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Sunrise over Baudette, MN. Where it was -18 F overnight. DNW -18. Poor Tucker is suffering. A vet told me he’d probably be more painful in the cold. They weren’t kidding. He is carrying his bad leg and obviously in pain, so I’m keeping up on his meds.  They help, but not enough. He needs warmer climes and some exercise.  He’ll be getting that soon.

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The big Baudette walleye was too big to fit in the picture. Should’ve been holding my phone the other way.

Kansas was cold at -3 overnight. The hotel’s heat in that wing wasn’t working right, blowing tepid to cool air into a cool room. The cold makes me crabby when I can’t escape it. It’s also doing a number on Tucker’s bad leg. His pain pills are giving moderate relief, as long as he gets them every 8 hours. But he’s still limping and carrying that leg rather than using it.

We left Kansas in the afternoon,  heading north to Baudet, MN. It’s currently -15, after a low of -18. The saving grace was finally getting to see the Northern Lights!  It was a small curtain of dancing green, mostly fugitive, but then suddenly beaming into the sky. I sat watching with a big grin on my face and tears in my eyes. It was beautiful and magical and I was finally seeing it. 

No pictures today. Crabbiness, bad lighting, lack of opportunities.   And it all turned around with one dancing green sky.

We left Michigan yesterday.  On the way out we stopped to visit friends we hadn’t seen in far too long. David’s known Jack and Chris as long as I’ve known Gen and Kimberly, which is practically a lifetime. We shared tales of adventures and travels, then they took us out to dinner. I had my first Creme Brulee  (two thumbs up!). 

They had a suet feeder up outside and while we sat talking, I watched all the birds coming in: chickadees, Chipping Sparrow, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmouse, Juncos, a wren I still need to check my book on, pale winter Goldfinch.

I only took one picture today, this one of the dogs in bed at the hotel.  Tucker moved before I could catch the one I wanted, but this one’s okay, too.  (Once I corrected for the funky yellow lighting)

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After the nice fluffy snow melted in the rain, we got this strange granular snow.  The dogs didn’t care. They just like to roll in snow.

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Tucker seems to like having his sweater.  If he gets too warm (unlikely right now) he knows how to take it off. We’re heading to Kansas next, then to Minnesota. Brr.

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Dogs wrestling in the snow, Hartland, Michigan.  There was an inch or two of fresh snow in the morning.  In the afternoon, the sun came out.

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The nicest part was the temperature going up 17 degrees from the previous day. It meant the dogs and I could spend a little time outside.

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Still in Michigan while the truck gets some repairs. Today it rained, making slush of all the pretty snow from yesterday. Tucker’s been limping all day, though I’m not sure what’s causing it. From personal experience I would guess the barometric changes. Poor pup.  We mostly just hung out as a result.

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This is the only picture I took today.  I was trying to show how ill-fitting Tucker’s sweater is.  This is why I need to make him one. This sweater is made for a dog with a much thicker neck.  The one benefit is that when it slides down, it covers his bad hip well and helps keep it warm. We were on our way, in a rental car, to the hotel in Hartland, MI. We should have two nights there. I plan to do some knitting and some arting, if I get the energy. Sometimes I just sit with my iPad and play my little games and scan Facebook because that’s all my brain can handle.

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In Rhode Island, just hanging out in the hotel after a long hard run across country. Didn’t take many pictures today but I did take this one.  Mostly because after this it was all go go go as we head back to Michigan to get some repairs on the truck and deliver some cars. Porsche and Audi this time.

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Woke up in Long Island. Caught this on the way out. It was a pretty day, though cold.

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Tucker’s bacon face. Or any kind of food face. 

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We delivered Teslas. I got swag!  I’m taking it home to keep in my studio. I had dreamed the night before of Tesla swag. The dream stuff was nicer.

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I just liked the way the tire tracks looked in the snow. So I paused long enough for a picture of it. Woke up in Indiana after going to sleep in Western Iowa. Drove from Fremont, Indiana to  Brookville,  PA. I had to bail a little early as light was fading and snow was building. Most of the day was light snow that does little more than form ghostly little snow snakes dancing on the road. Late afternoon in PA got snowier and the road got busier. It was close enough to David’s shift that he took over, bless his heart.  I was getting tense.  About an hour after he took over, we reached the end of the storm and now it’s warming up and roads are dry to New York.

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Phoebe loves rolling even in shallow snow.