Saturday, May 21, 2022

Animal Crackers - You just have to smile!

Howdy - 

These days you just have to find a reason to smile! And I think Chipmunk and his smile just has to help bring you a smile. He has such a happy little grin and with those big pop eyes he is such a cutie! 

He really is such a sweet guy and despite his twin brother being such an attention hog he does get his fair share even if you have to sneak it to him when AJ isn't looking! 
I then made my way over to their Daddy's pen. He was have his breakfast as as bed. He normally does. I mean when you are this handsome you deserve to relax and look this good while having your morning hay. 
Such a good looking man. (He does know it)

Next to Alvin's pen I found Pavo enjoying some shade and a few leaves with his breakfast hay. 

We are spending a lot of time loving on Pavo this week. We have paired him up with Big Al and next week they will be moving to their new home. I'm not going to lie.. I may have tears. I love these two guys so much. And really didn't plan on selling Pavo at this time, but Big Al needs a buddy and honestly I know these two boys will be very spoiled and I know exactly where they will be and can visit. 

 Now I had to show this happy old man... he has now moved backed into his larger bachelors pen. He loves this pen and was thrilled to move back in!


"Dad" went in and mowed it and Black Jack was so happy to check out every square inch of it. Have I said I love this old man?

Miss Chicken was keeping a close eye on Black Jack ... ok I think it was watching for any grasshoppers since Dad had just mowed.. 


Had to show off "our" first picks from the garden. I am thinking a meal planned all around them right?

Then one last photo.. Hubby texted me this one day this week... Not sure if it was look how cute or look at where she is photo. This is Momma Cat on top of Hubby's new truck. She was so comfortable up high in the breeze. 

Wouldn't it be nice to just chill in the breeze? Or be like Alvin and have breakfast as your bed? Heck just the life of one of our animals for a day would be nice. They really enjoy life with no worries... LOL 

Hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend and have your Saturday Animal Crackers Smile! 

HUGS and

Monday, May 16, 2022

High Hopes Stamps - Birthday Buzzard

Howdy - 

I always need that special birthday card for that someone that needs a giggle to their card. And nothing fits better than Birthday Buzzard from High Hopes Stamps! 

 This guy just cracks me up and is perfect! 

 This sweet Birthday Buzzard is colored with my Copics (colors below) and then went on a hunt for some papers. I wanted something more guy like possibly. I found some fun vintage feeling papers from SEI - love the colors. They have 70's feel almost to me. I layered them and went to do my normal sewing... UH OH... One of the kittens decided to run off with a part to my sewing machine. A much needed to work part. I scanned for it didn't find it. Guess I will be totally moving everything from on my desk and under my desk this week to find it. sighhh ok back to my card. Since I couldn't do any sewing which is really making me twitch a bit... I found a grass punch and decided to play with that. I stacked up my papers and card stock and then found a High Hopes Stamps sentiment. "Birthday Wishes" - cut it out and then matted it with an EK Success ticket punch. 

Copic colors used -

Love this image! Makes me grin. Now the no sewing that is really causing me some stress. But I will have to deal with it... at least until I find that little part! LOL 

Now you just must pop on over to the High Hopes Stamps web site and fall in love lots of fun fun fun images! You can get there by clicking HERE -

Hope you have a very blessed day - 

HUGS and

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Animal Crackers - A Watched Pot Never Boils

Howdy - 

A Watched Pot Never Boils... an old time saying that feels so true!! First waiting for Baby Donkeys and Second watching the garden veggies grow! 

 We have moved Lacey and Vicki to the Momma Pen up close to the house. Pepita stayed in with Raffie she doesn't appear to be pregnant at all... again!! Sigh... But Lacey and Vicki.. oh yes they are are getting very close! 

Lacey - such a calm sweet pushy girl... she knows the Momma pen, and I think she likes being in it because she remembers special food, premium shade and such. She went right in and checked out the area to see if anything had changed since she was in with Hannah last time.... 

But Vicki... oh my!

