Tuesday, March 21, 2017

smoke...fire...

 and it seems DC just cruising on as if nothing is happening.  amazing.  investigations are on going...and not into the completely made up crap about Obama and the wire tapping.  many will fall as scape goats.  they are getting lined up as we speak.
 some have already fallen.  billy bush took the heat for the bus pussy grabbing talk.  some guy on fox is being set up to fall for the wire tap tale.  flynn, sessions, manafort....the list seems endless.
 seems like there should be a halt on major decisions while this gets sorted out.  this regime could take us to war despite all that is going on.  it's nuts.
 these are from the Fairbanks restart.  beautiful and cold day.  teams so far are rookie teams.  seemed like quite a few rookie teams out there. folks often do this once and move on.  many seem to stick it out though year after year.
 love taking pics of the dogs though.
 always looking for a cute face or a long tongue.
 my dogs are awaiting their walk.  i have work tonight.  switching back to more stretches with breaks off so i can play. weather is warming and spring is hinting at an approach.  it's almost April...
 my heating bills are a bit more expensive these past few months.  dog door...yes, my heat was set a lot higher than usual while i was up north, but that is just a short weekend.  does seem like my heat has a few months about this time that are over $200/month.  this year probably $40-$50 more than usual but still under $300.  the things i do for these dogs!! i'm usually better at spreading out the cost and paying more through summer to keep ahead.
 the heat rises and my upstairs can be a sauna while the downstairs is quite chilled.  wear a sweatshirt downstairs i think. cozy up in my bed upstairs.
 a friend posted the term Clinomania...urban dictionary seems to define it as a lazy person who stays in bed all the time or is obsessed with their bed.  of course, i do not stay in my bed all the time.  i am a bit lazy though and i do love lounging in my bed.  not obsessed with my bed, but i do enjoy sleeping and chilling with the pups.  they seem to have some level of clinomania as well.  i do love a new word.  so that will be the word of the day.  :-)
 like to focus on the feet sometimes.
 just two of us on the Monday walk yesterday. beautiful out and relaxing.  today i think i will meet with some other work mates who have young pups.  that should wear my beasts out.
 health care is up for vote Thursday i think.  it's a mess and they are trying to push it through.  they were pissed when obama pushed it through.  why doesn't everyone just hold up and look at the thing more carefully....why the rush?  oh right because soon their POTUS will be impeached or imprisoned and they will possibly lose power.
 still need to get set up for our program on the 11 of April, still open spots so we need to find a way to fill up those spots. i'll attempt to live stream it...looks like it should be easy....hopefully.  hoping then i can share it with folks on the explore site.  they are getting excited. just texted F&G hoping all is on for getting set up out there for another season.
 trying to set us up on Amazon Smile so people can shop and put our name in  for donations.  they will give a percentage of sales to non profit of your choice which is great.
 so annoying how the iitoo flunkies justify themselves and their actions.  so many lies.  after the session with Comey and the announcements that investigations ongoing concerning this iitoo and his people and the connections with Rus, Spicey was up there saying that nobody really believes this so it isn't true and yet continues to  spout off about Obama wire taps despite everyone denying.
 he says in his press meets that the iitoo is just fulfilling campaign promises with the health care bill but he promised he wouldn't touch  ss or medicare, but he is.  he said he would not take a salary, but he is, he said he would stay at the White House and not take vacations as he felt Obama did this but he's spent more time away at outrageous costs in these first months than anyone else.
 he will release taxes after elected...nope, he will step away from his businesses, nope....the list goes on and yet so many just give him a pass.
 who would have ever thought the GOP would embrace Rus at such a level.  they have become an embarrassment to our Nation.  they seem to be the only ones not aware of the outrageousness of this situation.  greed goeth before a fall.  saw someone called the new health care bill wealthcare...seems fitting.

