Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wintery Day on DOT

Sometimes trying to get pics of MaggieMae can be so difficult. This morning I thought I'd try to get some outside shots. Yeh, right. All she wanted to do was bark at squirrels. Come on, that gets old after a while. So below is the obligatory shot of Maggie for DOT.

So then I thought of just stopping there. But it is a harsh winter day out there, even though we did not get the snow they said we might. The wind is howling about 24 miles per hour and with temps in the low 20's (oh now I see it has dropped to 19*) and that wind, it's harsh! The sun has decided to come out, so that started me daydreaming of warm summer days. Then I thought about pics I had from happy times that I enjoy looking at when my screen saver kicks in. So I decided to pick out a few that make my mood lighten even a little.

This was a beautiful shot I got early one summer morning about 4 or 5 years ago. I could not pass up the sun shining through the trees. It was a blessing in itself just to see, and I am thankful I could capture it.

This was Misty. Our cat of 19 and 1/2 years, whom I had to say good bye to last January. The other night I could have sworn I saw her shadow come near the couch just like she used to when she would come down the hall to the living room from the bedroom. She was a beautiful cat, and one of the best I've ever had. She is missed. My dd took this picture of her and passed it on to me. When my dh was sick in the hospital I printed it out for the poster board on his wall so he could keep her near him for comfort.

While I am not fond of pictures of myself, I do like this picture of my wonderful daughters and myself, taken at my 60th birthday party, Oct. 2008. I love them dearly. I could not have asked for any better daughters than they are.

Well, since I was named Rosalie, I happen to love roses. Who'd have thought? This was a mini rose I had. I used to have 15 rose bushes at our old house, and didn't bring any of them with mewhen we moved here, which I do regret. I planted one rose here in front of my house and since the bushes came out last year, I would like to work on that this summer and put in some more!

This was a mini daffodil plant I'd bought a few years ago, and it just reminds me so much of Spring, that's why it's included in this post. Yes, I know we have a couple months of winter to go but I am praying they will pass quickly and soon the buds will be coming on the trees. I don't want to wish my life away, but since I'm not working I have been doing a lot of hibernating this winter. I am thankful for the break we had a for a couple weeks, which melted most of the snow off and with temps in the 30's for those couple weeks MaggieMae and I got out for several walks. So I guess I will just bide my time till the weather permits them again. Stay warm and keep those puppies warm, fellow DOT'ers!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Teaching MaggieMae to Pose (DOT)

I have mentioned before how difficult it has been to get good pictures of MaggieMae. Sometimes I do luck out and she holds still for longer than two seconds.
Today I decided to try to get her to "stay" for a picture.

You can see how she feels about all "Do I have to?"

This is what usually happens, she turns away from me.

Obviously complaining that I'm making her do this. She did the same to my daughter a couple weeks ago when she tried to take her picture.

Another one "Oh if you must!"

Finally, a portrait photo... almost!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter Pics in January

I took MaggieMae for a ride a week ago this past sunday and decided to take my camera along for some hopefully good winter shots. I wasn't disappointed.

Looking out over Lake Ontario at Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY.

The lighthouse at Fort Niagara.

"Sunstar" at Fort Niagara.

Sledding hill at Fort Niagara.

The Silo Restaurant at Lewiston, NY. Closed for the winter.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Finally! Some Good Pics of MaggieMae!

I have said how difficult it is to get pics of MaggieMae. Yesterday was no different. At first anyway. I saw her asleep on my bed on her back, and front legs straight up in the air. I went to the living room to grab my camera, but as soon as I turned it on (from the other room) she heard it! Wow~~ She is one light sleeper!! But she did co-operate eventually, just not the shot I wanted!

When my sister got her dog (much smaller than MaggieMae) she asked me where MaggieMae sleeps. She wanted to know if I crate her. Well, no I don't. She sleeps where she wants. Mostly on my bed now that it's winter, unless she starts hogging and I ask her to leave. So you've seen her asleep on the recliner.

As I said, she sleeps on my bed.

Or the bed in the spare room (futon).

Sometimes next to me on the couch. (I love this shot and can't believe I got it!)

Sometimes by herself on the couch too.
She really is a very good dog the majority of the time, and other times, is just being a dog. I hope all the Dogs on Thursday are warm and toasty in this frigid January we are having (although a temperature break is due here this week).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Winter Romps Makes Tired Dog!

For once I actually got the camera turned on without MaggieMae moving from the spot. I managed to snap four pictures of her in her favorite chair. They were all pretty similar and I was just amazed she didn't move. Of course she'd been sleeping pretty good after romping in the snow. Ahhh... it's a dog's life! Happy winter days to all you living the dogs life on Dogs on Thursday!

Monday, January 4, 2010

White Stuff

Well, you told me to go pee!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dog Trails

It's been snowing all last night and today here. Lake effect snow from the northeast (compliments of big storm in Maine I heard) came across Lake Ontario. I've shoveled 3 times (at least 3 to 6 inches each time) and used the snowblower to clean out the end of the driveway onces.

Everytime Maggie has gone out since this afternoon, she is up to her belly in snow. But that doesn't stop her. She goes bounding through it as if it wasn't even there! The other day I looked at the prints from her "leap" and it was about 7 to 8 feet between prints in the snow! This picture was taken tonight and shows the "dogtrails" she's made in the back yard. Maybe tomorrow I can get a picture of her out in it?