A site for my handmade cards, accompanied by my photos and written meanderings which are occasionally witty, often tongue-in-cheek, and rarely profound. Beginning in June 2013, you'll also see lots of NBUS, which is an acronym I coined for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff. Feel free to join in, use the acronym, and use up your NBUS too! Thanks for coming by! Have a beverage and enjoy!

June 16, 2016

Oops!

Greetings,

Even though I'm trying to stay off the streets of Blogland to concentrate on trip preparations, I still have an active hamster who has his own Chromebook for checking challenges. That means in spite of my best efforts, sometimes I have to drop everything and play cards with him.

Like this.
BTW, that's spose to be a pee-pee puddle, regardless of the sediment. The message works for pee-pee, too. I don't want you to think I am being gross while you are trying to enjoy your tea and toast! My thinking was that grandma is on the move, stepping over the doggie puddle to take him outside. But now that I look at it, I see it looks like everyone is having an oopsie moment! Hey, don't judge until you're a grandma!

While looking through my stamps to find something that might be original for Less Is More's challenge, Hammy spotted this Art Impressions stamp, which I watercolored with my Ziggies. I went looking for an "Oops" sediment, but I don't have one. I could have made one with my Concord & 9th alphas, but when I spotted this Stamping Bella sediment, the search ended. (This fun sediment is meant to accompany a diapered and bottled toddler image, but I thought it was apropopo for this card's wee-wee splatters.)

You'll have to pardon my errant pink schmear near the right edge. Paint happens.

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A Squirrel By Any Other Name

In critter news, last month the Mister hollered in the door on his way to work that a couple of squirrels were playing in the front yard. I grabbed my camera and enjoyed several minutes with them. There was a big fluffy squirrel
and a baby squirrel. 
I thought the baby squirrel looked a bit odd, but I've only seen grown-up squirrels visiting, so what did I know? He or she was certainly an imp crawling up inside the wheel well of the Mister's truck!
A couple of weeks went by and then we saw two more baby squirrels playing in the back yard among my potted plants near the Playhouse. So cute!

Until they both took off and dove under the corner of the Playhouse.

Odd, I thought, why didn't they just scamper up the tree like their parents would do?

The next day they were back. I got a picture of one of them edging out from the corner of the Playhouse while the Mister was off on a motorcycle ride.
When the Mister got home, he told me that he had seen baby squirrels just like ours out along the road. And then he said, "The reason they aren't scampering up the trees is because they are GROUND squirrels!"

Oops.

We asked Mr. Google just to make sure. The tails aren't as fluffy and their front legs are much shorter. We've never had ground squirrels in the neighborhood before, but a nearby highway is being widened and we think they are being forced out of their own neighborhood. I feel badly about that and Hammy is thrilled to have new playmates, but I don't want them nesting under my Playhouse!

I think it might be time for me to get a mini-doxie to chase them out of the yard. I will housebreak him or her first so I don't look like my card! (Wait. Is that a poem?)

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Thank you for all your good wishes concerning my upcoming trip to England! Some of you thought I was leaving on June 16th, but I'm not leaving until July 16th. You will still see me here in the coming month, just not as often.

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95 comments:

Jane Willis said...

Now wiping tea off the screen. Brilliant and hilarious card! Just thinking about my 90 year old Mum and wondering whether *all* those piddle puddles have come from the dog, or is the poor thing just getting the blame?
Jane

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, I do love the card:)

I've never heard of Ground Squirrels.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Esther said...

Those ground squirrels are so cute. Gorgeous pics! Great humour in your card too and a creative take on the theme. Nice job :)

Suchi said...

Such a hilarious card!! I love squirrels so much-cute pics! :)
Suchi xx

frommycraftroom said...

Great card. No tea & toast here - almost dinner time :) Thanks for bringing a smile to my dial at the end of my day.

Maxine D said...

Darnell I am still smiling over your card - so glad Hammy persuaded you to play!
I had never heard of ground squirrels, and I am surprised that they are so tiny!!
Blessing
Maxine

Julie B said...

What a great way to start my morning. Cheered me up no end. We don't have squirrels but pesky rabbits! Just watched a family in our front yard. Why they like it there I'll never know 'cos the gravel stops all but the hardiest of weeds from poking through!:)

Ruth said...

Hahahah! Brilliant! It's enlook on her face - have had that with small children when removing a nappy before bath time..... It's the 'why, why now?' Am doing what I can to find kiddie care :) xx

Marianne said...

