Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Busy Bee: A Pictorial

Things have been a tad bit crazier than usual around Chez Bee these days. Lots of work and spring cleaning and lots of crafty activity in our down time.  I won't bore you with the worky stuff. but there is the results of the creative things going down.

First off, I finished the  Diva's Challenge for this week. It was a UMT (Use My Tangle) Challenge to use Camelia by Anne Marks:

I finished a tangle for a friend who  loves cats. 

I took a class on Zentangle Borders

And one on Copic Markers

And when we were cleaning the basement, I found my pine needle basket stuff and started  finishing a couple that I had left undone. 

This week the fun continues, with another class, a trip out of town, a farm visit to the library,  a slumber party with a five year old friend and a breakfast brunch. Ooooeeee! Spring is starting off with a bang!!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge #164: "Amanda (Earth) Day"

This week's Diva Challenge is one of my favorites. Last year Laura's little son, Chewie decided that the Earth's name was 'Amanda'. Now when I see or hear the phrase 'Earth Day',  I think Amanda Day!  I've got a crazy busy week so I didn't have time for anything fancy; 15 minutes and a regulation tile. My concession to Amanda Day was to use organic patterns: ocean and plants. 

Easter 2014

I spent my Easter morning on the barn this year, communing with all my feather and fur babies. It was a glorious morning for farm work. Sunny skies and 60°.

Miss Harley decided to dig a nest in the straw by the barn door and catch a few zzzzz's in the warm sun.

Thor decided to follow her lead from the top of the manure pile.

Zeus decided he had had enough sun and hung our in the shade under the goats play set. 

Amy chose the best of both worlds by finding a cushy stall with a sunny window in the barn.

I got to commune a bit with two of the newer residents, Chachi and Fonzi.

This is Chachi...or Fonzi.  I can't tell them apart yet, but they are both adorable and super friendly. They could just be your buddy and be scritched and snorgled all day!

Another fan of the scritch and snorgle is Lucy.  She can go from upright to belly up in 2 seconds flat if she thinks there is a chance for a belly rub!

After a wonderful morning at the barn and an afternoon puttering around the house. I finally settled down to watch 'Call The Midwife' and Mr. Selfridge and finished the dastardly socks that I've been working on. The color looked so cute in the skein but then I hated it as I started knitting them. Don't look directly at them, you'll burn out your retinas! 

I hope you all had a safe and happy Easter too!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Diva Challenge: Rixty

This week's Diva Challenge is to use the newest pattern in honor of Rick's 60th birthday 'Rixty'.
Fun! Thanks for another great challenge, Laura!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Diva Challenge: Initial String and Cooper's Coup

 This week's Diva Challenge was to use your initials as the string for your tile. It was a fun one. Heck, they're all fun!

When I got finished I realized it looks a lot like quilt patterns. 

I like the pattern on the right. It's called  Ballenchain and it's from the amazing Sandy Steen Bartholomew. I recently got her  Tangle pattern app for my iPhone. Here are some of the other patterns from the app. 

Meanwhile at Chez Bee.... I bought Cooper a new toy. At least I thought it was just a toy until he pointed out that it suits a duel purpose as a cat bed.

Ben has his own bed too.  (They're giving me 'the look' because they were watching Animal Planet and I changed the channel. 'Hey! We were watching that!') Everyone has his own space. 

Until the other night when Ben got up and went out to the kitchen to get a drink. The minute his butt cleared the living room, Cooper, who was supposedly sound asleep in the rocking chair, bolted over the Ben's bed, flopped himself down in the exact middle, and pretended to be asleep. 

Seriously, this picture was taken nanoseconds after he arrive to stage the coup. Look how comfy his is. He must have been there for a really  loooooonnnggggg time. 
                       Notice how he's drowsing with one eye open so he can catch Old Ben's reaction. 

And what a reaction is was! Ben comes bumbling back in, stops short, stunned, and spends the next several minutes alternately staring at Cooper an then looking mournfully at me. Cooper didn't move a muscle.  I tried to convince Ben that there was room for both of them but he was having none of it. This wasn't his first rodeo. I finally made him a nest on the sofa with me.  As soon as he crawled up, Cooper sprang up from his 'deep sleep', went back over to the rocker, curled up and went back to his napping. And that, my friends, is how you become king of the castle. When your rival is 80# and you're only a biscuit above 8#, you resort to psychological warfare. 

But at the end of the day, there is love.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Diva's Challenge and Salamander Stampede

This week's Diva challenge is to use the tangle 'Quandry' (the tangle on the left of the tile).  I suck at Quandry. I guess this just means that I will have to add it to my tangle rotation more often. I love the way it looks when it's done correctly. Mine is NOT. The tangle was done on a white tile, but for whatever reason, my camera decided to make it look tan. 

I went out at 9PM tonight to join the Great Salamander Stampede that I talked about a couple of entries ago. It was more like the Salamander Trickle. It's still pretty cold in these parts and so only the really eager-beaver horny salamanders are migrating to the ponds right now. We did find several but it wasn't exactly the bucket brigade situation I envisioned to get them across the road.  Even so, hanging out in the deep, dark, dank, ditches with herpetology geeks is SO MUCH FUN. What a hysterically funny and interesting bunch! 

On my drive in to the meetup, I saw my first one. He was right on the yellow line in the middle of the road. He looked like a mini alligator. I pulled over, put on my flashers and  picked up all 11 inches of him and moved him across the road. Before I put him down, I flipped him over to see if he was a boy or a girl. He was definitely a 'he'.  As soon as he was upside down he started pulling the 'alligator death roll routine' and lashing his tail back and forth. Pretty aggressive-seeming behavior considering the worst thing he could actually do is pee on me. 

I'm still not feeling up to snuff so I was only able to stay an hour or so but we found several more while walking up and down the road. 

They really are beautiful little fellas. We had to be reminded not to put them in our pockets and take them home as pets since they are an endangered species.
I, of course, named them all and designed little sweaters for them in my head to protect them from the abnormally cold spring. This week is supposed to be uber cold again so they will slow down. Once we get some more warm weather and some good rain, I anticipate seeing lots more. I'll go out on the nights I can for the next couple of weeks and offer free rides across the street! Someone better pat down my pockets before I go home!