Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kentucky Dawn (89/365)

This is what the start of a sunrise in Kentucky in March looks like.  I wanted to get the sun peeking over the trees, but I was already late for work.  Maybe next time!

Kentucky Dawn - 89/365

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hippity Hoppity (88/365)

Project 365: 88/365

Hippity Hoppity - 88/365

Easter is on it's way!  And spring is definitely here.  Being allergic to every single type of Kentucky tree pollen, my allergies have let me know that everything is in bloom at once around here.  I've been sneezing, wheezing, coughing and wiping watery eyes for a few days now.  Claritin and Benedryl are my two best buds right now.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friends & TiVo Repairs

Project 365: 86/365

Cookout! - 86/365

Saturday was such a nice day we decided to have an impromptu cookout with a few friends.  Charlie & Christina came over with their dogs Molly and Scrappy.  And John & Jenn also came out for some good food.  After everyone ate we headed back up to the house to watch the Cats play (and lose).  It was a fun evening!

Project 365: 87/365

TiVo Repair - 87/365

Our TiVo hard drive has been clacking for a while so we knew it was going bad.  We didn't realize how bad until we were watching the game, which feeds through the TiVo via live television, and the signal kept breaking up.  So Jason decided to swap out the hard drive in it today.  He's not had much luck and isn't sure what's wrong.  So for the time being we've moved a spare TiVo downstairs with a smaller hard drive until he can get the larger one straightened out.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Barns & Dogs

Project 365: 85/365
Barn on a Hill - 85/365

Yesterday we went to view a couple of properties we were interested in.  This was the one we were really hoping would work out, but in the end result it didn't.  The cleared 6 acres was ok, the barn was great and the pond was awesome.  But the remaining 11 acres of woods was horrible and unusable.  They were a huge drop down to the creek below.  If it was gently rolling it would have been perfect, but it was almost cliff like, so we had to pass on it.  We looked at another one but it appeared that it had already been purchased even though it was still listed.  The sign was gone and some work was being done, though I don't think we would have been happy with that one either.  So the search continues!

Project 365: 84/365
Pup in a Box - 84/365

And this is just a goofy photo of Lois.  We wanted to see what she would do if we sat her in a box.  She just sat there and looked at us like "what are you doing?".  Fun with dogs!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rainy Days, Lazy Dogs

Project 365: 80/365
Cold, Rainy Sundays - 80/365
I always have to fight the beast to get a spot on the couch.  If I resort to the armchair, he decides he's a lap dog...and then I can't see the tv.

Project 365: 81/365

Too Big - 81/365

When the big dog toys are too big to fit in your mouth, just sleep on them.

In regular, non-dog news, we found another piece of property that looks *really* nice and perfectly what we're looking for, in theory.  We'll find out on Friday when we go check it out to see if it's all it appears to be.  It's in Taylorsville, so not too far from Louisville and in a beautiful area of the state, very close to Taylorsville Lake.  It's 18.5 acres and already has a structurally sound tobacco barn on it, which would be awesome for storage.  The front 6 acres are cleared and the rest is all nice, lush woods with a gentle drop-off perfect for building out a walk-out ranch (so we were told).  We're trying not to get our hopes up too much, but if this really is all it's described to be, we'll be making a purchase real soon and our 6 acres at Dog Woods will be put up for sale.  More updates on Friday!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Yellow Tulips - (79/365)

Tulips - 79/365

My mom and grandma came by the other day and Grandma brought me some beautiful yellow tulips to plant in the flower beds.  The weather has been so beautiful that we've spent a lot of the last couple of days outside - great weather to end my 10 day stint at home.

We're on the property hunt again.  We're looking for our final destination piece of land - preferably 20 acres or more, which we will build on.  We looked at 28 acres and 26 acres yesterday, but did not like the way the land had very large drop-offs, making it mostly unusable.  We have a few more we've inquired on, including a 65 acre piece that sounds too good to be true, so it probably is.  Hopefully soon I'll be showing photos of our new property!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Butterfly Koi (78/365)

Butterfly Koi - 78/365

A few of the fish in our backyard pond.  The gold and white ones are butterfly koi and the orange speckled one is a shubunkin goldfish. The hawks or herons, or maybe both, have obviously been fishing in the pond.  We're down quite a few fish from what we started with.  But we're looking to add a few more koi soon.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sugar Gliders! (77/365)

Today my friend Brittany stopped by and brought along three of her four sugar gliders!  Jason and I have been wanting to see them and she was in the neighborhood so came by for a visit.  They are soo cute!  Sugar gliders are small, gliding marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea.  They have little arm flaps that allow them to glide through the air, sorta like a flying squirrel.  Just because they are cute doesn't mean they are for everyone though.  For a full run-down on sugar gliders as pets, be sure to read Brittany's blog post of all the ins and outs of sugar glider care.   Jenn stopped in to meet the little guys too - I think she liked them!

Sugar Glider I - 77/365

Sugar Glider II

Sugar Glider III

Sugar Glider IV

Jenn's Buddy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring is Here! (76/365)

AhSpring is Here!

Ahhh the lovely beginnings of spring's pretty colors!  These blooms are sprouting under our front yard maple tree.  I'm really not sure what they are, but what a wonderful sign of the color and blooms to come!

