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A visit with family (pictures)

My youngest brother (the baby of the family) came for a visit today.  Coming to town for a six hour visit meant six hours on a bus (three hours each way) for him.  Not a fun trip, but I’m so glad he did it.  We don’t get to see him often enough, and we love him very much.  Not much to say other than that.  I love that so much of our family is local, but we dearly miss those who aren’t.

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Dog Show Season Approacheth…

Dog show season is right around the corner…  and I can hardly wait.  At the same time, still lots to do before we’ll be ready for it.  🙂  All Winter long I await February as for us it means time to start filling out entry forms.

Here in Saskatchewan we attend dog shows from about March till September.  And unless it’s a month with a show here in Saskatoon I try to limit myself to one show a month.  Home shows mean I’ll usually hit two that month.  With the wee girlie still small I just don’t like to be away from home more than one weekend a month.

Come July, Lily-Ann will be old enough to show in Junior Handling, which is very exciting.  I know she’s looking forward to it.  Hopefully one of the dogs here will be mature and experienced enough to have her on the other end of the leash by then.  But if not, I’m sure one of the many wonderful dog people we know would have someone to “lend” her while she takes a walk around the conformation ring for the first time.  🙂  I so look forward to the girlie being able to attend shows with her Auntie Bug and I once she’s ready.  Jewles and I always have so much fun on our dogged road trips, and I know the girlie would enjoy them too.

This year Jewles and I will be showing Marnie, the most adorable Long Coat Chihuahua puppy ever.  I may be a little biased as her co-owner and hu-mom, but I think she’s pretty awesome.  We’re also talking with a couple other folks right now about the possibility of us helping them out with dogs they’d like to get on the road this Spring.  So we’ll see.  Our show plans usually aren’t finalized till the last minute.  I’m totally not a last minute type of person – at least not for plans that take me away from home, but I’ve learned to roll with the punches when it comes to showing.

I should probably update my handling website.  It’s still full of last years information.  LOL  But some of what’s there never really needs to change.  My handling philosophy, and the services we offer are the same as in previous years.  Just need to upload some photos from last years shows, and to decide on which shows we’ll hit for this year.

Did I mention how much I love handling dogs?  Seriously.  LOL  I absolutely love being in the ring and traveling with dogs.  It may give some folks serious anxiety, but I LOVE it.  There really is nothing like it.  Exciting and peaceful, chaotic and calm, adrenaline pumping and zen all at once.  I look forward to getting back into it every Spring.

Check us out at http://www.almostfamily.org/

Sure, it’s not up to date, but there’s lots there to see anyway.  😉

Busy, busy day.

Spent the morning with the wee girlie.  Playing, cuddling, colouring, eating, getting ready for pre-k…  Then the afternoon was devoted to Green Party business, including chairing an executive meeting.  In the evening we picked up my sister Jewles, and headed off to the library.  Following that it was over to my parents for some supper, where we helped my Dad navigate through the maze of uploading media on his Mac and iPod.  Put the wee girlie to sleep.  Then worked on Christmas presents and played on facebook for a wee bit.  Now, laying in bed, girlie beside me, posting on the blog.  Whew.  LMAO

Tomorrow morning will be much the same (and my favourite part of the day because it’s just me and the girl), in the afternoon I’ve got presents to work on as well as some scrapbooking business to attend to.  Then it will be off to my parents place to help decorate the tree.  😀  Sooo looking forward to that.  Because we’ve just got the tiny half tree that hangs on the wall (will share a picture when we put it up) I really do enjoy helping set up my parents tree.  And I’m sure Lily-Ann will too.

Now, I’m going to share a photo of the girlie playing at the library.  Then I’ll be playing a bit of Warstorm on FB.  And nighty night.  LOL  Just me and the dogs awake in the dark (Damon is up on the desktop computer).  😀

Playing at the Library!

Happy Birthday Bug!

My little sister is 16 years old today.

Jewles, you make my travels interesting, and keep me laughing.  Thanks so much for being such a great Auntie, and for sharing with Lily-Ann even when you don’t always feel like it.  Here’s hoping the next 16 years are as wonderful as the last.  Love you tons…  now and always.  Happy birthday Bug!

Lily-Ann and her Auntie, opening the present the wee girlie picked out.

Happy Birthday Bug!

Bond. Jewles Bond.

It’s our last night before heading home.  I’m kinda tired, and very much looking forward to seeing my husband and wee girlie.  🙂  So I’m going to keep this short.

My sister Jewles (who will be turning 16 on the 23rd) cracked me up this evening.  There was a wedding reception being held in a room at our hotel.  After having a swim, we had to pass by the open door to the room where the reception was taking place.  We were both dripping wet, wearing swimsuits, towels, and shoes…  WAY under-dressed compared to everyone we were having to pass by.  So Jewles switches into Bond mode.  LOL  She starts rolling from corner to corner to avoid detection by any wedding guest who may happen to look our way.  I cracked right up.  She’s such a hoot.  🙂  Here she is, being goofy in the room post-Bond.

Giving me a goofy grin.

Bond. Jewles Bond.

What a day…

My motto, based entirely on the fact that I seem to say it an awful lot, is “there are worse things in life.”  And our experiences today definitely fall into the category of my being grateful simply because things could easily have been worse.  LOL

Today, Jewles (my little sister), Ned (the champion chihuahua), and I, headed out for the Shamrock Kennel and Obedience Club Dog Show in Yorkton.  It’s  a three or three and a half hour drive depending on traffic and the like.  We got onto the highway uneventfully at about five.  We are now settled into our hotel room at almost eleven.  So, obviously, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Here is proof that we are safe and sound…

Ned and Me... in our hotel room

Ned and me... see? We're A-okay!

Anyway… a few things went wrong (including our hotel having to move us from the room we are in now to a different room tomorrow WHILE we are at the dog show tomorrow)…  but the biggest one was the tire blowing.

We were driving along, thankfully only about 1/2 hour outside of Yorkton when it happened, and the car suddenly pulled to the left.  I kept it under control.  Smelled burning rubber, and knew we blew a tire.  With the sudden difficulties and the smell there was nothing else it could be.  Even though it had never happened to me before, I knew what was going on.

I got us onto the shoulder – thankfully it was a nice wide safe shoulder.  Sent my husband a message on BlackBerry Messenger.  And emptied our stuff out of the trunk to give us access to the spare.  Years ago I learned how to change one…  but it’s been a LOT of years.  I simply didn’t feel up to the task, so hoped desperately someone would stop.

We were helped by a WONDERFUL couple traveling from Thunder Bay to  (I think) Fort McMurry.  I’m totally having a brain fart here though…  I think they said Fort McMurry, but I wouldn’t bank on that.  LOL  Anyway…  They had been driving for a few days straight.  Today they’d covered part of Ontario, all of Manitoba, and part of Saskatchewan…  They had passed us going the other way, turned their vehicle around, and came to our rescue.  Truly wonderful folks.  I had asked for their new address (they’re moving to Alberta) to send them something to say thank you… but they insisted that they didn’t need a thing, and were just so happy  they could be there when we needed them.  Like I said, really wonderful people.   I wished them safe travels, and hope their future is full of folks as generous and good natured as they are.  🙂

So, we got on our way…  moving a lot slower seeing how there’s a doughnut on our car vs. a real tire.  LOL  But we got here just the same.

Will share more of our adventure tomorrow.  Hopefully nothing nearly as exciting happens.  LMAO  On the road anyway.  Exciting things AT the show would be more than welcome.  😉

Night all.

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