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Turkey Tracks: Mud Season, Cherished Walks, Happy Spring

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Turkey Tracks:  April 22, 2019

Mud Season, Cherished Walks, Happy Spring

I took these pictures a week ago at the Erikson Wellness Trail.  And yesterday, Easter Sunday, AC and I returned and walked, playing along the way, the whole trail, which is about 2.5 miles with the added spur.  We had “pea soup” fog here yesterday, and on the back side of the trail, rain started.  I had on a good raincoat with a hood and my LLBean boots, so I was fine.  AC didn’t care, of course.  He got a bath of sorts.

To recap, this trail has been iced over for much of the winter.  AC and I went in once, me with spikes on my boots, but mostly I avoided going.  The one icy trip was, however, lovely, and the boot spikes and walking stick support were terrific.  Still, it was…kind of lonely back in those woods.

My LLBean boots are PERFECT for mud season and have been much used this year as AC Slater has me outside a lot these days.

Last week, there were still patches of snow/ice deep in our woods.  But the trail was clear except for two spots that I could more or less walk around.

The rock moss is such a startling, rich green.

As the snow melts out, the hillsides are full of water moving downward.  The streams are filled and rushing madly.  AC has not figured out yet that he can swim, but he’s fascinated with the rushing water.  I throw sticks in, and he tries to get them.

This creek runs along side the path and crosses under in a culvert.

This bigger creek has a bridge over it.

My older grandchildren walked this trail with their father and me at Christmas.  I’m looking forward to taking the three little granddaughters here when they come in June.  They will love this stream, which does have the most enticing pools.



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April 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

Turkey Tracks: AC LOVES the Dog Park

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Turkey Tracks:  April 11, 2019

AC LOVES the Dog Park

It’s mid-April, and we’ve had three snows in the past week.  Two, plowable!  There are 6 or 7 inches of snow in my woods at the moment.  But temps are going up this weekend, so this snow will melt slowly into the ground.  Some up here call this kind of spring snow “a poor man’s fertilizer.”

My dog fence is not working.  Perhaps a deer stepped on the line.  But it could be anything, including a falling rock or tree branch.  I am replacing the dog collar, as it is not working.  The transmitter works, but is 14 years old, so I am replacing it as well.  And I’m hoping that by the end of this weekend all will be in place again.  That will depend on how fast the snow melts.

AC is a year old now and full of zip, which spring has intensified.  He is now watching what goes on in the road beyond my house and wants to patrol that too.  No!  So, the dog park, especially right now, is a must as until I can sort out the dog fence issue, he is not safe outside unsupervised.

AC LOVES being with other dogs.  That makes sense as he was raised in a household with five other dogs.  He knows how to play and delights in getting the dog park dogs to play with him.  Many times he has to teach them how to chase him while he gets to hold the ball or a stick he’s found on the ground.

I never thought that I would be spending “dog park” visiting time most days.  But there are some really nice people there, so that’s kind of fun.  I feel like I have a toddler again as there are days where “play dates” are arranged with owners/dogs that work especially well for AC to get LOTS of exercise.

AC knows the dog park road, and he starts “talking” as soon as we enter it.  He is really very vocal now.  And a total character!




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April 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

Turkey Tracks: Lap of Luxury

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Turkey Tracks:  April 5, 2019

Lap of Luxury

While I sew and watch tv at night, I have company.

The company is asleep right now, after a busy day at the dog park and after running lots of errands.

The quilt I’m working on right now is made from blocks designed by Tara Faughnan in the online class I’m taking, The Color Collective, hosted by Amy Newbold’s Sewtopia, which also ships the solid Kona fabrics Tara Faughnan chooses each month for the monthly project.

I’m hand quilting this quilt, which I made from the first two blocks, with size 8 perle cotton and big stitches.  And I’m really intrigued by this quilt and loving it.

Before the company went to sleep, there were cuddles enjoyed by all who participated.

We got snow on Wednesday.  I got about three inches.  The weather cleared my day in a hurry, so there was some nice sewing time.

I got about 3 inches, so AC and I went outside to shovel off walks and the generator.  By late afternoon, the snow had melted, which is the nature of a spring snow.  AC wants to play with both the snow shovel and the vacuum cleaner.  They move, you see…

But, spring is here, and to celebrate that, I could not resist getting some flowers.



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April 5, 2019 at 7:57 am

Turkey Tracks: Wood-Chewing Dog

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Turkey Tracks:  February 14, 2019

Wood-Chewing Dog

Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL.

We can use more love in the world.  Always.


It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that my No No Penny dog is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge, alongside Miss Reynolds Georgia.

