Saturday, February 27, 2010
See all that white stuff? Hateful. Even people who like it are so very sick of it this year. Have I mentioned how much I hate it? That's all I'm going to say about it.
On to more pleasant topics. Here is a shot of Cooper and Tara relaxing while I'm on the Wii.
Emma is nowhere to be found. As soon as I turn on the Wii, she takes off. For some odd reason, she doesn't like the Wii. It might have something to do with me shouting at the TV like a crazy woman every time I get knocked off of the obstacle course, or ride my bike off a cliff, or crash my plane into the side of a volcano. Who can say for sure?
Look at Cooper's back legs. They're twisted! That can't be comfortable!
This boy just cracks me up!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I hope I'm spelling his name right. It is pronounced "Oh-So" and is Spanish for "bear". I work with Oso's grandmother (and it's her birthday today - Happy Birthday Beverly!!!) and Oso's mommy and daddy brought him in for a visit.
Oso is part English and part French Mastiff, and yes, he is still a puppy. He weighs approximately 160 lbs, and is only 12 months old. He is still eating puppy chow, and won't go to "big boy food" until he is 18 months old. He is eating 120 lbs. of food a month, and will probably grow to be around 220 lbs. Let me tell you, that is one biiiiiig dog.
He's the sweetest natured dog, though, and is even a little skittish around strangers, especially men. Such a gentle giant!
In other news, it's snowing again. Yes, again. I've lost track of how many inches of snow we have had this year, but we are expecting another 12 inches or so before this storm moves out sometime tomorrow night. Have I mentioned how much I hate snow? I do. I really, really do. The only good part about it is a snow day off from work. Woo Hoo!
I got up this morning and after a nutritious breakfast of coffee and Doritos, got right on the Wii Fit. Before I knew it, an hour went by. I'm loving this new toy! It is totally kicking my butt, especially the Obstacle Course, but I'm having soooooo much fun!
Off to get some knitting done, now. There are three babies due this year, so I have two blankets in progress at the moment, with yarn for another blanket and a sweater waiting for me to get around to casting on the needles. So much to knit, so little time...
Friday, February 19, 2010
Yes, the Balance Board for the Wii Console. This thing is sooooo worth the money. I have never had so much fun in my own living room! (Sad, isn't it?) Anyway, who would think you could ride a Segway on the beach...
...run an obstacle course...
...and do tricks in a skateboard park all from the comfort of your living room!
I'd be back on the Wii right now if I wasn't so sore from last night's
If you came here looking for Dogs on Thursday, you might want to see this post from earlier this week, and here is a gratuitous shot of the babes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
From Fudge!!! How sweet is that? No pun intended!
Emma says she would be happy to be Fudge's Valentine!
She also wishes him a very Happy Birthday today! Fudgie Wudgie (that's Emma's lovey nickname for Fudge) is 5 years old today!
One question, though... if Fudge is 5, and Emma will be 9 in May...does that make her a cougar?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Love you mom! That photo was taken this past summer at Fortescue. Notice the lack of snow in that picture? I'm beginning to think we will never get rid of the hateful white stuff. We got dumped on again this week.
Terrible stuff. Absolutely horrible. I don't know how many inches we got yesterday (in addition to the blizzard from last weekend) but our total snowfall for the year has surpassed all records, and they've been keeping track of this stuff since the last Ice Age. I am so very sick of snow. Even the dogs are getting tired of it. They go out and "do their business" and come right back in.
The only good part about this snow is that Cooper has gotten in touch with his "inner artist" and delights in, ummm, decorating the snow. I call him my little Pee-caso! I was going to post some pictures of his "artwork" but one of his pee paintings looked a bit like the Virgin Mary, and I didn't want any nut-jobs flocking to the house to pay homage to a pile of snow.
Emma and Tara have been busy guarding the house from Juncos, Cardinals and Chickadees.
Emma says "Hey, do you see any songbirds in the house? No! You're welcome!!!"
