Wednesday, June 6, 2018

💔 It's The Beating Of That Hideous Heart!!! 💔


Hi Everyone :)

I'm trickling back to the internet today! It's raining today, so porch life is out, I thought I'd catch up with my Blogging friends and join in on Michael's Scribble Picnic's theme today: Classic! (follow the link to see other wonderful scribbles!). Firstly, as I always try to include a Looney drawing, I thought about how Bugs Bunny took on the role of Leopold Stokowski. Bugs conducts a "classic" while he gets revenge on the tenor who annoyed him earlier in the day. 


Here's a 2:45 clip from that short. I loved this one! :) Bugs is such a stinker! :)


When I think of the word classic, I automatically think of the Classic Tales of Horror! Ooooh! Shiver!!! :) One of my favourite author/poet's is Edgar Allan Poe. This is my watercolour version of The Tell Tale Heart where a mad man murders an older man...only to admit to his crime as he begins to hear the old man's heart beating incessantly beneath the floor boards. You NEVER get away with murder...maybe the police won't figure you out, but your conscience will...well, unless you are a sociopath...but let's leave that for another discussion! :)


Actually, the Simpsons did a funny version of this horror!


Oh do you like Christopher Lee? I loved that man! If you do, take the next 15 minutes, turn off the lights and listen to him reading The Tell Tale Heart! You'll sleep with ONE eye open that's for sure! ;)


I'll just give you an update on what's been happening here at the cottage. :) The potatoes are GROWING AND GROWING!!! All of my 16 containers are producing from 4-8 plants each! Yippee! It'll be a spuddy winter that's for sure! :) All of the other produce is doing fine, except sadly my strawberries. :( Only 2 of the 12 roots I planted are doing okay. Oh well...it was an experiment!


In the kitchen it's been summery fare. I made our first Cobb Salad of the season! Homemade Mozzarella makes it that much tastier. :) I am SO grateful for home grown produce right now! At the moment, all I can harvest is lettuce and herbs but already that brings me so much joy...I can't wait until I can pick some of my own tomatoes too!


I made a Nectarine Dutch Baby one evening when the fruit was nice and ripe.


We've been eating sandwiches for dinner on the more humid days. BLT's with cheese and some tater salad hit the spot! :)


Oh I woke up to this the other morning! Poor little fella...I was glad to see him doing okay. I have to remember to turn the dog's water dish upside down at night. He couldn't get out! I helped him out and he's doing fine. :)

Marlene, Proud Jack and Charlie - Enjoying Their Mountain Hikes!

Besides enjoying food and the garden, I've been walking the dogs on the mountain twice a day now! Exercise and Nature and my little furry doggies...what's not to like? :) And btw...a pox on that horrid vet who arrogantly INSISTED that Jack would be "disabled" for life after the mystery accident/illness in March...he's just fine, limber, active and excited about life! Could she admit she was wrong? No idea since a week after we saw her, she didn't work at that vet hospital anymore...interesting... (always question the diagnosis and listen to your gut!!!) :)

Oscar, Leo and Dana - Safe On The Porch and MESMERIZED by the Bird Feeder!

After getting the container garden up and at 'em...I am now enjoying the porch life. I hope you're all having a fantastic end of spring and beginning of summer! 

56 comments:

Sandi said...

You are the frog rescuer! :-)

Love the pics.

I can almost not type my horror at what that Vet told you.... :-( Why even say that? She didn't know. How could she know??

Rain said...

LOL Sandi!!! :) I always love your comments. :) Exactly is all I can respond to your statement about the vet. My little Jack Rabbit is perfectly healthy. You know, there was a time when I thought I should go to vet tech school...just to diagnose my own pets. Maybe it wasn't such a bad idea. That with my gut instinct, I think I would have made a good vet.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I love that Bugs Bunny cartoon and your Leopold drawing is awesome! And oh my, doesn't that nectarine dutch baby look yummy!

Stefanie said...

