Monday, April 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Above are the beautiful postcards I received from all over the world! Clockwise from top left are postcards from Anton in Portland, Oregon; Imelda from Portland, Oregon; Kat (the organizer) from Portland, Oregon; Judith from Portland, Oregon; Debra from Grant, Florida; and Sharon, all the way from New Zealand. This was a fun easy swap that I really enjoyed. It's always nice to find something other than bills and junk mail in your mail box! You can click here for a blog hop of other participants and click here for a wrap up of this year's swap.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Roxy came in to the shelter on February 26 as a stray. One of our outstanding animal control officers was out on another call when he noticed Roxy sitting in the road. He brought her in and her owner was identified, but unfortunately, her owner never came in to claim her. She was on a medical hold for a while and had some surgery to remove a mass from the base of her ear, but she's now as healthy as a 14-year-old gal can be!
She is super sweet, came with me easily out of her kennel and gingerly walked around on the rocks of the enclosure. I don't think she's very fond of those rocks, but she does seem to be fond of other dogs! She wagged her tail in greeting to the dog outside in the enclosure next to us, and one of our amazing animal behaviorists reported today that she even did well making friends with a small grumpy dog! I know that if you give her a chance, she'll win you over, too.
Roxy needs to spend her senior days in a loving home, not in a shelter kennel. She's available for adoption at Animal Care and Protective Services, 2020 Forest Street, in Jacksonville. The shelter is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and this weekend is our next Mega Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. But wouldn't it be great if we could find Roxy a home one day this week, before Mega? How about you? Do you have a soft spot in your heart and in your home for this sweet senior girl? Her ID number is A907885, and she's waiting to meet you. Follow ACPS on Facebook here.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Yes, once again, I'm doing my best shot Monday post on a Tuesday. :-) I've been battling the mother of all miserable colds and wanted to do nothing but lay around the house yesterday. I'm feeling a little more human today! Battling through the sneezes, we spent Easter down at the lake in Keystone Heights with Benny's extended family. What a great tradition this is! That's the redheads with their cousin Lily on the ever popular tire swing, above. To me, this shot just captures pure joy; it's my favorite of the day.
The Easter egg hunt has been a long standing tradition, including the "prize" egg and the pot of cash that comes along with it. Hundreds of eggs are hidden in the woods on the property, some more easy to find than others for the youngest kids. The only catch is that if you find the prize egg, you must endure a raw egg being broken on your head before you get the pot! This Easter's prize went to two-year-old Jackson, and he didn't even flinch when that egg was broken on his head! That's the spirit!
A new tradition we started the past couple years is the Easter bonnet competition. We decorate our own hats and compete against each other for the best bonnet. Since it's done by silent ballot, it's all about getting people to vote for you. As you can see from Sarah's hat (above on the right), she glued candy all over her hat and had planned to walk around to everyone with her basket of candy asking for votes. Alas, her shyness got the best of her and she chickened out. Oh well, we still love our hats .... and now we have a quickly dwindling basket of Starburst and Tootsie Rolls...
As we prepare for our move to Tallahassee, we're making plans to spend more time down at the lake with the cousins. Benny has so many great memories there and wants to create more of them for our girls. He's even layed the groundwork for us to be able to take the camper down there and hook her right up! We've been spending Easter down there as a family since the girls were born, so they've become quite fond of that tire swing!
Friday, March 27, 2015
Benny and the girls are on their way over to Tallahassee as I write this, so we'll do the Springtime Tallahassee Arts Jubilee tomorrow and then move my things here in the apartment over to the house on Sunday. That'll give me a couple months to get a feel for the house and neighborhood before the family moves over this summer. As Sarah says, we're all still "nervousited," but I'm looking forward to this time of working half the week in Tallahassee and half the week from home in Jacksonville to be over. As much as I'll miss living in Jacksonville, I'm ready for us all to be back in the same place all week! A very dear friend of mind will be living in our home once we fully make the move this summer. She travels quite a bit so that'll give us the opportunity to come back home and enjoy our happy little shack on the river once a month or so.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
So why has such a great dog been at the shelter this long? That's what I want to know, too. That cute little wiggle butt walk comes from an old injury that's left one of her back legs deformed, but it certainly does not slow her down. I suspect that may be the main reason she hasn't been adopted. But she's a playgroup rock star and a volunteer favorite. She's incredibly sweet and friendly, both with people and with other dogs. And seriously, doesn't she have the sweetest face? The shelter staff think she is about three years old, and she'd really love to spend her fourth birthday in a loving home. How about yours? Her ID number is A902653, and she's at 2020 Forest Street, Jacksonville, at Animal Care and Protective Services.
If you can't adopt but still want to help, considering fostering until our next Mega Adoption event April 17-19. You can find a foster application here. Print it out and bring it to the shelter, and after a quick approval process, you can be fostering!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Still chugging along on the 2015 Documented Life Project! Here are Weeks 5-8!
Week 5's challenge was "under papers" (below). I love to use my under papers, so this was an easy one for me. I picked a piece and then just started adding to it. The leaves, white circles, pink circles and purple circles were all additions. I outlined them with the Stabilo All pencil and a water brush. Finally getting the hang of that!
Week 6's challenge was "when not to stop" (below). I really had fun with this spread. I just started pulling pieces and parts of whatever was around me on my work bench and collaged them in. That beautiful face is from a page from an old Papaya Arts day planner. I added to it with some pen work, butterfly stickers and other collaged papers. I kept every piece of that planner because it was full of such beautiful artwork! The door in the bottom right is my front door; that's the same photo I used for our very first challenge in 2014 Documented Life Project. I added torn receipts, stickers, 3-D butterflies, all sorts of stuff. I topped it off with some Wild Honey Distress Ink blended in with Liquetex Matte Varnish (a technique I learned from Orly at An Artful Journey).
Week 7's challenge was "cover up the good stuff" (below). I'm not what all I covered up here, but I just kept layering and layering. I started by squishing around some hot pink and orange paint and inks and then added some stenciling, stamping, die cuts, and pen work. I even included some spray painting in there, done in the wee hours of the night in the garage. That should keep the marsh rats away!
Lastly, week 8's challenge was "repeating elements" (below). I started with a barely used piece of under paper and spread some white gesso on it. Then I added repeating circle elements of various sizes in different color paints and doodles.
My new job has kept me crazy busy, so I while I'm trying to keep up with this project, I don't have much extra time to photograph and share my work! I just returned from the state basketball tournaments, will head to the state Brain Bowl tournament on Thursday, and then that will be followed by the Student Government Legislative Rally, the state Tennis tournament, the state Softball tournament and the state Baseball tournament, all between now and the first week in May. Whew!
Catch up with the 2015 Documented Life Project and all that the Art to the 5th girls have to offer on their blog here!