Bluebonnets (More)

We did Julian Onderdonk, probably the best painter of bluebonnets. But there’s an argument to be made for Robert Wood. And do we like to argue in this country these days or what?



Happy Birthday Ben!


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67 Responses to “Bluebonnets (More)”

  1. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:37 am on April 25th, 2015

    Good morning. We love that work too.

    I went back and read last night’s posts. Seven offers already on Staff’s family home! Unbelievable, but proves the old realtor’s saying “Location, location, location”. I was hoping the listing would show some interior shots, but it just had the one front view.

  2. Howlers
    8:42 am on April 25th, 2015

    Good morning! Happy Birthday to Ben. And we love both bluebonnet paintings.
    Wonderful news about the multiple offers on the Drew homestead.
    We are getting ready to leave for our scootering lesson. Pop is going too, and insists that all three of us go along! Woo Hoo!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:44 am on April 25th, 2015

    Good morning, B&M&L and everyone! Those blue bonnets are beautiful! Best of luck with the sale of the Dad’s house. Hope this here blog doesn’t hick-up again.
    Have a truly satisfying Saturday, all.

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:45 am on April 25th, 2015

    Hey to the Howlers, too. Have fun scootering. Wonder if Newfies can scooter?

  5. B.Stover
    8:56 am on April 25th, 2015

    I am familiar with Robert Wood’s paintings. I like his Carmel (California) scenes. Here’s a link:

    Good morning all.

  6. B.Stover
    9:02 am on April 25th, 2015

    Rio: Not only did NBC cancel Allegiance, they took it off the air after five episodes. They did make it available online. There were thirteen episodes filmed and On Demand now has the first twelve. They will be showing until September 20. I’ve decided to watch them and if we are left with a cliffhanger, I’ll write my own ending.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 am on April 25th, 2015

    HRH B, great idea!

  8. Wose-the small and meek
    10:04 am on April 25th, 2015


    RIO! How did your team do last night? I was too busy watching the Yankees brush the Mets under the rug and end their 11 game winning streak to post. Heh…I stayed up for the whole game!

    Good Saturday to all!

  9. Herd of Hounds
    10:09 am on April 25th, 2015

    Wow wose, dem bums beat da Mets! Glad you got to see that.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:32 am on April 25th, 2015

    B: Thanks for the followup on Allegience. NBC is Notorious for Canceling Good Shows.

    Wose: Congrats on the Win!
    Hope the Rockies did as well or we will have a Grumpy Pug on our paws.

    Looking forward to hearing about Kat’s Scooter Lesson…with Photos of course.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:38 am on April 25th, 2015

    Love Robert Wood too.

    Wishing the Happiest of B-Days to Ben!

  12. Herd of Hounds
    11:30 am on April 25th, 2015

    Hippo boidies to Ben.

  13. Kat
    12:42 pm on April 25th, 2015

    I’m back! I am a Natural!!! That’s what the scootering people called me. Of course, they were impressed with the look of me as soon as I arrived. When Momma first hooked me up, I wasn’t sure what to do, but she told me Run, Kat, and so I did. And I ran and I ran and I ran. People and dogs were coming toward me. My trail etiquette always has me greet other dogs and their people, but Momma said On By, Kat, so on by I went. This scootering thing is awesome. Now Momma and Pop are talking about buying scooters and then trying sled or skis next winter. I finally have a job I was made for!
    Oh, Zeus and Pop tried scootering too, and they did good, but Zeus will require training. He is not a Natural like me. Then Momma hooked me and Mama Meash up together and I taught Meashka how to pull and go On By. She did very well, but {whispering} she sort of slowed me down.
    I will post a photo soon.

  14. Kat
    12:50 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Here is Momma being pulled by me and Mama Meash, with Zeus in the bottom corner, doing his best Chet impersonation.

  15. c.hobbit
    12:55 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Kat: what a great photo. Whose the good dog?

  16. Kat
    12:59 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Here is one where you can see what a scooter looks like. That is Insa on her scooter in front of us.

  17. Masquers
    1:02 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Great fotos Kat!

  18. Kat
    1:06 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Thanks, Guys. Thieves! Please ask your musher when tryouts are for the 2016 A-Team. I just know I can land a spot.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    1:09 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Kat, you are a marvel! Do you think you could teach a stubborn Newfie to scooter? (She’s only stubborn around people)

  20. B.Stover
    1:12 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Way to go Kat!

  21. Staff
    1:16 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Kat, you are great! And Zeus does a good Chet impersonation.

    Back to unpacking…

  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:21 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Scooters!….The only scooting I do is on the front room rug…heh!…But someone here thinks that looks like a load of fun!fun!fun!…snort!

  23. Diane C.
    2:37 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Good Morning All and thanks for posting the delightful scooter photos. Even though I’m pretty small for my species, I doubt hitching up a couple of Lhasas would work (nor would it be fun to try). Although being mostly in lurker mode lately I loved the excerpt from Woof and look forward to reading the whole thing.
    Have a delightful day, everyone.

