December 31, 2013

year-end review and next year's goals

The dogs and I walked 775 miles this year. That's two-thirds or two-sevenths of where I'd like us to be, but I'll take it. It's enough to be able to tell my doctor I walk a half hour a day. (I have the best doctor in the world. His prescription for everything is to avoid sugar and salt, eat cooked vegetables, and walk 30-45 minutes most days.) Our goal for the upcoming year is to surpass this year's total. I'll take what I can get.

2013 was mostly a crummy year - a rough winter and spring at work and a not-so-great fall at home - but the dogs pulled me through. I'm grateful for them every single day. Some people are good at helping others. Others think or paint or write or sing. My best self is the one out walking a dog.

My other goal for 2014 is to simplify. That's all.

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2013

December 28, 2013



These are semi-evergreen, and bloom in late winter - they will be covered in gold. Remind me to revisit this one.

trailside little bluestem

I should gather some seeds.

December 26, 2013



Pan was polite to these two. Maybe a little smitten.

December 24, 2013

December 23, 2013

December 20, 2013

snippets, 12-20-2013

Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins, "The Golden Echo," 1882

December 16, 2013

wherein the phone sneaks back into the photothon

'cuz the best camera is the one you have with you &c

pan and bois d'arcs

or is the plural boises d'arc?

December 9, 2013

rocking horse

snippets, 12-9-2013

Ondine has the chops to be a world-class search and rescue dog, just like this one. :P

December 5, 2013

December 4, 2013