This is Rusty, our backyard Cardinal. He has learned to fly in front of our kitchen window when he is hungry so that we’ll put out more sunflower seeds. He’s an adorable bully.
Be Scared But Do It Anyways.
I have a love/hate relationship with heights. Last year I decided I would ride in a (tethered) hot air balloon. Up I went in a surprisingly tiny basket, four floors high with gorgeous views and a death grip on my husband. It gave me so much happiness that I did it even though I was scared. I felt like the champion of a showdown against my nemesis, fear. And while it did not cure me of my fear of heights, it gave me a new sense of courage to do things even if I’m a little (or a lot) scared.
Make Time to Create
At the end of the day, my husband and I decided to spend our last 90 minutes sitting on the couch writing (for him) and drawing (for me) instead of watching Netflix. It has changed my life. I now get eight hours of drawing time each week that would otherwise have been wasted on tv. And as a bonus, I find it incredibly relaxing, which helps me sleep better.
We all need a little encouragement sometimes. Thanks, Acorn Woodpecker
Not so Grizzly
Of course, he’s posing in front of a topographic map from Bear Mountain State Park.
What is your sound?
Meet my cute little fox friend whose title was inspired by another “fox”.
Trust the Process
“Trust the Process” says the jubilant Junco.
You are beautiful
This White-throated Sparrow reminds me that I am beautiful just the way I am, which has nothing to do with physical appearance or what others think of me. I do need regular reminding, though.
Want Better Not More
“Want Better Not More” says the Pine Warbler.
Prove them Wrong
says the fierce Blackburnian Warbler
Cowboys sometimes called Burrowing Owls "howdy birds" because they seemed to nod in greeting from the entrances to their burrows.
I Believe in You
Thank you, cute little Goldfinch.
This is the problem with all cute animals. They look at you with those big eyes that exclaim they are innocent even though all evidence is to the contrary.
Her name was inspired by a real-life parrot I met at a charming hotel in Puerto Rico. Every morning while eating breakfast, she would greet us with "ola".
Cat & Leaves
Meet Rocky, the cat. You can score a free hi-resolution download of this illustration at Free Illustrated.