Monday, September 8, 2014

MACH2 Spur!!!!

We did it!!! My first ever double MACH dog! Hah, who would have ever thought?????? He has become so consistent and happy and it just warms my heart to thnk of how much fun he has doing this funny sport!!!! the whole MACH thing, though, is interesting. We saw someone after, a "normal" person and I bragged about his big day. she asked......OH wow!! he WON???? Well, no he just ran clean so many times that we get this big celebration, the crowd holds their breath and then cheers and I go hug the judge, then do a small victory lap to more cheering and then we get a big ribbon and a jump bat. it is tradition. glad it's over and we can just run again without that pressure. It's just all a bit silly, but hey, we celebrate milestones and, well, running that many clean runs IS a milestone and, damn it, I paid a LOT of money to get that stupid ribbon!!!!!!

He sure is cute with his giant ribbon!!!!

back to normal life. 

watching the few hummingbirds on their way south. Still have a few stragglers!!!!

watching the flowers slowly finish blooming and the gardens slowly closing their buds and soon going to sleep for the winter. ACK!!!!! Seems way too soon, but I do relish the fall air and lovely fresh sun and breezes!!!!

The flowers have been truly spectacular this year!!!! 

My first time growing cleome!!!! Thanks Kathy!!! In LOVE this ever blooming flower!!!!! Adds such bright and pretty pink to my orange dominant garden!!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OH my!!!! It has been almost a month!!!

Let me start by saying as a kid I hated August! It was too got, too busy, too much work needed to be done, too many visitors!!! Family events, weddings, parties, tourist customers to the farm stand, august could suck!!! and as an is a little bit the same. sure Maine is very,very pretty in August, but it is also very, very busy!!! family, weddings, parties, tourists and customers, not much has changed!!!!

I also feel the need to pack it all in because.......well....winter is coming. :O There is no getting around it. tonight it was dark by 8:00. Wimter is coming. I really don't even mind winter,but there is a lot I like about summer. It is just August I don't necessarily like. I feel rushed and pressured to make the most of it. In the winter I can just light the woodstove and settle in at 4:00 when it is dark! There is something just fine about that!!!!

so, what have I been doing????? holy smokes, packing it in!!!! hiking across the street has been remarkably good!!! Few bugs, plenty of cool new trails!!!! Roscoe has joined every hike and done amazing!!! The damn dog is in as good shape as he has ever been!!!!! 

He did stay home Saturday for our boat adventure to Jewel  island. that was FUN and a very special day!!!!

spur got to go and his new girlfriend Tess!!!! We had a blast hiking and swimming!!!!

My flowers have been truly spectacular this year. We even threw a big party. Most of our friends came. some were away and couldn't come. August is busy for everyone!!! some didn't come just cuz and they missed out!!!! Some didn't come because we missed them on the invite. damn it I just can't keep everyone straight any more. after 50......OK , after menopause.....the memory and organizational skills struggle. damn it!!!! do I need to start doing daily crossword puzzles??? I think maybe!
Truly spectacular year for my flowers!!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

25 years!!

Marraige is a difficult thing! But, worth all the hard work, if you like living with someone! I do, I don't want to live alone even though I very much enjoy and appreciate my alone time. I want company most of the time! That is why I am married!!!! It isn't the easiest thing in the world, though. Many people I know don't make it in marriage and , well, I can not say if that is good or bad, but one thing I know........working at a relationship helps a person learn how to relate. It just does!!!! Trying to treat a spouse like you treat your friends is thoughtful. not easy, but worth the effort because if you can be good at a Marraige you can probably be good at friendships, too. I hope, anyway.

I often feel very selfish and self absorbed. I think it is human nature, but a Marraige can't live when one person is completely self absorbed!!!! You have to share. Sharing and thinking of some one other than yourself makes for a stronger Marraige. I had to work hard these 25 years, but I am glad I did. Now to make it continue on and be happy is the key. we shall see!!! I hope it continues!!!!

some photos....a cute little hummingbird.....

