Sunday, February 11, 2018

[ short story ] The Special

The Special

Cover art accompanying The Special, a sci-fi short story inside Lost Cactus - The Second Treasury.

Synopsis: A highly trained alien hunter matches wits with a conniving shapeshifter at a greasy spoon diner in the middle of nowhere.

In addition to well over 200 Lost Cactus comic strips and illustrations, LC2 features thought-provoking short stories, tall tales and random brain scatterings.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

[ hello February ] . . .

hello February πŸ’—

Conversation hearts.  They may be described as colorful, sweet, sugary confections with charming messages of undying love printed on them. Things like PUPPY LOVE, SWEET PEA, ME + YOU, FIRST KISS, HUG ME, and XOXO.

Some people really love them, and some people, meh, not so much.
So how about you???

Are you planning to eat some of these colorful tiny hearts this Valentine's Day? πŸ€”

Take our candy poll, (on the sidebar) and let's find out once and for all the true status of conversation hearts.

happy February

BTW ~ I personally like them, and think they're the sweetest!

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Remembering Indy: A Re~Post

Indiana Jones

2/20/2002 ~ 1/30/2011

Indy, you are no longer by our side,
but still remain forever in our hearts.  ~ xoxo

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Remembering Indy: A Re~Post

Please note: This is a repost of our original story and tribute to our boy Indy. The original was written and posted in 2011.

It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I share with you, our beloved Indiana Jones left us on Sunday, January 30, 2011. He was eight years old, and would have celebrated his ninth birthday on February 20. Indy has battled a severe heart condition (MVD - Mitral Valve Disease) for the past four years, but due to his love and huge spirit for life, most people were not aware just how detrimental his health really was.

For the past four years, Indy has been on medication for his heart, and we, as a family had the three different medications  ~  given three times a day, down to a regular routine. All the while, Indy continued to play, chew on his favorite bones and toys, ask for cookies and crushed ice, explore around the pond, sit under the Christmas tree, and happily greet visitors at the front door  ~  just a little bit slower as time marched on. Finally, the disease had gotten the best of him, and we tearfully said goodbye to him around 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Our lives and our home will never be the same again.

A letter to our boy ~

Dear Indy,
We are so blessed to have spent so many wonderful years with you, I will never forget all of the love and happiness that you have given us each and every single day of your life. I am so very glad that the day we went to the breeder to pick out that little female puppy, that you absolutely would not leave us alone and we came home with you instead! You chose us on that day ~ and I will be forever grateful! Everyone you ever met truly loved your name, and you even had your own theme song! (theme to Indiana Jones) Every time I hear it I will think of you and smile, picturing you charging from one end of the backyard to the other, even up to the very top of the pond and back down the other side! There are so many wonderful memories of you etched in my mind . . . I could write volumes . . . I loved how you could shake paws with both your left and your right! You had so many favorite spots around our home, and you always kept a watch at the top of the stairs looking out the windows at passersby. You knew where the cookies were kept, and learned how to scratch the cabinet door whenever you wanted one! Chicken was your most favorite food, and I believe carrots were a close second. Always looking for adventure  ~  once, when you were younger, you fell into the pond, and it never happened again! I also remember the time you brought a dead bird right into the middle of the dining room and we had a really hard time getting it away from you! You have been featured in many family Christmas card photos over the years, and so many people online have come to know you  ~  even trading snail mail with some special animal friends like Daisy Bunny!

Cleopatra so looked up to you, and she will definitely miss her lovable big brother.

Indiana Jones, you were truly one of a kind,  a real adventurer, who most definitely lived up to your very big name. You will be forever missed, and forever loved!    xoxoxo

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Thank you for reading this very sentimental re~post. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Creative Desk ~ A Photo Contest

My creative desk!

Threads and buttons and socks... Oh my!

This is my official entry for the Only In Irvine photo contest ~ "What makes Irvine such a great place to work?" 

If you'd like, you can cast a vote, and if not ~
it's okay we'll still be friends! LOL.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

[ hello october ] . . .

[ hello october ] . . .

. . . think of glittered and velvet pumpkins, old~timey wood carved figurines, and sweet sugar~coated candy confections . . .

