Wednesday, December 31, 2008
And then there's the bald eagles. Yesterday, I counted 15 of them. There were easily a dozen more that I could not confirm -- my "rule" is that I have to see a mature one with the terrific white plumage in order for it to count.
Time will tell, but there may be two or three eagle pairs nesting in Thomas Hollow. I have seen them soaring over my house three days in a row.
Eagle spotting is somewhat like whale watching. You scan the horizon, hoping to get a glimpse of this elusive species. Often, they appear when you least expect it, or when you are least prepared with the camera. And even when the camera is ready, you instead become mesmerized by their beauty.
I know how lucky I am -- some people have never even seen a bald eagle, and I get to admire them on a near-daily basis.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This morning, Dad and I drove back to Waterloo and spent most of the day with the King family. I opted out of the poker game, deciding to save my money for a swing through the sale at Super Target on Friday!
Tomorrow, I head back south to warmer climes. Have a great holiday weekend!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The drive north was uneventful, as the weather's cooperated so far. It even warmed up to the 20s for my visit.
My dad and I are packing up the truck for the 3-hour trip up to Mankato to celebrate his birthday and Christmas.
I wish all of you Christmas joy, however you are spending the holiday!
Friday, December 19, 2008
The Christmas cards have been rolling in. I love seeing the family pictures and reading the "newsletters" people often include with them. I'm hoping that this card tree will be full by next week -- even though I haven't even thought about sending MY Christmas cards out yet!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thanks to my handy bottle of Modge Podge, I'm almost finished with my final Christmas project! Once that one's done, all that's left is the wrapping and some baking, and I can relax for the rest of the holiday!
I'm getting excited to hand out gifts -- some lucky folks will get theirs this weekend. I plan to bundle up and head up to the freezing north on either Sunday or Monday, depending on what the weather decides to do. Even though I spent 30 years in Minnesota, I'm cringing at the thought of below-zero temperatures. I know several of my readers are rolling their eyes right now -- sorry y'all.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
If I had been a little bit faster on the draw, I would have had a very neat one of a very realistic Santa walking through a parking garage in Springfield. But alas, I was too slow with the camera phone(or perhaps just mesmerized by his presence?).
The weather here has been cold (for the area, at least), and we are getting some freezing rain. I'm happy to be at home and know that I will be warm at night sandwiched between two snoring dogs.
I finished a fabulous project yesterday, and it's one I'm really excited about. Only two other people know about its existence! I can't share it here, as the recipient is one of my readers! I have one more big project that I plan to finish tomorrow, and then I am done a week early.
After Christmas, I will share photos of Christmas projects. Some of them will be available on the Cottage Studio page at OzarkHandcrafts.com.
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is not going to be just any doghouse, it's a custom-built one made to match my house! I had a ton of leftover cedar shakes from this summer's porch project. Those, plus some old tin for the roof, make a cozy home for Baxter. It's not done yet, as we ran out of time and daylight -- I will post more photos when it is completed!
Here's a catch-up for those of you who have been compulsively checking for updates.
Friday, I baked two batches of cookies. Baxter thought the Gingerbread cookies smelled *really* good, but he still didn't get any. They are supposed to be snowflakes, but they look more like flowers. Go figure. I finally found a cookie press at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago -- and it is going to get a lot of use this winter! Since we're having some cold weather today, I want to make another batch, but I'm out of butter. My waistline doesn't need more cookies, so it works out in the end.
Watch for another blog today. I can't wait to share Saturday's photos!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's been a great day. I got to spend part of it shopping with one of my favorite people on the planet. And my dad rolled into town for a visit. After a quick trip to Lowe's for some supplies, we met up with Will for dinner.
My dad made friends with Murphy, much to my surprise! She does not like strangers, a fact that she's proved several times already. However, when she finally came out of her hiding spot in the bedroom, Dad bribed her with a treat and she practically crawled into his lap!
Picture of the day: Nothing says Christmas like Santa Claus:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I've been going full-speed-ahead with projects, and my craft area is a disaster. Here's a sneak peek at two of my projects. The photos are obviously cropped so as not to spoil some surprises:
'Til tomorrow. Stay warm!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I had a fabulous weekend & neglected the camera. Besides, most of my Christmas stuff is being kept under wraps, as they are part of Christmas presents.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I'm subbing for a fifth-grade class at a local school tomorrow -- wish me luck!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The two-dog household is going really well! The dogs are having a ball. I must say that two dogs farting is not pleasant (although it's nowhere near as gross as my skunk-sprayed car right now), and it's much harder to keep the house clean. But it's worth it in the doubled amount of love I get in exchange!
As you can see, they are getting along famously. Baxter even "lets" Murphy on the couch -- as long as I'm not already in it.
This year, I've gotten in even deeper with handmade holiday projects. I'm branching out beyond the usual handmade Christmas cards and into some new crafts. I just finished my latest project, and since it's not a present intended for someone, I'm posting a photo.
This project was inspired by Ali Edwards. I purchased a box of vintage buttons at a garage sale this past summer, figuring I could use the buttons for a project "someday." Well, that someday was tonight. It took nearly 400 buttons and pins to complete! The photo does not do it justice. I may keep it for myself, or I may add it to the Cottage Studio page on Ozarkhandcrafts.com.