Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I've been saving glass bottles and jars for awhile.  So while Jerry was gone volunteering at a bike race last weekend I got busy and made some holiday decor, among a few other things.  Although they involve the least amount of work, I think the candy corn are the cutest.  But maybe that's because I really enjoy spray paint.  And anything multi-colored.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More reasons to spay

I spayed an older dog the other day.  The owner reported no known issues but during surgery her left ovary happened to be the size of a small orange.  After surgery I cut it open and found it to be full of cysts.  I have no idea if this was bothering the dog or not but I'd hate to think that if it does and we don't know about it there could be a bunch of intact dogs walking around with painful ovaries.  I have seen this condition in both dogs and cats but this is the most extreme example I have found.  This dog was only 22 lbs by the way.

Monday, September 19, 2016


This little cat was living under the shed at work.  Apparently when one of the neighbors was evicted she just left behind her cats.  Anyway, once we got her trapped and spayed we found out how sweet she was and no one wanted to put her back outside.  So now she's living in our barn.  We call her Lollipop.  Because we are suckers.  But isn't she cute?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Running round up

I think I'm overdue for an update! I feel like we are still catching up a little from vacation and then being gone again for the trial.

Last weekend I ran the Azalea 5k over in Nixa. The course was a little long (which seems pretty typical these days 😣) but my overall pace was pretty decent. Not quite where I would like to be but considering August wasn't the best training month I can live with it. I ended up second in my age group, continuing my streak of placing every race this year (even if it hasn't been that many). 

This weekend I did a crazy thing and ran 2 races in one day. The first one was a trail run in Springfield. I signed up for the 10k since we don't get the chance to do many trail runs.  But, it turned out to not actually be a trail run.  It was pseudo cross country because it was about half on grass, but the other half was on paved paths or gravel roads.  Had I known that I would have planned my day differently.  On top of not really being on any trails the course was not well marked, nor did it have volunteers at all the turns so was confusing.  Then for the awards they gave out one prize to the first place runner of the 5K and a first and second place prize in the 10K even though it was a smaller race.  Which was all very bizarre.  Even for a small event I would expect top 3 males and females in each race.  Also, one of the prizes was a coupon for a free body piercing.  Really??  Anyway, I did place third of the women in the 10k so I'm going to call that finishers medal a placement medal.  Seems reasonable to me.

Later in the evening there was  5K/15K event at our friend's brewery and some of  the other girls from the Waynesville clinic were also going so I wanted to go as well.  Had I known the morning race would be a bust I would have done the 15K with Lindsay and we could run together, but since I has already done the 10 I just signed up for the 5 with the other girls.  I wasn't expecting much out of this since i had already run in the morning but it was a first time race so pretty small group, and also in a small town.  So, even pretty exhausted and really dragging on the second half I managed to win the women's division!  While not an overly impressive victory it is my first outright overall win so pretty cool.  And Lindsay won the women's 15K so the Cross Creek ladies had a sweep!  Then we all enjoyed dinner and drinks and visiting.  Looking forward to next year!


Good friends even outside of work!

Monday, September 5, 2016

NW3 try number 3

After spending only 3 days at home Legend and I packed our bags for Pontiac, IL to get back into the nosework game. 

While we didn't pass, at least it was better than last time. We had a little trouble with vehicles but not sure why-maybe wind, handler error, pooling odor or probably a combination of all those things. Naturally that was our first search so we had to bounce back from it pretty quick because we went direct to exteriors. I felt that one went well. 

Then waiting. Our first interior room was the first time we have had a clean room in competition. I was pretty sure after one pass it was clean but I did two just to make sure. I'm glad we got to have that experience. In the next room she had a fringe (so close!) and the last room I felt good about. Then a short wait for containers. I also felt much better about this search than our last trial. 

So in the end we did pass all but the vehicles and the second interior room. And a bonus-we got first in exteriors! I was pretty happy with this because you have to quickly find the hides and also be confident that you got them all. I'm getting better at that second part!

Next up is a UKC trial in October. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Last update

Yesterday we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was pretty crowded and a lot of parking lots were full, plus we didn't have much time so we really didn't get to see the best stuff but did get a few good pics in and around the park.  We drove up the highest visitor center-the scenery along the way was only ok but  the road was terrifying in places as it is just on the edge of the cliff with no guardrail.  I wish we could have seen some of the better places but we had already seen so much by that point it was ok.

Today we made the long drive back home to piles of mail and an empty fridge, but very happy puppies!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Another road trip update

Yesterday at the end of our drive we hit Arches National Park. We didn't have time to see it all, and some of the arches are down trails we definitely didn't have time for. It was pretty but I actually thought there would be more arches!

 Today we drove to Colorado and will spend tomorrow here before heading back Sunday. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

More road trip!

We spent a second day in San Francisco and honestly, we think this city is overrated.  The Golden Gate Bridge is cool, but other than that we didn't really see anything spectacular.  And any way you try to get around is kind of a nightmare.  But we did see Fisherman's wharf, take a bus tour and a sunset cruise.  We really wanted to go to Alcatraz but apparently you have to book those tours weeks in advance.  We did not know this.  But we did sail by it on our cruise.
The sea lions that hang out on the pier are also entertaining.  They are active and loud during the day and then in the evening they are all asleep.

Then we headed over to Yosemite National Park which did not disappoint.  The scenery was spectacular and the squirrels were really tame.  The only downside, it's a little harder to get around and see stuff than at yellowstone.  Everything is kind of spread out and you need to take the bus around to most places in the valley or hike a long way so with just a few days it's hard to be effecient.  But we did get to see some cool stuff. However, some of the lakes and waterfalls are dry this time of year.

Last for today is Death Valley.  Most of what we say was dirt and rocks but the sand dunes were pretty cool.  The pictures don't really do it justice.  And just in case you were wondering the highest temp we hit was 118. And yes, that's hot.

 Tonight we are staying in Vegas, did not win big but had fun.  Tomorrow on to  Utah.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Road trip update with pictures!

First up, Yellowstone pics!
We saw a lot of elk.

 New camera effects...

 I love the swans
 This one almost looks like a painting

 The grand canyon of yellowstone

 Grand Prismatic Basin

 Old Faithful

 The water in this thermal pool looks so perfect and inviting-but apparently it will burn you alive if you get in, which is not allowed for multiple obvious reasons. 

The drive to Idaho was easy-only about 4 hours!  We stopped to see Shoshone Falls which is known as the Niagra of the West.  It was pretty, but this time of year it's not quite as spectacular as it would be in the spring or earlier in the summer.  We stayed at a local KOA again in Idaho.  It was a lot warmer for sleeping-very comfortable and this KOA was not as busy so other than road noise it was quieter too.  We enjoyed the outdoor pool and "room service" dinner delivered to our campsite.

The next day we made the long drive across Oregon (which is apparently only scenic along the coast, the rest is more like Wyoming) and spent the night (in a hotel!) in Northern California.  In the morning we took a foggy walk along the harbor and watched the seals (so cute!) and the pelicans. Then it was off to drive through the Redwoods and on to San Francisco.

Today we spent navigating our way to and from the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was pretty foggy and cloudy all day but apparently it gets much worse than this so we are supposed to count ourselves lucky!  We ran all the way across the bridge and back which was fun, but pretty crowded and loud.  This evening we met up with my old college friend and her family for dinner and all had a really pleasant visit.  Tomorrow, more touring of the city.

We are hoping for more sun tomorrow, but the camera did some fun things today even with the fog and clouds.