I always love visiting Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, California in the early fall because their Halloween Boutique "Magic & Mayhem" has the most amazing display of goodies imaginable!

Want to have a peek? Why don't you break off a piece of that giant chocolate bar, or dig into that colorful bag of candy corn ~ let's take a walk around the boutique and gardens.

C'mon let's go!

Darling little table top witches with pumpkin faces.

Beautiful orange pumpkins accented with dried cornstalks.

Magnificent magenta and pink Hurricane Carnations.

Crates of large sunny yellow Sunflowers.

Lovely flat of Succulents ~ a variety pack.

Starry hanging lanterns.

Spooktacular skeleton fashion.

Sweet sugar~coated candy confections.

A haunted doorbell ~ dare to ring?

Old~timey wood carved figurines.


Whoooo? Whoooooo??

Gorgeous felted pumpkins.

Luxurious velvet pumpkins complete with real stems.

Perfectly framed succulents ~ Hens and Chicks.

Loads of fresh garden flowers.

Headstones and ghost pumpkins in a sun filled graveyard.

A scattering of lovely white pumpkins.

An amazing assortment of unusual pumpkins varieties, gourds and squash ~ sure to please the most particular of pumpkin connoisseurs!

It really has been a lovely day for strolling through the boutique and gardens. I hope you had fun!

Same time next year??

happy october! 

[ photographs ~ M. Hopkins, copyright © 2017 ]

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

Earth day goals. Met. ~ Bogey

Happy Earth Day! 🌱🌎🌱

#happyearthday #cavlife #inmybackyard #youarehere 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter PEEPS!

Happy Easter Wishes to all our PEEPS!

...if only all marshmallow peeps were REALLY this big!!
    ~ Cleo & Bogey

Our Photoshoot ~ The Outtakes

Cleo just decided to end the photo shoot when she got up and walked over to the camera where the treats were waiting. No more posing. No more photos. End of shoot. End of story.

Those pigtails though.

Happy Easter peeps! 

Craving more? Follow @indyandcleo on instagram ~ you'll be glad you did!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Be Still, My Heart! Scrabble Day 2017

Be still, my HEART! Scrabble Day 2017

In case you missed it, let me be the first to tell you today is National Scrabble Day! Yes, every April 13th the world celebrates the beloved board game known as Scrabble.

Why April 13th you ask?

Reminder, this is the date Alfred Mosher Butts was born in 1899. Alfred invented the board game where players use squares to make words in a crisscross fashion. The game is sold in 121 countries with 29 different language versions.

Scrabble Fun Facts ~ Impress Your Friends

1. Scrabble was originally called LEXIKO and was referred to as Criss Cross Words in the 1930s and 1940s. It wasn't trademarked Scrabble until 1948.
2. "Brailing" or feeling the surface of a tile when your hand is in the bag is forbidden in Scrabble play.
3. There are 187,632 words on the official tournament and club word list.
4. X-E-R-O-X. X is considered one of the hardest letters in Scrabble, but the tiles that will gain the most points, 10, are Q and Z. The tiles with the fewest points, 0, are blank tiles.
5. Wait is that even a word? Next time D-A or Z-A show up on the scrabble board, don't cause a fuss. There are 105 playable two-letters words in a regulation Scrabble game, according to the Official Scrabble players' dictionary.

Now, who wants to play a game?

Scrabble Fashion

Looking good. We cannot confirm nor deny these handcrafted Scrabble brooches will improve your score, but you will look positively DARLING! ...and isn't that what really counts?! ...LOL

Get your Scrabble on! ✿ More Scrabble goodness can be found at

Thank you to USA Today for portions of this post. ]

[Parts of this post have been reposted from our own blog IndyAndCleo | Happy National Scrabble Day 2016.]

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Monday, February 20, 2017

National Love Your Pet Day

BIG hugs & tummy scratches for the furry loves of our lives.

~ Happy National Love Your Pet Day!

Cleo and Bog, every day is a lovable adventure!

Oh, happy day!

Now, who wants a cookie?


[ Follow our doggy adventures on Instagram ~ @indyandcleo ]

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