Tuesday, April 25, 2017

conflicts...

 me with the pups...another selfie...perhaps they are mellowing a wee bit so i can get these rare selfies with them.  Ivy cracks me up.  today we ended up at Connors Bog.  it's another dog park, but i can avoid the little lake there.  it is the time of year to avoid all lakes/rivers and bodies of water.  they will fall through.
 the beach is fairly safe as long as i hit the tide right.  the ice amounts are minimal already out there.
 the pups have been busily bringing logs in from outside and making wood chips out of them. they are very efficient wood chippers.  i was laughing to myself this morning thinking one of these mornings i will wake and they will have created some sort of wood carving in one of these logs...a dog self portrait or a bird or something.  if elephants can paint why can't my pups do amazing wood carvings...haha.
 was intent on getting a few things on the to do list completed.  it seemed more like i drove around getting nothing done.  it was cloudy out so a good day for laziness.  grabbed an old book....one of those chicken soup books...this one was for the animal lover.  i opened the book where i'd left off years ago and the first story was about "socks" and "buddy" who were at the time of the book being published living in the white house and the little story was written by HRC.  how random is that?
 so the state department had to take down an endorsement for Mar a Lago from their web page.  our US government is more and more for the benefit of the iitoo and his family.  he's not really even making much of a secret that he still runs his businesses through his sons while in office.
 he has multiple properties which can be bought at above market prices like the one the Rus fertilizer king bought a few years back for way over market value...you can easily buy favors from this iitoo it seems.  the GOP doesn't seem very concerned.  that will change when and if they find iitoo to be more of a hindrance than a help in their agenda.
 iitoo is the only leader of the free world who called to congratulate  the "president" of Turkey.  that guy has extended his years in office and trashing their democracy...but iitoo owns a hotel there so he needs to make sure to keep a good relationships with this guy.
 if he would ever release his taxes it will probably show his financial ties to both China and Rus.  he can use his private meetings and power to broker better deals on all he owes them.  again the GOP doesn't seem concerned about this..
 it's all so frustrating.  got another form letter from our carpetbagger senator. he was hired by the Koch brothers to be our senator basically.  the money in our government is ridiculous.  Ivy above is watching birds.
 the chase is on.
 so it seems we can't trust those in the GOP to do any sort of investigation .i'm hoping there are some decent journalists out there who will dig into the story and bring the truth out...are there still good journalists out there or are they all sound bite journalists.  this society seems only interested in the short term discoveries and don't always have the patience needed to really seek out the truth in these sort of things.
 there are many connections to Rus so it will be interesting to see where that leads.
 of course, currently, the iitoo and his crew are playing chicken with NK so who knows what will happen there.  as i said in yesterdays post.  this administration could possibly be responsible for many lost lives over the next few years. i'm sure they will find a way to blame Obama and HRC.  taking personal responsibility is not going to happen anytime soon in DC
 seems like i spend a portion of each day sweeping up wood chips and cleaning up muddy paw prints...the down side to the dog door.  haha.  still prefer having it.  did cost a bit more in heating costs this winter too.
 want to get up early tomorrow to check out this mastiff.  hopefully, he gets a new home.  not sure i'm ready to add a third dog into our lives.  could be a challenge.
 i do like the guard dog aspect of a big mastiff though.  these guys are adorable..maybe too cute to look scary though.  Rio did bring some comfort and level of safety to live.  she was sweet as they come, but if you didn't know her...she could probably look pretty intimidating.  i've no doubt really that she would have done what she could to protect me.  i think these guys would as well, despite their super friendly nature.  Ivy is my little shadow.  they are watching the neighborhood and are good barkers.
 barking is a good deterrent.  just hearing that is often enough to make someone move on to the next house.
 not really sure if a mastiff would fit through the dog door.  saw a little video of a super fat cat who was squeezing himself through the tiny cat/dog door.  he made it.  haha.
 these are at the dunes.
 tongues hanging out here as well.  that is always a good sign.
 skipped the bear tree today.

 melting snow.
 dirty dogs....it's spring.  no way around the dirty dogs.
 today i was cutting up the plastic that comes around soda....just like my mother taught me.  i remember her telling me to do that when i was a kid so the sea animals wouldn't get stuck in the circles.  she was a bit of an environmentalists it would seem, right?  of course, many are even as they speak ill of liberal tree huggers.  thankfully, despite the divide many kids are encouraged by parents to not litter or to recycle.  i suspect the majority of us would prefer our air and water clean.
 regulations were put in place because corporations failed to use protective measures and were greedy.  that is how most things go.  as they are whining about being overly regulated the vast majority of those regulations are a result of their failure to take precautions.  for the land, the animals or the people. unions formed due to their failure to protect their workers.  the greed continues though and i suppose that is just part of life on the planet with other humans.  there will always be those who feel they are entitled to more than the other humans.  that they are superior.
 i suspect that many who support them really just dream to be them.  to be that wealthy and that powerful.  they don't want you...by the way.  they want it all for themselves.

