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A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way. ~ Mary Carolyn Davies

Thank you to everyone who commented, emailed and sent PM’s via Ravelry to express condolences on the loss of Kishka.  I appreciate all of the kind words and stories that you shared with me.   As many people commented, Kish’s death was very sudden and unexpected.   I think I’m finally getting over the sheer shock of it and am starting to process what happened.

One thing I’m getting used to is a quiet house.   I knew that Kish wooed a lot, but I didn’t realize just how much she wooed.   My house is so darn quiet now.   It’s kind of spooky.

I’m also showering Sadie with attention.   She and Kishka bonded from the very beginning and I knew that Kish’s death would be rough on Sadie.   For the first few days, Sadie seemed to look for Kishka.   She was constantly walking around the house and yard.    She’s stopped the searching and now she just seems depressed.   I realize I’m anthropomorphizing her, but there’s no way around it:   the dog has got the blues.

Sadie

Weekends are for outdoor adventures and that continues.    Hiding in my house eating chocolate will not bring Kishka back (a tactic I have tried) so last weekend Sadie and I headed out for our weekly adventure.   I couldn’t face our usual park, so we went to a different one.    Sadie had to stay on her leash at this park, but we still had fun.

The scenery was beautiful.
Red rocks

Sadie

Rocks

The trails weren’t crowded.

Sadie heads down the trail

Sadie enjoyed leading the way.

Sadie leads the way

She got impatient with all my picture taking.

Sadie waits for me

And we found a gorgeous spot to rest.

Sadie rests

This weekend we went back to our regular park.  It was a gorgeous day.

Foothills

There were even birds singing.

Singing bird

Sadie has always been a follower, not a leader, so for the first hour or so she stuck close by my side.   Kishka always led the way and I don’t think Sadie quite knew what to do without her there.    After some encouragement from me, she ventured off on her own.

Sadie goes exploring

Sadie

Always keeping an eye on me, of course.

Sadie

There was snow to eat.

Sadie likes snow

A stream to splash in.

Sadie

Sadie

And, a hole to dig.

Sadie digging

This last one took me by surprise. I’ve never seen Sadie dig a hole, but she dug a huge one yesterday.

What?

Sadie also found a friend to play Chase with her.

Sadie plays chase

She never came close to catching him, but she had fun trying.

Chase

She was a very tired girl when we got home.

Sadie in sunbeam

There has been knitting around here.   I finished the Film Noir socks last weekend.

Film Noir socks

The yarn is simply lovely.

Film Noir socks close up

And the skein size generous (I have size 10 feet).

Leftover yarn

I also cast on a new pair and have completed both feet.

Socks

Today is a very special day for Sadie.

Sadie

It’s her anniversary. It was two years ago today that she came to live with me. We’re going to go for a walk later and then tonight she’ll get her present:

Busy Bone

Sadie rarely gets such treats, so I’m sure she’s going to love it.

Sadie slurps

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. ~ Horace Walpole

My camera lives in my purse. I love capturing unexpected moments.

I was driving home from work one day this week when I spotted this:

Burger King dude

Yes, that’s a Burger King crown on his head. He appeared to be sober.

Yesterday I spotted these people walking through town:

Celebrating early?

I think they started their St. Patrick’s Day drinking a bit early.

Could it be the moon?

Moon

Like many knitters, I keep my notions in tins (Altoids tins, gum tins, etc.). I was at the store this week and spotted a very cool tin.

It was marked 50% off and was in my cart before I thought to see what was inside. As a bonus, it was something I could use:

We went to the park this weekend, but I didn’t take many pictures. I did snap this one of Kishka enjoying the stream:

Kishka in stream

The day at the park wore her out:

Kishka sleeping

Little known fact about Sadie: sometimes she sleeps with her eyes open. She was snoring when I took this picture:

Freaky dog sleeping with her eye open

And here she is, contemplating her place in the universe:

Sadie Maxine

I just started the cuffs on my socks. It won’t be long before I’m wearing these!

Socks

Finally, best buddies:

Buddies

Friends have all things in common. ~ Plato

One of the things I love about living here is that the scenery is always gorgeous.

