Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Prospero Año Nuevo

We have left all of this:

For some warmer weather, so Happy New Year to everyone - see you in 2009!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hope everyone had a very MERRY Christmas and is looking forward to a wonderful New Year! Above is out Christmas photo for 2008. We receive a lot of emails wondering how we get out dogs to pose for photos in costumes. So I thought I should post the other shots of getting them ready. It's relatively easy, one important thing to note is that the two boys (Amos and Jesse) are trained. Jesse is a retired show dog and Amos is trained for Obedience. Selby on the other hand was our first and we didn't know what we were doing. So she is the only one that is difficult during photo shoots. Unless of course you have food...

Here Kirk is getting the hoods ready. Jesse is getting bored, that is him yawning. He is good for about 45 minutes. Anything after that he wants to move onto the next thing.

End result - one command: stay. I know Jesse looks sad but he is really a happy dog, he just has sad puppy eyes! Notice that Selby is missing from the picture - she is on what we call walkabout and no amount of commands will get her back. She will come on her own time. Of course if you have food and she can see it clearly she will come happily.

Enjoy your day after Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Kacey's Present

My friend Kacey finished her present! See it's not too late for you -
Great job Kacey!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Unhappy Dachshund on Ice Day

This is a picture of a very unhappy Dachshund

If he could talk: "Words cannot describe my embarrassment of being saddled with what mom calls protective dog booties. So wrong on so many levels." This coming from a dog who LOVES to dress up. This is Jesse sitting in his costume drawer

In this extreme NW weather we have been experiencing, the ice has been tearing up Jesse's paws. So I thought his booties would help him when he had to go outside. Jesse has super sensitive paws they are super soft and pink. I had these made for him and he HATES them - he wouldn't even move or look at us when we called his name.

I might be getting a corner eye look in this picture...

This is what we have been dealing with for days - the NW Arctic Freeze (news channel title)

The worst part of our weather is the layers of freezing rain that keep accumulating over the snow. They don't expect us to thaw out until Monday, late afternoon. I'm not complaining - we still have electricity. I don't have anywhere to go just yet and I am getting a lot done around the house. Hope everyone is staying warm and safe!

Monday, December 15, 2008


Who would have thought that taking care of Hummingbirds would be a full time job in the winter? With our weather dropping into the teens this week we are on full Hummingbird defrost! At first we were just trying to thaw out the feeders by bringing them inside then putting them back out when they thawed. Well the hummers just can't wait - they would sit in the back or the front chirping away and I was in a panic because I know they need this nectar to stay alive in the cold weather. So finally we rushed to the bird store and bought duplicates of the feeders I have and we swap them out every hour and a half. Tomorrow they are calling for even colder temperatures so it may be every hour.

I was able to take this picture this afternoon and what amazes me is that there are actually three of them on one feeder. The bird guy says that they are extremely territorial and we have witnessed this, so maybe these are all from the same family?

This is a male - he has a gorgeous purple head.

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Monday, December 8, 2008

For the man in your life

Be sure to have him watch this video. (Saatchi & Saatchi continues to amaze me with their work and talent.) Fortunately Kirk has never been in the doghouse in the gift giving department, but he has definitely spent time there!

This weekend was spent in total crafting mode - projects to complete for Christmas gifts was the goal. I was able to finish my version of the Family Gratitude Spinner. I am thinking of giving this to Kirk for Christmas.

Ali has done such a good job with this class and I just adapted it to fit my family needs. What I loved best about this class is that I was able to put it together in about a day because she did all the thinking for me. The part that took the longest was waiting for the paint to dry. I had the kit from Cocoa Daisy but I can see myself doing more of these with the stuff I have on hand. I also think that you can do this without the spinner and make this a 4x6 album...possibilities are endless with this project!

Cocoa Daisy is re-issuing this kit so be sure to contact Tricia for the details. You can also buy individual items at your LSS and on The supply list in the class will give you the online suggestions.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Weight Watcher Wednesday

Well I gained a pound over the Thanksgiving holiday. Not too disappointing but I thought I did pretty good on the portion control, obviously not. This Thanksgiving holiday was tough on the food control - our fun started on Monday evening before the actual holiday having a turkey dinner with friends! Then it was dinner with friends who were in town....oh and the wine - lots of wine. I guess I should be pretty happy with one pound.

Today was also my first session with my personal trainer Cory. Thought I would spring that on you! Yes, both Kirk and I  have decided to go with a personal trainer because we are lazy, period. Well, since I am so out of shape he basically went pretty easy on me - but it didn't seem that way to me. At one point I really thought I was going to pass out with all that blood rushing to my brain and the lactic acid being released into my body. I will be going two days a week for about three months and also doing workouts that he puts together on the other days. When I am physically ready I will start doing Cory's Boot Camp workout two days a week - but I think that will be awhile.

I had been researching local trainers for about two months before Kirk and I decided to go and meet with Cory. First what we liked about Cory was his personality - you definitely need to be comfortable with someone that you are going to be seeing two days a week. Second was his knowledge and education background, he just isn't certified he actually went to college to study physiology. Third he actually has a small facility that is very close to our house, I can walk there.

Yoga and WW will continue to be apart of my routine. I am anxious to now have someone that will break everything down for me into little chunks - for example he wrote in my log book: "tomorrow, Thursday, drink 1/2 gallon of water and take a 25 minute bike ride" Okay I can do that! I see him again on Friday...