Such a fun and fabulous card, Darnell, and a brilliant one layer card at that!
Last winter we woke up (a few times) to the sound of a barking dog and a rattling noise under the roof of our toilet. As it turned out, a weasel was making havoc under the roof tiles. After poking the roof with the end of a broom stick, I saw him (or her, no idea) rushing down the wall, across the terrace, over the wall and into the field next door.
Marianne x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

trust good ole hammy to find a "relly kewl" challenge to play in and spit does happen hence the pink spit on the side isn't it, Darnell??

Ah ground squirrels who would've thought.. do agree re the nesting under said playhouse though might be play for them not for you, should that happen.
Thanks so much for the inspiration... and praying on...
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Sandra H said...

Just love this its a fabulous designed card and the squirrels are just so cute x

Lynn said...

How cool...love the pictures of the squirrels..and your card is awesome! Love it! :)

Aileen Ryan said...

Cool card Darnell, love the spit as you said it spits out one way or the tuther. Never having seen a squirrel I couldnt even see that there was any difference till you pointed it out. Watch they dont set up under your little cottage and turn it into a home for all orphaned squirrels. Ohh and on the card the pink , isnt that just another splat!!

Marcia HIll said...

Adorable card and beautiful coloring Darnell! I think I need to take Zig lesson's from you! And cute, cute pics of the critters...my Brinkley isn't much of a fan of squirrels, so mostly we just see them racing by as Brinkley is yelling at them! :0)

Pat said...

What a fun card Darnell and love that quirky image and your water colouring is great. I love your photos of the ground squirrels too. We don't seem to see many squirrels here even though we are close to the countryside, but our community gets lots of house martins although we don't have them nesting on our house. x

Craftychris said...

Oh, Darnell! I am laughing lots! Your card is so funny! Loving those squirrel pics. I have not heard of ground squirrels before, a nature lesson and a laugh, thank you! xxx

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Cool card Darnell
hugs Tamara

Valerie Nolan said...

Such a fun card Darnell and love the critters pics!! We have squirrels who take great delight in eating my camellias!
Val x

Lisa said...

Heehee, your card makes me smile!! What a fun image!! Your squirrels are soooo cute!! Those babies are precious!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness, what a funny card! So glad Hammy got you to play a bit. I so enjoy your animal tales...watching the squirrels scamper about can be fun, but hope you get them out from under your playhouse, though. Thanks so much for sharing and spreading smiles!

cm said...

Oh my, your card just about made me piddle from laughing so hard! Brilliant! We have ground squirrels here...and bunnies. Wild bunnies that are as cute as the dickens but they are pests for those who have gardens. I, not having a garden, think they're adorable. Another thing I consider adorable are mini doxies...and yes, I think you should get one. Another friend for Hammy AND a squirrel-chaser-outer. Perhaps Mister will surprise you with one upon your return...
Hugs and love~c

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh my!! I have never sen a card so hilarious! :D Fab CAs and if you haven't say that there was a little pink schmear, I have never seen it!!!
Superbeautiful and sweet squirrels, I think you might give them a house, poors critters! :)

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Wow..such a cute card...

cuilliesocks said...

Fabulous photos of the baby squirrels, just so cute.
Love your fun card, what a brilliant image, Kate x

Sandy said...

"Ground squirrels" is what my husband calls chipmunks, and I thought it was some odd regional phrase, not a real thing. Good old internet, you learn something new every day.
And I must say, I don't think those were the splatters LIM had in mind. Thanks for the laugh.

Jen W. said...

Ha ha! Brilliant card! Love the look on her face! And the squirrels are SO cute! I didn't know about ground squirrels either. Your blog is like an educational nature show!

Patti said...

Heeheehee you can count on art Impressions to really give a laugh! Your coloring is amazing! I love the colors you get from Zigs!! : )

I am one who thought you were leaving today! so glad you cleared that up!! and happy you will be home for your birthday! : )

Have a great day.

Patti

Maura R said...

Your card is a hoot, Darnell - as is your story about the ground squirrels! So exciting about your upcoming trip! Hugs! Maura

scrappymo! said...

Big vote of yes for the Doxie...I think they are so cute.
Then you will be making lots more cards like this adorable "Spit happens" card! Amazing how they can piddle at the most inopportune moments...and then chew everything up in the house!

This is such a fun card.

conil said...

Pardon me, I'm still laughing over your card...aaah, brings back disconcerting memories. Hilarious. Ground squirrels, hmmm. Didn't even know we had them in Northern California. Clearly, I need to update my critter knowledge....or not. Anyway, hope they're not building nests under your Playhouse...think a daschie may be the right solution...not sure how they handle hamsters, though. And yes, that was a lovely poem.

