Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Baby Shower

And continuing with the Autumn celebrations, I hosted a Baby Shower for my daughter this past Saturday. 
Baby Boy Dixon is expected around the end of October. Yes, we're all wondering if this is going to be a Halloween Baby.....

My creative muse came out while decorating for the party.   Finding a rubber duck for the cake proved to be challenging! Who'd a thought???

And I had fun making a diaper cake. Complete with a Teddy Bear jumping out of the center of the cake!

But most important, a good time was had by all! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn Blessings

My Daughter and I celebrated the first day of Autumn by going to one of the local parks and having a picnic with the children.

This park is only a few minutes from the house and one of the Denver area's nicest. 

It is very family friendly with a gorgeous lake, a babbling brook, and several playground areas for kids of all ages and sizes. 

We fed the ducks and geese.

Climbed on enchanted mushrooms.

And had a wonderful time enjoying the beautiful Autumn day.

May Autumn bless you with an abundance of joy and love, family and friends.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cat Tales ~ A Traitor...

... is in our midst!!

Me spied
Silly Sylvester cavorting with The Princess!
Me can't believe Silly Sylvester has actually begun socializing with those loud, sticky Little People that are always coming over to Mes House!!!

Mes tried talking to Sylvester about giving those Little People the cold shoulder like Me does, but Sylvester just won't listen. 

Oh's his fur that'll end up stuck together.

Purz and Catnip Dreams ... Gomez

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Altered Art

These are actual and real US dollar bills whose images have been altered. Click on each image to view a larger version of that image.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cat Tales ~ Me Sinks this is it!

Mes new Favorite Sleeping Spot (at least for the moment!)

Purz and Catnip Dreams ... Gomez

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bees, Boxes & a Microbe update

Microbe Update ~ Before I get started, I'd like to give a bit more explanation about the art I featured this past Sunday - The Art of the Microbe . All the pictures featured in that blog post were actually very unique artwork that had been creating by using living bacteria, fungi, and other micro-organisms. The designs were created in petri dishes by various means.  I encourage everyone to visit the link provided at the beginning of the post to learn more.

And now on to other things..... Settling in is going to take longer than I had anticipated. But I'm not complaining. My days are now filled with "Grandma, come see" or "Grandma, let's play". I have begun babysitting my oldest son's youngest daughter, Miss Fae, on a semi-regular basis.

Miss Fae explores the world with a gentle step and a sense of joy that is quite infectious.  We've learned how to 'paint' on the sidewalk with water and a found feather. We've built a raft from sticks so the bug in the puddle had a place to go. We did our part in repopulating the dandelions in the front yard.

And we've had numerous Tea Parties in the middle of the kitchen floor. And then at least once, if not twice, a week I spend time with our other five grand children. So my time is filled with much Love and Laughter!

The mountain of boxes that have filled the garage are slowly dwindling. Hubby and I try to tackle 2-3 boxes a day. I've already discovered items I had forgotten about - like the children's table & chairs I had bought just before I began packing. And our Kids have been the beneficiaries of numerous boxes of cast-off items. Some day we shall reclaim our garage!

I have a hive of ground dwelling bees in the backyard. Something has to be done about the bees so that we can enjoy the backyard. I emailed Zan Asha of  Vagabond Creations about the bees. Since she is a beekeeper, I felt she could advise me. Zan suggested that I contact a local bee club or even a nature preserve about the Hive's removal. I shall keep you posted....

And I have been enjoying the cooler temperatures!! Especially after enduring the horribly hot summer that Arkansas experienced this year. And yesterday, while at the grocery store, Miss Fae and I made a HUGE discovery!! PUMPKINS have arrived!! Oh JoY!!!! The season will soon be upon us!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Cat Tales ~ Movin'... Movin' On Up!

The last few weeks have been a blur for Me! Me was so busy making sure Mommy didn't forget to pack all of the important stuff - you know ... the canned cat food, the can opener, Mes pillow, Mes brush, Mes soft bed, and of course Mes Catnip. 

Then Daddy came home. (We Kitties had to ignore Him - We couldn't act like we had missed him but those silly hairy Doggies had to fall over themselves showing Daddy how much they had missed him) And Me and Mes Silly Siblings all got stuffed into a bedroom then so Me doesn't know everything that went on, but Me did watch for a bit through the window. Daddy and the Two Boys from their litter and a couple other guys that Daddy knows got real busy moving everything that Mommy had packed into BIG yellow trucks. 
Then Mes Silly Siblings all got stuffed into their little boxes and loaded up into the big car that Daddy drove down to take Us to our new home. And the worst part was that those big hairy, shedding Doggies got put in the same car! Have you ever been stuck in a car with three wet Doggies till they dried off? (It rained the morning We left and the Doggies got wet going from the house to the car) It is NOT a pleasant thing! Mommy had to hold some Catnip under Mes nose so I could breathe! And those Doggies have no manners! They shed white hair ALL OVER the black interior of the car! But Me knows Mes manners, Me just shed all over Mommy. 

But Mes special and Me got to ride up front on a pillow between Mommy and Daddy. Me helped Daddy navigate. Me didn't want him to get lost! And We drove and drove and DROVE!!! I never thought We get there! But finally We arrived at our Transition House. And then We got stuffed into a room again while Daddy and the youngest Boy of their litter unloaded the trucks.

But, it was all worth it! Mommy and Daddy splurged and bought Me the biggest condo they could find. And Mommy even spread Catnip ALL over it! The only problem is, now I have to share Mes nice big condo with all Mes Silly Siblings!

Purz and Catnip Dreams ... Gomez

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Not Letting Grass Grow....

Under my feet. Since arriving in Denver, I haven't had much of a chance to stop and think. The kids and grandkids have kept me busy. But I have managed to do a bit of exploring around the neighborhood and have found that there is an outdoor labyrinth about three blocks from the house.

And I have found lots of cool things that I would like to take pictures of so that I might share them with all of you. The unpacking is going slowly. We have essentially moved into a house that is half the size of the one we had in Arkansas and even though I had gotten rid of a lot of stuff before we moved, we still have a lot of stuff!! So as I unpack, I am also attempting to 'thin out' the accumulation of the years. Not always an easy task.

And the yard....well, let's just say that grass isn't growing there either. The previous owner wasn't into green, earthly things. The backyard had been used as a dirt track for motorcycles. How that was managed, I'll never know because the yard is the size of a postage stamp. But I have brought quite a few plants with me and hope to acquire more as time goes by. And with a bit of time and a lot of elbow grease, this place will be transformed. I have been blessed, though, with a cherry tree in the front yard, two apple trees to the west, a large lilac bush on the east, a healthy climbing rose and two enormous peony plants.

The critters are all adjusting. The dogs are enjoying the large front window - they are avid spectators to the comings and goings-on in the neighborhood. The cats have almost come to terms with the fact that they are house-bound for the time being. {I think Gomez may have a thing or two to say about that on Monday!}

And the Halloween stuff is just now coming out in the stores here. I'm really looking forward to all of that Halloween Goodness!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cat Tales ~ Garden Faeries

funny pictures - Is it just me or do the garden faeries seem more aggressive this year?
see more Lolcats and funny pictures,

Purz and Catnip Dreams ... Gomez

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Art of Tarabeth

This Sunday's featured Art comes from a young aspiring Artist by the name of Tarabeth. 
I know Tarabeth personally and she is a lively, spirited gal who creates every chance she gets.
Tarabeth is my granddaughter. 
The drawing below she created earlier this year at the age of 4.
I hope to share more of her artwork as it is produced.