Caturday Art: Beautiful Vistas

Boy, are we ever behind! You know how some days just don’t go right? Well, yesterday was one of those days — and today seems to be following right along. Mom was about to post the art she did for today and suddenly realized it was not what she had planned for the letter V in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. It was a totally different picture that she could not title with a V no matter how hard she tried! So she had to quickly do another one. The good thing is that she likes this one much better.

Caturday Art: Beautiful Vistas

Mom took this photo a few miles from our house. It was early in the day and a little misty still. This is what it looks like everywhere around here! Mom says she never gets tired of the beautiful vistas.

For this piece, she added some clipart curtains, clipped me from another photo, beveled me to give me a bit of a 3D effect, added a gradient to the “wall,” some drop shadows, and a stroke around the original photo to create the window sill.

As we try to do every Saturday, we are joining the Caturday Art Blog Hop hosted by Athena and Marie. Click on the badge to see more great art or to join in the hop.


Shopping Around the World

On Thursday, mom did her shopping for Shopping Around the World with Bacon and Fozzie. Thursday evening, she made her dish and photographed it. On Friday, mom was going to usurp my blog to do her post. (According to the dictionary, usurp means to take illegally or by force, which of course she wasn’t, but that’s my U word and I’m sticking to it.) Come Friday, the day had other ideas. So, now, here it is Caturday – almost over – and we are combining our Friday post with Saturday. I insisted that she post it since she worked so hard on it.

1. We haven’t really lived here long enough to know just what the cost of heating and cooling will be. This house has propane heat in the main part and electric heat in the add on. Our first electric bill nearly gave mom a stroke so the heat was turned down several degrees. We now keep it around 68°F (rather than 71°) during the day and 54° at night and our last electric bill was under $30. That first month it was also much colder than it is now. Our propane tank was filled when we moved here and we have used about half of it. They are supposed to refill it every month so the bill stays on sort of an even keel but they haven’t. Mom has to call them! That half a tank has lasted about five months and was $150. The propane also heats our water.

We don’t have air conditioning. The house has a swamp cooler but mom says she probably won’t have it put back in this summer. We’ll see if she does or not. They say it can get pretty hot here in the summer.

2. Mom’s favorite meat is pork but what she priced is ground beef.

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3. Mom’s favorite vegetable for the last year or two has been Brussels sprouts. Now, if you think you don’t like them, mom says chances are you haven’t had them fixed the way she does them. Frying and roasting vegetables has opened up a whole new world! Mom usually gets Brussels sprouts at Costco and they are $4.29 for a 2-lb. bag. She also loves bell peppers, especially red ones, so she priced those for you, too, just for the heck of it.

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4. The random item she priced is egg noodles. They were $2.99 for 12 ozs. at our local Pine Grove Market.

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5. The dish mom made was Swedish meatballs. A while back (on K day for Kitchen), mom made a bunch of meatballs for the freezer. She used about a half a pound of these, made a beef cream gravy with sour cream for them and used about half the noodles. She made a pound of the Brussels sprouts. This made plenty for dinner for her with two lunches left over.  That’s about $4.50 for the Swedish meatballs and $2.25 for the Brussels sprouts, so about $2.25 per meal! What a bargain and so tasty, so she says. I wouldn’t know, she didn’t give me any.

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Mom enjoyed doing this so we will probably participate again next month. How do these prices compare in your neck of the woods?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Christy Paws

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18 Responses to Caturday Art: Beautiful Vistas

  1. Your artwork is beautiful and those Swedish meatballs look delish!

  2. Oh Wow dat is bootyful. But as usual wiff this foto stuffs ya’ lost us at clip awt curtains. MOL But it is gawjus. And OMC weez so glad weez gunna get to meet yous mommy. We fink you shuld come too. Yous not have to spend time wiff da doggies, weez ppurrawlly won’t. M duz a lot of hissin’ at doggies. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  3. Summer says:

    What lovely art today – awesome vista!

  4. I totally love what your mom did with the vista – such a lovely word 🙂 AND a lovely view. A bit like ours except more so MOL.

    Our heating bill is WAY more than yours! Well done!

  5. What a beautiful place ! Great view ! Purrs

  6. Bev Green says:

    Christy what lovely art work and such a beautiful view indeed! i would not get sick of it either 😉 and as for your list well i love brussel sprouts and planted them out today in my veggie garden! swedish meatballs are delish and i think the whole meal was a super bargain! adding it to my bookmarks 🙂 thanks for shopping with Bacon and it is fun to see what peeps pay and do 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxx

  7. Brian Frum says:

    Dang, that is such a beautiful place fur sure!!!

  8. Clooney says:

    Beautiful vistas for sure and we love how you created your Caturday Art!

  9. That so beautiful. What a view! You should see our view. On second thoughts, you’d better not. It’s depressing 🙁

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

    • Christy Paws says:

      We used to have only our patio in the back and a walkway in the front for a view. All the green and trees is quite different for us. We really love it.

  10. we love your vistas, too – sooo beautiful! And our Costco peppers are $1 each – maybe midwest prices? Our humans love brussels sprouts roasted too – with pomegranate molasses on top!

  11. Penelope says:

    Love the Art! What stunning vistas! Wes feels the same about here. Another wonderful day in paradise!

  12. Cathy Keisha says:

    I love your vista! Concats on getting this far in the A-Z. I can’t believe red peppers are cheaper than green. TW only buys the red cos they’re so much sweeter.

  13. Kitties Blue says:

    Really love how your art turned out this week. It is a beautiful part of California; though, it can get toasty in the summer. Mom’s sister lived in Oakdale for many years. Please join us for our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. XOCK Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  14. Wow…your heating is rather low. Mom would like to know your recipe for Swedish meatballs with the gravy with sour cream…yummy sounding. I probably wouldn’t get any either Christie.


  15. Wow, you live in a beautiful place. That’s quite the view!