The New Restaurant

It is a dark time. Across the state, businesses have been shut down for want of customers. So many restaurants have closed that underground, speakeasy-style eateries have popped up away from the watchful eyes of health department.

The boys’ beloved Sniff City has become….(Dun…dun…duhhhhn)… Hellmont.

My idea is better. No MINE is! Mom!!
Which of us has the best name for our new restaurant?
My idea's the best. It's the Diarrhea Trattoria!
Wait, does this place serve or cause diarrhea? Your choice! Oh dear, are those raisins and Tootsie Rolls on the bar? Well, at one time...
Forget about him. It's my idea that's the best.
It's the Copra...CopraphaGIa! The hottest spot for diarrhea! At the Copra,CopraphaGIa..Poopin' and noshin' are always in fahshion...Fashion? Yes, dahling...
Do you really think anyone will want to eat here? How is your dessert menu? Do you serve Poopsicles or Fudge Dragons? I'd like a meal to help me clear a room. I need assistance with my abstract expressionism.

Not that dogs eat poo or anything…

Well, only if it’s there.


Chewy has been rewarding customers with surprise paintings of their beloved pets. So many people would like to request having a portrait of their pets done, yet Chewy does not put them in touch with staff artists. If you would like a similar but legally distinct picture of your beloved pet, come visit my shop at L. Bowman Studios.


Ew! For heaven't sake woman, have some shame! What? I've been in quarantine almost a year. Nobody sees me.
So we're not "somebody"? For the purposes of this argument, no.
Why is it acceptable that you guys are all furry and not me? 'Cause we're adorable.
Two Cairn terriers pant in the sun.

See? I told you we were adorable!


Handmade olive green tweed cardigan for men.

If you have been considering buying a soft, handmade cardigan for yourself or someone you love, now is the perfect time. Order what you want while you can before fuel prices go up.

This lovely Olive Green Cardigan is hand knit of soft merino wool and alpaca. It has set in pockets, and the buttons are made of eco-friendly coconut shells.

This sweater and many other fine gifts are available from my shop.

Sharing the Blame

Blue Puppy gets his paw caught as he flees from raiding the trash can.

It used to be that Blue Puppy was the one to share Toby’s misadventures.

Then today I found this…

…next to these two.

It looks like I am going to have to keep an eye on the whole toy box now.

It wasn’t me. Honest.

Oh, I forgot. The boys and I had an anniversary last week. On the 6th, my boys reached the milestone of hiding away in the museum for a whole year! In that time, no one has been able to see them or buy them. Gosh, what a great year it’s been.

If you would like to see what my two have been up to by themselves with no supervision, pick up a copy of Dream Our World. Inside, the boys visit the museum of their dreams and view the world of art from a canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

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


Hi, my name is Star. Your name is Toaster.
Can I at least be Toastar?

Despite the similarity of their names, The Tobester does not like The Toaster.

Cairn terrier stands over slain toy

Mom, you can’t draw a car for crap!


Orchid Bread Cloth

To display your golden toast when company comes over, consider using this lovely hand stitched Orchid Bread Cloth to line your bread basket. Made of 100% cotton, it will add an extra touch of festivity to any occasion.

Orchid Bread Cloth and other fine gifts are available from my shop.

Toby and Tiger

Ouch. Doesn't this smack of copyright infringement? Nah, it's an homage!

While Toby’s bestie for trouble-making is Blue Puppy, his partner when it comes to food is Tiger. Tiger is actually a cheetah, but my family named the toy “Tiger”, and this is what I picture in my mind when they say it.

When Toby first started bringing me Tiger, I thought he wanted me to chase him. It took several tries before I realized that Toby was saying “Tiger is hungry too”. (D’oh!) So now after Toby eats he brings me Tiger, and then Tiger has his share.

Tiger waits patiently for his snack while Toby heads off by himself.

Toby had tried to steal a pair of pajama bottoms from the laundry to trade for food, but the more he pulled the more he closed the door on himself. Eventually he gave up and took a nap.


If you would like a Dresden Plate Quilt like the one in the pictures above, I happen to have one! This colorful quilt has been hand appliqued and hand quilted over many painstaking hours. With the quilt are two matching shams so your new bedroom ensemble will already be complete. For more information, click here.

Checkout for the quilt is available through my shop.


Today is my birthday. What do you think about that? Hmmm...
Hey! Get back here! You can't do that. It's impossible! Hmmm...
Hmmm...Gimme that back!

It’s Stinky Toby’s birthday. Happy Birthday little boy!

Happy, happy birthday

From all of us to you!

And on this very special day

May all your dreams come true!

Presents on the table

And folks who give a hoot.

Now blow out your candles

And kindly please don’t toot!


Is there a party going on at your house? Then consider buying one of these eco-friendly gift bags for presenting your gift! These lovely bags can be reused to give yet another gift, or they can be used as a handy tote. If you are concerned about germs, bags are machine washable!

Gift Presentation Bags are available from my shop.

Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe

This is not my recipe. I found it on the internet and have no idea where.

Sweet Potato Cookies

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sweet potato puree

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Mix dry ingredients. Cream butter, potato, sugar and egg. Mix with dry ingredients, then add pecans. Scoop 1” balls. Bake 400 degrees for 10 min until set. Can be glazed.

I have to use alternative ingredients, so my cookies are brown rice flour with coconut oil and very little sugar. To me, they remind me of Snickerdoodles in that they have a mild flavor and a medium texture (not hard, not soft). If you wanted to get adventurous and put mini chocolate chips in them, that would probably be good too!

If you try them, you’ll have to let me know how they turn out. 😊


If you try them, send me some. Dogs like Christmas cookies too!

Christmas Cookies

Another season...another reason...for baking cookies! That's not how the song goes. Mind your own business!

I don’t usually bake cookies because…well….I’m lazy.

Sweet potato that Toby dug up in the garden

I still have an abundance of sweet potatoes from the garden, so I decided to try out a new recipe – Sweet Potato Cookies.

A surprise arrived when I went to make the cookies – a double yolked egg! I have no idea if they are good luck or not, but they did make the cookies extra cholesterol-y.

I got this cookie plate probably 30 years ago, but I never got to use it until now. I just felt like celebrating that the puppy and kitty finally got to watch for Santa.

Don’t I get to have some? I like sweet potatoes.

To make your celebrations even more festive, add this hand-stitched Chicken and Egg Bread Cloth to your table!

Country Fresh

Foods will taste even better when their presentation is enhanced with hand made care. Chicken and Egg Bread Cloth is available from my shop.