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Yesterday the temps reached the mid 60s.  I was in a funk so rather than sit around I took the dogs for a walk.   We have a small spring that starts at the base of a tree and I wanted to see what it was doing.   While looking, Phoebe stuck her nose in for a drink and suddenly started acting like a bouncy pup.  Hey mood was infectious so rather than walk the normal walking path we headed into the woods.  

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Not all of it is quite so open.   The path home was full of fallen trees,  black mud bogs, ice and snow patches.  I kept to deer trails which works as long as there’s no overhangs.  The deer either just walk under or bound over.  It’s a little trickier for me.

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I usually don’t get down to the river because of this grass.  Right now it’s all last year’s grass so it was walkable.  When it’s all green and lush it’s 3 feet tall!  There was a lot of water due to recent flooding but I had my boots on so my feet stayed dry.  The dogs all got involved in chading.

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Sadie went swimming with no hesitation.   Phoebe waded then hit a deep spot and ended up swimming.  Tucker fell in and didn’t seem to like it.  I tried getting him to fetch a stick but he said no.

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This is a branch of the Pine River and is the border of the back of our property.

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The neighbors in back evidently have better access as there’s a bench and a deer blind. 

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After a hard run.   They spent a few minutes cooling bellies and eating snow.

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Self portrait towards the end.   My mood was much improved.  I made sure to do a couple yoga stretches and some deep breathing as well.  Now if they’ll just be wrong about snow the next few days…

Yesterday started with icy conditions, tapered off to rain then back to ice.  Classes were cut short so everyone could get home before dark.  This morning there’s a coating of ice on everything.   It’s ice you can walk on if you walk carefully due to the ice pellets giving it some texture.  It’s not sheet ice, at least, on the ground.

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Everything has the pebbly ice finish. 

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The geese are the only ones out and about.   All chickens are in the barn.  

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I think this is the worst I’ve seen it.   I’m just glad I don’t have to be anywhere today.   The cars I hear going by are struggling on the hills.

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Hobie and Phoebe have begun sharing David’s chair for naps.   Hobie will sometimes share my lap with Tucker.  Sadie has lately been trying to eat Hobie.
Hobie acts like a dog a lot of the time.   He comes when he’s called.   He goes on walks with us.  When treats are handed out he wants his share and mills about with the pack.   It’s an interesting relationship.