I heard a bark right after Friday's breakfast and when I glanced in that direction Heidi had jumped slightly doing a 360° turn into Walter wanting to play. Maybe her joint supplements are helping. It was quite a surprise to see so early in the morning. Not a lot of blogging stuff happened Friday but I did my best to make some people angry, that are not blog worthy. Ah, maybe a sentence or two about that later.
Heidi actually played a little with Walter. It has had to been years since she played with any other dog in the house. Evidently she is feeling pretty good.
Henry doesn't seem to be getting taller. But with all that extra food he has been eating twice a day ... he is definitely getting longer. The ears look short in that photo but don't let that fool you. Every time after he drinks water, the lower half of each ear is loaded with water and it two-tracks in any direction he walks. Still, he is doing very well after his two weeks two days residency.
With Henry getting half of each ear wet every time he drinks water, there are small creeks or rivers across the tile where he walks. So I have had to bring out the all-purpose hound towel to wipe the floors after him. The towel tries to dry in the sun but he thinks it is more of his toy than a tool.
I woke up Friday morning around 4am to the strong smell of smoke. The kind of smoke you smell from a forest fire, not a cookout. I laid there for a few seconds to make sure what I was smelling before getting up and closing the bedroom window. It was hard to believe just how strong the smell was. By 6am the sun was nowhere to be found and it was a cool 58° and no smoke smell in the air.
With the cool temps I got in a bike ride early Friday morning and was back home before 9am and 20 miles under me. I felt pretty good considering the lack of riding I have been doing this summer. With the cooler temps I'll be back on the road 5-6 days per week. The days are not boring when I ride the bike or go hiking. This is Henry about 10 minutes after I woke him from his late afternoon nap. He and Walter play so hard, for so long I almost have to force them to take time to rest.
By late afternoon the hazy skies were back but no smells of smoke in the air.
Standing outside in the middle of the night, enough light from the sky to still see the horizon, I realized that even when the mountains are not in view, that is still a great view. Vacant land that looks like it goes for a million miles, not seeing the development on the other side of that ridge. Whether in the middle of the night, right before sunrise or any time during the day ... the view is the one thing I love about this house.
Mule Mountains are barely visible. I also noticed looking at photos of his area from last year, those trees I thought were growing and was going to block my view, have not grown that much taller than what I showed a few days ago.
Well it was an expensive Friday for me but money well spent. I canceled both real estate contracts, the one to buy the house I had on contract and cancel the contract I had to sell my house. If you didn't know any better it sure seems like I have started WWIII or a huge forest fire here in Sierra Vista. I think it is really more of a $(#! storm.