You have amazing instincts. Yay for Jack being all better. What yummy nom! Your cats made me LOL at their intense attention to the outside.

Christine said...

Nice work on the 'Classic' themes Rain, and your food looks so delicious!

Rain said...

Thanks Debra :) I think that Tenor deserved Bugs' shenanigans lol! The Dutch Baby was AWESOME with lots of pure maple syrup!!

Rain said...

Thanks Stefanie :) We panicked at the vet in March. Both Alex and I should have listened to our instincts sooner and saved ourselves $400...but they are supposed to be experts...anyway...I'm just so grateful that my Spaghetti Jack is back! :) The cats are hilarious on the porch....they LOVE being there and watching the bird feeder.

Rain said...

Thanks Christine :) I love the themes that bring out people's creativity...your Potato Head was fabulous!!

wisps of words said...

Nooooo, thank you!!!!! >,-))))) No listening for me! ,-)

But great art rendition of it!!!

Ohhhh your foooood!!!!!!! Oh mercy!!! Never heard of a Dutch Baby!

Frogs get in our pool skimmer too. They jump in the pool. Why? We have a pond, near by. And water, in the woods, across the road.

Get swished into the skimmer. My husband has to rescue them...

Just LOOK at Jack!!!!!! So cute and perky! So glad you stopped what she was telling you to do!!! All your critters are so happy looking. Bet they are happy to have their own family/pack back. And super for both you and them, to do these walks.

Joy!

And your gardening work, is already paying off! Super. Enjoy 'sitting for a spell'. You deserve it. :-)))))

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'".

One of the finest Simpsons episodes.

The Happy Whisk said...

I do like Lee, a lot, yes.
Love that you have potatoes and make your own cheese.
Such cute pups. We have two. We love 'em.

lissa said...

I like your bugs bunny take, though I like it better when bugs smiles.

have a lovely day.

tpals said...

Fun how dogs and cats enjoy completely different activities. Happy you are all well and growing. :)

Mary said...

What a fun post dear Rain - I'm breathless reading of all your happenings, love everything but especially the pic of the three kitties!!!!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh yes, definitely remember that cartoon where they all whisper, "Leopold! Leopold!" My husband is a huge Christopher Lee fan and used to watch old movies with our daughter. Your sandwiches look so good! -Jenn

Kristina said...

Love that photo of the cats. Tiger is always looking out the door and windows. Our potatoes are actually flowering now. I had to hill half of them yesterday. We are still not done planting. It's the latest I have ever put my garden in. Here's hoping for a good garden bounty for all of us this year.

Martha said...

Good stuff going on at your place! That is so cool about the potatoes. And I hope everything else grows in leaps and bounds, too, because there's nothing like home grown.

I'm so glad Jack is doing wonderfully! Good thing you listened to your gut and he's now a happy and healthy pup.

And that little frog...so relieved that he is okay!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi rain! the cats are too funny! what good news about jack! i always listen to my gut. we had a couple days of cool weather and now back to the heat. your dinners look so good too!

Jenn said...

I loved the episode of Bugs Bunny and the SImpsons lol!
Also you make the best looking food!! Those sandwhiches....

Susan said...

I love the cat line-up! Slimmie is mesmerized by bird TV, too. Vets. I am very lucky to have a wonderful vet. When PB injured his spine, he gave me very good advice and a hopeful prognosis. Both came true. Which is a good thing, as PB is spring-loaded! You are right, though. You follow your gut and you know your boy best. Your garden is wonderful! No potatoes for me this year, but I will enjoy yours - virtually!

Harry Flashman said...

It was "the Pit and the Pendulum" that creeped me out the most of Poe's stories.

You'd like my place. Right now we have three indoor cats, and 9 barn cats.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Yummy looking meals! The cats look so cute looking out the window. Envious of those spuds you will be harvesting. Next year I want to plant some. My strawberry bed is not doing well this year either. Nancy

Wanda said...

