Acrylic on canvas 6 x 6.
I'm exploring colour.
I had an editorial make it into the local paper... yay!
& Nugget is growing like a weed.
Lot's to paint!
Much inspiration on the tiny farm.
Gloating Goat acrylic on wood panel. 12 x 16
Indica is a content goat. I like to see him basking in the fall sunshine in his chair.
I wonder what he is thinking... The yellow in this painting 'pops in the sunshine.
We have happy goats & chickens, no wonder my goat gloats'... he loves to be brushed and is super cheeky, when I go in the coop- he stands against the door (locking me in) looking in the windows, he is quite playful.
That's what I hear everytime the goats call.. "Maaaaaa!!!"
When Storm visited he picked up the goats to show us it couldbe done.. wellby him & Norm.. not me. They need to be picked up if hurt or in trouble and to have their nails trimmed. The actual picking up was the challenging part, once up the goats did not move only yelled: "Maaaaaa!! " Whcih made us all laugh. Goats are so much fun.
The more they like me tho- the more I learn. I was almost goosed by my goat when i turned my back on Indica to feed Sativa treats- he bumped me to let me know- turn around. LOL which I did! He clearly was playing but I can now see how a real head butt to the butt would be felt indeed.
I showed the goats the painting- Indica was jealous and they started to fight over it as seen below...
Sativa was obsessed with it, I don't think I'll hang it in the barn - as I like it too.
Sativa would not leave it alone, clearly loving her special portrait with Storm.
These goats make me laugh every time I'm out there, I wonder how they'll like our Canadian winter. They have a new insulated, beautiful goat barn, I'm sure they'll be fine.
These wooden panels are fun - I like how you can stand them instead of hanging them.
Have a creative day & a lovely weekend. I'll be painting, something.
We have BIG - LITTLE news next week, life changing- for us. Yay!
with TLC & THC
I love Kombucha! I have tried many - especially in California when there.
So, when I saw Lucs Brew I picked it up and it's delicious! I was impressed.
It's all it claims: Bubbly, tasty and refreshing - made with this cool, crisp Haliburton water.
I finally, LOVE drinking waater from my tap. The best I've ever tasted. if I do say so. hee hee! I Found the company Lucs Brew on IG and then learned he delivers! Yay!!
We instantly hit it off, he's a really nice young man who is working tirelessly at his passion & craft along with his family & friends contributing... isn't that lovely? How it should be ;) He's educated on his herbs/ingredients & the reasons for good health - body & mind. & he's learned the gift of being attentive to those speaking to him. I don't think he's 'like this' to be a wise business man- just a good person, but it will clearly help his business.
During the winter with limited contact with the outside world, I asked if I could paint him - "..sure!" My intention was to add bottles in the background but for some reason the forest just appeared - which is very suiting for Luc imo, he seems quite comfortable in his enviornment. I've learned he is a very nice human, as his his lovely partner, both have visited to check out the coop. They going to do well, I know...
I think he's helped with me not missing Storm as much. :)
Now, I understand WHY the kombucha is so good - made with lots of love.
I'm trying to decide 'who to paint next, I was thinking of Eve' after reading the 12 Rules of Life. I have such great photos from Storms visit I'm having difficulty picking which one to try to paint next. We also went on a Hike & it was a very impressive foray, I'll share some photos next. It's mushroom painting time - Today is a beautiful day to do just that!
with THC & TLC
I might paint this - It makes me smile every time I look at it! :D
Time to paint myself/something happy! What better than our entertaining goats. We are utterly facinated with this pair. Sativa does not have utters, but I googled & goats have two - looking like a pair' hee hee - so I added them just for the fun factor. The agility of goats is no secret but to watch it daily - is fascinating! They jump and land as if jet propelled & land on a dime. I'll be hanging this one in the new 'goat barn'.. much smaller than the chicken coop - but more than comfortable, for goats to sleep.
