Category Archives: Dog Blog

Snow Day

First snow of the season! (Remember, click on the photos to see them full size).

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Happy New Year 2017! (and House 2.0 update)

Happy New Year! Obviously, our new house is not complete by the start of 2017. (Its ok, I promise). The latest estimate is that we’ll be able to get the CO in mid-February. After that, there will be many punch-list … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – siding, HVAC, back framing, electrical, doors, roof!

Updates in house construction for the past two weeks: Last week- Siding – FYI, since there seems to be some confusion on this, the siding is NOT painted yet. What you see is just primer color. It still needs paint, … Continue reading

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Hiking Grayson Highlands State Park

Grayson Highlands State Park in VA is a place we’ve ridden by, and sometimes to, several times on the motos, and have said for years that we should visit to go camping and hiking. Its an incredibly beautiful place. So, … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – garage framing, SIPS, and power!

Lots of exciting progress on house construction this week. They framed the garage, and on Thursday, the garage roof trusses were installed, two semi’s arrived with our pre-cut SIPS, and Duke installed our meter and turned on the power (yay:). … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – upstairs sub-floor and ceiling

House construction update for this week: The noticeable progress includes the sub-floor for the upstairs, and we have a pine T&G ceiling on the second floor as well. We noticed other details like hurricane straps, and other small changes made … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – first night

Does the first night at the house count if its in a tent? The weather is really warm for March right now, and we seem to be finding any excuse to be outside. Also, we’ve talked about camping on that … Continue reading

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House 2.0 Foundation

Here are a few foundation prep photos from January 31. Lots of earth moving work and gravel happened during the first week of construction. Seeing the foundation laid out and new section of driveway created was really exciting. Since then, … Continue reading

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House 2.0

Its almost hard to believe at this point, but I think its finally happening. As of January 26, 2016, we have officially broken ground and started construction of our new house. These are the earliest pictures I can find of … Continue reading

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Sunday afternoon hike at Hanging Rock

Just a handful of pics from today’s outing:  

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A little camping trip

Avoid this intense heat by going up into the mountains! Pretty fun for a first camping trip and visit to the mountains for this Florida boy; campfire and hot dogs and smores, a hiking trip the next day with family, … Continue reading

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Thermal Imaging Camera

We finally broke down and bought an infrared camera (its for work, I swear). The Seek thermal camera is (I think) the first to market for android devices. You just plug it into the usb port, and use the app … Continue reading

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A sunny winter hike

It was a beautiful warm and sunny NC winter day today. Highs in the upper 40s are nearly moto riding temperatures (for me, Kevin is good to go), but Cody was really glad we decided to  put cabin fever at … Continue reading

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Spring Hike

This was our view for lunch on Saturday on a little hike at Hanging Rock: Sunny weather in the low 60s makes for very nice hiking.  A little further down the trail was this view: Cody was happy we finally … Continue reading

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Cody and the Turkey

Cody caught a turkey yesterday, and it may have been the highlight of his life. At least, it was very exciting. It seemed like he knew that this what what he was born to do, to fetch injured and dead … Continue reading

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Hike at Hanging Rock

First hike for 2014 on Saturday. Temps in the 30s seemed a bit cool at first, but it felt great after we got moving. Otherwise, it was a brilliantly sunny and gorgeous day. We even stayed warm sitting at a … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

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Get ready for lots of dog pictures taken with a new camera. Snow on Christmas eve gave us a beautiful white Christmas for 2013 in Syracuse. Here’s a few pics from the many hours in the car. I think Cody’s … Continue reading

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Cody the rescue dog

Whether you actually wanted rescuing or not:) No training necessary, just genetic compulsion to retrieve things (or people) from the water. (I love how just getting them to shore wasn’t enough. He had to try and pull them all the … Continue reading

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Definitely a Dog – Fun with Canine Genetic Analysis

A couple of years ago, my parents adopted an adorable mutt of a puppy as a rescue. (Seriously, look at this picture of her from early 2011). The rescue group had seen the puppy’s mother, and said that this puppy … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Hike at Hanging Rock

Where else to go for a short afternoon hike but our favorite state park? It was just beautiful outside today, sunny and in the upper 50s. Kevin turned on tracks on his phone this time, so we had all kinds … Continue reading

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First Hike at Hanging Rock 2013

So hey. I have this blog, and sometimes I update it. Although not very much lately, apparently. The thing is, I’ve been sick, and the weather has been cold and terrible, so honestly, I haven’t left the house much yet … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New year

I did so well this year posting regularly to this space, at least once a week on average. Then around the end of November things just sort of petered out. We had a great time visiting family and friends up … Continue reading

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Hike at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Its been unusually sunny and warm for the middle of November, too nice not to be outside (again).  Should we go for a ride or for a hike? Cody always votes for the hike. Where should we go? How about … Continue reading

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Hike at Fairystone State Park

More hiking this Sunday. This time at the less frequented Fairystone State Park in VA. The park is pretty, but doesn’t have as many trails or much elevation change, and so doesn’t hold as much interest for us. The trails … Continue reading

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Hike at Hanging Rock

Here are some quick pics from our hike last Saturday morning. I know I say it every year, but I LOVE the fall here in NC. The 55° F weather on Saturday was perfect for hiking, and the fall colors … Continue reading

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