WHITE CHRISTMAS

I remember loving to have snow on Christmas day as a child. Also, I remember that it snowed almost every year on Christmas Day. However, looking back at the historical data, they “claim” that it only happens here about one out of every ten years. Someone’s memory is wrong and I would like to think it is theirs!

This year didn’t disappoint though. We had about 2.5″ – 3″ of snow last night that laid on everything. It had started out as rain and then the temperatures dropped, so there was a coating of ice underneath. That made driving treacherous this morning, so mom and I didn’t get to go to the family gathering at my niece’s as planned. We’ll just have to go to each separate household at a later date. I was able to walk to mom’s and spend some time with her, eating a sandwich and working on a jigsaw puzzle for a while.

As you know, Tippy loves the snow. Even though the temperature was 18°F, I wrapped up good and took her for a walk into the neighbor’s field. Now that is love! 😉

I thought you might enjoy a few pictures. It was gorgeous. As always, the pictures don’t do it justice.

Look how pretty, mom.

I love the reflections in the neighbor’s pond when it snows.

The pond near my house
The pond from a different angle

Tip of the day: If you have on a coat with a hood, but don’t have the hood on, and you walk under snow covered tree branches, DO NOT put your hood on when the wind starts blowing.

FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON

We received the first snow of the season yesterday. I knew it was coming, but wasn’t really ready for it, as it has been so warm here lately. Well, that’s not totally true. I’m always up for snow, but wasn’t ready for the temperatures to be so cold. It didn’t get above freezing all day.

Fortunately, the snow only laid on elevated surfaces so the roads were clear. That was important because my dad had an early appointment at the VA hospital and I had an appointment to get my CT scan at 11:30. It was dark when we left out at 6:45, so I had to leave Tippy inside. Due to some circumstances beyond our control, I had to reschedule my appointment to 12:45, which meant we would be gone longer than I had anticipated. I didn’t get home until a little after 3:00. I hate leaving Tippy inside that long, but she did great.

If you have been following this blog, you probably remember that snow is Tippy’s favorite thing. It was still really cold, but I felt bad that she had been cooped up in the house all day, so I bundled up and took her for a walk back in the neighbor’s field. Sometimes, I will do a mile loop and sometimes half of that. I thought it was funny that at the potential turn around point, she turned to look at me as if to ask if we were going on or turning around.

Are you coming?

The snow was really pretty on the trees and she enjoyed sniffing at places where I imagine a rabbit or some other critter had found shelter for the night.

Humm. I think something was sitting here.

I love to take snowy close up pictures. I think it is interesting how the trees hold onto the snow. The little pine cones in this one were a bonus.

You would think that Tippy would have been at least a little tired when we got back, but instead she went into her wild crazy dog mode. She started with gabbing a big stick out of wood pile and running around and around and up and down with it. I think she was wanting me to chase her, but that wasn’t going to happen. When she tired of that, she decided that pulling up mouthfuls of my periwinkle would be a fun thing to do. After I yelled at her convinced her to stop that, she found an old plastic flower pot that was sitting in the middle of the periwinkle, pulled it out, and proceeded to rip it to shreds. She threw the bottom portion up in the air and chased it. That part was actually pretty comical to watch. Then she ran around and around in circles. When she acted like she wanted to come in, instead of letting me dry her feet, she decided the towel was a tug of war toy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of pictures because the phone kept turning off. It still had 30% battery, so I’m thinking it was just too cold. Here are a few that I did get. The first one is the calm before the storm. LOL

I don’t know if it was the snow, or being cooped up all day, or a combination of the two, but she was truly a wild crazy dog. She did get on my nerves a bit, but I couldn’t stay mad at her long. I mean, who could be upset with this face.

What do you mean when you say I’m a crazy dog?

FLORAL FRIDAY

On one of our walks last week, Tippy and I found this late blooming daisy providing some much needed nectar for a bee. I felt it was sort of like a midnight snack for the bee, since all the flowers will soon be gone.

IS THAT COMFORTABLE?

A blog post I saw the other day, sorry can’t recall which one it was, showed a picture of their dog sleeping on it’s back. I commented that I had seen Tippy lay that way, but never sleep. Well, I looked in the bedroom this morning and saw this:

Ahhhh! Let sleeping dogs lie.

I guess I was wrong. 🙂

HELPING ME REST

I’ve been away for a while. No real reason. Just life in general. I keep thinking that I will post more, as Tippy always seems to be doing something you might be interested in, but then time gets away from me and it just doesn’t get done. I am in awe of all of you that manage to blog every day.

