Category Archives: dog(s)

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. ~ Maria Edgeworth

The red sock blank is making lovely socks. They are flying off the needles. I turned the heels Saturday night.

Socks

Over the weekend Milo participated in the Sleeping Olympics.

Milo

Milo

Milo

One year ago today I spotted this at the Humane Society.

Luka at the shelter

I cannot believe it’s been a year already. I’ve had so much fun getting to know Luka.

Luka

Well, most of it has been fun. That day last summer when I arrived home from work and discovered he’d shredded 15 rolls of toilet paper and 5 rolls of paper towels was definitely not fun (at least not for me).

Happy anniversary, buddy.

Luka

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

Spring is on its way to this part of the world and that means more time outside.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I went to the park this weekend. The main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

There was running in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

And running in the fields.

Sadie

Luka

Both dogs enjoyed exploring.

Sadie

Luka

I love the look on Sadie’s face in this picture.

Sadie and Luka

And in this one.

Sadie

Luka continued his love affair with water.

Luka

At one point he became a bit obsessed with a tennis ball.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Where was Sadie while Luka was frolicking in the stream? She was catching a quick nap in the sunshine.

Sadie snoozes

All of the park activity led to Sadie’s second favorite pastime….holding down the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sometimes Luka helps Sadie hold down the couch.

Luka

Luka is clearly not as committed as Sadie is, though. He’s been busy making friends with his new brother. (Notice how Milo’s paw is ready to bat Luka if he gets too close.)

Luka  & Milo

Speaking of Milo, I don’t believe I’ve adequately demonstrated just how adorable he can be.

Milo 2

Milo

Milo relaxes

Milo

Milo

Milo

Milo

Here’s something random I noticed the other night.

Comparing paw sizes

Sadie is not a dainty girl, but her paw is dwarfed by Luka’s paw.

Finally, some knitting…the current pair of socks.

Socks

A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life. ~ Bob Barker

Three years ago today a lovable blonde entered my life.

My girl

I’ll never be the same.

Sadie and me

Happy anniversary, Sadie!

Sadie Maxine

Follow the grain in your own wood. ~Howard Thurman

We’ve had arctic cold around here lately so the dogs and I haven’t gone on any adventures. We can barely go on our daily walks. All I have to post today is a mish mash of pictures.

Sadie doing what she does best (holding down the couch).

Sadie

Photogenic Luka.

Luka

Mister No Name continues the cuteness.

Cat with no name

Cat with no name

The cats have become friends and are now hanging out together.

Boys

Finally, a new pair of socks.

socks

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

The dogs and I hit the park yesterday. It wasn’t very cold, but there was a heck of a cold wind blowing. I kept my gloves on most of the time to make sure my fingers didn’t freeze. I only snapped a few pictures of the dogs.

Both dogs enjoyed the cold water. Sadie loves to take a big gulp of water and then let it trickle out of her mouth. This is very cute while outdoors (not so cute in the living room).

Splashing

Luka was playing with a tennis ball and it drifted underneath the ice. He obsessively searched for it.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Sadie watched him for a bit.

Sadie

Then she grew bored and settled in to wait.

Sadie

This next picture isn’t the best quality but I love the expression on Sadie’s face.

Sadie

And, a final thought for today:

My creation

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~ From the movie An Affair to Remember

The arctic temperatures moved out in time for the weekend and we took advantage of it. I had some errands to run and then we ended up at the dog park.

Being cooped up in the car for a couple of hours meant they were ready to run.

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Sadie notice Luka overtaking her

Once they burned off all that energy it was time to explore.

The stream has started to freeze.

Exploring

Both dogs enjoy exploring the ice.

Luka

Sadie explores

Luka

Sadie loves to eat snow.

Sadie loves to eat snow

Luka splashed in the freezing cold water.

Luka

Sadie preferred lying in it.

Sadie

But not for long.

Sadie shakes

Exploring the woods is always enjoyable.

Sadie

Luka

When Sadie took a break I was able to snap a nice portrait of her.

Sadie

My portrait of Luka didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.

Sadie's tail

This one is better.

Luka winks

All of the running was exhausting. Here’s how Luka spent the evening.

Luka super close up

The kitties continue to (literally) sniff each other out.

Romeo sniffing the new guy

And I will soon have a new pair of socks.

Socks

Finish each day & be done with it. You have done what you could. Learn from it; tomorrow is a new day. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been knitting socks but the pictures are still in the camera. The socks I’m knitting are from one of my favorite sock blanks.

88/365:  Today's dyeing adventure.

I love dyeing sock blanks. The problem is finding time to knit all the socks!

I have been snapping pictures with my phone so I’ll share those.

Sadie is a snuggler. She sleeps on the bed with me all night and most mornings I wake up to this.

Sadie snuggles

We’re supposed to have a snow storm tonight, but for now there is only one patch of snow left in my yard. Luka is a fan of snow.

Luka found the last patch of snow

I spotted this last night.

Sharing

It didn’t last long, but it’s a start. The new kitty is still without a name. I figure he will tell me his name at some point. Hopefully soon.

