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And it snowed. In Texas. Crazy, crazy stuff. I don’t ever remember a year that it’s snowed this much here.

Wow, I just realized I’m sounding like an old guy sitting in his rocking chair next to a wood burning stove; whittling away on his new walking stick, glancing at you over his spectacles after producing a nice “ping” in his brass spittoon. Well, maybe that’s not too far from what I’m actually like – did ya ever think of that? But before I start breaking out my Farmer’s Almanac and spinning yarns about snow storms of years gone by, I’ll move on…

I planned on building a new strawberry bed today, but thanks to the weather, that didn’t happen. What I DID do outside today was help find Duchess a spot to poop in. Yes, that’s how sad my life is – the highlight of my day is finding a spot for the dog to do her bidness. Aaah the joys of being a responsible thirtysomething.

Duchess really does have “issues” when it snows though.  She’s extremely particular about where she goes and when there’s a blanket of snow down it completely bamboozles her.  This morning she went on a zoomie episode, stopping every so often to stick her nose in the snow.

I think this is the doggie version of the toddler pee pee dance.  You know the pee pee dance, right?  The one kids do when they reeeeeally have to go but they either a.) don’t want to stop what they’re doing or b.) someone’s in the bathroom and better get out quickly.

The cold obviously has no effect on her.  The other two dogs, which are the ones with all the thick fur and undercoats making them quite capable of neighboring up with one of those pompous penguins, (yes penguins are pompous – just look at those smug faces and self-righteous attitudes) go right outside, do their bidness in about 2 seconds and are right back at the door begging to come inside.  Then again, those two dogs are boys and boys care not about where they go.

So that’s been about it today.  ABC Family has a Harry Potter marathon on today so Duchess spent the morning in my recliner with me… but The Boy has now turned it off to play that noisy Wii.

Oooh there IS some exciting news on the horizon though.  I’m not going to spill all the beans yet… instead just a quick graphic.

Make sure to stay tuned for details!!!

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Snowpocalypse 2010…

I really wanted my next post to go more into happenings of the last 6 months or so, but with the Snowpocalypse of 2010 upon us, I felt it appropriate and timely to post about what’s going on currently.  I promise I’ll get more into previous events later and I’ll try to categorize them so that they can be easily read.

Now on to this afternoon’s events.  I use the word Snowpocalypse a lot ever since our friend Kathy said it one day.  It’s stuck ever since.  Honestly though, this past few days the term has been quite appropriate.  Massive power outages, tons of ice, blowing snow… it was quite an event.

A couple days ago, the town where my wife works lost power in the morning and was without all day.  As soon as she came home she aired up our air mattress just in case we lost our power and had to sleep on it in front of the fireplace.  Our power had held out all day, then late that night I was in front of the tv, watching some BBQ Pitmasters on TLC when THOOOOOOOOM down goes the power.

We sat in the dark for quite a while before deciding it was time to build a roaring fire, move the kid on to the couch, and get the air mattress set up.  Luckily about 30 minutes later the power came back on.  I say luckily because Jake had been on Duchess’ bed and she had been quite perturbed by it.  Obviously in her ginormous head, she reasoned that the air mattress was her “new” bed and there was no getting her off of it.  It would’ve been a loooooong night.

Sorry for the bad pic – remember it was PITCH DARK in the house so this was about as good as the camera could do. However, I have to say for a short haired dog, she loooooves the snow.  Dottie had to be in a sweater even in the house if the weather dropped below 80 degrees outside.  I bought Duchess an identical one months ago anticipating that she’d need it, but she’s never even wore it.

Getting her to come inside after her bedtime trip outside when there’s snow on the ground is quite a chore.  She zooms around the yard kicking snow up like a snow blower which in turn soaks her.  Don’t know if you can see all the snow crystals all over her – might have to click on it to blow it up.

So today we venture out to play in the snow like we usually do, but this time it’s Duchess’ first real snow.  I don’t think she ever slowed down.

Oliver the anti-social wants absolutely nothing to do with these doggie games… not matter how hard she prods.

But Jake took the bait… still quite a lot of life left in the old man.

I like how her face in this next one is like, “Dude, take it down a notch!  It’s just a game!”

And in this one, “You need to simmah down naw!”

And some evasive maneuvers… more of a gesture really (only a handful of people will catch that inside joke).

Realizing she had bitten off more than she bargained for – the attention quickly turns to the moron sitting on the snow holding the expensive camera.

And this blurry out of focus picture is the last thing you see through the viewfinder before a Great Dane nearly tackles you.

I don’t know if you can see the slime exuding from her jowls.  I did.  As I looked down at my black coat afterward.  Blech.

But alas, nothing can be routine in our lives (and especially Duchess’).  After a few zooms around the yard my wife noticed red spots in the snow everywhere.

I didn’t even bother checking the other dogs – of course it had to be Duchess the walking calamity.  Of course it was.

I initially thought she’d ripped a claw off, but after getting inside and looking it over she had just scraped her footpad on something – I guess the icy snow or something.  Who knows?  At least it’s nothing serious.  Our dogs have a loooong history of bloodshed and things of the like on weekends or late nights requiring vet visits.  Fortunately this weekend our dogs (and pocketbooks) are safe… for now.

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