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gordongirls
19 February 2017 @ 06:15 pm
Other than taking the girls to the vet yesterday morning for needed vaccinations, we have been enjoying staying home.  It might have been nice to have a bit of sun like last weekend although the clouds and rain gave me cover for not doing any outdoor chores.  We did take some strolls and I picked up errant conifer boughs from the agility field.  Inside, my kitchen is clean, my laundry is all done, my OPB weekend shows have been enjoyed, the girls enjoyed their BarkBox, and I took and edited photos.  More importantly, I am relaxed.  I may have a fire since I think (hope) that the fire season is winding down, albeit slowly.

Yesterday I put up another bird feeder stand and put out a couple of new feeders.  I filled the copper pagoda with bulk "critter mix" from Winco and the blue tube feeder with sunflower hearts.  I also cut up an apple into little pieces and put it in an open tray.

I saw a Red-Winged Blackbird yesterday so today I did a bit of bird watching  and photographing this morning.  Friday enjoys watching the birds, too, especially the Juncos that scamper on the ground outside the window.

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I was happy to see multiple House Finches at the pagoda, enjoying the cheap food. This is the first time I have seen them in my yard.  The Blackbird also gave it a try but I didn't get a picture of him there.  The Juncos were not impressed with that blend and stayed with the niger seed, "regular" bird seed and the suet feeder.  Nobody seemed to care about the sunflower hearts or the apple pieces.  It is fun to experiment with food.  And it's nice to be able to bring my models close for pictures.



More colorful bird photos under here.Collapse )

My birding buddy.
 
 
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gordongirls
18 February 2017 @ 10:00 pm
KT sent a surprise box of goodies to celebrate Valentine's Day and Zelda's MACH.  The BarkBox arrived this morning and we opened it up this afternoon.  As I expected, Zelda was too much of a good girl to tear into the box herself.  Friday probably would have given it a go, but Zelda was the intended recipient of the congratulations.

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Open this to see what we got in the BarkBox.Collapse )
 
 
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gordongirls
15 February 2017 @ 08:30 pm
This is a Pen and Ink Filter with Inversion, whatever that means.  But I like it.  This experimentation will continue for a while because that is what rainy nights are for.

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Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
 
 
gordongirls
14 February 2017 @ 09:15 pm
I bought a lot of photos from Joe Camp at the last trial and I started editing them tonight.  The lighting wasn't the best in the barn and my dogs are dark.  The photos were pretty grainy so I started playing around with art photo creation.  A filter called Poster Edges gave a cool effect, so I used it on a whole series of photos.



Oh, and remember back in the fall where I said I was truly enjoying the sound of the rain?  Well, I'm over that now.  I am ready for Spring!


Agility photos thoughtfully tucked away under this link.Collapse )
 
 
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gordongirls
10 February 2017 @ 09:30 pm
It's been a long week at work learning about how to implement the Lean Production System.  The training was mainly for the bigwigs so it made for some interesting dynamics (since I was one of the non-bigwigs).  My most significant takeaways were WWW and EBI, which wasn't even part of what we were learning.  We used them at the end of the days to review our progress, but I can use them for reviewing our agility performances.

WWW = What Went Well, and
EBI = Even Better If

For example, this weekend, most things were in the WWW column for both girls: perfect weaves in all runs, adequate contacts, no dropped bars, lots of speed and lots of smiles.



In the EBI column would be: if my "out" command had worked in FAST, better startlines, more confidence in our timing and a bit better handling and listening.  I like this WWW/EBI structure (which the internet told me is often used giving feedback to kids) since is generally positive and looks forward.  I will probably keep track of this information in my trial notebook.  I am sooooo ready to be able to return to productive and fun training at home since I like to plan and play.  I have been missing that for several years.

I am confident that eventually the sun will come out again and dry up all the rain and nuture the grass in the arena so we can play.  We got 2.75" of rain on Wednesday and Thursday so there are some big puddles in the parking area and I ended up driving through about 5" of water over the road on the way home from work yesterday.  The road was closed soon thereafter but it was open again tonight.  It's only the 10th of the month and we're up to 6.42" of rain.  The forecast calls for it to be dry on Sunday, hooray!  It's been an interesting winter.
 
 
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gordongirls
08 February 2017 @ 07:30 pm
I don't usually buy videos but a MACH is a special occasion. Here are Zelda's MACH runs from Sunday.  She got third place on the Standard run and a big fancy ribbon after the Jumpers run.  It wasn't our best run because I stopped moving in places but it was clean!

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And here's Friday's first "Double Q" on Saturday even if it's not an official one since this was only her first Excellent Standard leg.  She was wide in places but at least she didn't take the off course jumps like Zelda did.  And actually, the JWW is from Sunday but it was a more challenging course and I was very proud of her.  Actually I was proud of both of us since it was just a couple of minutes after Zelda's MACH run.

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As usual, I bought lots of photos from Joe.  I will post those soon.
 
 
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gordongirls
06 February 2017 @ 10:00 pm
It's been an exciting last week!  I left the PAC trial in early January after only two runs for each dog (rather than after full three days) due to illness and forecasted snow and ice, which did wallop us.  I really wanted to finish up Zelda's MACH since we were so close and I am scheduled to be doing a lot of travel for work (Switzerland and then South San Francisco) over the next couple of months.  Last Tuesday I got a cortisone shot in my foot since my plantar fasciitis was getting worse and worse even though I was doing all of the recommended treatments.  It was still hurting but much less than before.

Stories and photos under here!Collapse )

For the weekend, Zelda was 4 for 7 and Friday was 4 for 8.  I'm so proud of both of them.  Videos to come, plus a whole bunch of agility action photos!

 
 
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gordongirls
05 February 2017 @ 05:00 pm
This is our most memorable Super Bowl Sunday ever, since a football game means nothing.  Hooray for MACH Zelda!


Z has the pirate look but I like the photo anyway.  I'm happily wearing my Logan sweatshirt.


I am so proud of the Princess and so happy to have this championship completed.  She now is MACH ADCH C-ATCH Zelda.  She's an all-around good Gordon Girl (but she was that before yesterday, and as they all are/were).
 
 
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gordongirls
02 February 2017 @ 07:15 am
Last night the girls and I spent time in our dog room with "Classic Rock" on the radio and no news allowed. I need to unplug a bit for my own peace of mind. Not completely disconnect, but definitely meter what I hear. Spending time with my girlfriends is a great thing to do to unwind.  When the Doobie Brothers came on, I was instantly transported back to my freshman year in the dorm when we would come up from dinner and blast our music and dance.  Stones.  Doobies.  Led Zep.  Boston.  Guess Who.  It was a much different time.



I am so happy to have this room and I never thought I would actually be able to have a dedicated dog space: one that I could leave the cleanup of Gordon Setter trimmings to later sometimes. The room isn't completely unpacked and set up yet but it definitely serves that purpose already. And the grooming table is just the right height for deep, soul-helping hugs.

I am so much looking forward to Spring and being able to spend more time outside in the evenings.  The back fence is completed and paid for, and I might hire Kent's son to move the panels from the dog paddock to the field fence.  And to move the dirt to fill the potentially leg-breaking dog-excavated gopher holes in that paddock.  My head is full of ideas for establishing an outside seating space and I'm collecting colorful bird feeders.  I have all sorts of projects in mind, along with visions of practicing and playing in the arena.  In the Spring.  C'mon, Spring!
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gordongirls
28 January 2017 @ 10:15 am
The sky was so beautiful this morning that I took a series of photos.  All around.  No need to waste it, I knew I should I take it.

East
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South


West


North
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Politically, love is not all around these days.  And I mourn the death of Mary Tyler Moore.  I worked in downtown Minneapolis for several years.  The house that they used for the exterior shots was down by the Lakes and I made sure that I found it one weekend.  I often thought of Mary when walking along Nicollet Mall or taking the elevator in the Crystal Court in the IDS Center at lunchtime.  So many people did.



I hope we make it after all.

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Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
 
 
 
gordongirls
23 January 2017 @ 09:30 pm
I'm finally finishing up the photos from my fall trip up to Crater Lake on Halloween weekend.  I think it is kind of fun to season shift (or at least that is my way to spin my delinquency).

Just a bit downstream from the Rogue River Gorge, the powerful river seems to disappear at Natural Bridge.

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Geology lesson!Collapse )

Playing with Photoshop is fun although it would be hard for me to recreate most of my artwork.
 
 
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gordongirls
22 January 2017 @ 10:00 am
So many people.  So much solidarity.  So much politeness.  So invigorating.  So rainy.  (I didn't know that so many Portlanders actually owned umbrellas.  You don't see umbrellas used very often here -- I think it is a matter of PNW pride.  However, umbrellas did come out when we were standing gridlocked in the pouring rain waiting for a march to start.  I was glad I took a small one and I was not ashamed to use it.)

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So many people! So many pink hats!Collapse )

 
 
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gordongirls
20 January 2017 @ 08:45 pm
I needed a dose of dogs-romping-in-snow photos tonight.  The snow is all gone now, but I still had photos that needed to be edited.  I also had a HUGE power bill due to the very cold weather.  Moderation is needed on so many fronts.

Bright sun on very white snow makes my black dogs turn into dark blobs.  Some day I will learn more about how to take and/or edit photos under these conditions.  Hopefully we won't have too much more cold weather to make snow with which I can practice.

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Therapy dogs.Collapse )

These photos definitely help me counter the history that I witnessed today.  Tomorrow I'm off to take MAX to Portland to march.  I'm meeting JH down there.  The FB page says 47K people are going and that 35K are interested.  I just hope I don't need to pee too often.  But I know I need to be there tomorrow to join with others to make our voices heard.  It is so important to protect the rights of so many people who could be adversely affected.  We cannot be silent.


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gordongirls
19 January 2017 @ 09:30 pm
We got 1.81 inches of rain yesterday (actually a bit less but the snow in rain gage finally melted and added some).  The snow is suddenly all gone and the temps are 40 degrees warmer.  It was fun and beautiful while it lasted but I think we've had enough for this winter now.  I'm looking forward to Spring.

Here are some Junco photos that I took at home during and after the storm.



Juncos are colorful little birds.Collapse )

And for something different, I live near a small buffalo ranch.  Here are some of my neighbors.
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gordongirls
16 January 2017 @ 06:45 pm
We had ML King Day off today which explains this third post of the day.  But the other two were short posts.  And this one has an LJ cut to spare you if you want to ignore exciting photos of the Gordon Girls in snow.   This was a great depth of snow since not a blade of grass to be seen.

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Snow! Snow! Snow! And lots of fun.Collapse )


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