Senior Dogs

Recently I was at a Weaver’s Convention, and there was a beautiful picture book there called “Senior Dogs Across America.” Of course, I didn’t buy it then. I came home and looked for a nice used copy on Amazon and sent for it. As I looked through it at all these wonderful senior dogs, I came across a dog in Baltimore called Cecelia. She looked very familiar. She looked like the wonderful dog of an old blog buddy of mine. I wondered about it, and if you can believe it, the next night I couldn’t sleep so I was looking at Facebook. And there was my blogger friend posting, so I wrote her a note asking if that was her Cecelia. And sure enough, it was! That was so fun!

Anyway, as I looked through the book, I realized that four out of my five dogs were senior dogs. So I set out to take some nice pictures of all of them.

Here’s Zoey. Zoey recently had an allergic reaction and scratched almost all of her hair out before I could get her to the vet. Her ear hair truly reached all the way to the ground, but I had to cut it off. It was a very sad day for me. Anyway, she is a doll. I didn’t adopt her until she was nine years old. She will be 12 in November. I hope she lives a long time. Except for her allergies, she is very healthy and spry.



And Zoey sleeping on the book!


Next in age is Miss Sophie, or The Queen, as she prefers to be called. She turned 11 years old in March. She has a lot of white hair now. And she always uses the little ramp that we built for Mr. Monk for the one step in the house.


Sophie is always right next to me when I am out in the yard.


Miss Bess is next. I know the shelter guessed at her age when I got her, and I think they underestimated how old she was. So on her birthday, I have “nine or 12 years old.” She is still very feisty, but she is the most frail. She has some stiffness in her hind legs. And her nose is very short, so we watch her diet carefully so she is never overweight. Miss Bess is not the most photogenic of dogs, but she has beautiful big eyes.


I love it when she looks at me and wags her little tail.


And then there’s the big man. I don’t know why, but I call him my Fuzzy Monkey. Anyway, Noah is quite famous. Here he is–I was trying to get him napping, but he saw me and got up to patrol the yard.


This picture is a little fuzzy, but this is where he loves to take a drink–out of my mini bird bath! So I keep it filled up every day, and fortunately, the birds still get to use it in the early evening.


This is where Noah spends 90% of his time. I highly recommend these sling beds. It is comfortable and cool for him.


Noah will be nine years old in October!

I really like having senior dogs. They are for the most part very well behaved. So loving and kind, and willing to take turns getting lap time from me.


This ‘n’ That

Lots of stuff going on around here, but its mostly fiber art related, so I write about it over on the other blog. If you want to see what I’ve been up to, you can visit over there. One of the things I am doing is going to rug hooking camp, and I decided to attempt a portrait rug of Noah. I have taken one million pictures of the Big White Dog, and still ended up liking one of my older ones best. This is from one of his many photo shoots, and I used it in conjunction with the older photo to draw the outline for the rug.


This is the first rose I bought. Only one bloom on it so far this year, and the stem was so ridiculously long (over 6 feet high, I’m not kidding) that I decided to cut it off and enjoy it inside.


Its a very pretty rose, and it has a very nice fragrance as well.


This is the JP rose I showed you earlier. It looks even prettier when it is fully opened. Its called Belinda’s Dream.


Last week, I was bemoaning the fact that my dogwood tree has not bloomed since we planted it. It was also leaning precariously to one side, so MLG tied it up to a bigger tree to straighten it up. Then he called me over to look at something. Lo and behold, there were two little blossoms at the top of the tree! Maybe next year, if I treat it just right, I’ll see some real blooms on it!


Glamour shot of Miss Zoey. Isn’t she the cutest? Its pretty fun for me to have a long haired dog to take care of again.


Last night, I got an email from Hungry Girl, with a recipe for Cherry Pie Baked Oatmeal. I thought about making it, but then decided I just wanted one serving. This morning, I used my single serve recipe, and added a handful of frozen cherries. Quite yummy!

And that’s all the news around here for now. We have all of a sudden heated up to over 90 degrees, so I am looking forward to my trip to Cambria next week, over by the coast, where the high is supposed to be 70 degrees!

One more thing! After I finished this post, I went out to water the garden (again) and saw this swallowtail landing on the marigolds! I left the water running to distract him, and went inside and got my camera, and he was still there when I got back out! These are the little surprises that I like best about gardening.


Happy New Year

Ouch. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. I’ve been dealing with an abscessed tooth for the last week. Pretty sure none of you want to read the sordid details, and I have no wish to review them in writing. Just to say, if you know someone whose tooth hurts, be kind to them. I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse pain in my life. Add on nausea (from the pain meds,) and there you’ve got a recipe for misery.

Oh, LOL, speaking of recipes 🙂 One thing that’s pretty good–a lot of my favorite foods and recipes are nice and soft! Smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese with SOFT fruit, cottage cheese with baked potato (because making mashed potatoes seemed like too much work,) pumpkin custard, and SF chocolate pudding. All came in very handy this past week.


Green smoothie made with frozen pineapple, banana cube, almond milk, romaine lettuce, and a little splenda and coconut extract!

I wrote about my quilting year in review over on the other blog. And today, to start the new year out right, J. the contractor is coming back to work on a couple of small house projects!

Anyway, Happy New Year to all! I hope to be back soon with some new recipes and garden doings and doggie adventures.

Zoey is looking forward to the new year too!

Zoey is looking forward to the new year too!




Thankful for snow!


And nature’s perfect colors.


The smell of herbs.


And ice sculptures.


Thankful for color in winter.


And a tree I grew from a seedling.


How fun to see pretty leaves littering the ground.


Thankful for a new baby to love–Zoey!


Miss Bess is thankful for her special perch next to the warm wood stove.


It was a perfect day. I wish the same for all of you.