner from my enforced pit stop. He was kind of happy because he hadn't been called out in a couple of days. He told me it was probably the alternator. Chad towed my van back home and set it down next to my other van that's been sitting there, broken down, for a few months. Now I'm waiting for the local shop to get a new alternator in.

I've got the old car blues.

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rusty old car art

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nature Photographs on Throw Pillows

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Nature Photographs on Throw Pillows

As of today, throw pillows are available from my online gallery. You can have a pillow made from any of my photographs, vintage collages or digital art. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from 14" x 14" to 26" x 26" in square size, and 20" x 14" in a rectangular shape. Just click on the links above to see any of the pillows pictured above or go to my gallery and click on any image that you like to see how it looks on a pillow.

I think I'm going to have to order a batch of these for myself...I love the look of them! If you're more into graphic type designs, check out my gallery of abstract and digital art which includes colorful mandalas...they look fantastic on pillows, if I do say so myself!

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tulips watercolor art