How did this happen? Tootsie, my second "heart kidney" succumbed to heart, lung and kidney failure on Monday, October 13th - just 30 days after the vets said she was doing great and less than three months after Bocce crossed the rainbow bridge.
Tootise threw her arm out of her cage and caught me more than a decade ago at the Nevada Humane Society. She had already been returned once - so I was her third home...and I dare not change her name. If Tootsie was a human she might have been diagnosed with an anxiety order - she was a little bit nervous. Her all time top weight was 8.2 lbs - she was a svelte feline labeled an abyssinian at the Emergency Clinic where her heart disease was originally diagnosed.
Tootsie's nickname was "Squeak" because I could hold her, ask her a question and give her a little squeeze and she would "squeak" an answer. A very fun game we use to play...
The staff at Feline Medical Center knew Tootsie for her attitude - which I fondly called Tootsie-Tude. She was not shy about screaming and snarling loudly if she was not perfectly happy. But she loved Dr. Kingely very much and Dr. Kingery her.
I miss her so very much but am comforted that she is with Taj, Sara and Bocce. They are showing her the way, thankfully.
Give your pets a hug - and remember, their lives are so short - every day is a gift.
I have always been an Urban Hiker. While I enjoy the occasional walk around one of the forests we have here in Reno-Tahoe (especially now with the fall colors), I much prefer a walk around a neighborhood ...
I was in heaven on Alberta Street in Portland. Collage was running a shuttle and I hopped that puppy as soon as I arrived and checked in.
Portland is known for its public art - it's everywhere, even on the sidewalk
Reno is not pre-mural, because of the upkeep, but they love them in Portland.
Here's one on the bicycle co-op building on Alberta...
I indulged in a delicious pumpkin - chicken curry at Thai Noon
Aren't these colors gorgeous?
Makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a blankie, a bowl of soup and Puzzle:)
More tomorrow ... it's the weekend - going to be cold and windy - prefect days to make art...
Only maniacs fly home late Sunday night from an art retreat and have to go to their left-brain job bright and early Monday am...hey! who you callin' a maniac???
Thought I'd work backwards in my Art and Soul experience and share my Sunday class with the fabuloso Lisa Kaus
The class was called "Gridlocked" and here's an excellent example( OK, but not the best photo) of Lisa's artistry....note that the piece is covered in beeswax...very cool...
She started us off with a 3/4 inch piece of cabinet grade maple that had been pre-prepped, thank goodness, with gesso and Golden medium ground..saving valuable class time
The next step was to lay out the collage items we brought to get an idea of where things might go before we started drawing out our grid and using paint, oil pastels and lyra crayons...
Fortunately, after I had arranged my items, I went to get some water for my brushes and ran into a friend who had taken the class before and told me to paint the canvas, get rid of the white and I'd be less intimidated.
I took that tip and covered the canvas with a pale ochre color and 4 hours later had completed this...
I look semi-crazed because I am extremely nervous that my plane is leaving in 90 minutes and I've yet to pack ten tons of art supplies into my carry-on size bag - LOL!
When I got home and unpacked my creations John commented that this piece looked like a scrapbook page. Whatever!
Keep checking back for my art and soul pictures throughout the week!
Here are my Art and Soul trades - ran out of these so I made something totally different in my hotel room Wednesday night but the photos are in my camera...where-oh-where is my camera cord? The Jenni Bowlin birds were the first to go!