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January 2008

Sick days

Hello everyone, this is Jon writing at Heather’s hoarse request. Heather is very very sick with a case of strep throat. While the holidays were very merry, they were also a little miserable. Heather will resume regular posting after the new year.

Looks like we may have a white Christmas

Another storm came through last night and dumped over six inches of snow. When it first started rolling across the valley late yesterday afternoon, the clouds looked like the ones in the South that bring tornadoes, and right as it starting snowing the whole sky lit up with lightning. I’ve never in my life witnessed [...]

Seasonal citrus

The whole time we were trying to get this shot, Leta was dancing around the living room singing the ABC song off key, as loud as she could scream. I did the dog-wrangling so that Jon could take the photo, but he kept putting the camera down and taking deep breaths because “it’s hard to [...]

Decorative ribbon

I found these in the $1.00 shelves at the front of Target and grabbed a handful because it’s hard to find ribbon that isn’t obnoxiously literal or tacky. I’ll be able to use these for Christmas wrapping and then later in the year for birthdays, Father’s Day, and various baby showers, and perhaps to make [...]

There’s lots of room for him in our two-car garage

Perhaps the best web page on the Internet. (thanks to Paige and many others) Also, Jon has written a lovely (albeit hard for me to read) piece on what it’s like to live with someone who is depressed, and I think it should give some insight into how my sickness has affected his life. Although, [...]

Christmas card

Taking a cat nap before another round of demanding tricks. THE LIFE OF A DOG IS HARD.


This is my friend’s other boxer who is not skittish one bit and will walk up to you, stand up on his back legs so that he can drape his front legs around your neck, and give you giant, wet boxer kisses which resemble less a kiss than a car wash.

Elephant art print

One of my favorite artists online is Eleanor Grosch in Philadelphia, PA. She has a huge selection of screenprints available and I own six of them, including this Elephant print which is sadly sold out. Her designs are simple yet boldly graphic, and remind me a lot of Charley Harper’s work (seen also here). Any [...]


My friend, Heather, has two boxers who are some of Chuck’s best friends. This is the older of the two, Oakley, who has become a little skittish around people and other dogs as she has aged, but because I have taken her to the park a few times she remembers me and is quick to [...]