Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow! Actually ice and snow. We are blessed with electricty and heat. Pepper's been a very good girl, not demanding a walk, knowing her Mom does NOT do well on ice.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The most shocking things ever found inside a dog's stomach

I am so glad Pepper doesn't do that sort of thing. In her puppyhood she was a real piece of work. She ripped up the kitchen lino, she tried to rewire the phone line, she took the cabinet door off yet she was housetrained at 10 weeks and never intentionally pee'd or poo'd on the floor once she graduated from newspapers. (Unlike our old Beagle who expressed her anger by squatting and peeing while staring us in the eye!)

Pepper still rearranges furniture once in a while. She'll pull the cushions from the couch or actually push the rocking chair or the coffee table to a different spot- but she's part Border Collie and we just crack that up to Border Collie-ness. =)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Holy crap! A US Air jet went down in the Hudson River today! Very happy to report that everyone survived. The last news pictures were of the jet, still floating, tied up at a Battery Park dock. Very surreal.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A cold front came roaring in around 3:30 am. Pepper started barking at the wind and when no one would pay attention to her, she searched out Chris and jumped on him. Let me tell you, he did not appreciate 100 pounds of Border Collie/ Lab in his face at that hour. He yelled at her. She yelled back. That's the one thing about Pepper you don't want to do, pick an argument with her. She'll win every time. Another thing she does is bitchslap you. Sitting on the couch talking to someone and ignoring her? She'll sit next to you, lean back and belt you one with her paw. She's a very determined pooch.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sheep Tea Cozy

Oh, and another thing. Even though I'm still doing battle with the hat, I've set my sights on knitting
THIS sheepy tea cozy. Is that cute or what?
And so I've started knitting again. SERIOUSLY knitting. The old Yarn Luv has taken over again. Heh. I'm making a hat from the Ravelry.Com site. It SORT OF looks like that picture on the pattern. o_O

Pepper is enjoying the yarn, too. It's called let's steal the soft, squushy skein from Mommy's knitting basket or let's find a ball of yarn and toss it around the room. I think Border Collies could learn to knit if they could just get around that lack of thumbs thing. =)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Home again

Survived three rehearsals, two concerts, one snow storm and a van that refused to start.

The van thing was enough to make you want to tear out your hair.

It was fully loaded, ready to transport the concert gear to the theater in Pittsfield - and it refused to start. Turned the ignition and - click! That was all. There was a wild exchange of phone calls between us and the concert promoter. We finally tracked down a drummer whose friend had a 'van'. The van turned out to be a Dodge Caravan - a small one. Somehow we got the harpsichord, the stand and music desk into the thing. I still have no idea how we got that 8' long instrument into it! We got to the theater with an hour and fifteen minutes till curtain. Yes, the show went on!

Afterwards, we stowed the instrument and gear backstage. We had no idea how long it would be there, but at least it would be safe. This morning, we called a mechanic. He checked it out, tried to start it - still nothing. Then he put it in neutral and turned the ignition! VOILA! It worked! So we drove to Pittsfield, got the instrument, then drove the three hours home.