Friday, July 30, 2010

Nick Names

I worked in the pet care industry for many years. I know two things for sure.#1 People look like their dogs (cats I'm not sure). #2 dogs never retain their given name. I acquired "Martini" from a woman that owned "Bailey", "Jack Daniels" and "Kahlua" get it???? ###@@@Ugh Martini !!!
Nick names, Martin, Marty Poo, Marty Pants, Marty Farty, for me I usually stick to Pookie :)

Tell me the name you give your vet then tell me the "real " name(s)

Banjo has a million ranging from Banjovi to Jovi but I usually just call her Jo.

xo Ro, Jo and Pookie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thank You!

My heart is filled with gratitude. Thank you to each and every one of you, for your support past and present. For your kind hearts and cheerful fun loving spirits, for commenting on my blog so I'm not here talking to myself (just me an my burro). People here at home that send me lovely poetry and emails. The ladies that stop in my studio with warm hugs and kindness. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be able to continue doing what I love. If I don't say it often enough I'm always filled with gratitude.

* I made a silver flower for Churro (boy Songbird that was a sticky name for sure, must be the sugar) and painted it to match his yoke. He's getting more stunning everyday!

Here's a laugh compliments of my father in law.
Paul was a professor of art now retired and funny as ever...... Ha haa!!!!

click to enlarge

xoxo, Ro

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Traveling in Thin Air or Adventures in Camping

These will be in the shop tomorrow.

Thank yo for following along....

XO, Chur and Ro put them together and what do you get?

More New Stuff

As the shadows grew long yesterday little Churros load got heavier. A tiny straw hat would be just the thing. All I know is pine needle basketry. It would have to be no bigger than a thimble with holes cut for ears. hmmmmmmm?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Stuff

New jewelry in the shop on Thursday

hope to see you there.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meet Ernestine

We drove past a lot of ranch land.....

I don't know much about cows.....

I can't tell a Holstein from a Feinstein but......

I can spot an Ernestine, (one ringy dingy) I love her!!!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


We flew home yesterday

We took it slow, venturing off the highway, finding new places to explore when the weather is cooler.

We stopped for coffee in a dusty ranch town where Mount Whitney towered and loomed. We sat outside the local saloon and listened to the voices trail out onto the sidewalk. I wondered to myself how could they feel so relaxed in it's prescience. How could you take something like that for granted? Perhaps that's why so much beer was being consumed mid day.

My heart is restored
I have been fascinated over and over
My mind is replete with beauty and gladness
My hands are restless
and ready to work
The pleasure of my work

Mary Oliver wrote....
-And roses thick as fences
Were soft bright, able to renew themselves
As a woman finally I cannot do

*perhaps not in body but spirit, yes!

*It was fun having you along the trail. Thank you to each and every blog reader that shared our joys!

xo, Ro

Saturday, July 24, 2010

With Quiet Eyes

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun

I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one

I will look at cliffs and clouds

With quiet eyes

I will watch the wind blow the grass
and then rise

xo, ro

*exert E St Vincent Millay

Friday, July 23, 2010


We spent the day yesterday hiking and fishing. We started off in the dry chaparral, manzanita, mountain mahogany and ceanothis dotted with wildflowers. We climbed a couple miles on a dry trail, Ponderosa Pines the giants of this landscape were a welcome retreat from the sun.

I had never seen this one which I later looked up in one of my field guides "Deers Tongue"
It was worth the hike. We found a clear stream and followed the water to the lake. The fishing was unreal!

Eric caught several beautiful brook trout and so did I. All were perfectly caught on flies, briefly handled then returned from whence they came.

Some of the forest here had recently burned. Many of the furs and smaller pines had succumbed but the huge Ponderosas held their own and were in various states of recovery.

Wild rose

the fisherman

sculptural granite boulders painted with lichens

Have a wonderful weekend everybody. Were off on a new adventure then headed home soon. Though its hard to leave. The call of a warm "inside shower" may be just the lure :)

*mosquito bites 100!
*little doggie, wiped out
*two campers have a few more miles left

We love you all, Ro, E & Mart xxxoooo

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

High altitude lakes formed by glaciers, pristine and beautiful. This particular gem is adjacent to an ancient volcano. The white bottom is ground pumice, instant foot care.

Mart eye view

pumice heart

snow fed

Natures statements, small and precious

labradorite threads, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to capture these elusive damselflies in my lens. Are they a figment? Finally, eventually.....I caught her.

A closer look reveals an interesting, comical expression, grimace

I hike the upslopes while Eric fishes for cutthroat trout, catch and release.


volcano and cloud, last eruption 50,000 years ago

happy days for the fisherman


the pageantry of nature

I'm listening to Jonny Cash singing "It Ain't Me Babe", Eric looks across his computer screen and says " He wasn't always good "
I take this as a sign to hit the trail.....

Best wishes and warm hugs from high elevations, Ro, E and M

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It takes a lot more steps to get there when you're one foot tall. Marty rests easy in the evenings.

Bits from the forest floor

Aspen leaves shimmer and quake as we search for fossils at the foot of this monumental rock face.

More pictures to come. I only had a moment to say hi.

love to you all and Bryce who is now reading.