Sunday, December 26, 2010


Drawing by Miss C
Sniff: Nutty nimble Newts narrowly nag nice noses.

Tiger Talk by Miss C

Drawing by Miss C

Terrible tired tigers tremendously talk to teasing toads!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Postal Christmas

Hi Miss C If you look closely you'll see a little mail truck jeep--that's Aunt T! Oops she zipped on by, and is already out of sight. She disappeared in a flash into the mountains of North Carolina with a zillion packages! The mail must go through and sometimes it gets a little late into the night...but check out the Christmas lights along her route.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Christmas Train

The Canadian Pacific stopped. The doors to one of the boxcars opened, and the band inside sang Christmas Carols. It was festive and cold, and it was a great way to say Merry Christmas as the train traveled across the northern tier promoting the local food shelf.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Squishy slimey pumpkin fun!

At the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch there are cute little piggies who like to play even in the rain - especially in the rain! Squishy slimey piggy mud! And afterwards the squishy slimey pumpkin carving fun!

This Little Piggy at the Corn Maze...

Soccer Sal

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Thousands of grackles
Flying through the trees
Flocking in the branches
Fleeing in the breeze.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hair Painting during the festival

HI Miss C: Hair painting! All colors!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


We're in the same school, but we're all different fish.

Mixed Media

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Art of Loon Calling

At the Looney Days Festival today, there was a loon calling contest for all ages.
The first little guy was 8 months old. He didn't coo into the microphone like he was supposed to. His father squeezed his middle like a toy, and that didn't help. No sound came out.
A little girl with pink and purple painted hair, skipped up the stairs, sang "Wooooo Wooooo Woooooo.....with a high pitch warble, and took two bows.
"This is how my grandfather calls," said another little girl, "Here loon! Here loon!"
She cupped her hands and a call came out so real it sounded like a flock of loons had just flown over.
There was a sad loon call.
And other calls from folks from places like long prairie and texas, teenagers in cowboy hats. Big sisters cheering in the audience.
The last contestant, who was 68, got in the last word-call..."There's no loon like and old loon." (Loons live to be 15 to 30 years old.) The end.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sailing on the Sweet Salty Sea

Four mountain passes from my house to yours, and then there is the salty sea! Happy sailing Miss C!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Troll Baby Flower Fairy

Hi Miss C, When Aunt T was visiting Hollyhock Junction, she made a troll baby flower fairy costume.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A costume for the pirate birthday party

Hi Miss C,
I decided to wear crocs and an old tee shirt for the pirate costume party.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Birthday At Your House

Hi Miss C! Happy Birthday at your house. This birthday greeting is the best! My friend Lillian, who also has a birthday this week, is 95 years old and she gave me a birthday card like this a long time ago.
Click on the picture to enlarge and read the words. It starts out Hippo Birdie Two Ewes...

Bubble Bath Bottles

"Top Cat, He's indescribeable the leader of the band...". Top Cat was a hip alley cat on Saturday morning cartoons, in the 1960's when I was in gradeschool!
Old Monsters from the sixties...Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolf man, the Mummy. Soaky bubble bath bottles and a damsel .

The Garden Is My Prairie

Hi Miss C! This is a painting from the l930's by Harvey Dunn, an artist in South Dakota who liked to put lots of thick paint on the canvas. It's called The prairie is my garden.
I call my drawing The garden is my prairie, because I like the wild flowers best, and so I thought I'd plant wild flower seeds...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Critters Here and There

dragon flies

Hi Miss C, There was a hatch of dragon flies this morning after a night of rain. This is the only one that landed. The yard looked like a field of flying airplanes.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fairy Princess Serving Tea

A clearing in the thicket.
A knock on the tree.
Grandma is here
To have tea with me.
Mud cookies on the table
and leafy cakes too.
We pretend to take bites and sip murky brew.

Hi Miss C,
Fun places to be:
Long ago, on my grandmother's farm, I served her tea (your great great grandmother) in my playhouse in the cottonwood trees.
Remember the fairy house we worked on, down by the river in the mountains, listening to the river rushing over the rocks, and arranging pine twigs and leaves?
And there was the Mud Pie Factory in the mighty fir trees, where your mom and auntie used to make the very best mud cakes! And the slugs also came to see.
Fun things to remember.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Birdies on Line

Birdies ON Line

Hi Miss C, I like your new blog! I think it will be fun to answer back when our wires are connected! We'll be like...birdies on line!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fun to Share What Dolls Wear

Hi Miss C,
Your doll is sweet.
When I tell people that I have been sewing doll clothes for you,
they say, "I have a doll like that too!"
My first doll looked a little like yours,
She was very short. About 8 inches tall.
She came in a pink suitcase with lots of clothes,
and sometimes I played with her
in the crook of a big old cottonwood tree.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Bluebirds Are Back

Hi Miss C, The bluebirds are back, and "feathering the nest" in the bluebird house that Grandpa built. Soon they will be laying eggs, and feeding their young- fresh worms and bugs! Our neighbor has 50 bluebird houses in his yard. Sometimes the bluebirds stand on the roofs. I wonder if they're enjoying the view or just taking a rest. (I'll post a photo of them soon.)

Friends in the Pink

Hi Miss C It would be fun for me
to make a doll dress
from your drawing of friends in the pink.
Which one do you think?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Doll On Mother's Day

Hi Miss C,
This is a great great grandma with her doll.
But who 's grandma I don't know!
I think it is a great great aunt!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dresses Tell Stories

Hi Miss C,

I like the drawing of the Egyptain Princess that you sent.

Dresses tell stories.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pedaling Down the Lane

Clover is pedaling down the lane  where lakes, woodlands and prairie meet. She's looking for the many signs of spring. The wild flowers are in bloom and a pair of geese are nesting in the rushes. The swans are migrating, and stop to swim. A muskrat waddles across the road, and the frog pond is alive with the sound of many croaks!

The colors of spring are woven into purses on a small hand held loom with an intersting button added.


Hi Miss C, I see your smile in the mirror and think "It's a good hair day!"
Hair styles are important. They are personal and individual. That's true for beauticians too! I like her spikey hairdo.
I'm happy when the beautician is having a good hair day especially when it's my turn for a haircut!



FLOWER SEEDS: Morning glories bloom in the morning. Flour o'clocks bloom in the afternoon. Zinnas bloom all day! And moon flowers bloom towards evening-perhaps they would do well in overcast climates. A pinwheel on windy days!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Harp Seal

Happy Harp Seal
Hi Miss C! What a sweet little guy --happy harp seal that you have made. I thought it would be great to use your illustration on a tee shirt, and you said, it will hang in the hall in your school until you graduate. It's worth the wait!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sometimes I need a lift

by Donna

Friday, January 29, 2010


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine Fishes

Valentine Fishes by Clover

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jumping Out Of January

February is coming soon.....

Bird in the cold

Drawing by Ciara Psalms 17:8...hide me under the shadow of they wings. (In this case, tail!)

Oh the birdies fly South with the worms in their mouths,

and their heads tucked under their wings, the poor things.

Author unknown. Photo by Alex