Cooper is taking a break from his artwork. It's hard work...or at least dehydrating work. Oh, how he suffers for his art...
Me? I'm taking a break from the snow right now. My sister and I cleared mom and dad's driveway this morning, then our own, and then dug our cars out. Well, my car isn't exactly free of the snow yet. It just kept spinning wheels and getting deeper and deeper in the snow. I don't think it will move again until May, or maybe June. That's ok, though, because look what I got!
Yes, I treated myself with my income tax refund. I couldn't get what I really, really, really wanted with my refund, which is this:
Isn't that just the cutest little house? I love it.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Here is a shot from my cell phone. I took this yesterday afternoon while walking back from taking care of mom and dad's driveway. It's a terrible shot, but do you see the fence? No, you don't, but it's there. The snow is almost half way up the 4' fence, and this was hours before the snow was finished falling. Ugh.
This is a shot from this morning. That big lump in the center of the photo? It's my car. I don't think it's going to move from that spot until Spring.
I don't know what we would do without this beast, though:
It's a giant snow thrower, and it just eats up and spits out anything in its path. Snow? Gone. Driveway stones? Gone. We'll find those stones all over the grass after the snow melts. Next summer, while cutting the grass, those driveway stones will be sharp little missiles shot out through the lawn mower's grass chute.
There is one thing, however, that has the power to bring the mighty beast of a snow thrower to its knees. At first glance, it looks like something that was once alive....
...but after closer inspection...
...and much elbow grease...
...all is revealed. It's one of the dogs' ropey toys.
What will I be doing today? I won't be going outside anymore, that's for sure. There is a big pot of rice on the stove for making dog food, and I'll be working on this:
The long-neglected Sock Yarn Blankie that last made an appearance on the blog over a year ago. I have no illusions (or delusions?) about it being finished any time soon, but this seems like a good day to knock out a bunch of squares.
This next shot is for a friend of mine that I haven't seen in 20 years. He found me on the Internet recently through the museum's website, and has since complained that there are no pictures of me on the blog---just the occasional foot while modeling a sock. So, in addition to the photos of my arms getting that ropey toy out of the snow thrower, here I am, using the beast...
Friday, February 5, 2010
10:30 am EST, Fri., Feb. 5, 2010
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY.
A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE GULF COAST TODAY WILL PASS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST TONIGHT AND THEN CONTINUE TO THE NORTHEAST ON SATURDAY. SNOW FROM THIS SYSTEM WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTH TO NORTH THIS AFTERNOON... THEN CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF SATURDAY. SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 12 TO 18 INCHES ARE EXPECTED NEAR THE DELAWARE AND CENTRAL NEW JERSEY COAST WITH UP TO 22 INCHES POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND THE CENTRAL DELMARVA. STRENGTHENING WINDS TONIGHT AND SATURDAY WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WHICH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO UNDER ONE QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FROM YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.
I wish I was a bear so I could crawl into a fetal position and hibernate all winter long...
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Isn't he just the most beautiful boy? He is a year or two old, and was found running on a highway in northern New Jersey, narrowly avoiding getting hit by cars. Fortunately, a kind person picked him up and contacted American Brittany Rescue. Last Sunday, he hopped a ride on the brittany express to his foster home in Alexandria, Virginia.
I love doing transports, but it's never easy letting these sweet dogs go, even after just an hour or so in the car. I want to keep every one of them and take them home and love them and keep them safe and warm. My ride with sweet Maverick started out just like every other transport, but somewhere between New Jersey and Maryland, I fell head over heels in love with this boy.
He is such a lover, and I really thought we had something special. Then we got to the meeting place in Maryland where he would start the next leg of his journey, and he just tossed me out like yesterday's rubbish and went into the next driver's car. He gave the next driver kisses...KISSES! In front of me!
I feel so used...
Luckily, this bunch of hooligans was waiting for me when I got home.
Who could ask for anything more?