Not so Smart About Art

It’s been a while since I updated readers on our little backyard rental.  This post is all about the goofy “objet d’art” I’m putting in the cottage.  However, I will throw in a few cute animal pics to make the post legit for the Kittybunnychicken.

The first two rescue turtles of the season.

The first two rescue turtles of the season.

Every year I save a turtle from certain death on the back roads of Montgomery County.  I didn’t keep the big guy long.  He trampled my impatiens so he was transplanted to the lake after two days.  The little fellow roams the yard eating slugs and whatnot.  I see him about every third day, doing his “turtle thing”.  Mulder is intrigued by the moving rock that lives in his yard.

Now for some fun Pink House pictures.  I’ve been trying hard to choose some “art” to hang on the walls and I have absolutely no criteria for picking pieces except for finding things that “float my boat”.  I also try to stick to local artists or at least pictures that evoke a homespun feeling or have brilliant color or and animal theme.  Since I know diddly-squat about the subject, I’ve basically collected a hodge podge of things that make me smile.  I hope our guests feel the same way, but one can only guess.

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This is one of the first things I found.  It was leaning against a wall in a Wetumpka flea mall.  It’s hard to see how big it is, but it’s a giant painting of hydrangea on a green background.  I had it reframed because it was falling apart.

Cow Painting

I saw this at an estate sale.  It’s just a cheap print in a cheesy frame.  I couldn’t resist pastel colored cows!  The one on the right has a pink hair-do!  I had it reframed in some old white-washed barn wood.

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Found these roses in a booth at Eastbrook Flea Market.  If you look close the frame has some chips and scratches, but I think it’s charming and pretty so it hangs over the master bed.

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Also found at Eatbrook Flea.  This print is framed so beautifully!  The mat and gold frame is so complimentary to this goofy flamingo.  I didn’t even notice until I got home and put my reading glasses on that it’s an AUDUBON PRINT!!!  Like I said, I know zilch about art, but I do know who John James Audubon is and I was very happy to have this nice birdy for my Pink House.

If the cottage were twice as big as it is, I could have filled it with more beautiful and goofy stuff.  Here are some treasures that didn’t make the cut simply because I have run out of room (or because I’m too cheap to pay the big bucks.)

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this thing!  It’s by an Israeli chick named Patricia Govenzensky and it’s a mere $850.00!  Can you believe Jim wouldn’t spring for this?  Cheap bastard!  Google this gal.  She specializes in watercolors and her work almost exclusively depicts lounging chicks in foreign climes, having tea in cafes and bistros.  I’m sure I love her work because I have a child’s appreciation for colorful crazy patterns and if money were no object, I’d have her work in every room.  Maybe Jim can get another job in his “free” time.  (I’m SO glad he doesn’t read my blog!)

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OK, I really need this fluorescent fish!!!  Somebody needs to go to Prattville Pickers and plop down the $45.00 I need to take this guy home!

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My pal Susna educated me on this late Montgomery artist, Barbara Gallagher.  She has several pieces in her home, and now when I see her work in the local area, I take a photo for my friend.  This is hanging in an art supply and framing shop next to Eastbrook.  It is not for sale but when I admired it, the owner told me he bought this for his wife for a Valentines gift.  Ooooh La, La!

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These bunnies make me happy.  Too pricey but when I get a sugar daddy, I’m gonna go back and get ’em.  (Just kidding Jim, oh wait, he doesn’t read this, never mind)

There’s more, but you’ll need to come over and get a tour for yourself.  Any of my local neighbors can come poke around the Pink House as long as it’s not occupied.  I love showing off my toy and would enjoy suggestions on how to make it even better.  So here’s a couple of pictures of crazy Rowdy enjoying the crinkly tunnel I bought for Buster-man.  It scares him and he pees when Jim puts him in it!

Just the right snooze toob for my fat kitty

Just the right snooze tube for my fat kitty

And she ALMOST fits.

And she ALMOST fits.

Keepin' it tasteful above all! :)

Keepin’ it tasteful above all! :)

The Chicken Lady Waddles Again!

