Saturday, March 31, 2012

The neighbor's old barn

The past few weeks the neighbors have had a dumpster and various equipment out working on tearing down the old barn on the weekends. Then last week we had a snow storm roll through and got about 4 inches of snow, and the next time I looked ...

.. it looked like this. So I guess mother nature gave it a helping hand to lay down. They still have a lot of work to do before it's all gone. That barn is HUGE.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Everyone should read this book. It's a hundred years old, and it's available absolutely free on Project Gutenberg, and it's wonderful. Elinore Pruitt Stewart has such a wonderful knack for describing the places and people in her world, it's easy to get lost in it. It makes you long for days when folks knew their neighbors even if they lived 10 long, hard miles away. Most of all, her unflappable spirit is uplifting.

As she says:

When you think of me, you must think of me as one who is truly happy.
It is true, I want a great many things I haven't got, but I don't want
them enough to be discontented and not enjoy the many blessings that are mine.

I have my home among the blue mountains, my healthy, well-formed children,
my clean, honest husband, my kind, gentle milk cows, my garden which I make myself.
I have loads and loads of flowers which I tend myself. There are lots of chickens,
turkeys, and pigs which are my own special care. I have some slow old gentle
horses and an old wagon. I can load up the kiddies and go where I please any time.
I have the best, kindest neighbors and I have my dear absent friends.
Do you wonder I am so happy?
When I think of it all, I wonder how I can crowd all my joy into one short life.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dog Days

Seems like I only have a chance to take pictures of the dogs on the weekends, since I get home from work so late during the week. Today was a beautiful sunny day, and we got to play outside all day. Barclay was my subject today, between rounds of stickball.

I am still LOVING my 35mm f1.8 lens. I love the soft backgrounds and the sharp focus on the subject.

This is the two year anniversary of our little Alki passing away after a three year battle with cancer. I've been so lucky to have Barclay to soften the blow, and then a few months later Navi joined the party. Sometimes Navi looks so much like Alki, or does something that just seems so much like her, I take a double-take. Rest in peace, sweet little Alki, you'll always have a place in my heart.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Our Camera Club assignment this month was ‘reflections’, so I took my camera downtown on a rainy day and spent my breaks and lunchtime snapping pictures to see what I could get.


On the doorstep of the postal building, looking across the street at the Dekum. They sure don’t put details on buildings like they used to!


Inside the postal building. I was just playing with my camera, because it was my old Powershot, and I’d forgotten how to change the settings on it. I accidently snapped this picture and I liked the way the elevator looked. Going Up?


I want to go back at night and get a picture of the MAX going by that cool old building with the columns. It’s lit up at night with blue lights, and I think it would be a pretty cool picture.


Walkers in the rain. One reason I brought my PowerShot is because it’s smaller so it doesn’t attract as much attention, and it doesn’t make a big ‘ka-chunk’ noise like the DSLR, so it wasn’t attracting much attention on the street.


I had to overexpose a little to get a long enough exposure to do a panning shot and get a little blur around the bus as I followed it by hand. I like the way it turned out.


Same technique with the MAX. Pretty impressive that the PowerShot can do this!


Finally, just a shot of the sidewalk near the bus stop. I liked the reflections off the wet bricks.


Sunday, March 04, 2012

Navi and the bath


Navi had a great afternoon hunting mice in the field


She’s very concentrated when she’s hunting for mice


Digging holes, shoving her nose in them, is a dirty job. So I clean her up before she goes inside with a quick dip in the water trough


I said it was a QUICK dip!


Much better! But that’s no reason to stop playing with the hose..






Barclay has no interest in playing with the hose.






And just like magic, she is all white and clean. After a quick roll in the grass to dry off, she’s ready to come into the house again!





Mighty always looks so dignified. Lets see if we can take care of that.


By catching her in mid-yawn…


Or in the middle of a good shake!


Well, she can’t help it if she’s naturally beautiful.




Friday, March 02, 2012

Navi and Car-Sickness

Navi (our little perpetual-running machine) gets car sick. She's been having this problem since she was a puppy. I think it got to the point where she would get car sick, and then she would anticipate getting car sick, and then she would get sick because she was so nervous anticipating getting car sick.

We've tried Dramamine, and jelly beans, and having her ride in a crate, and outside of a crate, and in my lap (puked in my lap that time) and taking her for short rides (but I think I didn't give it enough time or make it short enough), and forcing her to just buck up and put up with a long ride and nothing has really done the trick. She just runs away when she thinks she's going to have to go for a ride, and when I do get her into the car she looks miserable, and drools, and eventually throws up.

So two weeks ago I started taking her for a ride every single evening after work. Just up to the mailbox and back, which is about 200 feet. The first trip I had to beg her to come in the garage, and then I had to pick her up and put her in the car. After a week of these super-short rides, she was running out to the garage, and hopping in the car when I said it was time to go for a ride!

Now we've expanded the distance, and we're going to the park entrance, or the firestation - they're both about a quarter mile. She's still a little nervous, but I'm going to keep this up until she thinks a quarter mile is just plain boring! Then we'll go a little farther. I'm going to turn her into a traveling dog yet!