Lagophthalmos – Why Toby Sometimes 吠

Many moons ago, I developed an eye problem so severe that I could barely see at all.  It were as if I had a sheet of waxed paper held right next to my eye.  I was able to see light and a little color but precious little else.  A visit to an eye specialist yielded the diagnosis of “We’re not sure what’s wrong, but here are some drops.  Maybe your eyes will get better.”   It took many long months, but eventually my eyes healed and my vision returned to what it usually is.

For six months or so, though, I was at a total loss what to do with myself.  I couldn’t watch TV.  I couldn’t read or use nascent computer technology.  (This happened decades ago.)  I couldn’t go for a walk or even read a book.

In desperation, I scoured my bookshelf for something that I might be able to read.  What I came up with was a Chinese textbook that I always meant to study but never got around to.

New characters were a full inch tall, and if I leaned close, I could make them out.  Out of desperation because I had nothing else to read, I learned to read Chinese.

I really enjoyed what I was doing and kept it up for three additional textbooks.  Based on the series I used, though, my vocabulary mostly consists of knowing how to talk about students studying literature at such-and-such university.

Anyway, that is why Toby sometimes barks in Chinese.

And as for the eye problem?  Years later the same thing happened again.  After three visits and two specialists they figured out that I sleep with my eyes open.  Uni 1

My boys were embarrassed to be seen with me while I was dealing with this problem.  They claimed I looked like the Unibomber.

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Oil painting of Westie puppy.

Don’t forget to place your orders for Christmas pet pictures early.  (It will give me plenty of time to work and to allow the paint to dry.)  For more information about ordering, visit L Bowmn Studios.

 

Soaring High

Toby flies in the night sky.

Soaring high

among the stars

Look at the road.

There are no cars.

People locked

in prison homes,

turning soft while

nations grow.

What happens next?

I hate to see.

You’d better learn

to speak Chinese.

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Toby innocently stands there, wondering what mommy is looking at.

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Actually, I can’t wait to get sick and croak so I never have to hear the word “covid” again.  Aaaagh!!!  (Me?  Overloaded?  Nah…)

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All that money you were going to spend dining out this weekend (but now the restaurants are closed again) you can spend on a happy pet portrait!

Oil painting of Westie puppy.

Visit my website, L Bowman Studios, for more details about sizes and pricing.

Bring some joy into your home during this time with a picture of your best friend!

I Win! I Win!

Cairn terrier stands over slain toy

Yippee!

Mom thought she beat me with that training collar thingie, but I outsmarted her.  She told me I am not supposed to bark, so instead I now groan and howl and sing and talk and yodel…anything but bark.  And since I am not barking, she can’t say anything.  Ha!  I win!

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Thinking of doing some holiday shopping early? Come to L Bowman Studios for some of the cutest Christmas-themed note  cards around.  Why are they so cute?  My boys are on them, of course!

Waiting for Santa

The note cards are 4.25 x 5″ and are made of heavyweight card stock.  Envelopes included!

 

 

Gratitude

Statue of Mary outside of a church.

Today I had to go to the dentist for a broken tooth.  I am grateful that it was only a stress fracture and easy to correct.  I am also grateful that my dentist is still in business and able to help patients. As a bonus, I got to tell some people about my paintings and hand out a few cards.  That was nice.

I know my gratitude is self-centered, but at least I am trying.

Back end of Cairn terrier sticks out from under the bed.

Her day may have been nice, but mine sucked.  During the part of the evening where I like to bark insanely at top volume, I found myself with a training collar strapped to my neck!!  When I barked, Mom yelled, “Quiet” and made the collar beep.  This happened twice.  I was so upset that I threw myself into my kennel and stayed there.  Harrumph.  If I can’t bark, I don’t even want to look out the door.

– Toby (the most put upon doggie in the entire world) Sad Emoji

Cairn terrier sleeping in kennel.

Don’t look at me.  I’m unhappy.

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If you would like to see what Bitey and Toby have been up to, pick up a copy of Dream Our World.  Inside, the boys run, unsupervised, through the Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art from  canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Dream Our World is available from Amazon and from my website.

Of Clowns and Purslane

Picture of clown

Ecch!  What happened to you?  I think I'm allergic to purslane.

Little dog sits on chair and writes in his diary.

Dear Diary, It would appear that purslane turns humans into clowns.  Perhaps a more aggressive program of weed eradication may have saved the children of Derry from being pulled into the sewers.

Dear Diary,

It would appear that purslane turns humans into clowns.  Perhaps a more aggressive program of weed eradication might have saved the children of Derry from being pulled into the sewers…

See the source image

Purslane.  (Not my image.)

An innocent afternoon of pulling weeds has left me with eyes itchy and swollen shut.  This weed is still a mystery to me.  It doesn’t flower, so pollen isn’t the problem.  It seems that if it touches my skin, my face swells.  I wear gloves to weed, but the coating on the gloves cracked, and I guess I got a dose of plant ichor.

For the next few days I had best not carry balloons lest the children of the neighborhood run in terror from me.

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Memory quilt near window

close up of memory quilt

Speaking of quilts…

After my grandmother passed away, I asked for her nightgowns.  I used them to make the hearts on a series of Memory Quilts that I shared with various family members.

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If you would like to have a quilt that I have made – this one perhaps? – I now have checkout at my website!

Madison House wall hanging sized quilt.

This Madison House Quilt is 41″ square.  It is made of three layers of 100% cotton with the quilting and binding done by hand.  You can see more by clicking here.

 

 

Kick Your Butt

 

By the time this knee heals, I am going to need a waleker.  Aren't you that old already?

You are lucky I can't balance on one leg or I'd kick your butt!

Bad news, Toby.  I can balance on one leg now!

Go away. I'm sleeping.

We both know you’d never kick my butt.

I can get away with anything.

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Governor Groundhog stuck his head out of his den and declared that our quarantine will continue for another three months.  That means Bitey and Toby will have free rein at the museum for the whole summer!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

If you would like to see what they have been up to there, pick up a copy of Dream Our World.  In Dream Our World, Bitey and Toby visit the Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

National Doughnut Day

 

You know how salad gets all brown and slimy after a couple of days?  Yes...

You know what doesn't?  What?

Doughnuts!!!

But I thought you liked salad.  NOT for breakfast!

Happy National Doughnut Day!

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Now is a perfect time to order a custom pet portrait for someone you love.L Bowman Studios

The gift of a pet portrait can be very touching to someone who has recently lost a companion.  It is also a fun way to celebrate a new addition to the family.

Stop by my website for more information:  L Bowman Studios.

 

 

Friends and Family Helping Out

At our age, we have to be careful about not breaking a hip.

You are healing pretty fast for someone as old as you are.

Sad woman staands alone.

Is she going to start crying like Lucy again?  It's best to be prepared just in case.

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

Come see what the boys have been up to at The Museum of the Imagination!  They have been running loose for months, looking at artwork and having a grand time in Dream Our World (and in a real museum).

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.

 

 

My Boys Help Out

Wow, look at you!  We decidded to help you while you're hurt.  See?  I brought you a bowl of kibble.

And I am going to fix your hair for you.

Punk is still "in", isn't it?

I have found that invalid hair and Covid hair are pretty much the same thing.  A wreck.  So happy to get to look bad two years running!

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If you are looking for a special gift for an upcoming occasion, consider giving  pet portrait!

L Bowman Studios

I work in a variety of mediums and have something for nearly every budget.  Stop by L Bowman Studios and see for yourself.

Coming soon, I will be offering note cards with some of my more popular pictures!