Posted in Environment, home, Life, Miscellaneous, Nature, Personal, tagged outdoors, pets, photography, Spring, weather on April 26, 2009|
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Spring, glorious Spring! It’s finally here and I have spent the last few days outside. I even got all the patio furniture out and had coffee on the deck this morning…it was 75 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Unheard of around here. I can’t remember ever getting to sit on the deck this early in the year. Woo hoo! I love it. I love the blue skies…
and the flowers. Ahhhhh!
Even the moss looks lush after all the winter drab…
E wanted to know why I was on my knees taking a picture at the base of the tree. I said, “E, look at all this GREEN!”
The dogs are loving the sunshine.
Now, if I could just get Ridley to stop barking at the new neighbor’s dog and cat. He spends hours just sitting and waiting for a peek at them.
The fresh air makes everyone tired.
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Posted in Dogs, Funny, Humor, Lists, Miscellaneous, Personal, tagged fall, ice, ny, slide, slip, weather on March 1, 2009|
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The weather in New York state is all but predictable. A few days ago I woke to find the thermometer reading -5 degrees. Holy shit, that’s cold even for a born and bred Northerner. Then, a few days later it’s a whopping 50 degrees. Yep, that’s right. And people wonder why I’m so cranky.
Since it had warmed up so much I figured it was about time that I took the rotting pumpkin off my front porch and threw it in the compost pile. I was finally able to make my way out the back door, across the deck (which now only has about one foot of compacted snow/ice on it as opposed to the 3 feet of snow it had on it a week ago) and out to the compost pile behind the garage. But…not without incident. You see, as I approached the steps leading down to the backyard my heel hit a piece of ice and WHHHHOOOOOSH! There I went. Sliding at full speed down the steps (which were actually more like an ice slide since I hadn’t shoveled them in months) and landing with a hard cruuunch on my ass. Ouch. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t drop the pumpkin. It was still planted firmly in my hands which meant that my ass took a terrible beating since I didn’t use my hands to break the fall. I started laughing, as I often do when I do something foolish and get hurt. Both of the dogs were outside and Gus came rushing to my side, licking my face as I laughed hysterically. I was still lying on the ground when I looked up to see this coming at me:
Yeah. Crazy. Ferocious. Dog.
Ridley gets spastic in the snow and it didn’t help that his mom was lying there laughing, holding a pumpkin. He came bounding toward me and pounced right on top of me. Barking and nipping like his Borderline Collie self. He then decided this was going to be a get-the-pumpkin game and started coming at me from all sides trying to pry the rotting pumpkin from my hands. This made me laugh even harder. And then it happened. I peed my pants. Oh, come on! Don’t tell me that if you fell on your ass into the cold, melting snow you, TOO, wouldn’t wet yourself!
By the time I got myself up and walked into the house, tears were streaming down my cheeks from laughing so hard. My child just looked at me, shook her head in disgust and in her motherly tone said, “What is wrong with you?” I didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth so I crept upstairs and hit the shower. Damn weather. Damn dogs. Damn bladder.
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The weather around here has been cuh-ray-zee lately. One moment the sun is shining, the next the sky opens up and dumps buckets on us. I don’t remember EVER noticing such amazing cloud formations in all my years. I keep wondering if I’ve just been too absorbed in my life to look up at the sky. Naw. Methinks there is some strange atmospheric phenomena taking place this summer causing such wondrous cloud formations. My enthrallment with the sky has forced me to snap nearly 200 pictures in the last week and I wanted to share some of them.
Storm coming from the east across the lake
Clouds over the pier
I narrowed it down to a few of my favorites seeing as most of you wouldn’t want to sit through scads of cloud photos. Or would you? I’m sure I’ll have more to come as I am just so enamoured and amazed with the sky as of late.
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