Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

I have a really fond memory of my first Earth Day celebration. I was in college at the University of Washington. Reading the history of Earth Day, it looks like it has been around a lot longer than that, but I certainly don't remember doing anything at school for it like they do now.

Maybe I need to get a garden start today. I won't be able to plant today, so I can do my celebrating later in the week. :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saturday Chores

This weekend has brought beautiful weather to help me ease into my change of schedule. Fortunately I woke up Saturday feeling more like myself.

I got up, cut my hair, cleaned my car, and then moved Nim and myself outside for a day. I regret not getting anything to plant over the weekend, but I still had plenty of other yard chores to do.

First big task...the cleaning of the roof. This is the first year I haven't been able to do it in one session. I kind of pooped out. I will be back up there today.

View from the roof:

Then I sucked it up and at least started into the study system for the CPA exam section I plan to try - FAR. I am scared but motivated.

Finally after 3pm I took pity on Nim and brought him into the house for a nap since he couldn't settle enough to sleep in the yard. Yes, it is also curtain cleaning day as you can tell by the piles. I should clean the windows too, but I don't see it happening this weekend.

Nim was exhausted. He hasn't had a full day outdoors and fully free like that in a long time.

I have settled on a quilt pattern and hope to at least start cutting tonight. For a fleeting second I contemplated moving my quilting stuff outside, but that is way too much work and I still have the second half of the roof to work on.

Friday, April 17, 2015


I am always surprised when I am less adaptable than I thought I would be (or perhaps that I don't rebound as fast as I think I should). I thought that April 16th I would wake up energized and ready to switch directions again for awhile, but instead it has taken me the past two days to start to feel more like myself.

A picture from my commute on April 15th. Preferable to the Seattle commute and look at that beautiful sunny weather!

On the 16th I was wide awake and on the trail at 6am. I had actually been in bed before 9pm the night before I was so tired by the time I got off work. I knew I was going to have to work my other jobs on the 16th, but I wanted to get just a little hike in. We didn't go far since we need to ease back into the hiking miles, but it felt great.

Today (the 17th) was beautiful and sunny. The cats lounged and I worked in my outside office. Slowly but surely I am feeling more like myself again.

Nim kept an eye on my activities today, but generally made up for days of missed sunbathing and bird chasing. He was also tired because he had his swim lessons in the morning.

Nim swim lessons day are a favorite for Emile. He can hardly wait for Nim to come home with his still damp life-vest. I don't know what it is about the smell or whatever, but Emile is all over it.

Eventually I have to take it away when he starts biting it. He is only this enamored with it right after swimming, so there is something in the water he loves.

It is a real Friday night and I am not working this weekend. I think I might be in shock. :) Have a great weekend. I want to start getting my garden beds ready. It is amazing how many of my friends already have theirs planted. Spring is early!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tax Day

I think myself and a good chunk of the general public is probably more than happy for April 15th to be here and soon be gone.

Supposedly warmer and sunny weather is coming and I know I need it. I am sure Nim can't wait to do some sun baking.

I got online the other day and looked up "how long do plants hold the scent of dog urine?" It was an unproductive search except for this interesting theory that if you fill the hole a dog is digging with dog poo they will stop digging there.

That bizarre idea reminded me a bit of a dog training TV show in which the trainer was helping a family with a poo-eating dog train poo-eating aversion with this elaborate "flagging of the poo" system. I am laughing right now just remembering the show. There is a point in which the entire backyard was covered in flags. Money probably would have been better spent hiring someone to clean the poo in your backyard. Sometimes I think as humans we make things way more complicated than it needs to be.

I felt the same way about the hole-filled-with-poo digging deterrent system. Dogs aren't dumb. They will dig somewhere else. Not to mention I am sure there are dogs out there that wouldn't care about poo in their hole. Probably the same dogs that eat it.

