Saturday, November 29, 2008

Of course! my dogs aren't allowed on the couch...why do you ask???

Another dismal, rainy, gray day here in WA. It's hard not to just crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head (especially after eating all that food yesterday!). I guess Kylie had the same idea. When I walked into the family room there appeared to be a furry addition to my leather sofa!

Before I asked her to please get down, I had to snap a couple of pics, she looked so cozy. Granted the sofa has to be more comfortable than the measly padding her bed has on the hardwood floor.....

What's with all the snickering and the lights flashing????!!!

GEEZ! Can't a girl get her beauty sleep around here???!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Not The Only One.......

I decided that getting infected with the Ipod Virus that got Linda at the 7MSN would be kinda fun. (If nothing else it sure shows what a strange variety of music I listen too...I DO like all kinds):) Here's the rules"

1. Put Your iTunes on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. Write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.

And just like Linda, I'm going to say: "Consider yourself tagged if you want to play along".

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For-U2 (Geez am I really THAT self centered?)

How would you describe yourself?
Straight On-Heart (Usually I try to be straight on with someone....unless it's hurtful...)

What do you like in a girl/guy?
Stardust-Nat King Cole (hmmm...does that mean I'm in dreamland when it comes to what I like???)

What is your life's purpose?
Some Days You Gotta Dance-Dixie Chicks (which probably explains why I'm not rich....)

What is your life motto?
Driving Along-Harry Nilsson (well, I like driving/traveling places....but this is probably like how I go thru life...speed bumps and all).

What do your friends think of you?
One Of These Nights-Eagles (they're gonna give me one, "POW, right in the kisser!" with nods to Ralph and Alice Kramden)

What do you think of your parents?
Back In The Saddle-Gene Autry (not really sure where I want to go with this one.....)

What do you often find yourself thinking about?
Les Bon Temps Rouler Waltz-Michael Doucet and Beausoleil (well....let the good times roll! at least I'm thinking about it even when they aren't quite rolling...)

What do you think of your best friend?
Stuck In The Middle With You-Steelers Wheel (who better to be stuck anywhere with I guess.....)

What do you think of the person you like?
The Long And Winding Road-Beatles (I guess I hope they'll always be with me no matter how long and winding the road is.....)

What is your life story?
Gravity-John Mayer (hmmmm, is this saying that it's the only thing that kept me from floating away....or the only thing I take seriously in my life...because I HAVE to?)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Angel-Sarah McLaclan (no, no, no, I do not want to die and become an angel (at least not yet)....And besides with a license plate that says HEATHN I don't know that I CAN become an angel. :))

What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Cailin Na Graaige Doinne-The Chieftains (Seeing as I don't know Gaelic....this could be very interesting.....)

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Man Smart Woman Smarter-Harry Belafonte (maybe this explains why I was only married for less than a year?):)

What will they play at your funeral?
Drift Away-Dobie Gray (I guess that would be a nice way to go)

What is your hobby/interest?
Push-Matchbox 20 (oh yeah....the broom, the apple picker.....)

What is your biggest fear?
Bad Things-Jace Everett (doesn't everyone? This one lined up perfectly!)

What is your biggest secret?
Steve McQueen-Sheryl Crow (oh, did I never mention the fact that I was the love child of Steve McQueen?):)

What do you think of your friends?
Life Less Ordinary-Carbon Leaf (it's true, none of my friends, blogging and otherwise lead ordinary lives!)

What will you post this as?
Not The Only One-Bonnie Raitt (sure, this won't be my only post and I'm sure others will catch the virus!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Memories

Last year at this time I was in Maui....wish I was there now! :) Here are some pics of that memorable time....:)Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Half a century and counting......

I wasn't really sure I wanted to do a post on the fact that I am now a half a century old. But I guess I should be tickled that I made it THIS far.

An old (yes, she is even older than me!sorry Charlene.....):) girlfriend of mine that I have known for a good half of that half century and I share the same birthday month, November and are just days apart. She has retired and now lives down by Olympia and after not seeing each other for years we now try and get together when we can.

I receive concert updates in my e-mail and was notified that Little Feat was coming to town. I knew this was one of Charlene's all time favorite bands and I decided to get tickets so we could enjoy the evening together.

