Monthly Archives: February, 2010

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.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ~ Josh Billings

The cold from hell continues. I am improving, but it’s been slow. My week has been spent working and when I’m not at work I have been on the couch coughing. (I can do a wicked impression of an 80 year old chain smoker). I have not knit all week and there will be no visit to the park this weekend.

Sadie has been keeping the couch warm for me during the day:

Sadie

And she’s been looking after me at night:

Sadie dozing on me

(Excuse the crappy phone picture. It’s tough to take a picture when there’s a 100lbs. dog on your chest.)

Kishka continues to taunt Sadie by flipping her food bowl and then not eating:

Kishka

Hopefully next week will bring pictures of knitting and the park.

EDIT:

Kishka would like it known that she’s taking care of me, too. Shortly after I posted she jumped up on the couch and stretched out on top of me:

Kishka sleeping on me

“I take care of Mom, too. Don’t let that blonde vixen get all the credit.”

Kishka on me

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