Monthly Archives: December, 2011

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. ~ G.K. Chesterton

Goodbye, 2011.

Sunset

In 2010’s year-in-review post I closed with these words:  “My life has been such a roller coaster in recent years that I no longer try to imagine where each new year will take me. I have no idea where I’m going in 2011 but I’m looking forward to the journey.”

I was a wise woman a year ago.

2011 was a wild year.

When I think of 2011 I think of one word:  expensive.

In June I bought a new (to me) car.   I knew exactly the type of car that I wanted and more than one arrogant salesman told me I’d never find it.

Ha!

Riding in style

Not only did I find it, but I found it in less than one week.

The moral to this story: never underestimate a crazy dog lady.

My other major expense came in September when Luka had emergency surgery. I may grumble and gripe about how much that dog cost me but I am so very thankful he made a full recovery.

Luka hanging out in his crate

Despite Luka’s attempt at death-by-garbage, 2011 was a year where I did not experience the loss of a pet.  (Long time blog readers know that such years have been rare lately.)   I am so happy that everyone is here and (most importantly) healthy.

Sadie lost 4 lbs. this year for a total of 32 lbs. since I adopted her.   Ideally, the vet said she should lose a couple more pounds but she’s finally at the point where she’s at a healthy weight.  Her obesity left its mark (arthritis in her knees) but it doesn’t really bother her and she continues to love to run.

Sadie

With the notable exception of September, it’s been a good year for Luka.   The furry guy continues to surprise me (in good ways).

Just a few days ago I pulled over to let an ambulance pass.  As the vehicle approached (lights flashing and siren wailing) I suddenly heard a low, mournful howl from the back of the car.  Luka was wooing!  It was only the second time he’s done it and it was so cool. He’s a challenging, silly boy and I’m so happy he’s okay.

Luka

As I hoped for last year, Romeo and Milo have become friends.

Romeo and Milo

They play together nearly every day and while Milo sometimes gets too rough (Romeo is 15 so I’m very watchful of their playing) they also enjoy quiet moments together.

Cats watching birds

The biggest pet shocker of this year has been the taming of Luka at the hands paws of Milo.   I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would ever see this in my house.

Buddies

Luka still has his moments of being a jerk to the cats (he loves to chase them) but these moments are now rare and usually stop with a Milo paw to the face.

This taming of Luka has led to Romeo becoming more outgoing. Romeo doesn’t have claws, but I don’t think Luka realizes that. All Romeo has to do is pick up his paw and Luka stops being a pain.

To say that Milo is a joy is an understatement.  He has been the perfect addition to the family and I am so glad I found him.

Milo

There wasn’t a lot of knitting this year.  I finished four pairs of socks and one scarf.

Picnik collage
Finished Scarf

One sweater is still in progress.

Sweater

My yarn diet is nearly intact after two years.  I only broke it this year to buy the Homespun needed for the above scarf.

The summer of 2011 was another summer of adventure. Each weekend was spent exploring the trails

Sadie and Luka

and splashing in the water.

Sadie and Luka

Our hiking season came to a screeching halt when Luka had surgery but as soon as the snow melts in the spring we’ll be back on the trails.

Where we were

I have no idea what 2012 will bring.

I just hope it’s calm.

Cheyenne Mountain

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything. ~ Floyd Dell

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog? Let’s (briefly) return to those days.

This is the Purple Ass Burr Scarf.

Finished Scarf

Earlier this month I got a burr in my ass about knitting a purple Homespun scarf. I cannot explain it. It’s something I had to do. So I bought the Homespun (my first yarn purchase in nearly two years) and banged out the scarf in a couple of days.

Finished Scarf

It’s exactly what I wanted but I haven’t worn it yet. I can’t explain that, either, but it’s done so I’m happy. Full details are on its Ravelry page.

Over six months ago I dyed this sock blank.

Sock blank

Last night I finally finished the socks.

Finished socks

These socks are fraternal on purpose. I knit each sock from a different end of the sock blank. I didn’t want to lose any of the blank colors and that was the best solution. Full details on the Ravelry page.

Finished socks

I’m in the middle of my annual vacation from work. My workplace shuts down for 10 days at the end of the year. I added some vacation time to that so I’m enjoying 17 days at home. Like last year, I’m realizing just how much Sadie loves the couch.

Sleeping Sadie

Sleeping Sadie

Sleeping Sadie

She has been sharing the couch with Milo.

Milo and Sadie

I love the look on her face in this picture.

Sadie

Luka has been no slouch in the relaxation department.

Luka

It’s a rough vacation around here, but we’re all managing. :)

Luka

Determine to live life with flair and laughter. ~ Maya Angelou

After a long streak of cold weather it was nearly summer-like over the weekend. The dogs and I took advantage of it and hit the dog park.

Sadie and Luka

It was warm enough for me to kick back and take in the view.

Enjoying the day

The dogs ran themselves silly. Once they calmed down Luka found a tennis ball and kept himself amused for nearly half an hour.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Luka

Luka

Luka

At one point the ball went under the ice and Luka had to work to retrieve it.

Luka

Luka

He finally found it and jumped out of the stream.

Luka

And then he nearly poked his eye out.

Luka

Luka

Sadie did a bit of splashing in the water.

Sadie and Luka

But at this point she was quite tired and ready to go home.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Luka finally tired himself out and fell asleep shortly after we’d left the park.

Luka is tired

The recent cold weather has meant a lot of sleeping around here.

Sadie

Milo

Sadie

Milo

The cold weather has brought out the snugly side of Milo.

Milo

Finally, Romeo let me snap a picture of his gorgeous blue eyes.

Romeo

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