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weeds and seeds, fluff and stuff

June 20, 2016


some days are more interesting than others.

those days i rush for the camera and hastily try to capture a moment

that is gone altogether too soon.

lately i’ve realized that i’m not actually capturing those moments at all.

in fact, sometimes i miss them.

did you ever see the film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

in this film character sean o’connell (sean penn) is focusing his camera on a snow leopard,

but not clicking the shutter–  just focusing on the ghost cat through

his zoom lens:

Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it?

Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally,

I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.

Walter Mitty: Stay in it?

Sean O’Connell: Yeah. Right there. Right here.

 i replayed that part over and over.

i knew it meant something to me.

i wrote down the quote and i’d like to paint it on the wall of my studio.

don’t get me wrong–  i love photography, love my cameras,

and love to experiment and play with the images.

i just need to stay clear about what those images are for,

because i’ve noticed that i’m not really photographing lately.

i’m just taking pictures, documenting,

texting, instagramming…


today was really hot, and i suddenly had this pure desire to grab

the nikon and walk the property–  to look at what there was to see, not because

anything was happening but because life was happening.

because suddenly, after weeks of cold and snow and rain and wind,

it is full-on summer and i realized that it is beautiful out there in the way

that’s easy to miss when you focus on the busy-ness.




































it was interesting to download the photos and look at what caught my eye.

i have always loved living, growing things, and it was so evident in the number of times

i photographed the same object repeatedly.

the lovely thing is that there was never a sense that i really had to have that shot, though.

seeing it was enough.

* * * * * * * *

for those of you wh0 really like to know what’s been going on,

here’s a brief update:

i knew this little duo was going downhill.

we lost little camille (the white and gray one that always reminded me

of a bunny) two weeks ago.  she was somewhere between 16 and 20.

with a shelter pet you are often left to guess at their ages, and although

the shelter said she was two, the vet we took her to after we adopted her

said it was likely she was six.  we had her fourteen years.


oliver, the black one, was diagnosed with FIP a couple of months ago.

it’s an untreatable disease, and it is taking him quickly.

reading the research i learned it’s often found in cats from shelters.

oliver is the one cat that did not come from a shelter.

we got him fifteen years ago from a goat farm where he had been injured

by a goat kick.


i am losing my weaving buddy.

these are sad days.


on a much brighter note, jill is going to turn this thrifted find

into my new bathroom vanity.

i’m pretty excited about that.


just a couple of short weeks ago we had many mornings that looked like this.

it’s hot and dry now–  not muddy at all.

in fact, we just ran the sprinklers for the first time on friday.

and the pool is up–  ready for those little grandkids to come for a splash!

(and for the big kids to float around in with their beverage of choice…)


sara had knee surgery the first week of june which has her out of commission

for the summer.  she made the most of the nice days before surgery by creating an

obstacle course for the horses and putting them through their paces from the ground.

the gypsies love this kind of challenge–  to them it is more of a playground.





the non-gypsy tries real hard to be brave,

but he still needs depends from time to time…

even the retired broodmares like the obstacle course,


although they will tell you that the best part is maintaining the grounds.


these horses do love to eat!

oh, heck–  who am i kidding?!


there has been a bit too much of this lately!

we need to knock that off.



look at the nice tuck on those front feet–

training her to bow will be a snap!

so, that’s what’s new.

although some always find the grass greener on the other side of the fence,

i’m content to stay on my own side.

it’s plenty green for me right here.

happy summer, friends!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. sageandspirit permalink
    June 21, 2016 5:18 pm

    So, so sorry to hear about the kitties. It’s always so hard to let our beloved pets go. Sending my love to all of you on the farm.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      June 23, 2016 3:43 am

      thank you, Julie. we lost Oliver this evening. sometimes the hits come so close together that it takes my breath away. I know you understand. thanks for being here. xx

  2. naturegrl64 permalink
    June 23, 2016 3:36 am

    Your words and photos speak of living life, and sadly loss – so, so sorry about the kitties. That dresser will be a fabulous vanity. Thoughts are with you and hoping for cooler weather for you, too.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      June 23, 2016 3:50 am

      thank you, Diana. we lost Oliver this evening. he was my little buddy for 15 years– a special bond because I was his.
      the vanity project is in full swing with all of the unexpected problems inherent in such an undertaking. no project here is simple, and certainly not when your heart isn’t all in…
      thanks for being here and understanding the animal love and loss conundrum.

  3. mary kelly permalink
    June 24, 2016 7:03 pm


    I didn’t have time to look at the pictures … I need the library’s wifi for that. I’ll get back to you when I’ve seen them. But I love the messages. The Walter Mitty thing spoke to me at high volume.

    I’ve been doing a bit too much gardening and not enough photographing/noticing lately. Last Saturday I was up to my bangs in plants for sale (at Co. Ext.) that needed more time and attention than I was willing to (cheerfully) give them and thinking, couldn’t I be so wrapped up in dogs instead? Plants just don’t have that goofy grin or tail-wagging thing going for them. I want a tail-wagging machine. Someday I’ll have a dog. And a chicken. And probably a cat, too. There is such a thing as too many plants after all. I’ll be cutting back on that. Really I’m just in it for the FOOD. I’ve discovered pole Romano beans this year. O.M.G. Blue Lake is so overrated.

    Hugs to Sara, Jen and Jill!

    Love ya! Mary

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 10, 2016 1:51 am

      you need a dog. need. and a cat. a couple of laying chickens would complement the fresh garden produce. but dogs, cats, (and horses) are soul food. life-sustaining. and it’s quite ok to cut back on the plants, because I know you’ll still have plenty to enjoy and feed you.
      here’s to setting intent on acquiring that tail-wagging machine your heart desires. I’ve learned that setting intent moves mountains 👍🏻
      love you, too!

  4. July 7, 2016 11:59 pm

    I’ve seen your horses bow under that fence in person! So fun to watch!
    We’ve gone to Dairy Queen three times in the last month.
    I’m so so sorry about your cats. I can’t even bear it! I haven’t learned how to deal well with losing wild horses, wild animals in my backyard, let alone our pets who are deeply part of us. I’ve been depressed a lot this summer…
    Love your Talavera pot!!
    All the color, the flowers the scents and the fluff! (And a balloon)
    Hey to Sara.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      July 10, 2016 1:39 am

      yes, Lynn, it’s high summer here on the farm!! I played the role of the Dairy Queen today making homemade ice cream for our potluck whilst the kids frolicked in the pool! good times!
      losing the kitties has been tough, having had them for 14 and 15 years. it’s also hard to see the remaining cat lonesome and befuddled by the sudden departure of his friends. I ‘know’ that losing animals is part of the responsibility of having pets but I haven’t learned to deal well with it at all. maybe that’s something I honestly don’t want to be good at…
      love to you from all herd members at the fuzzy slippers farm ❤️

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