Friday, March 30, 2012

Border Collie Pose ~ Camera-Critters #208

I had been back at the pond trying a few casts, and Hubs was up by the house cutting wood for our outdoor wood burner. Tag was, as always, 'helping' his dad. No, I do not take the dogs back to the pond with me when I'm going fishing. Why? Well, because I have three Border Collies, two of whom love the water (ESPECIALLY Tag). I swear, if we had a swimming pool, we'd need a swimming pool safety fence not because they can't swim, but in order to keep them outta the pool. They immediately run for the water!

So, when I walked back up from fishing, Tag decided to pose on some of the big logs for me. Why? Because his Daddy asked him to, of course. Tag's purpose in life, other than to herd farm equipment, is to please his Dad!

(c) Misty DawnS

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Family ~ Camera-Critters #207

Since Saturday is my step-daughter's birthday (LOVE YOU RAJEE), I decided to use a photo I took when she and her husband came to visit us in October. It was so wonderful to have them here, even if the visit was too short! During their visit, Hubs bonded with his "grand-doggy" Pug. They were quite the cute pair!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Eviction ~ Camera-Critters #206

My dogs have pens attached to our barn. Eventually, we plan to turn the loft of our barn into a studio and recreation area, as it is a nice wide-open area, which would provide room and a chance to 'get away' a bit, even though it is right across the driveway from the house. I've loved our barn, ever since we moved here, and our 'very-far-in-the-future' plans for this barn are very exciting to me.

However, it looks like we'll have to clear out a few residents, before we can proceed with our plans. I'm thinking some durham house cleaning service wouldn't be a bad idea either! Geesh, these guys don't even pay rent! An eviction is definitely in order, then!

(c) Misty DawnS

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bubblin' Fun

(c) Misty DawnS

(c) Misty DawnS

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday 9 ~ Easy

1. Have you ever had a romantic breakup that was easy?

Easy on whom? No, I can't say that any breakups I've been a part of were easy.

2. When was the first time that you felt betrayed?

I'd rather not bring up those memories. Let's just say I was very young.

3. Do you feel religious beliefs should have a role in politics?

I don't feel I should have a role in politics! I hate politics.

4. Are you doing anything special this weekend?

Camera-Critters and Saturday 9... how much more special can ya get? :-P

5. Oreo cookies turned 100 years old this week. How do YOU eat an Oreo?

First of all, I would NOT like to eat a 100-year-old Oreo, thank you very much... my Oreos can't be a day over 99, and then I start with the cream in the center (duh! Doesn't everyone???)

6. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?

My insecurities and lack of self-esteem.

7. Describe a time when you should have tried harder.

You should always try your hardest, and if you don't, then you shoulda. Ya know?

8. What is your favorite baseball-related movie?

Oh goodness... My top three - A League of Their Own... Field of Dreams... Sandlot.... The Natural and Major League are high on the list too.

9. What is one lesson you have learned in the past year?

I spend too much time on the computer; Stepping away from it and doing other things I enjoy, but have put on the back burner, is good for my emotional (and probably physical) well-being.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Camera-Critters #205

(c) Misty DawnS

Yes, this is a photo from a previous year... that would be because I haven't got out with the camera lately. However, I have noticed lately, with the beautiful weather we've had, that the Meadowlarks are appearing! In fact, on my drive home lately, I'm seeing many of them! WooHoo! That's a sign of spring to me, even beyond the Robins or Red-Winged Blackbirds. The Meadowlarks mean that spring is here or fast approaching! Oh my, how I love those beautiful, bright, yellow bellies!!! I wish I had a hammock with stand so I could just hangout by the pond and wait for them to hang out with me on the fence posts. Meadowlarks are one of my favorite birds. They used to be so elusive to me, but lately, I've learned how to approach them and make them comfortable with me.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Deciding Whether To Take Your Dog On Vacation

As dog owners, we understandably dote over our dogs and treat them as veritable members of the family. We take them to day care, methodically check their weight, make sure that they aren’t too afraid during a storm, and always have their best interests at stake when we search for discount pet meds online.

But even though our dogs feel like members of the family, they often get left behind when family events occur. They cannot go out to a restaurant or go watch a dance recital after all, and they usually cannot accompany you when you travel on vacation. This can be hard for both the dog and the owner, especially when a longer vacation is involved. You certainly want to get away, explore a new place, and take a break from the routine, but your family vacation still won’t feel complete when Fido is sitting in a pen back home.

There are, however, some vacations that can more easily accommodate canine members of the family. These vacations are those that involve driving to a nearby destination rather than flying to a far one, and they usually occur during the summer rather than the winter months.
If you are already looking ahead to the coming summer, you may already have a family driving trip in mind. And, if you do, you may be wondering whether there’s any chance that your dog can come along. If you are, here are a few questions to keep in mind:

-Is your dog allowed to stay with you? Unless you’re getting around via RV, your lodging situation is the most important factor to consider when determining whether the dog can come along. Some hotels and rental homes – even some high-end ones – will gladly welcome canine visitors. Others will not. Others will permit doggy guests, but force you to pay a substantial fee. Before you go, then, call individual hotels or check out a site such as to find an appropriate lodging option.

