Sunday, February 8, 2009


Yesterday was a day of celebration at Paws and Hooves Ranch: the February birthdays. Sydney had a milestone birthday earlier in the month (60), and Ellen Mae has a birthday coming up soon... but the main event was Auntie Carol's 85th (!).

We were a group of 11, I think, everyone contributing to an excellent meal. I took lots and lots of photos - and in not ONE did everyone look "suitable for posting". One person would look fabulous while three more looked passable and another had their eyes closed as they opened their mouth to eat. Or the flash reflected off someone's glasses and a mirror... or a giant hand in the foreground obscured the face of three of the diners.

Fortunately, I did get a photo of Auntie Carol that captured her enjoyment of the day. All I can say is that I hope I look so good and find so much enjoyment in life when I am 85.

Yesterday I posted a picture of the front of the house with Pal looking in the window, waiting for his breakfast. This is how it looks from the inside, was he patiently waited for someone - anyone? - at the party to remember that he was supposed to have some dinner. He has a comfortable plastic chair that allows him to observe the goings-on inside the house, patiently waiting.

A cold front blew in last night. Rain started around 4 am, with a little sleet and then snow (!) mixed in. When the sky cleared late morning, we could see snow on the mountains in both directions. It played havoc with the Verizon service towers and we've had frustratingly spotty aircard service all day. Now, at 7 pm, it is mighty cold and windy outside, and a winter storm warning is posted for Cochise County. We are warm and cozy, and it looks like I will be able to post this while we have an internet connection. Who knows how long it will last??


  1. What a great picture of Mom!! Thank you! Wish I were there....

  2. Pretty good looking 85 if you ask me! Anonymous, bro.