5 Acre Arts

2023

2023 - Walks with Elsa

Welcoming a dog into your life can be life altering. I have been blessed with quite a few dogs in my lifetime, many of them "rescues", but who rescued who?


My current dog Elsa (age 2) is mostly "shepherd" and apparently shepherds have a reputation. Well deserved, I might add. She is bright, attentive, protective, affectionate, and STRONG willed. Her first year on the planet is not a total mystery, and sadly, was a year of people leaving her. I don't know all the details, but she bounced between homes and shelters multiple times; her written history accounts for at least 8 addresses in just 12 months. Needless to say she had some behaviors that needed to be addressed.


Love and consistent rules have been important in her socialization. We walk twice a day; long walks in the neighborhood. She is 80+ pounds so when she decides to chase a rabbit, or attack a passing vehicle, I have to be hyper-vigilent. She definitely keeps me on my toes.


Jan 1 - Afternoon walk in the wind, rain, a bit of hail, AND a beautiful double rainbow!
Jan 1 - Afternoon walk in the wind, rain, a bit of hail, AND a beautiful double rainbow!
Jan 2 - My first attempt at 12-strand Kumihimo. Love the patterns!
Jan 2 - My first attempt at 12-strand Kumihimo. Love the patterns!
Jan 3 - A birthday gift from Jules. 
Fabulous photos! https://www.middleredstudios.com/
Jan 3 - A birthday gift from Jules.
Fabulous photos! https://www.middleredstudios.com/
Jan 4 - Does a car covered in polka dots make YOU smile? I did.
Jan 4 - Does a car covered in polka dots make YOU smile? I did.
Jan 5 -  Arizona flag mural painted on a neighbor's shed. Looks great with the saguaros and wagon wheel.
Jan 5 - Arizona flag mural painted on a neighbor's shed. Looks great with the saguaros and wagon wheel.
Jan 6 - Tortoise - 2023 Spirit Animal.
Self-Belief, Commitment, and Protection.
https://pow33.com/wp/
Jan 6 - Tortoise - 2023 Spirit Animal.
Self-Belief, Commitment, and Protection.
https://pow33.com/wp/
Jan 7 - WOW - What a sunset!
Jan 7 - WOW - What a sunset!
Jan 8 - Ready to twine!
Jan 8 - Ready to twine!
Jan 9 - Endless Possibilities!
Jan 9 - Endless Possibilities!
Jan 10 - What brings you joy?
https://flyingedna.com
Jan 10 - What brings you joy?
https://flyingedna.com
Jan 11 - Blowin' in the wind... 
Allergy material - Aachoo!
Jan 11 - Blowin' in the wind...
Allergy material - Aachoo!
Jan 12 - Twined rag rug, 11" so far.
A labor of love.
Jan 12 - Twined rag rug, 11" so far.
A labor of love.
Jan 13 - Diorama alongside the road in my rural neighborhood. So much detail...
Jan 13 - Diorama alongside the road in my rural neighborhood. So much detail...
Jan 14 - There's just something wonderful about this little chest of drawers. The colors, the patterns, the size and randomness of the drawers... cute!
Jan 14 - There's just something wonderful about this little chest of drawers. The colors, the patterns, the size and randomness of the drawers... cute!
Jan 15 - Prickly Pear Lace aka a cactus skeleton.
Jan 15 - Prickly Pear Lace aka a cactus skeleton.
Jan 16 - Day two of gentle rain, still more to come. I so enjoy our little creek bed when it rains...
Jan 16 - Day two of gentle rain, still more to come. I so enjoy our little creek bed when it rains...
Jan 17 - Elsa patiently waiting for the rain to stop so we can go for a walk.
Jan 17 - Elsa patiently waiting for the rain to stop so we can go for a walk.
Jan 18 - Storm headed this way!
Note: the rain never arrived, just beautiful clouds.
Jan 18 - Storm headed this way!
Note: the rain never arrived, just beautiful clouds.
Jan 19 - I could live here...
Jan 19 - I could live here...
Jan 20 - Shabby chic and carved wood - This bench speaks to me!
https://www.sundancecatalog.com
Jan 20 - Shabby chic and carved wood - This bench speaks to me!
https://www.sundancecatalog.com
Jan 21 - Did you know Jojoba plants are either male or female? Yep. This one is male and quite prolific.
Jan 21 - Did you know Jojoba plants are either male or female? Yep. This one is male and quite prolific.
Jan 22 - Another gorgeous sunset. Enjoyed the last glow of sunshine playing on the nearby mountains.
Jan 22 - Another gorgeous sunset. Enjoyed the last glow of sunshine playing on the nearby mountains.
Jan 23 - Zucchini chips.
Jan 23 - Zucchini chips.
Jan 24 - Iridescent.
Jan 24 - Iridescent.
Jan 25 - Which one are you?
Jan 25 - Which one are you?
Jan 26 - The angels came for Lily Ray (Robin's girl) yesterday. She was such a sweet girl and dearly loved. We already miss you Lily!
Jan 26 - The angels came for Lily Ray (Robin's girl) yesterday. She was such a sweet girl and dearly loved. We already miss you Lily!

Life is good!

These days she actively avoids the rabbits quite deliberately by walking to the middle of the road until we have passed the temptation. Elsa has learned to sit and stay if we hear a car or truck coming, we're still working on electric vehicles. She is NOT a fan!


Since we walk early in the morning, sometimes before dawn, and early evening, just as the sun goes behind the mountain, the ambient light is amazing. We observe the local wildlife either just waking up or headed for their evening sanctuary.


I am dedicating this page to a daily photograph; something that catches my eye, tickles my fancy, or just reminds me that life is good!

We welcome the New Year 2023.