My beautiful oriental lily that waslanted two years ago. WOW!!!!

The strange and smelly cleome.....

The patio lit up at night. So peaceful and inviting!!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wow, epic work weeks lately!!!!

It got me thinking if I could keep this up during the winter? I do have one dog dropping put in two weeks due to mom home with a new baby and not needing me regularly. But, still I seem to be maxed out plus extra vacation sits for kitties. Great money. Glad to be busy, but damn.........I need to catch up!!!!

In laws coming next week, so that doesn't give me much time. sigh.........

Well, at least the house will get clean next week with company coming. This week I let it go a bit. Hah, needs some attention. 

The gardens and birds and trails and water beckon, so the house chores get put on the back burner.

Yesterday was my chosen day for Spur's birthday. ACK, he is now SEVEN!!!! Damn, that went by fast!!!!

Such an awesome little guy. Always smiling that sweet smile!!!!! He has turned into the greatest little dog!!!!!

Until her does this.........

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spur's RDW

So, Spur is experimenting with going faster on his DW. That means the occasional miss. Not at trials, he may never feel confident enough to try it that fast at trials, but at home, he is trying for five strides, or six hits. However you want to define it, he is taking out two hits! He used to always do it in a 2, 3, 3, hit pattern, making some major adjustments to collect to hit. Good boy, but I probably stressed him too much about it and made him feel the need for those adjustments. Plus, my old wooden 10" wide DW probably never made him comfortable enough to run it that fast. Well, now with this new rubber 12" DW he is feeling a LOT more comfortable running it faster.

Last week's session -

This week's session -

Silvia says just keep working on it and let him work it out!!! Fun to be training it again!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer time!!!!

Lots and lots of blooming flowers right now!!!! 

The sky turned lavender one night!!!! People saw it all over New England and posted photos on facebooK!!! It was really spectacular!!!

Yesterday I spotted this injured swallowtail! it managed to fly and feed just fine!!!

The other night two HUGE young bucks were grazing in the pasture!!! 

I mean HUGE!!!! This guy was FAT!!! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

worrisome weekend!!

Shpuld have been a happy and wicked fun weekend and at times it was, but many times it was worrisome. This past weekend was the big New England USDAA Regional event at an AWESOME indoor sports arena in RI!  Always coincides with my birthday and in sort of my little gift to myself. a weekend of agility, indoor in awesome AC!!!! LOVE this facility!!! Great field turf to running, both me and Spur love it. big, busy trial with competition from all over. plus, this year with the new jump heights we lost some of our greatest competition as they moved to a different height. That means Spur's class is smaller and less competitive and he had a chance to do well, maybe even make the podium. 

well, that didn't happen because towards the end of the day Friday he started having reverse sneezes before his runs. Poor beggar. I would get him relaxed and calm and he would run his course pretty well, but next time up the same thing!!!! It had to be wearing on him. We teamed with another junior handler this year and we both had small issues in too many runs and ended up DEAD last!!!!! The dogs actually ran great, really, but little mistakes added up. Our team name..... Fluffernutter Monkey Pants!!!! A combo of our dog's nicknames!  :D

Anyway, the following day I knew he felt crappy. Thought maybe gas from inhaling too much during his reverse sneezes, but who knows. He felt crappy enough we packed up and went home!!!! SUCKED!!!!!

Then I get home and read Facebook and a friend's little papillon has been hospitalized for water intoxication!!!! WHAT???? That can kill a dog and this wee thing is only 6 pounds!!!! well, they caught it early enough, he had been playing ball and drank too much water and the owner knew the symptoms as it had happened once before to this dog. Really worrisome, but today the report is he is fine!!! Phew!!!!!

I feel like the weekend was a blur and just too much worry. Spur is so sensitive and I am just glad he fully recovered and looks great now, but I was definitely worried about him Sat. Morning. 

Plus, I had to leave my friend there who I was rooming with. she found friends to hang with, but we have so much fun together it double sucked to leave her and go home early. Oh well, there is always next year.........