When I came back from a recent weekend trip on a Sunday afternoon, Penny was experiencing a bad episode of her syndrome.  She was paralyzed, in a lot of pain, and miserable.  She had just had enough suffering.  I had had enough of watching her suffer.  So I wrapped her up and carried her in my arms to the emergency vet.  They agreed, that at 16 years (sometime this year) and as sick as she was, that it was time.  They thanked me for not letting her suffer anymore.

AC had been nurse-maiding her for some time.  He took her outside, followed her around, and brought her back inside and loved on her a lot.

So when she disappeared, he really missed her.  I had been keeping him separate from her when I left for any length of time, so when I disappeared for several days, I think he got really scared.  He chewed up the bottom of my pine kitchen desk while I was gone.  It is really bad.  Friend Linda taped it up and barricaded it, but once a dog starts chewing something like that desk, s/he keeps on chewing.  Despite bitter apple spray and more barricading and LOTS of chew toys to include a bong stuffed with peanut butter and frozen, he took apart the protective pieces and chewed some more both last Friday and Saturday when I left him in the kitchen for a few hours alone.

This picture does not begin to show the shredding that took place.  I’m still amazed he could do such damage.  Friend Karen Martin thinks it could be repaired with some wood compounds.  I’ll deal with that later.  It is not an expensive piece—it just works really well in this spot.  And it may live out its life with a slightly better tape repair.  Who knows.  I don’t.

After Saturday, I gave up.  Something had to be done.  He knew it was bad when I came home.  He apologized all over the place.  I’ve never had a dog that chewed furniture.  I’m hearing that it is fairly common however.  But…  I headed out to buy a LARGE crate.  I am not a fan of dog crates, preferring Peter Loeb’s methods in SMARTER THAN YOU THINK.  But there isn’t a place in my kitchen to set up the confinement strategy Loeb uses.  And I am about 5 months to late for that stragegy.  I stuffed the cage with one of the VERY plush dog beds.  AC knows exactly what it is and will not go near it, of course.  It will get used tomorrow morning as I will be “out” without him for a few hours.  He mostly goes everywhere with me most of the time.

Having AC is, at times, like having a toddler in the house.  There are LOTS of toys that get played with a lot.  And frequent trips outside.  And visits to the dog park.  We can’t walk in the woods again, yet, but we both are looking forward to getting back out there.  There are sheets of ice EVERYWHERE right now, so I’m not going to risk it.  But I love the energy this little guy has brought into my life.

AC, as I’ve said before now, is very aware of what’s on the TV.  There is a dog show—a series of documentaries that are very sweet—that I have watched from time to time.  AC reacts strongly to seeing dogs on the screen.  He then wants to run outside to check that side of the house to see where the dogs are.  He also objects to other images and runs to the screen and barks at them—until he is called back and soothed.

He’s a very funny little dog, and I’m so happy I have him.  The cage will likely be a temporary thing.  He will be a year old in late March.

Here’s a video of AC and the tv.

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February 14, 2019 at 10:10 am

Turkey Tracks: AC is So Funny

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Turkey Tracks:  January 29, 2019

AC is So Funny

AC is 10 months old now and is getting increasingly vocal as he meshes more with his new home and me.  He is my shadow, outside and inside.  He is, actually, very bossy.

The dog park has been so good as the woods are filled with ice right now.  The dog park requires for me to have spikes on my boots, but that’s ok.  No slipping and sliding for me.

There is the most beautiful red fox in my woods.  AC and I have seen him several times now–including at 6 am this morning from my bedroom window.  I had to distract AC for a time as I know that if I put him out, he’d breech his boundaries and I’d find him in another county if I was lucky.  AC, I’m convinced, is part fox himself.

AC and fox

I’ve never had a dog before who was aware of the tv, much less watched it.  AC is very aware of images and sounds on the tv.  If he sees something he finds suspicious or dangerous he runs to the tv, growls and barks at the offending images, and when called, retreats to the couch next to me where he emits low growls to ward off the danger.

AC and the TV




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January 29, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Turkey Tracks: AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

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Turkey Tracks:  January 15, 2019


AC Slater LOVES No No Penny and Sewing Update

A common sight these days:

Very tired dog after a really good dog park day with lots of flat out running.  I finished another selvage placemat.  These are made with the “quiet” selvage, not the side with words, etc.


The dog park runs are made possible right now with boots loaded with spikes—as it is a sea of ice.  The good part is that balls thrown with the long thrower travel a long, long way.


Progress on the circles made with the fabric Tara Faughnan, from THE COLOR COLLECTIVE, at Sewtopia, sent.  I’m liking the scrappy nature—am still moving around blocks like crazy though.

I’m quilting the Katja Marek EPP blocks on the domestic.  Pics on that in a bit.

