I’m Moving….

•June 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yepper do, I’m packing my blog bags and moving sites. I’ve figured out enough technical things to be able to manage a blog all by my lonesome. But if it goes down every once in a while, you are welcome to blame my lack of technical skills. I’m just an artist 🙂

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sooooo make sure everyone books my NEW site and visit often. I’m lovin it! I had such a fun time tweaking everything to get it the way I want.

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 www.chocolatemooseimages.com/blog … be there or be square!

tunnel kitty!

•June 9, 2010 • 1 Comment

I seriously learn something new each day with these girls. The latest discovery? They like to eat hair. I have my hair pulled up the majority of the time but after showers or first thing in the morning, they have taken to seeking out my head to be able to play with and eat my hair. Then they get a stern ‘no’ and their claws and teeth are removed from my head.

Another thing I learned real recently is how much they love boxes and bags – preferably when they are combined. I needed to change their litter box because 2 little kitties in 1 little box don’t mesh well. I went downstairs, grabbed the box, placed the box liner in it and set it on the floor. I then went to get the tub of litter and I returned to this…

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Goodness, they loved it!! I finally had to take them out of there and lock them out of the bathroom to change their box.

So because of this, we thought we had a perfect idea … lets find them another box and they will have a great time playing in it! True – they did love the box, but it wasn’t as exciting as the big plastic one. So we made some changes to it: we chopped off the longer flaps of the box and “shredded” one of the other flaps to give them something extra to play with. And the bigger flaps? Mur turned one into a kitty tunnel…

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At first they were not so sure about it … Do we eat it? Do we smell it? Should we sit on it? Should we roll it? Or … should we climb through it?

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Needless to say, this was how we spent a good chunk of our Sunday morning – playing with the tunnel kitties.

they make it hard…

•June 8, 2010 • 2 Comments

 

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when you spend the ishy-rainy-cold morning snuggling with these girls, drinking delicious coffee, playing with pictures and reading blogs, it really is hard to get into the groove to go to work. And then they look at you like, “Really? You have to leave? Again?”

the fortune to have kittens

•June 5, 2010 • 3 Comments

As I showed last weekend, I now am the proud mama of some cute little 12 week (now 13) week old kittens.

Let me start with, they are adorable!

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They truly are best friends and spend just about all their time together. It all started last weekend. I heard through the grapevine there was a woman who had some kitties that she was looking to find homes for. I gave her a call and a lovely woman named Cindy answered and immediately was gushing about the girls. She described their demeanor and their love for each other and all sorts of other great details that made me fall in love with them right there.

We met up the next day to test things out and meet each other, and they were each so great, it was hard to make a decision! I tried to get my dad and my aunt to take the last little one, but no cigar. I made my decision based off of looks and personality. I wanted one that would be a for sure cuddler – sounded like Digi would fit that role. And then the other one just had to at least be cute {not to tricky, since they are kitties after all} and the personality could follow – Tarrazu talked to her toys {ha!} Once I made my decision, Cindy surprised me with such a sweet gift! She had gotten a care package pulled together for me to take with the girls – she gave me a litter box, food, toys and even a fleece blanket that would make them feel more comfortable in the transition. I was so excited and surprised by how fantastic this woman was {who I consider to be my kitty fairy} in her generosity with the girls – she clearly just wanted them to go to a good home. Thank you, Cindy!!

Once we got them back to C&Gs I set them up in the sun room. They were a little nervous at first …

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And the fact that Roux was so anxious to meet the new fluff balls wasn’t helping the situation. They weren’t as confident as we were that that 75 pounds of love and excitement wasn’t going to do bad things. But what was great, was that even over the day or so that we were there, I could tell they were already relaxing a bit and warming up to me. It was so lovely!!

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Tarrazu (above) got a lot more comfortable at C&Gs. She was much more interested in checking things out, playing in the plants, snarling with the fuzzy mice, spying on the dog and trying to get outside than Digi was (below). Dig was more skittish but more relaxed at the same time – she just wanted to wander a bit and then snooze.

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The huge camera in their face on day one might not have eased their hesitations, but hey – i gotta get them used to it early!

