Sunday, January 20, 2008

Brrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!!

Oh my goodness ... it has gotten brutally COLD here of late. The air temperature this morning is -26 degrees (F) and the windchill is down around -40 (F). Even for hearty mid-westerners like me (ha!) that is COLD. When Princess and Dee Dee were younger, they never seemed to mind the cold very much; they chased each other around to keep warm. But now that they're a little olders (7 and 8) they aren't as interested in spending time outside when it's this cold. Yesterday they went out several times to go potty but stayed close to the house and came right back in. Fortunately we have a big area in the basement that they can run and at least get some exercise.

But we are finding these cold winter days are good for snuggling up and just hanging out together. Dee Dee, in particular, is a great snuggler ... she will get under the covers with me and push her head into my neck and fall asleep that way. It's great!

Monday, January 7, 2008

January Thaw

Happy New Year! Life got busy with the holidays and here we are, a full week into 2008 already. My mathematician brother explained to me one time why the years seem to go faster, the older you get. It's because every year becomes a smaller percentage of your entire life, and since it is relatively smaller, it seems to go by faster. That makes sense to me.

We've been enjoying a wonderful January thaw .... temps above freezing the past few days (highly unusual) and sunshine to boot. It's been great. The girls and I enjoyed several nice walks over the weekend with our friend Susan and her corgis.  I found out that Uggs are great when it's bitterly cold (they'll keep your feet warm in any temperature) but not so great when the snow turns slushy. I came home with very wet feet yesterday, and my boots are still drying out. For the dogs, the slushy snow is even harder to push their bodies through than light fluffy snow. Think about it. If you had to walk through wet snow that was up to your hips, that's what it's like for them. But they love it. After a few hours rest, they are quite stiff. I gave them each a baby aspirin last night and that seemed to help. Anyway, it was good to play in the snow and we took some pictures of our brood.