Monday, June 15, 2009
Snowing, kayaking and barking
It really isn't snowing here, but it looks like it! We have cottonwood trees that are leaving these floaty white thingys all over the place. And everyone around here is sneezing, coughing, wheezing, etc. It has been really cool here for summer. Last week it barely got into the 70's. Yep, it's all that global warming we are having. Jeff got a kayak for his birthday, so now we have 2 of them. We have been kayaking on the channel that is across the street from our house. It leads to the river, and we have gone on the river a few times. I'm still trying to get used to being in a kayak. Jeff always has Evie in the kayak with him, and she loves it. I'm still pretty wobbly. The other day, I completely lost control and ran right into Jeff. So you can say I am kayaking challenged. I'm slowly learning though. It is a lot of fun! I would take a camera with me, but I'm not so sure that is a good idea with my wobbling around and all. There is a dock that is mostly in the water in one end of the channel. There is always about 15 turtles on there, and one is about the size of a dinner plate. Huge! When we go bike riding and Evie sees them, she yells "turtle soup!" and they all jump into the water :). We have been trying to walk a couple of times a day, or bike. We take the dog with us, in hopes that it will help calm her. She spends every waking moment of her day barking. She seems a leaf, she barks. She sees a squirrel, she acts like we have an axe murderer running through the yard. I always joke that if an axe murderer really came to the door, she would probably just wag her tail. She sees kids on bikes, she barks like they are riding off with all of our belongings. She just sits at the windows (which are everywhere in our house) and waits for something to bark at, which normally takes all of about 30 seconds because we live in a busy, active subdivision. We have been watching episodes of The Dog Whisperer, hoping that we may find some snippet of information to help us. He says walking a dog for 40 minutes a day really helps behavior problems. It certainly is good exercise for us!