Jun 15, 2022

Play date!

Last Sunday, June 12th, the girls had a play date with their friend Shawney and two other dachshunds were also invited that they did not know. However each and every doxie are friends, they love each other. There is a bond between the breed.

Our girls on the left then a new dude to the group, Cooper. He is not fixed and is very interested in Shawney ( to the right ) who may or may not be in heat. Her Mom is not ready to breed her yet.

It wasn’t long before Shawney had her female parts covered just in case. Ciela is so very submissive.

There were five ladies and Colin. That is Gunner in front with a right blue eye. So very pretty.

They all love to run and chase. Note that the three girls are in the lead. Our two girls and Shawney are only four months apart in age and all three weight 8.8 lbs so they are well matched.

A lovely yard for adults and pups alike.

Another pile up.

Hmm pups are getting tired. One on my lap and two up on the porch with Colin.

Close to two hours later we took our two home. As you can see they were exhausted. They ere asleep before we even left the driveway.  I am sure that they had a great time.





Jun 13, 2022

Rain, rain, go away and don’t come back!

Yesterday was a fabulous day, more about that later this week.

We knew the rain was coming and it did as well as the cooler temps. There might be snow up at higher elevations tonight. So far our lake is holding but evacuations have started in a few areas not far from us as the river/lake levels rise. We are not too concerned about our lake.

The girls insisted on having the fireplace on. They totally delayed going out to do their business. No way they said. Just after 2:30PM Ciela rang the bells and came to my desk to see why it was taking me a minute to get up. She had to go – now!

Colin’s bucket for his bazooka. Rain filled the bucket today. It is only used if they are barking loudly, for instance at kayakers. It is never aimed at them but close by and the sound of the water is enough to quiet them. So much rain.

So the girls and I slept in. Colin played his guitar off and on and got some detailed things crossed off his to do list. So did I. Hoping for less rain tomorrow as I do have to do some errands that can’t wait. Listening to the rain on the roof makes one very relaxed.


Jun 12, 2022

Things growing and some fun

Our three geese families paddled past the other night, one after the other. I think there were at least two or three goslings before.

One of the first families, growing so quickly.

So fun to watch.

Planted on Sunday June 5th and only four days later on Thursday the 9th, they have germinated and grown quickly. The ones we planted in the garden ( those that were not eaten ) are not this big. Maybe we need a green house. Not going to happen.

There was a garage sale here in the park yesterday ( Saturday ). So we took the girls and off we went looking for treasures.

We picked up these four barrel pots ( 22 inches across and 18 inches high ). Based on how we may be experiencing a shortage of food because of the increase in fuel prices and just shortage in general of things Colin thought these might come in handy to grow even more veggies. He also picked up a small garbage can with a lid and a garden hose at this same place.

I passed on these three nesting ceramic pots but at the end of the sale I went back and got them for 45% off. The colours fit in with our outdoor summer colour scheme. I also picked up two Mexican wine glasses that I liked as they had a small goblet ( means that I pour less wine ). We also picked up more plastic green fencing for the Isla. We were out for for close to three hours, stopped and chatted with so many people, some we knew and met new folks, Turns out that we needed everything that we bought even though when we started out not needing anything.

The girls were so very good, they only barked once at the beginning.

They were quite happy to just sit and wait for us.

As we rounded a corner this fellow was on our left.

And this couple was on our right. We certainly startled them into flight.

Looks like someone must have sold this home ( which was on the lake – I bet they are getting a new one ) and was having it moved by the new owners. We later saw its new location but today when we walked past, it had not been delivered yet. Hope the moving problems will be easily solved.

My first portulaca / moss rose. Looks like we will have to start eating some of this tender lettuce. That is a basil plant in the middle.

