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April 18, 2008

Showing off the plant life

I do love living in Oregon. And this yard has been fun because everything is still new to me. This Spring I had crocus, and so many daffodil it looked like a hedge. Now the tulips have started coming up. I don't know what is planted so it is all a wonderful surprise.


I can't believe I just casually cut these from my front yard (under my cherry tree).



Can you believe I get to live with this and we are expecting snow tonight? But Oregon snow is pretty tame. It isn't very cold right now and it will just probably be snow as it comes down and nothing will stick.



And I planted a blueberry bush today. Fast growing with large sweet berries. Have I mentioned I love living in Oregon?


Frankie is having no problem making himself at home.



And I've been trying to get a picture of Daisy smiling. She is a grinner.



They both crawled into bed with me last night. You just don't realize how big greyhounds are until they start hogging the bed.

April 16, 2008

Insert Clever Title Here

This has been an interesting week. Some new family members have moved in...



This is Frankie and Daisy. Mom was fostering Frankie and had decided he needed to come live with me. Then his sister Daisy needed to be fostered so Mom stepped up and Frankie and Daisy just had instant recognition and bonding. They were litter mates and they are still great pals. I knew I just couldn't split them up so I went ahead and adopted both.


It is very different living with two young dogs after Sapphire and Argus. Argus is 14 and Sapphire is 12. Argus has gotten terribly crippled with arthritis this last year and the vet and I have had quite a few "quality of life" conversations. It is terrible. But we have to let them go at some point and I just hope I do it at the right point. I'm not sure Argus will be able to let me know when it is time.


Sapphire is doing much better. In fact, she is the one playing with Frankie and Daisy in the video. She wants to keep up but since she is about 10 years older than F and D, she can't quite do it.


I've wrapped up some big projects at work which hopefully means I can get my personal life back. I didn't really expect work to take over like that since I don't often let that happen. I don't believe in letting work run my life but this crept up on me.


It probably didn't hurt that this work project popped up right when I was breaking up with the man I was seeing. I knew the relationship probably wasn't going to move to the next level but I liked him and I liked hanging out with him. I'm disappointed it didn't pan out. And work was a convenient distraction.


I'll tell you a horrible irony. I can't afford to do all this work! Not having any personal time means I eat out more, don't have time to shop "smart", fall behind in paying bills, and drive everywhere when I get time rather than consolidate my trips. Plus I haven't had time to get my car tuned up which hits the gas mileage which results in bucks. Ugh.


I have so many projects on hold I'm actually kind of overwhelmed and don't even know where to begin.


Think I'll play with the dogs instead. Right after I clean up what greeted me when I came home from work today.



Damn.

April 01, 2008

There is something to be said for meditation

Everyone needs to go see what Iris found. Too too funny. And a testament to how knitting can get you through anything.