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Some Ginger Sweethearts on Statehood Day
March 6, 2015, 6:43 pm
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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.

Cody Bear with all over "bed head"

Cody Bear with all over “bed head”

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.

party fruit

But they turned out well!

In attendance at the party was this lovely cowgirl, Helen.  She’s a really good dog!

party dog

And another red head, about as sleepy as Cody Bear, Tyko.

party cat

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.

horsesceneride trailride canyon

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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: 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….?

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



notes from the hike

and so it came to pass…abacus and i fancied a hike in the catalinas.

we arrived at the trail head to see this:

a harbinger of pain?  how tough was this hike going to be?

not too bad, actually!  it was hot, but i think we sort of kicked ass!  it was full sun, but we made good time.

now, i need to say, my hopes for nature viewing were low, but we were treated with views of ravens and a hunting red tail.  also, scads of funnel spiders had set up shop:

one knoll was plastered with these.  i like the funnel spiders. they’re efficient eaters…and their bodies remind me of sugar smacks!

we also had some lovely flora…whatcha got right there is the Mirabilis linearis – Narrowleaf Four O’Clock.

the climb was steep so i noticed the plant life on the way up: moving slowly and all.  on the way down, only critters caught my eye.

here is a punk ass grasshopper who i followed for a great while  he would only turn his back to me.

grasshoppers are the biggest teases in sonoran nature. they know you want to take their picture…they leave, but they stay close enough for you to follow.

how high were we?  this high:

we also saw the dainty sulfur and the claret cup hedgehog:

we were back down town by 11:15 for beers and clams at bob dobb’s!