yesterday we went off to our first flyball competition in months (and my first one since i fell and broke my elbow at the last one! its still not quite straight, that arm, by the way). its been a very cold winter here, and we tend to not schedule many comps during the cold (even though its better for the dogs than the heat. in america, where flyball is huge, most of the competitions are held indoors on special matting but we are subject to the weather and associated vagaries of outdoor venues). i took the camera and was planning to take photos of the whole day and take you through exactly what is involved in a flyball competition, but of course, the camera battery was dead. so you get a summary instead.
it was cold, the dogs ran up and down, i managed to ‘boxload’ for two teams without falling over (i fell over last time actually running a dog), i ate cold sausage sandwiches and chocolate chip biscuits for lunch, the team ran really well with no stress but were beaten by faster teams, i tried to knit but didnt get much time, and it was really really cold. it was so cold that my hands got all chaffed and red and dried out, see:
well maybe not, but red and chaffed they are. what knitting i did do was on connors red cardigan, and its coming along well, i should get it finished today:
then i will have to decide about buttons and embroidery and the like.
because i got no dog photos yesterday, i arranged for the three of them to pose on the steps just now.
possum worked pretty hard yesterday (shes the only one racing at the moment) and all she wants to do is be left alone to sleep. in the sun preferably. it is lovely and sunny here today although still a bit cold, and i have taken another photo of the magnolia out the front so you can see it in all its glory.
it has indeed been a year since i moved here, and i love this house as much as i did when i first walked in. id be happier if ricco stopped digging holes in the back lawn, but ive been lucky to not have the rent put up and to have a real estate agent who leaves me alone (the landlord likes to drop by unexpectedly. ive put a stop to that). what a year its been. and just when you think things get settled, the universe decides to shake them up again. there are some big changes ahead at work with me about to move offices and being seconded to an academic policy project, as well as my research projects, and there will be some money to hire a minion or two (ive never had a minion, i think i might like it). i am happier in my job at the moment than i have ever been, and feel quite motivated to actually be there, and do stuff when i am there. most unusual for me. i have been going to the gym in the morning before work, have found a new choir to sing with (practice starts this thursday night, with a tony backhouse workshop next sunday), am enjoying reading the hanning mankell wallander books (thanks lyn!), and have multiple social engagements with various knitters in the coming weeks.
in other words, life’s pretty good right now. but did i mention its cold?!