Snow Day Fun…

Our first real snow of the season was on Saturday, December 4th.  I took the pups out back to play in the snow and below is a brief account of our escapades.

Are we gonna go play ma?

Yeah! Are we?

We’re ready!

After I took their leashes off once in the field… Zoom!!

Tasha going for the dance away move.

Then coming back in for the bite.

Flying in for the attack…

Dance away move again….

Stalemate as they both stick their tongues out at each other.

Then Tasha did some zoomies and I got Flying Tasha!

Snowy Kota. I really like this pic.

Sent them into the tunnel to get pics of them coming out.

Ok we’re ready to go inside now, it’s cold.

Overall a very fun time spent in the snow.

Then later, I get this from Kota. 🙁

Another emotional roller coaster

I know there will be lots of these in the next couple of months, heck probably the next year! but it still doesn’t mean I like them.

What I see when Skyping with Kris

And I’m pretty sure, as I’ve said before, they cycle with my cycle.  😉 Sorry guys.   So Saturday started out ok. I talked with Kris in our usual Sat morning coffee Skype, which was nice.  After that I had planned to get some yard work done but it was raining (which we badly needed!!) so no go there.  I packed some more stuff and that is when I began crying again.  I was packing up my shoes, ya know, the nice ones that I won’t be wearing for a while.  I also dug into my closet and pulled out some boots I haven’t worn in a while and packed those. Then I found the postcard.

It was from Kim Stritmater. A high school friend of mine that passed away in 2007 from cancer.  She was so young and so bubbly that it immediately brought tears to my eyes.

So it was a downward spiral from there. After a bit of crying and almost crying I took the dogs for a walk in the drizzly rain because I *had* to get out of the house.

I also decided that I didn’t need to spend the evening alone, so I went over to my sister’s house where she was having a PartyLite party.  For those of you that don’t know, it’s like Mary Kay, or Longaberger, or Tupperware or Pampered Chef. You have a party and if people buy stuff, you get discounts on your own product. Seems like they could just discount the product and be done with all that farce, but whatever.  It was a nice time and I’m glad I went.  I knew that Steph would understand if I didn’t buy anything and for that I am grateful to her. I did end up buying a candle snuffer. It’s one of those things that you think about buying when you’re blowing out your candles but not when you’re actually out in a store.

So now I will have a candle snuffer. Let’s just hope I remember to use it.

Sunday Kris and I chatted again via Skype and then I did go out and do that yard work stuff I wanted to get done. Basically it was to cut down the blackberries that had grown through my agility fence.  It didn’t take that long and I only received a few scratches on my hands. It was cool enough to wear heavy-ish clothing and my arms and legs are happy about that.  🙂

Then I had a lesson with Alicyn and Jess.  They are both great! Jess is a BC and is so pretty and so smart and just so much fun to play with. Alicyn is a great person and is really trying to keep her dog active and to work with her on even just the basic stuff.  They will go far together.

From there it was down hill again.  I was somewhat tired, my brain didn’t want to think and I hated how I was feeling. So I watched the last of my House DVD and then watched Harry Potter, which I’ve borrowed from my boss at work.  Love those movies!

I did the same thing on Monday.  Couldn’t bring myself to even think about boxes and packing or anything.

Same on Tuesday… do you see a trend?

However today, Wednesday, I am in a much better mood and actually feel like being productive and talking to people.  Which is more of how I prefer to feel.

What got me going on Sat and Sun talking to Kris, was thinking about reserving a truck or pods with which to ship all our crap.  On one of the sites there were some tips about what to leave out and how to pack and not screw up the packing. Such as make sure you have an alarm clock. Use paper plates for the last couple of meals.  Be sure your clothes and/or immediate necessities fit into your car/van/bags.  Clean your bathrooms, defrost your fridge, etc…. That is what got me depressed.

I mean, I’m planning to pack my crap over a weekend and then leave the following weekend. That’s a whole week that I won’t have my dresser or couches or even my bed! What should I sleep on? Do I leave the bed out and then pack it at the last minute the day I’m leaving?  Will all the clothes that I need fit in my bags and then in my car with me, a friend, 2 dogs and all their stuff, plus a 40 gallon tank with Mickey in it?  Ugh! It was too much at the time.

But I’m better now.  I hope.  I’ve also emailed my sister and brother-in-law to ask them if I could potentially crash at their place for those last few days. This would solve a few problems and also let me get the house cleaned up a bit too.  I’m waiting to hear from them and I’m sure I can probably find someplace else to crash for the week as well.

