neighbor of the week: ready for mardi gras

March 4, 2014 Leave a comment

You may remember this little guy (here too), who lives along the river walk to downtown. Today he’s wearing his best Mardi Gras finery.

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snow!

February 8, 2014 Leave a comment

We’ve had our biggest snow in years this week, since 2008 actually. It was 3 days of new snow every day, which I gamely swept off the side walk and porch each morning. (Not shoveled, since it snows so rarely we don’t even have a snowshovel :-)

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Here’s the garden in winter — say, wasn’t that a classic 1968 movie starring Kale Hepburn and Parsely O’Toole? (sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

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I didn’t get any pictures during that 2008 storm, but  I did back in 2007 when the puppies were younger and had more energy to go romping in the snow.

cabin on the mountain

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

With the dogs getting old, Nancy and I have to keep our vacations with them close to home and very comfy for them. So for a week at Christmas and another week for our anniversary in January, we found a rental cabin up on Mount Hood, where we could do short easy walks with the pups, and then when they were ready for a long winter’s nap we could get out for some hiking on the mountain.

Travelling in comfort — fortunately all the gear and supplies can fit in the cartop carrier.

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Lots of choices for lounging . . .

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. . . but it usually ends up like this eventually :-)

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Wood stoves are great for drying out wet hiking boots in the evening.

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Dave in his natural habitat – lost in a book.

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A misty day on the mountain.

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Crossing a cold mountain stream (the easy way) <— foreshadowing!

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A dusting of snow, a hint of coming attractions.

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Up at the snow line.

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OK where are we? Good thing I brought a map!

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Is this right side up?

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Near the Salmon River, below Huckleberry Mountain, if you must know :-)

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Uh-oh! A small river to cross but no bridge.

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How convenient! A nice set of Crossing-The-River Sticks! (get it???? :-)

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Nancy goes first.

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This story has a happy ending – dry boots on this hike!

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p.s. – I made new jigsaw puzzles from a few of these pictures.

with apologies to george santayana

January 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Updated aphorism:

Those who learn from history are condemned to the frustration of watching everyone else who didn’t learn it repeat it.

;-)

neighbor of the week: festive beaver

January 1, 2014 Leave a comment

There’s a bronze beaver statue in our neighborhood (previously seen here), sitting next to a small bay along the Willamette River trail. Today he seems to be ringing in the new year in a quite festive fashion! :-)

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another thing you don’t see every day

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Things you don’t see every day: ice on the shore of the Willamette River

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senior citizens

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

We still call Hank and Maggie “puppies”, but it’s undeniable these days that they’re really senior citizens. At over 13 years old, they’ve slowed down a lot, and gotten a lot creakier, with poorer vision too. Walks are shorter and slower, naps are a lot longer, and they need help in climbing up steps. Still, they’re basically healthy, for which we’re grateful every day.

Maggie: who’s a good girl? I am!

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Hank: nap time with my favorite toy

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To help them out in getting down to the back yard, I built a ramp with a brick landing area.

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Update: January 1, 2014 – the next “accessibility” accommodation I added: a fence to help keep them from accidentally walking off the deck. Even with the porch light, they still have some difficulty seeing at night.

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