You may remember reading a previous post where I visited an elementary school classroom to talk about the wonders of raising chickens.

http://kittybunnychicken.com/2013/03/09/elementary-my-dear-wilson/

I can’t believe that was over two years ago.  My pals Tama and Meggie went with me to help.  Meggie wore the chicken suit and did the funky chicken for the kids.

She was an AMAZING dancing chicken!

She was an AMAZING dancing chicken!

This year, Mrs. Nelson’s class was going to hatch some eggs and raise some baby chicks in the classroom.  Alas, only one egg hatched and the poor little chick lived alone in the brooder.  She asked me to come to the class to talk about chickens so we picked a day and I made a few preparations for the presentation.  I didn’t have a helper to wear the suit this time so this chick had to don the big yellow ensemble herself.

I must say, I do wear with with style!

I must say, I do wear with style!

The morning I was supposed to go visit the classroom, Mrs. Nelson called and said that the lonely little chick had died overnight. I knew the kids would be sad so I asked if I could bring some new babies from the feed store.  It took some doing but I found one store that still had chicks for sale.  I fixed up a box for them and drove to get my little brood.

Peep, peep, peep!

Peep, peep, peep!

These are all Americaunas.  They’re a beautiful breed who have sweet temperaments and lay lovely blue/green eggs.

My Rosie was an Americauna

My Rosie was an Americauna

I arrived with my box o’ chicken nuggets and started my entertaining one woman chicken show. :)

A visual demonstration on how chickens aren't very good flyers.

A visual demonstration on how chickens aren’t very good flyers.

You can imagine the heat generated inside this suit by a full-figured middle aged chick, wildly flapping her “wings” to try to get off the ground!

This is one FRIED chicken!

This is one FRIED chicken!

I very carefully showed the kids how the babies were getting their “grown-up” feathers and would soon be able to fly short leaps and hops on to their roosts.

I was gentle.

I was gentle.

Mrs. Nelson had a brooder ready for the babies and was going to raise them until they got too big for the classroom.  One of her student’s grandmothers was going to take them to live on her farm.  I enjoyed my day very much and I hope I taught the kids a little bit about caring for animals and learning where eggs actually come from.  I asked where the dead chick was and the teacher gave him to me in a little cardboard box.  I said I would be happy to take him home and put him in my ever-growing pet cemetery.  I want to thank the teachers at Wilson Elementary School for inviting me.  I look forward to seeing you again next year.

I named him

I named him “Wilson” :(

After I got home I stripped off the nuclear hot chicken suit and threw it on the landing because I was too grouchy to take it upstairs.  Rowdy thought it looked like a perfect place for a nap.

Sweet dreams of being held in the arms of a giant yellow chicken.

Sweet dreams of being held in the arms of a giant yellow chicken.

Exit Kittens

I took the kittens back to the shelter a week ago, but have neglected to post my last batch of great pictures of the little fur balls.  Get ready for cuteness overload.

Last visit with mama.

Last visit with mama.

Wendy, the mama cat went back to the shelter two weeks before the babies.  I saw her when I returned the kittens. She had her surgery and she seemed healthy and rested and ready to go to her forever home.  She was a very sweet and fierce mama.  If she even smelled one of our cats under the door she bristled and growled. Mulder was terrified of her.  But most things scare Mr. Mulder.

Is she gone yet?

Is she gone yet?

But after mama cat was gone he enjoyed playing with one of the kittens.

You still love me best right?

You still love me best right?

Peter was the only boy in the group and he gravitated toward the other big boy in the house.

Hi I'm Peter.  Wanna play?

Hi I’m Peter. Wanna play?

One of their favorite places to sleep was under the refrigerator door.

It's vewy warm here.

It’s vewy warm here.

And although it’s against the rules for me to let them play outside, I did put them in an enclosure around our oak tree for a little while.

Every kitten should get to climb a tree once in his life.

Every kitten should get to climb a tree once in his life.

Most of them were much better at climbing the fence though.

Follow me guys! We're bustin' out!

Follow me guys! We’re bustin’ out!

