Well HELLO. It’s been a very long time since I posted on this blog, nearly a year! Interestingly, I’ve noticed many of the blogs I follow are in the same place, not posting, not sharing. I’m not sure what that’s about and certianly can only speak for myself. I could say I’ve been busy, we all are! I could say I have lost interest….that is probably true. But let’s just move along.
I feel like I’ve been in a fog since last year. Some highlights….In June we went to Pacific City, a place we love so much!! the rest of the summer was lake trips and smoke. Seriously, that’s what I remember most from last summer. Wildfires in the west, both locally and not so local, (CA and BC) filled our air with smoke. Maybe I was in a fog?!
In late August my son and I journeyed to Austin TX for a lovely family wedding on Labor Day weekend! It was a wonderful trip and such a beautiful wedding!
We added another pup to our family. Born in September, we picked him up November 1st! Meet our boy ‘Gansett! He has the same mother as Mae but his father is a red and white Border Collie, smooth coat. He is a sweet boy!
My only other comment today will be this….”life is confusing and people are insane”
I will fill in the blanks soon! let’s catch up~
The pug gala was a lot of fun! There was a fashion show, a pug parade and a talent show! The event was put on by the Seattle Pug Rescue organization and was a really terrific celebration of PUGS and PUG people. There were pugs in dinosaur costumes, pugs in tuxedoes, and our own girl Lucy, dressed for the day.
I’m not sure her dress is age appropriate, looks more like a toddler pug dress, not something for the mature pug! Regardless, she tolerated our nonsense fairly well and we all had a great day celebrating our girl Lucy.
I know many of you like to travel and LOVE a good adventure! Well, I want to introduce you to my brother and his wife, Pete and Patty, and their blog “Our Great Loop.” They put a lot of planning into this and are on their way in their tug! Check it out and wish them well!
Here in the mountains the snow has finally cleared on most trails, but there was still enough to ride in May.
Mae always loves a good skin up the mountain and a fast run down! she really has some adventures herself!
More news soon, we are heading out to go to the Pug Gala…..(yes, there will be photos)
With all apologies to Geoffrey, the April showers are leaving me a bit bummed out. Pilgrimage? The only place I want to go to is a warm beach, a sun bathed stretch of sand. That, my friends, is where I long to go on pilgrimage. But anyway, lit references aside, how has YOUR April been? Ours has been gray with a few sunny days sprinkled in just to keep our chins up.
|Sunny days that make it all worth it
Mae had a birthday at the beginning of the month. She’s 2! That seems like a milestone because when I got her, the rancher who gave her to me said that she would really settle down and be a much easier dog by the time she’s 2. Let’s all laugh at THAT! Sure, she’s a bit easier and she’s really filled out and is a SUPER athlete. But Mae, my beautiful Mae, will never be an easy dog. She is a damned cute girl though hey?
Have a lovely spring! Entertain, experience, accomplish, be deliberate, ENJOY.
I was digging around in the blog here for an Irish Soda Bread recipe that I couldn’t locate in my recipe booklet and was able to find it HERE. I also found another post from March 2014 that I really liked and am re-posting. I noticed that I certainly posted a lot more back then, and the content was varied but more about being outside, running, the mountains and less about Mae! She has taken over my life! The other thing I like about this particular post is the terrific shot of my husband up on the ridge (taken by his friend J. Leeper).
First, Mae this week…it’s been very gloomy, but we are getting out on the hill!
Read on for a look back at March, 2014….
I have been listening to Elvis Costello today. Actually JUST one song. And I have to say that there’s nothing funny about peace, love and understanding. Yet, they can all be quite elusive. The tiny frustrations of every day life that build up, world events that are terrible and confusing , distance between you and your loved ones, both physical and emotional, everything seems to work against us finding peace, love and understanding. I like to think that maybe they are easier to find in the mountains. Carving turns in deep powder under a blue sky is peace. It’s the FLOW that Mihaly Csikzentmihaly speaks about in his book. Running down a mountain trail through the springtime mud, jumping over puddles and laughing like a ten year old…feels like love! To be in the mountains, seems to bring an understanding of our place in the world, seems to put everything in perspective. If nothing else, it sure makes for some fabulous days, light in the darkness of insanity?
Last week we had a little get-away to Pacific City Oregon. We have been there several times and Cape Kiwanda is one of our favorite spots. The weather was fabulous! So many people around and honestly, just as good as some July visits! It was so good to be by the ocean, walk and run on the beach, see daffodils! We also saw seals in the water, a free range chicken farm (seriously) and a …..LAMB!!! Is that the ultimate sign of spring or what?
The past few Valentine’s Days we have indulged in our craft beer love at local breweries. Since this was close to that holiday we stopped at Heathen Brewing’s Feral pub house in Vancouver WA. Great beer, friendly service and good bites to eat. We walked out with a growler of a Mojito Sour Ale….yes, Mojito. SO tasty… Their tap list is impressive and I will happily visit again as there is something for everyone no matter what your taste tends to. They also have bottles available to go and we grabbed a couple “Graveyard of the Pacific” bombers. Certainly one of the better beers I’ve had this year and tops my list for Imperial Red Ale . But the label art? Damn! That’s fine!! This is a collaboration with North Jetty Brewing, located in the Long Beach WA area. When I get to Long Beach, where am I going to go? yup.
|Mae, beach lover
|Cape Kiwanda, OR
We also took a drive through Tillamook OR for a second visit to DeGarde Brewing. DeGarde is an amazing place. Aged beers…. They pretty much blow me away every time I get my hands on them. Sitting in the sun, drinking DeGarde. That’s a great day!
Of course we also were in Pelican Brewery which is always a great stop for food and fabulous beer! It was, all around, a lovely vacation.
I haven’t posted much lately. I have no idea why. NO motivation to do so, honestly. Stuck in a snowdrift perhaps…
We’ve had a few breaks in the ice storms, freezing temps and mega snowfall (normal pass weather finally!) and have been out and about around the neighborhood. Though last week we had over 3 feet of snow in about 4 days, another highway closure, and a small dose of cabin fever. Mae and I have been enjoying our outings. It’s so pretty!! And it will extend the snowboard/ski season! Hooray!
I finished the ’30 day Yoga Challenge with Adriene’…it did take me 43 days, but I did it and am now completely sold on yoga. What about you??
Two songs on my mp3 player, on repeat:
I am a Rock Give it a listen….”I have my books, and my poetry to protect me”
I never noticed what a dark song it really is. But I LOVE it.
And the Jerry Douglas, Mumford & Sons cover of The Boxer . It’s simply fabulous.
And your February?? How is it? Possibly no one is enjoying it as much as Mae.