 FBI director Comey sure had some bags under his eyes.  it is annoying that this investigation has been ongoing since last July sometime yet right before election it was Clinton's emails that were yet again brought to the forefront.  if she has done anything illegal they would have had my blessing to investigate, but they have investigated adnauseum  and found nothing so far that they can prosecute her for.  i have never felt she was an angel, however i do believe she did not collude with the RUs to secure her election.  I'm sure Put is smiling at this time and very proud of his accomplishment.
 no doubt he hacked plenty into the GOP's emails, they will be held hostage by their failings as they held the Dems hostage for the last 8 years. i have no doubt wiki has plenty on many members of the GOP.
 on the plus side, I'm hopeful people will finally become more invested and involved and perhaps educated on how our system of government works.  our society has failed to protect our nation...we the people need to be vigilant, we need to vote, we need to be involved.  the corruption in DC is because of our failing to be involved.  we have let the extremists on both sides dictate how we run our government.
 perhaps too there will be a purging of some of the worst that exist in DC.  hopefully, they fall and our nation stands.
 great to see the entire team out there running .most start with 16 dogs. the minimum to end with is 5.
 love all their colorful jackets and booties too.

 for much of race i just sat down on the river as they passed.  a few teams got pretty close, one teams split up and about took us out.  haha.  we had to move pretty fast a few times.

 quote i liked yesterday..."the house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches and the GOP demand to know who called the fire department"  Garry Kasparov....
 seems sadly true.
 Ivy seems officially healed.  the stitches held...

 apologies for politics...it is a historic time in our nation.  this is like nothing that has happened before.  it should be discussed. I'm for discussions.  i think this stuff hasn't been talked about for too long.  supposed to avoid discussions of politics, it's unseemly, but i think this is why we are in such a state.  nobody has discussions anymore.  no rational, intellectual discussions.  everyone just screams at each other on social media which gets us no where.
 several attempts to call reps today.  you do what you can.  couldn't get through, they are getting thousands of calls every day it seems....that is good.  great job everyone...make those calls, send post cards, send emails.  let the people in DC know we are watching and we are not approving of much lately.
 Mitch Seavey, the ultimate winner of the Iditarod this year
 17 is that girlfriend of Baker from Kotzebue....one of these dogs is no longer with us. does make me sad...


 pretty dogs.
 will have to wait for the necropsy results.


 18 is Dallas Seavey.  he came in second.  Mitch is his Dad.
 they about took out this guy who was laying on trail taking pictures.
 better get my day rolling.
grateful for:  good foods, laughter, puppy kisses.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Iditarod is over for the year...

 but my pictures from Fairbanks are just beginning.  so i will post them and hope you enjoy all the dogs!!  it was a fast race this year.  above is early morning on the Chena river. i went out to scope out our spot for viewing.  i had woke early so figured I'd head out walking.  never mind that it was -24F when i started out walking.
 i had my 10,000 steps in before the dogs even began running.
 these are in Nenana.  i really need to get on their site and put in my guesses for when the ice goes out.
 they put a tripod out and have for years and it's a big pot for anyone who guesses the right time and date the ice breaks up.
 I'm sure Nenana had it's hey day at some point.  this is the old rail station...now gift store and i guess you can rent a room upstairs.  still a cute little town
 it was starting to get sunset as i headed for my last push for Fairbanks.  wanted to book so i wouldn't have to do that last bit in the dark.  i made it to Fairbanks as it got dark.  not a bad drive through though.
 stopped a few times to watch the sun go down
 and check out the views.  pretty.
 always enjoy the colors of sunset.  may as well enjoy it....our days are getting longer and it won't be that long before sunsets are tough to stay up for.

