Category Archives: sunset

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.


A cloudless plain blue sky is like a flowerless garden. ~Terri Guillemets

I have too many pictures for one post so today I’ll focus on the sky.

Monsoon season has arrived and that always means one thing: magical sky.

Storm clouds


Almost every day the sky manages to take my breath away.



Approaching storm


During the past month I’ve seen two of the coolest clouds I’ve ever seen in my life. This one appeared while I was walking the dogs and I felt like I was on another planet.

Cool clouds

I watched this cloud form while we were at the dog park one evening. It was jaw dropping.

Storm cloud

The next post will feature dog pictures.

Sadie and Luka

An obnoxious number of dog pictures.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog?

Let’s revisit those days.

A couple of months ago a friend gifted me with a sock blank. I broke out the Kool-Aid and created this.

Sock blank

The blank became these socks.


I love them!


Full details are on the socks’ Ravelry page.

Since I am a crazy dog lady, I took portraits of the dogs with the leftover yarn.

Sadie shared a zen moment with the yarn.

Sadie poses with yarn

Luka was supervising the photo shoot.


After Sadie serenely posed with the yarn she enjoyed one of her favorite past times: rolling around on her back. Sadly, my yard is mostly dirt so she got a bit messy.

Filthy Sadie

Sadie loves to roll in the dirt

Luka is much too dignified to engage in such behavior.


The dogs and I have gone hiking a couple of times since my last post. These hikes are the highlights of the week.

The dogs always spend the first hour or so running off their pent up energy.

Luka runs


We usually take a break or two on our way to the reservoir.

Resting on the trail

Resting on the trail

The dogs know when we turn on the trail that leads to the water and they take off running.

Sadie heads for the water

By the time I arrive they’ve already jumped in.

Sadie and Luka

Cooling off

Luka isn’t fond of the drowned rat look and always like to shake when he’s standing right next to me.

Luka shakes

Luka shakes

Every hiking trip ends the same way: with the dogs sound asleep on the way home.

Sleeping on the way home

The napping continues once we arrive home.

Luka's exhausted

Milo fears his standing in the Sleeping Olympics may be in jeopardy so he practices harder.



Finally, the smoke from the Arizona wildfire hung over this area for several days last week. It was very annoying during the day (a thick haze and smell of smoke in the air) but the sunsets were spectacular.


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.


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.


Finally, a recent sunset.


Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

What is it about getting older that makes the years fly by? I cannot believe the sun is setting on 2010.


2010 was a rather slow knitting year. Life was busy and I also had several weeks when I did not knit a stitch. I still managed to finish six pairs of socks.

My creation

My big knitting related accomplishment this year was my yarn diet. The last time I bought yarn was one year ago today. I didn’t think I’d be able to go a year without buying yarn, but I did. And, shockingly, after the first few months it wasn’t difficult. If I’m tempted by pretty yarn I just look at my stash and realize that I already own a ton of pretty yarn and don’t need more. I’m going to extend my yarn diet to 2011 and attempt to go two years without buying yarn.

Personally, my life hit rock bottom in March. That’s when I had to say a sudden goodbye to my sweet Kishka.

Kishka enjoys the fading sun

I miss that dog and her songs of woo every day.

Sadie lost her buddy, but other than that she had a good year in 2010.


She lost 10 more pounds (total of 28 lbs. lost) and has become a running wonder.


Sadie’s world was rocked a bit in April with the arrival of her little brother, Luka.

Luka boy

Sadie gets annoyed with Luka at times (he loves to play…she loves to nap…this causes conflicts), but I think she’s glad to have a partner in crime.


The summer of 2010 was the summer of adventure. For the first time since my debilitating hip/back injury I felt strong enough to hike. The dogs and I logged a lot of miles on the hiking trails.


The dogs enjoy the view

The highlight of our hiking adventures was the discovery of a place for the dogs to swim.

Sadie and Luka

I anticipate many hours spent there in the summer of 2011.

Romeo had a quiet year.


Well, it was quiet until last week. He’s accepting the (still nameless) new guy better than I anticipated.

Orange Cat

There hasn’t been any snuggling or affection, but the hissing has stopped. I’m confident they will become friends in 2011.

My life has been such a roller coaster in recent years that I no longer try to imagine where each new year will take me. I have no idea where I’m going in 2011 but I’m looking forward to the journey.

Sadie leads the way

A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied. ~ Irish Proverb

The dogs and I returned to our favorite park this weekend.   To say they were excited is an understatement.

They ran through the stream.


Luka chased Sadie up the hill.

Running up the hill

Sadie chased Luka down the hill.

Playing chase

Then they circled around and Luka chased Sadie down the hill.

Running down the hill

They ran through the woods.



Sadie explored the woods.


Luka found a tennis ball in the stream.


Something in a tree caught their attention.

Something caught their attention

Sadie kept an eye on me (I was dawdling behind).

Sadie watches me

Luka kept an eye on me, too.

Handsome boy

There was an amazing sunset here the other night. This was the view from my front door (picture is straight out of the camera…no editing or color tweaking).


Just before sunset.

My camera is on the way home from the repair shop and should arrive tomorrow. I cannot wait!

The dogs and I didn’t go on our usual weekend adventure and I didn’t take any pictures this week so today’s post is featuring one of my all time favorite pictures.

This picture was taken on February 2, 2009. I was walking the dogs at sunset. At one point I walked past a sign and the sign blocked out the bright sun. Something in my head thought “that would be a cool picture”. I walked back and snapped this picture.

33/365:  Just before sunset.

Nothing endures but change. ~ Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC)

I’m bored with my blog.

There, I said it.

I’ve been thinking it for some time now, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do to make it different. I had a plan, but it was postponed until next summer due to an injury to my foot. (Nothing serious, just enough to put those plans on hold.)

Finally, I have a plan.

I’m going to share some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken over the years. It’s so simple. I don’t know why I didn’t think about it sooner.

I only recently got into digital photography and only bought a quality camera a couple years ago. This new direction isn’t about picture quality, though. It’s about my favorite pictures.

I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. If I can face digging into the closet of my spare bedroom I’ll be able to share some ‘old fashioned’ pictures, too (taken with a film camera).

One of my favorite pictures was taken just two days ago.

I was sitting outside at sunset brushing Luka. I looked behind me and saw this in the western sky.

Western clouds at sunset

It didn’t last long, but it was spectacular…like a painting.

Glowing sunset.

Glowing Sunset

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

I’m still taking pictures! Here’s a random collection of some recent ones:

Some seriously cool sock yarn (and it’s going to stripe!):

Close up

A pink cloud at sunset:


A cool odometer reading (I warned you these pictures were random!):

Cool odometer reading

Sadie had a bath today. She was not amused:

Sadie is not amused.

Her life isn’t all misery, though. She’s been enjoying summer:


Kishka has also been enjoying the nice weather:

Kishka keeps an eye on something

She especially likes digging and then ends up with dirt on her nose:

Kishka with a dirty nose

It’s been pretty rainy here lately (well, for us, not compared to someplace like Seattle) and that has made the prairie very green and full of wildflowers:

Summer on the prairie

Green prairie