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I Never Get Tired…

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Turkey Tracks: July 24, 2021

I Never Get Tired…

…of watching AC doggie in the woods and water.

This swell in the land is boggy and filled with “things that jump away,” like small frogs.

That tail goes a mile a minute when he’s hunting.

The fox-like springing up and pouncing with front feet is his modus opperendi when he hunts in tall grass. This time out I missed the first line of jumps, but they were at least 4 feet off the ground.

These degraded mushrooms were just out in the middle of the field. They could be the poisonous Jack-O-Lantern, but the one I picked smelled really sweet.

I want to go sew some now that I’ve worn down AC’s super energy, so I’m not going to look through my books right now to see what other possibilities I can find. The dark centers are almost a deep purple. Nature is a really good color artist.

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July 24, 2021 at 7:39 am

Mowing Accomplished!

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Turkey Tracks: June 22, 2021

Mowing Accomplished

With my hurt foot, I’ve been worried about getting the mowing done this week.

I usually mow on Sundays, but cooler weather did slow down the grass growth a bit, so I thought I’d try to mow yesterday, Monday.

At least two friends have suggested I would benefit from gardening in MUCH sturdier shoes than in worn out sneakers. One, in fact, wears dedicated hiking boots. So…

And, yes indeed, my foot felt quite safe and well supported—particularly the ankle and the instep. There was no pain at all. But the foot is weak, so I was determined not to pressure it in any way.

I went out early in the very humid day and was done by 10am and was wet with sweat. The front and back are easy—it’s the steep hill on the far side of the house that is hard to mow.

The brown spots are pee spots from AC. I’ll treat them again with baking soda soon. That dog!

I made myself quit when the mowing was done—I could have stayed out there for hours and hours though. I’ll do the needed weed whacking today maybe. Or, soon. (The replacement batteries for the weed whacker arrived and work beautifully—the original old one was not holding a charge beyond about 15 minutes.)

Look at the Rose Campion plants! They seed themselves here, and, indeed, are a bit like weeds. Beyond that chicken wire fence is a sheer drop off down a wall of boulders.

OK. I’ll confess. I did stop to pick the ripe strawberries before coming inside. I couldn’t resist. And they do have to be picked every day.

The less ripe berries ripen well on the kitchen counter—which means I get them and the chipmunks don’t. The berries on this plate ripened overnight.

I’ve already frozen a big silicon bag of strawberries. Last year I froze berries in plastic freezer bags, and I debated buying some more plastic bags to freeze the ripening fruit in the garden—the raspberries are LOADED with berries that will ripen very soon now. Instead, I ordered more of these bigger silicon bags—and I do have one that is a gallon size I could use as well. I love these bags! They are totally leak proof too. So I have not purchased plastic bags in over a year now.

Before the foot went wonky, I let AC have one of his old balls outside. It is always good to stop and throw it for him or play a game of chase with him. I took this little video last week. We all need to take some time to just play, and AC does this work for me.

Yesterday, AC dropped the ball outside somewhere. At one point he was dropping it down the front wall and retrieving it—much like he does on the stairs in the house. It will be interesting to see if he appears with it on our next work effort in the yard. Today, though, is cleaning and laundry day.

I hope we get rain today. It is very dry here.

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June 22, 2021 at 8:43 am

There’s Fox In There Somewhere

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Turkey Tracks: June 10, 2021

There’s Fox In There Somewhere

I’ve been trying to get a little video of what AC does when hunting “in the bushes.”

These leaps are like what a fox does to pounce on an unsuspecting critter.

This video is from over by the pond at the Snow Bowl, where I’ve been taking AC for a swim. It has been way too hot for him to chase down his ball.

But yesterday was marginally cooler with a nice breeze, so he swam, chased his ball for a few throws, then went back to swim to thoroughly cool off.

And today it is blessedly cooler, which is such a relief. I’ve been feeling like Marsha Smith’s Maine Coon cat Rocky who also does not like the heat.

But now it is cool enough to get back outside and continue weeding. So that is where I am headed next.

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June 10, 2021 at 9:43 am

Lunch Break From Garden

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Turkey Tracks: May 23, 2021

Lunch Break From Garden

I am just in from working in the garden all morning.

I grilled two little lamb chops to go on my lunch salad—the grill is just at my kitchen door, and it doesn’t take but a minute or two to fire it up and let it heat.

The lettuce is from the cold frame—which is overflowing with lettuce goodness. I’ve been happily taking bunches of the lettuce to friends. And now I’ll include some fresh herbs as the chives are ready to cut.

This salad also has leftover halved boiled Brussel sprouts, carrot, a yellow pepper, cucumber, Vidalia sweet onion, and mint, regular and garlic chives, and some tarragon. I top everything with salt, dried herbs (dill and Penzey’s Sunny Paris mixture, and drizzles of a really fine olive oil from Organic Roots. (I can’t do vinegar.)

