Wonderful Wednesday Personal Blog
Our winter is likely, ok, mostly over. It's mid-March, and unless something unexpected shows up (and we never say never), our two weeks of spring are here.
But before I start gardening, I thought I'd mention the corgis liked the snow almost as much as Freki did.
The snow was belly-deep, but they hardly noticed. And with Dixie's heavy coat, she was snuggly warm.
Good-bye, winter! Thanks for the memories!
No, we don't live in Florida, but while the Northeast endures more snow than anyone can remember, and the temperatures that go along with it, we are experiencing 70 degree weather.
I admit this is a bit unusual for us, but we will likely get snow and ice- in lesser amounts than in the NE- in February. That seems to be the pattern here.
But, in the meantime, Ben and Freki needed the swimming pool filled. After just a few rounds of 'chase ball', Freki was panting and even Ben gave the empty pool a longing look. Since the hose fell prey to Freki-boredom a few weeks ago (it was terribly old, patched in many places, and too stiff to coil, so it languished in the yard. Freki chewed it in half), I just filled the pool directly from the spout, which Ben likes, though Freki eyed the water stream with suspicion and decided to wait until it stopped
Ah, Freki doesn't fit in the pool as well as Ben does. She has grown so much! I suppose I will be looking for a larger pool this summer.
The game is to chase the ball, then run it through the pool before bringing it back to be tossed or kicked again. Sometimes she just runs through the pool, sometimes she drops it in the water and pretends to be a seal, chasing it around with her nose as it bobs on the surface.
I don't know why. I didn't create this game. But I am glad Ben chose not to do the same with the stuffed bear he prefers playing with!
It looks like we are back to normal at our house after the holidays. Or, as normal as two corgis and a German Shepherd can possibly be.
The tree survived, but only because it never made it out of its box. I think we will put up a real tree next year. Hopefully, Freki will be mature enough to not pull it over- just for fun. I found her pulling limbs off a small shrub in the backyard today, though. So, no promises for next year..
We had a great Christmas. Our Christmas Eve dinner was a success with the family- green chile stew, sweet potato cornbread (a huge hit), home-made salsa with chips and flan for dessert. Yummy!
The Christmas Day menu went to the other side of the family with smoked turkey and a prime rib roast. We had plenty of people to eat it all, with just enough left for a turkey sandwich or two.
Will all the bustle, the dogs were home alone more than I'd like, but they got new toys and seemed fine with the temporary change in their schedule.
If Santa was a bit late arriving at your house, well, it's possible he and his elves were delayed here a bit.
Happy New Year!!
From our dog-crazy house to yours!
(An aside: I forgot to post Ben's blog last week. Don't tell him. We were, as he says, very busy.)
Mom is busy, so I said I'd post on the dog blog today. Also, I am the only one who agreed to wear the silly elf hat long enough to get a picture.
It's my hat, anyway. Two years ago, mom told me it was my job to watch the house. At Christmas, that means to be on the lookout for funny-looking little men with funny hats and pointy ears.
That's where I got the hat. It is my prize for a job well-done. I'd rather have a new couch pillow, but, hey--I was just doing my job.
It started like this . . .
Here I am, guarding the gate. It's a little bit fancied up, but mom does this every year, and it lets me know it is time to watch for elves and a jolly, round man with a red coat and a beard.
Apparently, the big guy, whom they call 'Santa', has been here before, and they added his head to a wreath and hung it on another gate. Perhaps it is meant as a warning, and maybe the elves were here looking for him, but I was watching and nothing slips past me.
OK, if I'm napping on the couch, I'm obviously not working. But even asleep, I will still beat anyone to the door if squirrels invade the yard.
Did I mention I want a new pillow for the couch this year?
I think Freki wants more toys. She has plenty, but ate the noses off two bears and a pony last week.
Dixie wants chew toys. She is easy to entertain. Just give her a quiet spot and a bone, and she is happy. Oh, and she likes tummy rubs, too.
So, here I am, master of the yard, elf-frightener and new owner of the elf-hat. Santa looks a bit perturbed, though still jolly, and maybe I'll get that new pillow after all.
This is potentially a very short post. We don't have any Christmas decorations up.
But that isn't really the end, and Freki isn't the entire cause of our lack of holiday jingle. We have been tossing about ideas on where to put the tree (behind bars? in a cage? on the roof?) for a couple of weeks, but Freki has developed a great love of pulling limbs off the pine trees in the yard, and it has been pretty clear a tree in the house would delight her. Us, not so much.
I have put a Christmas tree in a playpen in years past when there was a very young toddler in the house, mostly to keep the child from pulling the tree over on himself, but I doubt it would deter Freki, and the playpen is long gone.
And how to explain the lovely round balls on the tree won't bounce like the tennis balls, and they are fragile and not good on the inside of a puppy? With some misgivings, I pulled the love seat away from the window, blocked either side of the open area, and put the tree- still in its box- behind it to acclimate Freki to its presence. And then we bought a house.
So, in all the ensuing muddle, we have no tree. There is no nativity on the table or lights on the eaves. It will wait until we are moved into our new house. There is wrapping paper scattered about, holiday songs in the air, and cookies in the oven. My family is happy and healthy, and we have a new grandbaby to spoil this year.
And Ben is guarding the house against elves...
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