Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I was just given a blog-challenge from www.deltabluez.blogspot.com.
Basically, Here are the rules of the challenge:
1. You get selected
2. Go to the 6th folder and get the 6th picture
3. Post it and spill the beans
4. You pick someone else

Well, it turns out that my 6th folder in my generic PICTURES folder is "Mattie & Kuro Movies." And, in there were only 4 movie files, so I chose the last one, which is 50 seconds long and titled, Mattie, Kuro and the Bee.

Mattie, Kuro & the Bee: Kuro is Diane Pagel's (my herding instructor) gorgeous Scottish bred Border Collie (he is nearly 1 year old now, and probably 7 or 8 months old in this video). We took care of Kuro for a few months in the Summer while Diane underwent some health events. We LOVE Kuro and, as you can see in this video, so does my dog Mattie, the Smithfield Sheepdog. Mattie and Kuro would play like this for at LEAST 45 minutes every night that we had him with us. In this particular footage, you can see Kuro taking a bit of a whoopin' from Mattie, and his desperate attempts to find his magical "Busy Bee" in the basket of dog toys which, I seem to think, he believes will stump and confuse Mattie and make her go away. Or, he was inspired by the pest control "Rid-Ex" commercial on the TV, playing in the background. Kuro is one smart cookie!!

So, we are having some significant snow event right now - about 6 inches of snow has accumulated thus far (probably will end up being around 9 inches by tomorrow morning). It has been very cold for over a week now. The ground outside is frozen - I don't believe the dogs have ever experienced Perrma-Frost before (well, maybe Scott has since he lived in Canada for 6 years). I've been feeding my wild birds and squirrels a variety of breads and seeds today - it disappears in about an hour. Very hungry little forest creatures!

I took a glamour shot of Scott out in the snow today...

Here Scott is running up our sledding hill yard...

Mattie & Scott

I want to get my skis out. Yes - I got a limited snow-skiing pass this year, it's my very first one ever. I have skied probably 9 times now in my entire life, and 8 of those times were over 10 years ago (excluding Cross Country). I do have my own equipment now and a great support team comprised of Jerill, Andy, Amy, Liz and Laird. I just realized I really should be getting in shape physically actually in order to not hurt myself up there!

It's my father's Birthday today so we are going to the Casino Buffet for dinner - Snow or not, nothing will keep Pops away from all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib!

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