Walls

Why do you suppose Charles Schultz always drew his characters standing behind a wall? So he didn't have to draw feet?

Real me or virtual me, I look great on a wall!

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Dream Our World

To see more of what Bitey and Toby have been up to, pick up a copy of Dream Our World. Inside the boys visit the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun.

Dream Our World is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Castor Oil

Hmm it says here that using castor oil can help regrow hair. I'll have to try that.
A few weeks later...
Do you guys have any idea what happened to my castor oil? Haven't a clue. No idea what you're talking about.

My aunt told me about this nearly a year ago, and I have been using it ever since. That is what I credit for my dandelion fluff new hair.

This secret is why my fur is always so thick and luxurious.

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Boy's Purple and Blue Argyle Sweater Vest

Encourage your child to combat covid apathy by dressing sharply in this hand knit Argyle Vest! Size 3-5 Argyle Vest is made of 100% merino wool, so it is both incredibly soft and very warm. Studies have shown that children who dress for success are more likely to achieve it. Why not give your young person every advantage starting today?

Argyle Vest is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Does Mommy Still Love Me?

Do you think mommy still loves me even though I barked all day?
Of course she does. She has to. It's like, in her contract or something.
Just look at her. She's smiling. She must be happy.
I should sit here for my picture? OK! Free to a good home. Are you sure there are biscuits in here? Woo hoo! i can't wait to see what my surprise is!

No, I never think such things.

You’d better not. I know where you live.

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Bear Paw Quilt

Last night got cold enough for frost for us. If you are in a similarly global-warming-challenged climate, and your single puppy dog on the bed isn’t enough to keep you warm, consider adding this rustic Bear Paw Quilt to your nights. By adding an extra layer of bedding, not only will you save on heating costs but by conserving fuel, you won’t be contributing to next year’s unbearably hot summer. (Unless there’s a volcano, then all bets are off.)

This Bear Paw Quilt and many other fine gifts are available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

The Naughty Tomato

I stole something once.

Why? What were you expecting?

Every year the garden gives us something entertaining. This year it was a tomato.

I’m tellin’ ya, I’m much more entertaining than a stupid tomato!

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If you would like to be entertained by Toby instead of a tomato, check out Dream Our World! Dream Our World can literally be checked out at your local library, or you can order a copy from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

In Dream Our World, Bitey and Toby go to the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective. Dream Our World would make a perfect gift for friend or family!

Dream Our World

Dandelion Fluff

Hey look! A closed door. Let's open it. Absolutely! Do NOT open this door!
Don't look at me! What happened? You always look normal when we see you.
Last August my hair fell out again. I have been drawing myself with a wig ever since. Why didn't you just draw yourself with hair?
Hmm, why didn't I draw myself with hair?

Did you know that psoriasis can make your hair fall out? Well it can! After falling out (again) last August, mine has finally started growing back and is maybe four or five inches long. When I stand in the light, I resemble a dandelion gone to seed.

I have a friend who is facing chemo and is rightly disappointed at the thought of losing her hair. I wanted to let her know that she is not alone. When I lost mine, I spent a good bit of time looking at chemo hats, and I found a company that I liked. It’s called Headcovers Unlimited, and it has a lot of options other than traditional chemo scarves.

Of course all their models have a healthy glow to their cheeks and don’t have tired eyes, but it is nice to imagine that I might look this cute in one of their hats. Some of the hats and scarves have hair in the back to protect your neck from the sun. (The hair is attached to the hat in this picture. )

So, if you are dealing with alopecia, you don’t need to send your husband beat up comedians. Instead splurge on some soft hats to make yourself feel better. And chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Not my image, but I wish it were!

Mommy gets lots of compliments on her pink sunhat

…but she gets even more compliments on me!

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Self conscious about the state of your hair? Then consider this dramatic hooded cape/cloak when you go out for the evening.

Made of light-drinking black pinwale corduroy and lined with soft as silk red acetate, this cloak is sure to make a bold statement wherever you go.

Ladies Cloak/Cape is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Sweet (Potato) Dreams

A friend of mine said that my sweet potato looked like a dinosaur.

