There hasn’t been a whole lot of mud around here lately, but there’s no law against making your own. At least I don’t think there is…
We have this basement in our house that I’ve never gone into. For all I know there are monsters down there (maybe that’s where Toby’s dragons are living?). Mom says no, but I’m not real sure. And we’ve gone to Home Depot every day here lately. I checked out all the aisles; some guy took my picture; I hung out on the paint counter and got some treats! I guess I should have known something was up.
I even though about going into construction myself, but cold, hard reality hits when we get home. There’s been a WHOLE lot of noise going on and these strange guys coming in and out of my house. Hauling stuff out and hauling stuff in. Sawing and hammering and banging and clattering. Will it ever end? This is what I think they are doing…. Sometimes I peek down the stairs, but I don’t EVER go down there. It sure is a mess! Mom is moving her sewing room down there and had a really bad construction job done by a prior owner ripped out. Pshew, too much work for me. Take me swimming, Mom–get me outta here!
Mom’s note: The floor sloped toward the wall here and a portion of the concrete was removed and repoured to level it. The section in-between will be covered by a storage cabinet.
I bet you wonder what that’s all about? Mom has this plant that has these big ol’ flowers that show up in the summer. She told me it was an Epiphyllum, but I tried and tried to say that big word and it was coming out all messed up. So, I call it My Epi! This is what the flower looks like.
The funny thing about My Epi is that it blooms in the dark and then….poof….it’s gone as soon as the sun hits it. Sorta like a vampire, I guess. Except it doesn’t suck your blood….
I asked Mom about My Epi, and she said this one came from a plant her Mom had. That means its older than the hills! (Sorry Mom). It takes years until it decides to bloom, especially in the cooler climate we have in Oregon. So, Toby and I decided to pose in front of some of this year’s blooms. We had to hurry, though…Posing’s always good for a treat–at least, that’s what I say!
I felt so happy about my tour directing, that I decided to give my Toby a tour of a new (to me) swim hole. We went today, the hottest day we’ve had so far this summer, and it was gloriously wet and cool in the Willamette River. Toby hasn’t been able to go with me as much here lately, but he told me he still has a bit of life in him yet and HE WANTED TO GO–yes sirree, that’s what he said! And he had fun on my tour, I just know it. But I digress–I’m suppose to be giving a tour……
Oh, by the way, you can rent those kayaks. I didn’t see any dogs in the ones that went by. I wonder if that’s something I can add to my tours?
Check out this big boat. I bet there were a whole bunch of people on it watching me play ball! You get a lot of exposure out on this river!I had to take a little time out from my tour to chew on a piece of wood I found in the river, but Toby was OK with that. He said wood-chewing was important–it was a great source of fiber. He’s taught me so much…. To complete my tour, a little shake off is in the itinerary. It’s part of the whole package, in case you didn’t know.I hope you enjoyed my tour of this part of the Willamette River!
The other day, my BFF Toby II came over to visit (we call him Toby II because my Toby was here first). I’ve known Toby II since I was just a wee lass. He puts up with my exuberance, probably because he’s a gentle giant of a Great Pyrenees mix. Toby II has been over to visit before, but I hadn’t given him a proper tour.
I led him around the dining room table a couple of times–he needed to inspect my condo, which you know is one of my favorite place to watch out the window. Then we toured the kitchen where he inspected the counter tops. I was impressed! He doesn’t even have to stand on his tippy-toes to see.
I haven’t done Muddy Monday for a while and, boy, have I been going through withdrawal. I think some of my blog pals have too, so I decided to rectify that! (Psssst, Mom told me that big word. Funny sounding isn’t it?) We went to the Sandy River (out there at 1000 Acres, you know) and the river forgot some of its water. I found this little mud-hole created by a sand bar right next to the river. It was full of mud and gloriously stinky. Of course I made a beeline for it. I don’t know why Mom was shaking her head–maybe a bee got too close….I didn’t stay long, because I think swimming is my favoritest thing to do in the whole world. Well, next to ball. BUT, put them both together and what do you get? ME! (And Sophie–she likes balls & swimming & stuff, just like me)! It’s too bad she’s a whole zillion miles away. Mom’s been taking me a LOT here lately–I sure like summer!
OH, I almost forgot to show you my ball dance. Mom made a silly movie and she messed up near the end and blurred me all up. But I told her it’s all right. She got my dance moves, so that’s all that counts. At least that’s what I say!
See these big, giant rocks? There’s more to playing in a river besides swimming. I thought I’d try these boulders out for size.Caly, Tucker & I played “three men on a mountain”. Or, would that be “three dogs……..”?Up and down, we ran.You can’t catch me!I haven’t figured out how to jump off into the river. Mom says I probably wouldn’t be good at dock-diving….So, I’m just going to jump down and join everyone for the Saturday Blog Hop. How about you?
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it’s a good thing we are surrounded by rivers here in Portland. We went to a new park the other day in a town called West Linn–it was just a hop and skip down the road–and took a little walk through some woods. All of a sudden, there it was. The Willamette River. Mom sure knows how to make me happy! Swimming is becoming my favorite thing to do. Well, next to playing ball. But when you add a ball to water, what do you get! MEJust keep pitching that ball! I’m on it.I’m waiting……………