It will all work out.

I hope.

I’m going to begin signing off my posts in the manner of Susan Garrett.

Today I am thankful for the loving devotion of my dogs. Without their forgiveness for my moods and their readiness to snuggle at a moments notice, I’m not sure I would have survived these few months alone.

It has begun…

This morning began great! I got up and decided to have homemade biscuits for breakfast and then was looking forward to having “coffee” with Kris afterwards.  I always look forward to our calls.

We had a nice chat about his work, about my work and about my move out there.  That is when I started to get sad.  Thinking about all the stuff still needing to be done and needing to be packed before I move, is overwhelming sometimes.   I am prepared for it and have a plan but talking about it still is overwhelming.  Then of course comes the goodbye, which is always hard.  I would rather spend the day “connected” to him like that than do any yard work or packing or whatever, but stuff has to get done.

So I started to cry a little….  and then he started to cry a little… it’s a hard thing for the both of us and I really miss him.  But good bye we said and did.

Then I cleaned up the dog pen and “mowed” up the leaves in it.  My sister and her husband have generously paid for Habitat for Humanity to come to my house tomorrow and rake the rest of my yard for me.  This is especially good and awesome because today my riding mower seized and no longer runs.  So I couldn’t even mow the leaves into smaller piles first, to then rake them up, even if I wanted to. If there are more leaves after tomorrow that fall, then I will be raking them all by hand. Not a fun proposition.

After that and doing some other tidying up, such as taking the numbers down off the fence in the agility field and then moving equipment from the small field to the big field, I took the dogs to Leonard Springs Nature Park for a walk. It was still nice out and I figure we won’t have many  more of those left this year so we took advantage of it. I’m glad we did because both pups are sound asleep right now.  🙂

Once we got back, I showered and then began packing stuff.  I started in the hallway and took down all the pictures and ribbons hanging up in the hallway, as well as some ribbons in my dressing room.  I then collected other pictures and such from around the house to fill out the box I was putting them in. Turns out Kris’ Star Wars picture won’t fit in the box, nor will the wolf picture from the living room, so those will have to find another box later. But a lot of other pictures are now packed up.  I then tackled Kris’ closet.  I cleared out the top of his closet and packed it all into a box.

After that I made dinner and now I’m blogging.  Enjoying a beer and going to watch House from Netflix.

The other thing that has begun is the transition and move of the club.  What club? The Flying Paws Agility Club.  I began the club in 2007 to try to create a group of like-minded individuals and their dogs to hang out, learn from each other and become friends.  What it became was me teaching folks and running the whole thing despite asking for help all the time.  It wasn’t until this year when I told the club I was planning to move to Oregon, that people began to step up and take over stuff.

Sure I may not have pushed hard enough to get people to help or step up. I may have made things worse for myself by always picking up the slack whenever it was needed, but I did ask for help all the time.  Frequently even.

So now there is a new president and a new group taking over the club. The equipment and fencing will be moved to storage for the winter time and I will probably never see those items again.  I am sad for that.  I will miss seeing the dogwalk and aframe in my backyard.  I will miss teaching all the wonderful people and their dogs that I have met over the years.  I will miss being active in a sport I enjoy very much.

So it has begun….

  • the move of the club away from my control
  • the packing of my life’s posessions in preparation to move across the country
  • the planning and scheduling of where, how and when I will make the trek across this great nation.

Apparently I like Griffy….

So my plan today had been to go on a hike to someplace I haven’t gone in a while. However I spent last night drinking a few too many with my sister and her husband, so I opted for the old standby, Griffy Lake.

The weather was not too hot and not too cold, just perfect weather.  It’s fall so the trees have changed colors, however it’s been very very dry, so more oranges and red-ish browns than good colors, but there were a few nice spots today.

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This was an attempt to catch Kota jumping over a log, but he’s too fast for my iPhone.
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I caught him here though.
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It was really pretty out there today.
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Getting tired…. 🙂
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Found a feather.
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Tasha looking around at the top of the ridge.
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Trail butts!!
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That may look like a beach down there, but it’s actually a part of the lake that is normally a swampy, gooey mess that stinks, but the lake level has dropped so much, that it’s dried out.
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That’s Tasha swimming down there. The part where Kota is, is where the edge of the water USED to be.
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That concrete ledge that you see in the foreground is usually under water. Tasha actually fell off of that into the deep side of the ledge, when she was about 1 year old. She learned she could swim then!!
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So dry… and apparently some part of the dam is leaking.
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The round thing with the arches over it? That’s the normal spillway.
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Of course after Tasha went swimming and Kota got his feet all mucky, they got baths when they got home. 🙂 Kota is now tuckered out asleep next to me on the couch.
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Tasha is probably asleep on my bed.

