Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tallulah Week: Post #3

Tallulah Mae wishes you a very fun-filled new year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tallulah Week: Post #1

I thought having a week of flashback Tallulah Mae posts might be a nice way to end the year--cuteness overload!

Post #1, wherein Tallulah Mae wears things. Begrudgingly.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

Tallulah Mae is snuggled in for a long winter's nap. Frost warning tonight, unusual for SoCal...we will be snuggled in with some hot water bottles!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tallulah the Red-Nosed...


Merry Christmas to all of you out there in blogland! It makes me happy to know that a few of you come visit me in this space every now and then; I hope I make you smile!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Night Before

 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse except for this duck.
The stockings were hung by Tallulah with care,
In the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

And he was.

The end.

Hope you're all celebrating with friends and loved ones this evening!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa... on his way! (Check out the boots on the guy in the middle...they're like foot bags!)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Red and Green on the Wing

I cannot express how happy this makes me. These are red-faced conures enjoying toyon berries in the front of  Robin's house (Robin of Various and Sunday). There were about 12  of them, and they make this funny crackling noise while they eat.

The first time I ever encountered them on a bush eating berries like this was in Los Angeles--I came around a corner with Tallulah Mae's predecessor, Elektra, and there they were, dozens of them, in a bush. It took my breath away.

These parrots are legendary in Southern California. We saw and heard them in L.A., and I see/hear them every day here in SD. We lived in L.A. during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which struck around 4:30 a.m. It was a ferocious quake, and of course it knocked electricity out. As the sun came up on a dark and quiet city, the first sign of life we heard was a flock of wild parrots flying overhead. It was, somehow, very reassuring.

By the way, those photos above are straight out of the camera--no enhancements needed when you're that beautiful!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

I have no idea why Tallulah Mae was standing under the desk. She's a bit odd. But in a good way!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Rumor has it Christmas is but seven days away. Is that true? Yikes!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paper Doll Fun

 So I bought some paper dolls a while back...and I DO plan to list them in my shop...but not until I play with them first! I love this set because of course I wanted to be a ballerina and took many years of dance lessons.
 Guess which one is me?
 Why this one, of course! She looks like me (dark hair, blue eyes), and she has a bird! Perfect.
 Love this outfit...who doesn't want what appear to be three-dimensional chicken appliques on their pants?
 Love this dress, too, with its matching gloves.
And the words "Babs" and "togs" in the same sentence? Oh yeah!

These were obviously well loved and played with, as they most assuredly have been if they'd been mine forty-some years ago.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


At the end of a chilly drizzly day, this beauty. Ahhhh...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Windowsill Lovelies

It's amaryllis time! The beauty on the right is from Trader Joe's, and it bloomed within a week of arrival. The other two (which you can't really see) are from years past--I stuck them out in the potting shed and hope they'll also bloom. A green leaf is a good sign!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, Big Boy!

When this pony Great Dane WOOFED at us as we walked by on the other side of the street, Tallulah Mae and I almost jumped out of our skins. Gorgeous creature! But big. And loud. WOOF!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Many Faces of Mr. S. Claus, Esquire


All of these versions of Jolly St. Nick (and even more!) are all waiting to be purchased in my Etsy shop. (I see his face in my dreams...I've been VERY good this year, so I hope I'm not on the Naughty List.)