We then made the trek home. Once here, they started checking the apartment out from all angles. And then, the fun began – they got WILD! They were running between the chairs, to the rug, to the bedroom, to the couch, to the chairs, to the window sills, under the wine rack, to the couch, to the bed, into the laundry basket – take a momentary pause to locate their sister – to the chairs, to the rug, to the bed, the window. And crash.

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They really love the window sills at sunset! One thing that is still alluding me is where they are sleeping at night (or when we leave). I did discover one of those sneaky spots this morning – inside the bottom of the couch. Not on the couch. Not under the couch. But in a hole in the lining at the bottom of the couch. Why not.

And a few people have asked about their names. The name Digi is courtesy of Carol. Digi has 6 toes on each paw, so I wanted to name her something to do with that. Digi (as in Digit) just has a fun ring to it! Once we had that one settled, it was a bit harder to name the other. We thought a food/drink related name would be fun; maybe Stout or Porter or Surly or … something else beer related? Mur and I went to the kitchen to get inspiration. One of the first things I saw was our coffee table and she sorta has some coloring of coffee – dark grey, caramel brown and milky white. What about Cafe or Mocha or Java or … our favorite coffee from TJs?  Tarrazu! It was settled – the girls would be called Digi and Tarrazu.

Overall, the kitties are great. I’m so excited to have them to cuddle with, play with and for them to entertain me with their funny antics. Their wrestling is so adorable, it’s hard to not laugh out loud. I think it’s safe to assume they will grace the stage of this blog quite frequently! Join me in watching these fluffy little sisters grow into fluffy big sisters 🙂

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And Cindy, if you happen to read this, please send me an email! I’d love to send you some photos of the girls!

my wee ones

•May 31, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Meet Digi and Tarrazu … my little girls. There is a fantastic story to go with how I got them, the FANTASTIC woman who gave them to me and how they are doing, but for now, I need to get settled back into my place, get the girls settled and get.some.sleep! I’ve got a short week that I know is going to feel long right in front of me. So for now, enjoy some little kitty photos! Cindy, I hope you like them! And approve of the names 🙂

This one is Tarrazu

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And this little gem is Digi. 

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Night night all!

Sweet Mrs. Ahni

•May 29, 2010 • 1 Comment

I still remember the day many moons ago when I walked into my grandparents house and saw this hanging by the door:

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She was the most adorable puppy I had ever seen and I couldn’t wait to meet her! For a long time Mrs. Ahni was the only pup in my life and I had so much fun running around with her in the pastures at C&Gs. One of my favorite things to do would be to have her sit at the top of the upper pasture while I ran part way down the hill. Then I would call her down, and she would still beat me to the bottom. She could run like a bullet!

Since the start of Chocolate Moose Images, Ahni has been one of my favorite subjects. She was always willing to sit there and work for treats and tilt her head and look stinkin adorable! In recent months, Ahni has started to show her age a bit making it difficult for her to go up and down stairs or run around like she used to. Sadly, yesterday was Ahni’s time to move on. She will be seriously missed by the entire Nelson/Pruchnofski clan! And in memory of her, here are some fun photos from our time together that never made it to the blog. Love you, Mrs. Ahni!

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see…

•May 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

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even she thinks I’m funny! What other proof do you need?

it doesn’t get better than this…

•May 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

I did it!

I took the plunge!

I saved my hard earned clams and bought the crème de la crème…

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And last night after the battery was finally charged and dinner was a thing of the past, I recorded a pretty brutal game of Iowaopoly. Let’s just say, I acquired The Iowa River, Clinton St, Capitol St and Iowa Avenue {otherwise known as the Railroads} in just 5 rolls… And it was all down hill for Mur after that. His typical turn consisted of …

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1. Move Piece
2. Consider how unlucky it is to be on Iowa Avenue, again
3. Fork over hard earned Iowaopoly dough

That’s about how it went until The Current intervened by playing some rockin tunes, successfully distracting us from the game at hand. Murray consider yourself lucky because I would have cleaned you out.

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And now it is morning and I am off to play and learn and amaze myself with the amazing capabilities of this contraption. Thanks for the Iowaopoly game, Mur and I’ll see ya next year. We can catch up then, k?

what am i doing?