Odds and Ends

So I realize it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  Two months is kind of a long time though.

One major thing that occurred over the last couple of weeks is that my grandfather passed away. He was 92.  He lived a long life, saw a lot of things and has left a legacy in his children, grand children and great grand children..  All 50+ of them.   It was rather sudden, I mean, he was old, very thin and weak and I think we all knew it was close to his time, but he was doing ok for his age.  He had a heart attack on a Sunday evening and was gone the next morning.  Kris and Kat flew in and mom and dad drove in from IN.  Lots of cousins also flew in from the various locations and my aunt and uncle had to fly back from Italy.  He was a great man and will be sorely missed.

About a month ago now, Kota developed some lameness in his right hind leg.  At first, after a difficult workout, he would be lame for an evening but seem all better the next day. Then one Sunday, after open practice, he became lame and would not put weight on his leg.  He’d been fine after practice and I even watched him rough housing with Tasha later on.  But that evening he wouldn’t put weight on it unless he had to. He would hold it up going up and down steps. It was bad for the little guy. Worse thing was that it was still that way on Monday.  On Monday I made an appointment at the vet for him because he was still significantly lame.  The vet took xrays of his hips and rear right leg and the only thing showing up was a slight separation of his pelvis from the sacrum on the right side.  <sigh>  He has since been on no agility and no long walks restrictions.

That was the 27th of September, the day after my grandfather passed away. Kris flew in the 28th, the viewing was the 30th and the funeral was the 1st.  Kris got a stomach virus on Sunday the 3rd and flew back to Oregon the 5th and then on the 7th I headed to Pittsburgh, PA with my co-workers for our 41st annual conference.  Ugh what a whorlwind two weeks it’s been!!!

Today Kota seems much better. I still notice that when he is just standing still, he shifts more weight to his left hind leg, so I know he’s not 100% yet.  He doesn’t limp or hold his leg up anymore though. I took him and Tasha for walks at Karst Farm Park yesterday and today and so far he still seems good.

What this all boils down to is that I think I need to seriously retire the little guy from agility.  There is no reason to stress his hips and joints anymore, but this is such a sad thing for me to decide.  After him I have no more agility dogs.  Tasha has clearly told me that it’s not that much fun for her and no matter what I’ve tried, I can not transfer any value to agility for her.  She does it because I ask, not because she thinks its fun.

So I’ve decided that during Kota’s additional week of rest, that Tasha will be my running dog. We ran once around the path at Karst Farm Park today and then went back to the van for Kota for a long cool down walk.  The weather has cooled off quite a bit so leaving him in the van with windows cracked worked out just fine.

I need to seriously lose some weight.  My hips have grown in size such that two pairs of my pants from last winter do not fit well anymore.  I can’t keep growing and just buying new pants. I don’t want to carry the extra weight because it’s bad for my knees and my back.  So that is why I’m going to try to run more often. Tomorrow I intend to do the same thing, take the dogs to Karst and run first, then cool down walk with both.  I just need to quit eating all the sweets!!!!!

Today I cleaned up two coffee items from my counter to get ready to pack. The coffee grinder and the espresso machine. Once they dry out thoroughly I will pack them up for the big move. I have not used either of them in over a month, so I can survive another two months without them. Especially since it will make my counter look less cluttered for showings. I also swept out the brew side of the garage today. It needed it pretty badly.  Next weekend I figure I will need to clean up some leaves and then at some point I need to patch some holes in the walls in the house.  I’ve still got time though, so one thing at a time right?

So I mulched the front flower bed today as well and then gave Kota a bath. The poor little guy has been so itchy but it’s not fleas (I checked!) so it must be just dry skin. I used some shampoo from the vet’s office so hopefully that helps him out some. It’s been so dry here I’m not surprised that he would have dry skin and be itchy.

I took a bath after that and let me tell you that baths are so overrated in normal sized tubs.  I don’t fit well, I can’t put enough water in to cover my body and it’s just not worth it.  <sigh> If I ever get a chance to build or remodel a bathroom, I’m putting in a garden tub with jets. 😀

I have a feeling that I’m going to need a very large truck to move all our stuff.  🙁  I just can’t seem to get rid of enough stuff.