Wednesday, July 30, 2014

African Attitude

Not all of Hubby's "trophies" were taken with a weapon.  Many were taken with a camera, allowing me to put together an impressive photo book of his trip.  You really do need to click on each photo to get the full effect. 

Sometimes these animals just didn't look real with their distinctive colors, 
as if they were painstakingly hand painted. 

Then there were the animals which either looked like 
spare parts hastily assembled...
...or proof that God has a sense of humor.

After a while, I found myself drawn in by the amusing,
spur of the moment, 
hey-that's-not-exactly-what-I-was-aiming-for shots.  

The face only a Mother could love.

I keep hearing Robert De Niro in my head mumbling, "You talking to me?"

African raspberry.

"If I hide behind a tree, no one can see me."
"Hey!  I can see Friday from here."
(followed by De Niro), 
"You looking at ME?!"
But my favorite shot by far, 
is one which makes me laugh out loud. 
There's just something about that flip of the head 
that translates into a whole new attitude.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just Checking In

I'm here.  
I'm hoping you're there.  
Here's wishing all of us a good week.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Let it Pour

Well, we had that first Thunderstorm of Summer that took out a tree and several limbs.  Since then....pretty much nothing.

Not so much a drought, but such minute sprinkles that rain seems to evaporate before it hits the ground.  Our green lawn is now brown and crunchy.

And then Mother Nature threw down.  In buckets.  And I got to ride home through it.  Twice.

The first time hit just as I was leaving work the other day and I could barely see the front of my car.  I thought I'd waited long enough, because that storm had hit before the end of the work day, so I thought it was done.  Not hardly.  There was a 2 mile let up, then I "caught" up to the original storm.  It stopped long enough for me to turn toward the house and see this.


At least I got to the front porch before it hit again.

                                                                  Heading inside,
                                              I'm pretty sure I heard the grass sighing in joy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

African Adventure = I Get Souvenirs

As promised, a glance at what Hubby brought home from his adventure.  Heaven help me,  he's already talking about going back!

Okay, so we'll start with a couple of things he brought home for his "Africa wall"...that will be in his Shop, not the house.

Tribal masks: Male and Female

Then antique versions of Female and Male

 This knife slides into its carved wooden handle,
 the blade is a metal pounded out by hand.

Just what Map needs for opening beer:
a Warthog tusk bottle opener. 

Then comes the girl stuff that you'd expect a husband to buy: 

  The "Giraffe earrings" are carved from bone.
The diamond shaped pair are wood from a local tree, inlaid with bone.

Both the bracelet and necklace are carved bone. 

Then he got creative.

How about a pair of hand carved bone Salt & Pepper shakers?
One has a Rhino, the other an Elephant.  

 These folks are masters at wood carving.
A bowl, complete with Zebra stripes.

A Trinket Box carved out of a tree.

Take a look inside....what you can't see is the box isn't square,
the sides are actually carved inward.

Then there's this amazing carving, 
handcrafted while Hubby waited...
on a nut!

It's about the size of a medium fig 
and has a Zebra...
a Giraffe and an

(Plus my name)

Of course the best gift was getting Hubby back in one piece,
rested, relaxed and with lots of stories.
But he had one more surprise for me.

Now how cool is that?!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Coming Soon...

...non-hunting photos of Hubby's trip to Africa, plus local art and gifts for the spouse who stayed home and dealt with things that crashed.  :)