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

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. ~ Charles Buxton

:: tap tap ::

Is this thing on?

It’s been quite some time since I posted so (of course) I have a ton of pictures.

I lost my knitting mojo for several weeks, but recently found it and started knitting again. I’ve been working on two projects.

Socks:

Socks

Scarf (started last winter):

Scarf

Besides knitting and dogs, one of my passions in life is classic movies. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) recently had a traveling exhibit of movie memorabilia and it stopped in a nearby city.

This Oscar was awarded to Casablanca:

Casablanca Oscar

This costume was worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. The detail on this costume was amazing. The colors were still vibrant. It’s hard to believe this costume was used in 1921. It looks brand new.

Rudolph Valentino costume from The Sheik

This costume was worn by Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music. My only complaint about the exhibit is that the lighting was awful. It was impossible for me to get a good photograph of this costume. In person the dark colors of this costume ware still rich and the details are striking.

Christopher Plummer costume from The Sound of Music

This dress was worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. In the movie this dress was a vibrant blue/grey. It has definitely faded a bit and has some noticeable damage (stains and repaired rips/holes), but it’s gorgeous. The detail on the dress is stunning. The most surprising thing about the dress is that it’s corduroy! I had no idea.

Scarlett O'Hara dress from Gone With The Wind

I was driving home from work one day and spotted this:

Salvage yard fire

It turned out to be a salvage yard fire.

Salvage yard fire

I had never been this close to such a big fire and it was amazing to watch.

Salvage yard fire

No one was injured and no occupied structures were destroyed.

Salvage yard fire

It’s been a ridiculously mild fall here. We usually start getting snowstorms in October. It’s now December 12 and we haven’t had one snowstorm. It hasn’t even really snowed yet and it’s been quite warm. We even had a streak of 80 degree days in November. The dogs and I took advantage of that heatwave to hike our favorite spot.

Luka

The dogs enjoy the view

There are not many picture from that hiking trip. This is because a couple of miles into the hike I fell and twisted the hell out of my ankle. I’ve had a lot of ankle sprains in my life (I am a bit of a klutz) but this is the worst one (by far). I couldn’t walk the dogs at all for two weeks.

It’s now five weeks after The Fall. Recovery has been steady, but slow. I’m able to walk the dogs 4-5 days a week and for 40 minutes each time. (We usually walk 7 days a week for 60-90 minutes.) I’m not able to walk on uneven surfaces (only paved roads) so we haven’t even been able to go to the dog park. I’m hoping to be back at the dog park by the end of this month and back to hiking sometime next spring.

Since my walking is limited I’ve been amusing myself by taking pictures of the dogs. Sadie is absolutely adorable when she sleeps.

Sleeping Sadie

Sadie

Sadie snuggling toy

Luka hasn’t been left out of the picture taking:

Luka boy

Luka loves sleeping in his crate even when the dog bed isn’t in it (it was being washed):

Luka loves his crate

My boy is very photogenic.

Luka

Finally, if you love dogs, go here and enjoy a laugh along with Tank (although I’m not sure she’s laughing).   For her sake, I hope this winter is a short one.  :)

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. ~ Allen Ginsberg

My camera is home and the weather this weekend was warm and sunny. The dogs and I headed out for an adventure.

The leaves are changing

Changing leaves

and the views were (as always) gorgeous.

View from the reservoir

View from the trail

We hiked through the trees.

Sadie and Luka

Across the fields.

Sadie leads the way

Up into the foothills.

Heading up the trail

And then we reached the highest point where we overlooked the plains.

Sadie and Luka

This high point was also our destination.

Running along the shoreline

The reservoir!

Sadie and Luka

In the water

I once again tossed some dog treats in the water for the dogs to retrieve.

Luka

Sadie swims

I also shot a video of Sadie swimming for treats.  You can see it here

Sadie knew that the dog treats were in the backpack and took it upon herself to guard that backpack.

I'll sit here and guard the backpack

I love watching the dogs play in the water.

Sadie swims

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Once the dogs started getting tired I was able to snap a couple of good portraits of them.

Sadie Maxine

Luka

It was a wonderful day.

My girl

I’ve talked before about how Luka loves to burrow and sleep behind my furniture. Because of this, I’ve suspected that Luka would like a crate. Since a Luka-sized crate is not in my budget I’ve been looking for one on Craigslist.

A couple of weekends ago I was driving home when I passed a yard sale. There was a huge crate sitting in this person’s driveway so I pulled a quick U-turn, counted the contents of my wallet ($30) and asked them how much they wanted for it. I nearly fell over at the answer: $5. The crate was filthy (it had obviously been used outside) but I stuffed it into my little car and brought it home. An hour outside with the hose and a container of Comet restored it to nearly new condition.

The verdict:

Luka enjoys his cave

Luka loves it. He spends about half of his time in there now. This is easily the best bargain I’ve ever scored at a yard sale.

The crate is huge and took the last bit of floor space I had left in my tiny living room. The top of the crate is also a wonderful end table.

top of crate

The other morning I finished my breakfast, put the bowl beside me and told the dogs they couldn’t touch it. Luka sat like this for about 10 minutes before I caved and let him lick the bowl. How could I resist?

Please - may I lick the bowl?

Just before sunset.

My camera is on the way home from the repair shop and should arrive tomorrow. I cannot wait!

The dogs and I didn’t go on our usual weekend adventure and I didn’t take any pictures this week so today’s post is featuring one of my all time favorite pictures.

This picture was taken on February 2, 2009. I was walking the dogs at sunset. At one point I walked past a sign and the sign blocked out the bright sun. Something in my head thought “that would be a cool picture”. I walked back and snapped this picture.

33/365:  Just before sunset.

Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis

Summer is hanging on here in Colorado. When the dogs and I set out for our weekend adventure it was around 80 degrees and the sun was shining brightly. It was a perfect day for exploring. The only downside is that my camera is still in the repair shop so I (again) only had my iPhone for pictures (and video!).

We went back to our new favorite place. There are miles of hiking trails there and we just wandered around and enjoyed the day.

Hiking

On the trail

Besides views of the mountains some of the trails also overlook the city and the plains beyond.

Sadie and Luka

Even Luka seemed to enjoy the view.

Handsome boy

Luka enjoys the view

The highlight, of course, was the reservoir. We went there twice during our wandering and the dogs loved every minute of it.

Luka was very happy to be back in the water.

Happy Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

Sadie’s swimming, though, doesn’t just happen. I have to throw Milk Bones in the water for her to swim. I videotaped it this time. You can see that here.

I’m hoping to have my camera back soon so I can take some quality pictures of our adventures at this place.

I’ve made a lot of progress on the socks.

Socks

Sock wearing season is fast approaching and I can’t wait to wear the new pairs that I’ve knit since last winter.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

My camera is still in the repair shop so I’ve only had my iPhone for taking pictures. The quality isn’t great, but I have taken some pictures this week.

We had some very hot (in the 90’s) weather last weekend. Luka does not like hot weather. He would stare at me with this face like he was saying ‘please, make it stop’.

It's hot.

Sadie deals with hot weather by letting it all hang out.

She's no lady, but she sure is cute.

We went back to our new favorite spot this weekend. We did more hiking.

Heading down the trail

But the real fun happened in the water…

Luka enjoying the water

…running on the shoreline…

Dogs enjoying the day

Sadie

…and playing fetch.

Luka plays fetch

All of that fun means lots of sleeping that night.

Sadie sleeps

And a lot of dog sleeping means knitting time for me.

Socks

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