Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oh February where did you go...

When I looked at my blog today I realized it had been more than 2 weeks since I've posted anything.  So what have I been doing lately?  We celebrated a special friends 65th birthday at a surprise party.  Here is the card I made him using his baby photo his wife got for me.
 He collects old license plates from all over and displays them on the walls of his workshop so I thought it only appropriate to use license plate paper on his card I made.
 It was fun making this card, I had the idea in my head and it turned out just as I had planned. I tried to get him a license plate from either Japan or China and neither worked out.  Last year for Christmas I did get him a license plate from Australia!

Since a real license plate didn't work out, we created this instead.  I found a place where I could get the letters spelling his name from old license plates and we mounted them to a board so it could be hung.  We were quite proud of it. Again, it turned out exactly as I had hoped it would.   The party was great, the food and friends were great and everyone loved our gift!  

Monday, February 13, 2012

A WEEK IN THE LIFE

I thought I'd share a week in the life of Otis and Jack.  
Monday, Monday....
 And Tuesday...
 An average Wednesday..
 later on Wednesday..
 This is what happens on Thursdays...
 And sometimes they gravitate back upstairs where the sun shines in from the window....
 And again ... it happens on Fridays....
      Always on Saturdays....
 "Geez, did you have to use that flash??"
 And lazy Sundays....
 I'm sure they are dreaming about all the mice they've caught in their sleep...
As you can see these two are inseparable. We acquired them at totally different times, different ages, yet they act like litter mates.  Otis the gray/white came from Hubs' family farm... a typical barn cat who is now 3.  Jack Frost (white, hence the name) is about 4.  A rescue of sorts - well, lets say he needed us.  He lived across the street with people who never took care of him.  He visited us everyday until he just never left. Since then the people moved and didn't care where the cat was - my next door neighbor has their min-pin dog they never took care of either.   Their loss...our gain.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just Another Walk in the Park

 Since it's so unseasonably warm here, I hurried home from work so Gypsy and I could take another long walk in the park. She loves it as much as I do and does really well with not dragging me along.  When she sees me get her leash out she is ready to go to the car.
 On today's walk we discovered there are a few burial plots in this park.  After a close up investigation the date is 1863 and belongs to Alexander Caldwell born in 1801.  Immediately my mind begins to wonder who he was in relation to this park and why was he here.  Was this once his family farm?  Do his descendants know he is here?
 Nearby him are two more headstones.  This one is his son, Francis born Nov. 5, 1821 and died young Mar. 7, 1848.  He out-lived his son - no one should have to bury their child.
And another much older and smaller.  Broken and worn.        Again, my mind wonders to the who and why.
 Perhaps a child?  Many, many years ago...

 Of course to Gypsy, this was merely something to sniff at and walk on, looking for further adventures ahead.
 She seems to be thinking about taking a dip in the lake but really she is just mesmerized by the geese.
Not only is walking good for me it gives Gypsy a chance to burn off that energy. I find it so very peaceful.
Even though this time there were other people at the park it was still so very serene.  We take a break now and then to sit on a park bench near the water.  The reflections ripple when a fish comes to the surface.
 Parts of the sky looks sunny and blue and others look like a snow storm could start anytime. Such odd weather for February.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of this interesting root with the moss around it.  Reminded me of an alligator.
Or is it just my imagination...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012