|When a dear friend sent me a surprise giftie in the mail of a woodland creature cookie cutter set that had a a fox AND a porcupine* I decided to make cookies of as many of our locally spotted critters as I had the cutters for. Luckily, I have a lot of cutters and I'd already started this post as a handy-dandy list. Neither Eric nor I are huge fans of cookie icing, so I applied only outlines. The cookies are Martha Stewart's shortbread recipe.|
Critters we've seen at home or within a few miles of home:
Foxes (we've each seen them one or more times in the daylight since this post)
Red Squirrels (I think)
Least Chipmunks (I think)
Skunks (one visual down the mountain a bit, one purely olfactory at the house)
Rabbits (probably Mountain Cottontail)
Marmot, probably the Hoary kind usually along the road, sometimes "sleeping"
Porcupine ("sleeping" by the highway)
Black Bear (cub)
|I tried to include a turkey and a duck cookie, but the turkey dropped when I tried to move it to the cooking rack and the duck wouldn't come out of the cutter with both its feet or its bill.|
|Plus two different as-yet-unidentified larger, grouse-yish types.|
Phyciodes orseis herlani butterflies
Some kind of swallowtail butterflies (9 species in Montana)
Mosquitoes (just a few)
Ten-lined June beetle
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Etcetera and so forth
|I spotted the Ten-lined June Beetle one night on the deck when Eric was setting up his small telescope for us to peep some stars. He's REALLY big and freaky looking in the dark, let me tell you. (the beetle, not Eric) We all played it fairly cool though; the beetle went about his beetle business and we peeped stars. (photo from wikipedia)|
Mystery Jumping River Fish or Fishes
Mystery Swimming Creek Fish or Fishes
|Eric with our Realtor, Sherry Kolenda, on our one viewing of the property back in August 2012.|
We've done some cosmetic work in eight rooms. When I itemized it here and looked back at so many posts to make the links it seems like a lot has been accomplished.
Laundry Room (not yet photographed or posted even though it was the first room I painted, etc.)
Upstairs Hall Bathroom
Master Dressing Room
Plus replaced ALL the door knobs
When I think about the things we still have on our list to chance it seem like there's a long way to go. I think that the stairwell and upstairs hallway, the master water closet. and the downstairs bathroom are at the fore of my mind. The first three can probably be accomplished with just a little money, but quite a bit of work. The last one will be quite a bit of work, too, but will probably require more supplies be purchased to get to the image I have in my mind.
And tomorrow is October 1, one year from the day I took this photo.
* I'm sure it's supposed to be a hedgehog, but as long as it lives under our roof it's a porcupine!