Saturday, January 5, 2008

Spring (Oh How I Wish) Thaw

Well, maybe it's not THE Spring Thaw, but it's better than no thaw at all. Our gutters have been dripping all day, which is a good sign that some of our ice dams are beginning to thaw. Sure hope it stays warm enough to melt most of them before it gets cold again!

We sure took advantage of the warmer weather. I started off the day with a visit to my honorary nephew (4 mos. yesterday). They have a new pet supply store near them, so we took the baby for a walk up there. (I had been informed via cell phone that we were OUT OF DOG TREATS! A travesty! Hence...) The store, Nutzy Mutz & Crazy Catz, is run by a woman who recently rescued a live chicken from a Wisconsin landfill. (See the original Capital Times story here. As an aside, the chicken, named Consuela May, was treated by one of our favorite veterinarians, who now focuses on Chinese veterinary medicine. You can visit her online here. I recommend her highly, especially for canine acupuncture, which we have used for Wooster.). The shop sells only super-premium dog and cat food, along with high quality dog and cat toys and treats, and an amazing selection of fun collars and leashes. Very nice. And I was able to acquire the necessary bribes-- I mean, treats-- for the boys.

After that, we took a long overdue (due to inclement-- read, COLD-- weather) trip to the dog park. We've all been going stir-crazy in the house. The Clumbers love the cooler weather, even though I'm longing for sunshine and 80-degree days. They frolicked around, sniffing, meeting other dogs and even-- gasp!-- playing with each other. What a joy to watch their antics-- being unable to live in the moment is a common human failing that is completely unknown to dogs. They had a great time, and therefore, so did we. We're all a little worn out! The dogs are resting now. Despite the warm-up, a hot bowl of chili sounds like a grand idea; I think we'll stay in for dinner.

Looking forward to another dog park visit tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy 2008!

2007 ended on a high note, or several. First, we finished Watson's championship (see my last post). Major kudos to Watson!

Although we were busy in December, we managed to take the last several days of the year off, to be with family in Michigan and generally recharge our batteries. Mission accomplished! I can't believe we're back to work tomorrow, but even if the next couple of days are busy, it'll be a short week. Can't complain about that.

We had friends here for the New Year's Celebration. Thanks, David & Craig, for making the drive again this year. We had a fairly low-key evening, with dinner at home, then a brief trip out to the bar for the countdown.

Typical Clumbers, Wooster and Watson rang in the New Year, most likely, by sleeping through it. But they were glad to see us when we returned from our celebration. As always, Wooster did his best to look hungry, even though he had eaten just before we left. Good try, Woo!

I kept pretty busy throughout 2007, and I'm looking keeping up many of the same activities, and also looking forward to learning new things in 2008. I've been enjoying re-connecting with classmates and former colleagues this past year via LinkedIn. I'm looking forward to getting back into the ring with Watson, which should be a great learning experience, and I'll continue working with the Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation and the CSCA's legislative sub-committee. I'm also interested in getting back to my flute and using some other skills and taking on activities that I haven't done in a while. Not that these are New Year's Resolutions, by any means-- just things I'm interested in pursuing in 2008. I think it's going to be a busy year!

We are also looking forward to the CSCA's National Specialty, to be held in the Poconos this year. The setting promises to be an unusually beautiful one (this does not generally appear to be among the criteria for choosing a site), and we have enjoyed attending these events the last 5 years or so. Maybe we'll see you there...