It was lovely having two warm and sunny days over the weekend but now the forecast is for heavy rain ( we even have a special weather statement to that effect ) and much cooler temperatures.  We had highs of 23C/73.4F and tomorrow we hope to get to 13C/55.4F.  Such a contrast 🙁




Jun 11, 2022

Que pasa

Well we have had a few, maybe two half days of sun but we also had a good deal of rain. Between that rain and the snowmelt which is late this year our lake  as well as other rivers, streams and lakes in BC have begun to rise. When the sun is shining everyone heads outside to enjoy it. Including the girls who are eager to sit on the front step in the sun despite the cool wind blowing in off the lake.

Peas prefer cooler weather and ours are growing well. I still have a full row to plant but not sure if I should wait or do it now?

On the last sunny day I went for a walk with Colin and the girls. I prefer perfect walking conditions. Anyway, we ran into this 3 year old pit bull in the off leash dog park. Fortunately it was on a leash which was held with two hands by the owner. This was a very quick hola and adios.  We don’t know this dog nor the owner so we left rather quickly. The girls were very calm.

I picked up a few wild roses while on the walk. I was born in Alberta and this flower is the official provincial flower called the Alberta Wild Rose. It holds its fragrance for a long time so I made a tiny arrangement.

The first produce from our garden.

Do you remember when the optical place had to replace my lenses because they scratched them putting in new nose pads? Well I am having a good deal of trouble with them. I went in once and was assured that they were exactly the same. However I continue to have trouble with the computer and even reading a real book.  Not problems reading on my iPad because I have the letters larger. I think I am going to have to go back in next week and get the actual focal point of the progressives rechecked. I am not happy that my neck is tilted so far back.

Our Honey Locust is finally getting fuller as the leaves get larger. I love the lime green colour.

So much contrast from the Mountain Ash.

We were somewhat concered about this canoe sitting so low in the water. Neither adult nor the dog in the middle had life jackets but the child in front, in pink, did.

It was a difficult paddle back going against the wind.

A reflective sunset to the east.

And then just at the end towards the northwest some colour.

Carlie totally relaxed laying on her back in my arms.

I was supposed to post this yesterday evening but the server that hosts my blog was down. It took me a while to figure out that it was not my computer. I was happy about that.






Jun 08, 2022

Gosh every day seems to be so full

Our usual cloudy sky. Having said that, yesterday and today we got up to 23C and sun was involved. Not all day but at least part of the day.

Finally I got a photo of our resident snake that is keeping the girls so occupied.

He does not seem very friendly – at least to me. Look at that beady eye.

There are so many to do’s on the list and I miss recording more than half of them. Here Colin is restring our decorative lights. The strong winds over the winter broke them in a few places.

They are hung with small bungee cords which gives them some movement in the wind.

Personally I dislike looking at those bungee cords but at dusk and in the late evening one only sees the lights.

Whenever Colin leaves, even to go to the garbage, the girls wait and watch.

For the first time Carlie left her sister and went outside to lay in the grass. Of course as soon as I appeared with the camera she stood up. I liked that she was showing some independence.

This past Sunday  Colin planted new cucumber seeds in tiny seedling pots. They are living inside and sit in the sun all day. Soon we will hopefully be able to transplant them.

A very old retired plane ( de Havilland Mosquito ) was supposed to land here Monday morning. It was flying in from Vancouver to spend the rest of its life in the new aviation museum that will open next month.  Sadly it never left Vancouver due to mechanical issues but it will still fly here, just not certain when. So we were surprised to see this fly pass. We can only surmise that they were to escort the old plane once it arrived and so did a few passes for those waiting to see this historic moment. Of course we saw it all from the comfort of our patio.

The new on command hot water parts arrived on May 30th but the plumber could not get here until Monday June 6th.

Looks complicated. He was here 10 -12 days ago for many hours and again this past Monday for over three hours. We do have working hot water – finally. However he isn’t going to give us our final invoice till next week just to make sure. We already payed  almost $1000.00 on May 25th when he thought that he had fixed the problem  At least we didn’t have to pay for the new parts.






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