Filed under: animals | Tags: animals, arizona, cats, desert, dogs, happiness, horses, tucson
A typical day starts with two Border Collies staring at me expectantly and one Cody Bear pretending to be asleep. The bear does not like to hurry into his day. On this particular day, which happened to be Valentine’s Day and Arizona Statehood Day, he just decided to lay around having “bed head” all over his body and trying to look cuddly. Well done Cody Bear.
The most stressful thing I had to do all day was make chocolate covered strawberries for the my friend’s birthday party that night. Yes….as easy as they are to make I still got stressed. I am always nervous preparing food for people! I don’t want to make anyone sick.
But they turned out well!
In attendance at the party was this lovely cowgirl, Helen. She’s a really good dog!
And another red head, about as sleepy as Cody Bear, Tyko.
A good day for sure. But….the next day was one of the best days I’ve had in so long!
I went for a horseback riding lesson at the base of the Rincons. I was there about 3 hours which included a trail ride that wound through Coyote Creek. I learned so much and smiled all day. It was cool and cloudy and beautiful and …. Yeah…I just smiled and smiled.
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Sometimes (and by sometimes I mean alllll the time) friends have babies and then they pretty much disappear. It looks like that isn’t going to be the case this time with my friend April. She has always been there for me and is such a good person with a huge heart. And now she has this baby. He’s almost a year old, and also….he doesn’t cry when he sees me like most babies do!
So yesterday I took the morning off from work to get my sad car worked on. April picked me up at the mechanic and we took the bairn to the Tucson Botanical Gardens where I forced him to smell things.
It was just a good day.
I have a membership to the gardens but I rarely go in the winter months. Not much is in bloom….unless you look closely! Some tiny cacti had blossoms. Even the little living rocks! I’ve never seen them bloom before.
There were Painted Lady and Queen butterflies everywhere we looked.
Then I got dropped off at the garage with my camera bag and a $3 Swedish Ivy. The plant of my people.
Filed under: animals, border collies, food, photography | Tags: border collies, dogs, food, life, photography, tucson, vegan
I’m sorry I’ve been so out of touch. Things have been so busy. It’s amazing how adding a third dog can take away half your time. (ok…I may be exaggerating. ) This is my busy season, so I should have many things to blog about. The question is….Will I have time? I suppose the biggest news is this: Your dear friend Pickles was selected to be the cover dog for the Arizona Border Collie Rescue 2015 calendar! And I got to shoot her photo, as well as her May images, Nike the July dog, and October dogs Saxon and London! The calendar is beautiful. They did a brilliant job assembling cute dogs, talented photographers and the print quality is great. Here is my girl now, in one of the photos that didn’t make the calendar:
You can order your calendars here: http://azbordercollierescue.com/calendar_purchase_2015.asp In July Cody Bear turned 10! O….M…G….. Time is going by so fast. Pickles is 6 and Tralee is 1. Pickles and Cody Bear still love each other, but he also enjoys sitting back and watching the two Border Collies play. I love how he smiles at them. And every now and then he will join in the fun. But he is slowing down. And how is he doing with the new, high drive, loony puppy….?
He loves her. And she adores him. He is very protective of his girls and he loves having that role of protector.
In even bigger news! Some of you know I have enjoyed working on my photography portfolio for several years now. Well, I was invited by the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ to participate in their “Jeepers Creepers: BUGS in art” exhibition running from 10/3/14 to 1/25/15! I saw the exhibition last week. I drove to Scottsdale and dragged my parents to the gallery opening. We had a great night and my parents and I were SO impressed with the gallery and the diverse collection!
The i.d.e.a. Museum is geared towards inspiring creativity and education for children and they’ve done a brilliant job keeping a collection of talented artists and making it interactive and fun for kids. Please check it out, it is sooo much fun. Final October news: Goodbear has gone vegan! Today is day thirty. I had a few off days where I couldn’t avoid dairy, but for the most part it was a good thirty days and I’m going to keep at it. I will allow an occasional egg from my friends’ home chickens. I know I won’t be perfect, but I’m going to give it a shot. I decided to do it for health reasons and I could instantly see improvements in that department.
Filed under: dogs | Tags: border collies, cacti, cacuts, desert, dogs, flowers, photography, plants
My dad gave me this cactus maybe 5 or 6 years ago as a cutting. It’ hasn’t grown much or done anything. Then recently little pups have popped up and last night I saw a flower bud. I didn’t notice it earlier because it’s kind of out of the way in a non-watering area. Then this morning…..
So vibrant. So as long as I had the camera out I thought I’d show you the current state of the plants in my back yard:
Here is one of the night bloomers. Second go around this summer. Two blooms opened last night!
And I don’t know what this is. These were on sale at Home Depot so I took a chance…
And this guy….
Also known as a “mother of thousands”, this bryophyllum daigremontianum is about 48 inches tall and will have some interesting flowers later in the year.
And the Basil…
And for lunch I made a fluffy omelet with this basil, sliced grape tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. So good!
I have a few of these but this one is going crazy. He has been growing straight up all year, then last week he appeared to fall on his side. But now he has turned himself back to fast the other direction. Love him!
I don’t know what this is. A friend gave me the cuttings a month ago and he’s really doing great.
And here! a locust exoskeleton on a carrion plant!
And it’s a good thing the yard is big, because in between all these plants we need room for this:
so, i have a new blog, but it is very border collie-centric!
you can find it here: http://bordercollieproject.com/
i’ll try to start adding more stuff about cody bear to this blog. i know it’s been a while….
we’ve been busy…..
Filed under: animals, dogs, life, love, pets | Tags: animals, border collies, dogs, friends, love, mutts, pets
we’re in the new house!
pickles is fin. she loves the place. and after almost a year of horrible illness, she’s romping around like a nut!
he hates the dogs that bark on the other side of the new fence and the lack of stuff to watch out the window.
but we’re going to work him through it…..
Filed under: animals, dogs, life, pets | Tags: animals, dogs, life, pets, photography
and so cody bear and pickles have found themselves house sitting! they’re keeping their friend hannah company while her dad is out of town.
fun for pickles who has been playing with all hannah’s lovely toys, and relaxing for cody bear who is recoving from an asskicking surgery.
we end up going home for meals, as, between the two of them, there are a great amount of pill bottles involved.
hannah enjoys watching pickle play with her toys, but she’s a little older so she doesn’t join in with the romping.
tomorrow we go home. house cleaning and a photo shoot for me. relaxing and getting snuggled for them. you know….much of the same for them.
moving on to the serious news…we find out sometime after tuesday if cody bear’s tumor was cancer. i’m nervous, i won’t lie. but i will be surprised if it is bad, i mean….this is the healthiest the bear has ever been. it will be quite unfair if, after years of trying to get his health in order and achieving, we find he has cancer. that just won’t be fair. no other way to say it.
aside: the house we’re staying has a couch! we don’t have a couch. and i’m sitting on it. so posh!
my feet are on the coffee table and the baby loves are laying beneath my legs. i’ll wake them up soon…when i’ve had my fill of cable tv. oh livin’ the high life at hannah’s.