Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunshine and Puppies

The weekend proved to be quite an active one.  It started Friday with 53 degrees and not a cloud in sight.  It was so nice that Truman and I spent the midday hours on the lawn chair, albeit with a blanket (and a hat for me), soaking up the warmth.

On Saturday, Nicole and Tina and I ventured to West Seattle, where Kim, who fosters dogs for a rescue society, had taken on the enormous task of caring for a Chihuahua mom and her five puppies.

They are six weeks old.

We helped Kim give the puppies their first baths.

That wiped them out -- here they are after their baths, and after being dried in warm fluffy towels -- all tuckered out.

We all brought our sketch supplies and I tried to do some quick drawings before the baths when they were moving around a bit more.

Also tried another sketch when they were less active, though even when snuggling or snoozing, they tend to shift around.  Not an easy subject!

After visiting puppies, we drove around by the water, and found an overlook where we could park and do a little more sketching.

On Sunday the temperature dropped into the 40s, with clouds and a breezy wind, so no sketching that day for me.   I did get a little birding in -- Connie is starting a monthly bird count at the Montlake Fill to document the changes wrought by the mitigation/restoration project there, and I joined about a dozen other birders at dawn (!) to do the count.  Our team had some nice birds -- a Brown Creeper, some Pacific Wrens, a couple of Northern Pintails, a Trumpeter Swan flyover.  We'll be doing this count the last Sunday of every month for the next few years.  What fun!

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