Put the brakes on and said no. And when a donkey says no.. they mean no! LOL She didn't want to leave her BFF Pepita... sorry Vicki but Pepita isn't going into the Momma pen... she isn't looking pregnant so she can't take up space and attitude in the Momma pen. And Pepita.... she has lots of attitude! Actually she is staying in with Raffie to see if maybe alone in with him she will get pregnant. Please Please Please I so want a baby from her. But back to Vicki. We think she will be first. Hubby is saying much sooner than I think but we always do argue about how close they are.. LOL It is a sort of game we play. I am really looking forward to her baby... crossing all fingers and toes that it is a girl and has spots! But first healthy and bouncing around. But seriously would love to see some of those spots from Mom and Dad. One of their last babies was a dark brown girl. Adorable but a surprise that there was not a spot in sight! LOL 

Other than the spots, and her gorgeous green eyes I tell Vicki one of the other things I adore about her is her totally awesome mane.. not a great photo of her but I love the mane! 

Great right? I love it! 
Left the Momma pen and stopped to talk to the veggies in the garden. They say talking to plants helps them grow right? I feel like we have been watching them and waiting for yummies forever. But honestly it hasn't been that long, and they really have grown leaps and bounds. I just really want some wonderful fresh tomatoes and squash!

Look at all those sweet little "mators"! YUM! I told Hubby we need to make sure we have fresh cottage cheese in the fridge ready to go! My favorite way to enjoy garden tomatoes... sliced with cold cottage cheese and black pepper! That is a meal!

Now lets not forget about the squash and zucchini. They are just too adorable right now! and every day I go out and they are bigger and bigger. Recipes are ready to go! mmm Italian Zuchinni Boats! Common and grow! 
 Standing next to the garden in the goat pen pretty Penelope was munching on left over breakfast alfalfa.

She is so pretty - and loves that alfalfa... Looks kind of nasty to me, but the goats think it is the best thing ever. They only get is a few times a week.. the other days they have to make do with common old boring Coastal hay. Believe me they complain all day and let us know they don't like it as well. Ha !

I think Porsche is not too happy with me and my photo taking. I can hear her so clearly - "Mom get that camera away from and stop taking my photo, I'm trying to sleep here!"


Such a funny sweet kitty, she really is very nice and sweet. But this photo... I think she was just tired of me bugging her. 

Hope you have smile again this week... and I hope you are getting excited for LOTS and LOTS of baby photos coming in our future! I'm so excited!! 

Have a blessed day - 

HUGS and

Monday, May 9, 2022

High Hopes Stamps - Frog in Boxers

Howdy - 

 If you need an image to bring a smile to someone this is it! How can you not love High Hopes Stamps "Frog in Boxers"  and with the High Hopes Stamps sentiment "Hang in There!" it is just perfect to bring a smile! 

I colored with my copics (colors below) and then shaded with a few pencils. I cut out the image with a Circle die cut, cutting out the toes of the frog first and making sure they pop off the circle. 
Now I have to tell you about the pattern papers... LOL Months ago I was picking up a mess of paper pads the kittens had knocked off the shelf. While picking them up I glanced at this clothes line pattern paper. Thought it was cute and then put everything back on the shelf. When I chose this image to color up .. I remembered paper. Thought I knew right where it was... an hour later I finally found it! It was perfect for this image right?? From Cosmo Cricket the boyfriend collection I decided to use a few papers from the pad. Layered them up and sewed them together with straight and zig zag stitches. Placed the image front and center and then created a tag with an EK Success punch to use with the fabulous Hang in there! 

Copic colors used -

I love making cards that make me smile, I figure it will do the same for the person receiving it. For SO many image to bring a smile, pop over to the High Hopes Stamps Web Store HERE and fall in love with LOTS!

Hope you have a blessed day - 

HUGS and

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Animal Crackers - ITS ALL ABOUT DARLENE!!


This week it's all about Darlene! Our old girl is officially 30 years old! 

