August 30, 2011

Fish keep flopping for a LONG time...

I've been processing fishing pics for my first Oregon post...but I'm not sure I will have time tonight to actually do the post.

I have a lovely little teaser for you to really get you excited about the amazingly awesome post that is coming. 
Prepare yourselves for the greatest fish-story of your lives. 

August 28, 2011

My hair has asked that I move to the coast...


It's true. My hair loves the ocean. My skin too. 

I mean I love the ocean too, it makes me happy. But this finicky head of hair of mine seems to really love it. I know. It's weird. Most people hate what humidity does to their hair but I love it. On the coast, my hair gets super curly, thick and soft and my skin is really soft too. I keep waiting for the ocean to work some miracles on my face and pants size...not holding my breath ;-)

Another great thing is that I feel like I can run 100 miles! But that is because I live at 6,000 feet, so sea level feels like an oxygen mask. 

I'm not saying that humidity is amazing...I've lived in Mississippi...humidity is horrible. But on the coast, in Oregon at least, it seems like there's always a nice ocean breeze, so it's nice humid not gross humid.

So. For the sake of my hair. I'm moving to the coast. 

I was hunting for a picture of my hair at the beach...turns out that I don't like having my picture taken...who knew? I found this one from two years ago. What was I smoking with those sunglasses?

Kidding on the moving. I have no plans to move...as yet. 

But the idea is definitely taking shape in the sometimes used brain sitting under my hair. 

I have a ton of great pics to share from the Oregon Coast vacation but I'm waiting to get ahold of my brother's as well. He takes great pics. Coming soon! I know you are waiting with bated breath!


August 18, 2011

Heat, puff balls and sagebrush

I decided to take bonehead on a hike yesterday instead of our customary morning bike ride. 

We headed out to the Dutch Hollow trailhead, which is a beautiful area with many trails to choose from. They also had a large sign announcing that it was bear and mountain lion country and there had been several sightings this season. I was feeling very happy to have a large dog, a gun and a phone with reception... I had also called my brother before leaving to tell him where I was going. There have been so many lost hikers this summer...I did not want to become one of them.

I chose the trail that was just under two miles long...decided to take it easy on the pup as he is still getting back into shape and losing some weight. I thought he would be fine as Levi used to hike with him in the desert all the time. 

Turns out that we need to build back up to that. 
At the top, Utah drank my entire bottle of water and then crammed himself under the very small bench, that the nice BLM people put there, for some shade. Sagebrush doesn't offer much in the shade department.

I  had to pull him out from under there to get a picture.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.  ~Milan Kundera

This is the beautiful Heber Valley. I love living here. 

And this was behind me heading up into the hills. I love sagebrush. 
Things that we grow REALLY well in the Utah high desert. Sagebrush and scrub oak. The end.

I imagine that this:

Used to look just like this:
Before they damned the river, created two reservoirs and built a town.

And I think it must of been beautiful. I like to imagine what places must of looked like to the first settlers and the natives before that. I'm weird like that. 

Utah and I then had a little heart-to-heart and I convinced him that coming with me back down the mountain would really pay off in the end. He was convinced the staying under the bench was the way to go...but I reminded him that mountain lions LURVE smooshy golden retrievers.

We saw a plethora of pretty wild flowers but I was loving the giant puffballs. I'm guessing that they have an actual name...Caleb?

Here is the original:
My macro was actually playing nice for once...

And here are all the fun actions that I played with. I love actions. 

We made it back to the truck without being mauled by a bear, mountain lion or rabid chipmunk...barely.

And when we got home Utah climbed into his pool and cooled off...while I cleaned the house. 

August 16, 2011

I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful. I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful

In the past two weeks I have learned:

  • It is not necessary to wash my hands every time I touch a dog*.
  • If you walk/bike around your neighborhood twice a day, every day...you actually meet your neighbors...and they are nice!
  • Screen doors aren't as obvious to everyone as they are to me.
  • If I had extra money I would totally hire someone to come scoop the poop in my yard.
  • Yellow dog hairs go with every outfit...and I don't mean they match...I mean they have literally attached themselves to every item of clothing I own.
  • It feels great to have somebody that needs me...yes I know I have a cat...it's not the same
  • Dogs have amazing internal clocks. Seriously. It's almost creepy. 
  • This annoying, dopey, messy, hairy, totally mental, sweet, loving boy makes me smile

This is Utah.
He is the newest member of my household and I heart him. I truly was not planning on falling in love...but about three days in...I was smitten. I was in deep smit. I also noticed that I had called my mom approximately 6,000 times in that same three days to ask her advice or tell her about something that Utah did. She is going to have to upgrade her phone plan when I have kids. 

My wonderful brother and his family have fallen in love too. He built Utah this amazing dog house. And he stops by during the day to take him on a hike or play with him, and I am super grateful. 
Isn't the dog house great? And it looks like Snoopy's! I love Snoopy so this made my day. I'm going to put lights on it at Christmas.

