4th of July at the Lake


Hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July holiday!


Down by the River Where the Green Grass Grows…

(Alternative title: You Dirty Dog!)

Since it was such a beautiful day yesterday (yay!!!) my daughter and I decided to take Aspen on a nice, long walk down by the river. On our way home, Aspen spotted this path to the water:


Apparently she thought it looked quite inviting because when I tried to continue down the walking path, she did this:


This is her new trick when she doesn’t want to go somewhere. She sits down and drapes her paw over her leash. That is her, “No, Mom! I don’t want to go that way!” signal. I told her I understood that as a retriever, she has an inherent love of the water, but that I have an inherent love of staying on schedule and we really needed to be getting home. Well, Aspen’s an adaptable dog. If she couldn’t go in the river, I guess she figured she’d have to make do with this:

IMG_0812By the time I got her out and home, she looked like this:

IMG_8318Memo to self: Next time, just let the dog go in the river. It will save you time in the long-run!

Howdy, Neighbor!

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Our next-door neighbors adopted two sweet kittens about a year ago, and Aspen has spent that last year trying desperately to go visit them. As tends to happen with girls who come on a little too strong, however, she kept getting rebuffed. Over and over again. Until yesterday, this happened. A moment of inter-species rapprochement. Right after I snapped this photo of peace and harmony, however, Aspen got a little over-excited and started doing her puppy dance, which the cat had absolutely no interest in witnessing. He promptly jumped the fence and the moment was over, but hey, at least it could be the start of a new friendship and made for a cute photo op in the meantime.

Keeping her guard up


We live on a rather busy street, and Aspen likes nothing better than to sit in the front yard, watching the world go by. She watches the cars and the buses and the bicycles and the pedestrians and, especially, the other dogs. She rarely barks, unless she thinks something is amiss, then she gives her big dog bark to alert us. She thinks it a very important job. And apparently, it can be very tiring, as well!


Happy 1st Birthday, Aspen!



I really can’t believe that’s it’s been a whole year since I received the email from Aspen’s breeder that her litter had arrived. What a fast year! I also can’t believe how much love, laughter, and yes, hair, this furry girl has added to our lives. She is such a sweet, smart, loyal dog. We love you to pieces, Aspen, and here’s to hopefully many, many more birthdays to come!

Back Where We Belong…


(in more ways than one!)

The last couple of months were a whirlwind! Just when Aspen and I got to feeling better, work got crazy and we briefly thought we might be moving, so most of my online time was spent on Zillow and Realtor.com. Once we got through that phase, we were in the end-of-the-year, madcap season of last recitals, class picnics, concerts, sharing days, etc., etc. We had one “graduate” from preschool, one graduate from middle school, and one graduate from high school, with all of the accompanying parties and out-of-town company. It was a bit nutty, to say the least.

A few days after that wrapped up, we again packed up the car within an inch of its life and headed down to our beloved lake house. We have been here two and a half weeks, and accomplished a lot of remodeling, painting, and decorating in that time. Our spring flood kind of forced that issue! But in between the dusting and stubbing and sparkling and painting, we’ve managed to have some fun, too. And Aspen? Life is always fun for a golden retriever! She has even learned to swim (which actually took some doing since she’s not the bravest thing in the world).


I’ll try to post photos tomorrow. The Lake┬áreally knows how to do the Fouth of July up right!

It feels good to be back- at the lake and on the blog!