Sarah said...

Holy smoke this made me smile!! This happens in our house!! Our darling Suzy has been having little "incidents" lately and we all tiptoe around the kitchen and utility room in the morning...just in case xx

Carol L said...

Not only do I come here to be amused and enabled, now I come here to get educated too! Ground squirrels? Who knew! All squirrels are of the PITA variety where I live - always moving my flower bulbs elsewhere, digging holes in the ground and scampering across my feet while sitting on the porch! AACK!!
Your card is hilarious too! LOL

Marie B. said...

OH Darnell! That is too funny! LOL Enjoy your upcoming trip! :)

Jacquie Southas said...

I love AI images, but will admit after reading your ponderings over whether it looks like both granny & pup had an accident, I can't "unsee" that version :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

I think your card is a "hoot". I can just imagine this really happening with both puppy and Grandma. In fact, it hits might close to this grandma right now where sometimes we just can't walk fast enough to reach our bathroom destination! And, heaven forbid if we cough or sneeze. No hope then. LOL

Maria A. said...

Ha, Ha, Ha!! Oh my gosh!!! Been there with my doggies, LOL!!
Super adorable image Darnell and yes.....I can relate to both scenarios, LOL!!
Love it, thank you for sharing.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Janis said...

Hilarious card and I, too, thought the granny was losing it, along with the pup! Hahahaha... (Hey, don't get in the way of me and the bathroom first thing in the morning!!!) Do I detect a April Fools Day Biggest Card Blooper in the making??? lol...

Thanks for sharing your squirrel photos! So much fun, but I would not want them nesting under the playhouse. A doxie might be just what the doctor should order for squirrels in the cellar.
<3 J

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OH Babs said...

Cute photos. Cute card. I thought grandma had a leak in her Depends.

Cara said...

Think I had an oopsie moment myself laughing at your card! Genius! I didn't know there were ground squirrels as well, you learn something new every day! Cara x

Colleen said...

Hand raised....Darnell I know about ground squirrels!!! We had all these holes in the backyard of our house in Scottsdale, couldn't figure out what made them (thinking and hoping they were NOT snake holes!) Finally my MIL (God rets her soul) spotted a ground squirrel coming out of the hole!! Busy time in your back yard with all the hummers and flying squirrels and now ground squirrels!! I just spent some time visiting all that you have been doing and getting caught up. Your cards are always amazing and so enjoy your stories! If I don't "see" you before you leave, I will look forward to seeing pictures of you with all your friends in England! Have a safe journey and stay healthy! God bless!

Sybrina K said...

Cute, cute card! Those of us with doggies certainly can appreciate it.

Love the squirrel pics. We have all kinds of ground squirrels in our neck of the woods. Hope your fellas find a good home. :)

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Darnell, Now that is one funny card, and you've coloured it brilliantly I just think it works really well, still smiling LOL Who knew about ground squirrels? Not sure we have them over in Blighty ? Keep smiling lovely lady :D xx

Sharon said...

Roaring with laughter here Darnell! That is SUCH a brilliantly funny card and you sure nailed our splatters challenge (guffaw). Tears were rolling down my eyes when I read your assessment of who had made what puddle. Loved to find out about your ground squirrel too.
Anyway, thanks so much for the belly laugh and joining us at Less is More this week.
Sharon xx

Olga Fink said...

This card is so funny!! and the sentiment is great!
xoxo Olga

Lizzy Hill said...

Now there's a senior moment if I've ever seen one. Not sure whether to laugh or cry! And your poor squirrels.... Sad, the progress of the world.... But, s*it happens all over the show!!!!! England eh? Just back. Adore that place!!!!!

Bonnie said...

Ha, ha! Good luck on the doxie! I might be tempted if he would chase off the squirrels! A little card therapy is good in betwixt the packing! I sure did enjoy this card!

Marybeth said...

Im sorry but I laughed so hard after I read you notice they were both having a moment..... I didn't even read on! Loving this card and happy I can’t smell it .
I have no type of organization on challenges , I am a big mess when it comes to things like that.
gonna finish reading now.

Bunny said...

Laughter is good medicine. That is a funny card.

Kim Heggins said...

Love your wonderful card...made me laugh out loud! Made me think of some of my little preschoolers...at times they leave puddles in their chairs!

Jean said...

Funny card!!!

Bobby said...

Too,too funny Darnell. :D

Kara Lynne said...

Oh I remember the days of trying to get the dog outside midstream! This is so fun, Darnell! I never knew there were ground squirrels, good to know!

Cat Craig said...

lol...definitely a funny card. I am glad you explained, on my screen the piddles are a bit baby runs colored. Enjoyed the little squirrel pics too.

Lisa said...

TeeHee, too much fun!! Speaking of fun, you are a wealth of information here on your blog!! What nifty little critters they are, cute pics too!!

Pon Malar said...

Super funny & cute card :) lovely coloring..

Cheryl W. said...

I really chuckled at your card, especially when you said it looked like there had been more than one "oopsie." he he All of us grannies know what that's about!!! We get exacerbated with our squirrels here. They strip our apricot trees of the fruit when it's still green and eat only the nut in the pit. Grrrrrrrr.

Rose said...

Now that I've finally stopped laughing so hard I just want to say how much I love your card Darnell! Thanks for clarification on the puddle because I was wondering! What a fun photo shoot! Love the pictures.

Brenda said...

Oh. My. Gosh! This card cracks me up Auntie!!! It is so me with our diabetic dog. lol I love how you colored these two the and "apple juice" is the perfect color. lol Oh my, squirrels are so cute, but they are very destructive. You might have to get those ground squirrels relocated. The squirrels around here will chew the wiring in your cards, homes and anywhere else they can get in. You certainly don't want them nesting under the Playhouse! I hope the Mister can get them taken care of. I can't believe it, but you know the 16h of July is just around the corner! Then you will be off on the trip of a life time. I'm so in awe of you Auntie, cause this old gal here don't go anywhere on her own. lol But I know you will have a fabulous trip meeting all kinds of lovely bloggers! Can't wait to hear all about it. Hugs, Brenda

Birgit said...

I am so loving this card and thought it was pee not, well, you know:) this is a hilarious card and one I can relate to. Love the squirrels but you may need to place some netting around and into the ground around your play cottage:)

TK said...

What a cute card! Gotta love those AI stamps, in all their wisdom and truth!
And I just love all your critter pictures & stories, I feed my squirrels too, now I just have to train Sophie not to chase them!

sandie said...

Such a fun card Darnell and super colouring x

Sarah Gray said...

I have to admit that I was slightly concerned about the two puddles but feel very reassured by your explanation! Great way to incorporate splatters in to your design - it really made me laugh! Thank you for playing along with us at Less is More admidst all of your travel preparations :)

Linda said...

LOL!!!! This is so funny ....... great card xx

Redanne said...

Ground squirrels? Well I never.... they are quite cute but I can understand you not wanting them under the playhouse... Love your card, it made me laugh out loud - thanks so much for the laugh! Hugs, Annie xxx

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun card...love it! Thank you for the photos and information on squirrels, I didn't know about ground squirrels, so thanks x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I knew what kind of "baby" squirrels you had there and why then didn't scamper up the tree. You are smart to not want them under your playhouse. They are still rodents (sorry, Hammy, not at all domesticated and refined like you). I didn't think Granny had an accident too on you card. I knew it was all puppy's fault. Your card cracked me up! Thanks for the laugh this fine Friday Morning.

Em Louise Fairley said...

Love the humor of the card. The squirrel pix are great too.
Hugs,
Em xxx

Amy O said...

Cute card, and your coloring is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Janelle said...

Hilarious card, Darnell! Love the stamp and the colouring. We don't have squirrels in Oz, so any are so cute. It's hard to equate such cuteness with destruction. :-)
Hugs,
Janelle

Marlena M. said...

You make me laugh, Darnell :)~love your coloring, love your card and the description to go along with it!

shirley-bee said...

Hehe, well done Hammy for making you play cards with him!

Chrissie said...

Sorry I'm a little late visiting this time!
This is a really fun interpretation of the splatter effect Darnell... made me smile, although if I'd been holding the dog I wouldn't have been quite so delighted!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Carol H. said...

LOL! Such a fun and funny card!! I didn't think it was granny's oops till I read further. Haha! We don't have ground squirrels that I know of but I'm pretty sure ground squirrels are a cousin of large rats! HAHA!

Gerrina said...

Your card made me LOL! Such a fun way to use splatters!!!
And the pictures look great; squirrels are one of my favorite animals (also ground ones... we do0n't have them here) Thanks for sharing! Enjoy all the preparations! Hugs, Gerrina

Kate said...

Good one Darnell!!! Enjoy you trip to Europe, if you come to Luxembourg be sure to look me up!!!

Anita in France said...