 I know I talked about her 30th a couple of weeks ago here... but yesterday was the big day! It just felt like it had to be celebrated and talked about again - 30 and still beautiful! I spent some time going through old photographs of her yesterday. And remembering the day we bought her. I remember it like it was yesterday - standing in that field loving on this pregnant donkey - Hubby was trying to tell me that she was over ten and maybe we should think about a younger female. I just kept coming back to Darlene. She was so calm and so sweet and seemed to be a leader in pasture. I knew she would be a good fit for our family and she would take care of the younger donkeys in our pastures. And she has all these years. 

Looking back through the photos there are so many of her that I love!

She has given us some fabulous babies over the years - She is a fabulous Mom and she loves being pregnant and having babies. 

Yes... very pregnant. LOL She would get SO WIDE I would think she really would pop. But she was such a great pregnant girl, always delivered her babies with ease and then was super attentive and raised great baby donkeys. 

Adorable right? 

Now here is where I should probably talk about just how much she loved being a Momma... as she got older we didn't breed her as often and then we decided it was time for her to retire. She didn't like that and decided that if she couldn't have a baby.. she would take them. Yep... We had to watch her in pens with other Mom's and Babies as she would steer the babies away from their Moms and try and take over their duties. It was cute, but the younger Mom's did not like their babies stolen. Or borrowed? Ha. 

Today she gets her special treatment from "Dad" and every evening taken in to her special private area for her special feed loaded up magic geriatric powder with extra vitamin and minerals to keep her moving around good and healthy. I think she loves the special time with "Dad" and especially loves being able to eat her bowl of goodies and snort over towards the other girls making sure they know she has the good stuff and they don't. 

We love this old lady so much -

It is so hard to believe we have had her so long - it really does seem like yesterday she came into our lives and she has taught and led all our donkeys to be sweet friendly members of our family. I don't think we will get 30 more from her... but we are blessed for each day and year with this beautiful girl! 

Hope you enjoyed celebrating Darlene today - and have a smile.. maybe not as big as Darlene's but a smile! :0)

Hugs and have a very blessed weekend -

Monday, May 2, 2022

High Hopes Stamps - Country Garden

Howdy - 

I just LOVE coloring up Spring, flowers and animals! My favorite time of the year! Well other than allergies. This week for High Hopes Stamps I colored up Country Garden - Such a sweet pretty image!  

Not only the sweet spring but also the country feel makes me happy! I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then found some papers from Paper Studio that have that soft country springy feel to them. I sewed down the layers and placed the image and sewed it down with a zig zag stitch. Zig Zag if fun and makes me happy too! LOL - A wonderful Happy Birthday Script from High Hopes Stamps is perfect for this image. I was looking for an embellishment and decided lets go with spring - country and what makes me smile and pulled out some adorable tiny pink buttons. Love buttons! 

Copic colors used -

Now pop over to High Hopes Stamps web store HERE and see hundreds and hundreds of images you will fall in love with! LOVE LOVE LOVE! 

Have a blessed day - 

HUGS and

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Animal Crackers - Pretty Late Afternoon


Got up yesterday morning and thought.. I'm gunna get my photos done early today. Then we went to breakfast... then to do errands, then came home and internet was down, on phone forever with Techs, went out to cry and yell about it to and with Hubby and sit with him while he worked on car. Then out of no where late late afternoon it hit me!! MY PHOTOS!! Took off to find animals to take photos of.  I just knew everyone would be miles off and not being cute, but to my surprise - the ladies were up front and being beautiful! Look how pretty sweet Ellie Mae is - 

She had just done one of her loud screams and then was coming towards me for some ear scratches. She is so beautiful. 

Patti then came to the fence and struck a pose for a glamour shot - I Love the glamour shots.. it is like they want their photo taken.

She is so special. We nearly lost her years back after numerous snake bites, but she fought and pulled through and is healthy and just a love to everyone. 

Pavo was calmly and quietly standing back waiting his turn to get a little attention. He is so .. so .. well calm.

Now to not calm. Oh Miss Juliet. I took about 20 photographs of her and was going through and deleting most all of them. And this one struck me as really beautiful. Her eyes were so in focus.

