January 19, 2024

Unexpected Snow & Old Photos

After the 'heat wave' we had where it got up into the 20s, I knew we were headed for another cold spell but I didn't expect any snow. I was up late last night, let the hounds out for their last trip outside late and didn't see any snow. When I opened the patio door this morning a blast of freezing wind hit me head on and later I see this ... snow. Some old photos in this post.

January 15, 2024

Only Cold Outside Not Inside

First of all I know my weather the past few days and today is nothing like others are experiencing and I am very grateful for that. It's normal winter weather. It's been going on for as long as I can remember and in fact when I was growing up winters were much worse. (No, I did not have to walk to school in 4' of snow). 

Like most forecasts for where I live, whether winter or thunderstorms, or tornado warnings ... things never turn out as bad as predicted. So when I saw the forecast the other day I still prepared things for that but it's not as bad as they said it would be. 

I am not saying I am a fan of this kind of weather. In fact last night during a commercial of the NFL Playoff game I caught myself saying, "only a month and a half, 45 days, until March 1st". But who counts days until spring?

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. Nothing is changed much since we don't do a lot during the winter months but stay inside and watch ballgames, read books, take naps and a movie or two fit in. Twitter (X) keeps me updated with all the news stuff and I must say I have enjoyed my return to Facebook.

January 05, 2024

8 Years Ago Today

Hard to believe it has been 8 years already, it seems just like yesterday. Since 1987 I have had a lot of basset hounds and love(d) all of them just as much as the other ones ... but Winston was special and putting him down 8 years ago today tore my heart out.

Needless to say, it took a long time for things to get back to normal for me. Now some people will say and have told me losing a dog means nothing to those hounds that are left in the house. I can only go on what I have seen over the years when I leave with one and they don't come back home, then how the hounds and dog that are left act or respond.

So maybe it is just me wanting them to feel the same way I do and actually they do not miss them or know what happens. But the photos in this next link about my day after, make it hard to believe that Sadie and Stella didn't feel something.

No matter what, it was and is the hardest part of hound or dog ownership but they are never forgotten. He loved riding in the truck, the VW van or anything that had wheels. He loved the field up north in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana. He liked taking naps under the sun and doing everything at his own pace.

You can also read about him from the page I posted at the top of the blog Winston's Story.

It is still a good day in 'the topics' of Southern Indiana today ... Walter, Watson and Henry will see to that. 

January 04, 2024

Hounds Dog & I Survive New Year's

I got the new wireless Harman Kardon speaker to work, but not through the tv. I used an app on my phone to listen to a ballgame the other night and used the speaker paired with the phone. Works very well. Since the hounds and dog are out of the puppy chewing stage I am going to replace my coffee table and end table where they (I think Walter) chewed the corners bad enough I am not sure I personally can repair them. As you will see, we didn't do much on New Year's Eve but we were up past midnight this year ... I didn't say awake, just up.