Oh wait, maybe she said it was as big as a dinosaur.

When digging up the garden, I had been giving Toby the tiny little potatoes that never fully developed which made him a pretty happy guy. Then he watched me pick up this behemoth, and you should have seen the expression on his face! I don’t think his eyes could have gotten any wider nor his tail wagged any faster. I couldn’t let him have it, though, lest I have to write another poem about yark.

Who are you to judge the yarkworthiness of my adventures?

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Thank you!

The local paper had an article about how allergies are being mistaken for covid symptoms. Whether you have ragweed issues or a virus, these earth-friendly, reusable cotton hankies are perfect for keeping your nose clean and dry.

Cotton hankies come with different pictures or phrases painted on them to make extra special gifts for those you love. Hankies are available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Playing Ball

Just like when we play Kick the Snow in the Winter, all sorts of neighbors look outside to watch Toby play Tennis Balls. (I can’t call it “Fetch” because he won’t bring them back.)

I may not bring them back, but I am one happy little camper!

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Dream Our World

Toby’s love for tennis balls even made its way into the book Dream Our World. Inside, Toby and his big brother Geordie visit the museum of their dreams and explore the world of art from a canine perspective. Dream Our World is a sweet book that appeals to all ages.

Dream Our World is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Frenzied Fall

Didn't make it to the bedroom, did she? Not even close.

On top of all the regular responsibilities that come with fall, I have been walking my neighbor’s pup while she is away. The little Schnauzer learned to blackmail me very quickly. She refused to so much as pee unless she got a walk.

Of course I got walks too. I’ll share you, but you’re still my human.

By going on so many walks each day, I got to experience some incredible things. I got to hear the cock crow three times in the morning. I got to watch the fawn twins frolic and play, and I got to see the most incredibly heavy fog that looked like something from a movie.

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You’re alright for a girl.

You don’t smell too bad for a boy.

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Suitable for both foggy mornings and foggy evenings, Black Hooded Cloak/Cape can keep you warm while still looking stylish. Whether heading to an evening at the theatre or celebrating Halloween with ghouls and vampires, this satin-lined cloak is sure to make a statement.

Black Hooded Cloak/Cape is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

Next Time You Don’t Feel Well…

Have a bowl of

Geht's Own Cricket Noodle Soup

and a sandwich on the side made with

Bumblebees chink Light "Tuna" Made with real bees

I think of the movie Snowpiercer and wonder what horrified people more – the thought of the main character engaging in cannibalism by eating an infant or the image of passengers eating “protein bricks” straight from the bug hopper.

Both ideas were meant to horrify North Americans. Culturally we are taught not to eat either. How hard do you think the push back will be when those who think they are all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips try to force insects on us?

I don’t know what you are complaining about.

Squished spiders are delicious!

My understanding is that murder hornets don’t have any natural predators in this country. Perhaps we could serve them up to all those trying to force others to eat bugs. We’ll tell them it’s “bee”f.

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Handmade Butterfly Quilt.
In some parts of the world, the weather is already starting to cool. Be prepared for those chilly nights with a warm, handmade quilt. This twin sized Patchwork Butterfly Quilt is hand appliqued, hand embroidered and hand quilted. (If you’d like, you can tell friends and family you made it yourself in your spare time during the lock down!)

This colorful Patchwork Butterfly Quilt, and many other fine items, are available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.

The Yark and the Witching Hour

Electric mustard colored fungus growing in wood mulch

Luminescent pile of yark

gently glowing in the dark.

Yellow like a ‘nanner peel

Little doggie do you feel

better now the puke is gone

sitting outside on the lawn?

(Wouldn’t Mozart be proud?)

The other night, Toby managed to jump up to the counter and steal and eat a banana peel before I could stop him. At 3:00 am he kindly gave the peel back. The poem has a happier ending than real life because it happened outside unlike reality which required an early morning kennel scrubbing. Thanks Toby.

Anytime, mom!

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Dream Our World

If you would like to know more of what Toby and his brother have been up to, pick up a copy of Dream Our World. Inside Bitey (Geordie) and Toby visit the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun.

Dream Our World is available from my shop at L Bowman Studios.