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.
2020 has been the best year.. ever.
Holy Cow! - No... holy goat!! WE have a baby!! lol introducing:
NUGGET! Borm October 17, 2020
I don’t know if Indica is the father… his nuts fell off in the pen - it must have happened days before I got the goats - 2 for the price of one - who knew! YAY!
I woke thinking of babies but I assumed it was because I have a cousin ready to pop - I thought today was the day (apparently it is - no news yet) but it was our own baby that arrived - well Sativa’s!
Yesterday I asked Norm - Did you feed the goats!? They were noisy & got noisier - until Sativa was screaming and lying down- “GO see if she is o.k.! “ I yelled - we’ve not seen her behave this way before & we thought she was bloated- as it’s normal for goats. Nope.. we arrived JUST IN TIME to watch the head pop out! OH my!! I panicked- what do we do? Do we pull? lol
I did not expect babies and have NOT googled… I am today.
Norm stayed with her in the goat barn and called me when Nugget slid out (I was on google)!
It was AWESOME! We are so happy - we feel like grandparents. I called Norm papaaaaaaaaaaa… this a.m. hee hee It’s all went as nature planned - perfect- the baby - Nugget is drinking milk and exploring the hay in the barn - what a miracle to witness.. out , cleaned and standing up in the first 2 hours.. today walking. Mind blown.
By the grace of God.
I didn’t plan on a baby even though I know you needed one to get milk! Goat milk is apparently terrific for cheese & soap too. lol Right now we’ll let baby have it. So I guess I will have a milking goat. Norm will learn how to milk (laughing out loud as I type). Our day took a detour and now we are adding more shavings to the pen and making a little area for the baby to go underneath to be protected. Indica is very curious and was very worried about Sativa yesterday.. he seems better today. He was NOT happy to sleep with the chickens - they were not pleased either.
I feel quite emotional & grateful - I was struggling with stuff this past week… this little creature ‘realigned’ what’s important rather quickly, here.
Yes, today I held a baby goat!! it weighed abut 2 lbs. & was the cutest thing I ever held!
I can’t believe I have a baby goat. I’m making it a sweater. ;)
Time to google and celebrate our gift: Nugget.
Time to paint it’s name sign!
I hope it’s a girl - I am keeping it!
The barn will fit 3 goats easily - if it’s a boy we’ll get it fixed.
lol dreams come true.
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.
I forgot to show you the goat barn Norm whipped up. Hee hee.
We thought the goats would stay with the chickens but it will be too crowed in the winter we think so.. the goats needed their own place. They moved themselves under the coop at first and we close that in.. but decided it would be too cold in winter. Canadian winters - brrrr.
Norm decided to make a barn, he had the plans from our shed he built 15 years ago. It's so sweet - smaller than the coop but it doesnt feel like it & it is a replica of the coop & our house. It has us planning our guest BUNK bed bunkie (to be continued at a later date).
The goat barn is raised of the ground and fully insulated with a vent. It has room for storage like their big metal can with locking lid (will be dented shortly after you put it in) for goat food. It's lined with straw for the floor and winter warmpth. Apparently you just keep adding straw (we do take out the poop tho) and this too will help insulate the barn - keeping the goats warm all winter. Im not worried at all.. Oh, theres also light and an outlet where we might put a heated bucket - for water in the winter. We'll see. NO HEAT LAMPS!! I can not tell you how many times I read over & over about the dangers of heat lamps, glass, fire etc. enough to convince me NEVER to put in a heat lamp. Why our coop & barn and fully insulated... Baby - you know it's gonna get cold out.
Raised feeders on the wall with a cinder block to step on, mineral block beside feeder on wall out of way & keeping dry & a hay feeder Norm made in about 10 minutes, they love it! With lots of storage - a shelf up top for extra food (the goats can't reach) a raised 'bed shelf" & smaller loft as Goats don't like sleeping not the ground. What turned out cool is they like to sleep in the tiny loft together and they keep warm - but they are high up enough to see out the windows. The windows are screened in & will have plexiglass windows placed on them soon. Norm still needs to put on a strong tiny barn door' but the goats are good to go - int winter! I read we won't hardly see them & if it's anything like rain - they never came out of their barn other than to stretch or if I called them out but only then to run under the coop- they really did not like the rain. It's been a fun learning adventure to sate & thanks to Norm - a first rate adventure! The goats don't try to escape- they know how good they have it. lol I'm painting a sign for the Barn:
No Grumpy Goats
We have happy goats & chickens. Poppy is the goat police! If she see's them doing something they should not- she is on it! & shes been BUTT a couple of times. I teach her to stay by me. Sativa has a thing for the little dogs. I think she thinks she is playing. Shemight be wearing pool noodles on her horns soon.
What an awesome adventure. So happy to be here. Thanks Norm!
Thank you Jesus! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
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
All creatures great & small...
I've added the signage for the Chicken Coop - The Zen Hen Den is official'. I've even painted everyones names - it's just got to go up on the fence. As creatures pass, we will put the plaques on the back off the coop wall to remind us of all who have graced us with their presence... & eggs. Ive got eggs. at least 2 a day. These leghorn are egg machines.
I love the chickens - it's entertaining to watch them and their personalities emerge.
Gloria is my favourite, this black beauty chases chipmunks with a vengeance. Have a good look at her long graceful legs - those nails- yes, easy to see Tiny Raptors live here.
The coop is finished but Norm decided, the Goat need a barn of their own- almost done, it will open to the same pen but give the goats a place more comfortable and safe & warm for the winter that we all know is coming.
This weather is brutal on my TN & arthritis- I feel as though I broke my thumb today & it's no fun. Yesterday the Trigeminal Neuralgia was so powerful I walked around all day with one eye contracted shut 90% in intense pain , so much so- 'I am' amazed, at my own capacity to deal with this shit on a daily basis. I thank God- I ask for strength every morning & throughout the day.
Regrettably & commonly (for countless others), when in pain - other issues set me 'Off' .
Off to the point I went to bed in the afternoon - physically & mentally exhausted from watching the ETHNIC cleansing that we are ALL witnessing - going on in the USA - NOW. Tell me that's not what is happening and I'll tell you :
OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES or stick your head back in the sand. Your choice.
Who is dying in the USA - minorities, black & hispanic (women more than men) - those still FORCED to work. For the almighty american $$$ Disney opening up in Florida as it's the current epicentre? GREEDY fucking Mickey.. will help you ride to your deaths faster - hop on the ride of a lifetime. Priorities.
Stupid is as stupid does... but to catch covid @ a theme park- essentially means you actually $$ pay for covid-19... Stupid is AS stupid does. I hope it was worth the ride.
Naps are good for mental health, especially when feeling overwhelmed.
Chicken & goats are keeping us grounded & busy - especially when Sativa gets her head stuck in the chicken bucket. Hobbies are good. Working on yourself' is good - visiting theme parks during a pandemic... you get what you pay for.
Fuck Disney world - all they are showing the rest of the world is they care only about the profits. I'm blown away thinking about Florida now & how it always represented the best of the USA when I was young & naive. Back to focusing only own health & wellness - back to chickens & goats. All creatures great & small, the Lord God made US all.
This includes alligators and humans, Florida.
New cat & cannabis art next & another editorial.
with TLC & THC Georgia
Georgia... On My Mind.