Even an overcast day has a kind of beauty to it.

Driving towards the peak

Being stopped at a light isn’t so awful when this is the view:

Pikes Peak from stoplight

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I loaded up the girls and headed to the park.

C'mon, let's go!

I love watching them explore together.

Buddies

I’m very grateful that they’re such good friends.

Exploring

Sadly, for Sadie, the friendship does not include romping. (Kishka has never been a fan of such undignified behavior.)

Sadie runs at Kishka

Sadie finally found a friend that was willing to romp.

Sadie and a friend

Sadie plays with friend

As always, there was squirrel hunting.

Kishka looks

Once a squirrel is spotted, the race is on:

Sadie runs

Kishka was able to run, too!

Kish runs!

Sadie went off exploring a few times, but always kept a close eye on me:

Sadie

A clear sign of a good day at the dog park is mud. Let’s assess this visit:

Kishka?

Muddy Kishka paw

Check.

Sadie?

Muddy girl

Check.

Me?

Muddy day

Check.

It was a fun afternoon.

Sadie smiles

Kish

I was watching the Olympics last night when I looked down and saw this:

My girls

I have no idea how the pig toy ended up posed against Sadie’s leg.

This picture also shows that the majority of my (very small) living room floor is taken up by dog beds. Walking through the room is kind of like navigating an obstacle course. I like to think that it improves my agility. In reality, it’s probably only a matter of time before I break an ankle.

I’m making progress on the Film Noir socks.

Film Noir socks

I’m hoping to finish them soon, but I cut open my index finger today (ouch!) so knitting is not going to happen for the next few days. I managed to cut it at the exact spot where the needle and yarn go across it. Idiot.

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

There was no trip to the park this weekend. The roads were very icy, so I decided to play it safe and stay home. Kishka’s knee is still really bothering her, so I also wanted to let her rest.

Instead of exploring the great outdoors, this weekend was spent resting:

My girls

Sadie, of course, has to be on her back.

Sadie Maxine

Sadie is a roller. She loves to roll on the floor. She loves to roll in the dirt and mud. She also loves to roll on the couch:

Sadie rolling

One of these days she’s going to roll right off that couch. I hope I have my camera pointed her way when that happens.

I did venture outside to take pictures of the frozen landscape:

Frozen

Icy trees

Cold

Frozen branch

Frozen fence

Both of the gussets are finished on the Film Noir socks. I’m really looking forward to wearing them.

Socks

I’d be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness. ~ Thomas McGuane

My work hours recently changed. I used to go to work well before dawn. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been driving to work at dawn and wow…it’s been gorgeous.

Pikes Peak rising above the bank of clouds enveloping the city:

Pikes Peak above the clouds

A couple of days later there was another gorgeous sunrise. I love the pink glow in this picture:

Pikes Peak sunrise

I’ve almost beat the cold from hell and am feeling much better, so the girls and I ventured to the park this weekend.

Our recent warm (relatively) weather left most of the park rather muddy.

Muddy boots

The girls spent some time exploring together.

Girls together on trail

Girls by stream

Girls thru trees

Girls together

Girls going up hill

Girls again

Kishka checked out the squirrels.

Kishka keeps watching

She enjoyed the cold stream water.

Kishka drinks

And she made a friend.

Kishka and friend

Kishka’s arthritic knee was really bothering her so she and I spent a lot of time sitting together and watching her nutty sister.

Kish

Sadie found friends to play with her.

Sadie in stream with friends

She ran around by herself.

Sadie with flying ears

Sade runs

Sadie

She also explored the slushy ice covering the stream.

Sadie on snow

Sadie loves to eat snow/slush/ice.

Sadie eats more snow

Sadie eats snow

Sadie enjoyed splashing in the stream.

Sadie jumps off ice

All of the activity made Sadie tired, but very happy.

Sadie

On the ride home Kishka found that her sleeping sister made a perfect pillow.

