Author Archive: Kathy

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~ Cary Grant

The weather was shaky again this past week and we missed two of our walks. Saturday made up for it, though.

Sadie and Luka

It was perfect hiking weather.

Sadie and Luka

We missed our Friday night walk so on Saturday morning the dogs were ready to go.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

They took off together

Sadie and Luka

and then ran back to get me.

Sadie and Luka

My initial goal of the hike was for the dogs to burn off some energy.

Sadie

Luka

Finally, mission accomplished.

Sadie and Luka resting

As we made our way through the woods Luka spotted something and took off running. He was out of my sight and didn’t seem to respond to my initial call for him to return. Just when I thought he’d lost his off leash privileges he appeared and was running as fast as he could.

Luka

Finally, we reached our ultimate destination.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie

The reservoir was not the end of the fun. We hiked a lot more after we left there.

Sadie and Luka

Luka gave me his best model pose.

Luka

Sadie thinks posing is silly. Why pose when you can run?

Sadie

Finally, my favorite picture of the day. I titled it “Happiness”.

Sadie and Luka

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Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

The weather cooperated this weekend so we hit our favorite hiking spot again. The weather canceled a couple of our walks during the week so the dogs were in the mood to run.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point Sadie wandered off the trail and fell behind. I figured this was the perfect time to get a great shot of her running to catch up. She had a surprise for me, though.

Sadie brings me a present

She brought me a dead bird. Yuck!! (She did drop it as soon as I told her to drop it.)

Luka proved that last week’s behavior was not a fluke. He ran ahead on the trail but always waited for me to catch up.

Luka waits for me

When I stopped walking he came back to get me.

Luka waits for me

This week I noticed that Sadie waited for me whenever there was a trail junction.

Sadie waits

Luka just picked a trail and ran ahead (and was often wrong about which way we were going), but Sadie waited for me to lead the way.

Sadie

Once I showed the way the dogs went ahead of me.

Sadie and Luka

As always, the highlight of the day was the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie swims for treats

Despite the wonky weather (fog to sun to clouds back to sun back to clouds) it was another spectacular day (can you spot Luka in this picture?).

Here comes Luka

Finally, I don’t know when the Sleeping Olympics begin but the training around here is intense.

Milo

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first. ~ William Shakespeare

This weekend marks six months since I fell while hiking and sprained the living hell out of my ankle. I’ve spent the past six months diligently working to first heal and then strengthen my ankle. The first couple of months were rough, but I knew that if I pushed through I would be ready when the 2011 hiking season arrived.

All of the hard work was worth it.

From the trail

Yesterday the dogs and I hit the trail for our first hike of the year.

Sadie and Luka

A notable difference from last year: Luka is off leash on the trail.

I’ve had him for over a year now. He’s become very obedient and seems to have bonded closely to me. I had a feeling he could handle being off leash and I was right. He always came back when I called and he never got too far away from me.

Sadie and Luka

Best of all: he and Sadie had a fantastic time exploring together. (I love the big smile on her face in this picture.)

Sadie

They ran around so much that they needed to rest just 30 minutes into the hike.

Sadie and Luka rest

Then they had to rest again just a short time later.

Luka

Finally, we reached our destination (where Luka jumped right in and started swimming).

Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

They also played together.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka explored the rocks.

Luka

When it was snack time the dogs kept a close eye on my bag of carrots. (They both love carrots.)

Luka

Sadie keeps an eye on my carrots

It was a lovely day.

Sadie and Luka

Finally, Milo continues training for the Sleep Olympics.

Milo

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things ~ Robert Brault

Things have been a bit nutty around these parts lately. The knitting has slowed down a bit, but the socks are making progress.

Socks

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it but Sadie is a rather dorky dog. That’s why I’m especially fond of this nearly regal picture of her.

Sadie

Finally, a recent sunset.

Sunset

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves. ~ Maria Edgeworth

The red sock blank is making lovely socks. They are flying off the needles. I turned the heels Saturday night.

Socks

Over the weekend Milo participated in the Sleeping Olympics.

Milo

Milo

Milo

One year ago today I spotted this at the Humane Society.

Luka at the shelter

I cannot believe it’s been a year already. I’ve had so much fun getting to know Luka.

Luka

Well, most of it has been fun. That day last summer when I arrived home from work and discovered he’d shredded 15 rolls of toilet paper and 5 rolls of paper towels was definitely not fun (at least not for me).

Happy anniversary, buddy.

Luka

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. ~ Unknown

Once upon a time this was a knitting blog. Today I am (briefly) returning to my roots.

Many moons ago I dyed this sock blank:

a different kind of rainbow

I finally finished the socks on Saturday night:

Socks

I have to admit that I didn’t really like the socks when I finished them. They didn’t turn out at all how I expected. However, I wore them all day Sunday and we made peace.

Socks

I probably won’t ever love them, but I do like them. And they’re a perfect fit.

More details can be found on their Ravelry page.

On Sunday I dyed the blank for the my next pair of socks:

Sock blank

I cannot wait to knit these. It’s tough to see in the picture, but it’s a subtle tonal effect that I think will make gorgeous socks.

Finally, a picture of Milo. I’m not sure how this position was comfortable, but he was sound asleep.

Milo

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

Spring is on its way to this part of the world and that means more time outside.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I went to the park this weekend. The main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

There was running in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

And running in the fields.

Sadie

Luka

Both dogs enjoyed exploring.

Sadie

Luka

I love the look on Sadie’s face in this picture.

Sadie and Luka

And in this one.

Sadie

Luka continued his love affair with water.

Luka

At one point he became a bit obsessed with a tennis ball.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Where was Sadie while Luka was frolicking in the stream? She was catching a quick nap in the sunshine.

Sadie snoozes

All of the park activity led to Sadie’s second favorite pastime….holding down the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sometimes Luka helps Sadie hold down the couch.

Luka

Luka is clearly not as committed as Sadie is, though. He’s been busy making friends with his new brother. (Notice how Milo’s paw is ready to bat Luka if he gets too close.)

Luka  & Milo

Speaking of Milo, I don’t believe I’ve adequately demonstrated just how adorable he can be.

Milo 2

Milo

Milo relaxes

Milo

Milo

Milo

Milo

Here’s something random I noticed the other night.

Comparing paw sizes

Sadie is not a dainty girl, but her paw is dwarfed by Luka’s paw.

Finally, some knitting…the current pair of socks.

Socks

Good things come to those who wait.

After three months I finally figured it out.

My creation

A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life. ~ Bob Barker

Three years ago today a lovable blonde entered my life.

My girl

I’ll never be the same.

Sadie and me

Happy anniversary, Sadie!

Sadie Maxine

Follow the grain in your own wood. ~Howard Thurman

We’ve had arctic cold around here lately so the dogs and I haven’t gone on any adventures. We can barely go on our daily walks. All I have to post today is a mish mash of pictures.

Sadie doing what she does best (holding down the couch).

Sadie

Photogenic Luka.

Luka

Mister No Name continues the cuteness.

Cat with no name

Cat with no name

The cats have become friends and are now hanging out together.

Boys

Finally, a new pair of socks.

socks