Sunday, April 8, 2018

Birthday Boy at Catfish Corner

It comes around once a year for everyone! Until it doesn't. Luckily we aren't in that camp yet. After two years of near paralysis of his legs one might be a bit negative. But not Mr. Anderson! The papers must be read and an analysis of the stock market is maintained on a daily basis. The effects of Lyme have progressed through different stages over the years and the neurological effects are taking their turn. The weekly teleconference with his Lyme Group 80 with ACT (Advanced Cell Therapy) continues. Never give up! God and Gary aren't going to quit and neither will we.

Angry Birds

I had a big surprise when I went out to lock up the hen house last night. I found a bloody dead hen and a large taloned creature under the nesting box. I had my big leather gloves on and pulled on the legs, feeling claws trying to dig in! Was it an owl? Something had gotten into the hen house and made a kill, and now it looked like it had been attacked as well.

Turns out it was a red tail hawk and it appeared to be stunned. Maybe the roosters did their job and tried to protect the ladies? I took it to the house to show Don and then grabbed the camera and took a few shots outside.

The predator was placed on the picnic table to regroup. When I came back out to take a few more photos it flew to a nearby treetop and appeared to be fine. I hauled the dead chicken down to the creek bottoms thinking it might be a tasty meal for a passerby. The carcass was still out there this morning and wouldn't you know......the red tail was in the tall tree top by the barn waiting for the next target!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

New Horses...32 of them....

....and they are all green! It was time to upgrade my tractor ride this year. Actually got it in August but I've have hardly had a chance to get familiar with all the gizmos. Of course, all the controls are in the opposite sides as the prior model so I need to learn my rights and lefts again.

It's been one heck of a year. Just ask Maggie! She decided to help me one Sunday morning when I was filling the wood pile. One minute she was carrying sticks around and the next she was violently vomiting!

She got worse very quickly and was hacking up blood while I was trying to contact our regular vet...but she's gone so I had to call the next nearest in Durand. It was a hair raising twenty mile trip, going way faster than I wanted to drive while she's retching the whole way, crying and wheezing. I'm PRAYING we make it there before it's too late! She's was suddenly too quiet in the back seat as I pulled into the vet clinic. I opened the door to find her....ok! And then I noticed the bloody stem of the problem lying next to her:

A pine branch! She had finally puked it out by herself! The young vet noted wryly "I think we've found the source of the problem!" Indeed! Thank you, God! What a relief! She had a very sore throat for a few days but it didn't stop her from PICKING UP A STICK the first opportunity she had when she got back outside. Retrievers.....OY!

Life on the farm is kinda laid back? Not really......

Next episode: I got bit by a flying squirrel. (It's no wonder I never have time for updates!)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

New Items on SherriStudio Etsy

The time flies by so fast it's hard to keep up with all the new items! My Etsy shop, SherriStudio, has continued to keep me very busy making photography boxes and wedding accessories. Here's a sampling of the most recent items.
OUR HOUSE is a popular card box for weddings and anniversaries.
It's a very, very, very fine house! It won't hold a cat or a dog, but will it will hold a boatload of cards stuffed with cash and well wishes!

The EMERALD holds 11x14 photos with two compartments for USB, etc.
My customers always have the best ideas and it is a pleasure to transfer wishes into reality.
Super tall hurricanes 7x24" tall; 6x18" tall; 5x12" tall

This photo was shared by a customer of multiple hurricane sets busily at work!

My newest 5x7 photo box is THE EDGE! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Year Surprise!

I made the way to the basement as I do many times a week to do laundry, check the oil tank, and clean a litterbox. WOW I found a tiny 8" garter snake baby at the foot of the stairs. In the past I have found a dozen or more during the summer months but to find one of this size in the winter months is just amazing. The poor "guy" was so dehydrated and close to death. I put him in an ice cream pail and put some water in it and just hoped he could plump up a bit. He lived on the kitchen counter under a light for a few days and started to look perkier.....with his little head peaking up out of his forest floor bedding.

We are so fortunate to have a Snake Man who lives in our neighborhood who agreed to take in the orphan and has since named him Homer! A homer he is and he has a good one now with one who knows how to take care of him and who will keep him alive until spring when he can go out to the wild and share his own snakey story of survival.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Treasure Speaks From The Past

I've always said, my customers have the greatest ideas and STORIES to go with their requests for custom boxes. This one was for a 5x7" box, 3" deep and made to hang on the wall. This was something new! I asked if I might be told what it was to encase and the answer was astonishing! Here is Raquel's description:

"Hi Sherri,

I got the box today and it's perfect! Thank you.
Let me share why I needed a custom box from you.

Two weeks ago I spotted a Victorian pocket photo frame at an antique store, it was in perfect condition so I bought it. My original plan was to dispose of the picture and to replace it with one of mine.

To my surprise I found two poems under the picture when I pulled it out, right then I knew I had to keep it the way I found it and give it a special place in my house. 

After all, someone must've love this guy so much (not bad looking) that she took excellent care of this item for so many years, husband? boyfriend? lover? I'll never it's my turn to take care of it!"

The Collection

A cryptic poem
A poem - note the date on the side: March 1809

To find anything so precious is wonderful and to know it has been hidden since 1809 is amazing. The penciled underlines speak of an often read script. Someone's keepsake was found in an unexpected place and is now cherished by the finder. Thank you for sharing the story; it will have a beautiful new home and renewed life in Raquel's studio.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Glass Case For The Hugging Saint, Amma

It is so interesting how my renewed glass career has introduced me to new people and purposes for glass display cases. I recently was contacted about making a custom size octagon case. This one to hold a brass lantern for, who I was later to learn about, Amma, known as the Hugging Saint.

Amma The Hugging Saint is internationally known (although not to me before this!) through her work with numerous charities and the delightful and transformative HUGS she has given to over 34 million people! Quite amazing!

Manju Ram was in charge of getting the piece ordered and she shared some of the backstory. Her words follow:

"Hi Sherri, and all is good. The box is perfect. Thank you so very much for all your help. And for the candy. That has significance for us - check about Amma (the Hugging Saint( :)). Thanks again!

It was Amma who gave the specific instructions for the glass box :). 

We had taken the new lamp for blessing (our old one was getting cracked), in early July. Amma blessed it and gave this set of instructions. I realized the 'why' only later - I frequently forget to shut the lamp/flame and the wicks burn down. We light the lamp in the Puja room (or altar) twice a day,morning and evening. Then I am like - Amma I told you to take care of it .... no blame on my carelessness, as my husband points out. :)) She also said it is safer because the houses are made of wood. I guess Amma chose you to be the 'executor' for the glass box, because we did try many other options. Thanks again for your kindness."

I was relieved, too, as this was the SECOND box which finally made it to her California address without damage. Thanks, USPS ;-(  Amma and Manju were so patient as I remade the display case. 

I usually add a few pieces of chocolate with the care instruction sheet and I had included a few Hershey's kisses. When I read about Amma I found that everyone who gets a big hug from her also receives a chocolate kiss wrapped in a rose petal! A happy coincidence indeed. I was out of Ghirardelli!