I like this one! She is so difficult to get photos of she is so in your face and moving constantly. 
Her little shadow is her BFF little Hannah. This young girl idolizes Juliet. I guess she could have worse role models. Even if Juliet is teaching her to be hard to take photographs of! 

Both Hubby and I were very excited to find that after the good rain we got days back that the Amaryllis flowers were finally blooming! These are very special bulbs. They came from a dear old friend that was very well known for her beautiful Amaryllis, she brought them to all functions during the season they were blooming. Well Hubby got a pot of bulbs a couple of years ago and this year they are very healthy, and seem happy -
Now I decided to end this week with this funny photo of Mr. Mercedes - He has gotten so big. Handsome.

And still into everything - LOL But we dearly love this guy, even if his middle name is Trouble. 
Hope you have a smile again this week. I mean really how can you not with that close up grin from Mercedes? ha! 
We do hope you have a blessed weekend and have lots of furry hugs! 
HUGS and

Monday, April 25, 2022

High Hopes Stamps - Fireman Matthew

Howdy - 

Fireman Matthew is an adorable hero don't you think? This guy is a great image for any birthday but especially a "guy card".  


I colored him with my Copics (colors below) and then shaded with pencils.  I really love the way that the pencils give a dusty dirty look for a working fireman. I went pretty simple with the pattern paper, found an older Basic Grey paper, with a yellow scrap and all placed on a black card stock base. I like the worn rusted look of the pattern paper with this one. I matted my handsome fireman with black card stock and then sewed down all the layers. 

The sentiment is also from High Hopes Stamps "Birthday Emergency" - love it! Especially for those with a "few" candles on their cake! LOL  

And then to add that pop... some Nuvo Glitter for that splash of water coming from our fireman's hose! 

Copic colors used -

Love this guy! There are so many I love from High Hope Stamps! I have a top 100 I'm in love with.. plus a few.. LOL To see all the fun at High Hopes Stamps pop over to the web site HERE.

Have a blessed day-

HUGS and

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Animal Crackers - Moving to new bachelors pen

Howdy - 

 We finally moved Domino into the Bachelors pen next to the lady goats. Peso's old digs. It was weird but I just had hard time with moving Domino too fast and needed to give missing Peso and his pen some time. But now Domino has claimed his spot and is loving being up near all the ladies to show off his handsome looks!


Seriously... he is handsome and we all know it! Most of all him. HA! 

I went out mid morning thinking that everyone would be done with breakfast and I could snap a few photos. Well the ladies were still chowing down. Slow but enjoying their fresh hay. The only girls that would look up were Patti and Juliet from this group. Wouldn't stop chewing... but did look up enough for a short pause and a snap of the camera. 

I had to snap a photo of Bella even though she wouldn't look up at me. She is just so pretty.

She always looks like she is wearing perfect eyeliner... mine never looks that good. 

Just as I was going to walk off, my two youngest girls, Hannah and Josie came up, silly Josie.

I was rubbing on Hannh's head and Josie decided that all attention must go to her. She kept pushing and shoving Hannah back. Now I can't show attention to her when she is not being nice so I backed off a step and this was the look I got. Ok.. so cute does get attention and I loved all over her and Hannah best I could... they are so funny. 

Then had a chat with Lucy. Our old lady - she was just so calm and comfortable enjoying the morning breeze and chewing on what was left of her breakfast. Sweet old girl.

Moxie then rushed up behind me. She is so funny as well. Look at that little grin. 


I called her up she let me rub all over her... then flop. Yep belly was in need of a good rubbing as well. This girl loves belly rubs! And she gets all she wants! 

Before heading in I stopped to smell the roses...

 Hubby's veggie garden is really growing this past week... but his roses also are enjoying the Spring! He spent an entire evening clipping back, cleaning and fertilizing them last week, they are already showing off their flowers for us! They are so pretty! 

Hope you have a smile this week, and we all here hope you enjoyed our furry family - 

HUGS and