Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
had a chance to relax this morning and read the paper. apparently austrailia has 6000 feral camels. they are in a drought and plan to round them up by helicopter and gun them down. sounds pretty brutal to me. our state does wolf control by helicopter as well from time to time. just seems like there should be a more humane way to decrease a population size. i mean why did they let the population grow to 6000 before deciding something should be done. seems crazy. i heard that in iraq they culled thousands and thousands of stray dogs. no infrastructure...i think it was upwards of 20,000 dogs. mind boggling.
took the dogs to the bog yesterday and then took blossom out to n. bivouac so that i could enjoy the snow. we snowshoed....well, i snowshoed and blossom chased her frisbee. she gets coated with the snow and melts for hours afterwards. above is a self portrait. below is blossom in all her glory.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
the sun sets early here. after i returned home and realized that the thanksgiving gathering was planned for my house and i'd need to clean...i left for the hills to enjoy the mild weather and scenery. turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. on the way up campbell airstrip road i saw my friend gil and her two labradoodles. i hadn't seen them since they were mere pups so i had to stop and say hi. hopefully, she'll join us for a monday walk. she'd just finished her walk. blossom and i headed up to basher trailhead. anchorage was socked in with clouds but you could see the alaska range and even denali mountain from underneath. always cool when that happens. so above is denali mountain and below is the alaska range. the sunset colours were begining to show themselves.
i rested and then headed back out with blossom. it was so quiet and peaceful out there. we went to campbell airstrip. i'll post a few more pictures tomorrow perhaps. i'm sleepy now. i saw that the mushing trail wasn't blocked off so we went the back route. saw nobody and it was just blossom, me and the crunch of snow and sounds of the woods.
Monday, November 23, 2009
below tanya, andrea and karen enjoy the mild weather!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
lucky for the kids out there, the north pole post office will continue on with thier santa answering service. they started doing it in the 50's. so it's been going on for a long time. a girl i work with said she grew up there and as youth they volunteered to answer letters. i guess like 200 people volunteer to answer all the letters that get sent to "santa, north pole". sad to see it stopped for silliness, but our world is full of silliness these days. apparently, a similar program in virginia was stopped after it was found that one of the volunteers was a registered sex offender. fears that registered sex offenders could use the kids names and addresses.
we can't protect everyone from everyone in this world. i guess the added work of blanking out the kids names and addresses was getting overwhelming for such a small post office. the whole town is set up as a christmas town year round.
after the bog i took blossom to n. bivouac park. i had loaded the kicksled so thought i'd take it for a spin. should have added my cleats...the kicksled works on packed snow, works better on ice though. we booked it to the creek down the tank trail and back, then i loaded the kicksled in the car and blossom and i headed out for a walk. below is blossom all loaded in the element with all our winter gear. kicksled, check, snowshoes, check, skiing gear, check, blossom's harness, check, ice skates....you get the idea!!
i bought a few gifts at other boothes. i know sandra had bought a few gifts here earlier when she was there so we took a few pictures and were enjoying the soft furs....still prefer to see animals free, but realize that we don't live in that ideal world and that some thining of wildlife is necessary at times. i am against most trapping...doesn't seem like they've come up with humane traps and often they are put too close to trails and dogs get caught in them. they changed laws this year to prevent wolverine trapping as they got more dogs than wolverine last year and wolverine are so sedentary that it's hard to tell how many we actually have.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
it's been cold, cold, cold this week. temperatures -10F to +5F. at work the tube system starts to howl and sounds very spooky when the temperatures outside get low like this so it's like having ghosts around you. work wasn't overly stressful on peds these past two days. had the opportunity to catch up on my gossip magazines. one patients mom had bought out the house on gossip mags and gave them to us after she was done. i'm now totally up to date. apparently tom cruise and his wife are having issues and she can't leave cause he'll take suri and raise her as a scientologist robot....brad pitt is drinking excessively and texting jennifer anniston which angelina doesn't like. chas, cher's daughter....becoming a son is getting huge...i wasn't aware that in order to change sex one must become totally overweight. we did laugh as chas had her breasts removed...which considering her large size as a man we felt she should have left...plenty of men have man boobs. this also always makes me curious as she has a lesbian partner...if you are a lesbian and your lesbian lover becomes a man can you still stay with them or will that become a problem. so this is what i learned at work when i should have been studying for my PALS class tomorrow.
i believe these are bohemian waxwings. they travel in large numbers and flit from tree to tree. my walks were mostly in the bog, though i did do a loop up in n. bivouac the other day. gets almost too cold for photography. the battery just doesn't last as long and i tend to just get on with the business of walking in order to prevent getting colder than i am. movement is good.
my netflix the other day was called "arranged". i quite enjoyed it. two young women, who are teachers meet at the school they have been hired to teach at. one is from an orthodox jew family and the other is muslim. they live in new york i believe. they are both dealing with their families arranging thier marriages. of course, the other teachers they work with and especially the principle are a bit condescending of such an arrangement. thier respective families are less than thrilled as well that these two have struck up a friendship. it all works out in the end.
i suspect that an arranged marriage isn't necessarily any more risky than some of the partners we choose for ourselves. i think much of marriage is luck and then there is some work and compromise involved. a few people get very lucky and find someone that really suits them. whether this is by thier own choosing or by the choosing of others...who knows. in the arranged one i suspect that how well your parents know you and the pressures of socioeconomic status would be a factor. as in all, it depends on the individuals involved. with over 50% divorce rate...i suspect there is proof that we don't always choose for ourselves well. of course, in arranged marriages probably divorce isn't an option. anyway...i liked the movie. i think it showed the struggles that we all have with these major life issues and with our parents and how we decide to live our lives...do we follow the beliefs of those before us or do we strike out on our own.
did have some excitement in the bog the other day. rio must have split open her ear on a brush when we were out on the pond. it was so cold that the blood didn't fly everywhere like it would normally. must congeal quickly...anyway..i didn't notice her ear bleeding though in retrospect she was rubbing her head in the snow. near the end of the walk i noticed that my white snow pants were covered in what looked like a rust coloured paint...then i noticed that rio's collar and leash were also covered....then it occured to me that it was actually blood. it started to bleed normally once we were in the warm house and it took a bit for me to feel safe. ears bleed like the dickens and her ears are jumbo size. once another dog bit her ear and she kept shaking all dressings off i attempted to place there...blood would then splatter up the walls. very nice.