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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

After light
Originally uploaded by Hotash

i love halloween because it means my birthday is right around the corner.

this year we did not have a halloween party, i was too lazy. so, no big deal, just a nice long four days off of work


enjoy some shots from the other night with my friend
Deep, Dark

'does this shadow make my butt look HUGE!!!!"

Monday, October 22, 2007

out cold

out cold
Originally uploaded by Hotash

it's monday morning, nearly 1am

out cold
i should be, but i'm still awake
i spent a small fortune on iTunes today
stacked some wood
took some pictures
enjoyed the sun

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Fall reds
Originally uploaded by Hotash
fall reds
they are brilliant
in the gray of the day

summer is done


Friday, October 19, 2007

The littlest

The littlest
Originally uploaded by Hotash

today is 10.19.07
it's friday, my first saturday & it's raining on and off

i decided to try and call the squirrley nutkins even though it was raining.
i took an avocado out and put it in the usual spot and gave a call. . . nothing.

i gave up and came inside to have a spot of tea and go though some more pics from e&j's big day when i heard the oh so familiar sounds (which have been missing for weeks and weeks) of squirrely nutkins running across the roof!!!

This is what we hear every single morning and every single evening of every single day

i jump up and head outside, sure enough the littlest is up on the roof. i went an got some almonds and put them in one half of the avocado and tried to get him to come to me-he bailed off the roof into a lilac bush and raced across the front yard & up the pine tree, where he eyed me the whole time. i put the treat in the tree and went and sat on the porch step-he came right down and let me photograph him- i did not see his big brother, but he never did care for us much.

we are all warm & enjoying a nice fire, wasting time in front of the tv/computer

i hope you all have a lovely weekend

After the bat incident

After the bat incident
Originally uploaded by Hotash
ok, so i decided to buy jester, the murdering kitty, a collar with a bell (again) because the birds are coming through.

skip ahead to the next morning with me.
it's 630am and i hear the jingle jingle of jester's collar and the dreaded familiar meow that means a catch has been made.

he trots upstairs and lets loose a live bat!!!!
Our little stowaway

the little jerk!!
i spend the next hour trying to shoo the poor thing out the upstairs balcony door. jester just watched and intermittently chewed on his bell.

once i got the bat outside jester went out for a bit then cried to get back in and promptly took over marlee's bed.
marlee took exception and pawed at him from afar.
he finally left.
then it was time to go to work :)

read more about my lovely jester
Jester hiding from the world


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm happy if you're happy

Attention, originally uploaded by Hotash.

i got an excited call this morning and they're happy
i'm so happy

i missed some shots, but i think they will forgive me
boy did i ever learn a lot

i used the 70-200mm canon lens (borrowed from a friend) for the first time too - never use a lens you're not familiar with :)

actually, it was a great lens and the only thing that i didn't like too much was the huge lens flare i got - suppose if i used the lens hood i would have been smart. . .

all in all, it turned out well
it was a beautiful ceremony & i'm happy for my friends

Sunday, October 14, 2007

i survived

See what you missed
Originally uploaded by Hotash

it's sunday night. . .

i'm back :)

i pray that the photos come out half as good as they hoped...
i'm nearly sick to my stomach over the shoot!!!
the best part is. . .
that we all had fun, even though i was tense as tense can be...
never for money will i do this.

the ceremony was the most emotionally felt ceremony i have ever attended. the commitment that this family shares is beyond awesome.

the entire party made my mommy (who had never met any of them) feel welcome. in fact, i had to make my mom go home last night!!! i was exhausted and nervous (your were right kari, to give me that look on thursday-i thought you were crazy-but i realized i am!!!)

stay tuned and be kind as the event unfolds and dominates my photo stream for the next few days.


he big day was saturday. . .
E & J

i'm a tad bet calmer after going though some of the pics. . .or maybe i'm just tired

tell me, what do you think?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sun sets on a long weekend ahead

Sun sets on a long weekend ahead
Originally uploaded by Hotash

is 10.11.07
it's thursday, my friday. . .

the big day is saturday. . .
E & J

i head out in the morning (i'm taking my mommy with me for fun ya know) and i will be photographing the rehearsal friday night and the big day on saturday.

wish us great weather and me luck!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

At rest@work

At rest@work
Originally uploaded by Hotash
acorns and tobacco leaf scented candle make me happy at work

the acorns are selected from some that i have collected for our squirrely nutkins in case they run out and ask for more :)

the large round one is from an oak (black oak?) at my mom and dad's place and the two pointy ones are from our house (coast live oak?)