Anyway, the reason I was looking up "how long do plants hold the scent of dog urine?" is because Nim is always drawn to this one clump of lilies and it is the same group that Rusty always marked. My yard is otherwise fenced off so no other dogs are in there. It got me thinking about the ghost of Rusty. Perhaps I should have searched on that.

I probably need a bit more sleep.

Have a great day!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Quiltingdoberman Instagram

Well hello April! It is so nice to be well into it. I think many times this week I have felt like there was a Leela on my head. :) Only lucky Nim gets to actually experience it.

You will notice he has his little Easter bandana on. I do love this time of year.

I always thought that if I was going to get into microblogging that Instagram would be the way to go (although I do think Rusty would have loved his own twitter account). So when my youngest sister started an Instagram account for her crayfish Killian T Jones I knew I needed my own quiltingdoberman account too for following hers. :)

Happy Easter tomorrow!

Monday, March 30, 2015

WSOTC Spring Obedience Trial 2015

Soooooo close to April 1 and Easter Sunday! I have high hopes for this week. :)

Sunday was a great dog day. My mom and I went to the WSOTC Spring Obedience Trial up in Monroe. We could only do Sunday with my current work schedule. It was the first time for Maggie (mini Aussie) to ever be in the official show ring (first time for my mom as well) and I was hoping to break Nim's "Not Qualifying" (NQ) rally obedience curse.

The venue is fun. No conformation at this show and at this point more and more I am going to obedience trials in which I know the people to hang with and the people that need space. :)

There were 3 obedience rings strung together.

And the rally ring was in a corner by itself. However across the left alley is one of the obedience rings. For some dogs, the motion of the dogs across the way is a distraction.

Nim as always found this to be some quality people watching.

I super lucked out, and my Rally Obedience run was before my Beginning Novice run. In Rally obedience you can talk like crazy. In Beginner Novice this is more traditional obedience and you need to be quiet. I was even more lucky that Nim got the same judge and the was in the same ring for both.

Unfortunately for mom and I, the run order for Rally Obedience put us one after another. I went in first, and as I was exiting the ring, mom went in second. So we couldn't video each other.

Maggie held her own, but she was going to be damned if she was going to sit in front of mom with her back to any of the riff-raff behind her. They ended up NQ'ing, but it was a solid first run with a lot of obvious demonstrations that she had been training for this.

Nim and I did end up qualifying and we have finally got our second leg! He did some beautiful work. He was swinging a bit wide to check out other distractions in the area and our most common points lost was "out of position." I was so happy with him.

Both dogs were very sedate after their first run in the ring.

What mom and I both realized is that we probably should have walked both dogs around a lot more before their Rally runs. Even for me, when I first get to those shows it takes me a while to really take everything in and I just don't feel like walking him around very much. I don't think drilling the dogs really helps, but some basic attention in the area is a good idea.

I had some down time between Rally and Beginner Novice and I did finally start to get nervous. I knew where Nim's hiccups are (as well as mine) and I wanted to be really clear in my mind my best action plan to deal with them.

Thankfully we also qualified in our Beginner Novice run! I was actually able to remember a training issue I was having and correct for it under show stress which is often hard to do.

It is with some reservation that I am posting the video of our run. I am super proud of the run, my reservation is that there is a bad handler correction in the run that not only sets a bad example, but I just don't like seeing it. That being said, it is also a great learning video and like it or not, that is my bad correction that I need to work on not repeating. What you don't hear in the video is the judge gives me a deserved verbal warning on that correction as well. Corrections don't go over well in any obedience trials and tend to get you excused.

2nd Beginner Novice Leg/WSOTC 2015

Enjoy. :)

Monday, March 23, 2015


Don't they look angelic? They had me up at 1am and again at 4:30am. Part of me wants to wake them up now for playing so much in the middle of the night. Note Emile is completely hiding. He actually has some shame.

I am actually growing something! I was given wheat grass starts from my friend over at Orchard House Farm. I am so excited to have something already started for the spring.

Shockingly my cats have not eaten it yet.

Another I am sort of excited though because I realized I have three more working Saturdays left in the tax season. :)