I laughed that my brother thought this was a nutria- and I was happy that both my brother and sister visited here yesterday.
I don’t know why but nobody guessed Graphiurus murinus. That little guy is a Woodland Dormouse. The origins of the name dormouse come from "dormeus" or sleepy one. The dormouse hibernates for six months or more each year. If the weather is anything but warm he’s asleep, waking only briefly to eat. I can relate.
Today some more art went up on the walls, although now the extension ladder picture hanging has been put off until next week. For some reason I can’t generate a lot of enthusiasm in the hired help for hanging art on the walls three stories up. I realize this is hard to picture, no pun intended, but I’ll show you when we get there and you’ll understand.
Anyway, here are two favorites, both done by my friend and neighbor in Ann Arbor, Bill Burgard. Bill is a professional artist and is probably best known around Ann Arbor for his beautiful collage series done for the Summer Arts Festival; he is also a professor at the U-M School of Art.Do you remember my birch tree in the front garden? Bill had a great view of it, and the birds that I fed there, from his house way across the dirt road and that inspired this work of art.
This beautiful collage/painting is done on clementine boxes. The six boxes come apart and I suppose I could rearrange them but they do have an order to them. I hung this piece in a place of honor above the mantel and I think, either fondly or with longing or nostalgically (maybe that means with fond longing?) about my home and garden back in Michigan whenever I glance in that direction.
The mantel, incidentally, is one of the better things about this peculiar house. This is a hunk of WOOD. I like wood- it’s right up there with shells and stones and what have you- and I can hardly keep my hands off this massive rounded piece of maple.
The last picture is also Bill’s work. It’s the original collage that he did for some University publication. I’m fairly certain Bonnie and Dave will notice the hallmark M and I like that, too, but mostly I like the title of this piece on the sides of canceled envelopes. Two things we all need, yes?