Kishka on Sadie on the way home

Some dogs love to sleep on furniture and some dogs don’t. Sadie is very much in the ‘love’ camp. She adores my couch:

Sadie sleeps again

Sadie on couch sleeping

Sadie sleeps

Sadie on couch

Sadie asleep on couch

Kishka usually prefers to sleep on the floor or on a dog bed.

Kishka

Snoozing Kishka

Kishka

But there’s nothing like snuggling together.

Girls

Sisters

Sleeping

There has been some knitting around here. I’m making progress on the Film Noir socks.

Sadie with sock

I continue to love the yarn. I’m obsessed with striped sock yarn. I’m not sure why, but I think my love of symmetry has a lot to do with it.

One of the most sublime experiences we can ever have is to wake up feeling healthy after we have been sick. ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

There are no park pictures to show in this week’s post. That’s because there was no visit to the park this weekend. This weekend (and the entire week) has been spent on my couch. The nightmare of a cold that’s going around struck me last Sunday and has knocked me flat for an entire week.

Instead of the park this weekend, there was the couch. It wasn’t all bad, though. A certain furry friend of mine loves to snuggle.

Here she is on my legs:

Sadie sleeping on me

And here she is in full snuggle mode…sprawled on top of me:

Sadie snuggles

Being sick sucks, but having a loyal friend at your side on top of you makes it a bit better.

I was too sick to knit for most of the week (the horror!), but over the past day or two I’ve knit the heel flaps, turned the heels and started one of the gussets on the Film Noir socks:

Film Noir socks

I pulled on one of my favorite pairs of socks this week and discovered a problem:

Hole in sock

The stitches from the heel flap have totally pulled away from the gusset. Once I’m feeling better, I’ll try to fix it and save the socks.

For now, I continue to rest.

Kishka on toy

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn. ~ Gore Vidal

After a week of cloudy weather, the weekend arrived and so did the sun.

Pikes Peak

It was a nice day to enjoy the park.

The stream was still frozen in many places:

Sadie on ice

Kish looks

Girls on ice

But there were enough areas that were not frozen so the girls could enjoy the water:

Sadie in stream

Kish drinking

The girls were able to run:

Sadie runs

Kishka runs

The squirrels were teasing them:

Sadie looks up

Kish looks for squirrels

There was barking and wooing:

Barking and wooing

Sadie watched me from behind the trees:

Sadie watches

Kishka kept on eye on Sadie:

Kish

Most of all, it was a day for hanging out and having fun:

Girls downstream

Girls look again

Girls off together

Girls through trees

Kishka even seemed to find a moment of zen:

Kishka

Fun at the dog park is measured by one thing: mud.

Mud = fun. Sadie always has fun.

Sadie muddy butt

The yarn diet of 2010 continues, but I did buy a new project bag and stitch markers:

New bag

Stitch markers

These came from Annie Purl’s Etsy shop.

I’ve completed the feet on the Film Noir socks:

Film Noir socks

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Kishka had a vet appointment yesterday and I had him look at her leg. I thought she hurt it at the park last week (she’s had a heck of a limp all week). It turns out she has a severe case of arthritis in one of her knees. It’s so severe that if she were a younger dog (Kish is around 10 years old), my vet would recommend a knee replacement. Because of Kish’s age, it’s about management of pain.

Kish has new food (with lots of joint friendly supplements) and a bottle of pain pills. Her days of fetch are over (too much stress on the knee due to the sudden stops and starts).

The park, however, is still in the picture so we spent part of our weekend there.

The girls went exploring together:

Girls

They looked for squirrels:

Kishka looks for squirrels

Sadie looks up

They were very excited to see that part of the stream was unfrozen so that they could go splashing:

Girls in stream

Sadie was so happy that she couldn’t stop barking with joy:

Sadie barks

Some of the stream thawed and was flowing throw the frozen parts of the stream:

Water flowing through frozen stream

I sat on this log and took pictures:

Log over frozen stream

Sadie loves to play Chase. Kishka does not play Chase. She never has (Max and Sam used to play it and would try to get her to join them) and Sadie has learned to not even try to engage her.