Anyway, I do have some news that I wanted to share. I have had an aortic root aneurysm for three years. The doctors were watching it, and it was stable – not growing. My last CT scan showed that it has grown to the point that it will require surgical repair. In preparation for the surgery, I had to have a heart catheterization last Monday. They said my heart was strong and no blockages, so surgery can be scheduled. They have not set the date yet.

I have been following doctor’s orders and resting, no heavy lifting, etc. Tippy is a great help at that.

I like this show mom. Can we skip the commercials though?

For now, I am just waiting and trying to get some things done in preparation for being laid up for a couple of months. I have made arrangements for my dog behaviorist to keep Tippy while I am in the hospital and for at least a week after I get out. I will really miss her, but feel it is the best for both of us.

I will try, once again, to share more. They do say that you only fail when you quit trying. So, I’m not a blogging failure, yet. 😉

PLAY DATE

Our neighbors decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip to see their elderly relatives.  They asked me if I would be willing to come to their house a few times and let their new puppy out to go to the bathroom and feed her while they were gone.  I told them I would rather bring her home and keep her until they got back.  They were fine with that, but a little bit afraid that the two dogs would not get along.  I assured them that Tippy loves puppies and is really good with them.  So, they agreed.

I brought her home with her crate, food, toys, blanket, etc.  As I was unloading the car, they called and, unfortunately, their little girl started feeling sick and had a high fever.  So, the trip was cancelled.  I asked to keep her for about an hour for a play date so that she and Tippy could get used to each other, in case they needed me to keep her in the future.

Her name is Esther Pearl.  She is a Labrador/Husky mix.

Esther Pearl
Esther Pearl

The initial meeting was while Tippy was tied out, just in case. They were fine, as I knew they would be, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  Then we went on a walk into another neighbor’s pasture field.  They did great.  Tippy basically did her thing, but would stop and wait for us to catch up.  Esther just walked along on leash, not pulling at all.  I think she really enjoyed it.

When we got back, Tippy got a drink from the spigot and I gave Esther water in her bowl.  It was then they decided to greet each other, face to face, or should I say nose to nose.

nose to nose
Pleased to meet you.

We came inside to rest.  I had to laugh at the way they laid down at first.  Then, they took turns going over to each other, giving a play bow, and letting out a playful bark.  They never quite got to the point of actually playing together, but I felt it was a good start.

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I like you, but not sure how close I want to be yet.

Esther loved to get a drink out of Tippy’s inside bowl.  She’d take a couple of sips, explore, and then go back for a little more.  I guess because it was something new.  She decided her favorite place to go was on the bottom shelf of the end table in the above picture.  Needless to say, the pictures had to be moved.  LOL

She spent a lot of time laying under the chair I was sitting in.  Tippy was just a tiny bit jealous, I think, because when Esther would lay down there, she would come over and nudge my hand to be petted.

under chair
This looks like a nice, safe place to rest.

I think it was a great first meeting and hope we will do more play dates in the near future.  It will be good for both of them.

 

 

 

IT WAS A FROGGY WEEK

This week has been pretty much run of the mill.  It rained a few days, so a lot of Tippy’s time was spent napping.  We did take off the trash and drove over to drop some stuff off at the Post Office.  She always enjoys a ride, no matter where to or how far we go.

We were able to take a few walks into the neighbor’s pasture.  The most interesting wildlife we found was this little frog.  It’s a Northern Cricket Frog, so named because of the noise it makes.  They are apparently fairly abundant, but I had never seen one before.  Had it not jumped in front of me, I would have missed this one.   In the “far away” picture he is at about 2 o’clock from the buttercup.  Do you see it?  It has great camouflage.

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We’re almost sure that Tippy has some Australian Shepherd in her, so she likes to herd.  I am always concerned when we go into the pasture and see the cows.  She will usually take a run toward them, growl, and move on.  I think she does it just to get a rise out of me.  The cows know she is harmless, so will usually just stand there and look at her.

The last couple of times we have seen them she just walks right on by like they aren’t there.

cow
May I help you?

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Cows? What cows? I don’t see any cows?

It has been hot out, when it’s not raining.  Tippy and I aren’t ready for it to be humid and over 80°F.  After our walk today, she plopped down in her favorite spot to cool off…the kitchen tile.  I was tempted to join her.

Tippy cooling 2
It was hot out there mom!