Does anyone know how to train a 90lb dog to balance on the roof of a dog house while wearing aviator gear? Get back to me on that...

 Utah has found his ranking in the house quickly...below the cat.
 Bunny somehow managed to kick poor Utah out of his crate so that she could take a nap.

If you look closely at this one you will see that once again she forced him to move off of his comfy bed so that she could have it. Cats have mind powers. It's official.

 *So jumping back to the hand-washing thing. I'm heading towards some Bob Wiley issues. The longer I live alone the more germaphobic I get. Just ask my poor nieces and nephews. I tend to shriek and have visions of the Black Plague when one of them eats a cheerio off the floor at church.

Usually I wash my hands a lot.
Especially after touching a dog.
Turns out that when a dog lives in your house...your hands can't handle all the washing.
I've had to chill.
Dog germs won't kill me.
Unless he has rabies, leptospirosis or leishmaniasis.
Crap.

Okay. Deep breaths. Focus on the clean critter in my house.
Look at that clean, soft, white tummy. Gotta love an animal that spends 20 hrs a day bathing itself. Sigh. Okay. Better. 

I have not had a chance to take a ton of pics of Utah yet...but i'm guessing that you will see a lot of him around here in the future. Brace yourselves! 

Thank you Levi for moving to Washington ;-) Thank you Zanda for seeing that we needed each other. Thank you Jayleb for the dog house and the walks and helping me with training. Thank you Mom for not turning off your phone :-)

August 15, 2011

They're coming to take me away, hee hee!

{image via ffffound}

Sorry I have not been a very good blogger lately!

Life just seems nuts right now. I'm working on simplifying, organizing and redoing my routine.

Hopefully that will help :-)

Thanks for checking in and commenting, I love it more than I can say!

August 3, 2011

Blah

Today it is hot. I don't handle the heat well. My creative juices have dried up. 

There is quick and dirty on Tel Megiddo:
Megiddo is a tel (hill) made of 26 layers of the ruins of ancient cities. The name Armageddon derives from Har Megiddo (Hebrew) meaning Mount of Megiddo. Take that for what you will :-)
It was inhabited from approximately 7000 BC to 586 BC and then nothing since then...that makes it very important as all of those ruins remained undisturbed. 

You begin at a Solomonic gateway 
And then on to a trench dug by the Oriental Institute where they uncovered a solid circular stone structure which most think is an altar or a high place. It dates to the Canaanite period. 

There is is a grain pit from the Israelite period, to store provisions in case of siege and the famous stables, originally thought to date from the time of Solomon.
(those are stone troughs for feeding. Cool eh?)
 My favorite part is the water system, which consists of a square shaft 120' deep, the bottom of which opens into a tunnel bored through rock for 300' to a pool of water. I mean how amazing is that? That took some serious engineering...from the 9th century BC.
They said it was uninhabited...but we found this little tunnel-dweller. 

The view from the tel is beautiful. Looking over the fertile Jezreel Valley. 
 The leader of the LDS church was there years ago looking over the valley. People were talking about how beautiful and lush it was. It's some of the best farm land in the world... He said that it ought to be, it's been fertilized with the blood of men for centuries. That really sobered us up and made us think. So many wars and blatant slaughters and even human sacrifice in such a small area of land. 

August 2, 2011

Muchness

Today in 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".

I adore this story...now. I remember reading it as a child and being a bit scared. And the Disney cartoon was a total acid trip! I mean the oyster and walrus story...Holy Cow!

Isn't it funny that the cartoon version was the slightly creepy, 'Lewis Carroll was high', version compared to Tim Burton's?

Here are some of my favorite scenes in honor of this amazing book's birthday.

 The crazy Cheshire Cat. 
I loved him in the Tim Burton film.
He scared me in Disney's. And it confused my young mind that he had the same voice as my beloved Winnie the Pooh!

The Mad Hatter
I didn't really care much about him in the Disney version but LOVED him in Burton's. I honestly didn't think he was quite crazy enough, he was just so sweet and sad. I was totally in love with him and I'm not sure that is what Carroll was going for :-) 

I love the deep parts that I totally missed at a child. I used this page in a Sunday School lesson about making choices and knowing where you are going in life. They totally got it. Thank you Lewis Carroll. 

Oh and I loved the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's! Possibly because I adore Alan Rickman...
Just a little observation...cuz you don't have enough from me...i know the caterpillar is supposed to be smoking hookah...but I think that there might be something else in that pipe. Just saying.

And one of my very favorite scenes:

So sweet. I adore him.

So what about all ya'll?

Which version is your favorite?

Have you read the book and if so did you like it? It's very different than watching the movies.

Anyway. Happy Birthday Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. You opened up a whole new world.