The Tall Snow

Puppy standing in deep snow, looking up in awe.
Puppy stannding at base of huge snow pile
Mom, can I poop in the house like when I was a puppy?

Toby thought he liked snow until he encountered the deep stuff.

Now, like the rest of us, he is waiting for a thaw. *

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

Escape your snowy world with a trip to The Museum of the Imagination in Dream Our World! Inside Bitey and Toby visit the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun. Dream Our World makes a great gift for all ages.

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

*After the Storm, oil on canvas

(What genius at WordPress decided that an asterisk is the same as a bullet point? Quit changing what I type!)

The Christmas Letter

Ack!
Mom!!
What is it, Toby? Look what Santa wrote.
Dear Toby, I won't be coming to your house this year because of Covid. You weren't a very good boy anyway, so I wasn't going to be bringing you anything. Things might have been didfferent if you had been nicer to Geordie. Santa Paws.
Geordie! You are in so much trouble! Heh heh. Totally worth it.

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

To keep your little monsters out of trouble, get them a copy of Dream Our World to read so they will be busy. Inside, Bitey and Toby go to the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun.

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

Handles

My bunny slipper ears are not "Mom Handles"! My tail is not a "Dog Handle"!

Yeah…no more bunny slippers around here.

Young cairn terrier looking over his shoulder.

My tail is NOT a “Dog Handle”!

To get a handle on your little monsters’ terrible behavior, exhaust them by taking them to the Museum of the Imagination with Bitey and Toby’s book, Dream Our World!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Inside, my boys visit the museum of their dreams while enjoying a day of unsupervised fun. A gift that is fun for all ages.

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

A Whatosaurus?

Roar! I'm a Chronosaurus: I've come to eat our Times...or maybe Fossil.
A Chronosaurus? Where do you come up with this nonsense? Trust me. I wouldn't be doing this if mommy could hear better.

Did you know that there is such a thing as a Kronosaurus? I didn’t. (Although older visitors might remember them from the playground when they were children.) In addition, there also existed a Charonasaurus. To make matters even more confusing, there is the Chronosaurus which is a species of time-traveling dinosaur from a contemporary video game.

I thought I had misheard someone say “Chronosaur” instead of “dinosaur” and my mind leapt to Langolier-style lizards eating time and those who failed to evolve. Turns out the speaker really did say Chronosaur.

I guess the take away from this is that while I am hopelessly out of touch both with ancient sciences and contemporary games, at least my hearing is OK.

That is a matter of debate. I have been telling you that I am hungry for weeks, but you never seem to hear.

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ASL Alien Hand Pillow with Galaxies

Whether or not you have perfect hearing, you can enjoy this hand-appliqued ASL Alien Hand Pillow! Pistachio green alien hand signs “I Love You” to everyone nearby as galaxies swirl in the background (as galaxies are wont to do, of course). This 12″ square pillow would make a wonderful gift for someone you love.

Alien Hand Pillow is available from my shop.

Snow Boinging

Aren't you getting tired of saying "Boing, boing, boing" every time you run? Never!
You're just jealous because I am too light to fall through the snow!

While our snow stopped during the night, the wind continued till morning. We ended up with knee-high drifts over most of the yard. Toby still loves boinging out in the snow, but now that he has put on extra weight, he no longer lands on top. I suspect Geordie is having a big laugh at his expense this week!

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If you would like to have more laughs at Toby’s expense, pick up a copy of Dream Our World. Inside, Bitey and Toby visit the museum of their dreams and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

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

It Snowed!

Guess what? It snowed!
Whee!
Puppy makes snow angels.
Puppy dives into fresh snow.
Puppy does the backstroke in fresh snow.
Puppy digs in fresh snow.
Hello...what's this? They grew back?

Toby couldn’t wait to wake me up this morning to tell me that it snowed. He was so impatient to go out that he didn’t even ask for my breakfast. Once he got out, he Boing! Boing! Boinged! all over the place. It was so nice to see him happy and bouncy again!

The cold temperatures and 5″ of powder were all worth it to watch my puppy in the snow.

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Waiting for Santa

If you would like to share some puppy cheer, consider sending friends and family these Waiting for Santa greeting cards. (Without the watermark, of course.) The inside is blank so you can decide if your household is a “Merry Christmas” or a “Season’s Greetings” one.

