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new fun photography stuff

Just got some new software that works with Lightroom. It’s called ON1 and it’s proving to be rather fun to play with. Just a couple quick little shots of Loki with some ON1 enhancements, presets, and borders.


Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border.


Loki, old tintype border.

loki resting

Loki, b&w “antique” preset, border with slight opacity adjustment.

I’ve just started playing with the software so I have a lot to learn yet. It’s fairly easy to figure out and is highly customizable, so you aren’t stuck with a fixed set of anything.

fun stuff

Loki and her ball

Loki has a favorite ball. It’s a red ball that flashes light when it is moved, jostled, or nudged. My cousin, Donna gave her this ball many years ago — at least 8 or so. We’re all amazed that the flashy thing inside still works.

Loki doesn’t really like playing fetch. She has her own way of playing ball. She gets the ball of choice, runs up to the human she has decided needs her attention, and growls menacingly. This is her invitation to the human to try and get the ball. As you go to take it from her, the pitch and volume of her growl grows and she does her best imitation of an attack monster-dog defending her young. If you back off or try to ignore her, she will continue to close in, eventually nudging your hand or dropping the ball in your lap while continuing to growl with gusto, as if to say, “stupid human, you are supposed to grasp the ball with your hand and pull on it while it’s in my mouth. Hasn’t anyone taught you how to play?”

Sometimes she will go to a spot in the room or out on the deck with the ball or other toy in her mouth, sit facing the humans with the hope that they will notice she wants to play. If they fail to notice after a certain amount of time (say, a few minutes), she will drop the ball with a sigh and stare at you with the saddest look I’ve ever seen on the face of a most well-loved dog.

So, I sculpted Loki waiting with her ball. She’s done in red, outdoor sculpture clay with a pigmented wax patina. It doesn’t do her justice.


I’ve entered her in a juried art show and I really hope she gets in. I also hope to get up some better photos of the piece to put up on Flickr and my website. But for now, here’s Loki, waiting to play.

Another view plus a detail of the head below.
Waiting to Play


of dogs and parrots

Sometimes my animals are just too cute for words.

When the weather is nice, Loki will go out on the deck, choose one of her balls, and then sit there, ball in mouth, waiting for one of us to notice that she’d like to play. She will wait for quite some time, as she has the patience of a saint.
Loki waits patiently

Milo likes to hang out at the front window, watching the neighbors.

Milo at the window

The two seem to like each other. One day, Milo was perched on his cage door, eating a snow pea. Loki likes to sit under him and wait for crumbs. This time, Loki reached up and gently took the pea from Milo’s beak. Milo didn’t seem to mind as nary a feather was ruffled. He just went inside and got another pea. That’s one picture I regret not getting.

I can hardly believe that Loki is 9 years old and Milo is 24.

i want to tell you about the weather

That’s a safe subject, isn’t it? Well, maybe not in these times of “climate change,” but I’m sure it’s safer than politics. Athough…I suppose even the weather comes under the umbrella of politics nowadays. Oh well, I want to tell you about the weather anyway.

It’s positively wild out there today. It started yesterday with gray clouds and little drizzles, but with an ominous feel to it. I went out early to de-xmasize the deck out back. Unraveled the little white lights from the white pine garland that both wove their loopy way along the railing and then down underneath, where they lit up the grotto (our euphemism for the bricked in area under the porch). By the time I’d begun to take down the garland, trying to unwrap the wire from it so that I could safely take it down to the gully to add to the debris pile that the chipmunks live in, the rain started coming down in earnest. So there lay the garland, still mostly looped around the railing.

As the day went on, the rain just sorta spit and spat in starts and spurts, never really amounting to much but making outdoor activity unappealing. We went to the movies around 2 in the afternoon to see Sherlock Holmes before it left to be transformed into DVD format. If you haven’t seen it, go…go now…the sets, costumes, grit and grime of late 19th century England needs to be seen on the big screen.

Later, as we sat down to a dinner of homemade vegetable soup and organic tater tots, our dog, Loki, with impeccable timing, vomited right in the middle of the room. She continued in this endeavor throughout the rest of the night. The weather had taken a nastier turn as well, with the winds picking up and the rain coming down in slants and intermittent sheets. The rest of the evening was taken up with rushing the poor dog outside every 20 minutes or so to relieve herself of the contents of her guts. It was iffy whether this would end up being another emergency vet visit, but as her misery eased and the winds intensified, we made the decision to wait it out till daybreak.

She’s still miserable, but I think she just needs rest at this point. She’s not dehydrated or feverish and her gums are nice and pink. I’m going out later today to brave the high winds and predicted thunderstorms (in January?) and 60 degree temperatures (in January?) to buy organic chicken breasts to boil with rice for the sick dog, a new dog bowl which will make it difficult for her to wolf down her food whole (which I believe is part of her problem), and more paper towels.

I try not to complain too much about the weather since it’s one of those futile things to complain about, but really, it’s so much easier tending to sick animals when the sun is shining.

sunday fun

Loki and I had a grand time at the Green Lane Scottish/Irish festival today. We watched Brni and his classmates murder 2 liter soda bottles with swords; communed with a golden eagle who eagle-eyed Loki; petted a pot bellied pig while Loki stood nose to snout in wonder; ate amazing fish and chips by a Nessie inhabited lake.

On the way out, a boxer fell in love with Loki and she broke his heart without ceremony.

of dogs and deer

Late this morning, a couple deer came into the yard to inspect the bamboo removal. Loki went down into the yard to inspect the deer, when things turned decidedly weird and luckily I had my camera to record some of it.

loki watching the deer

I really expected the deer to take off. Her fawn was quite far back, but she was watching the interchange intently. This deer is definitely showing interest in Loki, which is totally unexpected.

coming closer

Suddenly, she starts up the hill straight for Loki!

she's on her way up!

