Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We looked out the window the other day
and look who we saw…

We don’t see the boys very often at all.

Check out those antlers!
And talk about camoflage and blending in well.

We’re always so happy to see a male deer,
because hopefully that means baby deer!

Lucky Dog

Click on any photo to see them bigger.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014


I’ve been telling all my friends IRL about my newest thing,
and just have to share it with y’all:  the class I’m taking on Craftsy.

Do you know about all the online classes that they offer at www.craftsy.com ??

Check it out.  Knitting, cooking, photography, quilting…. 
Lots of different kinds.

And the big draw for me, of course, were their knitting classes on lace.

It’s just so cool.  You watch a video at your own convenience, as many times as you want.  Your access is supposedly for forever.  You can rewind it and watch that new stitch again and again, if you need to.

And it’s even interactive.  You can ask the teacher questions, post photos… It’s the classroom of the future already here.

All in the comfort of your favorite jammies!!  J

The class I’m taking is called Lace Knitting, Basics and Beyond.  It’s been great fun.  There are just some things that are better learned from a person showing you how -- not from reading about it in a book.  (Lots of things in knitting are like that, I’ve noticed.)

Knitting on an edging (or border) was one of those things for me, and I’m in the middle of knitting up my practice swatch.  It’s wild.  You’re knitting something on that will end up being perpendicular to the piece, but it’s knitted on in a straight row.  Yikes.  No wonder I couldn’t figure that out.  I’m doing it, and it still hurts my brain!  hahaha

Anyway!  It’s such a great way for so many people to learn about their favorite subject.  For me, there’s no one local teaching a class like this, but with Craftsy, I can still take it.  No traveling involved.  And what about people who can’t drive, have health issues or stuff like that?  It’s just perfect for so many of us.

I just wish the calligraphic community would get involved.  Can you imagine that?  Taking a class from Sheila Waters or Marsha Brady and no one has to travel.  Did you miss what she said about ruling lines?  No problem.  Hit the 30 second repeat button. 

Did you forget something a month or a year later?  No problem.  Watch it again.  I would love to be able to go back and re-take all of my calligraphy workshops again.

I tell ya, it’s just too much fun.  And it’s perfect for a frigid winter’s evening.  You don’t even have to put your coat on.  Just make a cup of hot cocoa and settle in.  ♥

Lucky Dog

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Barred Owl

After a week of sub-freezing temperatures and ice,
this barred owl came out for a long sunbath the other day.

Maybe it was also a hunt.

It sat on the same branch for hour after hour,
so all of our photos looked pretty much the same!

He seemed to have great patience,
just sitting there for so long.  

He even stayed there for awhile after the sun went down. 
And then he was gone.

We have lived here for several years,
but this is only the second time we’ve had a good owl photo op. 

We hear them fairly often,
but we very, very rarely see them. 

The first time was after a long drought,
so I imagine the lack of food made him
desperate to be out in the open.

This time, with all the snow and ice,
maybe it was the same thing.

We love hearing the owls. 
Especially when they call back and forth to each other.

Lucky Dog

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy happy happy!!!

May this year be your best ever.

I hope you have a wonderful 2014,
filled with good health, contentment,
joy and love.

May God bless you and your loved ones
more than you can hope for or imagine.

Draw near to God
and He will draw near to you.

Lucky Dog