So close!!

I’ve been holding my breath for at least a week and the lack of oxygen is beginning to take a toll. Major stumbling blocks to our being able to move back home have been eliminated one by one by a committed project manager. He’s determined to have us moved in by October 31, and it’s likely to happen even sooner.

We’ve been away from “home” for ten months and we both have cabin fever now. 

Here’s a peek at my new studio, the new terrain the deer and wildlife will get to navigate outside my window and part of the screened in porch that will face the woods!

Our poor back yard

No more gently sloping backyard. By the time they’re finished outside my studio, I’ll be able to go downhill skiing.

I’ll now have a little patio outside of the studio that I can sit my favorite bird feeder on, with just enough space left for my metal “butterfly” chair if I want to sit outside for a bit.

My little patio


A corner of the screened in porch. Because we have a walkout basement now…it feels like being in a treehouse on this porch. It’s sooooo high up!

Screened in porch to woods


I’m sooooo excited to have such great big windows into the woods. Watch out wildlife, you can’t hide from me now!

The new studio


Behind the studio is a really little storage room where I can keep my equipment and shoe design embellishments AND our Christmas tree. No more hauling it up from the basement! 

Thanks for taking the tour with me and please keep your fingers crossed that we move back home SOON!!



I missed these guys!

One of my favorite things to do is to photograph the birds that come to visit my bird feeders.  Not having a house has kind of put a crimp in my fun, but I’ve continued to feed the birds far out in the yard on a feeding platform. I didn’t want them to forget to come for breakfast, lunch and dinner when the new house is done. We’re SO close, we could be moving  into the house in just a few weeks!!

Hard right turn WM

I will now do some bird mind-reading. The bird flying away is thinking “Good lord, I need to work out more, taking off is getting harder to deal with.” It’s like those videos of planes trying to land when suddenly, windshear makes them go sideways. It’s not commonly known, but this happens to birds most often on take off and if they haven’t been to the gym enough, it can be a very bad situation.


Sun Shine Bluejay WM

The bird in the center is thinking, “the sun is shining right through my wings and that bird with the peanut can see right THROUGH them! I should have worn a slip today!”  I know, you may not all get the joke, but ladies USED to wear slips when they were wearing skirts or dresses. The slip was to prevent too much being revealed if the sun shone through their skirt…like the shape of their legs, I guess. Also if a lady was more of a thief than a lady, they didn’t want the grocer to be able to see through their skirt and catch them sneaking cigarettes out of the store without paying for them.


Super Squirrel

WM Super Squirrel

In my official capacity as a judge of squirrel jumping, I’ve seen many jumps and I would give this leap very high marks. I would like to see the front legs a little straighter, but other judges consider this acceptable so I’ll let it slide. 

I did want to address the minor violation…accessories are not allowed in jumping contests and the peanut falls into that category. However… this was such an audacious bit of flair that I added a point.