This is an update of a previous post: Printable Animal Masks
UPDATE: There is now a PDF available to download for these masks!
Today, Nola asked me if she could be a tiger. I told her she could not draw on herself with that black Sharpie she had in her hands from who-knows-where. Thankfully, she asked first! Needless to say, I had dashed her little two-year-old dreams to bits, and the dejected look on her face damn near broke my heart. So I asked if she would like a tiger mask instead, and she was so excited about it she was literally jumping up and down in anticipation. “Yeah, yeah, yeah!!”
I Googled “printable Tiger Mask”, and from the results found a really cool-looking one, which led me to an Angelfire page called “Child’s Play” FULL of printable animal masks! We printed out ten different animals, and they are beautiful! The kids are having a blast, and no Sharpie on the toddler.
I couldn’t wait to Pin it — but, lo-and-behold, “no pinnable images”. What the spark?! So, I decided post a blog entry, complete with pinnable thumbnail preview, and direct readers to this great resource.
I resolved this weekend to complete a simple project: cushions for our three dogs’ kennels. You see, our dogs used to have a couch — a couch we got for free from my husband’s grandmother — but they systematically destroyed it to the point where it was just black lining over box springs with clumps of shredded upholstery and foam clinging to jagged staples and nails sticking out everywhere. Not exactly the best place for dogs to sleep. We considered trying to find another “free” couch, but my paranoia of bringing bed bugs or cockroaches into the house from some “stranger’s” couch, and the fact that we knew damn well the dogs would do the exact same thing over again to a “new” couch, we decided against it. Instead we moved the old couch out (to be sacrificially burned at some later point this summer), and moved the rarely-used-until-now kennels over to where the couch used to be.
My job was to make cushions so the dogs will be comfy with this new arrangement. I can’t remember the last time I completed a project within 48-hours of initial planning… but it actually happened!
The Raptor Resource Project located in Decorah, Iowa, has been broadcasting a live feed of a pair of mated Bald Eagles and their new hatchlings. It has become somewhat of a sensation, landing spots on several news channel reports and attracting thousands of streaming viewers. So many people were viewing, in fact, that it has crashed their website twice so far (bandwidth limit exceeded) — from what I’ve seen there have been almost 120,000 viewers during the peaks!
A friendly reminder from Festus, Hutch, and Daisy, that during this season of giving, don’t overlook your furry (or maybe not-so-furry) friends in the animal kingdom! Please help support local and national animal-related non-profits, now during the holidays and all year round!
The topic of “sharing” this week in Gunner’s kindergarten class was pets — either pets you have or pets you’d like to have. Since we couldn’t exactly take the dogs in to the school (for a multitude of reasons), we decided to take a photo of Gunner with the dogs for him to take in and show to the class. Here is the result:
Yep, that’s the “best” one. This was the only one where all the dogs were in-frame, and Gunner was paying attention and smiling. Unfortunately, he just happened to be itching his leg awkwardly. *facepalm* But hopefully no one noticed.
The dogs are: Festus (yellow lab/pitbull mix), Hutch (chocolate lab, AKC name “Mr. Trouble Hutchins Pterodactyl”), and Daisy (smooth collie/terrier mix). There hasn’t been a photo of Hutch since he’s been fully grown… so here he is! What a lovely bunch of smelly mutts!
We had a “visitor” in our driveway today! Thanks to Peashy for noticing it and calling us, otherwise we would never have even known! A big ol’ ugly cranky snapping turtle had stopped to rest in one of the washout puddles in the shade. I say “cranky” only because he looked cranky; he didn’t actually hiss at us at all, which was weird. But he was pretty big– biggest I’ve ever personally seen…
We took a trip to Bever Park to visit Old MacDonald’s Farm, which is not so much a “farm” as it is an “exhibit” in the middle of the city with some farm animals. Chickens, cows, pigs, lots of ducks, goats, and even a Prarie Dog section. Oh, and lots of bugs, butterflies, daddy long legs and worms. It was a little hot out, so of course we were both sweating insanely (thanks, genetics!) but it was a fun and cheap (free, actually) way to kill two end-of-summer what-are-we-gonna-do-until-school-starts hours. Plus, we went out for ice cream afterwards! WOO!
Say hello to the newest member of our family! He is a 6 week old Chocolate Lab, and his name is Hutch (as the post title suggests, lol). He came home Saturday afternoon, and things are going good so far. No accidents in the house yet, but a few hours of lost sleep taking him out in the “wee” hours of the morning. Festus is still pulling the grumpy-old-man routine so far, but hopefully he will get over it soon and play with the puppy. Daisy wants to play so bad but her stupid cone keeps getting in the way! Here are some photos, but I warn you, taking picture of this puppy turned out to be a lot harder than I had originally thought! Think of it as a montage: “20 Minutes in the Life of a Puppy.”