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    2:39 pm on April 25th, 2015

    We are being impressed by so many things today. First the beautiful painting of bluebonnets (there is a “famous” diner here in town called the BlueBonnet – we took Rebecca there when she was visiting)
    Then we were thoroughly impressed by Kat’s natural skill at scootering. Surely the Snowhook team would have room for a lovely redhead.

    Then the mail arrived. And we were floored! The Storyteller received a package from the most Beautiful Sisters – he was gob-stopped, thrilled, honored, and beside himself. We may not see him for the rest of the day while he examines his treasures, stitch by stich, bead by bead. Thank you so very much! What an incredible gift.

    What a day!

  25. Trisha in UK
    2:54 pm on April 25th, 2015

    We call them Bluebells here in UK. Beautiful! (Been busy so just lurking recently.) Looking forward to reading “Woof”. Years ago there was a children’s book published here called “Woof” too, by Allan Ahlberg. About a boy who kept turning onto a dog Spoiler Alert! because his little sister really really wanted a dog. Sweet story. It was turned into a TV series, but the book was better.

  26. Herd of Hounds
    2:57 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Trisha, that is so interesing!

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    3:04 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Hi Trisha! Always so nice to see your smiling font.

  28. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:05 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Good job, Kat. Looks like several people and their dogs out on the trail. Good exercise for all.

    Nice to hear from Diane and Trisha!

  29. Zoe
    3:37 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Wose, Consider the Red Sox
    Well, I started this and it disappeared under an ad, I’ll try again. Elderly Newf owner admits that it is difficult to keep up with a puppy. I got training lessons and help and so on. I knew what to do, but I was too tired to do it. I adore that Dan, but he was too much for me. I hate to admit defeat, it makes me feel ancient. Well, I am almost 83. Falling is not a good thing for me to do..nor for almost 11 year old Mac, either and Dan was knocking us over just being …
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  30. Zoe
    3:42 pm on April 25th, 2015

    a puppy. The co-owners took him back and I will now have a 6 year old lady (she just isn’t a bitch} named India who immediately started cleaning Mac’s ears which Mattie used to do every morning. I think she is much better for Mac and for me. I will always be sorry I couldn’t keep Dan. They are keeping his name, tho, Dan the Man. We get India Wednesday night.
    Think good thoughts for Mac and India and me..and for Fuzznuggetfieldz Newfoundlands in Middletown. You can find them at Nana Newfoundland on Facebook. Good people, good dogs, very open and honest.

  31. Diane C.
    3:44 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Hey Trisha–Nice to see you again. I’ll look for the book and the series…
    B. Stover–I am sorry about your series (but on the other hand, Case of the Dangerous Robin, City of Angels, and the brilliantly offensive salute to my hometown, Action! were all cancelled untimely.
    (I was looking on YouTube to see if anything from Action! could be found and was stunned to discover that there were 13 episodes! I was a fan from the first one, and looked aggressively for it as it got shifted to various timeslots–it vanished from my local SoCal market after (I think) four episodes. Critically acclaimed, stepped on too many toes…)

  32. Herd of Hounds
    3:45 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Zoe, do Darah Thea and her mom need to help with the large Newfie issue? We would love to have another Newf. Let us know if so.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    3:49 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Zoe, Your girl Melanie are the reason we met you. If the Newfies are too big now, Sharon and her Herd of Hounds would love another Newf or 2. Please let us know.

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    5:32 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Zoe – well, if it wasn’t meant to be, so be it. He was a sweet, goofy boy, but he was certainly a puppy.
    We are glad you are getting another one to try – sounds like her ear-cleaning affection might be a sign from the other side of the Bridge.
    We will be up to meet India sometime soon, we hope.

  35. Wose-the small and meek
    5:37 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Kat, you rock!

    Zoe, my dad (who has crossed over) would never forgive me for even saying the dreaded words “Red Sox.” He loved the Bronx, and he loved his Yankees.

  36. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:51 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Zoe, I am younger than you by 14 years, but I have sworn never to have another puppy. Only seniors for me from now on. They are wonderful and more closely match my energy level. Plus they are harder to place in rescue.

    I am watching The Unbroken. Very well done, but it is so intense that it is making me feel unsettled, even though I know he made it to live to almost 100.

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Work!…and more Work!…grunt!…Those two did landscaping and other nonsense outside today and now I am exhausted just by watching it all…wheeze!…Then on top of that we had to go walk, but it started sprinkling which Beau and I do not like one bit, so we came back under the threat of going again later….grumble!

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Cards!….House Of. Who here watches that show? …gasp!….Please do not tell me F.U. becomes President anytime soon on that show or anywhere else…gurgle!…Back to see what happens…yeeep!

  39. Howlers
    8:21 pm on April 25th, 2015

    The ‘rents just returned from a garden party fundraiser. They had to wake us tired huskies.
    Zoe, we are sad to hear you must part with Dan the Man, but we hope you will get to visit him once in a while. We wish you luck with India. It sounds like she might be a good fit.
    Barb, Unbroken was excellent, but yes, it is difficult to watch.

  40. Teddy Ruff Rider
    8:32 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Was my girl happy to see you today. I would say so!