Hi Rain ~ My daughter and grandson from Oregon are visiting so I'm late in getting around to visit.

Love the classic bugs video, and even through I'm not a "horror fan"....I do love Edgar Allen Poe.

Your tale tell heart is great.

I think I'm a robot, because it took me 10 times to prove I wasn't. HaHa

Alexandra MacVean said...

He's wonderful! Love your version. Made me smile when your page popped up. Hope you're doing well.

Rain said...

Hi Wisps of Words :) Ha ha...aw...come on...just take a wee listen... ;) Thank you! Everything is going so well lately...the garden, the dog walks, the pet health...though one of our cats has a bad allergy, it's a mystery, we're trying different things sigh...I enjoyed the art and the fun this week at the picnic! :)

Rain said...

Ha! I loved that episode TB, James Earl Jones reading The Raven! :)

Rain said...

Hi Ivy :) I loved Christopher Lee especially in his Dracula movies...such a wonderful actor and that voice. :) The puppies make life so much better! :)

Rain said...

Hi Lissa :) Thanks :) Trust me, Bugs is smiling on the inside by causing that tenor so much grief :)

Rain said...

Thanks Tpals :) One of our cats, Oscar, always lines up with the dogs in the morning when I'm getting them ready for the walks...I think he thinks he's a dog sometimes and wants to go for a walk too! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Mary :) The three kitties are SO happy to be allowed out on the porch! They're indoor cats so it's really nice to let them have a little taste of what's outside the house! :)

Rain said...

Thanks Jenn :) Yes, the "Leopold, Leopold"...I only knew who he really was when I was an adult though! :)

Rain said...

Hi Kristina :) Oh your potatoes are already flowering? Wow! I don't think that'll happen here for another few months, but I just can't wait! The big challenge will be how we store them in the basement safely because there are mice at times. Hoping we all have a great gardening season too! :)

Rain said...

Hi Martha :) Jack is made of steel I think...when we first got him omg, he ate EVERYTHING...we had to watch him like a hawk! Now he eats NEARLY everything lol...he's a tough little hound dog, I love him so much! :) I'm so looking forward to the garden harvest this year! :)

Rain said...

Hi Joyce! :) I have a problem with self-doubt...if I don't know enough about something I figure someone else must know better...I'm learning slowly though, my gut is NEVER wrong. :)

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) Thank you! For me, half the fun of dinners is the presentation! :)

Rain said...

Hi Susan :) Spring-loaded ha ha ha! That describes Jack too! We all know our pets the best, but we are so influenced by the internet and the fear I guess...I need to stop that and listen to my gut more often when it comes to the pets...so much money wasted and grief for nothing. Too bad you're not doing taters this year, but yes, you can definitely and virtually enjoy mine soon! :)

Rain said...

Hi Harry :) That was one of my favourites too! :) Actually Vincent Price did a few Poe shorts as movies, one was the Pit and the Pendulum, if you can find it on You Tube, it's worth a watch! Oh wow...so many cats, that's really nice! :)

Rain said...

Hi Nancy :) I think you should definitely plant spuds next year! I've found they are so easy to plant, especially in containers. I'm sorry about your strawberries, they were looking so good!!

Rain said...

Hi Wanda :) Oh thank you :) OMGosh are you kidding about the robot stuff??? That is SO frustrating, sorry you had to deal with that. Blogger is having some issues. I don't get notifications anymore about comments left on my blogs...I have to subsribe to my own posts to get them!!! Enjoy your visit and don't even worry about being late getting to the blogs! It's summer! We should be far away from the computers!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Alexandra :) Thanks! Yes, things are doing very well here! I am back living the porch life. :)

Michael said...

Hi Rain! Soo glad you saved that poor little fellow in the dish..and to see that wasn't one of your other delish dishes! hahaha.

As i noted on IG, your pieces are wonderful additions to the picnic. I can't decide which one I enjoy more. The horror one of course is deeper clearly, and so well done, but, yes, let's explore the sociopath angle maybe closer to Halloween! hahaha.