AC killed one of the garter snakes who live here two days ago. I thought the snake had escaped him, but he apparently dogged it out into the open, where he shook it. I found the carcass down on the rocks in the lower wall in front of the house the next day. I knew he’d gone back after it as he had streaks of blood on his coat and there were no marks on him.

These garter snakes are such pretty little creatures, with their vivid green stripes and bits of red here and there. Their presence signifies one has a healthy garden I think.

I’ve saved two more from the jaws of death—one yesterday and one this morning. One, if it is the same snake. And this time I made sure each snake was in a good hiding place.

I spent a chunk of the morning watering. It is so dry. And when I came in for lunch, there was an alert on my phone about a line of thunderstorms heading our way.

I hope so. It is getting dark. I brought in my buckets, shoes, and gloves just in case.

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May 23, 2021 at 1:24 pm

Gardening Wore AC Out

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Turkey Tracks: May 22, 2021

Gardening Wore AC Out

Yesterday AC and I spent most of the day outside working.

I weeded in a place where I could throw weeds down a hill. AC thought his job was to chase the debris that sailed through the air from time to time.

By the time I took a shower late afternoon, we were both exhausted.

When I got out of the shower, here’s what I found:

Normally he would be curled up, waiting for me, and when he saw me, his tail would wag happily.

Once dressed, I was too tired to do more than listen to my Audible book while I enjoyed a coffee.

AC was too tired to snuggle with me. (I’m glad he seems to have topped chewing his bed in recent months.)

He was too tired to eat his dinner until we were ready for bed. He ate while I cleaned the kitchen.

I watched the beginning of MRS. WILSON last night. I thought it quite good.

And today I mowed. If we don’t get rain tonight, I’ll have to water tomorrow. The soil is dry enough to blow away.

I’m writing on a lunch break—and will likely head out to try to finish weeding the bed I started yesterday.

Likely…

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May 22, 2021 at 1:49 pm

The Call of the Wild

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Turkey Tracks: March 8, 2021

The Call of the Wild

We watched the 2020 CALL OF THE WILD last week.

I say “we” because AC watched the entire movie with no loss of attention. I would probably have stopped and moved to something more “adult,” but AC was watching so intently. Occasionally he would leap from the couch to more closely inspect the tv screen. Or, to guard us against “those dogs” in our house.  It was too funny to miss.  He’d run back to me in a bit and wedge himself against my body. Gradually he relaxed and lay down beside me, but he never took his eyes away from the screen.  

Any appearance by the BIG black wolf (the movie’s metaphor for “the call of the wild”) always produced a trip to the tv screen.

The scenery was pretty.

I am easily amused.

The pandemic is hard on dogs that are very social too.

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March 8, 2021 at 7:28 am

AC Slater Loves His Red Rubber Ball

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Turkey Tracks: February 5, 2021

AC Slater Loves His Red Rubber Ball

It is Friday. And we are getting rain later today, so AC and I went out late morning to run food errands and to make some time for AC to chase his red rubber ball to run out his kinks.

What amazes me is that he knows where we are in the car, and if we are near any of the places where he can chase his ball, he begins to “talk” to tell me he’s so ready to go when we get there. It is a rare day when I don’t take him somewhere to run.

It’s hard to throw the ball and take videos, but here’s what I got this late morning at the Barrett’s Cove parking lot. Look at that happy face and wagging tail as he brings the ball back. If I can get the ball ahead of him, he’ll put on a burst of speed that is so fast. I’ve started wondering if he’s got some greyhound in him somewhere.

For some reason, when he brings back the ball, he rubs all over my legs, going around and around my body.

When he starts to out of breath, I’ll do a few “short” throws where I pound the ball against the surface so it goes high in the air. Most of the time he catches it on the fly, which is pretty darn awesome.

Here’s a picture of Barrett’s Cove. It is just one of my favorite spots winter and summer.

When we got home, it started to snow—not rain. And it is so pretty.

A warm lunch was in order:

I cooked some chicken breasts in 14 minutes in the Instant Pot last night! So I had delicious leftover tender and tasty chicken and a cream-based sauce made with onions sauteed in ghee and with some heavy raw cream, dried herbs, and a bit of mustard added. I added more chicken broth to the leftover sauce after I put away the groceries, and quick-cooked some fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots in the sauce while I got the chicken off the bone. I added the chicken and poured the whole thing over the leftover rice from last night. I cooked a whole bag of sprouted brown rice in the Instant Pot some days back and froze the extra rice in individual portions.

And now I’m going to finish lunch and have some sewing time.

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February 5, 2021 at 1:42 pm

AC is a Trip!

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Turkey Tracks: January 30, 2021

AC is a Trip!

AC Slater…chews…when things aren’t perfect for him. He is still a young dog with a LOT of energy and is not above chewing his dog bed when he thinks I need to pay him more attention. I have repaired this bed MANY times now—and much of the bottom is taped with that sturdy silver tape.