 lots of good posing that day.  that happens after they have been running for quite awhile

 my sweet pair.  i'm pretty attached to these guys.  happy i have them both.  they are super sweet and entertaining.
 views
 liked the black and whites.

 and now to the bear in the tree.
 she is hiding a cub or two at least in there.
 it must be a prized tree.  there are other trees around town though that have bears living in them.  we share our lives with these bears and moose.  it's a pretty wild place still.  i love that.

 i also love that every few weeks everything looks very different..okay, in winter there are months where it just looks frozen but the other seasons are lightning fast.  blink and you will miss this or that.  it's pretty nuts. hate to leave here, especially in the summers.
 who would want to miss any of this.
 this is up powerline pass.
 and back for another walk with a friend out at the dunes.
 just an easy way to wear them out without the hassle of frozen lakes or muddy/slushy trails.  they kind of prefer you stay off trails until the melt is past otherwise the trails get all pocked up.
 the Canadian Geese arriving more and more and today when i was at Conners Bog i heard the call of a Sandhill Crane and then saw it fly overhead.  so they are back as well.
 getting into formation.
 guess  shall prepare for more sleep. i'm very good at sleeping when i actually try it.  hopefully i can work on the to do list tomorrow.

grateful for:  A.  snuggle time with the puppies  B.  elections.  hoping the balance at least is returned a bit soon.  C.  cranes, geese...welcome home migrating birds. :-)

Monday, April 24, 2017

late nights..

 but we still have managed to get outside.  been more cloudy but seems to clear a bit.  i keep checking on mama bear.  pretty fun yesterday...pictures to follow.  these first ones are from today.  went to Pt Woronzof.  sad to get the pups all bathed and clean yesterday only to get them reloaded with mud today...but it is that time of year.  as you can see i did manage some selfies with the pups....not always easy but they were sitting on an ice berg so that helped.
 graffiti is pretty
 amazing how the ice has disappeared so quickly.  buds are starting to appear on trees.  bears are out...my yard just has a few sections of snow left.  ground is frozen still but that will change soon enough too.
 these are phone shots.
 i binge watched the rest of the "13 reasons why" series on netflix.  once i started i felt the need to follow through, don't really recommend that one.  so if you are dying to watch it stop reading....i'm going to discuss details..
 the story is this girl gets picked on, but at this school it seems everyone gets picked on.  seems like a school of jerks...but then they focus mostly on a small section.  surely she could have joined a club and found a few new friends...why stick with a circle of friends who are clearly not digging you.  anyway...at some point she decides to kill herself but first she makes a series of tape recordings where she shreds each person who she feels has done her harm.
 of course, in doing this she totally turns the tables and becomes their bully post death.  can't say as they show her to be much of an angel in her life  honestly, she seems a bit of a drama girl.  some shit in life you have to shrug off.  some shit in life you try to just avoid all together...i mean if you see your friend get raped by a guy, why the hell would you walk down his street, see he has party going on and crash it...she gets raped.  i'm not minimizing rape.  just seems like if you witnessed such a thing and did nothing about it by the way, you would just avoid this guy and his friends who seemed to cover it up.
 i was never in the it crowd and continue to be not in the it crowd.  i'm not in any crowd at all.  i can barely get people to walk with me some days.  if people don't want to be around you, walk away.  never beg anyone to do anything with you that says no.  i'm always amazed that so many people do this, especially in romantic relationships.  if it turns out that guy or that girl isn't interested, why would you want them to stay?
 my mock up drawing of what i'm hoping i can do with my little free library design...anyone know anyone who can help.  the walrus heads on the sides are the back of attached chairs.  that part of the drawing is less clear i guess.  figured it would be nice to have attached place to sit.
 when i was younger i'm sure these sort of friend things would be more devastating.  of course, i wasn't in the it crowd then...but i did know some good people.  many are still friends now. i had a friend in college, i called her "yolanda the flake".  she was always the person to make plans but to cancel them as soon as she found something and someone better.  after awhile i got sick of this game...took a bit to figure out that this was what was happening over and over.  when we did do stuff it was fun, but it gets pretty old to have a friend back out so much.
 i finally called her on it and told her it was actually rude and hurtful.  i just stopped really doing stuff with her as much.  when that happens more recently...i guess i just pick up on it quicker and avoid the people who tend to do this. i'd rather hang out with people who actually enjoy hanging out with me than people who choose to hang out with me only if there isn't anything better to do or someone better to do it with.  i'm certainly not going to waste any time trying to make plans only to have them derailed again when that better offer comes up. thankfully, i have dogs in my life.  dogs can't think of anyone better to chill with than their humans...gotta love that!  i'm like a rock star to my dog fans!!
 it was time to start getting Skelly for the next month...rains showers and flowers i think it will be.  will have to get him some flowers or something . he looks good with his boots and umbrella though i think. i could get him one of those cheap tourist rain poncho's.  that could work.
 after we played at Woronzof i took the pups one at a time into Cabella's for training.  always fun.  they do pretty good.  they are learning....there is hope.
 was going to hit conners bog dog park after that but it had started to get windy so i was ready to just head home i guess.
 pups got a bit rowdy in the house later this evening so i was trying to wrestle them outside.  at one point Ivy would run out the door and then back in the dog door and i'd direct her back outside and she'd come back in ...i just started cracking up.  after this game they chased sticks and balls and have mellowed back out
 she is currently asleep at my feet.  so loyal!
 gonna go look at a mastiff that needs a home on Tuesday i guess.  said i may be willing to be his foster if the pups get along with him...not sure i really want a third large dog, but i also do miss having a mastiff...they are sweet but tend to look pretty large and menacing, which these doodles don't look scary.  being single...i will admit it was kind of nice to have that big dog in the house that one might not be able to predict it's behavior if one was trying to break in. but 3 dogs...
 there is another i guess who may be interested as well so life is fate.
 they just look so dang cute on the ice!
 yesterday we also hit the dog pool. so you see i was not just binge watching tv shows.
 my friend SH came to be my photographer.  my one camera is pretty slow or delayed so she ended up mostly using her iphone....haven't put those on my computer yet...these are from the little canon.  so some were blurry.
 pups started out without life vests, but they weren't getting in so they added the vests.
 the guy was really good and gentle. my friend said she overheard him saying after our session he'd love to have dogs like these guys.  they picked up on the swimming pool pretty fast.
 Ivy is such a spaz...she kept cracking me up as she would dock dive from the ramp and make these big splashes every time she went to chase the toy.
 these is one of those big splashes.
 we will for sure have to hit the pool again.  they had fun and were pretty beat after.
 here they are both in their vests.  i'll put the other pics in another day.  so cute.  the last bit they removed the vests and the pups went in just fine . we will see how they do with lakes once the ice is melted.
 they can't be trusted near lakes which i discovered yesterday when i attempted the university lake dog park.  there were loads of gulls there and they booked around the less than frozen lake.  i was freaking out as they could have easily broken through and that would have been a mess!!  thankfully, that didn't happen and they returned safely. leashes were then put on. with Blossom this was never a concern.  only swimming.  these guys are more bird chasers right now.  lesson learned.
 using the bathing set up post swim.  they were so fluffy last night.  hopefully we got rid of some extra hair.
 stopped by the bear tree after just to have a peek. she was back in the tree.
 i had stopped by earlier that day and there was a male bear near by.  she was on alert. a group of us bear paparazzi got to watch this male bear move toward the tree.  he eventually was a the base of her tree.  she was not happy.  he started to climb the tree she was in and she began to huff at him.  he backed off and took off.  she then came down the tree and sniffed around. she then followed after him to scare him off.  it was pretty cool to watch it all play out.
 she'd kept her cubs pretty close.  i did catch a wee glimpse of one yesterday during all this.  no photo's of the young ones yet.
 Ivy sacked out.
 these are back at the other Anchorage beach at Kincaid.
 just a few weeks and loads more ice.

 cute puppies still
 this time in the sand.
 the mastiff would add a nice color to the mix...more of the blossom color.  he's 2 and a dogue de bordeaux or french mastiff.
 have seen geese return and i hear there are sandhills back in Homer.  there is apparently a grizzly kill ( a grizzly killed a moose) on the potter to mchugh trail so that is closed until that is resolved naturally. selecting good trails to walk with the pups gets tough as the ice melts.  probably the valley has some options.

 Tusker chews on a stick.
 we have gotten some good training in this week.  need to do some of the rally moves so she'll remember those.
 didn't make it to the science march.  was up late as the last blog shows and so i overslept the next morning.  sounds like there was a good turn out and i loved checking out the various signs from across the many marches that were held.
 the Rus have flown close to AK at least 4 times in the past week.  NK is now threatening to take out our Naval ships.  things have deteriorated across the globe very quickly...the iitoo is going to get many killed...and he'll make a ton of money doing it.
 liked this funky ice sculpture that nature created via meltage.

 pretty cool...guess i should try and get to sleep a wee bit earlier.  i do have a to do list to work on.  managed laundry today.
grateful for:  A.  the many years we've had relative peace on our lands...  B.  smart puppies  C.  laughter...a decent laugh can help you get through the crap.