I understand why goats like company - these two are alwasy together, they even play hide & seek and have me playing it now too. They love it- the moment they see me run arond the coop they follow and peek around the corner - I jump out and they run the other way- and turn back to look for me again. Who knew we'd have so much joy with chickens and goats. Thank God. Oh - they got loose! LOL - but they looked into the forest , at Daqisy and we chased them back & they ran back in the pen, I don't think they will take off. Still no roaming until they have on collars and come when called.
It's been a difficult week... trees down, TN, weather, local shooting and watching the USA - almost 1000 deaths today - 940 (I think I read) in one day. Arizona is storing refridgeration trucks for bodies and people still rebel against wearing a mask. :( No wonder Im beat, in bed before the chickens - the thunderstorm last night was enough to get all the rain barrels over flowing! A few friends seem to be feeling the same- I'll be glad when Covid is gone.
Yesterday, I was sent a gift from a someone on instagram ( a stranger really- we've never met) - sweets - Yay! A box of Pulparindo (!the last time I had it was in Mexico - I loved it) it's hot , spicy & sweet & a box of DeLaRosa Marzipan - which is not like traditional German marzipan. The kidness of 'strangers... Go figure. It was much appreciated.
It's Friday & I enjoy listening to "the Cannnnoooeee!" 100.9FM to unwind into the weekend. I keeop meaning to mention they have a Podcast as well that discusses many enviornmental issues in Haliburton & area- such as natural burials, tree loss, turtles many topics & ways to help or educate yourself. Have a listen. I know a few of my American friends have/do and enjoy it, the Canadian content is outstanding! Why all radio stations (in Canada) do not encourage or play this much Canadian music is a beyond me.
We gave away our first eggs! Yay! I'm making a chicken to put up by the gate and when I have extra eggs I'll tell my friend to pick them up on the way by! So far so good. It feels good to give - even if I did'nt lay them. hee hee 'Fresh laid Butt Nuggets'. (on PIN) It's a dream come true - to be here... to be neighbourly & help others around us, if we are able... I thank God for the timing & the journey.
Oh, the orange kitty was taken - Good, I'm glad. I'll be patient & wait for God to give us our next - adventure. I'm overwhelmed with happiness at our new family - dreams come true. The fact that they go to bed every night on their own.. wow.
I hope my goat painting made you smile. Indica & Sativa LOVED it! They told me so. ;)
With TLC & THC
So theatres are open.. hmmm
Will you go to the movies and sit in the dark with others? Possibly with someone who has covid? Possibly risking your health for a movie & popcorn? I guess we all have to make choices. It's not my business what others choose - frankly, I don't care. I am watching the USA - that's enough to keep me here. Watching Netflix and goats. ;)
I like orange kitties... maybe I'll get one, now that Bird is not longer with us.
I never wanted to take the chance before.
I painted this up in smoke cat a couple of days ago - just to paint... & then I heard of an orange kitten looking for a new home! Hmmm - will this kitty be waiting for me?
Let's see... if it's still available I'll go get it today. Will this smoke image turn into the real deal? If so I might paint a donkey next - LOL ! Just joking. No donkeys needed.
If not, I'll wait patiently for the next little life waiting to enter our lives, there always room to help one more. I won't go out and buy a kitten but if one need s home - I'll provide it.
Charles Schults said "...artist block is for amatures."
With all that is before us from God - how can we ever 'NOT, be inspired?
Currently, I am painting my goats.
Intentionally trying to paint myself happy - imagining a joyfull visual & focusing on it.
I'm sure that man that asaulted 3 people and died was dealing with more than 'mask stress', poor old guy :( 73 years old & this is how he wil be remembered. The phone turned off, no news.. the gate is closed, no visitors.
I'm done with humans for a bit (too many are struggling - I hope not to add to the overall 'mood' will focus on calming the mind & twitch & joy. My new painting makes me smile... I smiled the moment I saw it in the studio this morning. I paint so much - I can sometimes forget - what's on the easel! lol Today it was a nice suprise to see Indica & Satia- out in the pen & on the canvas. I'll be watching goats & chickens & blackberries ripen & waiting for all the tiny miracles all around to develop.
