January 30, 2012

January quiet

Well, here it is. It proved to be very difficult to etch into this rock because neither the rock's surface nor my motor skills are smooth enough. "Boy" is especially fat and cock-eyed, but that's very much like his personality.
Jar, thanks for the advice. The "paw" at the bottom (best I can do) is so that future generations know they are small animals. It sort of looks like an excited cat, no?

Here's the culprit, one of my favorite tools. It's a variable speed rotary tool that can do almost anything if you spend the money on the bits. The one I used on the memorial stone is a small diamond bit.

Quiz: which one is happier with the others?

Finn will learn anything and do it in less than three tries. He jumped three of these logs and ran across a board on the first go, and loved the task... and the treat that followed.

January 22, 2012

A remarkable visitor

Sometimes, if you are lucky, you witness something that is a testament to adaptation and perseverance. We watched her eat seeds spilled from a bird feeder. She was so graceful that if you were seeing deer for the first time you'd think they all must have three legs.

We were in awe and felt really lucky to have this life we've created together.






Thanks for stopping by, strange miracle deer!

January 17, 2012

Wintercraft

We had two cats - Boy and Girl - in our lives for 15 and 18 years. Girl passed away in late 2010. we have been talking for a while about how best to memorialize them, and we've figured it out. We found a nice, solid piece of bluestone on the property and have gone to work on it.

Below she draws out the lettering.

Then I go to work with my trusty rotary tool with diamond bit.

It's going to be beautiful. Next is to find the right place to rest it, and their ashes. It feels so great to be doing this with our own hands.

She knitted me some slippers. The floor is cold in the morning.
Here they are in action.

January 1, 2012

A few days during the holiday week

Finn's new jacket so the hunters don't mistake him for a deer.

Speaking of deer, Finn took off chasing a deer and came back with a muddy hoof print on his forehead and a scratch below his left eye, which you can see very faintly here. He is fine. In fact, he returned thrilled. Lucky dog. We are still working out the balance between letting him be a dog and keeping him safe.

Sandy takes a great shot of her and Finn in the sunlight.



At the Hudson river in the cold.


Her Indian name is Heart of Fire.

Christmas eve at Mohonk

We spent Christmas eve at Mohonk Mountain House, a remarkable place about 40 miles from our cabin. It is a grand mountain house of the olde type. We went for a day of ice skating, hiking, and lunch in their great dining room.


It's odd to have your picture taken with a Santa that is younger than you.

From a window at Skytop Tower.


Looking back at the mountain house.

A truly beautiful place.

My favorite photo of the day.

Sandy warming up at an outdoor fireplace.

She skates.

He skates.

We get ready for a grand lunch.