Doing so much better today.  I actually removed my butt from the couch and spent most of the day at my office computer.  Then Jason and I porch dwelled for a bit.  Once it got chilly we started up a nice fire in the fire pit on the lower porch and had a great evening chatting and enjoying the nice weather.  From tomorrow through Saturday it's supposed to be in the upper 60's - whooo! Because of this glorious weather we plan to porch dwell with friends on Friday evening and I can't wait!   Even with all the Wii goodies going on the last few months, I can't wait to hang on the screened in porch in the nice weather again!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stealth Mode...Almost (75/365)

Almost Stealth Mode - 75/365

Her white patches and beady eyes give her away!

As for me, I'm feeling much better today.  I should be able to remove myself from the couch tomorrow.  I've been up and about quite a bit today, even swept the dog hair off the floor because it was driving me insane watching it blow across the room. Maybe tomorrow we can look forward to a non-dog photo - perhaps a St. Paddy's Day photo!  We'll see how it goes...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

B/W Buddy - 73/365

B/W Buddy - 73/365

I'm still couch ridden so you're still at the mercy of couch dogs.  Buddy lays with me daily - my trusty side-kick, even though he does kick me more than he should!  Feeling much better today.  I haven't had any pain medication since I woke up this morning and won't take anymore until right before bedtime since I tend to toss and turn in my sleep.  Here's to hoping tomorrow will be an even better day!

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (72/365)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep - 72/365

Actually it was more of a "oh no, here comes that flashy thing again". Hehe.  More couch shots.  I haven't really done much more than sit on the couch, nap, watch tv and play online.  Feeling better today and am going to try to get some work done on the site though.

Also, yesterday started the new photo scavenger hunt round, so maybe I'll get some more interesting shots that aren't just my dogs!

Friday, March 12, 2010

My View from the Couch (71/365)

My View from the Couch - 71/365

Nine times out of ten when I look up this is what I see! Blue likes to check up on me while I'm recovering, but he knows he can't jump up on the couch with me. Such a sweet boy!

Gall Bladder Removal Recovery

I'm happy to say that the gall bladder removal was successful!  Though my belly button will never be the same again since that was the exit for the gall bladder and all the stones, including one that was the diameter of a quarter.  Oh well, one more excuse to avoid bikinis!  Recovery is going well.  Just a little bit of discomfort that the pain pills mostly take care of.  Still bloated with the gas they pumped in me and I think once that's gone I'll feel much better.  I camped out on the couch yesterday and likely will be doing the same today, but at least today I'm almost fully coherent and not falling asleep every 20 minutes.

Also, I didn't get a chance to post my last two project photos before I went to surgery, so here they are. I had the good idea to get yesterday's photo that morning knowing I would not be in the shape to do so after I got home!

Knock Back a Cold One: 69/365
This is a beer stein I bought and etched a dragon on for myself.  I was born in the Year of the Dragon.  I also made Jason a tiger stein for his birth year, though I think his is collecting dust on his desk shelf.
Knock Back a Cold One - 69/365

A Storm is Brewing: 70/365
And this one I took yesterday morning before heading to the hospital. I thought I was going to miss the first storm of the year (I love thunderstorms, minus tornadoes), but this storm ended up passing us by. It made for some nice clouds though!
A Storm is Brewing - 70/365

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

All of Them...Sort Of (Project 365: 68/365)

All of Them...Sort Of - 68/365
First time I've gotten them all in one shot...sort of. If Lois Lane had been looking up I would have called it good. I just can't get that little twerp to sit still!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Red Shouldered Hawk (Project 365: 67/365)

I've been chasing a pair of Red Shouldered Hawks that live down by the pond at work for a couple of months now trying to get some decent shots. Today as I was getting in my truck I noticed one of them in the tree by the pond. One had a rabbit and was perched on top of the light post in the parking lot and the other joined him. As I was changing my focus one of them swooped down and dive bombed me. I literally had to duck to my knees to keep from getting clocked. I just wish I'd have had my focus ready when s/he was swooping straight for me! It was quite exciting!

Red Shouldered Hawk - 67/365

Red Shouldered Hawk II

Red Shouldered Hawk III

Yesterday was such a beautiful day that Jason and I spent most of the afternoon on the screened porch with the pups.  I got all the boys' photos.  Lois Lane wouldn't sit still (go figure).

Hardy Dog - 66/365

Buddy Dawg

Blue Dog

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Canine Disapproval (Project 365: 65/365)

Canine Disapproval - 65/365

This is Bailey.  He is cared for by our friends Eric and Teena.  A cute little chihuahua with a big attitude!  He's actually a very sweet dog, but I think every photo I have of him has this look of "I dare you!".  We saw Bailey tonight at a cookout/Last Game at Freedom Hall for the Cards party.  He's  a cute little stinker!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nutty Blue (Project 365: 60 & 61/365)

Another two-fer.  Playing with the extension tubes for macro shots again.
Nutty - 60/365

And Blue, cleaning up after a yummy dinner.  Love that tongue!
Mmm Mmmm Good - 61/365

We had a "team building" outing today at work for the eBusiness team and we got to leave work at 2:30 and spend a couple of hours at the bowling alley.  It was fun for a change, especially for a Tuesday.  I bowled a 96 and a 102.  Not great, but not bad considering it's only the fourth time I've been bowling this year and haven't been before that in forever.  One of these days I'll get the hang of it again!

I'm hoping to get back into my regular photo scavenger hunt this coming month to help provide more interesting shots for my one a day project - we'll see what happens!