Get Ready For Some Laughs

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Our resident squirrel, Skittles, looks exactly like how I feel on some of these gray, cold winter days . . . HaHa, and I think she too is dreaming of warm summer days! But whatever she may be thinking, we’re enjoying watching her carry BIG mouthfuls of leaves, moss and other natural materials, up and into her box. She has raised baby squirrels in here many years now, and we love seeing her poke her little head out of the hole, knowing eventually it will be several babies who are poking their heads out, taking their first glimpses of the outside world!

Our other resident squirrels, nicknamed the Lovies, continue to bring us laughter with their hilarious antics, whilst playing and wrestling together. They have done this since they were young, and we’ve so enjoyed watching them over the years! One day recently I was watching them, and noticed the one had a hold of the others tail, and was suspending it from where it sat on the vine! The upside down squirrel seemed to be enjoying this gravitational release off its’ vertebrae, as it stretched its arms and even its toes out! I didn’t get that encounter, but caught this cute video of them recently playing outside the kitchen window.

~ Ridiculous Remedies ~

Since I received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the “remedies” from the 1892 Every-Day Cook-Book, I’ll continue to share a couple every week with you, until I eventually run out. Just remember that I in NO way am suggesting you use or do any of these! So here you go and I hope you enjoy a laugh or two! 

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Okay, so I guess you’re okay if you get bit by a happy dog instead of one filled with madness…HaHa! I can just imagine if one was alone and had to perform this unbelievable task of holding the hot iron on there, while patiently counting out 8 seconds. And really? . . . lunar caustic sounds like acid from the moon, no wonder it would turn black . . . Yikes!

Well, now comes the big choice, is it worse to have unwanted hairs or possibly a disfigured face? Hmmm… I guess that’s up to each individual HaHa, but I think I wouldn’t want to risk disfiguring my face! 

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite sure what garbanum is, but it doesn’t sound too good. When they say this is severe, I was thinking “Really? . . . You think? . . . I would say so!”  And can you imagine putting kerosene on your face? I would be sure not to do it near a lit candle, as you could burn your face off and then it really would be sore! Now aren’t you glad to know however, that if something is sore, you only need to rub some sweet oil on it to make it better . . . HaHa!!

Well if you are plagued with tape-worms, then here you go, this should help with your unwanted situation!

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Hmmmm . . . I wonder what happens if you’re a little late in doing the next step, or why you have to fast during breakfast and super, instead of lunch? And although I’ve personally never taken caster oil, I’ve know a few people who have, and from the look on their faces, I don’t think it’s a very pleasant thing at all!

Now here’s one that I actually totally agree with!

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~ What’s Happening in the Studio ~

Wes finished his painting of one of our precious squirrels who obviously enjoys eating out in her feeder! This feeder box is located just outside out studio window, so we can watch them eating out of it all throughout the day, which is truly delightful! She is available for purchase, so contact us if you’re wanting to give her a home!

squirrel painting by Wes siegrist

“Excuse Me, It’s Empty Again!” by Wes

I’m continuing to paint on my laughing zebra, and am still having great fun with this hilarious painting! I’ve just put in a couple of washes for the background color and am starting to build up some differentiation in value by stippling the background. Then comes the fun part, painting in all those amazing whiskers!

zebra painting in progress by Rachelle siegrist

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

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