Great stuff. thank you sooo much. Hope you and Alex are doing well.

Michael said...

P.S. Be sure to check out my latest post on the new theme btw. I can totally see you having fun with this.

Rain said...

Hi Michael :) Thank you! We are doing very well. Oh, ha ha ha...I have tried frog's legs before but shudder....never again. I saw them on the plate and couldn't bring myself to eating them, all I could think of was the poor little critter...oh and yes, we WILL explore the sociopath angle come October!!! boo ha ha ha! :) I like the new theme!!!

Lorraine said...

You've picked a great classic with Edgar A. Poe. Your watercolor is stunning, even with the macabre subject matter. The colors are so vivid. I love hearing about your gardening adventures and seeing what you've been putting on the table.

Becki said...

I don't know why I took the bait, but I started listening to the Tell Tale Heart. Fortunately (for me) I stopped before I got too far in. I don't even like scary stuff. And you want me to turn off the lights?!? As a teen I read Stories That Scared Even Me by Alfred Hitchcock. I still shudder over some of the stuff I remember from that book and that was over 40 years ago! You'd probably love it. ;^)

Magic Love Crow said...

You always have such great posts Rain! Such amazing food you make!! Always making my mouth water! Love seeing all your fur babies! The cats all lined up, made me laugh! LOL! That little frog is so cute! Love Bugs!! And, your scary one was excellent!! Big Hugs!

Yarrow said...

I love your food pictures :D I'm on a tight diet at the moment as everything is giving me heartburn, but your pictures cheer me up.
The dogs look very happy and I'm glad they're good and healthy too (daft vet)! xxx

Pam Jackson said...

Glad so many of your plants are doing good. Sorry for the ones that are not. Great exercise for you and the dogs. So very happy that Jack is doing so well. My son and his wife just had to have there 11 yr old Shepard put down and it has been hard on both of them. I have cried and hurt for them. Like Cory said, he has had do it before but this one was really hard..so glad that you did not have to go through that with Jack. Love the cats all lined up! Animals are so fun.

RO said...

Any focus on The Simpsons and Bugs Bunny and I'm all in. I have all the Burger King Toys from Halloween nd lots of stuffed animals of the Simpsons because I just love them so much. I clearly need to head over to your place for my other love - potatoes! (lol) Glad to see that your plant growing is going so well, and you I always enjoy seeing all the wonderful recipes you share. Hugs...RO

Rain said...

Sorry for late replies my friends, I'm still not getting comment notifications!!

Rain said...

Hi Lorraine :) Thank you! I love Poe so much and wanted to do something a wee bit different. I have to say I'm not too comfy with the red colour, I prefer all blues! :)

Rain said...

Hi Becki :) Ha ha ha...you took the bait, sorry about that!!! :) The way Christopher Lee narrates the story is amazing, adds to the horror! I HAVE that book by Hitchcock!!! I've read it several times!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Magic Love Crow :) Thank you :) It's rare to get a photo of the three cats together, but once the porch is up and running, they can't stay away ! Great for photo ops :)

Rain said...

Thanks Yarrow :) Oh, I'm sorry about the heartburn...Alex suffers that a lot too and at one point we did an elimination diet for about 3 months. We found out the culprit is peppers, especially the green ones, and anything with paprika does that to me. It's a long process, I hope you figure it out! Daft vet indeed!!! :)

Rain said...

Hi Pam :) Oh that's so sad about your son and his wife's dog...I've been through that so often, as a kid, and then twice as an adult, it's devastating. Sending well wishes to them, and I'm going to go hug my pets even more now. xx

Rain said...

Hi RO :) I'm a big Looney Tunes, Simpsons and Family Guy fan, I love those tongue in cheek/everyone's a target type of cartoons lol! Oooh, imagine? Homemade fries from my potatoes and you bring the cheeseburgers! Now that would be a fun dinner!!! :)