Thursday, June 25, 2009

It has been an interesting week

It has been nice and warm and we are having a very nice time. We did have a set back yesterday when the kids Grandma got admitted to the hospital. We have been able to visit her. She is getting testing done. I hope she can come back to the cabin tomorrow, and enjoy the nice weather before we head home.
Bing has been absolutely thrilled and beside himself with joy!! Puff is enjoying himself too and took a dip in the lake today.

Swimmers itch is in full swing here!! All the kids look like they have the chicken pox.
I have yet to go on a boat ride. I hope it might be tonight.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"vacation" time

Well we are all packed and ready to leave. Rick is driving his mom and dad's car and I am driving the truck. We have to finish packing. D has baseball practice and we are off. I hate getting ready to go on such a big trip. More entries to come. K~

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gods work

Well I really don't know what to say about last nights work experience. It is one for the record books for me. I have to say that it was the loudest, poopiest, frantic, hottest, smelliest, slipperiest, and squishiest experience I have had in a long long long time, or ever. I couldn't help but think "OK, this is God's work". Let me explain.......
My evening started out as usual. I started with the swan and ducks outside. I loved how the huge swan honked it's way into the corner. Facing it, it just sat and made grumpy noises. Classic "If I can't see you, you can't see me" hiding.

Then it was off to the bats. They were so crabby and just yelled at me the entire time. Then I took care of the squirrels and chipmunks. The chipmunks were so quick!

During this time was when the call came out for help. They needed help feeding the baby raccoons.

After suiting up in my plastic boot covers, plastic apron, and rubber gloves, I cautiously entered the baby raccoon room.

There were about 40 or more babies raccoons in kennels. Most of them were screaming for food. They had there cute little arms reaching out of the wet dog food coated kennel gates.

After a short lesson on what to do and how to do it, I got to work.

I had to be careful walking on the wet floor. It wasn't just wet, honestly, it was the color of poop brown, which is because, a lot of it was. It was a lovely slurry of water, wet puppy chow and yes, poop. I needed to prepare a baby bottle mixed with a special formula. Then I had to reach inside a kennel and gently grab a baby raccoon by the scruff. As it clung to my arm, I had to help open it's mouth and feed it it's bottle. As it drank, I realized that I was being pawed at by the babies in the kennel below the counter. Their little arms came out and grabbed at me. Next to my head, was another kennel that had 2 babies that screamed loudly about 6 inches from my ear.

The next kennel has 2 babies in it. I had to get both out and put them in a holding box. Try shutting a lid of a box with 2 baby raccoons trying to get out.

Then I needed to work with a kennel that had 3 babies in it. At one point, I had 2 babies in one hand and one in the other.

For someone that can't even pick up dog poop with out gagging, the amount of poop I got near and had to handle, made me just, well, retch.

After peeling off the plastic covering, I left the din and just stood there. I didn't even know what happened. I was wiping what we will call sweat off my face and neck. I was just a stinky mess.

I can't help but think of those volunteers this morning feeding those little guys. I mostly can't believe I want to go and help them.

I have attached a youtube link. Showing a baby raccoon drinking from the bottle. Imagine that times 50.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Vine square

Who knew a pop can box would inspire me, but that is what is neat about these projects. Anyway, the scan has washed our the color some so it is nicer to see this one in person. I had fun doing it and plan on doing a few more like this one. The 2 lighter greens are a bit closer in color so there is less of a contrast then shown. Anyway. Maybe I will open a mini exhibit in a mini mall some where :-)... K~
Vine Square

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck??

Well I am back from work and it was a bit of a nutty night. At the last minute, I was involved with feeding baby woodchucks. They are adorable but have VERY feisty personalities. I was also getting a lot of attitude from the ducks! Erin informed me that maybe one was mad at me because I kept calling him a her. There was this poor pigeon that was literally laying on it's back with it's legs sticking out. It had some kind of spinal paralysis. That was something you don't see everyday. We have a hissing jumping snapping turtle that I needed to tend to, as well as an off balance blue jay. Just another night at work. Last time I saw a snapping turtle having a nebulizer treatment, again, a first. K~

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Lantana Bloom

Lantana Bloom Lantana Bloom inspiration piece. K~

Friday, June 05, 2009

6th Grade Graduation

Happy 6th Grade graduation C! We love you. K~

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

2 new squares

orange and teal
lime and pink

These are studies in color and after images. I got my inspiration from plastic plates at Target. You may have seen them. I loved them and decided to take a break from a complicated image. These were "easy" to do, but very very time consuming. I ran out of the orange with about an inch in the center left to do. And unable to get to the store, I constantly asked Rick to go pick me up 2 X 741, over and over. It got a bit ridiculous. I need to have a practice in patients. I can't seem to wait. K~