The Happiest Place on Earth

…for dogs and their owners in Thurston County.

We have been dog advocates for several years, and have rescued our girls from what could have been a terrible end to their sweet lives. Luckily, thanks to Yakima Humane Society and the Grant County Animal Shelter, we were connected and it has been love ever since.

We try to make it to the Thurston County Dog Park at least every week, but winter can really slow us down.  It has been really cold and crisp out this week, so we loaded up the dogs and let them go run out the cabin fever that has taken over us all!

From I-5 it doesn’t look like much. To be honest, there isn’t much for humans, but that’s kind of the point.  There is a seperate fenced playground for kids, a few picnic tables, some newly planted trees and a walking loop.  For the dogs, there is a dogwalk platform, teeter-totter, tube, and hurdle in the big dog section. There is a timid/small dog area as well offering these things only, well, smaller. Boots are advised most of the time, its a little muddy all the time. It is maintained by Thurston County Parks, Soundhounds, and other volunteer groups. We love this place and hope it only gets better as time goes on. DogPark-4a

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Radio Silence and the Smell of Cinnamon

I have been outrageously busy, crazy, and manic for the last few weeks. This weekend offered the opportunity to unwind, do laundry, and generally appreciate the home we’ve made. I wanted to smell cinnamon since the holiday season is upon us, so I went way back to the archives of my childhood memories, to make cinnamon ornaments.  Back then, we used a little star cookie cutter. This year I went for tiny trees and hearts.  I had a few furry helpers around the house to watch the progress. Holiday

This recipe is super easy and relatively inexpensive.

For supplies, I used my homemade apple sauce, cinnamon and glue from the local dollar outlet. This batch cost me less than $4.00 to make two dozen 3 inch cinnamon ornaments.craft-1-2a

I use these little holiday reminders instead of gift tags and plan to use them to complete the homemade christmas bundles I will be passing out.

Here is what you will need:

1 Cup of Cinnamon

1/3 cup Applesauce

1/2 cup white glue

 

Directions: Add Cinnamon and Applesauce together until dry blended. Add glue using a spatula and mix into a dry ball of dough.  Give it a 15 minutes to settle, then separate into quarters. Using a rolling pin on a hard surface, roll to 1/4 inch and use cookie cutters in any size. Using a toothpick, create a hole through for hanging.  craft-13acraft-2acraft-4acraft-8a

craft-11acraft-3acraft-6aYou can either bake for an hour at 200 (f) degrees or air dry overnight, flipping occasionally to make sure they stay straight thoughout the drying process.  Be sure to have your helpers nearby to keep an eye on things.craft-5a

 

Fellas and Dogs

I had a chance for a quick evening session with two sweet boys and their dogs. We used Wonderwood Park in Lacey as a backdrop. Its one of my favorite parks in the area because it has beautiful trees, a mix of paved and unpaved trails, and there are always families there.  The boys were silly, and the dogs were sillier. It always adds a fun element of suprise with two wiggly Dachshunds and an overly affectionate Pomeranian.

Summer-At Last!

I know, I know the last blog was about Spring.  Things have been busy, busy around here.

Yet here we are, 1st day of summer and it is 75 degrees and sunny.  That means BBQ, lazing, and bare feet in the grass. Life is Good.

 

Snow Days

This week the Northwest experienced a whole lot of snow, a whole lot of ice, and a whole lot of darkness.  Now coming from Central Washington, I am no stranger to snow. I drive an all wheel drive, go slow, and bunker down when needed. Nevertheless, I found myself worried during the inevitable disasters around us. I had the holiday off on Monday, and made it to work on Tuesday, with my boss questioning my sanity. “You’re here? It is going to get bad, you should go home..” I stayed the day and came home with no problems. The next day we woke up to more than a foot of snow on the ground. Living in a large city with limited snow removal resources, the roads were messy. My office closed, so I managed to have a relaxing and fun snow day.  The next day came the ice. It hailed, rained, and then sleeted for hours. The neighboring trees started to crack.  Then in the back, we heard the slow loud crack of a tree. Our corkscrew willow had lost its entire top.  It’s really a shame, its our favorite shade tree in the summer. A few hours the lights went out. Our house stayed dark for 36 hours. Luckily we have a gas fireplace. It kept the house at a cool 50 degrees. Of course, nothing we couldn’t handle. Neighbors were helping neighbors dig out, making sure everyone had what they needed. What a wonderful show of neighborly kindness. We dug, we laughed, and commiserated about the situation. All in all, I worked 1 of the 4 workdays this week, and loved EVERY second.

Busy Busy Busy

It has been a busy month- Me and Hubs both have December Birthdays, have lots of friends and family to visit during the holidays, and still have to do our  ‘day’ jobs… Here is what we have been up to…

 

Thankful

Every year I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and more specifically  my Grandmother. She is my favorite person in the world. The older I get, the more I appreciate her.  This year was a different mix of family and friends. It was a change, but was wonderful.