2019, Travel/Vacation

The Wichita Mountains In April 2019 (Part I)

Yesterday, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, Luis and I visited the Wichita Mountain National Wildlife Refuge again. The girls have a four-day weekend. And Kevin took the day off. What’s better than go on a hike on a beautiful Good Friday?! This time, we entered the park from the eastern entrance by Medicine Park. Because first we wanted to go up to Mt. Scott. But for some reason, it was closed for entering by car. We didn’t want to take the long hike up to the peak of the mountain. So we decided to move on and hike another trail. But first, we went to the Holy City. Katelynn and Sara went inside the church, before I went behind the buildings with them. Kevin stayed with Luis in the grassy area by the parking lot. Luis can get a bit excited around people. And we didn’t want to take any chances. Before getting back to Road 115, there is a field where the Prairie Dogs call this place their home. It is fun to watch them, when they bark signals to each other. They seem fine being out and about, when visitors of the park just drive by. But once, we crossed the white line, they became territorial, ran back into their burrows.

Last time we were at the refuge, we went to the Jed Johnson Lake Dam. This time, we wanted to hike and chose to go up to the tower. Katelynn, Sara and I decided to cross the little creek and walked up a “shortcut” along the lake, while Kevin and Luis went the regular trail along the creek. But therefore our trail was a little bit more rugged and some steep boulders needed to be climbed, before we made it to the tower. Kevin just walked the easier, but longer way. Luis could walk, lie in the shade or water for a bit, before he trotted behind Kevin again. Our pup is such a couch potato. 😀

Standing next to the Jed Johnson Tower, we had a nice view over the lake. In the distance, Mount Scott could easily be made out as the highest peak in the Wichita Mountain chain. There are also several stories roaming the internet about the Jed Johnson Tower and the lake being haunted. Honestly, if there is a ghost, it is definitely not ill intended. I felt no bad presents going up and around the tower at all. But I sure was drawn to it. After walking around the tower and let Luis rest in the shade for a little bit, we took the same way back which Kevin hiked up with the dog. It was an easier way down to get back to the car.

Coming from Jed Johnson Lake, we also took a short trip to Rush Lake. Since we had quite a bit of rain the last few days, the lakes are full. The water of Rush Lake is currently going over the spillway and the below creek leads into the Jed Johnson Lake.

… to be continued …

2019

“Gross! Dog Doo-doo!”

Kevin told Sara to help her sister to pick up dog poop, before he could mow the lawn. Sara was not happy about it. We could see it in her eyes, she wanted to talk herself out of it. But we put the foot down, and said to our sassy little Princess, that she has to help cleaning up after Lexi and Luis. After Sara got grossed out a couple of times, she actually started enjoying searching for the dog land mines in the grass. Katelynn and Sara made a game out of it. And everything was picked up and mowed in no time. I guess, parenting is not so hard after all. We just have to stay on top of it. 😉

2019

Lexi turns 100

Many times, we thought Lexi won’t make it to 10 human years. There were also a couple of times, we’ve considered to put her down, within the last two years. But Lexi keeps going. She’s a trooper and not slowing too much down. And today, she turned 100 doggy years.

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My ol’ Lexi was taking a comfortable nap that Summer. (2016).

🎂🎈Happy 100th Birthday, Lexi!🎈🎂

Lexi’s little biography: https://underthepecantreephotography.com/2017/01/01/my-pets-part-i/

2019

Luis’ Chillin’ And Watchin’ LivePD

It is a cool day. And Luis is bored, because we don’t allow him to chase Sandy across the yard and over the fence. Sandy gave Luis a big hiss earlier this week. So, we don’t want him to get involved in a “Dog vs. Squirrel” fight. Now, Luis relaxes on the ottoman by the fire place, and enjoys watching K-9 Shep tracking suspects, on LivePD. He can’t wait for K-9 Lor to come back in Spring. 🚔🐕  

2019, In The Garden

Our Garden In Early February 2019

This afternoon, we’ve reached temperatures up to 80°F (27°C). It was perfect weather for doing some garden work, getting the raised beds cleaned up and planting my peas and early Spring flowers. While I pulled out weeds, I also found  a carrot that over-wintered in one of the raised beds. I might add it to a stew, later this week. Three Mourning Doves set on the trellis I put up for the peas, in the garden. They inspected my work, fertilized it, and enjoyed the view of the garden from the trellis, before Luis, our dog, chased them away.

2018

Luis’ Birthday

Luis’ gets double rewarded this week. Today is his birthday; and tomorrow is Christmas. Oh boy, oh boy! What an exciting day, night and morning for Luis. He got a piece of ham for his birthday. And this evening, we celebrate with some canned foods for the dogs and the cats. Then they all have to go to bed, so Santa can visit our house tonight. And then our birthday boy will have a present under the tree, tomorrow morning.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Luis!

2018

Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!

I wanted to do a little Autumn photo session with Lexi, today. It’s her 14th birthday. But instead of being a well behaved Sheltie, Lexi decided it is more fun to run in circles and roll around in the Autumn foliage. She seems to get more stuck in her ways, at her old age. And that girl can run, when she sees the camera. Where is she still getting all this energy? I guess, competing with Luis, who gets the bigger milk bone and drinking plenty of water (which makes her pee in the house every so often), keeps this 98 doggy-year old lady alive. 😀

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“Pfffft! You are NOT getting a front profile photo of me, today. It’s my birthday! And I do what I want! Rolling around in the leaves is so much more fun.”

Happy 14th Birthday, Lexi!

2018

The Dog Days of Summer*

Damn, it is hot! The last few days, we had temperatures of 106ºF (41ºC) here in the northern part of the DFW Metroplex. The next few days suppose to reach 108/109ºF (42/43ºC), before we get a break and hopefully some rain. Every night, when I water my home garden I also refill the bird baths. One of them, I put lower to the ground. The bunnies and other critters need water in this heat, too. My pets are “lazy” all day, and they won’t move a muscle until 7 PM. When I tell Lexi and Luis to go for a short potty break outside, they look at me as I had stolen their milk bones. Lexi goes in our bedroom, while Luis cools off on our leather couch.

*Original meaning behind “The Dog Days of Summer”:
When Sirius (the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major/Greater Dog, therefore called “The Dog Star”, rises with the Sun on those hot Summer mornings, we call the days from early July until the End of September “The Dog Days of Summer”.