Sunday, August 7, 2016

Let the Games Begin!

Kirk finally had time to reset the swings and deck since we moved them last Fall.
The kittens supervised the entire operation from the tree watching his every move.
 These two kittens have more courage and bravery than any cat I have ever seen.
And they have 50 trees to choose from to play in on our property.
 Jacks is like a dog. You have to run him for him to feel like he had a very fulfilling day.
Because we bottle fed him for 6 weeks, he is really quite the gentle guy for being a manly goat.
He has never head butted Victoria. And when he plays with her he is gentle.
 On the other hand.....
He loves to use all his male testosterone on other male beings.
And since there aren't any other male goats to play with he 
settles for the other guys in the family.
 He started the challenge when he had an ADD moment while chasing Victoria....
He saw his buddies playing a board game on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.
 Oooh, Jared teased Jacks.......
 Nothing is sacred with a goat.
They are very agile creatures.
 Off you go bud.....
 Kaleb can usually get Jacks running at full steam.
He loves to rear up and head but you with full power until just before contact,
then he hits you soft. 
 And the crowd cheers from the bleachers!
Baaaa,baaaa.
 He wants front row seating. Now this little guy doesn't hold back when he head butts 
you unlike his Dad.
 Another ADD moment while chasing Kaleb.
 Thunder is attempting to slink down in the grass as low as she can 
so he might...not...see...her....
 Thunder holding her ground.
 She had a look on her face like.....you stink!
Thunder saved by ADD once again.
Jacks saw that I had the camera.
He always has to taste the strap.
Yep, it tastes the same as it did before.

Green Canyon to Logan Canyon

Kaleb is always up for a hike. He makes a great hiking buddy.
Though these past few years I have slowed down a little
in my hiking.....or he is getting faster.
We got the bright idea to hike from Green Canyon to Wind Cave in Logan Canyon.
It took us 4o minutes to actually find the trailhead. And then when we did find it 
it was practically under our noses....Duh!
 We started early to beat the heat....that darn Arizona thinking.
We nearly froze our behinds off.
Not to mention the higher elevation. I got dizzy a couple times and had 
to take quite a few rests to even out my breathing.
There were tiny warm breezes that were floating down these little valleys 
on the trail leading down the side of the mountain. 
On these little breezes were tons of butterflies flitting about.
It was very magical.

 The best part about hiking with Kaleb is he likes to look at the same things I do.
Whether it's a wildflower that we haven't seen or like this spider web that we caught 
with the perfect lighting.
 It is incredible how lush and green the north side of the mountain is.
 This was living proof that we made it to the top.
Though we did opt to not go down the other side to Wind Cave.
We literally ran back down to the van.
We felt like monkeys staying low to the ground so we didn't crash.

Tar Baby


This must have been an exceptionally challenging day for Jared.
I came home from somewhere and he is resting on the back porch
waiting for me to catch a glimpse of him.
It's funny,
the dirtier and stinkier he is .....the happier he is.
 And he always wants to hug me when he is this filthy.
The girls hate it when he comes home this disastrous. 
They make him clean the shower and if I find any fragments
 in the washer he has to clean that too.
BTW, if you need to know how to remove tar from hair
try baby oil. It worked like a charm.
Though he still needed a hair cut after this hard day at work.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Out like a light

Cat Woman, aka Daphne, literally knocked Lightning out with her magic touch. 
He was purring his lovely kitten purr when Daphne started to massage the pads on his front feet.
That was all he needed to fall into a deep sleep.
He stayed that way for about a 20 minute cat nap and
 then he was ready to pounce and tumble with his sister.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Logan River Trail

Kaleb and I got the brillant idea the other day while he was fishing at 
Spring Hollow to ride our bikes from Stokes Nature Center to Guinevah and back. 
It would be a 10 mile ride
 on our bikes but we thought it was totally do-able. 
Most of the trail to us looked fairly flat. 
What were we thinking!
It nearly killed Victoria and I. It was up hill and
 I had forgotten about this one section that was literally straight up with switch backs.
Needless to say we did make it at least to Spring Hollow
 which is 8, almost 9 miles round trip.
On the way up Victoria kept saying that she didn't think she was going to make it. 
And then flying down the trail going down hill she kept yelling that it 
was so Awesome! On the way up she kept saying that when she got home she
 was going to lay on the couch, read her book 
and not get off only to eat or go to the bathroom.
It makes me laugh because she hasn't done any of that.
She survived, I survived and Kaleb got a good workout 
while conditioning for an 80 mile backpacking trip that he is preparing for.
Hmmm....I wonder what our next adventure will be.

Cat Woman

Daphne is in her glory with two kittens to climb all over her.
We have always had indoor kitties. I had always said that our
 next round of cats were going to not be indoor.
 I can't stand the thought of having another cat box.
UGH!
These little barn kitties have more guts in their little toes than
 all of our indoor kitties put together. They are the sweetest little squirts,
 extremely active and very social.
They love to be loved on.
Lightening loves to be held on his back while Thunder is the talker.
These little ones are the sweetest things.

Charcoal Sea Otters

My art classes are going really well. I just came across all of these adorable sea otters that the kids in one of my classes did for a project. They turned out adorable.
Each of the kids have their own style and technique that they are developing.
While one likes to blend smoothly, another will like to leave theirs more rough.
They are all awesome kids and create beautiful pictures.
All I need to do is offer them a skill, an idea, and encouragement.
Oh, and a hefty dose of praise because they deserve it.