Thursday, December 19, 2013

I had Vanilla Ice hair before it was cool.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013


I'm working in a city again. Seattle to be exact. I didn't think I would miss the city when we moved to Medford. I don't think I realized how much I did miss it until I came here. It's been very invigorating.

My commute involves a train again. And time to draw. Something I haven't taken time to do in a while. It's nice to have that time built into your day. So here is the first in a new series of wobbly train drawings.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's been a long time coming...

A friend of mine sent me a message today saying he was sadly lacking in paintings of weird old salty seamen, and the like, in his life. Naturally he turned to me. Fortunately I have just the ticket. I have been working on a kids book for quite some time now. Some of you are probably like "Enough with the kids book!! Either shut up and do it already, or just shut up! Either way, shut up!" So to prove that I am not just talk, I'm going to share a couple pieces from my book. I am almost ready to being trying to find a publisher.

The book is called The Adventures of Coyote Jack and Bucket.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Our three hives

Honey Harvest

We harvested honey this week. Things went much better than I was expecting. The last time we checked on the bees there was no sign of eggs or larva in two of the three hives, which means the queens were most likely dead. The third hive (the swarm we caught this year) was looking really weak and we thought it was doomed for sure. That was about a month ago. I really didn't think we were going to be able to harvest any honey this year. And the possibility of losing all three hives was looking all too real.

Since then they have started laying eggs and the swarm is growing! We took 12 frames of honey from the two healthy hives (we're going to let the swarm keep what little they make this year.) We took more frames last year but the frames we took this year were much more full.

We took the frames home and extracted them that night. It only took about 3.5 hours this time. We're getting better at it! We ended up with about 3.5 gallons. It's less than last year, but we did two harvests last year, too. We'll see how things go over the next month. Maybe we can get another harvest in this year.

The honey is different than last year. It's more mild. Last year we started at a berry farm then ended up next to a large clover field. We left the hives next to that clover field again, but this year they planted potatoes instead. Too bad. There was a field of red clover about a mile away that must have added to out honey, and of course the wild blackberries, which are a given in this area.

We look forward to a good year of cherry tomatoes in the garden and the delicious salsa that comes from that!