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Chigiy Binell
I'm an artist, writer, wife of another crazy writer and mother of two wonderful boys.
Interests: mosaics, drawing, painting, writing, surfing, running, martial arts, Yoga, gardening and dogs
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So there’s a drought. On the bright side, the Brugmansia I tried hard to grow for 9 years or so is finally doing well, so well in fact, that it has taken over a small portion of my yard. That’s... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
Why I'm always careful when I pick flowers in my yard. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
It's 2015 Grandpa things have changed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
From the spring break crew here at Doggie Heaven Hotel Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
This is Willie. I have written about Willie before, when he wore my dishwasher as a necklace. That Willie is one crazy lab. He was one of the first guests here at Doggie Heaven—and let me tell you—one of the sweetest, fun loving and most loveable. His owner is also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
I took my sons to see Interstellar for Veteran’s Day. If you have seen the preview, then you know the premise: the earth is dying, along with the humans that inhabit it. Mathew Lincoln McConaughey and Anne Fantine Hathaway team... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
Here is information about helping our Veteran War Dogs Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
While I do feel affection for my human because she feeds me and takes me running -- well – jogging, I will be the first to tell you that she is unorganized, and has difficulty finding time to write. I heard her say last night that she had over 20... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
Dogs have all sorts of different talents. Some are hunters, some are fetchers, some are diggers and squirrel chasers. There are fast dogs and dogs that can leap high in the air. For the last week I have been taking care of Keiko and her brother Hachi. They are Cotons.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
Warning this post contains strong language. O.k., The chick I went to Costa Rica with, Erin, is tough. I mean, TOUGH. I thought I was tough, but she puts me to shame. So when you hear your tough, seasoned travel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
Maybe I love Costa Rica so much because the whole country seems like one big, outrageously beautiful garden. I am undertaking a juice cleanse for my first three days here. Thank God I have the hotel gardens to keep my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
I asked the chicken-dancing man once again if he was alright, and once again, he was unable to produce a straight answer. So I asked him a different question: “Excuse me sir, have you been drinking?” This question triggered a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
Over the past several weeks I have been busily amending the soil, tweaking the drip system, and planting three types of vines all along my upper fence so that our family can enjoy more privacy and also so that the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
There I was staring up through a forest, sunlight barely squeezing through thick branches, leaves closing in on me. I closed my eyes and thought back, back to a time when life was simpler, before the forest, before I learned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
"Does anyone else think this dog next to me looks like Bozo the clown?" Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at Doggie Heaven Hotel
Birdhouse gourds are gourds that are shaped like enormous pears. After they are dried, you can cut a hole in the lower portion, stick a perch under it, and hang it in a tree. Some birds, if they squint their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
The beginning of this summer hasn’t been great. I tore my MCL, I came down with an evil flu which, three weeks later, still inhabits my body in the form of a sore throat and an unrelenting cough. I threw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at The Gardeners Anonymous Blog
They are ridiculously cute. They stay close to their mamas. They like to eat a lot. They have secret scratching spots that make them all crazy and happy. They like to run around They can scratch their own noses. The like to chew things, like: buckets salt blocks people dogs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Doggie Heaven Hotel