Saturday, May 28, 2011

This 'n That

She knew.
She knew there were dogs on the other side of that fence.  It's been kind of hard on Shasta as we've been traveling.  Not nearly enough outside time.  She wants out all the time, but she also wants me out there with her.  When we do sit out with her, she'll roll around on the grass and rub her face in it.  It's obvious that she misses the companionship of Wilson too. Yeah, he would bug her sometimes, but she loved him.

It's been interesting to see which birds are the most plentiful as we move from place to place.  Southern TX was cardinals.  Wichita Falls had mostly mockingbirds.  So far in Amarillo, in this park anyway, there are many robins and house finches.  There's also a large population of pigeons that are like a swarm going by in the morning and evenings, round and round. When my boys were young, their father got them involved with racing pigeons. Built the coop, shopped for birds, and would drive distances to release them to see how long it took them to return home. Some would not make it home, probably picked off by hawks, but the majority made it. It was a great lesson in responsibility for the boys. I think they have good memories of it.

I actually saw a prairie dog yesterday!  Just standing up at attention just like you see them on tv.  Hopefully, I'll get a chance to take some pics of them. 

We woke to bright sunshine this morning, but on the horizon, a line of fog!  Within about 3 minutes the fog had covered as far as I could see.  The only place I've seen it move that fast is on the ocean.  No ocean here.  Bizarre. 

Have you read Life of Pi?  Did you like it?  I loved it.  Really, I thought it was just brilliantly written.  Well, when I found another book by Yann Martel, I was excited to see what it would be.  I bought Beatrice and Virgil and began reading immediately.  Uh huh, it would be another spectacularly written book.  The man is a very unusual storyteller.  However, as it turned out, it was disturbing.  So disturbing in fact, that I almost wish I hadn't read it.  Almost.  Anybody else read it? 


  1. I've heard of the Pi one but only the title...Your girl is so beautiful, I love that first photo of her.

  2. Shasta is such a pretty girl!
    I love how she listening to the other dogs on the other side of the fence.
    Arnt animals so funny?
    Their little personalitys are so precious.

  3. I haven't read Martel's other book yet, but I loved The Life of Pi. You're making me wonder - should I? Is the end disturbing because of the content, or because the storytelling drops the ball?
    Shasta's so pretty. My cats too (though they never get to travel) always want out, but they _really_ want me to be out there with them.

  4. I haven't read Life of Pi, I have it on my shelf, thanks for reminding me to read it.

  5. Aw! ;^) Shasta is so sweet. ;^)

    There is a family of mockingbirds that continues to perpetuate itself in my yard (over 20 years now....) I enjoy them. Except at 3 o'clock in the morning. They sing ALL the time! ;^)

  6. Shasta is so beautiful!

    I have not read Life of Pi, but we have it...I have some time coming up where I'll be computer-less and away from home. I think I'll toss it in my travel bag! :)

  7. I'm catching up after my own bit of traveling and dog walking - 'though not my dog! What an intelligent face Shasta has.

    I thought The Life of Pi was a brilliant book too. I read it some years ago and I'm not sure now whether I ever really understood exactly what had happened at the end. Amazing.

    I think I contemplated Beatrice and Virgil and put it on the back burner. After your comment I think it can stay there for a while longer!