Hahaha, Darnell ... this is a riot! Poor pooch, poor granny ... they both look uncomfortable! Even so, it's a brilliant card ... and had us both laughing out loud. Thankful we don't have scratch n sniff!! Your wildlife pics put me in mind of Snowflake ... wonder how he/she is getting on ... and if there are any snowflettes?! LYAMYMMCA! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Pollard Carole said...

Great card love this post and those squirrels are so adorable Love and hugs Carole x

Jen Timko said...

So clever and so, so funny! Adorable card, Darnell! Glad to see you this week at FMS!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Already enjoyed your card on facebook, but its so much better here with all your writing, which I always enjoy tremendously! Always give me the giggles or I just laugh out loud! Thanks so much for this evening entertainment - so much better than watching TV! Great squirrel pics, by the way!

Greta said...

You are so funny, Darnell! I'm happy Kevin is able to go for a motorcycle ride--progress! Good luck with the trip preparations!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, what a fun post with such a fun card, Darnell!!! Love that image!! Visiting your blog is always such a treat!!!
Love the story and photo's of the new visitors, too!!! They are so cute!!!! TFS.
Keep well, Darnell and enjoy the break from blogging!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Darnell
Well, what can I say? I just hope that you don't, as a Grandma have any leakages (of any kind) on our Sunday lunch lol!
My first thought was it looked like the more solid stuff and they had both participated in synchronised pooping.
Very funny card!
Just the regular squirrels at this end but trust yo to have something different lol!
Ang x

Nikki C said...

Great card and I'd love to have ground squirrels too cute !!! I wouldn't mind if they lived under something at all but then I've raised some squirrels and feed the ones that visit our backyard all the time so I'm not a good one for advice you could just make them a home so they could live in that instead :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh that is cute! I also heard that you will be meeting Ros soon, have fun, you ladies, I just met up with her early June, she is such a sweet heart!

oldpunca said...

Sorry for my late visit. I'm not preparing any trip, but I'm busy with my lavender. :-) Your card is super funny and nice coloured. I like the sentiment. Just great!
Thank you for sharing photos of cute squirrels.
Hugs, Sonja

Taunya Butler said...

Hilarious and funny card - excellently done!! You score a point for this!!! I loved all your squirrel pics and so did my son, who I showed them to since he loves squirrels!!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Leave it to Darnell....lol

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Darnell, you have me with sore sides! Glad you could not stay focused on the trip, or we would not have had such a giggle. Oh, and you said one of my favorite things! Mini-Doxie! Took me a year to find mine and she turned out to be a "tween". Mini stops at around 11 pounds and my Della is 16. Look out you ground squirrels! P.S. The drips and puddle look great under a bird on a branch, also. Have a safe, wonderful trip.

Lisa Tilson said...

Just catching up on your blog posts Darnell, and this one is a complete hoot! Love the sediment and I think the stamp is fabulous! What a fun card :). Reminds me of a "situation" last week when our ageing dog left a little "present" for us in the corner of the room. My sister was round at the time, and my other half Paul said "avert your eyes", so of course we all looked right at it and she said "it'll happen to us all at some point!!!!!" How timely was your card after this event :)

MaryH said...

I did laugh at this one, and I LOVE that sediment. Gotta find me one! (or computer generate it!) Perfection in the w/coloring, and the pink is part of the wallpaper in the room ...mimimalist decorating. Good for hammy at finding your challenges, but you probably din't tell him yet, that you gonna be gone and he ain't going???Enjoyed your squirrelies...wish I could send you some from here. They'd climb your playhouse. (can do some serious damage to structures too, cause ours can chew through things). Can't wait to hear about this fantastic trip...I'm so eggzited for you. All the fun you'll have, people you'll hug...Take care, and you do sound like your health issues are better now. HOpe so. Big hugs, TFS & off to see some other pretties here.

Zelda C said...

Oh you are hysterical! Just love it - what a treat (I meant you.... not the "spit")!

Jenni's Jems said...

Lol very nearly had a puddle myself after seeing this brilliant card Darnell!x

Geri said...

OMG!!! You made me spit coffee out of my nose!!! Seriously, you cracked me up with your card and your post! The pee-pee puddle(s) had me laughing out loud. But it is her shoes that sent me over the edge! And the look on the dog's face says it all!

Sweet critter pics too! Never gave a second thought to a 'ground squirrel' versus a 'tree' squirrel in the past. In fact, I didn't know there was a difference. I've been enlightened - thanks!

Donna said...

Love it!

ionabunny said...

Wow, that's funny. They say people grow to resemble their pets. Matching bladders. Hugz