Have you seen (Netflix) the mini docuseries on the Drug war?
It is an eye opener- Please watch. I get excited thinking canada will decriminalize drug possession for personal sue. Finally. I admire the woman who is in the series - what a rock star. I've been learning about the war on HUMANs, disguised as the war on drugs for over 10 years now, but it's been going on MUSH longer - used to imprison many - wrongfully.
For doing something countless do.. (but don't get caught) how about you?
With TLC & THC
I spent the greater part of yesterday staring at my now, open driveway. Wondering what makes some so fucking nasty. Clearly, after several messages and even a couple of calls - I was made aware my neighbour has a reputation for being a bully. Fine by me & thank you Lord.. it makes is all the more understandable for others to witness his actions yesterday as what they were - BULLSHIT. We have someone coming to survey the property, if he has infringed on his rights, he will be contacted & asked to plant new plants. If he is legally correct- so be it- lesson learned - don'tt trust this neighbour, know your rights and continue make others aware of any abuse or bulling in the future. It's that simple. What I won't do is stress about him- he is bringing enough karma on himself if this is his normal behaviour, & has noone to blame but himself.
I can't- yesterday was brutal again, TN wise , nausea & even my gums bled- holy if stress doesnt walk up and say 'PAY FUCKING ATTENTION!' So I did.
I made a psilocybin tea and went to sit in the ZEN HEN DEN with chickens and goats. There, I relaxed, sat.. prayed & was in the NOW, soon I found myself giggling at goats.
I gave them a old cushion from a lounge chair and they thought I gave them a learther sofa! They faught over it & Indica claimed it as his own. He rolled and lay on it for hours.. I didn't have my camera (in the now) but I took some photos once inside from the dining room. Grateful for my goats helping me forget about the ass.
I also had something very funny (imo) I was staring at the driveway and asked God for help, to fogive this guy quickly! I won't live in this Eden with hatred in my heart for anyone (why I don't read about TRUMP - try not to).. and I swear, as I thought that - I watched 5 turkeys walk up to the end of my driveway and read the sign! I laughed out loud and got them on my ipad ( althought very grainy) to show Norm. They turkeys on the other side of the gate stood the 3rd bar tall! They were letting me know they are happy to have me as a new neighbour - as I am them. I don't understand why some are so inconsiderate and nasty.. or perhaps I do. Aren't most bullies - bullied as kids? Hmmmmm.
I certianally did not have it easy as a child, its no excuse to be mean to others.
I did learn a valuable lesson& glad I was calm & wise enough to walk back & get my camera.
Anyhow I have forgiven - but not forgotten. His actions have made me & others aware of who he is. I know who I am too.. A child of God. I was sent several messages - overwhelmed with the positive impact we apparently have made with several. Thank you.
I do have friends in high places, lol... when I say this - I mean Jesus' (Makes me smile :)) I was reminded I really do have 'several friends' in high places, who offered assistance, made suggestions & shared guidance on how to proceed further... that's what makes me stronger. Thank you. It was also a moment where I was grateful for my mother & the strength I have to stand up to bullies.. I giggled- thinking- Intimidate me?
You don't know my mama. Everything makes us stronger & better - if we choose to let it.
Today is a new day! I started a new Monkey - we've got gardening to do and Eden to enjoy & Goats to paint!
With TLC & THC
Discovery in the coop!
Woodchips! Weeeee - we have a woodchipper & a Pine tree fell (on the driveway)- perfect for the PEN. Reading Food for the Gods - talk of woodchips and how easily mushrooms grow in them - sure enough, Norm spied a tall mushroom (no idea of the type) in the middle of the path - gave me a giggle. Chickens eat most anything I read, I wondered what would happen to a chicken who eats a pyscadelic. Cockadoodle dooooo! They see in full color so I'm sure it would be quite the trip. They wouldn't die. Bird did not eat everything I gave him, he was quite selective - Chickens are smarter than most give them credit & boy oh boy -are they curious, I don't plan on feeings them psilocybin anytime soon.