So, way back in mid December I saw a dog bed online that looked yummy and claimed it helped dogs to relax into it. Knowing that the customer claims about their dogs loving this bed could be total fabrications, in a weak moment I ordered one in a size recommended for my dog’s weight.

It came from China, of course. And it took weeks and weeks. And it came with all the air sucked out and in a plastic bag that fit into my mailbox. I could tell as soon as I got it out of the bag and air went back inside, that it was too small for my dog. Way too small. This “smallness” feature of many products from China, LOL, I’m thinking is due to the fact that the Chinese are smaller and thinner than we are. And, apparently, their dogs are smaller too!!

AC was intrigued with the fluffy nature of this bed. I think he thought it was an animal carcass of some sort. I put it inside his existing bed, thinking he would love the soft support there.

He would have absolutely NOTHING to do with this arrangement. He would not willingly put a foot on this bed.

As soon as I turned my back and started sewing, he dragged the new bed out of HIS bed and chewed a hole in it and spread the inside fluff all over the rug.

He was terribly ashamed of himself when I pointed out that this behavior was NOT ok. There were apologies and attempts to crawl into my lap. And I restuffed the bed and sewed up the hole.

The next day, he agreed to get into the bed to humor me…

And when I started sewing again, he chewed another hole in the bed, but did not drag it out of his bed.

So, I’m giving up.

He does not like the bed, and that’s that. And I think he thinks it is some sort of animal pelt—or a toy like his squeaky toys that he demolishes in short order.

I again repaired the hole.

It will go into storage until…

…I decide what to do with it.

AC Slater is a Trip!

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January 30, 2021 at 9:39 am

A Chipmunk Mystery

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Turkey Tracks: December 19, 2020

A Chipmunk Mystery

AC doggie is…fast!

AC and I were on the downstairs couch last night—I had a quilt over my lap, and he was on my lap.  SUDDENLY he leaped from my lap like something shot out of a cannon, ran around the back of the couch between all the legs of the sewing table I’ve set up to do a quilting job while I watch tv—an area he has avoided—and there was all sorts of frantic scuffling on the wooden floor beyond.  

By now I was trying to get out from under the quilt to see what on earth…  

In about 3 more seconds as I was finally on my feet, he appeared on the rug in front of me shaking a dying chipmunk.  What???  The whole event took less than 10 seconds.  My heavens that dog can move fast.  


Then I had to find something with which to pick it up and throw it out into the snow—which meant AC who was jumping around me had to follow.  And for the rest of the night, he wanted to go outside about every 30 minutes in the bitter cold to check on it. And I’m sure that happened first thing this morning.  


But how did it get in?  And when?  With this cold, the chipmunks would be hibernating. I am suspicious of the closet at the downstairs door.  AC has been telling me that chipmunks are under the porch just outside there.  Have they found a way inside? Could they get into the tv room by going under the closet door? 


It’s a mystery.    

PS: I wasn’t sure at first it WAS a chipmunk as the animal’s coat was very dark. But I googled it, and chipmunks lose their bright orange color in the winter in favor of a dark brown and black coat. Who knew as I never see them from the onslaught of cold weather until spring when they emerge to herald that spring is on the way.

Today will involve a thorough inspection of the suspect closet, which is full of coats, scarves, mittens, hats, and shoes.

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December 19, 2020 at 9:36 am

AC Slater’s Favorite Pastime

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Turkey Tracks: November 24, 2020

AC Slater’s Favorite Pastime

AC Slater is a little over 2 1/2 years old now.

He is a young dog with a lot of energy—which means he gets me outside doing something active at least once every day that allows being outside. It’s good for both of us.

His most favorite things to do are taking a hike with me through woods, especially if there are water features present, and chasing his ball on a big field. I believe he thinks both of these acts are his “work.” He craves these interactions with me, and I enjoy them so much as well.

I’ve spent a lot of time training him so that he is safe with me under voice control. I wouldn’t test his behavior on a city street, but I bet he’d stick close as he’d be scared. We don’t walk much in town as that just doesn’t run out his energy the way a hike or a ball activity does.

Here he is, ready for me to throw his ball with a chuck-it.

He brings me the ball as part of this activity. Sometimes the “drop” command is hard for him as he loves to chew this ball. And, he likes to hold it some times while he gets his breath back. Remember that it takes about 8 seconds some times for a dog to process a command.

What amazes me is that he can track the ball and jump way up to catch it in the air. I’ve seen him jump way over his own body length to get it—which is hard to catch on a camera when you’ve also thrown the ball. But here’s a kind of idea of what he can do.

He also runs way out in anticipation, and then he watches for the direction I’ll throw the ball. He uses my body placement as to whether I’ll throw to the right or left or straight out.

I’m really enjoying the size of this dog. He’s not as small as the rat terriers, but he’s not a big dog either. He’s just right…

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November 24, 2020 at 7:04 am