More on Oaks

i love this candle. i was introduced to this scent via a great friend who i miss dearly.

i sit with this almost everyday and it makes me happy while i remember happier things :-)

today i learned, during my acorn research, that acorns are rather interesting. they take anywhere from 6 months to 24 months to 'make' and the oaks need to be at least 20 years old before they begin producing acorns!

i plan on planting some of this babies around our place to replace the many trees that we lost in the the 2005 flood

Russian River - Not even at it's highest!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Blown out Heart

Blown out Heart
Originally uploaded by Hotash

these things happen sometimes. . .

i'm off to cut firewood today
i hope to see some lovely clouds
enjoy today

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Don't laugh@me!!!

Big Kitty
Originally uploaded by Hotash

the mean big kitty, made me laugh at her this morning.
she was all up in my face while i was trying to get ready for work, which is normal for her.

finally she decided to jump from the bathroom sink to the clothes hamper in an act of 'coolness' -


she hit the hamper lid and it instantly flipped, dumping her inside!!!
i laughed out loud so hard and she just glared at me.
i told her 'come on you know it was funny' and she just stared some more. finally she did a few burn outs and acknowledged that it was indeed pretty dang funny!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

NATURES selective use of COLOR

NATURES selective use of COLOR
Originally uploaded by Hotash

fall is definitely in the air of late. i don't remember ever really liking fall until just the past couple of years. . .in particular, since i picked up the camera. the camera really helped me to understand the light in our world-it's awesome.

i'm about to decide to go for a brisk fall walk with a friend after work or wimp out and go home. . .i should walk, 'course i should clean house and about a million other things too ;)

convince me

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Clear on the Horizon

Originally uploaded by Hotash
today was a good day

The boys

The boys
Originally uploaded by Hotash
they have been with us since June, and released in early September. both have been doing well, building nests and storing food, even getting along.
lately we don't see them as often as we'd like but i hope that means they are moving out in to their world and getting ready for winter

you can visit them here

"You got food?"

"You got food?"
Originally uploaded by Hotash
meet the newest members of the household. . .

two baby boy tree squirrels-we still don't know what happened to mom or the litter mates, but we found one dead in the river and Cali found these two guys huddled up in a tree in the field.

she is such a good dog. for three days she tried to tell us these boys were there and on the third day chris went with her to the tree and saw something laying there. he waited until i got home that night from work and we walked out there to "check on a sick squirrel" and low and behold it's two babies. they were about 6-7 weeks old and in pretty good shape. we left them for another four hours without going anywhere near them-mom never showed up, so that evening (after much contemplation and research online) we brought them in.

they are growing and doing fine-they have been with us for nearly three weeks now. one is smaller than the other and he takes the heat from big brother-including body part suckling-so yesterday we separated them in cages that butt up to one another. little boy's "body parts" are starting to look a bit more normal and less infected today :-)

we don't handle them or hang out with them except to feed them. they have taken over the big bathroom and are becoming more and more active everyday. we hope to be able to release them and hope they do okay. we have so much to worry about with our cats and dogs and neighbors that we are torn - the little one is so calm and nice, while his big brother is much more aggressive and "wild" like.

they are eating soft foods and semi solids now, such as carrots, pine nuts, walnuts, apple, and they LOVE avocado.

i still let them suck on milk twice a day-especially the little squirrely boy.

we will have to wait and see if they start to build a nest and how soon before they crack nuts on their own. so far, they seem to doing really well

enjoy the boys everyone~

Monday, October 01, 2007

Who i spent my weekend with

Who i spent my weekend with
Originally uploaded by Hotash
what a weekend it was
aside from the caffeine withdrawal headache, i had an amazing time
i left with much to think about and a lighter feeling even though i'm full of heavy thoughts

Bonanzle!!! with me & my daddy

"James" by Ysabella Brave