cody bear's friends

Once upon an October
October 6, 2014, 4:13 pm
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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:

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

Pickles at San Xavier Mission

You can order your calendars here: 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….?

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

Cody Bear and Tralee Bear

He loves her.  And she adores him.  He is very protective of his girls and he loves having that role of protector.

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

Cody Bear and his greying muzzle

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!

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly

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.

Goodbear goes vegan

Goodbear goes vegan


why i will never be a pro bowler….
January 30, 2011, 4:18 pm
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so here was yesterday, (an explanation of why i’m still in my jammies and why my back is tired. not sore…tired)


get to the art institute by 9 am to talk to students about dog and nature photography

go to botanical gardens to take some shots.  see this bird with a stick….

which naturally reminds me of this….

pick up abacus to go to breakfast where he orders this….

that’s the “traditional” grilled trout and eggs breakfast meal.  whose tradition IS this, exactly?

head to the cakery to hang out with mc cupcake where she was working on this….

home. two loads of laundry.  take dogs to the park for a nice long walk.

fm picks me up and we go back to the bakery to pick up a sheet cake for the music studio grand opening.

grand opening where i meet this dog….


drink a couple beers, then head home to feed the dogs and take them for a nice walk around the neighborhood.  then head to italian restaurant.

next, cyberbowling at ten.  i finish game 1 with 100.  next…70…next 61.

i won’t be going pro.

a twig in the mouth and a pepper in the roll….
January 27, 2011, 10:59 pm
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so life has been happening.  lots and lots of life.  good and bad; mostly good.

but i’m back.  i will say…there has been alot of eating, visits to the vet and frantic life happening in the last few months.

the best breakfast ever was discovered:

hash browns on green chili sauce with a chili relleno breakfast burrito.  (i could only eat half)

insects are still being found:

and while cody bear had a bit of roughness in the past year, he’s back and better than ever:

ever playful, ever loving.

and his faithful sidekick is still doing great and making us all happy:

what a sweet baby pickles!


are we ready for chooks?
April 30, 2010, 6:12 pm
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a few weeks ago i had a crazy idea.  crazy.

“i’m getting chickens.”  the notion just popped up.  i like eggs, but i don’t like eating them because chickens are treated sooo badly at the farms.  (i know this.  i’ve been to the big chicken farms.  bad)

so i knew one chicken would be enough, but i didn’t want my hen to be lonely and a couple friends were interested in chickens, so we discussed me keeping them all at my house.

well, we’ve researched it.  i even took a class on back yard chook raising.  i still want the chickens.  i just don’t know if i’m ready for the commitment.

here are the class chickens…

my number one issue:  cody bear.  i have a huge yard, but i really think cody bear will circle the coop and want to kill them.  i think the chickens will be stressed.  and i want happy chickens.  happy, stress free chickens.

but, i think he would like a farm fresh egg every now and then. 

do you have chickens?

how christmas….rolls…
December 25, 2009, 6:32 pm
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and so it was christmas day.  a brisk morning.    the dogs were really, really rough housing in the back yard at gramma’s house.  and hunting for cats.

every christmas my parents put the satellite tv to this channel:

the fire with the christmas music.

and the dogs open their presents…

and get their picture taken…

and get their pictures taken some more…

but first…..

we eat home made cinnamon buns!

next comes the turkey…which i don’t eat.

happy day all!

and everyone was invited!!!
November 27, 2009, 4:13 am
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ahhh. the holidays.

this week i was pulling into my driveway, jammed on th breaks.  the neighbor didn’t stop…she ran into me.i’m in a rental. i mitsubishi eclipse.

but thennnn….it was thanksgiving.  my friend r. invited me over. all the food was so tasty. they even made vegetarian versions of some of the dishes.

i brought a salad and…these….

i made chocolate covered strawberries!  it was really easy.  you just melt chocolate. then you dip the berries in.  sort of a lame dessert really, but people like ’em.   it was verrrry easy.

oh…and r. said the dogs could come!

r. has 2 dogs, coco the poodle and emma the schnauzer.

the dogs don’t get to go to r.’s much, but they love it there, and they LOVE coco!

all in all, a wonderful thanksgiving day!

the sandwich crab.
October 16, 2009, 3:18 am
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i’ve gone to the same sandwich shop for work lunches for a year now….about once or twice a month.

everytime i go in i am greeted by…the sandwich crab.  a young, brown haired miserable girl.  i greet her cheerily each time and with every sandwich i am met with a cold stare and a nasty “do you know what you want?” or something like that.

many times i debate:  should i call the manager and complain about how crabby this beeyotch is?

months ago i decided, “clearly she HATES my cheeriness!”  and because she deserves no better….i will keep that shit up.

this afternoon i go in for my-veggie-on-wheat-no-onions.  she looks as miserable as usual.

she takes my order.  she meets me moments later at the cash register.  i smile and hand her my debit card with a jiggle of the ponytails.

“thank you!” i say as she hands me my card.

she looks at me and says.


“have a pleasant day.”

well, that’s lame…but more than lame….it’s pretty freakin’ congenial for her.  i wonder if that’s the sweetest she can be.

nice job sandwich crab.  nice to see i’m cracking your shell.

and so the bear turned 5…
July 6, 2009, 6:54 pm
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and there was much rejoicing.

and there were orange chocolate cupcakes.


and there were fat tires.

fat tiresand there was a very happy bear.  i took him to the book store and to the liquor shop so he could get cuddled by strangers. (he loves that!) but no one would give him the time of day.  they at least gave him a cookie at the liquor shop.

then a few friends dropped by throughout the evening to rub his belly and comment on how much weight he has gained.  we all agree…he looks great.  it’s been a struggle to keep weight on him for years.

i think he had a good day.

i love my little guy.codyatnight

will the beers be cold by the time work is over?
May 29, 2009, 3:05 pm
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getting my new refrigerator today!  after having to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of food.  cody bear and pickles were devastated that theire ground beef, turkey dogs and cheese went bad.  i was devastated that the chocolate soy ice cream melted, then i dropped it and it blew up all over me.

getting brakes fixed on the ole honda tomorrow.  thank god.  trying to stop in that car when you have any speed going is a bone jarring experience.

how are the dogs, you ask?  cody bear is doing great!  pickles is acting funny, like something hurts.  but, it could just be because she’s a border collie and…she’s crazy.  she only acts that way when she is wearing her harness to walk with cody bear.  drama queens, both of them.

here she is frolicking in last week’s rain showers:

raindayupdate: the new frigidaire was supposed to be delivered while i was at work around 10am.  buzzy was going to be here.  but they just called and they’re on their way now.  so i had to call in to my boss to be late. hope he’s not mad!

traditional easter mojitos, plus…eggs of destiny
April 13, 2009, 5:23 am
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today was the first time i played easter hostess.

it was pretty cool.  i didn’t cook everything, some friends brought stuff, which made things easier.  we had a vegetarian easter meal with mojitos or prickly pear margaritas.  and a delicious and festive cake for dessert.

eggs9 people and 4 dogs in attendance.


no, the bag does not belong to the poodle…clearly.  it totally doesn’t match her collar.

earlier in the day i ran into someone i know at the petrol station. THEN i ran into a friend i hadn’t seen in a while at a red light.  i LOVE running into people i know in random places.

and the doggies and i had a great morning hike in the fresh spring air.

when all is said and done…it was one of my favorite easter days ever.

wish i didn’t have to work tomorrow…..