I have a dog

A big dog.   He’s mostly basset with some dauchsand in him.   He’s a watchdog.

He likes to sit in our sunroom with all the sliding glass doors open.   This way he can smell and watch the birds eat the birdseed in the feeder.

He watches the chipmunks eat try to get into the feeder.

We watches the squirrels eat get into the feeder.

He lays on the bed,  while every window in the house is open,  including the two at bed height right next to him.   They overlook the sunroom and the back deck,  where,  you guessed it,  the birdfeeder is.   So my watchdog laid there while the freaking RACOON made a gourmet buffet bar out of my birdfeeder.   FOR OVER AN HOUR.

So the list of things the watch dog watches does not bark at:
Birds
Chipmunks
Squirrels
Racoons
Deer
Groundhogs
Rabbits
Other dogs (95% of the time)
Children
People who knock at the door

The list the watchdog barks at:
Jinxy,  the cat from next door
The doorbell
The husband

Fearsome I know…

The word is out.   If your bald and married to me my dog will bark at you.   Everyone Everything else is more than welcome to be watched,  by my watchdog

Bridal Veil Falls – Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Finally made it up to see this falls.  Though could not figure out how to get to great falls.  These are not as impressive as either Brandywine or Blue Hen, but the area is just beautiful.  Also, Tinkers Creek is a kids delight.  The boys loved getting right down into the creek, walking through it etc.. which they haven’t been able to do as much at the other falls.  To see additional pictures, check out the Bridal Veil Falls set on my Flickr account.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls from Overlook

Just got word

from the National Park service that the snake we saw in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (see my post Sunday with the men in my life ) is not a Copperbelly Water snake like we thought.  Instead it is a Northern Water Snake.  The Lake Erie subspecies of this snake has just come off the Endangered Species list last year.

Thanks to the park ranger and biologist in helping us properly identify the snake.

Not been ignoring everyone

Just really busy.  Between Hubby at a conference, then I went to a conference, trying to put my garden together, and oh it’s baseball season (both for my 1st place STL Cardinals and my kid)

Baseball

Yup that’s him, before his first game (their hats had not come in yet so that one is mine).  It’s his first year in Little League (back in St. Louis we didn’t have Little League we had Athletic Associations).  He’s playing up a level so he’s pretty much one of the youngest in the league and his team, which is currently in first place.

Beyond that, I finished a new shoe cross stitch picture (previously mentioned) and designed a few new patterns.  One is a my take a red ruby slipper/shoe to finish my set of 4 shoes, done with DMC light effects.  When I start on it I will get a post up with progress reports.  Sabrina is still on the back burner.  I just can’t take the beading that needs to be done at the moment and the break makes me feel like I accomplished something.  So instead I have started a Christmas themed Starry Night pattern that I found in one of  grandmother’s old books from the late 80’s.  it is a church covered in snow, on black aida, with the words starry night above it.  I am going to do the words in metallic thread and if I can figure out how to do those tiny fabric lights I will add them as well.  Otherwise, I may just throw up some blue and white beads to create stars or snowflakes.  To finish off my cross stitch accomplishments as of late, I am working on finishing up 3 other patterns, 2 sets of flowers and a Morning Dove.

Hopefully, tomorrow I will have my review of Zoe Archer’s Skies of Fire.  I finally got to read this on the plane to Philadelphia for my conference.  Of course, I did not get to finish Passion Wears Pearls (that I started on the trip over) because AirTran wanted to strand me in Atlanta at Midnight on my return trip home (with of course no place to stay, except I found out the next day that some old college friends now live in Atlanta – that’s how well I keep up with everyone LOL).  As trying to find a hotel to sleep in Atlanta, at midnight, on  Friday was not my idea of a good time, I talked AirTran into paying for a rental car and I drove home from Philadelphia, back to Cleveland, leaving Philly at almost 8:30pm, after having been up since at least 6 am that morning.  Needless to say I am just now recovering from being up for 21 hours straight and another 7.5 drive late at night.

Other then that, it has been gardening, backyard bird watching (we now have both red and yellow finches, cardinals, blue jays, brewers blackbirds, and chickadees, hoping for hummingbirds now that feeder is out), and a little bit of hiking and questing at Cuyahoga Valley.  We made our own stamps on Sunday and hit the Beaver Marsh quest.  Then it was off to see the Avengers, which all three kids (including the 36 year old one) loved.

So yes, we’ve been busy!

Blue Hen Falls

The second part of our trip was to Blue Hen Falls. As I posted before I love waterfalls and we know live within about 7-10 different falls.
We made the mistake of thinking we had to hike to the falls, not realizing that parking was available right near them. So we headed out on the Buckeye Trail. We soon realized that we were in for a true hike.    We started down at the bottom of that hill and wound ourselves around.  We were all pretty tired by the time we got to the parking for Blue Hen Falls.

Looking down from the Buckeye Trail

And then to the falls.  Like Brandywine, you see lots of shale.  Though this fall is much shorter and carries much less water.

Blue Hen Falls

But leave it to my kids to find a way down to the actual falls themselves.

 

Blue Hen Falls

Of course, I am still sore today from walking the Buckeye Trail, but the time out with the kids was well worth it.