After a week of cloudy weather, the weekend arrived and so did the sun.
It was a nice day to enjoy the park.
The stream was still frozen in many places:
But there were enough areas that were not frozen so the girls could enjoy the water:
The girls were able to run:
The squirrels were teasing them:
There was barking and wooing:
Sadie watched me from behind the trees:
Kishka kept on eye on Sadie:
Most of all, it was a day for hanging out and having fun:
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.
The yarn diet of 2010 continues, but I did buy a new project bag and stitch markers:
These came from Annie Purl’s Etsy shop.
I’ve completed the feet on the Film Noir socks:
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:
They were very excited to see that part of the stream was unfrozen so that they could go splashing:
Sadie was so happy that she couldn’t stop barking with joy:
Some of the stream thawed and was flowing throw the frozen parts of the stream:
I sat on this log and took pictures:
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:
Chase makes Sadie very happy:
Kishka enjoyed exploring the frozen parts of the stream:
Wooing at her sister (she loves to order Sadie around):
And drinking the ice cold water:
We all enjoyed relaxing on the bank 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:
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.
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 ::
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:
There were a few slips (just after I snapped this picture, Kishka’s four legs went in four different directions):
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:
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:
Kishka (of course) did some squirrel hunting. Here she is scanning the stream bank:
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:
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:
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):
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):
I admit that I was hooked by the name of this color: Film Noir.
The yarn is perfect for a classic movie nerd like me. To make the yarn even cooler, it’s self striping!
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):
Hanging out together:
And a ton of all around cuteness:
If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~ Phil Pastoret
Fall is in the air, so it’s the perfect time for a new pair of socks to come off the needles.
These socks are called the Colorado Sunset socks. That’s because these socks began as a picture I took last spring.
A couple of days later I set out to recreate the sunset colors in yarn.
The sock blank looked promising.
The socks delivered on that promise.
Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today. ~ Meredith Willson, The Music Man
My camera arrived home last week and I immediately broke in the new lens by (what else?) taking pictures of the dogs:
Have you ever tried to pose a dog in front of a waterfall? It’s quite amusing (“Sit. Stay. Look pretty. Good girl. No, stay. Don’t look at the waterfall. Good girl. Stay there. Look at me. Good girl”).
The entire photo/video set is here.
I have been on a sock knitting kick for months now and lately I’ve stopped being monogamous and have been spreading my sock love around. (I guess you could say I’m a sock knitting hussy.)
These three pairs of socks are being knit from yarn that I dyed:
This pair is from a sock blank I received in a swap:
I also have a blanket freshly on the needles:
I was absolutely overwhelmed and a little gobsmacked at the comments and emails that encouraged me to continue with my photo-a-day project. Thank you so much for your kind words and the inspiration to continue. I really appreciate it and you almost talked me into continuing the project. However, I have decided not to continue the project.
I enjoyed taking a lot of photos and I did learn a lot in the short time that I took a picture every day. However, the bottom line is that the commitment the project required ended up sucking a lot of fun out of both blogging and photography. I had many days where I happily snapped a ton of pictures. But, I also had more than a few days where I absolutely didn’t feel like taking a single picture and did not enjoy the process at all.
The project did teach me something, though. Before the project I always had pictures I wanted to toss up on the blog, but I felt like if I posted a picture I needed to do a whole blog post about it and sometimes I just don’t feel like talking (seriously). This project taught me that I can just post a picture and people will find it interesting.
So, moving forward I will sometimes do a ‘proper’ blog post and sometimes I’ll just post pictures that I’ve taken.
But, before we move forward, I’m going to look back for a moment. I went through all of my photos of the day and these are my favorites: