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String Art Birthday

A* does not really read our blog as much since we don’t post as much as we used to..which is all fine..Saw some neat string art ( and I also did a planetary string art project for Cubs when I was 9 ( which I hated doing )) and I thought it would be a nice keepsake of Nova ( a passed on dog of ours).

Not really overly complicated. I did an outline along the edges of a cheap charcuterie board with nails..every 1/2 inch oor so, enlarged a silhouette I made from a photo of Nova, printed it out then taped it to the board. Then I went around the outline of the silhouette with nails every 1/2 inch too. The complicated bit was the actual stringing…took a couple of goes at it but was fun anyway..Hopefully A* likes her birthday gift ( and does not visit the blog in the meantime too!). Miss you Nova..and Jango!

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Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Construction, dogs, fun


A Small Update

..we are not doing that much new stuff…and I hate repeating and overly redundant posts.. so I avoid posting but there was some fun stuff and beautiful sights to take a look if you want!!

..I hate repeating myself and I never do it..hope you enjoyed the bears, hawks, shrubs, lady slippers, Loki and our future apple orchard ( the seedlings ( yes I know the apples will not grow true ))!!

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Posted by on June 12, 2017 in dogs, Pets, trees, water, Wildlife


Spreading Seeds

With fall in the early stages and A* and I with grass seed (from 2 years ago) we needed to double down. We were not even sure if the seed was still good..the land is not perfectly flat, free from (all) rocks ( but most of the fist sized and larger were removed) or truly finalized as far as planning was concerned…but we have an area cleared and so we decided to make an attempt and see if the seed was still good and would grow.

We did not seed a 10-15 ft tractor path near the woods/areas we are still going to be working on as we knew the tractor will be back and forth over the area so there was no sense in doing anything..but most of the rest got a liberal dousing of grass seed..And yes, we took a look at the weather to make sure that both cooler weather and rain were forecast..yep..fall is on the way we should have both in spades!




..the old truck cap is our tractor ‘bits’ cover..when the backhoe is not in use it is always in the way..hopefully the grass grows around it..but then again when we need the backhoe again it is going to be torn up..but nothing ventured nothing gained.


..if it does take mowing is not going to be fun..but it beats dirt!

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in dogs, landscaping


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Border Collie Run-Ins

…Jango is gone so nobody ( dog ) is around to tell Loki that she is better off not taking a run at 2 local border collies who live in a barn with horses..Becoming a space dog might help cement the memory in Loki’s 1/2 border collie brain!


Truthfully it is mostly (the ghost of)Jangos fault as Loki learned to interact with these 2 via Jango’s usual method..charging in and seeing what happens. Loki has been great with all other dogs we meet in the park (without Jango) but both of these groups learned early on that they did not get along..hopefully I can change this as the 2 dogs in question are actually quite nice and friendly.

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Posted by on July 18, 2016 in dogs


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End of the Jangozotoic Era


13 years with the old boy..never easy watching a dogs health rapidly decline but he had a great life..He was a terror to garbage cans everywhere but he will be missed. Now Jango gets to rest peacefully beside Nova for evermore. Good luck Jango and hopefully heaven is full of unsecured meat trimming filled garbage cans.


Posted by on July 4, 2016 in dogs




What better way to avoid work than experimenting with tablet photo options!


Loki and Jango shots from early spring. They prefer warm April not 4 ft of snow April.

Also heard Spring Peepers on April 1st..that’s no prank either!

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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in dogs


Sure Signs of Improvement


It is easy to tell that the weather is improving.. Loki in her usual warm weather sleeping area between bouts of squirrel patrols. 


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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Animals, dogs


Just Quillin’

Loki happened upon a roving porcupine and got 5 quills in her face. We removed 4 with no major issues and thought we got them all ( we are getting a little familiar with quills and detecting them) Loki was a little swelled up and then a couple of days later I noticed a quill around 2 inches from the outside of her appeared to be moving back toward her ear but it was under the skin..A* was in bed so I left it for the night. The next day it had moved 2 inches and had somehow done a C movement and was now positioned a half inch above her eye and moving directly toward her eyeball under the skin. We got Loki into emergency and got the quill out before it took her eye. Scary. She is fine. Even having experienced quills before the amount of movement in the quill over such a short time was astonishing..and not in a normal line as I would have expected.


Filled up our 30 outdoor pots in preparation of last frost…



Loki was fairly sleepy on the first day back…but by day 2 she was back to normal with a new houseguest.



Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Construction, dogs


Making Room for Cabinets

Oops..this time it was my fault for not having write-ups..I was away at the Big Brother Canada season finale..everyone needs a vice and I am a huge fan of Big Brother..the TV show. Don’t judge! hehe.. preparation of putting in the new kitchen we had to take away part of the old kitchen..the closet which we made..very poorly too.



….and heeeeeere’s A*!


We have seen ‘The Shining’ too many times not to set up this shot. Classic.


..and heeeeeeers’s Jango!


So, the closet is now gone..onto flooring and fixing the wall..not in that order though.


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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Construction, dogs


Small Swimming Holes for Dogs

Beautiful cold crisp -19c day with not too much wind. It has been mostly cold this week so we decided to do a ‘lake loop’ around the edge of the lake (on the ice) we usually walk beside when we do our normal walking loop. image



We trailblazed up beside the stillwater to our usual spot across from the old twisted tree on the far sade of the water. (Note the location on the ice at the tip of A*’s nose for later in the post). When we got up and onto the lake it was very solid but to be on the safe side we kept to within 8ft of the shore. It is a shallow lake but we would not want to break through. Another thing we noticed when we got on the ice was that something got onto the lake too about a km away and it stopped when it saw/heard us then crossed over the lake. Hard to see but when we got to the tracks it was a coyote without a doubt. The tracks picture below show the coyote slowing down and looking in the direction we were when we saw each other..and me without a high powered varmint gun.( I actually need to get one of those guns..and more importantly, the will to want to use one. I will just stick to the defence we have been using so far to scare coyotes(an anvil).groan.)


And a lichen based bottomless heart maple tree.


So we trekked around the lake. Loki especially had a good time. She proabably did 2 loops with all the running in the woods she did as we made the circle.

When we finish the loop we are on the other side of a stream that flows into the stillwater. There are a couple of logs down to cross over the still flowing stream up at the lake. We cross then begin walking the 100 ft along the stream to our stillwater. Jango crosses but Loki was after a squirrel so she is on the other side…still chasing. She comes to the stream near us on the other side on the stream and walks along with us (on her side). There are plenty of places to cross the stream and it is 6 inches deep in many places (Jango strolls through it). Loki does not want to get her feet wet so we are encouraging her to cross..we don’t want to make a big deal of we say ‘lets just walk away, she will cross, shes being a wimp’..we walk 5 stepsand her whining stops, we walk 5 more steps and turn expecting to see her crossing the brook..well she was trying to cross..she had run 25 feet down the brook and she was now 1/2 way out to the spot I mentioned earlier in the shot of A*. On ice about 2inches thick. I had enough time to yell ‘no, no, no Loki! This way!’ and as I made my way towards the stillwater A* yelled/sobbed in a voice I have never heard from her before..and Loki broke through 6 feet from the open area in the picture about 40ft from shore. Loki came with a safety vest for the water when we got her. The owner said they tried swimming with her and she sank..this was all I could think..(plus if she went under the ice in the hole she would be trapped). As I pass A* in a full sprint I throw her my phone as I prepare to enter the water and icebreak way to loki..and 5 ft before I get to the water Loki gets her front claws in semi solid ice..some more ice breaks but she manages to pull herself out and skampers to solid ground. 15 of the worst seconds of dog ownership I have ever had as I was running over those snow covered slippery boulders with terrible consequences spinning through my head…there is only 1 deep spot in the whole stillwater and this is where we were. Scary.

All my fault really but I think Loki’s speed is partially to blame. That situation went from normal to shit in 10 seconds flat. (Loki comes on command now and will sit on command at any distance so normally I would not worry about her getting into trouble..but making her sit on thin ice or calling her to come (with the open spot in the water between us) did not seem like viable options at the time..especially when the adrenalin kicked in and my fight or flight instinct was telling me to book a flight to Tahiti!)

Oh well. Alls well that ends well. Loki still would not cross the stream after the incident so I still needed to help her get to our side (she still did not want her feet wet even though drenched)..diva dog. Hopefully this all fills our ‘sheer terror’ quota for the year…but it did get me thinking that I should try ice fishing…I know the perfect candidate for the ‘hole creation’ position.

Sorry for no shots of the hole in the ice..but the only shots I was thinking of after loki’s ice-capades was jack daniels. My nerves!


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in dogs, trees, Wildlife


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