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On August 18th, 1920, a mere 96 years ago, women got the right to vote.
This year TWO women are running for president and their sisters are going to vote because their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness depend upon it.
As usual my alter ego Pumpkin, aka Miss Bindergarten, says it best!
See you at the polls!
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The old to the new,
The beard to the baby,
the wrinkled to the plump,
The tired to the fresh.
Father Time and Baby New Year from Frolic & Fun, 1897
What a weird, but wonderful image for the turn of the new year.
The old is always to the left, the new to the right.
I wanted to make my own version, so I used my own Baby Bear as the New year’s baby and his older self as the old year.
my quick thumbnail sketch
And finally, two older images of an infant Miss Bindergarten,
and her grown up self wishing All Y’all
a Happy, Healthy 2016!
Please share the joy, Y’all!
Having a border collie as my alter ego has always been useful and fun, but never more so that at Halloween. All three of my dogs have been black and white, though Tula had a little brown too.
This color scheme lends itself so beautifully to the imagery of this season.
And blends beautifully with pumpkin-orange.
Even in disguise, we’ll always recognize that tail!
Even an alter ego needs her own familiar–a cat just won’t do, so an owl it is!
Happy Halloween from Ashley, Pumpkin, Lucy, Tula and the owls
I hate moving.
In the past 16 months I have moved my mother twice and myself five times. One would think I’d gain mad organization skills and each move would be easier, but no.
Somehow I managed to get everything mixed up and scattered and actually bought a few new things to add to the pile. Now I am moving from a rental into my new, not-close-to-done, year-round house in Vermont. I’m not going to share current pictures of the chaotic process. These vintage watercolor paintings from 1988 will have tell the story.
Every activity in everyday life is more fun if a Border Collie is doing it.
That includes exercising your franchise as an American voter, tomorrow November 4, 2014
Pumpkin was an affectionate nickname in my family, so I chose it as the name for my 1st Border Collie.
I love the word Pumpkin-how it fills my mouth and suggests the shape of the fruit.
Yes, a pumpkin is a fruit- actually a berry. It is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with melons and cucumbers. The rule of thumb to tell fruit from vegetables is that: if it has seeds, it is a fruit, no seeds, it’s a vegetable.
Lately, I have found a new, black, love object named Baby Bear. He is enjoying every bit of autumn in Vermont, especially the pumpkins!
Every kid needs a pet.
I knew I was lucky to grow up with dogs and wanted the same for my boys. Lucy made our family complete.
Even though I insisted we get a female dog so there’d be another b**** in our House of Boyz, Lucy had all the skills they admired.
She was good at messing around in boats,
She had the patience to fish,
She loved to snorkel,
and most important, she had game.
She never tired of the game of catch-of trying to catch the baseball, and of chasing it down when it got away.
Lucy was becoming an excellent new muse.
Our long, dog-less drought finally ended with a puppy.
I knew it was time.
B&R were independent and ready to help care for another creature. I tried to find another Vermont farm dog like Pumpkin, but when that didn’t work, I followed a lead to a breeder in Maine.
We 1st met Lucy in southern Quebec. Her mother was appearing in a Sheep Dog trial and we drove up to see a tiny, 8 week old pup. Then we waited and waited for a month until she was 12 weeks old.
I wanted my boys to have the experience of raising a baby; chewed shoes, baseballs, flowerpots and all.
It’ll be fun to watch as Lucy grows up and become a book character in her own right.
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Suddenly my canine alter ego enjoyed having two little boys around as much as I did.
But more peace at home didn’t mean all was right with the world. The adventure continues…