These and other great gifts are available from my shop, L Bowman Studios.

You Just Wouldn’t Understand!

I hate being cooped up in the house all the time like this...not being allowed outside...not being allowed to see friends...You wouldn't know what it's like. I'm the unluckiest anyone in the world. Yeah, Tell me about it.

I think most of Stinky McPooperson’s crabbiness comes from his diet. He got really used to humans giving him food to be “the magical talking dog” (as the little ones call him), and a mere two meals a day is getting on his nerves.

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If you would like a royal pillow like Toby’s come visit my store!

Ice Blue Royal Pillows

These royal pillows are made of a soft, velvety fabric with gold trim and tassels. They will add a touch of elegance to any recovery period!

It Only Looks Good on Bunnies

Do you think anyone will be able to tell? Hmm, on top of the droopy face, the red eyes, the bald patches, the bum knee... Nah, you're good. I'M SO ANGRY!!

For a while I have felt guilty calling Toby “Bitey Dog” when it was really his brother’s moniker, but Toby finally put forth the effort to make it his.

Dogs do so well at hiding their feelings sometimes that you can miss their signs of pain.

On Friday I leaned over to ask if I could help Toby reach the treat that he had pushed behind he furniture, and he exploded in a furious attack. Twenty four pounds of muscle and anger (and teeth. Let’s not forget the teeth) launched themselves straight for my face. This was so out of character for my pup that I was completely caught off guard.

I managed to get him into his kennel so I could assess the situation. He immediately fell asleep. I ended up with puncture wounds on my cheek, lip and nose. Also, my top lip had been ripped apart like a rabbit’s. Gross. Trust me, the look is only cute on bunnies.

Tuesday was the earliest I could schedule an appointment with Toby’s vet, and she told me that he “did not mince words” when she tried to examine his left knee. Also, he somehow managed to gain 2 pounds in 6 months. Oops. Looks like the shutdown got to him too.

The combination of extra weight and already wonky knees left my boy in incredible pain. Me getting near his treat on Friday sent him over the edge. I didn’t know that, though, and spent the weekend afraid of my dog. Now I feel guilty that my little boy needed comfort and understanding, and I kept him at several arms’ length.

Toby got sent home from the vet with pain medication and guidelines for a strict diet. By this afternoon he was feeling so much better that he was driving me nuts. He is evidently hungry too because he keeps stealing my things in order to trade them for food. I can tell that the next two pounds are going to be really tough on both of us.

As for me, I am hoping to be able to drink from a glass again someday. For now I have to use the ultra-super-mega Verboten drinking straws. (I wouldn’t be surprised it Greta Thunberg comes ’round at night and beats me up.) For some reason I don’t bruise purple, I turn yellow/green. It looks I have smeared mustard all over my face where Toby hit me.

Despite the unpleasantness, I am glad that I finally understand Toby’s pain and was able to get him help. If we’re lucky, the medication and the weight loss might help him to feel good for a long time to come.

Cairn terrier sleeping in kennel.

Go away. I don’t feel good.

(Don’t you mean “well”?)

(Do you want to get bitten again?!?)

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Were you among the lucky who got chilly weather this week? If so, you know the value of a warm, cozy quilt.

Handmade Butterfly Quilt.

This patchwork Butterfly Quilt can bring a touch of whimsy to your home. Whether resting on the back of the sofa or decorating the guest bedroom, the colorful handmade quilt will be a treasure for years to come.

Butterfly Quilt is available from my shop.

(Yes, I can do international shipping. Just let me know your country, and I can calculate the shipping cost.)

Blue Puppy/Red Monster

Check you slippers in the morning, Mom.

Toby and I play a game where he gets a treat for touching the toy that I name. This day, we were playing “Blue Puppy/Red Monster”. He did well with Blue Puppy, but when I called out “Red Monster”, he bopped me on the head.

Sorry, Toby. There are no rewards in life for honesty.

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Are you expecting a new little monster in your life? If so, welcome him or her with a handmade layette set. This sweater, hat, socks and blanket were all painstakingly (and I do mean painstakingly) made of extra soft brushed acrylic.

Layette Set (and other fine gifts) are available from my store.