Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Miikka had a bit of a treat: we let him do most of the hike off-leash. On our daily walks around the neighborhood, we have let him do this for very short periods, but there are just too many ways for him to get into trouble: squirrels, cats, cars, the road... On previous hikes, we have experimented with off-leash hiking, but never for very long. I have been nervous to try it for a longer stretch because if he gets interested in something, he goes deaf, and will not come. But, it was a nice day, there were no other hikers, and I didn't want to hold the leash the whole time, so off he went.
Miikka, mid-run - notice the ears?He did a very good job. Most of the time, he was between Benjamin and I, on the trail. Sometimes, he would lag behind, and then have to run to catch up. When we stopped for a break, he roamed around the area quite happily, playing in the leaves (and picking up ticks), and romping around. On the way back I had to put him on the leash earlier than I had planned, simply because he no longer felt the need to be a follower, and wanted to take the lead on the trail. That would have been fine, if I could have called him to me from time to time, but he was rather stubbornly deaf. Ah well. He had fun while it lasted.
The end of the hike did see a little mishap, involving me, a rock, and the round. Miikka was tugging the leash, and I wasn't paying attention to my feet. As a result, I stepped awkwardly and twisted or rolled my ankle. Luckily, my hiking boots protected me from too much damage, and I escaped with only a minor injury.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
There, a garden update. There will be more tomorrow, and then I will probably be out of pictures and out of ideas for the week!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Anyhoo, spring is here, and spring is springing. Baseball has started, the hockey playoffs have started, I have to wear sunblock any time I go out now, and the heater is off and the A/C is on. Phew...
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
spicebush swallowtail, also enjoys it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Miikka has been helping us around the yard a lot lately. He loves it when I weed, or pick up sticks, or mow the lawn, or dig a hole. Or water the plants, or put up fences to keep him away from the newly-planted plants... On Sunday, I had to lock him in the house while I mowed, because he thought it was so incredibly fun to bark constantly while dancing around the mower. Now, we have a reel-type push mower, so he wasn't in any danger, well, no danger from the mowing machine at least... And we have had to erect yet another fence, this one around the vegetable garden, to keep him off the lovely dirt and the seeds we planted.
On Saturday, we finally got a chance to go to a garden center and pick out some plants. So far, we have three tomato plants (plus two cherry tomato plants in pots on the deck), and Benjamin planted seeds for lettuce, collard greens, carrots, beans, basil and snow peas. In addition, we have two large pots of potatoes. Whew. We have so much lovely dirt left that we might just start another garden bed.
In addition to the vegetables, we bought a lime tree, (no pictures of that at the moment), several geraniums, two kinds of peppers, and a small planter of lettuce. They are all in pots on the deck. I also have mint, lemon balm, oregano, and parsley. I planted seeds for can nip and sweet peas.
And to cap it off, we have Swamp Jessamine (isn't it a lot prettier than its name?) and a lilac bush. Both smell heavenly and are buzzing with bees and butterflies.
I do love spring!