Sunday, July 6, 2008

Weekend in Review

The past few days we have seen the most beautiful butterflies in the yard. Of course as soon as I go get my camera and make it back to the yard they are always gone. I did manage to get a photo of a pretty monarch though (not as cool as the other ones but still very nice). :)

Since we got our garden in late this year we are still patiently (or is that impatiently?) waiting for something other than fresh lettuce and herbs. Don't get me wrong I love fresh lettuce for salads and herbs for all kinds of things, but I can't wait for fresh tomatoes and other yummy garden stuff to grow. I am so tired of the mealy, bland things that call themselves tomatoes from the grocery store. Blech. So MIL and I headed off to the farmer's market yesterday in search of some yummy farm fresh goodies. I came home with cucumber, zucchinis, tomatoes, red potatoes, fresh green beans, a variegated basil plant (it smells sooooo good) and even a fresh loaf of crusty french bread. Mmmmmm.

Today I made Ella a criss-cross dress using some leftover vintage sheet fabric I thrifted last month. Frankly I'm a bit lazy when it comes to sewing. I hate using patterns or measuring so I just kind of wing it and make it up as I go. Sometimes it turns out great sometimes it's a disaster, but it's still fun so what the heck. Luckily this time it turned out pretty well. Can't wait to dress Ella in it. :)
Love the funky green, plus now she matches my patio cushions LMBO.

We also have a new dove to add to our menagerie of pets. Introducing Miss Gracie (MIL suggested Grace but the kids have taken to calling her Gracie) so Miss Gracie it is. She is a super sweet, gentle little light brown ringneck dove. She is very tame and will sit on your finger and let you pet her. Awwww. Unfortunately Peace doesn't seem to think much of her. Every time we have tried to put them together he tries to peck the heck out of her. Poor little lady. So I ended up having to go buy a 2nd big cage for Miss Gracie. Which kinda defeated the whole purpose of getting a
2nd dove in the first place, but she is so sweet and I am quite fond of her so she is here to stay. Their cages are side by side in my studio and they do like to look at each other and coo and sing to each other. So I guess it's better than nothing.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Goodbye to Love

I am with heavy heart to report that our female white dove Love passed away
today. :( She was such a sweet dove.

Dh found her. She looked so peaceful like she had died in her sleep at the bottom of her cage. Poor Peace (her mate) looks so lost and confused without his Love to serenade. We had a little funeral in the backyard for Love and buried her next to the lily pond. The girls petted her one last time, said their goodbyes, and left little bouquets of gathered clover flowers marking the spot.

We are going to try and find another mate for Peace, he looks so lonely and lost. Unfortunately I have no idea where to look. Every google, yahoo, etc search for dove breeders in Ohio has came up empty and every pet store I have called does not have any for sale. So for the meantime I think we may move Peace into the livingroom so he's not all alone. Poor dove.