I enjoyed my little batch of babies, but it’s always nice to get the house back in order when they go.  I highly recommend this job if you have the time and the room. Thank you Montgomery Humane Shelter for allowing me the opportunity to be involved in this service. :)

Mary, Mary NOT Contrary

If you want to see the opposite of contrary, check this lady out.

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My pal Mary

My last installment to the KittyBunnyChicken was devoted to Goldie and her new home with this cool “chick”.  I had so many pictures of my visit, I had to divide the post in two parts.  So HERE COME THE BUNNIES!

Count Chocula!

Count Chocula!

“Lucky” was born with only three legs. He is so lucky to have a home with such a kind person.

Mary has a large maze of bunny pens, coops, hutches and bunkers on her property.  She receives the little structures from feed stores, yard sales, gifts etc.  Most of them show the wear and tear of years of use, but she keeps them in good working order through regular maintenance and cleanings.  They make a great group of homes for her bunnies who she tries to pair bond (male and female cohabitation) within each little area.

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She uses old pillowcases and sheets to make stylish

She uses old pillowcases and sheets to make stylish “drapes” to help shade the structures.

Buster needs one of these cute little casas.

Buster needs one of these cute little casas.

Hi, come in and join me for some delicious hay.

Hi, come in and join me for some delicious hay.

Some of her hutches are newer than others, but all are safe and comfortable for her little guys.

Some of her hutches are newer than others, but all are safe and comfortable for her little guys.

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And guess what?  I'm not even showing all of them!  There are several more little houses on the property.

And guess what? I’m not even showing all of them! There are several more little houses on the property.

In addition to hutches, Mary has made some “bunny bunkers” in and around the fences that allow buns to go underground to stay cool, but they’ve been reinforced with cinder blocks.  Once she had so much burrowing that the pathways were caving in!

Hmmmm...let's see what's under here.

Hmmmm…let’s see what’s under here.

And if feeding and caring for abandoned bunnies and chickens weren’t enough, my friend provides food for the hungry birds and squirrels at her home.

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She has many beautiful trinkets and feeders hanging from the amazing tree.  You can’t see it all but there are displays of art all around her yard.  Recently she has begun a fun hobby.  She makes art from broken pottery.  I can’t wait to see her creations.  I know they’ll be expressions of beauty and inspiration from a very special person.  I have a lot of admiration for Mary because of her tireless devotion to animals and her optimistic attitude about life in general.

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We need more folks like this.  I’m constantly surprised and amazed at the wonderful people I’ve met thru the love of animals.  (And you know who you are, Debbie, Mary, Jean, etc.)

Heavenly haven.

Heavenly haven.

Thanks again, my friend for providing homes for my foster bunny & chicken.  You are the wind beneath my wings…and paws…and talons…and tails. :)

Go Go Goldie!

It’s been several days since I took my foster chicken to her new home.  I took so many pictures, I’m just now getting around to editing and posting them to the blog.  So many in fact that this post will be a two-parter.  The first part is all about the small chicken haven that is Goldie’s new home.  The lady who graciously took her in is Mary, my friend and fellow bunny rescuer who gave my former foster bunny Graycie a wonderful new home.

Graycie and her boyfriend Manny happily cohabitate in one of Mary's many reclaimed and refurbished bunny hutches.

Graycie and her boyfriend Manny happily cohabitate in one of Mary’s many reclaimed and refurbished bunny hutches.

No, they are not cooped up in an outside hutch at all.  This is just their “bedroom”.  All of Mary’s bunnies have protective fences to keep them safe, but they all have free-range of their good sized yards.

Graycie and her industrious husband, dug this nifty burrow that goes deep underground.  They hang out here too keep cool on hot days.

Graycie and her industrious husband, dug this nifty burrow that goes deep underground. They hang out here too keep cool on hot days.

But more on the bunnies in another post.  Today’s issue is all about the CHICKENS!

Goldie was peaceful on the drive to her new home in Florida.

Goldie was peaceful on the drive to her new home in Florida.

As soon as we arrived, I asked Mary to take a picture of me holding her because I realized I didn’t have one.

ALMOST as pretty as Daisy.  I said "ALMOST".

ALMOST as pretty as Daisy. I said “ALMOST”.

Mary escorted me through a maze of bunny warrens until we reached the chicken pen all the way in the back of her huge, shady yard.

