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Gilly on the couch

Because we can’t have too many cute doggie pics on the internet, here’s another one.

I think she misses me. She looks like she misses me. Maybe it’s just me missing her. Love you, Gilly! ;-)

Thanks Missy for sending me the picture to brighten my day. I <3 U!

Update. Ashley sees my post and sends me another picture of Gilly on the same couch.1 I think she’s looking to see if I’m coming in the door. I’m sorry to disappoint her… ;-)

Thanks, Ashley. I <3 U 2!2


  1. Where else would she be? 
  2. I <3 all my kids. It’s not a competition. But you’re my favorite… ;-) 
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Ahhh!

We stopped at a rest stop for a quick break. Gilly took full advantage of the opportunity!

For the original 10 MB animated gif, click here.

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East Lake Family Vacation

This past weekend, for the third summer in the row, we all1 visited East Lake. Thanks to Kristi and Troy, we had an abundance of kayaks, a canoe, and a “relaxation station” to play with. Matt and Erica brought another canoe and a stand-up paddleboard. We all brought our swimsuits and sunscreen, though many didn’t use the latter enough.

Miska, Gilly, and Mousse enjoyed playing fetch and swimming in the water. Unfortunately, the beach was tough on their paws. We’re going to need to find a solution for that next time. Does anyone have positive experience using dog booties?2

Some went to the obsidian flow nearby and everyone went to Paulina Falls. Every evening, we went to the beach to watch the sun set. The Whitewater Fire near Jefferson made a smokey sunset our first night, but slight winds from the east cleared up the rest of the weekend. The final night, the sunset was so intense that none of you will believe I didn’t edit the photo.

Of course, it was a great opportunity for a jump shot. The photo was a happy accident created by my holding down the shutter on my smartphone while others snapped away with their DSLs. One of my shots coincided with someone else’s flash and everyone in the air. Of course, that called for an animated gif. Heather and Gilly posing mandated another. ;-)

Lots of family, a few dogs, and hot weather made for a fun time. I wonder — will next year make four?


  1. I think we ended up with 20 of us — and 3 dogs! ?
  2. If you haven’t done so, you must search for dog booties videos on the internet. High-stepping fun! ?
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What is this word you keep repeating?

What is this word “come” you keep repeating?

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Photographs

My favorite photos of 2016

At the end of every year, I review the pictures I’ve posted here and select a few I’m most proud of. This year is no exception.

Enjoy!

And one animation, for fun. :-)

Do you have a favorite?

Update. Like last year, there’s a site that generates a collage of an account’s nine most liked Instagram pictures. Also like last year, there’s virtually no overlap between the pictures I’m most proud of here and my Instagram #2016bestnine pics.

Okay, last year there was no overlap; this year one picture is in both sets. Alright, Gilly in the tall grass! To be fair, I don’t post many picture on both sites.

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Curled up on the couch

Gilligan likes to relax on the couch, preferably with a pillow and the more space she takes up, the better. Here, she mimics Mousse’s preferred position: curled into a ball.

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It’s a dog’s life

Gilligan contemplates the upcoming electoral college vote.

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$10 chew toy

Gilly found a new chew toy and, from the looks of it, she enjoyed it. I doubt it lasted as long as the $15 chew toy she destroyed a couple of weeks ago but this one wasn’t billed as “ultra durable.” I hope I’ll the same luck in returning it for a “refund.” ;-)

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Gilligan in the tall grass

Gilligan loves to explore in the hills above Dixie. There are so many things and smells that are unfamiliar and exciting. For example, our backyard at home has no deer droppings and we never let our lawn get this tall. It’s great for romping through.

Just ask Gilly. :-)

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Walla Walla Views

On our trip delivering Jamison to college, I had some down time while Jamison set up his dorm room. I toured the campus, taking the obligatory shots of the new ad building and inspecting the redone College Ave. I walked by all the dorm rooms I had lived in and some friends’ rooms. I peered in all the classroom and lab windows in Kretschmar Hall, and I was disappointed to see the demo slide rule no longer in the hallway to the physics lecture hall.

Finally on our way back down the hill from Dixie, I stopped a couple of times to take pictures.