The Blind Date – His Side

It’s our anniversary today. This is number 34 and for fun here’s our story as posted four years ago. Mary’s link to the other side of the story is at Sneaking Bliss

THE FORESTER ARTIST

watercolor, watercolour, sketch, portrait Mary has always been my favorite subject.  I painted this just after we were married.

Thirty years ago today Mary and I were married.  After all this time I would still choose her.  I am a lucky fella.  This is the story of how we began.  Mary wrote her version of events and it is posted on her blog The Backdoor Artist.  Read them both and enjoy.

drawing, pencil, sketch, portrait An early sketch I made of her when we were just dating.

Greg was a friend from high school and junior college.  He called me up because he had a favor to ask.  We met at my folk’s house for lunch and that is where he laid it on me.  Greg asked if I had any plans for that night.  I told him I didn’t and then he explained that a mutual friend of ours had broken up with his girlfriend.  Kelly…

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Wild Wednesday … Ospreys of Oroville

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Osprey nest overlooking Lake Oroville.  I really love this nest. It’s such a classic. 

I haven’t posted much about our local ospreys this year, so here’s a teaser. They had an excellent year. Nearly all the local nests were occupied with fledglings. There will be more posts to come. 

Forestry Friday … Bridge To The Past

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Log Stringer Bridge

Here’s a sight we don’t see much in California anymore, the log stringer bridge.  It used to be the standard bridge for small creek crossings on logging jobs. Most of the old log bridges have been removed and replaced with large arch pipes or metal bridges.  This one was put in for a temporary crossing. When the logging is complete the logs will be removed and sent to the mill.  The stream channel will be returned to it’s original condition and the approaches will be grass seeded and mulched to prevent erosion.  This was an inexpensive solution to access an area that didn’t need a permanent bridge.

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Bliss is helping with the log quality inspection. She offered to take care of the tiny logs and left me the big ones.

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A perfect Fall day in the woods.

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Bliss

This Summer I’ve been extremely busy and I haven’t had much time to devote to the blog.  The near future looks pretty busy too.  I might have to put Bliss in charge of it.

Splash Dog Bliss

Dock jumping fun times for our dogs!

Sneaking Bliss

Fun times at dock jumping class with the crew from Shasta Splash Dogs. Phanny and Tasha build confidence as Bliss and Sailor take to flying off the dock with style.

phanny-sm Fluffy puppy Phanny builds confidence in her jumps before taking on the full run. She took 1st place in side jumping.

tasha-sm Tasha takes her leap from the side. Happy girl brought home 3rd for side jumping.

bliss-sm Bliss’ 1st jump of the night.

bliss-2-sm Bliss and Tim on her 2nd jump. She set the jump to beat.

sailor-sm Sailor’s jump ties him with Bliss.

sailor2-sm Sailor’s tie-breaking jump gains another foot in distance for the longest of the beginners. Sailor brought home 1st and Bliss 2nd for the end jumps.

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National Pet Day

Kerfe, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful picture of my Bliss. I love it. Your poetry is so perfect for her. I am very touched. She would give you a snuggle if she was there.

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“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’”
–Dave Barry

blissful eyes reflect
absolute trust devotion
loyalty returned

For National Pet Day, I started with a quote in answer to Elusive Trope’s 3-day quote challenge.  And of course, a poem for NaPoWriMo.  My neocolor drawing is a portrait of Bliss, one of the beautiful golden retrievers who shares the life of Tim, The Forester Artist.  When he posted this photo in January, I remarked to him that her face begged to be drawn.  It’s taken me awhile, but she is a perfect poster girl for the day.

It’s been a long time since I drew any dogs.  I did a few drawings and paintings of one of my roommate’s wonderful dogs, Bacchus, 40+ years ago, and I think I…

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