Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble
The dogs days of summer have arrived.
The usual gorgeous summer weather in my part of the world has been replaced by miserable, sweltering heat that shows no sign of letting up. Luka has been monopolizing the AC unit.
To beat the heat we have to take our walks in the very late evening and go hiking in the very early morning. I’m not a morning person and have to force myself to get out of the bed. Luka is always ready to go.
I always start our weekend adventures with a long hike.
I love how the dogs always take off together.
The beginning of each hike always includes a lot of running.
Luka loves to wander and explore. He often wanders down the wrong trail and then when he realizes it he runs to catch up.
The highlight of each hike, especially when it’s so hot, is the water.
To encourage the dogs to swim, I toss treats in the water.
Here’s a video of Sadie swimming for treats.
Luka has started swimming more often (he used to just wade in the water).
This leads to his drowned rat look.
When we arrive home after our weekend adventure the order of the day is always napping.
Milo likes to join them.
Finally, I walked out the door for work the other morning and saw this: the moon setting at sunrise.
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:
A couple of days later there was another gorgeous sunrise. I love the pink glow in this picture:
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.
The girls spent some time exploring together.
Kishka checked out the squirrels.
She enjoyed the cold stream water.
And she made a 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.
Sadie found friends to play with her.
She ran around by herself.
She also explored the slushy ice covering the stream.
Sadie loves to eat snow/slush/ice.
Sadie enjoyed splashing in the stream.
All of the activity made Sadie tired, but very happy.
On the ride home Kishka found that her sleeping sister made a perfect pillow.
Some dogs love to sleep on furniture and some dogs don’t. Sadie is very much in the ‘love’ camp. She adores my couch:
Kishka usually prefers to sleep on the floor or on a dog bed.
But there’s nothing like snuggling together.
There has been some knitting around here. I’m making progress on the Film Noir socks.
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.
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:
Sadie continues her love of being 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.
Going back to work after my holiday break has put a serious damper on my knitting progress. My Central Park Hoodie was flying off the needles during my vacation. Now I’m back at work and I got hit with a killer cold so progress has pretty much ground to a halt. I have finished (and blocked) both the front pieces and the back pieces. I also finished the first sleeve tonight (this picture was taken yesterday):
I’m chronicling step by step progress of this sweater on its Ravelry page.
I find few advantages of being up and on the road at sunrise, but I do enjoy seeing things like Pikes Peak just after sunrise:
This week’s feast:
When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?
From what I remember, I tended to gravitate toward the bright pinks, purples and greens. I do remember a fondness for magenta, but that’s just because I thought the word looked cool.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?
I lived through this a few months ago and the answer is 1. My job moved and I chose not to move with it.
Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?
Silly questions. Next!
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?
I’m sure I have, but I can’t remember a specific item. I don’t think it’s bad to re-gift (as long as you use some sense about it). I would rather have someone re-gift something I gave to them than have them never use it or to throw it out.
Name something you need from the store.
Yarn. Oh, I guess that’s not a need. I don’t need anything because I just went to the store.
I was awake for the sunrise this morning:
The Iris socks should be finished soon:
Pikes Peak came out from behind the clouds long enough for me to take my Saturday Sky picture:
Friday’s sunrise was pretty spectacular, too:
At First Blush is coming along:
Tonight I visited with an old friend:
The Green Eggs and Ham Socks!
Parker helped me with the photo shoot and he kept trying to bat the camera:
It’s been an interesting day.
Today started early, before sunrise, when my allergies kicked in and I started sneezing and couldn’t stop. I dragged my carcass out of bed, bitching and whining the whole time (I am not a morning person, especially on the weekend).
The only good thing about being up this early is my picture for Saturday Sky:
I made a bit of progress on the Minty Fresh Blanket today:
Sadly, I will be frogging this blanket again tomorrow. Earlier today I had my count off and that caused the pattern to be off. I frogged back about six rows, put in a lifeline and continued knitting. You can see the lifeline in this picture.
I thought that was enough, but it’s obvious that it’s not. I’m going to frog back a bit more (ten, maybe fifteen rows) and hopefully that will be far enough.
Also in the above picture you can see my new stitch markers. These were made for me by Mr. Blogless MJ. I couldn’t get a good photograph of them and that’s a shame: they are very cool looking!
Speaking of MJ, do you like this shawl and/or this yarn?
MJ is giving it away. Really. If you’re interested, stop by and let her know.
Time for Saturday Sky:
This morning at Knit Group, Felicia helped me figure out where I went wrong with the Minty Fresh blanket. It turns out: I was thinking too much, instead of just following the pattern. Thank you, Felicia! I made some progress on it today:
Driving to work yesterday morning, the sunrise was so spectacular that I had to pull over to watch it (and take pictures!):
I’ll end for today with, what else, The Three Stooges: