Monthly Archives: January, 2012

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~ Mae West

Another weekend, another day of the dogs running around like fools.

Sadie and Luka run

Sadie and Luka run

Even though the water was icy it was irresistible.

Luka navigates the icy waterfall


All of this playing means a quiet ride home.

Sadie is tired

Interesting pillow, Luka.

Luka - interesting pillow

There is knitting in the house!

A new pair of socks.


And a new….something. 🙂 I broke my yarn diet to buy this yarn. It has a purpose though, and I have started swatching. Pictures will come later when the project has been started.


Finally…the answer to a question I sometimes get: “Why do you have such a huge sectional couch when you live alone?”

Milo and Sadie

ETA: Many of the knitting blogs I read are hosted by Blogger. If you use Blogger please be aware that the word verification aspect of comments is not functioning. Even though I enter the correct phrase, Blogger says it’s wrong and won’t let me comment. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

A man needs a little madness or else he never dares to cut the rope & be free. ~ Nikos Kazantazkis

When our hiking season came to a screeching halt in September I assumed it would be April or May before we were able to go hiking again. The dogs and I settled into a nice routine of hitting the dog park on the weekend and (for me) staying warm in the winter weather.

Until today.

2012 has been insanely nice around here. After a couple of weeks of warmth and sun I figured our favorite hiking trails would be free of snow and ice. This weekend we returned to our summer stomping grounds.

Sadie and Luka

When I let the dogs loose on the trail Luka acted like he’d been shot out of a cannon.

Luka running

From the way he was tearing around the forest you would never know that we’ve been walking three miles a day (and more on the weekends). It was like he’d been cooped up in a cage for weeks.

Luka runs

I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful it was to see him running these trails again. The last time we were here was the day before his surgery.

Sadie and Luka

Once Luka calmed down we settled into our usual routine of him leading the way

Luka leads the way

and then waiting for me to catch up.

Luka waits for me to catch up

Sadie enjoyed exploring.


And also did her share of running.

Sadie and Luka

At one point she took a quick nap along the trail.

Sadie rests

While Sadie napped I watched the construction of a McMansion just off the hiking trail.

McMansion being built just off the hiking trail

There was no sign of this house the last time we hiked this trail and I was rather startled to round a curve and see it. This house also proves that some people have more money than sense. The house is in a gorgeous location, but there are trees right up to the house (and hanging over the roof). This area is no stranger to wildfires (there were 3-4 last summer) and these morons really should do more to protect that pricey home. Thankfully our hiking area is a public open space so our access to this trail should not be impacted.

The only downside to our hike (besides that house) was finding the reservoir frozen and locked. Luka was not happy about this. He was so excited as we approached the water. When we reached the locked gate he kept pushing on it and trying to find a way inside.

Poor Luka - the swimming hole is frozen and locked

Finally, I snapped this picture this morning. I absolutely love it.

Milo and Luka

There’s no denying it…these two are buddies. 🙂







Note:   The lack of Sadie pictures is only indicative of my camera batteries dying, not her lack of adorableness.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness. ~ Charles Sprugeon

I’ve returned to work and reality has set back in but let’s revisit a wonderful day from my vacation.


One thing I love about winter is that I don’t have to worry about the dogs overheating. I can let them run themselves silly.

Happy dogs

Sadie and Luka run

Sadie loves to eat snow.

Sadie loves to eat snow


While Luka loves to play in the icy water.



My goal for a day at the park is always the same: tired dogs. Snoring on the way home is a bonus.

All tired out on the way home

After being cooped up in the house all week the dogs were ready to run this weekend.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Before we went to the park Luka was groomed and he was happy to show off his gorgeousness. (I gasped when I saw him. I hadn’t realized how unkempt he was looking.)


It was another successful trip.

Tired on the ride home.

Some random (adorable) dog pictures.






So far, 2012 is very calm. I hope it stays that way.