Friday, January 19, 2018






CAR . . . some of the wildlife around here

Because of the cold, guess who's back!  My pileated has been at the suet on the tree and eating out of the platform feeder, but this sensitive guy can see me coming from a mile away and I didn't have my zoom lens, so you have to look very closely at the tree trunk to see him.

Don't have much hope for the camellias this Valentine's Day, they are fried.

It was so cold some days, even the chows didn't want to go out.  I have realized I no longer like winter, 65 degrees and sunny is all I want!

Some belated birthday gifts.  Thank you mom for this fantastic pressure cooker, but I will have to tell you about my first experience doing the dog food.

I love my lanterns.  They have come in handy with the blackouts, but I especially like them for walking the dogs at night with all this ice.

Debra sent me this pretty chow watercolor.

Chantal had the flower company send another bouquet because they left the first box at the gate and they were frozen. These were beautiful and bloomed nicely.

And eggs!!!  I have had to resort to store bought eggs for weeks because of the cold, the chickens were not laying.  I thought they were having marital problems!

What a week in rescue.  I had a transport from Houston to Knoxville to NC set up for Wednesday when the storm hit.  I have been stressed and scrambling for days, but today we got them on the road home after staying with me for a few days. This is Duke Monte, a very sweet dog.

Today we picked up Duchess Fergie going to the same home as Duke Monte.  

This has been the most stressful transport I've done and since I have not been feeling well for two weeks with the cold or flu, the stress just made it flare up.  Tonight, a glass of wine, a fire and watching Restored by the Fords, my new favorite HGTV show.  

When it's all said and done, how can you not help save a face like this!  Bob is funny, said rescue is like the Mafia, once you are in, it's hard to get out.  So true!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sweet Chantal

Found a box of flowers at the gate this morning.  They were frozen, but are coming around nicely. 

Thank you Chantal, you are a great friend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Holiday Leftovers

Christmas Eve party at Mindy's.  Kelly was there and we got to meet everyone's teenagers and some new people.  Met the owners of Animobile, a new local couple that have just moved here from Atlanta and have a mobile veterinary service.  Didn't feel comfortable taking camera in and taking photos.  A wonderful Mexican meal, which is customary for Mindy being from Arizona.

Mindy's hostess gift.  We kind of had a laugh about this plum wine, her mother used to drink it all the time when she was growing up.  This stuff was hard to find in NC!

Kelly got her chocolate roll.

Bob's main gift was an estate sale find.  I cleaned it up, waxed the drawers so they would slide easy and filled the drawers with smaller gifts.

Still having a problem with one drawer, so using my woodworking tool to solve the problem.

Great piece that I snagged before so many others.  Lots of people wanted this!

My birthday gift from Bob.  Yes, it was my 60th birthday, and we're not going to talk about it ha-ha!!  

All of my favorite animals, owl, husky (wolf) deer and bear all in one place!

This made-to-order bird feeder was my Christmas gift. It is squirrel proof and will flip a squirrel off of it, so I guess they know because not one squirrel has tried to eat from it.  I thought I would get a funny video, even though I don't want to torture them, but tired of wasting so much bird seed.

Another great sunrise.  This time the hills in front are pink instead of the hills in back.

And in rescue this week:  This is Grace.  I have set up a transport from Memphis to Atlanta for this Saturday to my friend Alisha.

Grace is ready to go!  Glad we did not get any part of that snowstorm or we would have had to cancel.

This is Judi, a tiny senior also at Memphis.  I have set up a separate transport for her from Memphis to my friend Dione in SC, who will then turn around and take her to Drums, PA to my friend Marcia.  Sweating this one out, could have some bad weather coming in TN and NC on Sunday. Paws crossed!

This is Kono, who almost two years ago I did the same for him, from Memphis to Dione to Long Island to Ginny who has now become a good friend.  Sadly, we lost Kono on my birthday and we are all very sad.  I promised Ginny when she is ready for another senior, I will personally deliver him/her.  I have been wanting to visit her wildlife refuge and rehab center.  She was featured on People Magazine in the '80s for her wildlife work and her center, the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center.  She is a great lady.

We will never forget you Kono!

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Tree

My own private xmas tree farm with cedars and eastern white pines.

The cedars are such slow growers, so a white pine it is!

A bit skinny and sparse, but fresh and smells good.

It did not look this tall in the pasture, fit perfectly into the peak of the ceiling.

Plain and simple, just balls, no woodsy theme this year.

Vintage black mica xmas ball.

Another vintage black mica ball.

I found this vintage tree topper at an antiques malls, lots of pink glitter and I put in a flicker bulb to match the elves on the mantle.

Two small tabletop trees in the sunroom.

Another vintage tree topper found at an estate sale.

Found these beautiful glasses for eggnog at the last estate sale of the year.

I was very early getting my packages mailed, but late on getting my cards out.

I sent Frankie my goat milk girl these pail handles.  Not glamorous, but will save wear and tear on her hands carrying those pails of milk.

I think she liked her package more than the gift!

First chocolate roll out the door to Dr. Lara, our vet, who just loves Lord Roman. Two more rolls to go, one for Kelly, who has had a bad year and had her house badly damaged from the tornado, and one for us, of course!

Made a gift tag to fit the gift!  That is Lord Roman as a youngster before I adopted him.

Was up early enough to capture the sun coming up, so just had to add these photos. 

Christmas eve day I will be roasting a turkey with plans on Christmas day to do a hike not yet determined where.  I just  was contacted by a friend from Atlanta who just moved here and lives only 20 minutes from us, so trying to get together with them and catch up.  This may be the last post in 2017, so Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!