Monthly Archives: January, 2010

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:


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:


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:


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:


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.


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:


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:



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.

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A new year has brought new socks:


I knit them from this blank (received in a sock blank swap):

Swap blank

The colors are a bit more muted that I usually go for, but I do like them a lot.

There’s been stash enhancement (some received as a gift and some bought with Christmas money):

On Your Toes Sunshine Yarn Cowgirl yarn

Rose yarn Opal Bare yarn

ptk yarn Comfort Sock Essential

I admit that I was hooked by the name of this color: Film Noir.

Film Noir close up

The yarn is perfect for a classic movie nerd like me. To make the yarn even cooler, it’s self striping!

Film Noir sock

I’ve had the past ten days off work. During my vacation a friend and I went to the see the Little House musical. I’m a die hard bonnethead (fan of LH and Laura Ingalls Wilder) so I expected to love it. My non-bonnethead friend also really enjoyed it. The musical was very, very well done. The cast was terrific and so were the songs. I was most pleased that the story stuck to the books (unlike the TV series). If you have a chance to see this show, I highly recommend it.

I spent the rest of my time off with my girls. There’s been bone chewing (them, not me 🙂 ):


Lots of squirrel watching (again them, not me):

Kishka squirrel hunting

Watching the squirrels

Hanging out together:


Sadie and Kishka

And a ton of all around cuteness:

My Kishka



Sleeping Sadie