  41. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    8:52 pm on April 25th, 2015

    My Dear Niece Kat, look at your beautiful long legs pulling that scooter! You were made for this. I don’t want winter to come soon because I want this one to end, but you will do a great job pulling a sled.

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Wow!….Teddy and Zeta should make a movie together…snorkel!…What a Love Affair!…heh!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:57 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Gasp!….House of Cards….Gah!…I love Kevin Spacey but his character Frank Underwood is something else…puke!

    Walk!…Someone says we need to all take a walk to get the bad taste out of her mouth after watching that episode…wheeze!…Thanks a lot Frank…grunt!

  44. dawson
    9:14 pm on April 25th, 2015

    I like both of the bluebonnet painters mentioned and also enjoyed the paintings of Carmel by the sea.

    Congratulations to the O’Howlers for the successful scootering. it looks like a whole bunch of fun.

    I went on a zip line today and that was great fun too. Granted, it was at a kiddie park.

    TeddyRuffRider: Aw. Your girl really missed you.

    Zoe: Hilarious remark to Wose regarding the Red Sox, heh! I am sorry that Dan the Man was a bit too exuberant for you and Mac but happy that a more mature Newf was available.

    I am so happy the Storyteller loves those moccasins. They are from a long, long, long time ago.

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Scooter!…Now my friend wants a scooter…snort!…Who the hell does she think will be pulling it?…grunt!

  46. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:42 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Well who else? Rio and Beau, of course. Suck it up, Big Guy!

    Now we are saying good night.

  47. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Barb!…Heh!Heh!Heh!Heh!Heh!Heh!Heh!Heh!…snort!…I don’t think so….burp!

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Upgrades!…I have heard tail that the Fabulous Baker Boy is performing “Upgrades” to the blog…sniff!…So if you experience times of Unavailability-Ness…this may be due to some Baker Construction Work…grunt!

  49. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Antique!….I’m wondering how he can update an Antique such as our beloved Blog….heh!heh!

  50. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:05 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Game!….So the World Series Winners of last year are here and they are 2 runs ahead….grump!…Mad cuz the Rockies swept them in San.Fran…heh!…I have a feeling the Rocks will win this one for some strange reason – and I am biting the couch cushions just to be sure…snort!

  51. Siber's Mom
    10:11 pm on April 25th, 2015

    I want my own bluebonnet painting.

    Teddy and Zeta are the world’s cutest couple.

    Howlers, Thanks for the pictures. Mush On!!

    Zoe, India would be more my speed also. I think you made a wise decision, but I know it was hard.

  52. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Kiddo!…She has really grown up right under our eyes…snort!…Here is Rosie Gray. You go girl!!…Wooo!

  53. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Siber-Maw!…Are you watching the game tonight?…wheeze! …it is early but all that yard work today has worn me out. I am hoping to be able to stay up till the blissful end…chuffle!

  54. Siber's Mom
    10:43 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Rio, I am watching the game. The Rockies are only one run behind. I don’t know if I can stay awake either.

    Wose, Pride of the Yankees is on tomorrow afternoon.

  55. ML
    10:44 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Rio was the episode that you just watched the one with the secret service man? Ick

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on April 25th, 2015

    ML!…ICK! indeed….gah!…I thought that was totally unnecessary and turned my stomach even more away from the Underwoods…grump!

  57. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Homage!…Kevin Spacey is an unbelievably amazing actor..snort!…If my friend, who loves him dearly, can be sickened by a character he portrays, this is just a result of his amazing talent…gulp!…She has stood right beside this man and she has taken his photo several times…he is not a monster – he is an amazing actor….snuffle!

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on April 25th, 2015

    But!…Frank. Underwood. FU. is indeed a sickness that probably invades our political system and this is very disturbing indeed….gah!

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Someone!…Talk to me tonight. I need someone. Beau is asleep even with all his toys in my bed…heh!…He took my growling seriously and has forsaken his beloved smelly bear…grunt!…It is so bad-smelling even I do not want it in my bed…gasp!

  60. Herd of Hounds
    11:15 pm on April 25th, 2015

    wowseer! you are a super thing

  61. Alice M. Johnsonq
    11:16 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Rio, I will talk to you. Staff is busy trying to not unpack stuff. The house is a delight. Stuff is standing in the middle of rooms and a cat does not have to get on the floor to walk from one room to another.

  62. Siber's Mom
    11:20 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Rockies tied up the game!

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Alice…No thanks…grunt!…I have not hit rock-kat-bottom yet…..sniff! …an that hillbilly makes me crazy too…growl!

  64. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Siber-Maw!…YES! I do have hope to the brim for this game…hehheh!

  65. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Good-Dawg-Night! …grunt!

  66. Siber's Mom
    11:46 pm on April 25th, 2015

    Me too, Night.

  67. Diane C.
    7:34 am on April 26th, 2015

    Hmm…An early Good Morning to y’all. I loved the Teddy and Zeta photo–just what I need to start my day a little on the early side. I may have more work coming up due to a colleague’s illness–potential complications, but I will deal. conan is a bit restless at the moment, so I may ask him to take a day of quilt therapy today (Sunday).
    I’m not sure when I’ll be back, so have a wonderful Sunday, All…

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