While cooking pork ribs on the grill tonight we watched a mockingbird, bully a little bluebird. I've seen a bluebird several times this Spring, I think it may be time to put up a bluebird box. I think they are so beautiful.
I held him in my arms, and told him he was a good boy, as the doctor gave him the drugs.... he passed away peacefully. It is never an easy thing to do, and the last dog I held like this was my Border Collie Crispin UDX. A sad day for me, and for Ron.
My oldest dog Jeb is 16 years old, he's at the emergency vet clinic tonight. I think he had a stoke, or something, he is having muscle spasms in his back legs and isn't able to walk. All his blood work came back normal, and they are giving him muscle relaxers and valium and will watch him tonight and we'll see if he's doing better in the morning.
Not sure what got me thinking about Miss Adams today, nor the little ditty she made us memorize to keep us from carving our names in our desks. I still remember her fondly, she used to read us the Longfellow's poem, 'The midnight ride of Paul Revere'... I loved to listen to her read and that poem was a favorite. I even remember how it started... Listen my children and you shall hear. Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the 18th of April, in 75; Hardly a man is now alive....
Rode up to Georgetown, SC today. Whether threatened rain, but we never got caught in it. Perfect riding weather, not too hot, not to cold... just right. Supposed to rain here tonight, hopefully it will give us some free water on the pepper garden. This page was inspired by all the Dandelions blooming yellow in the fields on the way to Georgetown. I used a dip pen and white ink to draw the Dandelions.
Worked in the yard today planting peppers, and flowers. The day slipped away so fast... no time for a ride. Tomorrow we're going to take a ride up to Georgetown, much easier than digging holes and planting stuff.
Rained on and off most of the day today. My motorcycle is getting it's 20,000 mile check up, a new front tire, and an upgraded horn (watch out people you'll hear me now). Getting ready for another cross country trip with the Women's Freedom Ride, we're raising money to buy and train a Golden Retriever as a service dog for a wounded female veteran. If you're interested in supporting our cause you can find out more and donate here. http://www.womensfreedomride.org/
I wanted to try something today, I have a pencil, a Prismacolor Ebony that I wanted to try to draw with and then use watercolor over it. I wanted to see if the lines would hold or the color would run or muddy the watercolor. Other than the large black door/window areas that had a bit of color shift, the rest of the lines stayed put and didn't smear.
Ron and I had a Happy Easter today, spent the afternoon with our friends Ken and Julia, and their daughter Lisa and a few of their neighbors and friends. Julia is a fabulous cook, may take me several days to work off all the food.
Sometimes the mundane stuff in front of me catches my eye, so today I sharpened my rainbow colored pencil, and the shaving called out to me. On the domestic front I'm still working thru the mounds of laundry but the end is in site, maybe one more load tomorrow and it's all done.
Home Safe and Sound, laundry pile getting smaller, bit by bit. Pink Moon tonight, isn't really pink. It's called that because it's the first full moon in April, and some pink flower (I forget the name) blooms around this time.
We got good news on Ron's medicine, so we decided to head back to Live Oak and not waste 4 or 5 hours going to Alexandria and then having to spend another really long day on the bikes. Instead we left Lafayette after breakfast and stopped in Diamond head Mississippi, rather early and got a good nights sleep.
We rode from 8am to 2am... it was foolish, and it was fruitless, and we will never attempt to do that many miles in one day, ever again. So lesson learned, we are not young and we have medical issues, and so must stop more often than younger folks. We took a huge detour and lost basically 2 travel days due to the storms on Wednesday, setting us up for an impossible journey on Friday.
Headed to Atlanta, made it to Columbia SC when the skies opened up and it started to pour down rain. When I turned off the camera, I didn't know that just ahead we'd run into knee deep rushing water. Lucky Ron didn't fall, as his bike got turned sideways by the water, I was pushed a bit, my only concern was the bike stalling, someone behind us ramming into us because they couldn't stop in the deep water either. We managed to get out of the deep end and up on a hill pulled into a gas station and started calling motels, to find a room for the night. We found one only 3 miles down the road and called it a day.
I managed a simple drawing that night, but didn't draw anything the rest of the trip, but I did write down our trials and tribulations. On the good side, we stayed safe, had some great fun, met some good people and enjoyed the riding.
What a great day today, took a little ride this morning. Rays won in overtime against Orlando. I drove Ron's new diesel truck (getting ready to take all the dogs out to Cottageville to Camp Heike). Dinner at Chilis and watched the SC ladies win the National Basketball Championship.
Moving on to a Global Arts Watercolor sketchbook, landscape orientation size 5" x 8". This is my favorite sketchbook size, and since Ron and I are headed to Louisiana in a few days, I needed to downsize to a book I could easily pack and carry.