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March 27th, 2010


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01:08 pm - It Has Begun
This morning -- despite the pollen count being somewhere around the CODE RED YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO BREATHE TRUST US mark -- the Blonde Dog of the House and I spent a goodly bit of time in the backyard.

(First came my trip to Lowe's garden center, whereupon I wandered the aisles and whimpered at the profusion of options and my lack of knowledge. Then I hefted four bags of river rock into my shopping cart and whimpered about something quite different.)

The Blonde Dog was pleased to be outside, even daring several times to put a paw across the threshold of the open gate and then whisk herself away when she realized I could see her -- "No, no, L, I am being good, promise!" While I put in my new gardenia, she hovered. While I put in my new Mexican heather, she danced elsewhere.

But then...as I was putting in my new Double Knock-out rose along the fence, out of the corner of my eye I saw her climb up the jagged remnant of oak, all that's left of a mighty tree which fell some years ago. Her undulating back end was signaling so much joy that for a moment I thought she was going to wriggle herself right into the oak-root crater on the other side.

She held on, though, and then lifted her head and woofed gently. "See!" she said. "See!"

A small brown lizard ran over her paw and down into the crater. She woofed again and headed after it.

Yes, lizard season has officially begun, and the Blonde Dog of the House is ready.

May your new season bring you just as much joy!

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From:anne_d
Date:March 27th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Happy Lizard Day to the Dog of the House, and congratulations to you on your industrious gardening.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Happy Saturday to you! I hope there is joy and/or peace for you today.
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From:nutterbudgie
Date:March 27th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Ho! The game is afoot! Good hunting, your majesty.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Her Majesty thanks you very kindly. :-)

Happy Saturday!
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From:julia_here
Date:March 27th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
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My first big project of the year-making 75% of the yard escape proof- has made my dogs very very happy, although some plants are less so. They get to go out and run around together without the drag of the cable-run on Griz.

The added benefit for me is that Griz used to charge out to the end of his leash and then bark at the cattle: now there is no sudden resistance to cue the bark, and he's not yet learned to bark without the brake.

Julia, anything which reduces noise is my friend
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I wish that the miniature pinscher who lives next door and the two big dogs who live behind me would stop barking whenever the Blonde Dog and I go out the backdoor -- your noise reduction deserves applause! (As well as your big project, of course.)

Happy Saturday!
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From:ljrags
Date:March 27th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Let the games begin!!! :) Go Small Blond Dog GO!

Ohhh, gardenia and Mexican Heather? I think a trip to Lowe's is in my future :)

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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
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The Blonde Dog thanks you, and is ready to go back out NOW. :-)

(There were only three gardenia plants out at my local Lowe's, almost lost in a sea of hibiscus. I grabbed one almost indecently quickly.)

Happy Saturday!
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From:cindergal
Date:March 27th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I always look forward to lizard season myself. ;-)

Happy Hunting, Blonde One!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Lizard season is a time of warmth and wiggling, Cindergal. :-)

Happy Saturday!
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From:headrush100
Date:March 27th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Aww, Dog of the House rampant! Our dog of the house went to Winchester for comprehensive allergy testing today. Turns out she's allergic to three kinds of pollen, and to dust mites. We're going to get her on a programme of allergy shots, and hope this will finally clear up her dermatitis, poor baby. If not, it's onto the VERY!OMG expensive pills.

**hugs** Happy Spring! May we all be able to breathe!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Yikes for Miss Bonkers and her allergies! And hugs to you and yours for a better spring, too.
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From:gwynnega
Date:March 27th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for lizard season!! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
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The Blonde Dog concurs, Gwynne! :-)

[hugs and a good Saturday]
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From:paratti
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
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May the new plants thrive:)

((Hugs)) over the pollen hell.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 27th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I hope the new plants thrive, too. Am slightly more prepared than last year, at least... ;-)

Hugs and a good Saturday, L!
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From:stateless82
Date:March 27th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
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It's code red for tree pollen here as well. Though they say mold is down...

Gardenias, heather and roses sound fabulous. Though lifting bags of rocks, not so much.

((hugs)) to you and joy to the Blonde one in her lizard quest.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 28th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, S, I send all manner of sympathies for the pollen hell!

The lifting bags of rocks was exercise -- or at least I'll pretend so. ;-)

Rest, joy, and a good Sunday to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 28th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
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Hi hi, Rainkatt! [hugs]

Hurrah for a glimpse of sun, for Simon, and for you. :-) Happy Sunday!
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From:ladyforash
Date:March 28th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
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I am so excited for spring! Yay for lizards. LOL.
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From:laurawise
Date:March 28th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
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Yay yay for spring! (And lizards, as the Blonde Dog hastens to second. :-))

Happy Sunday!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:March 28th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Yay for lizard season!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 28th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
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The Blonde Dog of the House is SO excited. And I'm planning a few more lizard-attractions so she can continue to play... :-)

Happy start of the week!
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From:heron_pose
Date:March 28th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Lizard season!

I had some outdoor adventures yesterday, as well, but winter is back today, so I'm cooking, baking, and reading. and my ear hurts. allergies, why?

Go you with the Double Knockout!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 28th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Alack for allergy reactions. :-(

But hugs and a warm drink to accompany the cooking and baking and reading, and more hugs just for you, H_P!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:March 29th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
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Pollen aside, it sounds like rather a lovely day.

I spent Saturday trying to sell actual books to a random assortment of people who wandered into the fair without much plan, as far as I could see, and today lying in a limp heap on any available horizontal surface.

Still unable to type without major review and typo correction, but Monday looks okay, even though another book fair looms next weekend.

Here's to lizards instead!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
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Yikes for exhausting bookfairs (both past and future), but hurrah for a good Monday and perhaps a lovely week too!

Hugs and good cheer, and time to spin and knit!
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From:laurawise
Date:March 29th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
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The Blonde Dog of the House and I send the same back to you, C! Happy spring!

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