Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tigers in the Garden

Tiger Swallowtails have been quite busy in the garden this summer, especially lately.
Happy Animal Wednesday to everyone. For more animal sightings go to Auntie Mims.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I always find surprises growing in the garden. The squirrels and blue jays take peanuts and plant them in the mulch around the garden. I found one of the plants blooming today. You can sure tell they are in the pea family. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see a whole field of peanuts blooming?? I guess you would have to go to Georgia to see this. Although I leave them in the ground they have never produced peanuts. I think they need a longer growing season than we have to offer here.  Probably better soil too. Do you have any suprise blooms in your garden lately?
Happy Blooming Tuesday everyone.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Seeing More

I was happy to find that I am not the only one that finds surprises in what they draw. I couldn't resist posting this drawing after I read Patty's post about her found bird. You can see it here.  While my drawing isn't as exotic as her drawing I was surprised when my DB looked at my drawing and said "it looks like a bird". I was actually drawing a big tree stump that we had admired while out birding. What do you think?  Do you see a bird in this stump?
I hope you all have a birdy, I mean GREAT weekend.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Animal Wednesday - House Wren Chicks and Eggs

I couldn't resist checking on the blue and white ceramic bird house that the House Wrens are going in and out of. Sure enough a couple of naked babies were in there. Amazing all the feathers that these little darlings were snuggled into. There are 4 eggs to hatch yet.
Happy Animal Wednesday everyone.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blooming Tuesday - Proteas

My MIL received a huge bouquet of Proteas from a friend in HA. I sat in the livingroom and drew a few of them.  Such gorgeous flowers. They seemed almost artificial because we have nothing like them around here. Unless of course you live in the tropics.
Happy Blooming Tuesday.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Travel Journal Page - Travel Indiana

We took a little road trip this past week. This is the page I did while traveling from place to place.
We got to see a Western Wood-Pewee and some Monk Parakeets. We also celebrated my MIL's 90th birthday. A good time was had by all. 
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sunday Zentangle

Teri over at Teri's Painted Daisies was talking about how a zentangle just comes over you sometimes.  It reminded me of this zentangle that I did for the little girl that is my pen pal. Her name is Heaven. I started this zen and then the wings appeared etc. 
I hope you are having a zentangle sort of a weekend. Full of fun and family.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Animal Wedensday - Leopold

Leopold here has a little story. I painted him for my MIL's 90th birthday next week. This sweet cat used to be a neighbor. All summer when he felt like visiting my MIL he would come sit in the window and peer in to see if anyone was home. If the garage door was open he would come to the people door and knock until she would let him in. He would stay a  few hours or a few minutes. Whatever was "his" schedule. She kept treats and a special scratch box for him. He is quite a friendly cat.
Unfortunately Leopold's family moved away a couple of weeks ago. My poor MIL is so sad losing her furry friend. He was always a bright spot in her day. We have offered to get her a cat and keep up with shots etc although she could well afford to do so herself. She just doesn't want the responsibility at this point in her life. She sure misses Leopold though.
Please say a prayer for my MIL who is finding it difficult to cope with losing her husband just a couple of years ago, turning 90 and missing her furry friend.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


It is that time of year again. Not only do I look forward to our July 4th celebrations I look forward to finding the first Blackberries of the year. On July 2nd I found our first ripe ones. It will be a good year for the berries.  While berries aren't exactly a bloom I was thinking about all the Blooming Tuesday participants. I know that this time of year there are plenty of blooms to be painting. Cheers.