Monday, June 29

Oh, what a night . . .

Atticus is a big dog . . . a huge dog actually.

He weighs almost 140 pounds -- about twice what a normal German shepherd weighs. But, his heart is twice as big too.

His size draws comments everywhere we go. And his personality wins folks over.

Always has.Because of A's size and build, I am very aware of his risk for bloat. Perhaps too acutely aware.

Last night, after a late dinner, Atticus started to display symptoms of bloat. He was whining, retching, licking, pacing.

I took him to the 24-hour emergency vet. We spent 2.5 hours and more than $500 there.He's okay. Didn't bloat. Came home with meds for his upset stomach and gas. Yes, gas.

But, I witnessed such heartache in that waiting room in the middle of the night, last night.

I am so, SO fortunate, not to be among those aching folks I saw there.

The people with the sick cat who couldn't breath. The giant schnauzer's folks who brought his body in for cremation. The couple with the mutt who couldn't walk.I've been there before, and I'll be there again.But, that's what happens when you love a dog. . .

It hurts to lose them,

It hurts bad.

But living with them . . . well, it's worth it.

Tuesday, June 23

There's a new kid in town . . .

Except, not really. He's just testing this face.His real face is here, with Atticus, where words are all good.

"'A' is for Atticus with the black velvet nose . . . 'S' is for Scout who nobody knows . . . "She is terrified of the camera. That's why she so rarely appears on my blog.
All these words and the (baby)sitting. . . they wear us out.

Sunday, June 21

Storey continued . . .

You asked for more photos of Barron Storey's journals that are on display at the Society of Illustrators until July 31, so here they are.
You can view even more images of his awesome work on Karen's and Susanna's blogs.
And, as always, you can get a closer view if you click on an image that grabs your attention.

I am inspired to sketch, to journal, (to work on my handwriting), and to visit this exhibit again before it leaves!

Friday, June 19

A new member of the family

I love dolls. They're all over the house -- fairies and elves, baby dolls and Raggedy Anns and Andys. One of these days I'll share them on this blog. You can see my Santas here.Now, thanks to Mo'a, there is a new smiling face around here!

A little more than a week ago, Mo'a had a contest on her blog. She asked her readers to guess what kind of project she was taking to the doctor's office with her. She gave clues in her photos, and I guessed correctly!

I have been admiring Mo'a's work for a couple of years, and I'm so pleased to welcome this little one to my collection.The details on this little doll are so sweet. Look at her acorn cap hat and the tiny acorn cap on the back of her dress.Thank you, thank you dear Mo'a. I will treasure her always!

Wednesday, June 17


journal page by Barron Storey

I didn't know that I would be so inspired by the Barron Storey exhibit at the Society of Illustrators yesterday.I also didn't know that I'd be watching Kiran today - Wednesday. But, I'm always happy about that.And LOVING this photo of a nap shared . . .

Couldn't you just bite your toes?