When we go to the park Sadie always looks for dogs who will play with her. On this day she was successful:

Sadie and friend

Sadie with flying ears

Sadie having fun

Sadie runs

Sadie runs

Chase makes Sadie very happy:

Sadie is happy

Kishka enjoyed exploring the frozen parts of the stream:

Kish on ice

Kishk on ice

Wooing at her sister (she loves to order Sadie around):

Kishka wooing behind Sadie

And drinking the ice cold water:

Kishka enjoys the cold water

We all enjoyed relaxing on the bank above the stream:

Girls hanging out above the stream

I had a comment a few posts ago about how svelte Sadie is looking. Since I see her everyday, her weight loss isn’t as noticeable to me. I know she’s lost weight, but I tend to focus on how much more she has to lose.

I went back to one of the first pictures I ever took of her back in March of 2008.

Here’s what she looked like then:

Sadie

And yesterday:

Sadie sits

Wow. Those 18 lbs. she’s lost have really made a difference! She still has more to lose (which will be made tougher with Kishka’s limitations on exercise), but she has come a long way. Even if she doesn’t lose another pound, she is much healthier than she was when I adopted her.

I’m making slow but steady progress on the Film Noir socks.

Film Noir socks

I had a question about who makes this yarn. It’s by Sweet Paprika. They have a website and also sell through The Loopy Ewe.   I’m a sucker for self striping yarn and will definitely be buying more colors of this yarn.  It’s even more gorgeous in person and is a joy to knit.

:: cue gratuitous yarn p0rn shot ::

Film Noir close up

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor (1892 – 1964)

After some bitterly cold weather this week, the weekend has been warm (relatively) and sunny. The girls and I headed out to our favorite park.

The stream where they like to splash was completely frozen:

Frozen stream

There were a few slips (just after I snapped this picture, Kishka’s four legs went in four different directions):

Kishka on the ice again

At one point, Sadie jumped out of the frozen stream and when she hit the ice covered stream bank she did nearly a full backwards somersault before landing back where she started. Sadly, I have no pictures of that (she was okay, just a bit startled). As for me, I was doubled over in laughter. :)

I always love watching how Sadie looks to Kishka for guidance:

Follow the leader

Following her sister

I’m so grateful that they’re such good friends. Sometimes I think they only keep me around to earn money to buy dog food and to use my opposable thumbs to open the locked dog food container. Otherwise, they’d be quite happy to kick me out and travel the road of life together.

Buddies

We did a lot of walking and they did a lot of running. This necessitated a quick nap:

Sadie catnaps

Kishka (of course) did some squirrel hunting. Here she is scanning the stream bank:

Kishka looking for squirrels

And here is her “wait quietly for one to come to the ground” technique:

Kish

The quality of this picture isn’t great, but it perfectly captures Sadie’s “I’m so happy I’m at the park” face:

Happy Sadie

There has been knitting this week. I don’t have a lot of time to knit, but I’m making good progress on the socks:

Film Noir socks

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC)

There has been stash enhancement:

Ladybug

Tiger

I bought this yarn (and the yarn in the last post) in 2009 because I’ve set a goal for 2010: I want to knit entirely from my stash this year and not buy any more yarn.  I have so much gorgeous sock yarn (and it’s all documented on Ravelry if you care to check it out :) ).  I need to use it and appreciate it so 2010 is the year of Sock Knitting From My Stash.   I’m posting about it here to keep myself accountable.   

One exception:   this does not count my current credit at The Loopy Ewe.    I can spend that credit this year, but that’s it.

After ten days at home I had some separation anxiety when I returned to work on Monday. When I came home I saw this:

Waiting for me

Sadie continues her love of being upside down:

Upside down

I watched a news program at the end of last year and one reporter declared the last decade as the time in history when technology took the biggest leap forward. I agree with him.

I was thinking about this the other night when I was lying in bed browsing the internet on my phone. I have an app on my phone that hooks into web cams around the world. I was watching scenes (live or close to it) from around the world while lying warm and cozy in my bed. I was also able to capture what I was seeing and here are my two favorite pictures from that night.

I watched the sun rise over the mountains in Austria:

And then I watched the sun rise in Paris:

What a wonderful world.

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