Passing Shot: Sun Valley, Nevada

Reno Pokey Gumby

Art  Clokey’s Gumby and Pokey on tour at The Legend of Lizard Peak Sierra Tahoe Series Opener. © 2015, TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

Gumby and Pokey™ model for the first postcard ever created for the town of Sun Valley, Nevada. Sweeping views of the township located north of Reno as seen from the parking lot of a newly installed 27 hole disc golf course.

How Grows It?

sunflower carrot

A Circus Circus Carrot sprouts from seed in the shade of a Russian Mammoth Sunflower.

Between obligations, I make time to nurture myself in our backyard sanctuary by spending time in the garden.  Yesterday’s hours were spent extracting grass from the strawberry patch, transplanting tomatoes, decommissioning sweet peas, and pausing to appreciate the bright green hope of new growth in old dirt.

© 2015, Theresa Mae Funk.  All rights reserved.

Passing Shot

Fleeting Summer March 18 2015

“Fleeting Summer” 3 x 6″ Pastel and Watercolor on paper. © 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

I typically take passing shots with my mobile device from the passenger seat of a car, trying to catch a fleeting glimpse of the day’s destination.  Today, I am sharing the view of yesterday’s artwork from a stationary chair in my make-shift studio.

Passing Shot

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

Snapping photographs with my mobile device from the passenger seat of a car usually requires a bit of editing before I publish it to my creative diary.   This endearing image was taken during a recent visit to Valley Springs, California.

The Blues For The Greens

5 x 7" Watercolor and Pastel on paper

“Nearing the Vista”5 x 7″ Watercolor and Pastel on paper. ©2015, Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved

There are not many days that I don’t catch myself thinking about Vermont, the Green Mountain State, my former home of twenty-three years.  My friends are enduring another long winter of sub-zero temperatures that ruin their cheerful dispositions.  They too, have got the blues for the greens.

 

American Ninja Terrier: Big Adventures of a Little Dog

Stella will be four years old on Valentines Day, according to the date of birth that is listed on her Circle of Hope K-9 Rescue adoption papers.  Bianca, (her former name) was one of five puppies that were left in a box near the Rescue’s kennels.  At least whomever abandoned the baby dogs had the sense to leave them in a location where they knew they would be cared for.

baby stella

How could I not give this dog a home?

Also noted on Stella’s adoption papers was her breed.  Rat Terrier/Pomeranian mix.   Pomeranian?  Highly unlikely. She is an American Ninja Terrier through and through I thought, as I looked at the photos of the litter that had been sent to me.  Adorable? Absolutely. Garden guard dog potential?  Possible.  Knick knack, paddy-whack, give the dog a home?  Definitely.  And so her journey from Milan, Tennessee to Middlebury, Vermont began.

Stella Transit

Yoda?

I adopted Stella in March, but had to wait until June to receive her. The adoption fee includes spaying and neutering, first round immunizations, complete health assessments, and transportation fees.  Once given a clean bill of health, the adopted begin their journey to their new home.

Stella transit 2

Stella and her litter mates share a crate for the journey.

1,200 miles later, Stella and her fellow travelers arrive safely to their destination in New Hampshire where they are released to their adoptive families, or foster home volunteers.   It is an amazing network of compassionate people that willingly give of themselves to make these types of programs work.

Stella and T

A shy Stella and her human are united.

I’ll be making Stella a special batch of her favorite dog treats for her birthday next week, and will be making a donation to the Circle of Hope to express our gratitude and support.  The little dog, I think, approves.

Stella

 © 2015 Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved.