Apr 212014
 

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The Saturday following the arrival of our Hungry Goats, Mr. Wild Dingo and I entered the pasture from Lower Nitwit trail to begin our dog walk.  As usual, I began taking photos while Mr. Wild Dingo, the cracker and the criminal all patiently looked on.  Then I saw a little black blob that wasn’t there the day before. A baby goat who, from the looks of her mom, had arrived merely hours before we did.

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Apr 192014
 
Gone to the Goats

It’s that time of year again when the pasture at the end of NitWit trail becomes overgrown. Normally we use our fantastic land clearing crew who’ve not only developed Lower Nitwit trail but have been instrumental in keeping the property fire-safe. We were at a point though that it was becoming more difficult to manage [...]

Apr 022014
 
A Game of Inches

Anyone can end up in hell: by the choices you make or by the luck of the lottery. Since nobody’s going to reach in to pluck you out of hell and plop you into paradise, you have two choices:  stay there and be miserable or claw your way out—one inch at a time. That clawing [...]

Mar 132014
 
Boy Toy

It’s beautiful, sunny, shorts and short-sleeve weather in March. It must be California. There’s our boy, caught between his two favorite bitches.

Mar 052014
 
Standing Still at Warp Speed

Sometimes I feel like Lyme disease is a black hole and I’m standing on its event horizon. Petrified, yet consumed with its mystery. My feet too heavy to move from the crushing grip it has on me. One second of my life spent frozen on the event horizon and a life time of the world [...]

Feb 172014
 
A Love Story

“Hello handsome! My name is Lily!” Sometimes I think Loki is oblivious to the power of his suave, striking good looks over the (insert Barry White voice) ladies.

Feb 102014
 
Around Every Corner Mischief Awaits

It seemed like an eternity passed before I could find an angle that would capture both the dogs and a good portion of one of my favorite walking spots. After a few minutes of positioning the dogs, testing the angles and arguing with the cracker that “stay” means “stay” and that “look” means “look at [...]

Jan 202014
 
Criminal Sibe Investigation

CSI Criminal Sibe Investigation  On a routine property stroll, a local mole tenant was found murdered at 11:03 A.M. this morning on a hillside next to his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Subject appears to have been dead for over 36 hours. There are multiple signs of forced entry.  Eight holes were found dug [...]

Dec 102013
 
The Stoic Ice Queen

Well, she’s done it again. She zoomied herself into a gnarly injury that won’t go away. This time, her shoulders. Over the summer, I  noticed a very subtle “head bob” at the beginning of our walks, but it would vanish within a minute. Each time she over-zoomied, her head bob got worse, but any time [...]

Dec 032013
 
Temptation Waits

“Princess I can resist anything but temptation.” “Yield to temptation, Big Boy. It may not pass your way again!”

Nov 272013
 
If Not Nitwit Then What?

Long time readers will remember Nitwit bridge and trail. We constructed that trail and bridge to make it easy to avoid walking a dangerous country road where people drive much too fast. It’s a trail that leads up to another area of our property and out roads that have safe sidewalks for our local hikes [...]

Nov 162013
 
He Wouldn't Hurt a Fly

Poor Loki stood outside the bedroom, hiding behind the door and refusing to go to bed. I invited him in, coddled and scratched his favorite places, but he only stood there, afraid. Something was wrong but for the life of me, I couldn’t see the problem. So I brushed my teeth and ignored the situation, [...]

Oct 212013
 
Better Days

“Princess, why is Mom so darn whiny and slow? She’s got a total handicap with those big wheels. Geesh.” “Big boy, your guess is as good as mine. She looks totally healthy and fine to me.” Lyme Disease is nothing if not deceptive and a complete mind-f*ck.

Oct 152013
 
The Enemy

Meet Borrelia burgdorferi. Otherwise known as the spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. It’s what has been setting up shop, wreaking havoc and thriving stealthily under the standard diagnostic radar for 8 years in my body. To be honest, Internet, I wasn’t going to even mention this because when I first heard “Lyme,” I thought it [...]

Oct 072013
 
Go Team Jodhpurs!

Team Jodhpurs (Juno and Mr. Wild Dingo) had a fantastic ride yesterday, dropping Team Cracker (Loki and I) in the dust all the way up to the top of the big climb.

Oct 032013
 
Passionately Dedicated to the Pursuit of Short Term Goals

It’s time to take a page out of my dog’s book on living. In my life, I’ve been disciplined, dedicated and goal-oriented. I’ve had ambitions and dreams, just like anyone else. For the past few years, I’ve been struggling a bit with guilt that surrounds my no longer having any dreams. Lately, even my hobbies [...]