•May 1, 2010 • 1 Comment

The other day I was going through my photos on my computer and couldn’t believe all the photos/events that I haven’t put up on my blog. I’m not an avid blogger (as you know) but I do enjoy it when I think to do it. Really, it’s that I like to see my photos on the internet – it makes me feel special.

In the last month or so I have had just about zero free time. Murray says I plan too many things into my free time and that would explain why I don’t have any of said free time. I say that’s silly. Regardless of where my free time goes, my little projects seem to suffer the most. I think what I REALLY need is to pursue my budding career in professional scrapbooking or professional blog surfing.

While I work on the details of that career move, take a look at some of my recent ventures…

1. Decorating the apartment (July ‘09 – April ‘10):

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Yeah – this one isn’t so recent, but since we don’t seem to have many visitors here, most of you haven’t seen these gracing our living room.

A while back, I bought some fabric at the fabric store then had Mur buy some wood at the wood store (insert staple gun and my aunt’s expertise) and VOILA! I have my living room wall decoration.

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I even made matching pillows for the couch and chairs around the room. And I am realizing now I should have put the couch back together before taking this photo to post to my internet audience. Oh well – please don’t judge.

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One of the best things about moving and decorating an entire apartment has been going through my dad’s storage room in the basement to find all kinds of neat odds and ends. I’m sure he’s thrilled for me to take the crap, and I’m thrilled to have stuff like this owl. Who can live without this?

2. Eating (ha – always):

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I just really love Artichoke hearts. A lot. I have several shots of food including apple pancakes. The previously discussed Super Bowl feast and even more beer photos. All in good time, my friends.

3. Shopping + Trader Joe’s Coffee (December ‘09 – April ‘10):

IMG_2415Yum!! My favorite (perhaps because of the package) is the Tarrazu variety. It just screams “let’s go on Vacation!”

4. Taking Random Photos (another answer of … always):

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St. Patrick’s day means Guinness. And a neat photo op with my moose. Random? Yes. But nifty shot to have in my arsenal? Also Yes!

5. Easter in Iowa (April ‘10):

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so cute! … And in case you cant read his shirt, it says “Future Mr Right” … down right adorable! Baby-eating-steak photos to come 🙂

6. Tupelo Mississippi (April ‘10):

Birth place of Elvis, don’t-cha-know.

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I went there for work. And the work part didn’t take a ton of my time so I went out and discovered what there is to discover in Tupelo MS … and I was back to the hotel by dinner.

7. Iowa City … fun, friends, food and weddings (also – April ‘10)

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This one’s big because it’s awesome. Black and Gold tulips … what will that city come up with next?!

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This, dog lovers, is Charlie. He is Rene and Jeremy’s little guy. What a bundle of energy! I’m not really sure he gets tired. Walks, runs and playing does not equal time to slow down. Nope – it means “let’s do more!!” But it was so great to stay with those guys. Thanks a bunch!

And then … there was THE wedding.

Wait, I didn’t know Chocolate Moose Images shot weddings! What’s up?

Good catch! Weddings still aren’t my focus but I’m trying it on. Why not experience it all? I still prefer to shoot pets … Oh, but not like that.

Last weekend I had the privilege of shooting with a great duo out of North Liberty Iowa – Drescher Photo and Design. They are a suuuuper cute husband and wife team that just ooze the professional know how of the wedding photography biz and above all a desire to wow their clients! I am going to be doing some more work with them later in the year, but for now, here are just 2 pretty photos from the wedding. I’m working on tons more – saving the best for last.

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   Yeah!! Thanks James and Missy. You guys were so great!

8. Mrs. Roux (always always always):

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Nuff said. She’s too cute for words.

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That is a crazy fast overview of the fun photos I found from the last few months. Happy Saturday – off to eat some delicious smoked ribs. It’s hard to complain when Mur get’s grilling stuff because I benefit. Shouldn’t he feel the same about camera gear?

Lovely Iowa

•April 27, 2010 • 1 Comment

Back from Iowa with almost 1200 photos… Yikes! Be back soon.

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