We do have a cannabis plant in the pen- right on the deck of the coop & it's being ignored by goats & chickens. I wonder if this will change once buds appear- yes, it will because I'm not giving it to them! LOL I'll be treating myself to some home grown. Storm grew them, I'm just watering & watching the green beauties develop.
There is nothing neater than going into the coop and finding eggs, I say finding - because they hide them- NOT in the nesting box, behind hay stacks, behing feed pails, behind trees.. we feel like a Easter egg hunt every day - we are averaging 2 a day - which is more than sufficant! We don't eat eggs daily & the next time Storm visits he will go home with a dozen fresh eggs!
It's time to paint the next portrait- TOM.. the background is complete, I sit in this tiny studio with an endless view of green, birds, beasts & goats calling & I feel beyond blessed! They do, they call & look right at the dining room window when I go and talk to them, unless I go outside. They are funny & sweet but not letting me pat them... yet. Indica seems to like me more and has starting sitting in my chair! Sativa has issues with Poppy & Poppy is not impressed. lol Goats- making us smile...
What else is making me smile these days- the thought of TRUMP being GONE.
Then, we will ALL have something to TRULY celebrate in 2020!
I wish, Michelle Obama would run.
With TLC & THC
We have our designated farm chores. I get up and let everyone OUT, when Foghorn starts shouting "Rise & SHINE!!!". I open the chicken door, I open the goat door (yes, that's new) all the dogs follow to pee. All loose - I return for my first coffee -then, I make the chickens breakfast. They LOVE cream of wheat sprinkled with hemp and a tiny bit of whatever fresh fruit. Norm gets up usually an hour later, he gets his coffee & we go out again.
Norm puts the animals to bed, the first night he was chasing chickens, the goats refused to get out from under the coop so, there they slept. The next day we sealed the goat area in- so we don't have to worry about bears or other attacking them at night. It was last minute but has worked out absolutely fantastic. It's like a movie. All the animals GO to bed on their own already - so easily, it shocks us. The chickens go in the coop and roost- Norm counts them and locks up. The goat run around to the door underneath the pen and run in! He locks them in and all is good.. Who knew - not us. We've laughed in amazement at these creatures. It's proving to really be, the zen den. We have 2 chairs and we sit & watch & laugh, mostly. Like when Sweet Sativa climbed up the chicken walk and right thru that small door! Then a chicken came out, then she came out, then Ginger! lol
Ginger - if we let let would live in the coop, I have to go and physically remove her.
It's been a full time job for weeks & now we get to sit & enjoy, that we do! Yesterday sitting there in silence- just enjoying the moment- we looked around and realized EVERY creature was lying down around us. Every chicken. Every dog, every goat. Everyone was happily zen, listening to the birds in the heat of the afternoon. I've never felt mentally healthier or at peace. Thank you Lord.
I am choosing to stay home ! why leave this Eden?
Norm understands & is o.k. to go. for the basic grocery run & of course to the lumberyard.
What's not good for mental health, this mass mask manipulation & confusion - on or off, bull. Mandatory when in public spaces is mandatory. A large family of tourists (all you had to do was watch & listen for a moment to know they were tourists) was walking along haliburton going into stores- not one with a mask. I thought I wonder, where they are from.. what does it matter? We have no control over others, especially not strangers. Will our number start o shoot up again like the USA? lets hope not.
The DONkey still in charge, still says it's FAKE news. Is he done yet? According to the news - anyone can run now- since the bar has been set so high by the current occupant.. yikes. No wonder my Americans friends seem a bit more 'stressed', these days. I feel sorry for the USA - which is providing the rest of the world with the impression, it doesn't care about itself OR each other. SELF LOVE is key... they appear to have very little.
