Dog friends

Rocket Dog and Rocket Mop

Chip and Ollie on a morning walk. It’s like having a miniature Sophie around the house.

She’s a very doggy dog, adorable and friendly.

She’s also very afraid of lightning. Unlike Chip, she doesn’t hide. She tries to settle in on our heads. Cute though.

I got your Cicada right here

I don’t like Cicadas (though I will argue the name should be pronounced with a hard ‘K’ sound for the same reason that Celtic is pronounced that way.  “Seltic” is just wrong.  So is “Sicada.”


The reason I don’t like them is not because they’re “bugs” but because they’re the heralds of hot weather.  I don’t get to spend as much time in water like I could as a child and so hot weather is not something I really look forward to.

As bugs, I think they’re great.  All googly eyes with spikey legs and they make that great sound which you’d so hate to hear in the middle of the night when you know there’s an axe murderer in the woods.

I have an axe!

I was recently lamenting to Susan that I’ve never seen a Kikada Cicada come up out of the ground and molt.  I’ve only ever seen their husks hanging onto a tree trunk or leaf or seen the mature cicada BUZZING away in a tree or from between my fingers.

She’s actually been saved from one by our dog Sophie.  I’ll let her tell that story.

Mine is much more mundane.

I was on a walk this morning with Chip the Wonder Dog, when I saw a critter wobbling across the sidewalk.

It turned out to be a recently unearthed Cicada headed toward the nearest tree.

Being the kind of guy I am I gently picked him up and placed him (Her. It. Whatever) at the base of the tree.

It was quite dark so I continued on my walk.  I wonder if he’s molted…

It’s safe now

I’ve scared off all the bad creatures. We can go for a walk now.


Activities for a rainy day

It’s a chilly, soft day perfect for sitting about the house with my sweetie, casting some Pandora through the 60+ year old Klipsch speaker sitting behind me, playing Mexican Train Dominoes,


playing with the camera (hence the pictures), doing a bit of knitting


and attempting to convince the dogs that they don’t really want to go for a walk in the rain.


Won’t see this again soon

From sometime in the 60’s most likely.


These days the TSA would pack the people into hermetically sealed bags before they would let them walk across the tarmac.

Next they’ll be stealing toy guns from sock monkeys.  Oh wait, they already did that.


You can find the most unexpected things while out on a walk with the dog.

SPOD: 011113 Glass Sky

Glorious sunrise this morning followed by more gloriousness while I was driving in (blinding golds and yellows reflecting off the clouds) and as I’m turning away from my car to walk into work I see this.  “Ooooh, that’s interesting.” and pull out my camera.  Next time I’ll get out the tripod too.  It’s difficult to get bracketed shots by hand.

Scruffy Sun Dog

I’m just waiting for that walk…

Halloween 2012, Fright Night

I had to abandon the monitor mentioned in the first post due to some software issues.  I’d have had to make the images pixel by pixel by hand using a hex table and decided my time would be better spent coming up with other ways to frighten the pee out of the miniature humans.

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Ahh, a September Ceili

It’s finally cooling off, the clouds saw fit to mizzle on us most of the day and the temperature was finally in the range where it was pleasant to go for a walk in the middle of the day.

Naturally we all piled into the pub Trinity Hall to jump around and get hot to good music played by the Trinity Hall Session Players

The dances done were:

Haymakers jig,
Siege of Ennis
Kilfenora Set
High Cauled Cap
Ballyvourney jig
Rakes of Mallow

Hopefully next month I’ll be able to spend more time dancing and calling than this time.  Thanks to everyone how came out to dance and to Trinity Hall and the session players for the venue and wonderful music!

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