Saturday, April 22, 2017

Puppy Pick Day

While we were sorry to miss the March for Science and Earth Day celebrations in New England, we were very excited to pick our new puppy today. The puppy is one of nine  Goldendoodles (Dam is a poodle, and Sire is a  goldendoodle).  All the puppies were great and we would have been happy with any one of them (or two or three?). The pups ranged from dark red to light apricot shades. They are 3/4 poodle and 1/4 golden and most have wavy or curly coats which means they are non-shedding and hypoallergenic (to most!).

After much deliberation we chose "Green" boy, as indicated by a green ribbon.  We are looking forward to seeing him in three weeks when he comes come with us. In the meantime we are catching up on sleep and thinking of suitable names.   For those who are interested here the rules on names:

1. No food names (e.g., biscuit, cookie muffin)
2. Two syllables, and preferably starting with.a hard sound.
3. No common "people" names  (e.g., Tom, Dick or Harrry)
4. Must be able to shout 3 times from your front door or in the dog park and feel good about it

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dale & Ray

Last weekend we celebrated our anniversary with a trip to the Stone Mountain Arts Center to see a performance by Dale Watson and Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel).  We are fans of both artists and they have recently released an album together.  It was a fine evening of traditional country music tinged with a strong sense of humor.

You can listen to a track from the album here.

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Back in the mountains

Last weekend we made a trip to New Hampshire to enjoy the end of the winter season.  We were blessed with decent weather, so we were able to enjoy one last day on our cross country skis and a hike using our new snowshoes.

On Day-1 we went to Prospect Farm in Jackson and skied practically every trail there.  Conditions were possibly the best conditions of the season because it had snowed earlier in the week and there were very few people out on the trails.

On Day-2 we drove to the Waterville Valley and enjoyed hiking up Mt Tecumseh (4003').  This summit is next to a down-hill ski area and we were able to get great views of the slopes along the way.  They still had plenty of snow, and the sun shone on the skiers and hikers below.  To finish the day we had dinner at the newly re-opened Thompson House Eatery (T.H.E.) in Jackson and really enjoyed the experience.

Perfect conditions at Prospect Farm

A dead moose.  Was it hit by a skier?

Bright skies and sunshine on the trail

Fantastic views

Using our new snowshoes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Getting Back in the Groove

Bruno writes:

In early January I had noticed that I was breathless after ascending the two flights of stairs to my office at work.  At the time I attributed this to a very bad chest cold, and I was treated with a course of antibiotics.  It certainly made snowboarding / ski-ing harder work and I struggled to keep up with Sheri and our friends on the trails!

A month or so later when my cold was gone I still felt the same, so I made a return trip to see my family doctor.  I went for a series of tests and it was discovered that I had developed a heart arrhythmia know as "atrial flutter".  My resting heart rate was about 160-bpm and the blood was not being properly pumped around my body. This explained everything!

The short term treatment was drugs - beta-blockers to slow my heart and anticoagulants to prevent bold clots and a stroke.  And for the past month our usual winter activities have been severely curtailed.  Even going for a short walk down the road left me short of breath and it was hard to imagine going for a hike in the mountains or out for a few hours on my cross-country skis.  And our purchase of new snow-shoes seemed to be very optimistic!

Today I went to the hospital for a procedure known as "cardioversion".   Essentially the heart is restarted with an electric shock and in most cases normal rhythm is restored.  In about 50% of cases this is a long term fix, and I am hopeful that I will be in that half of the population!

At the moment I am recovering from the anesthetic and hoping that we can soon get back to a normal routine.  We are expecting a new puppy to arrive in our lives in mid-May, so this would be a great outcome.  Of course nothing is guaranteed, so we are taking life one day at a time and trying to be cautiously optimistic.

ECG traces of my 'before' and 'after' heart rate

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Homemade pizza for dinner tonight!

It's sure to be a feast!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nor'easter Fun in Connecticut and New Hampshire

Several weeks ago New England was blanketed with 1-2' of snow including the coastal areas all the way north to the mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.   While still in Connecticut we enjoyed some great skiing at Hewitt Farm in North Stonington. 

We enjoyed the snow again in New Hampshire.  We were amazed at the amount of snow when we arrived at the chalet!  It was also fun to have Sedona along to enjoy the snow.  Sedona stayed with us while our friends Mike and Denise spent time in Colorado. Although the temperatures were very mild over the weekend, we managed to get in some great XC skiing on the Jackson trails. It was fun sharing the trail with Sedona and we made lots of human and canine friends.

Snow at Hangman Hill
More snow at Hangman Hill

Even more snow in New Hampshire
Sedona on Jackson, NH XC Trails
Bruno on XC skies with views of Mt Washington in the background

Feline update

Chatra' and Hary' have been doing their best to survive the short days of winter over the past few weeks. This frequently involves curling up together, wedging themselves into tight spaces, and being cuddled by whoever is close by. Hopefully they can hang in there until the spring!