One Hundred Elk

☆ December 16, 2014

A herd of elk came by at sunset.

These are all cow elk, females.
They stood around for a moment, waiting for everyone to catch up…

…then continued on their way.

This photo is taken mere seconds after the previous one, just zoomed out.
The elk are nowhere to be seen. This land looks flat, but it’s full of hiding places -
a hundred huge elk are right out there, but no one would ever know….

The Driveway at Dusk

☆ December 9, 2014

Driveway at Dusk

Little & Large

☆ December 4, 2014


Notepads Are Back!

☆ December 1, 2014


By very popular demand, the notepads are back! And this year, they’re better than ever, with double covers: instead of a blank white back cover, there are two gorgeous prints of Charlie acting as front and back covers for each notepad.

For the last two years, I’ve had my local family-owned print shop print Charlie’s calendars on their printing press. These are stacks of prints waiting to be cut down and bound into calendars:

printing calendars

They always make extra prints as they’re perfecting the ink levels, so that any imperfect prints may be culled. Last year, I was at my printer’s after I’d picked up the calendars and saw the stack of loose calendar prints. Many of them were absolutely perfect – they were just extras, with not enough partners to make a full calendar – and it felt a shame to have them thrown away. I pulled out all the beautiful prints and asked my printer to turn them into notepads. They were a huge hit, and we’ve done it again this year.


Since they’re made from extra calendar pages, the back of each cover does have a calendar grid printed on it, but who cares when the front is so beautiful? They’re great toss-around doodle pads, perfect for kids, and I keep one by my bed for midnight thoughts. Awesome stocking stuffers, just $6 each ~ find ‘em in the Shop.

Ahoy From The Arctic

☆ November 25, 2014


So, it got cold. Negative 26ºF, to be precise. One nice thing about that kind of cold is the perma-endorphin high I get. And three degrees (which is still well below freezing) feels downright balmy. It didn’t get above freezing for ten days, not even for an hour. All the local sparrows and wild cottontails moved into the chicken house – which is just as cute as you might imagine it to be.

Friday, it finally rose above freezing. Outside, there was the sound of dripping, and I had a glorious snowhike with the pups, in a tank top. I also wore wool pants and muck boots, yes, but my arms were bare. Huzzah, Vitamin D! Now it’s snowing again. But that’s OK; to snow, it has to be warm (it’s relative, now).

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