Chewie won't jump as often, but he was having a blast running through the snow playing chase and tackle with Leia and dove off the retaining wall a few times to escape her because he knows she'll only jump once.
I'm breaking up my next photo dump. We're actually on day 35 at the time of this post, but I'm not doing that many in one post - just too much.
I've also found I've forgotten a day here and there, not even a photo with my phone. I filled them in with photos taken on other days.
(Cell phone shots are marked with an asterisk.)
I didn't really intend to go as long as I did before an update, it sort of just happened. (Cell phone shots are marked with an asterisk.)
This is my Angelfish, Two-face.
The other side of him is yellow/white, which is why I named him Two-face.
Fish are surprisingly hard to photograph. They're much prettier in person.
Two of my four ghost catfish (or glass catfish). I purchased them as ghost but a lot of online sources call them glass. It was also fitting that I got them in October. They shimmer when the light hits them just right and they're pretty cool looking. They're whiskers move all over when looking for food - they'll tap along the ground independently.
The other side of Two-face.
He's hunting for shrimp pellets. Or more babies. I got three baby Ember Tetras before I got the Angelfish, and I saw a new one about a month after I got them - but haven't seen any since. Pretty sure the Angels are eating the eggs/fry. Which is annoying.
Watching Carus and Chester, which is common.
This turned out to be a not great ride. We had a storm coming in that evening and it started to hit not long after she got in the saddle. The wind and rain was hitting the roof and the tarped side quite a bit and was making some weird/scary sounds. Chester spooked a bit so she got off and went back to practicing showmanship as it's easier to reassure him from the ground. Then he really spooked and she gave up. I had him calmly stand in a few of the scarier spots while we gave him loves and reassurance and then he got dinner and a bunch of cookies for being a good boy. He's done well with losing his sight, but days like this are harder.
The aftermath of that storm. We lost power for a few minutes. Others lost it for hours/days. Some trees fell around the area - no injuries that I heard of though - and there was a ton of flooding. The main road that we take to the barn has been closed for months as they rebuild the bridge, though it would have been closed for flooding anyways. This was the next road to take - also closed for flooding. We ended up having to take the long way to the barn, and then in an attempt to go into town after leaving and not having to go the same long way back we tried another road. I should have gotten a photo of that one - we got stuck. There were cars and trucks going through without a problem, but Carus's small car definitely would not have made it. She stopped and said nope. Then we had to figure out how to get turned around with cars behind us. A few guys in trucks helped direct her back, into the other lane, and back some more before we cleared the line of trucks that could make it through and we could turn around. Her inexperience driving was very good here - I might have risked driving through with all the others doing okay and might have landed us in a bad situation - not completely sure what I would have done if I was driving and my car is bigger and higher up than hers too so maybe. Hopefully I don't get the chance to find out! (Although this will stick with me too and would affect my choices in the future - heh.) Carus did good.
After the storm went through we had a couple days of drier weather and clear skies which allows the sunsets to be gorgeous. Bright beautiful oranges, pinks, and reds and it's always good when I'm already outside and at the barn. Much clearer views of the lovely show.
Just Chewie being a dork. He was rolling around and making noise behind me as I fiddled with the DVD player - and then just froze like this and sat there for a few minutes. He's such an adorable dork.
A current crafting project - a show shirt for Carus.
I've wanted to make her one to rival the super flashy ones we see for sale all the time (hundreds to thousands of dollars!!) and finally figured out a path to go - there are so many designs and colors to do.
I bought a plain black show jacket. Then we found a lovely lace flower fabric that I've cut the flowers out of and sewn them on in a pattern. I've been sewing beads onto the flowers, some shiny metallic thread, and was gluing some rhinestones on when I found out about an affordable hotfix applicator on Amazon from a crafting group. Both glues work and are creating strong bonds - but I think the hotfix ones are stronger bonds. It's so shiny!
I figured with trying to enjoy things I used to enjoy again I should maybe work on my hue shift afghan again. Maybe I'll finish it finally...
I'm still working on the first quarter, but that's getting very close.
I didn't get far - found I had a mistake and couldn't figure out where so I had to completely undo the square that was on the needles and start over.
I missed doing the photo a day, 365 challenge, that I was doing a few years ago, and I'm struggling with finding joy in a lot of things I used to enjoy doing. I'm trying to find it again and I'm going to attempt to do a 365 this year.
I'm posting here - and I'll probably end up making an album on Facebook as a way to hold myself accountable. I don't want to make it into something that creates anxiety for me, but I do want some accountability. I also want to try to use my actual camera more often than just my cell phone. That's a conscious effort to set aside 10ish minutes to pick up the camera, or plan to pick it up, while my cell is with me everywhere. And this first share is heavy on the cell shots. (I'll mark them with an asterisk.)
Dinner tonight - Garlic rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, and honey garlic chicken.
I don't know how to take food photos... maybe that will improve this year...