Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nigel and the Adventure of the Cat. A Story.

Once upon a time, in a neighborhood with big trees and small houses, there lived a dog named Nigel.

One day, when Nigel was in his backyard, not a bad place to be at all, a cat jumped up on the fence and looked down at him.

Nigel had seen cats before and had often wanted to investigate these strange creatures, but he never had the opportunity to.

Now, he thought, might be his chance, since the cat seemed equally interested in investigating him.

“Hello, cat,” he called.  To humans, this sounded like, “Bark, bark!”  (The translation is loose but pretty accurate.)

The cat did not reply, instead looking down at Nigel with a rather disdainful air.

Nigel, not at all discouraged, said, “Want to play?”

The cat still did not reply, just flicked his tail.

“I could chase you,” Nigel helpfully suggested.

The cat seemed to consider this, either that or he was just trying to torment Nigel, as cats do.

“Come on, it’ll be fun!” Nigel encouraged.

After a moment, the cat replied, “No, I don’t think I will.”  He spoke with a cat accent, which Nigel could barely understand.

Nigel approached the fence, hoping he could inspire the cat to play or at least do something amusing.

The cat’s tail flicked again.

“Why not?” Nigel asked when he realized that the cat was not yet persuaded.

“Because,” the cat said huffily, “you, sir, are a dog,” as if this was an insult.

“Yes, so I am,” Nigel told him.  “Boo!” (which sounded like “woof!”), and he jumped up.

Much to his delight, the cat did something amusing.  He made a funny, indignant “meow” sound and scampered away along the fence with impressive speed.

Nigel ran after him.

The cat jumped off the fence and was over on the other side of the street in no time at all.

Nigel’s only regret was that the game had been so short.

He hoped that cat would come again.

He settled down in a shady area and chewed on a stick, listening to the wind through the trees.  It made him sleepy, so he decided he would take a nap.

The End.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Great Remodel of 2014 - new framing

Maybe a dog bed will go right here?

Nigel thinks a banister will look good right about here.

sidewalk stamps

12 October 2014

14 October 2014
Nigel and I found a couple more sidewalk stamps in the 'hood (we only stop and look at the ones that have interesting smells next to them).  A cursory Google search of the names didn't yield any information about the names.


13 October 2014 - Nigel and his new toy.  He wants me to let him out in the backyard.  I think he beats Helen of Troy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

more Nigel art

12 October 2014 - Nigel art
8" x 10", digital art

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Milan, Italy - 9

8 October 2014 - Milan, Italy
12" x 16", digital art

floral - 2

8 October 2014
5" x 7", digital art


8 August 2014
5" x 7", digital art

Friday, October 3, 2014

more of the Great Remodel of 2014

Bottom of the new and improved staircase.  The door will go, and these last few steps will undergo revision during the kitchen remodel.  Nigel waits for me to open the door so he can check out what progress has been made upstairs.

Future master bathroom (upside down bucket will go).  Our contractor blue-taped where everything will probably be.  Nigel's standing on one of the future sink/vanities.

Future walk-in closet (and huge venting ducts for heat and air conditioning).

Nigel heads back down the beautiful new stairs.  They still need to be stained and finished, but, my, they're such an improvement from the narrow, steep death trap that preceded them.  Nigel seems to appreciate them.

Thursday, October 2, 2014