 did get my toilet repaired. i know the downstairs bath needs the same but it is much older gear in there and i suspect it will turn into a more major job.  only so much I'm willing to do alone.
 vista's.
 DeeDee's truck flew past me as i had stopped to look at this view.
 back to the morning sunlight.  the paddle boats were a great back drop for dog viewing.
 great and relaxing way to start my day.
 was cloudy here and there were some doubtful calls for possible snow...no snow and the day cleared up.  i wandered around the N Biv trails with the puppies.  we worked on "hold up" and then "stay". they did pretty good.  off leash training.  much to do.  they still do not want to do things from a distance.  Blossom was obsessed with the tennis ball which allowed me to do some pretty amazing training with her.  these guys are more obsessed with playing with each other.
 not sure I'll ever have a dog trained to the level that Blossom was.  easier with one dog though.   Ivy would be doing it all.  she is very smart and so wants to please.  Tusker..well, he gets a bit distracted out there.  they are both doing great really though.  i need to add some more fun tricks to their list.  Ivy is dreaming next to me at the moment.
 so exciting day...got laundry done, shopping.  wanted to do more cleaning up.  over all the clutter.
 my WARIS desk is a mess.  i need to file stuff.  also i need to finish hooking us up with Amazon.com. they will donate a percentage of peoples purchases and all i have to do is finish the sign up.
 zipped over to the start area at the Pikes hotel.  they were bringing in busloads of folks and  it was looking pretty packed already so i was happy to return to my hotel and our spot by the boats.
 the only downside was that as i approached there were busloads of kids being off loaded from the local schools.  and i do mean busloads!!
 i wish i could say their teachers were using this as a learning opportunity as far as being good citizens...but they weren't really.  they would just surround us and take over where ever we were.  we moved closer to those boats and i think eventually we landed on the other side of the boats.
 i did figure correctly that all those kids in temps well below zero meant they would not really stick around that long.
 clear and cold
 friends from Anchorage/Girdwood out watching with.

 waiting for the first team to arrive.
 watched a few movies the last few days.
"the rewrite" with Hugh Grant...never even heard of it. also watched a movie, "Midnight in Paris" with Owen  Wilson.  enjoyed both.  not going to say they would make my top ten but they entertained anyway.
 and here come the dogs!!
 they start with #2 bib.  #1 is honorary.
 just fun watching the dogs cruising.

 actually read the paper this morning.  it's been awhile since i actually wanted to read a paper.  i have them.  i skim them on occasion but it's just been too depressing.  i read articles on line.  i like to read from a variety of sources.  i do like getting the local news though.
 tomorrow should be interesting news wise.  hate to be hopeful of bad news but i really do believe this current iitoo needs to go and i suspect they are getting closer to making that happen. i hope so anyway...
 he is alienating our allies.  he is a rude buffoon and is spending our tax dollars at an alarming rate.  we really don't want to be keeping up with his golf games in Florida and his wife in New York and his kids flying around the globe...
 everyone seemed appropriately bundled up for our day on the river.
 nice having the boats there!
 Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because it's not a problem for you personally.  can't recall where i saw that quote but i did like it.
 living in fear that i will run over Ivy's ear.  she is laying that close to me.  not sure where Tusker is...may have to have a look see.
 started changing up Skelly for Easter.  it's a work in progress.  yikes...is it after Midnight already!!
 checked outside for Northern Lights.  i tend to do that anytime i head downstairs. of course, at this point anytime i step outside in the dark the puppies assume i will be getting the laser light out.  this makes Tusker very excited.  he wants to chase it...in turn Ivy gets excited as she wants to chase him chasing the light! i may have to give them a little laser action before i head to bed
 a few close calls with the dogs getting a bit close to us as they ran past.  i survived.
 my goal was to finally get these pictures all looked at today.  it was a lot of pictures.
 I'll mix in regular AK shots with dog shots...gotta show you all these dogs though!!
 was looking at one team and i know now that one of those dogs passed away.  a woman claimed to live in Kotzebue, where the team came from and she did not have good things to say about the musher...of course, the woman who ran those dogs is girlfriend/fiance of Baker who grew up there and won the Iditarod once.
 rumors I've heard is that Kotzebue can be a tough village on new comers.  this woman said she works by the dog yard and that they never go in there...they hire others to care for the dogs...she was saying perhaps if they cared for their own dogs they would notice if the dog was ill.  that was one woman's not very kind take on it all.  who knows she may be right.  there are those who take others dogs out on the trail.
 perhaps some truth in this....if you are involved with the dogs daily you would be at an advantage of knowing if this dog or that dog was not feeling well.  i feel the same about sleeping while the team is moving.  how can you possibly notice if a dog is not feeling well.  not sure we ever get those details as they are not included in a necropsy report. more dog pics tomorrow no doubt.  enjoy
grateful for:  A.  a functioning toilet...so proud!! B.  friends old and new.  C.  family who are also friends.  that is the best!!