Ooh, I have to type fast. Noah is semi-sleeping. He has been very demanding of my time these past two days. Just extra energy. Which I don’t have after working… Here’s some of the big events on our last two days of walks (two walks per day.)
A particularly good stick find (he likes them with lots of pine needles or leaves on them.)
And, a ‘new kind of stick.’ This one required some serious laying-down time (its a turkey feather, in case you can’t see it.)
In between walks, unless he is in his crate or in his yard, Noah is ALWAYS tethered to me. And yet, he still finds new vistas to explore.
Never you mind what I was doing while Noah was exploring the bathtub.
On one of our walks we went in the car to take a walk at the edge of a state park. I was kind of fascinated by this old house the last time we were there, so I brought my camera this time to take a couple of shots of it. I think I also like that it is isolated. (If a dog barks in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, is it still loud? debby says: yes, unfortunately, it is VERY loud.)
These pretty wild sweet peas were growing nearby.
Happy dog (and happy owner.) Noah LAYING DOWN in the back seat.
Last week I walked up on this ridge (that I walk up on almost every day) and was greeted by a field of beautiful yellow blossoms. It was such a surprise because I had been there the day before and there was nothing. Since then I have gone back several times at all different times of day to try to photograph them. Evidently they just bloom for a few hours every day. Isn’t that amazing? Beauty for just a few hours and no one even sees them most of the time. Like the title of a book about God that I like very much: Hidden in Plain Sight.
And finally, in spite of my complaining about Noah taking up all my time, I managed to get this quilt top pieced together. All the little hexagon thingies are hand-pieced, which takes a lot of time. But that is what I do. Even now, while I was loading all these pictures into this post (it takes forever–I think I need to re-size my pictures,) I have a little pile of diamond-shaped fabric pieces that I am hand-sewing into tumbling blocks for another quilt. The diamonds were left-over from another star quilt that I hand-pieced.
I really like this quilt. I am planning on ’embellishing’ it with a lot of buttons.
Food and exercise update: Two excellent days in a row (at home.) Today I really only ate when I was hungry and stopped when I was satisfied. Ended the day with that excellent dessert–yogurt mixed together with frozen blueberries and walnuts. It makes it into soft-serve frozen yogurt almost. And the day I worked, I take a little more food than I usually would, more than I need to eat to try to keep from eating the breakroom junk. It seems to be working pretty good. Eating a bit too much, but at least its healthy food. And exercise. Well, you know all about the walks. But there’s been a bit more running this week (yay) and I am still getting in 3 days a week at the gym. I am still really challenging myself to increase the weights, and I do tabata intervals or pyramids and/or super sets to make it a bit more cardio. Yes, I am sweating lightly.
Well, stick with me folks. I have a lot more informative and interesting stuff in my head. But somehow, in my doggy-sitting duties, it is difficult to organize my thoughts enough to get it down on ‘paper.’
And now, I’m off to bed. At 8:30pm. Yay! I am really going to try to make a concerted effort to get to bed earlier on work nights, as I have been having trouble getting very sleepy on the drives home.