Can’t really argue with him!
Can’t really argue with him!
I am not a terribly domestic person. While I can appreciate good design and tactfully edited stagings, I am very much an odd combination of utilitarian and hoarder when it comes to my own furnishings and belongings.
Which is to say, I kinda needed some new bed linens. As I picked things out on Amazon and at Target, my driving inspiration was this: would Conrad like this?
I think I did good. Conrad typically hangs out downstairs for at least part of the day … after one night on the new bedding, Conrad pretty much didn’t leave his (also mine, but really) bed other than to eat and go outside for five minutes.
I think he likes it.
Texas has finally begun to thaw out today — my condolences and deepest sympathies to anyone north of here right now. I don’t know how y’all do it! But we did just have some unusually cold temperatures here, including 17F at my house this morning. But the sun came out and the winds died and we are warming up to near 50F! YAY!
However, while we were cold, instead of a bunch of bonus walks for Conrad during my days off, we got a lot of indoor time. Which means lots of curling up under blankets.
I also ate a lot of carbs.
And booped Conrad on the nose a lot.
I have also started working with Conrad on trimming his nails myself. It is going along well so far. He is treat-motivated and I am only trimming a very little bit at a time. Visits to the groomer stress him out a bit and he doesn’t seem to mind me working on one paw at a time if freeze dried turkey liver is involved. I also have a nail grinder tool, but Conrad really hates that (part of why the groomer’s stressed him) so we will have a ways to go before we get to use that. It would be a better choice for black nails, though, for sure!
The Instagram #bestnine posts fill my feed right now, and I of course went to get my own:
But looking at those results left me kinda meh. I appreciate all the social media love, don’t get me wrong! But no Conrad? No jumping pictures? I thought I could create my own collage that represented what 2017 meant to me:
That’s better! Eli and I only made it to two shows, but we switched to the hunters and got ribbons our second time out. Eli’s right front is on the path to a better angle, and Conrad is snuggling with me now as I write this from my phone. I am not one to reflect too much on the past, but 2017 treated me plenty well enough. I go into 2018 looking forward to all the year may have in store for me.
And for today, I am waiting for the roads to thaw so I can go stuff Eli full of apples and cookies and let him spend time in the sun, which is finally back!
Conrad enjoys Christmas. He gets to spend more time with more people he loves, and he gets to open presents. I think he has as much fun rooting through gift bags of tissue paper as he does with any of his other toys. So of course, he gets lots of presents! Some for him to open, and some for his mommy to open because some presents are for wearing, not killing.
Conrad spent the most time with a stuffingless lion his Grammy gave him for Christmas. I think he spent a solid 2-3 hours chewing on it, dismembering it, and generally ripping it in to shreds.
There was nothing left to even put in his toy basket.
He also got some new clothes and treats.
It has been cold here, so he has worn the heavier sweaters on our walks, but he also got this adorable green plaid flannel shirt that looks sooooooo cute on him. so I have to get a picture of that one on him when it warms back up a little. Which apparently will not happen until next year.
One of the gifts I got belongs in this post, because it is a dachshund-themed pillow that now resides in the chair that Conrad and I share when we yell at the news on TV.
Conrad is exhausted after all the excitement! Even on our walks — which I tried to convince him not to go this morning because it’s 36F — he moves a little pokey and I had to carry him home because he started shivering even with his cozy wool sweater on! I think he is ready for me to go back to work so he can sleep all day again.
I am hoping to close out the year with a couple of reviews tomorrow and Friday — Eli’s Kensington plaid cotton day sheet (I keep getting asked about it) and my new favorite socks, TuffRider bamboo argyle socks (I got some for Christmas and where have these been all my life???) I haven’t been able to ride hardly at all because of mud and cold. I am hoping next year brings warm sun and dry weather!
Earlier this week, we had some fog. It rolled in Sunday night and by Monday night it was actually the thickest fog I have ever driven in. On rural county roads. With no shoulders. Or striping. Visibility was about 10 yards unless there was an oncoming car then it was like just swerve away from the headlights and hope I don’t hit a tree. At least the trees are small.
Conrad did not find the dreary, drippy, cold wet days enjoyable.
He stays bundled up in multiple blankets on the furniture. It is sunny today, but more icky weather is on the way. To keep the festive spirit in tact, I thought grabbing a little film of my street in the fog might be kind of neat — it’s a short street and every house has lights up. The fog wasn’t as bad in my neighborhood as it was near the barn, so the lights just look all twinkly and the refraction isn’t too bad.