Selfish... seems to be more accurate.
Why take a chance? If they suggest wearing a mask - wear a mask or stay home.
The cartoon is exactly what we said to each other out waiting in LONG lines for stuff we don
t really NEED. Forget that.
Wear a mask & decrease your chances of catching a deadly virus or don't and gamble with your life or the lives of your friends and family. That's the most selfish part... Those who don't give a crap about others - Like the president of the USA, Eh. To throw a July 4th celebration ? How many lives dead?
I choose to stay home so I don't see some with & some without I choose self love if I DO go out & WEAR a mask- for others as much as myself. There nothing we 'NEED' that's more important than our health - physical or mental. Norm is loving the farm- it's obvious & he has built a tiny Eden for our beasts.... changing as the animals let us know what to change.
We have no time to wallow or worry, our animals are teaching us much. & when we have free time- I paint & he builds - what ever he wants.
Life is wonderful & both of us are happier than we've been - this is how it's suppose be. Amen & thank you.
The goats are bleeting now, "come out & hang out!!! It's irresistible.
I posted a really cute vid on IG & am posting it on the official 'ZEN HEN DEN' page. Have peek if interested. Have a lovely hot Canadian day! It's too hot for a mask- stay home. lol
With THC & TLC
Introducing Indica & Sativa.
Indica is a brown male born in March 2020 - close my my birthday & Sativa was born in April 2020 - she is female. They are the cutest pair - exploring the pen together. Curiously watching us - as we do them. Yep - I wake up to Foghorn & can't believe it - dreams come true!
Norm and I both laughing - who knew we'd be chasing chickens & loving every moment.
This pen & coop are lessons taught NOW, to us by the chickens & goats themselves. Oh, yes... we also added 3 more Leghorn chickens!! This traditional looking chicken is amusing and has already provided us with eggs, hee hee- hiding behind a tree. So much for the nesting boxes. This first egg will be used for medicated carrot cake upcakes. ;) . I had read about introducing new chickens /animals can be stressful - NOPE. Other than getting the goats out of the vehicle all has been beautifully calm - the pen is big enough I guess - a bit of chicken chasing each other but that's it.
Today, we had our coffee watching our goats and had to force ourselves away. Norms still adding touches here and there. Soon, I'll give you a coop & pen tour. We have named al the birds, they are: Gloria! (our black beauty), Foghorn (rooster), Henny & Penny (Forghorns peeps), Elenor, Grace & Honey. The sketchbook is in the pen & the canvas preped. Yep, your about to see a few chicken & goat paintings.
I met a nice man @ the feed store who started to share a few of his animal photos - I was impressed & asked him to send me a few photos, which he happily has! Deer, chickadee & more - animals galore... What are you dreaming about? Do not give up.. keep seeing it - & make it happen.
I'm staying home with our new family.. I'm tired of going out and waiting in line for a few measly things we might need. The line up for the beerstore was something & we were told it started an hour before it even opened. Yesterday, a hardware store in Haliburton 'TRIED to tell me' - "only one person permitted to enter per vehicle" - WTF? I informed him - that would not work- we were BOTH goinjg in. I held up my hands (obvous visual to my arthritis) and informend - I can't even lift some items of shelves (I can't) fuck that.. needless to say, he took me seriously and we were both permitted to enter. COME ON.
I am not enjoying the pressure, lack of masks... How come we have to wear them, but employees in these locations are not? It's messed up - are they immune from infecting those wearing masks? Isn't the idea - we all wear masks so we don't make others sick. hmmmm. Nope, you won't see me aroudn town - Im done - for a bit anyhow. happy to stay hoem on the tiny farm. Norm just brought in two more eggs (with a huge smile) & you would have thought he discovered golden nugets- hahaha.
Have a lovely weekend- today I'm painting something about animals to bless our farm.
Grateful for all the many blessings in our pen.
with TLC & THC
Georgia... On My Mind.