-Can someone be with the dog at all times? If you have an independent dog and are staying in an apartment or rental home, you may be able to leave him alone during the day just as you would at your own house. But most dogs will not take kindly to being left alone in a new place while on vacation. It is therefore important that the logistics of your trip permit the dog to be with you (or with a family member) at all times. Is someone willing to stay back with the dog if the whole family goes to an indoor restaurant or an amusement park? Just as with a small child, you’re going to need to account for your pet at all times.

-Would your dog be better or worse off back home? Your dog’s wellness should also come into play when this decision is being made. Some owners will automatically assume that the dog is better off coming with the family on vacation than being left behind in a kennel or with a family friend. Sometimes this assumption is accurate, but other times it is not. Ask yourself: how has your dog done when left at the kennel in the past? Has he come home acting quiet and subdued? Has he been averse to going back? Use such signs to determine the suitability of staying at the kennel or someone else’s house.

Hopefully these considerations can help you decide whether or not to bring your dog on a family vacation. While it is certainly tempting to always bring our friends with us, we need to ask beforehand whether doing so is in their best interest or in ours.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday 9 ~ Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow

1. How much do you worry about your future? My husband says, "If Misty didn't have something to worry about, she'd worry about that." I think I came out of the womb worrying.

2. Do you believe that anyone could be perfect? Absolutely not. Besides, one person's perfect is another's imperfection. Just sayin'.

3. Regarding your future, what is the best thing you could hope for? Health, love, and happiness, of course. (Accomplishing my professional dream would be nice too, but that would be a bonus.)

4. What's the greatest extent you've gone to help a friend in need? When you're helping a friend, who is truly in need, I don't think there's too great an extent. When one of my best friends had breast cancer, I spoke with hospitals to make financial arrangements so she could get a second opinion, and we did an "anonymous earrings saga", wherein she received anonymous pairs of earrings from all over the country, and then I wrote a story about it for her once the chemo and radiation were done.

5. What did you do lately that was really brave? I don't do too much that is brave. I go to work, come home, sleep, and repeat. I guess moving 750 miles away from everything I loved and knew was probably the most brave thing I've ever done.

6. Tell us one thing you wish you hadn't let yourself do. Everyone has regrets - things they wish they could go back and re-do (or not do). Yet, all of those things play a part in bringing us to where we are now.

7. Who is the wisest person you know? My grandparents were my guidance, my support... my everything.

8. What's the most tasteless joke you've ever heard? 

9. What does your answering machine / voice mail message say? Pretty basic - I'm not available, please leave a message, and I'll return your call as soon as possible. Have a great day.

Muskrat Mania ~ Camera-Critters #204

Even in the middle of winter...

(c) Misty DawnS

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Suzanne Collins ~ Surprised, Amazed, & Hooked

Since my wonderful Hubs got me the NOOK Tablet I begged wished for as a Christmas gift, I've gotten back into reading for enjoyment. Let me tell ya - it's amazing how good that is for me emotionally. I knew I missed reading, but I don't think I completely realized how much I missed it, and the full effect of how important reading is for me. This is been wonderful, especially during the winter, when I tend to slip into a bit of a depression, since I'm not out doing nature photography.

Anyway... on to the purpose of this post! Ramble much, Misty?

I finished The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) by Suzanne Collins on Sunday, and immediately began the second book of the trilogy. I honestly had no interest in reading this book. "Not my thing," I thought. Then, some of my friends on GoodReads were highly (and I mean HIGHLY) recommending this book. These friends read the same type of books I do, and they were commenting that they didn't expect to like this book but ended up loving it. They were giving it FIVE STARS. WTH?

So, I looked it up. It was on sale. I bought it. The rest, as they say, is history. I immediately started caring about the characters. That's what drew me into this book. I found myself emotionally attached to these characters, and I.Could.Not.Stop.Reading. I read it in approximately two days. Yes, I did other things around the house, but that's the beauty of the Nook Tablet... it's lightweight, lighted, and easy to carry (and my aunt got me a case that props it up). So, while I did other things around the house, I was still reading.
Sunday, I finished it and immediately started the second book. I had purchased books two and three Sunday morning, because I knew I would immediately want to continue the story. I'm hooked.

I'd tell you more about the plot of the book, but you can read that in reviews EVERYWHERE. I just wanted to share what this book did for me, as someone who seriously had no intention of ever reading it.

***P.S. I did not receive a free copy of this book for review. I paid for all three books of the trilogy out-of-my-own-little-pocket (well, actually, the gift card my aunt got me). There is no sponsor of this post. In fact, you may note that the graphic at the top of the post takes you to Amazon. Yet the links, my Nook, and Nook books are from Barnes & Noble. You see... I'm an equal-opportunity book lover... it's the story that matters, not where you bought it. :-) ***

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