As always, Sadie has been excelling at holding down the couch.

Sadie snores

She tried to nap on the floor earlier today but was plagued by an itchy nose.

Itchy nose

Both dogs supervised me while I was eating lunch today.

Supervising me while I eat lunch

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

What is it about getting older that makes the years fly by? I cannot believe the sun is setting on 2010.

Sunset

2010 was a rather slow knitting year. Life was busy and I also had several weeks when I did not knit a stitch. I still managed to finish six pairs of socks.

My creation

My big knitting related accomplishment this year was my yarn diet. The last time I bought yarn was one year ago today. I didn’t think I’d be able to go a year without buying yarn, but I did. And, shockingly, after the first few months it wasn’t difficult. If I’m tempted by pretty yarn I just look at my stash and realize that I already own a ton of pretty yarn and don’t need more. I’m going to extend my yarn diet to 2011 and attempt to go two years without buying yarn.

Personally, my life hit rock bottom in March. That’s when I had to say a sudden goodbye to my sweet Kishka.

Kishka enjoys the fading sun

I miss that dog and her songs of woo every day.

Sadie lost her buddy, but other than that she had a good year in 2010.

Sadie

She lost 10 more pounds (total of 28 lbs. lost) and has become a running wonder.

Sadie

Sadie’s world was rocked a bit in April with the arrival of her little brother, Luka.

Luka boy

Sadie gets annoyed with Luka at times (he loves to play…she loves to nap…this causes conflicts), but I think she’s glad to have a partner in crime.

Running

The summer of 2010 was the summer of adventure. For the first time since my debilitating hip/back injury I felt strong enough to hike. The dogs and I logged a lot of miles on the hiking trails.

both20

The dogs enjoy the view

The highlight of our hiking adventures was the discovery of a place for the dogs to swim.

Sadie and Luka

I anticipate many hours spent there in the summer of 2011.

Romeo had a quiet year.

Romeo

Well, it was quiet until last week. He’s accepting the (still nameless) new guy better than I anticipated.

Orange Cat

There hasn’t been any snuggling or affection, but the hissing has stopped. I’m confident they will become friends in 2011.

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.

Sadie leads the way

Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was. ~ John Chambers

I have new things to blog about! (Finally.)

There is new yarn (it was a gift so my 2010 yarn diet remains intact).

Mountain Colors close up

Melody close up

I finished a pair of socks last night.

Socks

Complete details (and more pictures) are on Ravelry.

My workplace shuts down for 10 days at the end of the year so I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my furry family.

I’ve found out just how much time Sadie spends sleeping on the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

To be fair, we are back to our regular walking/park activities (7 weeks after my ankle injury) so Sadie is getting a lot of exercise.

It’s been very mild here so Luka has to cool down when we return home from our walks.

Luka

Here he poses with his new stuffed cow.

Luka likes the stuffed cow

And, I caught him sleeping with his tongue sticking out.

Luka sleeping with his tongue hanging out

Finally, there is something else that’s new around here.

OC 7

I would love to do a proper introduction, but the poor guy doesn’t have a name.

Ever since Parker died 3 years ago I’ve thought about getting another cat. I didn’t know how Romeo would react, though, and didn’t want to tick him off.

About 6 months ago I decided that Romeo would be okay with it and started making periodic visits to the Humane Society. Until last week, no one caught my eye. Last week this face caught my eye and (most important) he meowed at me each time I walked past him.

OC 4

The new guy is around 3 years old and he was a stray. He has claws and this has been rather startling for the dogs.

Sadie approached the new cat like she approaches Romeo (slowly, with her tail wagging). However, she didn’t get the head nuzzle she was expecting. She got swatted across the face. If a dog can give a “what the hell?” look I believe that’s what she gave me when she ran to my side.

While Sadie is keeping her distance from the new guy, Luka is a slow learner. Here he is a few nights ago (moments before being swatted across the face):

Moments before Luka got swatted

The swat sent him looking for cover:

Luka got swatted by the cat and retreated to his crate

A short time later the cat went into Luka’s crate and chased him out. An hour or so later they declared a truce.

Luka shares his crate

If I don’t come up with a name soon this cat is going to start answering to Orange Cat. Anyone have any cool cat names to share? I’m leaning towards a couple of names but don’t know if they fit him.

OC 5

A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied. ~ Irish Proverb

The dogs and I returned to our favorite park this weekend.   To say they were excited is an understatement.

They ran through the stream.

Splashing

Luka chased Sadie up the hill.

Running up the hill

Sadie chased Luka down the hill.

Playing chase

Then they circled around and Luka chased Sadie down the hill.

Running down the hill

They ran through the woods.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie explored the woods.

Sadie

Luka found a tennis ball in the stream.

Luka

Something in a tree caught their attention.

Something caught their attention

Sadie kept an eye on me (I was dawdling behind).

Sadie watches me

Luka kept an eye on me, too.

Handsome boy

There was an amazing sunset here the other night. This was the view from my front door (picture is straight out of the camera…no editing or color tweaking).

Sunset

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