Loki freaked out, pawed and dug the ground like a bull ready to charge, and the deer and her fawn took off.

I so wish I had a fast lens! As it was, my camera was set to 400 ISO by mistake, so the pictures aren’t nearly as good as they could have been. If you want to see them all (just a few more really), go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/thereallinda/sets/72157621624024061/


So, Loki is feeling much better. She should be done taking her meds in a few days and she’s feeling much more lively. She was checking out the snow in the backyard this morning and watching the deer lay about in the gully. Here are some pictures.



And a few of the deer…

Deer in my gully

Deer in my gully

Deer in my gully

Loki update

She’s home! Despite her severe gastroenteritis and pneumonia, the Dr. felt she was well enough to come home.

So, we have a schedule that goes every 2 hrs starting at 6am and ending at midnight, alternating 4 medicines, special food, makeshift steam-room in the shower and coupage 3 or 4 times a day to get her to cough. Poor dear is still so sick, tired and worn out. She doesn’t want to get up to drink, so I’ve been giving her syringes of water every hour or so.

Brni has to go back to VA tomorrow, so we’ll be on our own. This is not so different than when I nursed my babies through croup….just more fur.

No matter, I’m just thrilled she’s home.

love is a warm puppy

Loki got sick in the middle of the night and continued to get worse through the day. She kept throwing up and couldn’t manage to do her business, so I feared a blockage of some kind. My neighbor’s daughter was visiting her mom, so I asked her to come and check Loki out (she’s a vet). She agreed that it looked like some sort of blockage or possibly pancreatitis, and recommended that she be seen by her vet or go to the hospital. Being Sunday, I had to take her to the emergency vet hospital.

They did xrays, blood tests, etc. and put her on IV fluids because she was dehydrated from all the vomiting. My poor baby is spending the night in the hospital. She’ll have an ultrasound tomorrow in hopes of pinpointing what the problem is.

Of course, Brni is in VA, so I’m alone with worry tonight. I’ve only spent maybe 7 or 8 nights without Loki in the eight years we’ve had her. She sleeps with us at night, and when Brni is out of town, she keeps me warm.

I feel very alone.

dog day

Finally, a day without rain. Perfect day to take Loki and my camera to the park, or so I thought.

My first lesson of the day was that you can’t take a decent photograph while the dog tugs at the leash. Even if the leash is hooked to your waist rather than looped over your arm. The camera makes no distinction between one form of movement or the other…it all comes to a blurry end.

The second, and most alarming lesson was that Loki just doesn’t have the stamina for a walk around the park in 90 degree weather. After an hour or so it was obvious that she wasn’t going to make it back to the car. She was panting so heavily and having such trouble that even with frequent water and shade breaks, she was just plain done in. I finally poured most of the water over her head and belly and after letting her lie down for twenty minutes we managed to make it to the “Welcome Center” and an air conditioned lobby.

I met up with a park ranger who informed me that I was a good 2.5 miles from where I parked the car.

o dear

There was no way Loki could make it back under her own steam, so I called Brni. He dropped everything and dashed over to pick us up and drive us to my car.

From now on, Loki’s walks will be limited to our neighborhood and small shady parks close to home.

loki doesn’t have cancer!

but we still don’t know what is causing her pain. she’s on prednisone now, and it is helping. i think what’s going on is a slipped or bulging or otherwise damaged disk in her back. a friend of mine in Texas says she’s seen many instances of dogs assuming their owners physical problems. sigh…what a thing to share.

anyway, the next step is to consider whether to continue with diagnostic testing to pinpoint the trouble (at great financial cost) or make an educated assumption that with no evidence of cancer or arthritis, and given the symptoms presented that she has a disk problem and treat it as such.

so maybe veterinary chiropractic or acupuncture or an herbal approach? or all three?

all i know is i want my puppy to be her happy, pain-free self.


still waiting for the radiologist report from the vet. how long does it take to look at xrays and fax over a report? i know she’s *just a dog* but comeon???

i guess it doesn’t help that i’ve been fighting off an infection either.
i want to yell at somebody but i don’t have the strength.

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loki is sleeping and the rain is really white and flakey

loki had her xrays today, which were inconclusive. so the vet is sending them to a radiologist for an expert opinion, but her knees are fine, her spine seems fine, but on side of her pelvis was hard to read. we’re hoping it’s not a tumor. she’s sleeping off the sedative they gave her for her xrays, cuzz like, telling a dog to hold her breath and not move doesn’t work so well.

anyway, it will take about 5 days to hear back from the radiologist and til then she has tramadol for pain (same stuff they gave me right before my surgery), and then prednisone to start later on. my poor puppy!

and, the rain predicted for today has turned into about an inch of snow so far. it’s pretty, but i’m in no mood.

dog sitting

My son, Jess, and his girlfriend went to DC to a coffee convention for Jess’s work, so Brni and I are dog-sitting. Of course, I took the opportunity to whip out the camera — Lindsey has the most adorable little beagle named Leo.


and here are Loki and Leo, squared off with their peanut butter filled kongs.

Dog kong

we’re not keeping it, are we?

There’s a new baby in our lives, and the other day, she came for a visit. Loki was at first curious as to what this small being was…

but the longer I held sweet Liza, the more apprehensive Loki became. Animals have visited us before and sometimes they overstayed their welcome in Loki’s mind.

please…we’re not keeping it, are we?

Although, Loki would not have minded if Juliet stayed forever. She really liked this lactating human!

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