Friday, June 23, 2017

Quiet at the Fill

Yesterday morning Truman and I took a break from the antics of foster dog Chloe, and went for a stroll around the Montlake Fill.  I wanted a nice quiet walk--the few times I've taken Chloe with us, I got a frantic walk as she spent the entire time pulling hard towards every rabbit in sight.  And there were plenty of rabbits in sight.

So yesterday Truman and I had a quiet, calm, Chloe-free walk.  Naturally, we didn't see a single bunny, nor did we even see many birds about.

Here is Truman looking for birds:

We did find a mountain!

We sat at the bench near the Osprey nest for quite some time, chatting with our birder friend Doug.  He's also a professional photographer and he'd been waiting for half an hour for the male Osprey to return from a fishing expedition so he could get some shots, but alas, that did not happen while we were there.

The female was on the eggs--there has been one report of possible chicks hatching, but we could not confirm this.

While we sat there, a Great Blue Heron flew in to take a stroll nearby.

We continued our stroll around the Loop Trail, not seeing anything of interest.   Here is Truman wondering how far it is to the car and home:

We had a very welcome break from youthful dachshund activity, but then we had to go home to Miss Chloe.  And I had to make it up to her by taking her for a long walk later.  I took her to the local farmer's market, where she endeared herself to several families--kids love her, and she is super friendly to them.  I do hope she finds her forever home soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fun at Magnuson

Magnuson Park is one of my all-time favorite places to go -- it's a short drive away, it's big, it's not crowded on weekdays, there are some lovely trees here and there, plus lots of meadows, brush, and ponds, along with a lakeside promenade.  There are plenty of buildings from the old naval base days, and a truly fine community garden.  It's perfect for a combination dog walk/sketch outing, which is what Nicole and I engaged in yesterday.

We started at The Mountaineers building, which has a rock-climbing wall.  There was no one climbing it, so we sketched in the tiny garden behind it.

There were workers nearby unloading stuff from a truck and making way too much noise, so we moved on to the park proper, where we landed by the submarine fin sculpture.

It was warm enough that Truman needed a dip in the lake, so I strolled him down there.

Then I settled on my camp stool in a shady spot to draw the fins.

While the fins turned out okay, I spent most of my time on that tree on the right, and had loads of fun trying to convey its leafiness.  I think I spent a good twenty minutes on that tree, while the fins were more of an afterthought.  Of course, it is typical of me to prefer nature to man-made objects.

There is sun and 70+ degree weather in the forecast through the weekend.  I suspect I will get out and about.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Garden Update

The roses are busy blooming away now, along with plenty of other flowers, and plenty of weeds.  I haven't felt inspired to go out and work in the garden for the past week or more due to cool, cloudy, gray days.  But summer is here and the forecasters claim we will have several warm, sunny days in a row this week and weekend--time to get back outside.

My favorite floribunda rose is so top-heavy with blooms that some stalks have fallen over.


I'm training two climbing roses up either side of the arbor.

This climber is called The Magician

And this one is Dublin Bay

Near the arbor are a few day lilies

Lychnis is scattered throughout the yard

This is a shrub rose called Carefree Wonder

Here is a view of the Japanese Maple, with more Lychnis around it.

If the forecast is correct, then I foresee some quality lounging in my future.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Here A Dachshund, There A Dachshund...

...everywhere a dachshund!

We had quite a barky Sunday.  In the morning, things were fairly quiet -- we had a nice walk, where Chloe met our neighbor's dogs Myles and Molly.

But things got a tad chaotic in the afternoon, when we hosted Winston and Original Chloe for nine hours.

From Left to Right:  Winston, Original Chloe, Chloe 2, Truman:

Sure, they look sweet and calm here, but this pic was taken after they'd been romping all over the yard and all over the house and worn themselves out.

Chloe 2 tried to make friends with Original Chloe.

Chloe 2 wanted to play a whole lot longer than the others.  Here is a pic of Truman, Winston, and Original Chloe taking a little break from her antics.

My ears went numb from the barking.  At one point, my neighbor across the street took his Golden Retriever for a walk in full view of the Hot Dog Crowd.  It was not a quiet moment at all.

The rescue organization has now listed Chloe on for adoption.  I haven't heard any news yet, but I'm sure she'll get plenty of applications and will find a great home, with people who have a whole lot more energy than I have!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Little Sketching

Nicole and I went sketching at two small parks -- Log Boom Park in Kenmore, and Lyons Creek Watershed Preserve in Lake Forest Park.

This is Log Boom:

And this is the view I sketched there:

This is the Lyons Creek preserve:

Truman was feeling a bit warm there.

Luckily, there's a creek at Lyons Creek -- go figure!

There was a dock there, too, with a bench, and a view of two chairs which were being gently lapped by the lake water.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Making the Most of a Sunny Day

Saturday the sun was out and so was I (and so was Truman).  First we stopped in at Swanson's Nursery:

Where I picked up some more peppermint -- I've been strategically planting it around the home's perimeter in my never-ending battle against the Odorous House Ants.  They hate the smell.

From there we tootled on over to Golden Gardens Park to admire the water:

Which was also being enjoyed by a Mallard family.

A Great Blue Heron hung out on the beach:

And Truman enjoyed hanging out on the beach, too!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Chloe and Truman

Truman has definitely accepted the presence of Miss Chloe in his house.

She likes to lick his ears, and he lets her.

Though sometimes he does give me a look as if to say, "I'm done now."

Last Thursday, Winston came over to play, and she enjoyed romping with the boys.


On Friday she went in for her spay surgery.  The rescue organization person told me not to use the plastic cone to keep her from licking the sutures, as they are so uncomfortable, and to simply wrap something soft around her neck instead.  Here is Miss Chloe sporting a pair of colorful knee-high fluffy socks:

She was pretty out of it Friday and Saturday.  By Sunday she started to be a little more active, and wanted to spend more time out of her sequestered room, and be with Truman.

She went after his ears again right away.

We had a couple of nice, peaceful, quiet days there, but now she has recovered her voice and the barking has resumed.  Joy.  As soon as she is recovered, she will be put up for adoption -- there is already plenty of interest in her and applications are being filled out.  I'm sure she will find a great home.