Sunday, January 30, 2011

Before and After....but NCC*

For those of you who might not be subscribed to the Corgi-L email listserv where NCC is a well-known acronym, NCC stands for No Corgi Content.

Back in December, Wilson had one of his Wordless Wednesdays showing a project going on in our house.  We've been in our house since early 1998 and the kitchen has little by little started to show it's wear. As our neighbors have remodeled theirs, ours felt more and more in need of a facelift. So we jokingly said, when the first appliance finally bites the dust, we will start looking into what it will take. Well, the dishwasher was the first to call it quits, and after much should-we-shouldn't-we angst, we dove into a kitchen remodel during the holidays. It was a huging learning experience and John deserves 99% of the credit for getting it all pulled together. He ran a very tight ship and a very tight budget!

Here's the before look, a nice country style kitchen that had an apple theme wallpaper.....The photos do a good job of hiding all the faded wallpaper, scratched up cabinets, bump and scrapes....



And the after look, a suburban chic look, with pretty much the same layout, but a totally different feel....





The really great part was that almost none of our old kitchen went into the trash stream. We sold every last thing on Craigslist, right down to the old area rugs that we weren't going to try sell. But someone looking at our cabinet ad saw the rugs and wanted to buy just them! So, in the end, only our old Pergo flooring was trashed, well, and of course the old wallpaper :-) If ever you need to sell something, definitely give Craigslist a try, it truly is amazing what sells!

And of course, now the master bedroom bathroom is starting to look shabby in comparison........

Friday, January 28, 2011

More Jimmy......

This first one is CLASSIC Jimmy! He is a non-stop talker! He had tried to get Wilson to chase him in what Wilson considered to be too deep of snow. So when I got down on the ground for pictures, he start sassing me to see if I would play.....


Jimmy loves to catch snowballs and then eat them. Here he's watching an incoming missile.....


His catch wasn't so great, so he's moved on to pouncing on the missed snowball. It looks like he's doing a little jig. Snow makes Jimmy very happy.


Something interesting behind me, most likely a squirrel. Deep snow can be very frustrating when it comes to chasing the wildlife! Not sure why, but I really like this shot.....



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rope Swing! ....The Movie!

You might remember this post back in July, where Jimmy went a bit nutty over a rope swing the neighborhood kids had set up. Well, his fascination still holds, and today I shot the movie version!

You'll notice Wilson run into view a few times. He was trying very hard to get me to throw a stick in the stream. Yea, right! This morning it was 14 degrees. I was not going to turn him into a pup-sicle!

Enjoy Jimmy's silliness!

Saturday Steps

Here are a couple of old shots from before Jimmy was even a year old. The boys posed themselves with no coaxing from me. They fit the Saturday Steps theme pretty well!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Steps


Despite being tiny, our deck in the backyard has steps off to the left and off to the right. The boys use this as part of the big loops around the yard when they play chase games. Jimmy especially takes some pretty cringe-inducing (for me) leaps, looking briefly like Superman as he jumps down. Now when there is a bit of snow, the deck gets slick, and as Wilson runs across, he slides the last few feet. In this instance, Jimmy "cut him off at the pass", blocking him from coming down the steps, so he skid to a stop.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another Snowy Walk

We keep getting these gorgeous dustings of snow. They are so wonderful....beautiful to look at, they make the boys all jiggy and excited, and there is not enough snow to do any shoveling! It doesn't get much better!




Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So Serious

.... he's probably worrying about those burrs below his collar......

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Snowy Saturday Morning

We had an even bigger dusting of snow overnight Friday into Saturday. Here are a few pictures from our morning walk....

Jimmy giving the Ultimate Raspberry...Nanner, nanner, Wilson, you can't catch me!


Snow makes Wilson extra-jiggy! Look at those nutty eyes!



More of the chase game.....


Later on after the game of tag, here's Wilson down by the lake......


There's Deer in Them Thar Woods!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Looking for Adventure.....

Scenes from our walk this morning......We had a very light dusting of snow overnight. I walked the boys up to one of the undeveloped fields about a mile from my house. It was teeming with wildlife tracks, smells, and of course, delicious poop. We made a circuit of the field and near a large stream bank, the Foxtrot started, and the off-leash priviledges ceased.







Thursday, January 6, 2011

No Favoritism!

Lest anyone should think I showed favoritism, and spared Jimmy the indignities of a bath, that is definitely not so.....



This tub never drains well....I just don't know why....


Monday, January 3, 2011

Doing the Foxtrot

Wilson and Jimmy are pretty good at off-leash walks. They listen well and like to keep me in their eyesight. I always keep an eye out for joggers, bikers, other dog walkers, etc. to be sure no one is bothered. Leashes go on and off many times throughout our walks. Despite living in a heavily populated area, there are plenty of safe trails that allow for a bit of freedom. Off-leash walks are great because we all get more exercise. I get to walk at a steady, fast pace, not needing to pause at all those smells the boys investigate. And the boys get to sprint much more often, either catching back up to me after a long sniff-fest, or chasing squirrels and bunnies. I don't mind them chasing squirrels or bunnies as these critters either head up the nearest tree, ending the game, or in the case of a bunny, go to ground where the dogs can't seem to reach. But encountering some of the other wildlife is not so good, like the deer, who will run and run, leading a dog on much too long of a chase and much too far from me! When I see or smell (yes, even with my inferior human nose, I can smell nearby deer!) deer, the leashes stay on. There's just no point tempting fate even though I can *usually* call them off of a deer. The absolute worst encounter is with a red fox. Wilson and Jimmy go over the top nuts when they spot a fox! I don't know what it is, be it an intruding canine, or some instinctive competition over prey, whatever it is, the boys take chase! Fortunately, this is a very rare occurrence. Not seeing a fox, but the chase itself. The boys do themselves a big disservice. When they are sniffing along and scent a fox, there is an immediate change in their body language. Their tails go up, they trot very stiff-legged and fast, and there is lots and lots of urgent circling back on their tracks to read the scent. Squirrels, bunnies and even the deer don't elicit this behavior, just the fox. I call it "Doing the Foxtrot", and just the second I see that dance, the leashes are snapped on ASAP! On our walk this morning they started the behavior, I leashed them right up, and within a few yards saw the fox watching us from a grassy field. Hopefully, the boys never put two and two together, and stop alerting me with their dance! They are smart, but I don't think they are that smart!



On a side note, I am pretty convinced the fox likes a good chase. I will often see a fox, and he will run off ahead of us and be gone. We will round the bend of the trail, and there he'll be, sitting in the middle of the trail, waiting for us. He shoots off again, and will soon be seen paralleling us through the woods. He will even bark as he runs! So much for being stealth!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!


After an unusually busy holiday season, the boys are looking forward to a long winter's nap!

Back in November, we decided to remodel our kitchen. So not only did we have the usual holiday hustle and bustle, but we had a huge project going on. Fortunately, other than a bit of angst over what style of this or that to pick, everything went smoothly. John is a project manager for his job, and those skills really came in handy keeping everything running on schedule. The project is now 95% complete and life is returning to normal. Hopefully I'll  get back to taking pictures and finding time to do more posts here on the blog.

Wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year, filled with all the things that make your hearts sing!
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