We hope you make interesting discoveries and have fun adventures in the week to come.

 

 

TURNING SEVEN

This week Tippy turned seven.  At least we think she did.  Since she is a rescue and was found in a ditch with her sister, the exact birth date isn’t known.  My veterinarian estimated May 13th, so that is the day we celebrate.

It’s hard to believe that she is seven already! On the one hand, it doesn’t feel like I have had her very long. On the other, I feel like I’ve always had her.  She still has the energy of a puppy, with the maturity that comes with adulthood.  Well, sometimes she forgets how to adult and just runs around, getting clumps of the lawn in her mouth, and ignoring me when I try to get her to stop. I think we all need to have those days when we throw caution to the wind.

It’s been a good birthday week for her.  I have been home most of the week, so we took plenty of walks/runs back in the pasture field.  On one walk to get the mail, we found this little guy on the side of the driveway.  Do you see him in the first picture?  He was very well camouflaged.

Then, this guy was sunning on the fence post when I closed the gate one night.  I was just glad he was practicing social distancing and didn’t jump on me for a hug or something.  He was just curious as to what I was doing.  He had zero fear.

We also had a birthday picture shoot in the daisy patch where my garden once was.  I noticed some daises out there a couple of years ago that I let go to seed.  Did the same thing the next year and this is the result.  They are my mom’s favorite flower.  I was amazed at how many there are.  The patch is just beautiful.  Pictures don’t do it justice.

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Yes. This is my domain. Any questions?

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I love these flowers. I hear they are my grandma’s favorites.

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Did you see that mom?

I saw a rabbit take off right after I snapped this last picture.  Normally, Tippy would give chase, so I was really surprised when she just started sniffing around.  I got closer to her to try to get another picture when I heard it.  A little squeak.  Yep. She had found the rabbit’s nest and had the baby in her mouth.  It was too late, so I left and let nature take it’s course.  I hate it when she does that, but I know it is instinct and it’s not like the rabbits are in any danger of becoming extinct any time soon.  There are sooooo many around here.

She did get presents for her birthday.   First, I sang Happy Birthday.  I’m not sure what she thinks of my singing abilities.  She just knew something was different and she was going to get a treat when I was done.

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Why does your voice sound so funny?

I got her a puppy cupcake and a new duck squeaky toy.  I’m pretty sure the cupcake was a hit.  What do you think?

First we practiced patience.

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Come on mom! Let me have it already.

She had a hard time getting that first bite.  It kept rolling away from her.

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This is going to be so good.

She made a mess, but cleaned up every last bit.

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Good to the last crumb.

She is really not a big fan of toys, but seems to like this one.  She just couldn’t find the squeaker.

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Why can’t I make it squeak like you did?

We had a great week and are looking forward to many more together.

We hope you are all staying safe and have a great week full of fun adventures to share with those you love.

 

WALKING ADVENTURE

Today’s walk back in the cow pasture was a little bit more exciting than most.  As we started out, Tippy stopped, gave a serious look, ears back, and took off running as fast as she could.  I was expecting to see the usual squirrel, rabbit, turkey, or deer.  Nope.  It was a racoon!  Not sure why it was out at 3:00 in the afternoon.  It didn’t look or act sick, so maybe it knew a storm was brewing for the night and it needed to get something to eat before it hit.  Here is a stock picture of a racoon, in case they aren’t indigenous in your part of the world.

Raccoon feeding on food provided caretakers at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.
I think they are sort of cute.

Fortunately, trees were nearby and it managed to outrun Tippy to the nearest one and scurry up.

Do you see it?  It was well camouflaged.

racoon in tree
Shew. I’m glad dogs can’t climb trees!

 

I’ll help you out in case you can’t.

Racoon in the tree
There it is.

Tippy did eventually leave it alone and followed me on back into the hills.  It was long gone by the time we got back.

We also found interesting insects and spiders on some daisies.  The spiders are the Goldenrod Spider which feed on insects that land on the flowers.  They are very well camouflaged too.

To top it off, Tippy either ran through the edge of the pond looking for the racoon, or just waded in to get a drink, but she was pretty nasty from the belly down when we got home.  After getting a drink, she got rinsed off before being allowed in the house.

muddy paws waiting for a drink
Muddy paws? I don’t see any muddy paws?

After that adventure, what was there to do except take a nap on the cool kitchen tile.

cooling it in the kitchen
Awww. That feels soooo goooood!

Did you have any exciting adventures today?