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gordongirls
19 July 2018 @ 09:45 pm
Glad to be back home again with my girlfriends.



This photo was from this morning and they are now telling me it is time to go to bed.  Sounds like a good idea.
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gordongirls
11 July 2018 @ 10:00 pm
Tonight was our first night of obedience classes through Washington County Parks and Rec.  We won't be able to attend too many, but it's mainly for socialization and bonding,



The Doctor did fine and tried her very best to make a little 4-month-old mix named Ollie feel comfortable when she wasn't "working."  Lots of dogs and barking and a new place so I actually didn't care how well she did,  She did great, regardless.  The photo makes me smile.
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gordongirls
10 July 2018 @ 09:30 pm
I made the hotel reservations for my trip.  Walla Walla, WA.  Post Falls, ID.  Columbia Falls, MT.  Bonners Ferry, ID.  Omak, WA.  Ellensburg, WA.  I love western place names.  And western places.

I finally got the huge 95mm circular polarizing filter put on the big lens with help from my new filter wrenches.  My pile of reference books to take with me keeps growing.  I usually only consult a few of them once I am on the road, but I never know which ones will come in handy.  Bird books are always used.  Luckily, the van has plenty of space.

Before going to sleep, I've been reading about how they engineered Going to the Sun Road.  Amazing.  It gives me happy dreams.

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gordongirls
08 July 2018 @ 03:30 pm
I picked up my Fernhill Volunteer id badge on Friday afternoon so I was "official" yesterday.  It didn't feel much different, but I did text the volunteer coordinator about this!


It was the size of a soccer ball and hanging off one of the informational kiosks, about a foot over where my head would be if I hadn't noticed it.



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gordongirls
07 July 2018 @ 03:30 pm
I took the new long lens out to Fernhill this morning.  I like it.  A lot!



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Eight-spotted Skimmer dragonfly. There will be more photos from this walk.  These are just a sampling.
 
 
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gordongirls
06 July 2018 @ 07:30 pm
Look who I found filling space in the July 2018 edition of the GSCA Newsletter!  Friday and baby puppy Doc (at least the back of the doctor's head as she chewed on Friday's ear a couple of months ago).



Ex-yellow girl, too (on the back cover) in a more recent photo.  She was the biggest girl, and outweighs Doc by about 8 pounds right now.  Such a pretty and wise face!  I think she has allowed her head to be trimmed.


This litter has been well represented on the back cover of the newsletter, already!  The litter turned 6 months old on the Fourth of July (2018).
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gordongirls
04 July 2018 @ 05:00 pm


Thanks to my new antibiotics (second try), I am hopefully on the road to recovery now.  I got them on Monday afternoon and I think they are starting to take hold today after sleeping most of the day again yesterday.  I was brave (foolhardy?) enough this morning to mow the gopher field while it was calm and overcast.  The mowing couldn't be put off any longer and it is usually windy in the afternoons.  I wore one of those medical masks the whole time.  It was hot but I wanted to avoid breathing in as many allergens as possible.  I took a shower immediately after I got in and there hasn't been an uptick in coughing.  The A/C is on in preparation for the fireworks tonight (although it is just started raining for the first time in a month).

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Trip planning and goat dreaming are some of the best medicines.  As long as I have the correct antibiotics on board.
 
 
Current Mood: recuperating
 
 
gordongirls
01 July 2018 @ 03:00 pm
I have been sick for more than half of the month of June and that stinks.  I'm not sure I am getting better, although I have now been awake for 4 hours which is a record of sorts lately.  My last dose of antibiotics will be tonight and it will be interesting to see what happens next since I am not well after 10 days on them.  The doctors have told me it might just take more time.  SIgh...

Plus, I cannot listen to the news since it makes me too sad.  Immigration, family separations, trade wars, murders of journalists, SCOTUS, etc.  I would have gone to the Families Belong Together March in Portland yesterday (the earlier, peaceful one) had I felt better. 

At least being sick means I didn't go out shooting photos and getting further behind in my editing.  I got the newer version of my paparazzi lens (now 150-600mm) for my trip to Glacier.   This young hummingbird is almost life-sized!


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I hope to feel brave enough to sit outside with possible allergens sometimes before winter.  My new patio cover will be put in at the beginning of August so I am looking forward to having good seating for sunset viewing.
 
 
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gordongirls
28 June 2018 @ 08:45 pm
These are the last photos from my beach trip.  I've been spending time trying to get over my cold/allergy/crud and I have not been successful yet.  Sigh.  I've also spent some time revising last year's aborted trip itinerary for this year's trip up to Glacier -- I will be able to use much of the eastbound trip notes although I'll need to decide on a new route home since I won't be going all the way to Banff and Jasper.

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Off to bed now so that some day I can be well.
 
 
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gordongirls
26 June 2018 @ 09:00 pm
The first time I went to this beach (Short Beach) was last year  on a cloudy August day with penichops.  This time I knew how enchanting the walk down to the beach was, so I took more photos.  And strangely, I thought it to be too sunny at the beach this time.  Oregonians are weird that way.

Here is the walk down to the beach.


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gordongirls
24 June 2018 @ 09:00 pm
I got my class stuff done for tomorrow so now I can do something else to unwind.  And this batch finishes up my birthday walk with the Gordon Girls on the beach.  I still have photos from Short Beach and those will get done soon.  Here's my final attempt at a group photo on driftwood.



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Off to bed now.  Good night.
 
 
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gordongirls
23 June 2018 @ 08:45 pm


Both Doc and I are feeling a bit better!  Although I woke up several times last night during my twelve hours in bed to cough violently, it was the most sleep I had gotten for more than a week!  Hooray for antibiotics (and a nice Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA).  Doc is also less limpy today although I am tring to keep her from doing anything that would cause her to limp.


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gordongirls
22 June 2018 @ 06:45 pm
At long last, the weekend is upon us.  I have been sick all week, despite cough medicines to stop the coughing and help me sleep (although the meds just kept me awake).  I got antibiotics today: I chased them down with a beer to help me sleep tonight.  Warnings of drowsiness don't scare me!  Going to bed early to try to get some rest.

The Doctor is on the injured list.  She misjudged a running entry through the (open) sliding glass door on Wednesday morning and really whapped her right leg or shoulder or foot on the frame.  I saw it happen and was so sad when she just crumpled and started crying.  She's not a baby baby puppy any more, but she sure carried on for several minutes.  I couldn't find anything wrong and she's been on Rimadyl and rest since then.  She's often off-loading weight from it and limping when she tries to run.  I'm not giving her much chance to do anything, but she still tries because that is what 5.5 month old puppies do.  We went to the vet today (36#) to get it checked out more professionally and the vet said the Doctor seems to be quite sore on the front of her chest and point of her shoulder.  Probably a big bruise there, hidden by hair.  So more rest for my puppy.

For now, a few more beach photos that I got completed yesterday.  Beach photos are the best medicine (if you haven't gotten antibiotics yet).

For some reason, Zelda and Friday have a tendency to watch my feet when I leave them on a wait.  Doc has not yet picked up that habit.  Or the wait.  This picture attempt was abandoned soon hereafter.


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Abandon log!  I must be quick on the shutter.

And it is almost 7 pm, so off to bed, perchance to sleep.  (Fingers crossed.)
 
 
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gordongirls
20 June 2018 @ 08:15 pm
In real life, it is also sunny outside, but I have a bad cold/allergy/crud that has settled into my lungs.  I'm going to take some of my new codeine cough medicine and try to get some sleep.  But first, more photos from last weekend.  There are many of them.

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gordongirls
17 June 2018 @ 02:30 pm
We got to the beach just after high tide, but there was still plenty of beach exposed.



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More later.
 
 
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