Inktober 6/31 – Chicken Glam Shot

Chickens intimidate the heck out of me to sketch! So many textures, lines, and quirky dinosaur-like features… and they move quick. Sitting in the sunshine on an upside down feed bucket, I sketched the girls.  They circled around a bit, gazing at me curiously and sideways, like chickens do. They are a good subject, andContinue reading “Inktober 6/31 – Chicken Glam Shot”

Inktober 5/31 Chicken or the Egg?

  Which came first….the chicken or the egg? In this case, it was the egg.  I sat in the warm autumn sunshine with our chickens to do this sketch. Sitting on the plastic feed bucket (lid on, of course!), I set myself up for a lovely sketch session. This interested the chickens for a fewContinue reading “Inktober 5/31 Chicken or the Egg?”

Inktober 4/31 Three Eggs

Another indication of the fall season upon us….fewer eggs! Chickens are sensitive to the waning daylight hours, and as the days get shorter, the daily eggs gathered from our coop declines.  Oh how I love fresh eggs! This sketch was done sitting on our front steps, and it made me think of three things:  IContinue reading “Inktober 4/31 Three Eggs”

Goodbye to Sweet Sophie Goat

This past weekend, we said goodbye to Sophie Goat, part of the sister trio with Mickey and Zephora.  This sweetheart is the first goat we have lost, and it has led me to reflect on the many lessons animals pass onto us to live with compassion, connection, and care for each other. Sophie stuck outContinue reading “Goodbye to Sweet Sophie Goat”

Welcome 2017: Suds, Soap and Snow

To get it out of the way, happy 2017!  Belated, I realize, but this year has already felt very different from those in the past. When the calendar turns over, I can usually be found excitedly making lists, reflecting on the past year, and looking ahead to the new year in anticipation.  This year has beenContinue reading “Welcome 2017: Suds, Soap and Snow”

Soap, Soap, Soap, …sketch!

Soap, soap, soap…sketch! Life has been busy lately, and I have been more of a soapmakers than a sketcher lately. Remember our soap-making project using up all that extra milk we were getting from our Nubian goats last spring?  Well, it ended up being a roaring success, which came as a surprise, and also letContinue reading “Soap, Soap, Soap, …sketch!”

Soapmaking and sketching

As many of you know, I became the proud goat mom of four sweet Nubians a few months back. What a magical whirlwind adventure it has been! Many early mornings of baby goat care, milkings twice daily and now, after the baby goats have been weaned off of the moms, a HUGE surplus of milk!Continue reading “Soapmaking and sketching”

Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, oh my!

The summer harvest season is upon us, and many of us are looking at our CSA boxes (Community-Supported-Agriculture produce  boxes) and wondering what to do with all of the wonderful veggies found there. Well, look no further, as I have a recipe for you!  I tried this one out at the Kitchen (part of 2ndContinue reading “Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, oh my!”

Eat your turnips!

Most Fridays, I try to volunteer at the urban farm where I am lucky to reside at in the lovely Spokane, Washington called Urban Eden Farm. In exchange, I get lovely fresh produce, and it has pushed me to explore new recipes and new ways of thinking about certain veggies that were new to meContinue reading “Eat your turnips!”