November 08, 2008

Sam & Lo's in the Fall

This morning Lolies, Sampson, and I went for a nice long walk to the creek.  As the days have grown shorter, our walkies schedule has totally flip flopped.  Instead of going after work at 5:30(dark), we have to go in the early morning 3 days a week and on the weekends.  Anyway, here are a few photos from our walk this morning, Saturday the 10th of December.

Sam licking his chops:

Lola in her spastic sprint:


Sam posing:






And that's it!  I'm going to get back into blogging big time here as Ashley and I have finally received our fantastic good news!  She's pregnant.  So, we're in a blogging war, which she'll ultimately win, but I'm going to give it my best as I'm lobbying for a baby name of Sergio for a boy and Wilma for a girl!  ha!

The goober:


October 07, 2008

Wilmington, NC - Oct 4th-6th

Ash, Brooke, and I got back from Wilmington last night and it was, to say the least, an incredible time.  Matt lives a few houses from the ocean on Wrightsville Beach.  We cruised into town on Saturday afternoon around 4 and kicked around the area for a couple of days, the weather was absolutely flawless.  I fear this could be the last of the beach weather for the year, nonetheless, lucky for us we were able to experience it.

In fact, it was so great that the local gang of ducks was out on our walk to the bar prior to the Skins triumphant victory on Sunday.  They weren't too friendly, and if you look close enough you'll see one of them has a red bandanna on.  He was the pack leader.  Apparently he takes them all through town, creating issues with the locals, stealing bread from the bakery, and crossing the roads at will.  

Unfortunately, for me, I had only brought along my Redskins sweater.  That meant I had to borrow Matthews and somehow squeeze into the shirt.  Never fear, it was "go time" after a few minutes.

So, after yelling at the top of our lungs and drinking 7 pitchers of beer during the Skins game, we left "Jerry Allens" for "Buddy's," an intimate little bar a few paces from the beach.  After that, we headed to downtown Wilmington to the Brewing Station, which I really don't remember.  I wish I could tell you more ;)

Anyway, a great time was had by all, I just wish we had another couple of days.  We'll be back!

October 03, 2008

Fleet Foxes

I'm venturing down to DC this evening to catch the Fleet Foxes at the Black Cat. I'm very excited. These guys have been making noise for quite a bit and bowled over the press with their self titled first release, Fleet Foxes. This video was made by a fan, but there are a few other songs such as "White Winter Hymnal" which remind me of CSN. Have a listen!

Fleet Foxes at Myspace

September 12, 2008


If you ever knew my family growing up, you certainly heard of Eddie and Daisy, our loyal companions. We lost Eddie just about 4 years ago, and earlier this week we lost Daisy. Life will never be the same without these two, and I don't think it was ever quite the same for Daisy once Edward had moved on.

Edward and Daisy could not have been luckier. We moved into Mantua in 1996, which is set on 3/4 of an acre, and all that land backed up to acres upon acres of parkland littered with deer, foxes, owls, bobcats(anyone!?!?), etc. In the prime of their lives, they were walked leash free through the woods in the morning and at night, daily. I think we once calculated that in a 5 year span, they visited those woods behind our house over 2500 times, that's how dedicated my father was to getting them on a good walk and allowing them to be dogs.

As they would cross the path onto the side where the "knobbly tree" sat, Daisy would catch the scent of deer, leading Edward in the right direction of their whereabouts. He would shoot off like a rocket while Daisy kept to her instincts and sniffed her way 'round where the deer would be going to once Eddie had unsettled them. This was a scenario repeated during their life. Snow, rain, thunder, wind, lightening, ice, you name it. They always had that walk and always had that adventure, just the two of them.

I try and take that same approach to this very day with my dogs. Regardless of the weather, my mood or pain, I want my dogs to be as lucky as Eddie and Daisy were, for they set the bar for the life a dog should lead.

The memories of these two amazing companions of ours will always live on. Every day I walk Sam & Lola down to the creek for their daily run I am able to take solace in the fact that I am giving back to them what they give to me. Happiness. That is the most important lesson that was passed along from Ed and Daisy, and one I will always cherish.

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August 20, 2008

John Challis

July 24, 2008

Tomato count!

Our Tomatoes look great!  Also, our CSA the past few weeks has been awesome, highlighted by string beans, japanese plums, squash, zucchini, peaches, apricots, beets, swiss chard, and lettuce!  Anyway, here's a couple of photos.





I picked about 30 Tomatoes early this morning, and all together we've yielded around 70 so far.  These are supposed to be "cherry" Tomatoes, but a few of them are really plump, like mini heirloom plump.

Next up?  Lazy River tubing on the Shenandoah! 

July 12, 2008

Burning Wood........

You know, it's been years.  But digging thru the archives I stumbled upon some stuff that would seriously make everyone laugh.  Music is the gift that will always give, no matter.  Here is some tracks that Taft & I threw together with Heather, and they turned out fantastic(IMO)!

Burning Wood - Imagine (Lennon)

Burning Wood - You were meant for me (Jewel)

Burning Wood - Killing me Softly (Fugees Cover)

July 11, 2008

CSA Week 5....

Here are a few photos from our CSA, one week ago!  I'm way behind here.

The squash(doesn't it look like Zucchini?), as they refer to it, were awesome.  Snow peas, Broccoli, oregano, and freckled lettuce rounded it up. 

The Apricots were definitely a change of pace.  I would consider myself a standard banana, orange, strawberry, raspberry, etc. kind of guy.  Apricots never really appealed to me.  They're really good though!  I've been swayed!

I have one Tomato ripe and ready from my stuff out back.

June 29, 2008

Hostess with the Mostess?

Don't we all want to be one??? Here is a new Website/BLOG I recently came across, and had to share with you all!!

Packed with all sorts of entertaining ideas!

June 26, 2008

CSA Week 4

The Green theme with our CSA continues!  This week we received Broccoli, Collard Greens, Spring Onions, Snow Peas, and Freckled Lettuce.  The herb of choice was Thyme.  I'll plant that out back.  The only flipping herb we don't have this year is rosemary, one of our favorites.  The bush we had died 2 years ago.  Anyway, here's some photos!


The Broccoli was delicious.

And the last photo was taken by Ashley of Sweetpea and Lola catching a nap together.  Too funny.   

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Blogs we visit

Great Country Farms
Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) distributor for 2008!

Chantal's 24-7 cooking service

Kate Triano Photo Blog
Best Photographer serving DC/NYC

A day in the life of the Henry's

Our Journey In Europe
Guide to Europe!