We’re Ba-a-ck!

I just couldn’t take it.


I would get”the look” from my girls, so I looked out and saw the street was clearing a bit. Off we went for a walk!

We walked down to Delaware Bay and my suspicion was confirmed. The rain is on the way! My scars are seldom wrong.

It’s January in Jersey.

Weather or Not

My nephew, Greg, informed me of a chance of one to three inches of snow forecasted for the Undisclosed Location on Saturday.In honor of this,I decided to do something I have never done in my life before. I actually started taking Christmas decorations down.

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The snowflake on the front of the house really isn’t in focus and the doghouse is still up, but I did start taking the ribbons down, after talking to my neighbor. Her Christmas decorations are all down, but I normally wait until after the feast day of the Three Kings to take the rest down. With the snow that is allegedly coming, I started by taking the ribbons I had up off so they didn’t get ruined. The rest, I decided, can wait until the weather clears and dries them all out.

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These clouds were coming into the area when I walked the girls this afternoon, and you could feel the chill coming in with the front.

The only good part about this? I don’t have to run to the local Philadelphia store to buy eggs, bread, milk and toilet paper…..lol.

Joining the Huddled Masses…

…getting ready for the holiday.

My nephew, Greg, is due to visit this coming Friday for the weekend.I have gotten the polar fleece sheets ready on his bed, but have also been using that room to store Christmas presents in so I guess I have to get busy wrapping.

I finished decorating the front porch,as I had a batch of green garland left and figured I’d wrap it around our wooden bench.It actually looks pretty good-all that’s missing is Santa Claus!
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Managed to get an oven stuffer roaster in the oven, but no chance of me starting my annual chocolate covered pretzels for our neighbors.Maybe it’s the couple of loads of wash I squeezed in or dog walks….

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Well, I still have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, right?

It’s So Hot…..


….that even after the morning walk, the three of us were panting.82 degrees at 9am is more than we are used to.

Gatorade has become the beverage of choice,with water a close second.The girls and I manage 4 walks a day, although Zush gets short ones-I don’t want to stress her out from the heat.Hell, I don’t want to stress me out from the heat.

Hopefully we are looking for a front to come through, and maybe we’ll get some relief! Sure, there might be a thunderstorm or two, but we’ll get through it!

Laying Low

Last night was a bad night.

I don’t know if it was change in temperature or what, but I was hurting and had trouble sleeping. I managed to get a few hours in, but it didn’t take much to have me take the day off, uh,kind of.

I have the Fit Bit Zip on, but Jim has the girls out for a walk now. We have wind gusts up to 40 m.p.h., so I am floating around the house, occasionally sitting with some ice to quiet my aches. It really is weird, as I am used to walking them, and have to admit I feel like a little withdrawal. Hopefully I can keep things together and warm my body up and get back in the swing of things tomorrow.

It’s funny when you are like me and always considered myself a winter person.I guess the law of age and averages kick in to try to convince your body that cold weather likes to be mean once in awhile.

  

Though the Weather Outside is…

…January.

The temperature when I woke up was 16 degrees.If that doesn’t scream January in the East, well, I don’t know what does.

The girls and I went out, albeit a little later than normal, but I layered up,and the wind wasn’t too bad.

Now I have to bundle up again for the last walk of the night.I am hoping the winds are kind.

  

Good Morning

I have hope in my heart that today will be a good day.

I had stayed up a little last night to watch the Supermoon, and to try to take some artful snaps. That, in itself was quite difficult, since I only have an iPhone 6 for a camera.Back in the day I owned a Pentax K1000 and took fabulous shots on that. 

 
That was the start from our back yard. Unfortunately the Ferry beckoned me in for a 7-3 shift today,so it was not long after that I had to hit the sack. I did manage to catch the eclipse and the red moon, which was neat.

What was even neater was our morning walk this morning.This is what we were treated to as we got down on the front porch. 

 
The girls and I started on our way and went down to see the bay.

  
  
Thanks to me not dragging along, the three amigas caught some awesome sights along the bay,to the point when we came back & I showed Jim the pictures, he asked where the moon went. I told him the morning walk was prime time while it was dark out.

   
 
So I am leaving you, gentle reader,with two of my night/morning after Supermoon shots. I hope you enjoy them.

Devil Dog not made by Drake’s

Kasia

 

Here is my “devil dog”, and I don’t mean the one from Drake’s cakes…this is my Kasia.

Kasia is a golden retriever/collie/chow mix. She’s a little over two years old and has been a member of our family since February 2010. It has been incredible to see her as she matures. Somehow, still the puppy in her remains, but she is accompanying her sister Zosia as one of our two humans in fur suits. When she wants your attention, she stands on her back two legs and taps you on the shoulder with her paw. Yet, for such a sweet girl, she still is pretty skittish around little children-they scare her a little yet. She has the job, or, rather, the chow in her has the job of being our alarm dog.We never had a barking girl-Zush was pretty much a devil-may-care type of gal. Once her sister came around, now we have barking in stereo.She will bark to keep you away from the house, but if you come up to her, she’ll wrap all around whoever has her leash, trying to get away from strangers. I get angry with her because she definitely wants to be the “a” dog, but that is the Zush girl’s title.When I try to get her out to go for a walk, she gets so excited that she’ll literally jump over Zush and try to push her quicker to the gate.

She has her own mind, our Kasia girl. She definitely takes her time to get comfortable with you.Once she does, though, she’s definitely yours for keeps. we are so glad she’d part of the family.

 

 

 

OUCH…..

Yes, OUCH!

I was walking the dogs on Saturday morning, and twisted my right ankle on a horse-chestnut or whatever from a tree, and the end result sucked I fell on my right side and my shoulder hit the ground first.

You know how you “know” you are going to fall? Well, I tried to brace myself for it and as my shoulder hit the ground, I heard a “pop” and thought, uh , “Holy Chicago”….

Long story short, I am hurting big time, yes, even three days later. It was frustrating because when I fell, I couldn’t get up. Really. I COULD NOT GET UP! I was thinking that I was going to have to shimmy my butt over to a tree and try to pull myself up. Fortunately I had my cell and called Jim and he was over in a split second. I told him don’t pull me up .I didn’t want to have him get hurt. I told him just to stand there so I could pull myself up on him. Tears were in my eyes-I was so frustrated. The dogs were so good-they stayed with me and were licking my face when I first fell. It just was so scary.

So if you see me walking around kind of twisted, now you know….

Send Stolyichnaya-so if I fall I have good reason….lol