I went home to see my folks this weekend, and while I was there, I saw these little figures I sculpted for my mom between six to eight years ago.

One day, I was sitting around playing with Sculpey clay. Quite unconsciously, I fashioned what looked like a large nose. From that nose, sprang the figure of the old man, who Mama calls “Wilford Brimley.” My mom loves little figurines and knick-nacks, so I gave him to her as part of one of her Mother’s Day gifts. I made him to sit on the edge of a shelf, but Daddy built the little wooden bench for him.

Well, as the year went on, Mama commented several times that Wilford looked lonesome. So, for the next Mother’s Day, I created the prim and proper lady who now sits next to him. Mama believes that Wilford is trying to impress her, and while she pretends she doesn’t like it, she secretly does. :)

Then she said that they needed a dog. So for the following Christmas, I whipped up the little beagle. It’s hard to tell from the angle I shot at, but he’s sitting down, and his head is tilted because his back foot is up and scratching behind his ear.

They’re all a bit dusty, despite the cleaning I tried to give them before taking the photo, but their character still shines through.

Mama’s hinted a few more times that she’d like a cat to add to the collection, but I think I’m done. :)

**Note: This weekend was the first time I’d missed posting for two days in a row. I forgot to take my computer where I could upload photos. I was surprised that I was so miffed that I did not get to post something. :)

Taking Kickbacks

Okay, yeah, for the last couple of days, I’ve been taking kickbacks at lunch… kicking back in my new chairs. :)

In the past, several people have wandered into the marketing area and commented that, to be called “creative” marketing, our area was not very “creative” looking. I decided to remedy that this week. Got these two adirondacks and several plants (some out of frame, along with my lava lamp) from Home Depot. It’s amazing what a few plants can do to make a space more appealing. And of course, the color combo of the chairs make me happy too.

I think the area is now more fun and seems to get high marks from my co-workers. However,now they all seem to want to sit, talk, and drink margaritas! :)

Perfection on a Stick

I don’t know what color your monitor might be showing this rose, but it’s a gorgeous deep salmon hue in real life. It’s perfectly formed, has beautiful color, and is extremely fragrant… and it came from my yard!! So hard to believe!

I wish I could have roses like this (and my others) all year ’round.

A ‘Shroom of Our Own

Hang around me long enough, and you’ll discover that I’m a little nutsy when it comes to mushrooms. So many sizes, shapes, colors, designs, and uses… they are absolutely fascinating to me.

I just happened to see this one while at a park at lunch today and liked its little “funky sunburst” design.

The detail on this came out pretty good. Click here if you want to see it.

A Trip to the Vette

untitled-76-2-EditI have had NOTHING to take photos of lately, so I went into my wayback machine and pulled this one out.

This was taken a couple of years ago at the Covington (GA) Classic Car Show. It was my first time to Covington and first time to shoot cars. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and got some nice shots. This Corvette is my favorite, mostly because of the color. What a beauty! I don’t know what year it is, but I’m guessing late 50s or early 60s. Anyone know?

What I didn’t realize was that most of the people at the show are just as interested in the engines as they are the exteriors, so the owners all had the car hoods up. Of course, that doesn’t make for as nice a shot, but oh well.

I found out later that if you go early enough, most of them wait until the crowd starts coming in to put the hoods up. Next time I shoot a show, I’ll take that into consideration, as I’m much more interested in the elegant lines, beautiful paint, fine upholstery, and polished chrome than I am the engine.

If you want to see more cars, click here and then advance through the album.

The Long and Short of It

Someone in Sandee’s neighborhood found a stray Dachshund and kept it for a few days, trying to find its owner. He placed flyers, checked newspapers and internet sites, and checked for microchipping, all to no avail. He notified folks on the Neighborhood Watch board that he was going to take her to the pound unless someone else was willing to take her, as he already had large dogs that were freaking her out.

My kind-hearted Sandee couldn’t bear the thought of her going to the pound (a high-kill shelter), so she took her in temporarily until we can find a good home for her. Some friends of ours are actually going to keep her for a while as they have a little Dachshund mix already, and they love and understand the breed.

We’re guessing Daisy is somewhere between three and five years old, seems to be in good health (although Sandee is taking her to the vet on Monday to have her checked out and to get shots), and is spayed. She has a surprisingly sweet disposition toward new people, which as I understand, is unusual for this breed. She bonded with Sandee very quickly and was extremely friendly to me right off the bat as well.

Last night, with three other dogs (one large and two smaller ones), she was scared and growled just a little when they were surrounding her wanting to sniff (as dogs do), but did not really offer to be aggressive, preferring more to hide in our laps. She slept very well in a crate and seems totally house trained.

When we took her to our friends’ house, she was again very friendly to the human stranger, and only somewhat wary of their little dog, Poppy, who was just dying to play with her. She seemed more annoyed than anything, sort of ignoring the blur of fur that kept running around her. She growled a little when Poppy got too close, but again, no lunging or anything like that. She seemed much more relaxed with the smaller dog.

We haven’t introduced her to my cats, so I don’t know how she would be with them.

If you know someone who’s looking for a VERY sweet, laid-back Dachshund, probably best suited to be with one other small dog or in an only-dog situation, please let me know. We want to make sure she’s getting the best home possible. Message me on Facebook if you’re interested. Thanks!