Charlene was thrilled at the idea. She and her sister had been a "groupie" of Little Feat when they (Char and her sister) were living in Calif. They even knew the band before they were Little Feat and were known as The Factory. Little Feat officially became the band Little Feat in 1969.

We decided to meet early in Seattle and check out some of our favorite places and eat some dinner before attending the concert.

We met outside of Seattle, in Renton, and carpooled into the city. Not only to save on fuel but parking is extremely expensive. We parked just a block from where the concert was and headed off to Pikes Place Market. A favorite with locals and visitors alike. I didn't take as many pics as I wish I had but I did get a few.

Pikes Place Market after dark.....

Char wouldn't let me take a pic of her, but I did pose for one of myself with Rechel the pig. I turned out a bit blurry (probably not a bad thing....too bad I couldn't have airbrushed it too to make myself look younger and thinner!).

The fish market is a big draw. The guys make the fish fly through the air when people buy them....unfortunately no one was buying when we were there so I didn't get a picture of that.

This giant squid hangs inside a gallery area of shops, it is enormous.....and cool. Though I'm really not sure why a squid was chosen.....something to ponder.

We went by one of my favorite places, Kells. It's an Irish pub and when you walk in you feel like you are walking right into one in Ireland (not that I've been there but it IS on my bucket list). I had an Irish beer and Char had a soda (she is such a good girl).

For dinner we decided to go to a place that one of the police officers that we talked to outside of Macys recommended. Char and I had both heard of it before, and thought we had heard good things. The Daily Grill was a pretty, fancy decorated place, but we both agreed we wouldn't be back or recommend it. We both decided on the Fish and Chip (panko breaded Tilapia). It was very dried out and not good at all. Seeing the prices on the menu for all the items, I doubt I would take a chance and try eating there again. We enjoyed sitting and chatting, however, so that made up for it all.:)

Off to the concert. Char even ran into a "Feat Fan" that she had known for years. The Moore Theater is one of the many old beautiful theaters that are in Seattle. Each one is a work of art inside and I could probably just wander around for hours looking at all the details.

Little Feat is a very upbeat band, and I really enjoyed every moment of it, especially sharing it with a good friend. Here are some pics I managed to get without using a flash....sorry for any blurriness! (these are the least blurry of all the ones I took....)

Oh! also I received my birthday wish from my DH for a new apple picker and waterproof slip-ons (my younger dogs had improved on my old ones so much they were finally not waterproof at all....). Jasmine decided she would be a good model for the pic of the gifts.

Funny I really don't feel 50 years old.....well, you know what they say (at least I'M starting to repeat it a lot!) 50 is the new 30!! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sheriff Sheba and her sidekick Deputy Harley

Sheba is my Akbash. She is a Turkish Guardian dog. I purchased her from Sheepfields, a well known breeder of working Akbash. I tried REALLY hard to make her strictly a guardian dog for my sheep and poultry.....but it was SO hard to not spoil spoil her I did.

Now she would rather hang out up by the house with the other dogs and bark at anyone that goes by the house, whether on foot, horseback or in a car. She still likes to keep an eye on the pastures though, and I've seen her chase a coyote or two around.

She will drag herself under the gate to go check out and mark her perimeters. Harley, the rescued Australian Cattle Dog, believes it is his job to monitor what Sheba is doing. After all, she is JUST A GIRL! :)

I decided to follow her in her rounds the other day and take some pics of her and Harley.

They will seek out predators or vermin, and they will show no mercy.

No inch of pasture goes unchecked....

Hmmmm what has been over here......

After it all passes inspection she'll head up back to the house and where she would really rather be. The emus are not very happy that there are dogs going by their pen....

And Jasmine the donkey is REALLY not happy about the dogs in HER pasture. "Hey you two, I have it handled!"

I wanted to have Sheba model some Turkish Guardian Dog collars, which she was not very happy about...but at least she let me put them on her and snap a couple of pics. In Turkey they will also crop the dogs ears so that the predators will have less to latch on to.

Oh....and Linda? over at the 7MSN??? Sheba said these were for you.....:)