Thursday, February 04, 2010

A new leash on life

Shasta got a new leash yesterday and today is a work-at-home day for me, so while I waited for my dear artist friend Ravi to send a file from Mumbai, Shasta and I took a walk around the block.

Come join us!

This is Shasta’s new leash. (Rave for PetSmart: they exchanged her $50 leash for a new one when the cord frayed – no questions asked and no receipt needed!)

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And this is Shasta’s “oh, goody gumdrops!” look when she realizes that a walk is a possibility:

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That blur is a wagging tail.

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“Shasta! Sit! Calm down so you don’t pull me and make me… oh, break my ankle or something!”

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Good girl.

One of the main reasons we chose our house back in ‘95 is that the elementary school is literally a stone’s throw from our house. This was great when all the kids were little!

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The weather has been so unseasonably warm this winter that, instead of being reduced to dry, twiggy brambles, the blackberry bushes are still green!

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And look at this – a holly bush! I have never noticed this before. Isn’t it “berrying” a bit late? Isn’t this supposed to happen around, oh… Christmas? What IS it with the weather this year?!

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Excuse Shasta, please!

Excuse me

Look over there! One of my favorite houses on the street. It’s amazing what they’ve done to this house! The wrap-around porch adds so much charm and the revised roofline – and shingles -- around the garage changes the whole character of the house.

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Next stop? Stop! Turn right, Shasta.

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It might not look steep to you, but this hill can be a killer on the knees (and ankle):

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This place is much prettier in any season but winter, but some beauty is still to be seen in February.

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These guys even seem to have an amphitheatre set up in their front yard! See the rows of chairs?

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On the steep hill is the nicest – and most out-of-place – house in the neighborhood. I want it!

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No wait – actually I want one of the adorable doll houses in the neighborhood! Look!

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Or maybe it’s the DOLL I want! I found this German Götz doll at Tuesday Morning yesterday and came so close to buying it – and what a deal it was, down to $40 from $170!

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Should I? Should I go back and get it? Look at those lederhosen… and even an edelweiss! Look at the similarity to Kat when she was little (always daddy’s little girl):KatTombathroom

…and maybe a slight similarity to Elisabeth too (except for the hair color):

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But I digress. Let’s keep walking!

This little boy loves Shasta and insisted on holding the leash to take her for his own walk…

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…but he feared her too, as he apparently only has teeny-tiny dogs at home.

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Just as we rounded the next corner, we came upon a house that one of my faithful readers will recognize:

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…and then we were beckoned toward the short-cut to our house! (I love Photoshop!)

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Who was in our forest to greet us once we climbed the hill by the neighbor’s fence? Bailey!

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We romped around the forest a bit…

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…until we came upon our house!

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Boo had apparently been busy while we took our walk, and all this warm weather is making him think it’s spring… which is all fine and good, except this part – the gift he left by the back door:

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Bad cat.

But good Ravi… who went above and beyond the call of duty, making a critical fix for us when he should have been sleeping, sent a file from Mumbai, then waited patiently for me to get back online. This post is dedicated to you, Ravi! Pleeease come visit us in Seattle someday!

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8 comments:

Tonya said...

Oh, that felt so good! I NEEDED a good walk!

P.S. Love, love, LOVE that doll! And down from $170??!! Get it, I say! (It does look a LOT like Kat).

Sunny said...

(Catching up) Congratulations on your new job!! What a great feeling, I wish you all the best in your new endeavor.

I love your neighborhood, it's gorgeous!

Susanne said...

You live in such a beautiful neighborhood, thanks for the walk.
And as for the doll, YES go get it, its a great price.

LBaum83 said...

Loved the walk this morning! I needed that! I'm missing green stuff even after a day here in the desert. Everything is brown, unless it's irrigated. Your neighborhood is gorgeous.

LBaum83 said...

Oh, I forgot-GET THAT DOLL! She looks exactly like Kat. :-)

Wendy said...

Thanks for the walk -- beautiful scenery! And I say, YES! You *must* go back and get that doll! She looks exactly like your daughter! :)

Yelli said...

Stop the madness! Making me homesick again!!!! Look at those beautiful mosses...I think of that green as PNW green as I have never seen that color anywhere else.

Goofball said...

you took a picture of Shasta at that moment? haha you are hilarious
I just wonder if other people saw you taking a picture of that scene :p

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