At The Zoo
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon
Wx: 85F, smokey
Listening To: Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Mourning doves gracefully glide to a peaceful landing at the feeder on my front deck. Regular, like clockwork, they are the first early morning visitors. Their cooing to each other is a calm and soothing sound to me. I need that soothing sound this morning. I need all manner of man, woman and child to feel that soothing sound this morning. I am concerned for the people of Texas and Louisiana impacted by Harvey. So many people have lost not only their homes, but their sense of security and safety – their lifeline to who they are. My brother and his family are in Houston. The country needs our kindness and our prayers.
Here at the Rush Ranch, things are normal. Well, normal for us. On my front and back decks, I grow four whiskey barrels of hops. They grow such a dense, hardy bunch of vines and leaves that cover the deck pergola tops. They provide some amazing shade throughout the summer. I have strings of clothesline between the barrels and the top of the pergola, to help the plants find their way to the top in early spring, and those lines caused quite a bit of racket last night. A deer with a huge set of antlers came by to raid the bird feeders, and somehow got caught up in the clothesline. He struggled trying to get free, and that huge whiskey barrel went flying out into the front yard. You can imagine the racket as he finally got free and took off for the hills. The plant is a little war torn, but will survive. The whiskey barrel? That’s toast. Always something going on, at the Rush Ranch.
The Blog Hop for September is called “At The Zoo”. (Sort of reminds me of the ranch. It can be a zoo around here at times….) You can find all of the Pixelscrapper contributions to the blog hop at this link. All of the other contributions are awesome, and some of the designers had some fantastic ideas! I am always amazed at the talent and scope of imagination these designers have! They keep inspiring me. We were tasked with selecting a particular animal, and building our designs around it. I’m not great at drawing animals, but I gave it a shot. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a polar bear or fox, so I chose the fox. Below are my previews, and they are for any use including commercial. I simply ask that you pass along a kindness to a stranger. Hope that you can find something in this kit that you can use.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my designs – Blessings and Blue Skies,