blue glassesBY SUE MISAO

Is this your painting? Because if it is, I have it and am willing to sell it back to you for an outrageous sum of money. This bovinely inspired work of exquisite beauty, painted on a large piece of plywood, was hiding in an abandoned ice house somewhere on my property when I first moved here 400 years ago, and it was so hideously irresistible I decided to hang it in the garage/shed, where it would receive a more appreciative daily viewing. The signature in the bottom corner seems to say “BJ Lucas 48” and the branding on the beast is unintelligible, but could contain a K,M,Y,4, or A, with a smile (or rocker?) under it. Someone out there must know something about it. It doesn’t look like any cow I know, but I could be wrong.

CowPaintingIncidentally, the painting measures 21¾ by 42½ inches, for those of you already scoping out which wall in your home it will look best on. Let the bidding begin.

Other Carlton news includes a “controlled burn that got out of control” on lower Libby Creek Saturday afternoon. Firefighters came and controlled it out of existence, then came back the next day to make sure. They do that. Say what you will about fire districts and contracts and all that blather, but firefighters are awesome. Also, no, it was not my fire, which reminds me I should go check on my fire. I’ll do that as soon as I get home.

It is officially not winter anymore so it’s time to tackle your vast swaths of wild land with loppers and clippers and rakes (and matches). After a few hours, it’s time to start counting the days until winter, when the snow will come and make all your pointless work go away.

I just got a $5 bid for the cow painting. Do I hear $6?