“Mom Says We’re Moving, What is Vastu & Why Is It So Messed Up In Here?”

If you could see Lil’ Murph eyeballing the mountains of boxes, you’d agree he is thinking, in his way,  “What uh, what’s going on? This is all about to affect me & our lives here isn’t it?”

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What you see here are boxes, clutter that’s making me crazy, and 2 exhausted darlings. Amidst the chaos, is a lizard covered with a tank top while resting his chin on his beloved 1960’s-ish chair, an oblivious dog is tired from being lazy all day (except for the walk he, Murph & I had), and I after a busy day, am brushing up on a decorating/designing book, because, well, why not? Yep, that’s life, currently.


“No, Mommy does not make a habit of burning a candle around me. She’s only momentarily being ridiculous. I might be concerned in what she’s reading because she already has a seeming addiction to accent lighting & decorating. See?’


“Mommy was a professional painter for many years & thought her wall paper stripping days were done. Our new home will be better, but needs a lot of interior, aesthetic changes. I’m tired from just thinking about watching her work.”

“Mommy is outside with me as much as possible before she gets busy again.”
“Brother Dog has no clue.”

We will painfully miss very special Squirrels, Starlings, the little Hoppities, as I call them, small birds that only hop, a particular Robin & George, the spider that is a long-time resident at the back door’s corner, following him are the newer neighbors: Penthouse George & 1st floor George.

These animals know me. They know my car, they know my voice, & they know we’re friends. It is painful to leave them. I want to leave a note for the new residents about whom likes what to eat & how they will know they’re  being serenaded to come outdoors with food.

Also, there are a few trees and plants very dear to me. One tree near the house has neat, visible roots. It seems magical.

Our new home has lovely plants around it. Another thing, it has high quality windows with a transferred  warranty, but there’s a problem. They’re too high from the floor. Murph’s enclosure, even upon it’s stand, will not reach the sun and breeze. There is a lovely glass-sliding door that will fix this temporarily until a wall portion gets knocked out and rebuilt with a proper window for my Murph. We will miss much about what has been home for so long. I hope we will all be happy where we’re going. I wish our trees, some people and our critter friends could go too.


“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee♥




BATS AND WOLVES AND LIZARDS, OH MY!! I Never Would Have Imagined…

20150906_224044That an oh-so-cute bat would magically & mysteriously appear in the living room!

My attempts at capture & release were futile…  “Ah-ha… I’ll call Dad! He’s ‘old-school’ and he lived in the country with a farm for a spell during his youth, he’ll know what to do!!”

*ring, ring…  “Pick up, please pick up!!”


    “DAD… CUTE, LITTLE BAT IN HOUSE! I’VE DONE THIS AND I’VE DONE THAT, WHAT DO I DO?!” Dad’s response: “Well babe, you may just have to whack him.”    “What?!!  That is not an option!! Thanks anyway Dad, I love you, call you later!”

    So what happened: Easily an hour into sealing off doorways, running around the room with various items with hopes of trapping it, climbing on ALL the furniture, cussing in frustration and smiling about this strange experience, I hear a, “Tappety tap tap” at the back door. My son unexpectedly paid a visit!

“Oh I am so so so happy you came by!!! Hey, wanna help me with a little something?!”

I ushered him to the living room to reveal my muddled predicament!!!

He said, “What??!!” “How!!??”   I said, “I have no idea!!”

It took four hands and two minds to accomplish this feat in battery (ha-ha)!!!

  At the location where success was achieved, my savior son held the curtain stretched & out where the bat was clinging to the reverse side. I then reached around the wall-facing side of the drape and enclosed our winged visitor in a box & slid a thin, flat, something between little batty & the curtain, thus scraping and releasing his clawed grip from the fabric!

     HOORAY!! Savior son swung open the door! We’re elated, feeling successful in our mission here! Little batty and I step onto the front porch. I turned my head & uncovered it expecting it to fly like a bat out of hell!! He or she just layed in the box looking at me, it was scared and too exhausted to move!! I couldn’t let this opportunity pass, regardless of the consequence. I slowly reached down, and gently stroked it repeatedly as I spoke softly!!! IT WAS AMAZING!! IT WAS THE SOFTEST FUR I’VE EVER TOUCHED!! This sweet, helpless bat let me stroke it a number of times before flying away, seemingly no longer frightened!

*One might think encircling a bat with an empty clothes hamper would be a great bat trap… no, it’s not! It’s too large, you’re fingers will slip inside the vent holes, and there’s nothing conveniently laying around large enough to seal the open end.

I Never Would Have Imagined…

That I would cordially meet, have my toes kissed by, and hug a Timber wolf!!!  


I Never Would Have Imagined…


that I’d see a monkey outside the door and feed fruit to wild beauties in Costa Rica!

I Never Would Have Imagined…

That I’d have 2 loving, handsome, and talented sons, such amazing parents, and more! I Never Would Have Imagined… we’d have squirrel friends that climb the window and door trim to look inside, or tap at the door for food, that the birds recognize my vehicle and our faces as friends and food suppliers!

I Never Would Have Imagined…  that I’d love a lizard so intensely, that losing her, my Copper, would leave me feeling hopelessly empty, that I’d experience loving pets such as an iguana, fish, a crawdad, numerous cats & dogs, two robins: Tweety I and Tweety II, a pigeon, a rabbit, a cricket, and now a finicky dog and another Bearded Dragon (whom you all now know as Lil’ Murph!!), both with bizarre eating habits and incredible personalities!


“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee♥