I Hope Dog Lovers Will Understand

I’ve been neglecting the blog lately and neglecting quite a lot of other things too. I don’t want to blog about sad things all the time, but unfortunately these past few months have been full of a lot of sadness for me. In the early morning hours of Monday, April 12th, our most beloved boy, Buster, passed away. He was […]

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Goodbye, again

Both of my “bully gals” are gone now.  Gabby and Pinkie — mother and daughter.  They had very different personalities, but both were wonderful, sweet dogs and loyal friends. Pinkie was born, along with her 9 brothers and sisters, in our back yard.  We hadn’t planned on breeding our dogs.  This was our first and only litter.  If we could […]

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Bittersweet

I love autumn.  I’m just beginning to realize that this is probably my favorite time of the year, when the heat of the Northern California summer is reluctantly fading away, the mornings are crisp but the afternoons are still tee shirt weather.  I can sense the change in the earth’s position to the sun; the light has a different quality […]

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For Gabby

I haven’t been here in a long, long time. There’s plenty to write about — I was especially looking forward to sharing my experiences at this year’s Ride for a Reason in early August.  I’ll get around to that eventually, but not today. What’s been most on my mind lately is the loss of one of my three dogs.  Gabby […]

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Dropped the ball (Trees Part II)

I have no excuses for failing to blog. I have plenty of stuff to write about as well as some photos to share, I just never got around to posting. I’ll admit right now that I’m hoping to take part in this year’s Tour de France KAL, so in that case I’d better start getting back into the habit of […]

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Our gang

I shot some video this past weekend with my Kodak Easyshare Z7590. I’ve had this camera for a year or so; I bought it as a temporary substitute for my malfunctioning Nikon Coolpix 7500, until I could afford to get the Nikon fixed. Now, these two cameras are both very nice, but the Kodak is not exactly comparable to the Nikon. I’m crazy about my Nikon, so I haven’t used the Kodak much since getting my Nikon fixed. Until now. I finally realized that the Kodak is awesome for shooting video — in fact, it beats the Nikon hands down in this regard, in my opinion. Sure, you can’t zoom in and out; but the video I shot outdoors last weekend had great color and crystal clear sound (the Nikon’s video picks up a lot of camera noise — very annoying). And with a big enough memory card, you can shoot a quite a bit of footage. We took our three old dogs for one of their favorite walks together.  We used to do this walk from our house, over to the bluffs, and down the dirt trail to Lake Natoma.  At this point in their lives, it’s a bit too much to ask all three of them — especially Gabby, our little short-legged Staffy — to walk all the way down there, play, and then walk all the way back. So now we drive them to the bluff and […]

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So much to knit . . .

. . . and so little time. I’m overwhelmed with all the things I want to get started on! I guess I was a bit lazy when I posted an updated photo of my Simple Knitted Bodice. I thought I should show more than just the finished sleeve, so here’s a better picture, showing all the work I’ve done thus far:   NOTE: The links below are all on Ravelry. I apologize to anyone reading who doesn’t have access. Before the Tour ended I’d already decided to knit this (Ravelry link) shawl. I’ve never knit a shawl before and I don’t really think of myself as a shawl-wearing person; but I do know that I get cold in the wintertime, even just sitting around my house. So why not knit a shawl? She calls it an Ugly Shawl, but I think it’s gorgeous. I plan to use the Berroco Foliage I showed at the end of my last post.   Even before I found that pattern, I’d been contemplating some socks. I’ve got so much pretty sock yarn I’m just dying to try out. I bought the Lang Jawoll with the intention of making the Small Capitals socks from Sensational Knitted Socks . . . but that’s been pushed back for now. I also stumbled across a couple of socks patterns while reading blogs of some of the KAL participants (I’m sorry — I didn’t take note of which blogs […]

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