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January 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

Turkey Tracks: AC’s Cold Sunday

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Turkey Tracks:  December 18, 2018

AC’s Cold Sunday

AC Slater is 9 months old this month, and I’ve had him since September 1st.  In 3 1/2 months he has come a long way in terms of training, growing bigger and shedding puppy ways, and learning about cold weather in Maine.  He’s shedding like crazy as he is growing a Maine winter coat now.  (He came from Arkansas.)

He has a ton of terrier energy, so on a recent Sunday when it was really too cold and icy out to be tramping through the woods, he figured out ways to amuse himself—in between trying to get me to play with him.  No No Penny, in the face of being confined inside with him, hunkered down in her bed and tried to ignore him.

I tried to sew, but AC kept finding things that were “dangerous” and needed my immediate attention.  The front-load washing machine for instance.  The turning clothes and noises had to be checked out AT ONCE.  (He’s a good watch dog.)  A roll of new quilt batting propped against a wall, waiting for help to load it on to the long arm carrier fell over, and it became an object of suspicion for some time following.

AC has recently gotten really vocal.  Here he is with a squirrel we trapped—one of the dreaded red squirrels.  And he’s taken to making these noises when we ride up to the dog park, which he loves.  Yes, I rehomed the squirrel a long way from my property and not near other properties.

Ac and the squirrel

And here he is trying to steal Penny’s treat.

AC stealing treat








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December 18, 2018 at 10:28 am

Turkey Tracks: AC’s First Snow

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Turkey Tracks:  November 20, 2018

AC’s First Snow

We got snow last Friday–and are getting more today.

Here’s a cute little video of AC Slater’s first encounter with snow.


As AC is a happy little dog who exudes boundless joy, it is no surprise he’s good in the snow.  Since this video we took a long walk over at Erikson’s and, at first, he was very cautious and stuck nearby.  But by the end of the first mile, he was back running through the woods.  His feet seemed to be fine in the cold snow.

Here are some pics of our snowy path:

We heard the playful voices of children as we walked–somewhere further on from us.  Laughter, shrieks of delight, and the joy of playing in the snow.  We finally saw them–a young mother and her children.

My heart lifted even further.




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November 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

Turkey Tracks: Slaty Magic

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Turkey Tracks:  November 13, 2018

Slaty Magic

AC Slater is probably the last puppy I will every own and train.  If there is another dog in my future, it won’t be a puppy because it would not be fair to the puppy with all his/her puppy energy.  But I’m so enjoying working with AC Slater, who is now 7 months old.  It’s been magic to be out in the woods with a joyful companion who wants to work with me in some way.  So I beg patience from my readers as I experience this doggie magic.

AC on paper is a terrier/hound mix.  He’s a mutt.  He may be the smartest dog I’ve ever had, and he’s as sweet as he can be.  But there’s plenty of fiesty in that body too—along with some retriever genes.  He discovered this past week that he loves water and wants so badly to retrieve something in the water.  By summer he’ll be swimming for tossed sticks I’m sure.  Right now the water is getting too cold, and he has not figured out yet that he can swim.  I come home with a wet dog after every walk, which is ok too.

He points.  He runs ahead to spots he’s found on our walks, points them, and waits in some sort of frozen position for Penny and me to catch up.  He will not move off the spot until I comment on it.

Here there is a hole in the ground on a downhill slope, so it slants down the hill.  Is it an animal den of some sort?  I don’t know.  AC thinks it is highly suspicious though.

Culverts are another attraction, and there are lots of them along our pathways.  Most are small, and I worry he’ll try to go inside and get trapped.  But, here’s one he’s learned he can travel through.  Needless to say, it’s a favorite spot, and he has to go back and forth numerous times before we move on.

I live in an ideal place for dogs.  There are so many pathways where we can let dogs who behave run off leash.  Yes, we pick up doggie waste—or many of us do.  But a young dog like AC can run out his kinks every day.  And owners can go into the woods and fields, can get close to nature, and do get in a good walk themselves.

A few weeks past I bought a year pass to the Maine state parks—and walked one of the paths with the doggies.  The woods were spectacularly orange and gold and red.  It was a treat!  This time of year and mid-week, few people are on many of the trails.  (I carry a phone, and the trails are wide and beautiful.)  So, Slaty runs free once we are away from the trail entrance.

Penny does not like AC’s puppy energy, but she loves to snuggle with him when he’s quieter.  He is a huge snuggler who wants to be plastered to or on other bodies.  I am on the left of them both in this picture.

Today we have heavy rain, so I don’t know if there will be a break for a walk.  I will miss it, and so will AC.  Penny will be quite happy to stay in her bed.


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November 13, 2018 at 10:24 am