This will do just fine thank you!

This will do just fine thank you!

I worried a bit about how the other chickens (three hens and a handsome rooster) would treat a newcomer, but Mary sent these pictures later in the evening after I got home.

Hey, who's the new chick?

Hey, who’s the new chick?

Goldie got a rude and rather intimate introduction from Mr. Rooster almost immediately upon her arrival!  I mean really!  Can’t a girl settle in a bit before being “cock-a-doodle-dood”?

At least he's a very handsome dude.

At least he’s a very handsome dood.

Mary doctored Goldie’s hind quarters (she had some “issues”) and quickly made friends with her.  She apparently can pick her up and cuddle her which makes me jealous.  She only ran from me, but maybe Mary and Goldie are birds of a feather.

After we got Goldie situated, Mary showed me a flock of chicks in a pen on her porch.  She’s raising some babies to join her adult flock.

Very pretty little peckers.

Very pretty little peckers.

Mary put a bouquet of heather in the coop and the crowd went wild!

Apparently these seeds are all the rage in chicken cuisine.!

Apparently these seeds are all the rage in chicken cuisine.

They're so WARM!

They’re so WARM!

This was an eventful day and I haven’t even mentioned all the bunnies yet!  I drove home humbled at the love and compassion some people have for animals.  I talk the talk, but my friend Mary really walks the walk.  The amount of time and manual labor that goes in to her little slice of animal heaven is beyond imagining; not to mention the money she must spend on maintenance, vet bills and food!

I have a few more unpublished pictures of Miss Goldie and her short time at the Burlingame Petting Zoo, so please indulge me.

A hummingbird and a chicken walk into a bar...

A hummingbird and a chicken walk into a bar…

You might want to re-think that Mulder.

You might want to re-think that Mulder.

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She sure did dress up my back yard.

:)

Buster & Goldy Sittin’ in a Tree…

Well they’re not actually K-I-S-S-I-N-G, but they are great pals.  From the day we began Fostering Goldie, Buster has followed her around the yard and tried to make her feel welcome.

Hi, I'm Buster and this is MY chicken.

Hi, I’m Buster and this is MY chicken.

At first she was a little wary of him because she had no idea what he was.  He hung out by her coop all day and watched her entertaining chicken antics.

I wish she'd invite me inside.

I wish she’d invite me inside.

I made him a little lean-to next to her coop so he could sit in the shade and be near her.

Thanks mom.

Thanks mom.

Eventually he made his way inside the coop where he now spends much of his bunny day.

She said she doesn't mind as long as I don't eat any worms.

She said she doesn’t mind as long as I don’t eat any worms.

Buster, I’m very sorry to tell you that I’m taking Goldy to DeFuniak Springs tomorrow to her forever home.  I have a good friend there who has a sanctuary for chickens AND bunnies, so Goldy will likely have many new bunny boyfriends at her new home.  Don’t fret buddy.  Mommy is gonna get you a couple of these very soon.

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I’ll let you show ’em the ropes around the Burlingame ranch.

:)

Kitten Smitten

I take Wendy back today.  She’s finished nursing the babies and she needs to get her surgery and go to the adoption room to find her forever home.  She’s a beautiful, sweet cat and I feel certain she won’t stay long.

We have a nice mommy!

We have a nice mommy!

Meantime the personalities of the kittens are forming and I’m realizing that there is a joker in every bunch.

Now, this sweet little face could never be a tiny terror right?

Now, this sweet little face could never be a tiny terror right?

Think again!

Think again!

HIs favorite pastime is harassing his poor sisters!

HIs favorite pastime is harassing his poor sisters!

And the stream of lovely lasses continues…

My sweet neighbors Brenda & David are responsible for all this loveliness.

My sweet neighbors Brenda & David are responsible for all this loveliness.

Emma Jane is in kitty heaven!

Emma Jane is in kitty heaven!

And my kitten enjoys watching the Nature Channel with her little foster siblings.

And my kitten enjoys watching the Nature Channel with her little foster siblings.

The babies go back on the 20th.  You still have a few more days to get some good lovin’.

:)