Thursday, December 12, 2019

Kodak's a keeper

OK. For those of you who were betting that Kodak would be living here, you can collect. I took him to the vet today.

He had no chip and except for a few general puppy maladies, he's healthy. He got his shots and on the way home, I stopped at the local hamburger place and bought him a burger to welcome him to the family.

When I let him out of the truck he ran to the gate that leads into the backyard where Ol' Hook was standing. Kodak was giddy.

Tonight, I covered a Christmas parade for the paper. It's fun watching kids watch parades.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


I let the new pup outside last night before we turned out the lights. It was raining so I put on my big coat. As I stepped onto the front stoop, it crunched. 

This morning it was white outside. The accumulation was probably less than a half-inch, but it was beautiful. It was enough to make schools open a little later to be on the safe side.

Normally, I would have taken a few pictures of the snow, but today I didn't. 

Instead of snow, I pulled a picture I shot on the river in December of last year. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Old rainy day in December

Today was an old rainy day. When I got up for a glass of water sometime around 3 a.m. I could hear the wind in the chimes. I opened the back door and looked out over the field toward the barn. The sky was cloudy, but There were light spots where the moon was trying to shine through.

Sometime after 4 a.m., the rain came so hard that it sounded like thunder on the roof. Caillou, as I've mentioned before is no fan of storms. I coaxed him into the adjoining bathroom and closed the door. With the exhaust fan running, he settles down,

Jilda is training a new yoga instructor where she works and had to be there early. I did a few chores before heading to meetings. The temperature had dropped 15 degrees since the early morning.

And it's only gotten colder all day long.

There wasn't much of a chance to shoot pictures today, so I dipped into the archives and found this picture of a bluejay eating seed from the back deck banister. It was taken 15 years ago today.

Monday, December 09, 2019


A few weeks ago we had a new visitor looking through our great room window. The legs of the table in front of the window created a framed picture of a young lab-mix puppy. 

We thought at first he was just visiting and wanted to get in on the free doggie daycare that we do for our niece's dog Lady. 

Late that evening, he heard a car drive by and he ran as if he were running home to meet a friend. 
A day or so later he came back. I posted a picture of him on social media that was shared - a bunch.

He left again. We assumed his folks fetched him. They didn't. Now he's been in our yard for the last three days.

Ol' Hook has guard duty at night so he sleeps on a doggie bed in front of the window. He was still sleeping this morning when the throw-a-way stood on his back legs with his front paws on the glass. He was peering in lovingly at Hook.

Hook woke up and saw the pup and immediately headed for the door. We let him outside and he played with his new friend for hours.

I put another post on social media today but I'm not hopeful that anyone will respond. 

I'm hoping a local rescue group will help get us a discount with the vet when we take him in midweek for an evaluation. 

If he doesn't have any terminal issues, there's a good chance Kodak will become the latest pooch in the posse. 

UPDATE ON LAST NIGHT'S POST. I went to the doc today and he thinks I got a tick bite. The bite area was a perfect bullseye by this morning. He did tests for Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and another tick-related condition. He cranked me up on antibiotics and steroids. I'll get the test results midweek.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Fingers crossed

Jilda and I were getting ready to go to the company Christmas party this afternoon. I felt something tender on my stomach.

Pulling my shirt off I saw a place on my right side. I'm pretty sure it's a spider bite. I pulled the decorations from the barn yesterday and I spent time on the ground. I'm guessing it's been warm enough for them to be active.

I have my fingers crossed that the meds I put on it will make it go away. If it's not better in the morning, I'll be having an unscheduled visit to my doc.

Meanwhile, here's a picture from December 2009.

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Exterior Illumination

Neither Jilda nor I have slowed down today. She's painting Christmas cards, and I fed the bees, cleaned out the chicken pen, and did the exterior Christmas illuminations.

We have two small trees and one large one outside. We also have a Christmas pig and a Christmas chicken. They are hard to miss if you walk up to our house.

Last year they were on the ground, but this year we put them on our thinking bench to give them a little elevation so that passing cars can see them.

We decided to do the inside tree and decorations this coming week. Stay tuned.

Friday, December 06, 2019

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Tomorrow is tree day. Usually, we got to a tree farm and buy a tree each year, but the one we planted last year didn't make it. So rather than spend more for a live tree that might not live, I'm going to dig up the tree we had a few years ago. 

It's a blue ice cypress. It was a lovely tree when we put it up the first time. It's grown a little since then so it is really pretty now.

Since Thanksgiving has passed, we've started listening to Christmas music and tomorrow we'll start decorating.

I didn't have a good picture today, so I chose one from several years ago. I took it on the day we went to get our Christmas tree. It's hard to see in the picture below, but it had started snowing when we got to the tree farm.

I hope your weekend is a good one. 

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