Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Journey

I have to say goodbye to a friend that I made this year. She and her husband are moving back to Alaska. It seems that the Texas summers were a bit too warm and the Wounded Warriors from Alaska need her expertise again.

We did a bit of bartering and I will get to keep this beautiful painting of a polar bear in exchange for one of my hibiscus plates. She will take a bit of tropical Texas with her and I will get to feel the chill of the ice on a hot summer day.

I will miss her - but I am gaining a really good tour guide for a trip to Fairbanks next summer...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Diving In

I just can't get enough of the garden these days. The citrus trees are blooming and the scent is positively intoxicating!

Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels that way. This moth dove in head first to get to the sweet nectar.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Down the Bunny Trail...

In the yard the other day, a flurry of movement caught my eye. At first, I thought it was a small dog running by.

Instead, it was the biggest rabbit that I've ever seen scurrying down the bunny trail. I've seen jackrabbits before, but never this large. He must have been pilfering some chocolate from the Easter baskets he'd been delivering...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mingle More Closely with Nature...

Last week when I was in Vegas for the Glass Craft Expo, I stopped by the Bellagio to see the Monet exhibit. They had 20 of his painting on display in their Gallery of Fine Art. His works were amazing, of course.

One the wall was written one of his quotes from 1909: "The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration...I have no other wish than to mingle more closely with nature and I aspire to no other destiny than to work and live in harmony with her laws."

I love that quote! It will be going into the new studio - once it has a wall to write it on. Although, it also works well in the current state - a cleared patch in the woods with an easel...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Birthday!

One year ago, Mr. Tabby and C went to Grandma's for their annual Easter visit. While there, they found five kittens under her house born to a stray. Two found homes with C and one found a home with the receptionist at the vet. These two stayed with us.

They were infested with ringworm - which made all of us get ringworm. We bathed them and wrapped them up like burritos to keep them warm. We gave them pills and put creams on their lesions. Today, they are happy, healthy and loving kitties. They were the lucky ones. Most wild kittens don't get a home with people who will take care of them.

Please spay and neuter your pets. And, encourage others to do the same. The San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition has a mission to have a community where no kittens are born wild on the streets. Very few wild kittens get the chance that these five received.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Today in the Garden

I came home from Vegas this week to find the garden in full bloom. Spectacular - especially considering the sad state it was in last year. What a difference water can make! Thank you Mother Nature!