Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bloomin' Bob Tree

What the heck does that title mean?

And what does it have to do with that picture?!

A long time ago, Brennan had a good friend named Bob who moved away when they were in 4th grade.  Given that Brennan is in his mid-20's now, that was some time ago.

Bob's family had a compost pile.  At some point in time, either someone had thrown in an apple core with seeds, or a bird or squirrel had brought in some apple seeds, as they ended up with some plant sprouts.  Before Bob and his family moved away, they gave us 2 or 3 of the plantlings which we then planted in the backyard.

Eventually, only one of the plants survived and we named it "The Bob Tree".  

The Bob Tree has continued to grow and has had blooms on it every once in a while.  Once or twice, it even had some apples!  Not sure how that happened, as I believe the blooms need to be pollinated to bear fruit, but what do I know :-)  Can't remember if I ever took pictures of the apples.  It was certainly before I ever had an iPhone or I would have whipped that out and taken a picture for sure :-)

The tree didn't bloom last year, but it has blooms on it now.

And there you have it: a Bloomin' Bob Tree.

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Happy Easter!

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Daisy, Daisy ...

Can't say that daisies have ever been one of my favorite flowers, however, they are certainly cheap, cheery and long lasting! These have been going strong for almost 2 weeks now!

Found this little vase somewhere or another. Thought they were 5 individual vases but they are all connected inside which makes adding water a lot easier than I had originally anticipated! Here, I grabbed some holly from the backyard and added one of the daisies.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Luce - Platinum Snooker!!

Now here is something really blog worthy!!

Luce earned her Platinum P3 Snooker title in September at Splash & Dash!!  She finished up on Saturday and got a spare Q on Sunday for a perfect Snooker score - 51 P3 Snooker Q's!

She has been in Veterans Jumpers at 12" since June and now is also in Veterans Snooker at 12" as well.  She will come out and play if it isn't too cold, hot or damp.  Now that she is over 12 years old, her age is catching up with her.  She is the best little girl, but apparently didn't get the memo that she isn't allowed to get old!

Finished for the year

RV is now in storage .. the one on the right.

We look forward to using it in the spring!

RV & Naughty Dogs

What is wrong with this picture?

Well, you can see Luce and Blaze.  What is wrong with that?  Well, Blaze had been locked into the back bedroom and Luce had the front area (Hugh had to leave and we didn't want Blaze sitting and watching agility from the RV)

Blaze must have wanted to come out and Luce believes in an open door policy.  No door shall remain closed!

I came out of the building and there they were!

RV & the dogs

The primary reason for getting the RV was for agility.  Which means the dogs need to travel in the RV.

Luce has become such an easy traveler!  When I think back to 2001 when we got her ... she didn't want to get into a car.  She drooled, she peed, she paced, she panted.  Turns out that when she was being brought to her rescue group, the SUV was involved in a bad accident and the car was totalled.  I found that out a year after I got her, after we had worked through her issues.  Made it all clear!!!  But now?  Settles down and is the best girl :-)  Can take her anywhere.

And then there is Blaze.  He usually LOVES getting into a car, but barks when the car is moving. The RV was something else ... maybe the all vinyl floor?  Couldn't get him in there the first day, even with using The Ball as a bribe. I finally got a big bag of treats and got him into the stairwell, and then closed the door.  He wouldn't even LOOK at me :-)

Took a bit of work and a LOT of treats, but he finally leaped onto the sofa.  And then over the arms onto the dinette seat.

He avoids the vinyl flooring as much as possible.  We will have to get some runners.  He did have to make one step on the vinyl to get to the front.  Didn't mind targetting onto the vinyl as that meant MORE treats :-)

Back to the sofa, then more treats to get him into the bedroom.  That requires at least TWO steps on the vinyl. He does like it back there and will go there voluntarily when we use the RV.

He gets quite comfortable back there :-)

He is seatbelted in the dinette while we are driving.  Very alert.  And does bark, unfortunately.

And then there is my little Luce ... curled up into a ball behind the drivers seat while we are travelling.  Such a good girl :-)