Critters

Once upon a cranberry bog, I met a grouchy mouse. One dark and stormy night, an owl and I conversed. A shy baby bunny lives in my garden, where I plan to live happily ever after. 


  “Bear Neccessities”  – I spent an afternoon with this neighborhood bruin one fine summer day. He took quite a fancy to our old apple tree by the greenhouse. He was the picture of health; tubby with a glistening, black coat. We let him eat his full. I found a couple organic apples from the co-op that were past their prime… in the not-so-crisper drawer of the fridge. He ate all the tree apples but snubbed the others. Locavore.   

“Bear Neccessities” – I spent an afternoon with this neighborhood bruin one fine summer day. He took quite a fancy to our old apple tree by the greenhouse. He was the picture of health; tubby with a glistening, black coat. We let him eat his full. I found a couple organic apples from the co-op that were past their prime… in the not-so-crisper drawer of the fridge. He ate all the tree apples but snubbed the others. Locavore.   

  “Book Trout”  – We are known as “The Book Trouts,” my bookie friends and I. What would a brook trout read? Pretty sure it would be a field guide to tasty insects.

“Book Trout” – We are known as “The Book Trouts,” my bookie friends and I. What would a brook trout read? Pretty sure it would be a field guide to tasty insects.

  “Chickadee Light”  – I was sitting looking out of my kitchen window one snowy morning, delighted with the fresh snowfall. I love when my deck is buried and I need to get out the shovel! I had barely formed the thought, “What should I paint today?” (after shoveling) when two Chickadees fluttered down and began to hop on & about the Christmas lights I’d hung the day before. Message received!

“Chickadee Light” – I was sitting looking out of my kitchen window one snowy morning, delighted with the fresh snowfall. I love when my deck is buried and I need to get out the shovel! I had barely formed the thought, “What should I paint today?” (after shoveling) when two Chickadees fluttered down and began to hop on & about the Christmas lights I’d hung the day before. Message received!

  “Good Lookin’”  – When a canine holds their chilly paw like this, it melts my heart. The fox intrigues me. Intent, clever, at turns wary, then frisky. What can I say, I just like the guy.

“Good Lookin’” – When a canine holds their chilly paw like this, it melts my heart. The fox intrigues me. Intent, clever, at turns wary, then frisky. What can I say, I just like the guy.

  “Peek a Blue”  - I find mice adorable. IF it is me who sees them first, not the other way around. It’s not that I am afraid of them, they just have a way of sneaking up on a person that makes me jump. More often, I think it is probably more of a mutual startling. The ol’ “What in the heck are YOU doing here,” kind of moment.  Rather like when I forget that my husband, Jim, is home. Just by walking into the room, he can scare the bejeezas outta me. I’ll jump and say, “Don’t DO that!” He’ll look at me like I’m a lunatic, “I just wanted the scissors,” he’ll allege innocently, backing away. As if.

“Peek a Blue” - I find mice adorable. IF it is me who sees them first, not the other way around. It’s not that I am afraid of them, they just have a way of sneaking up on a person that makes me jump. More often, I think it is probably more of a mutual startling. The ol’ “What in the heck are YOU doing here,” kind of moment.

Rather like when I forget that my husband, Jim, is home. Just by walking into the room, he can scare the bejeezas outta me. I’ll jump and say, “Don’t DO that!” He’ll look at me like I’m a lunatic, “I just wanted the scissors,” he’ll allege innocently, backing away. As if.

  “Moose In Boots”  – There is a saying among winter lovers; “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” A skier knows how to dress for frigid temps. One hates to miss a good ski just because of a negative number. Layers, baby, it’s all in the layers. How do all the woodland critters do it with just a thicker layer of fuzz?  I’d recommend mukluks to the shaggy moose. Not only would it improve hoof-traction on ice, but they are pretty stylin’.  You can find them made out of wool, canvas, or leather. I’ve had a few pairs over the years, and prefer the latter. But if I could fashion a cloven pair for a shivering moose, I would have to choose otherwise. He’s vegan after all.  Yes, I’m a tough Minnesotan, but I can also be sensitive.

“Moose In Boots” – There is a saying among winter lovers; “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” A skier knows how to dress for frigid temps. One hates to miss a good ski just because of a negative number. Layers, baby, it’s all in the layers. How do all the woodland critters do it with just a thicker layer of fuzz?

I’d recommend mukluks to the shaggy moose. Not only would it improve hoof-traction on ice, but they are pretty stylin’.  You can find them made out of wool, canvas, or leather. I’ve had a few pairs over the years, and prefer the latter. But if I could fashion a cloven pair for a shivering moose, I would have to choose otherwise. He’s vegan after all.

Yes, I’m a tough Minnesotan, but I can also be sensitive.

  “Newbie”  – I painted this from a photo my friend took of her newest neighbor. For years one particular doe has brought her newborn fawns to the sanctuary that is CJ’s yard, to make an introduction of sorts. After a doe gives birth, she must then find a safe place to leave little Newbie so that she can go off and feed to replenish her strength. Many a fawn has taken her first tenuous steps under CJ’s watchful eye. Mama’s know we need and can trust each other.

“Newbie” – I painted this from a photo my friend took of her newest neighbor. For years one particular doe has brought her newborn fawns to the sanctuary that is CJ’s yard, to make an introduction of sorts. After a doe gives birth, she must then find a safe place to leave little Newbie so that she can go off and feed to replenish her strength. Many a fawn has taken her first tenuous steps under CJ’s watchful eye. Mama’s know we need and can trust each other.