Saturday, April 28, 2012

Kittens Kittens Everywhere

Well last year I "adopted" one of the male cats out at the farm as sort-of-my cat, and got him neutered. But that didn't prevent every female cat on the farm from producing a litter of kittens this spring. *sigh* 
There are now 4 litters and 8 new cats on the farm. Three of them are orange, two are calico, one is black and white, one is solid black, and the last one is--hairless!
I called my vet to ask if a kitten can be born totally bald with mange. They said yes, it can get it from the mom. I said...even if the mom and other two kittens in the litter look just fine and have nice healthy fur? They's "possible."
So I've told my farm-owning friends that I'll adopt the hairless kitten if they will let me. I'll either have myself a hairless cat or I'll be able to get a poor kitten with mange some treatment. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stitchy Art

Back in January I had decided I would start tying to post on this blog every day or so..and look--it's been a week since my last post! (already!) 

Man, this year is going fast. 

I've been so busy lately-- But I've been busy with fun stuff (working on portraits, sewing pillow animals, riding/training Stormy...) I'll post several in-progress photos of paintings I'm working on soon. 

Also, I'm thinking about doing a pillow pet or print giveaway soon. Or a portrait-winning photo contest. I'm just trying to figure out exactly what I want to do first. (If anyone has any requests on what I should giveaway--feel free to comment!)

Anyhoo...since I can't post pictures (yet) of what I've been painting, here's some "art" from my day job. This is a collection I drew a while ago for OESD that just came out last month:

Friday, April 13, 2012


This Week:

--Pedro graduated from basic obedience II...(even though he's passed the CGC and therapy dog test. I wanted to take a class with him for fun)

--I got a lot of laundry done. And a lot of painting. But not enough of either.

--I worked more on training Stormy (that is not her in the picture..that's Buddy) 

--I locked myself out of my car and had to be rescued.

--I hit the car in front of me when I thought the light turned green (It didn't. I'm an idiot.) Neither of us was hurt, neither of the cars were hurt either. (whew!)

--I learned how one measures their vertical jump.** And measured mine (17")

--I read about 250 pages of "A Storm of Swords"

**To measure you're vertical you stand with your dominant arm facing the wall and reach as high as you can. Mark the wall. Then mark your finger tip(s) with the pencil and jump, hit the wall as high up as you can. Measure the difference.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Stray Livestock. And Squares.

Last weekend I was on my way home from Luther, and saw a calf in the road. He looked colorful...I think he was a longhorn calf. Anyway, I tried to kind of heard him down a gravel road--so he at least wouldn't be on the main road, but a truck zoomed past me and scarred him into running past the gravel road. The truck finally saw my reason for driving slow, and proceeded to swerve several times in an attempt to cut the calf off (he was getting sort of close to rt. 66 by this point.) Another truck came along and the two truck guys ended up chasing it on foot when it ran down into the "river" (basically a dried up creek with a small trickle of inch-deep most Oklahoma rivers.)
This Saturday the neighbor to my friend-who's-house-I-keep-my-horse-at found three stray horses in his yard and thought they were my friend's. So he herded them into his pasture. Where they met our horses (who happen to be three mares and a gelding). They were together for about an hour before my friend came home and got them separated. 

Here's one of them: 

He happens to be a stallion.

Then on Sunday (on my way home again) I saw three more loose horses grazing in the Pecan grove on the corner of Luther Rd. and Rt. 66. 
I hope Stormy doesn't get any ideas seeing all these stray cows and horses running loose. Luckily there's really not a good reason for her to try and escape her 40 acre pasture with all it's nice, new, green grass.

I feel like maybe I write about my animals too much and not enough about my art, here's some pictures of some old paintings I did in college: