April’s waxing crescent moon from my backyard.

I finally was able to install the carpet stair treads. Not only do they add a great deal of safety to the slippery staircase, but they look great. Less than an hour’s work and total cost of about $150.

Quick walk with the pooch this afternoon. Walk to “our” bridge then back to the car. Far enough for Raine today.

Loving mom after a walk!

We love our town. Luminaries all along our downtown, and a beautiful sunset over our church!

Replaced 4 window shades and fixed one window sash cord today. Feeling very home ownerish today. Before (right) and after (left) pics if they are not obvious which is which.

Rain on a street
Another rainstorm


What a strange summer.

While it hasn’t rained every single day, it seems like it has. While this is good for the grass and for our somewhat successful garden, it is not good for the humans. We have to plan taking the dog out with more care and protecting the dog from the scary lightning. We also need to work much harder to find time for walking which we love to do together. I have personally found it very difficult to find time to mow the lawn, weed the gardens, and generally take care of our large property. And while we are living with nearly perpetually damp soil and a very full river, the west is burning up with rain nowhere in sight.

What a strange summer indeed.

18

My stepson turned 18 recently. His idea of a great meal is sushi. Fortunately, that is also the favorite for both my wife and I. Our favorite place has our very favorite waitress, Maggie. We tip well because she’s the best waitress ever. The food was delicious as always!

Noah – the newest 18 year old
Sushi!
More sushi!
The best tuna around. Melt in your mouth delicious!
Relaxing in the spring sun

We are finally getting in the groove with our pup. Raine is a wonderful dog that needs special care. She is incredibly skittish, likely based on time long before we adopted her. We can only guess that she was kicked, never petted, not overly fed, and probably left out in the cold. She has finally started to relax, almost cuddling and wanting to use her paws to grab our hands to pet her more. Today, she finally “kissed” me with a lick that she had never done before. She “kisses” her mom but I was a no-go until today. They say it takes an adopted dog 3 days to get used to the house, 3 weeks to get used to the people, and 3 months to feel at home. I think it takes longer and Raine is finally home and feeling at home. Puppy love.

We added this lovely rescue named Raine to our family this week. Sweet as can be and coming out of her shell over the first five days. Raine is a quiet, Mountain Cur mix from TN that came through Big Fluffy Dogs Rescue (BFDR) and picked up in NJ on Tuesday. Lots of love for this gal!