This Week in Pictures: Snails and Trails

July 12th, 2015 1:10 pm by Kelly Garbato

— SUNDAY —

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0018 [flickr]

First thing after breakfast, Shane and I took Peedee and Rennie out on the rowboat. This was our first time taking two dogs at once, and Shane – who cannot swim – was, let’s say, a little nervous: hence the life jackets. Peedee’s never worn one before – in fact, the large size was still in its original packaging from 2+ years ago – and was both puzzled and annoyed once I got it on. For the first five minutes, I couldn’t even get him to walk in it – or else he didn’t think it possible. He just stood in the office staring at me expectantly. I thought I was going to have to carry him down to the pond. Which I did, eventually, but only a quarter of the way, after he tried wriggling out of the jacket entirely.

Rennie, on the other hand? An old pro.
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2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0043 [flickr]

RENNIE IS SO EXCITE HER HEAD’S ABOUTA ESSPLODE!
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2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0034 [flickr]

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2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0075 [flickr]

Peedee was way more chill this time around; whether he was just getting accustomed to being out on the water, or Rennie acted as a safety blanket of sorts, I can’t say. Probably a little bit of both. And it was a tad cooler outside, which couldn’t have hurt.
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2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0066 [flickr]

It almost doesn’t seem possible that so much tongue could fit in such a lil’ mouth.
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2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0055 [flickr]

2015-07-05 - Peedee & Rennie Out to Sea - 0051 [flickr]

I found this little guy hiding in the boat. Don’t worry, I stashed him in the stern (?) to keep him safe until we reached shore.
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2015-07-05 - Ice Cream Snack for the Dogs - 0019 [flickr]

Later that morning, everyone enjoyed a round of Smokey Maple Bacon Banana Ice Cream Bites (recipe coming soon!). And guess what?! The picture of Rennie with a bacon bit stuck in here eye came out aces. Silly piggy.
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2015-07-05 - Trying out the Mister - 0002 [flickr]

During the last heat wave, I ordered this little self-contained misting system on Amazon. I got the idea from the DIY misting station at the high school track. This one’s not nearly as rad – I’d hoped to find a long, two or three foot length of pipe that sits on the ground and shoots mist upwards – but it works.

Once we finally got it set up, the dogs reacted about how I thought they would: disinterest to outright dislike (as demonstrated here my Mags). After I’d turned it off, they did seem to gravitate to the wet grass, so that’s something.
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2015-07-05 - Mags & Rennie, Drying Off - 0009 [flickr]

As per usual that afternoon, I took Mags and Rennie swimming, and then stretched out in the sun with them.
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2015-07-05 - New Margaret Atwood! - 0001 [flickr]

While they dried off, I read the newest Margaret Atwood novel. 68 days before the release date! Makes me wish I’d embraced ebooks & the kindle & digital ARCs ages ago, because FREE STONE MATTRESS AND MADDADDAM.
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2015-07-05 - Ginormous Minsky's Pizza - 0005 [flickr]

To send the holiday weekend off in style – and because he had a 25% off coupon – we splurged on a ginormous Minsky’s pizza. Neil deGrasse Tyson taught me that one party-sized pizza has more square inches of za than two large pizzas, so this bad girl was a steal.
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— MONDAY —

2015-07-06 - Licking PB Stuffed Kongs - 0001 [flickr]

The week began on a hot and humid and kinda rainy note, so we spent most of the day indoors. I don’t usually give them stuffed Kongs indoors – peanut butter sticks to fabric like whoah – but cancer tends to reorganize your priorities, you know?
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2015-07-06 - Licking PB Stuffed Kongs - 0003 [flickr]

 

— TUESDAY —

2015-07-07 - Poor Finnick - 0004 [flickr]

Finnick has spent much of the summer in exile: to the house, to the cat’s side of the house, to Shane’s office. Here he is, being excluded from breakfast (I share my bran flakes, so there’s some competition which = outright conflict when he’s around). I feel a little bad about it, but hey: it’s not like I don’t send him over there with his own damned bowl of cereal. For reals.
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2015-07-07 - 1st Time at Anita Gorman Trail - 0007 [flickr]

We’ve been on the hunt for new walking/hiking trails to explore; luckily, nearby Smithville Lake is surrounded by ’em! Tuesday we tried out the Anita B. Gorman Trailhead. It runs two miles, but it begins and ends in two different parking lots, so there’s no way we can walk the whole shebang in one trip. We walked a mile this time and then backtracked. It’s paved and nicely shaded, which is great, but there aren’t that many access points to the lake, which is a bit of a bummer. They were doing a little construction and Peedee managed not to lose his shit. Yay!
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2015-07-07 - Anita Gorman Trails (SC) - 0022 [flickr]

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Kisses!
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2015-07-07 - Taking a Kong Break - 0001 [flickr]

That afternoon, I bribed the dogs (read: Peedee) to chill outside with me using Kongs. As soon as they smelled the peanut butter, they were licking their chops in anticipation.
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2015-07-07 - Taking a Kong Break - 0008 [flickr]

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2015-07-07 - Taking a Kong Break - 0024 [flickr]

Mags’s very first stuffed Kong! Seriously, what took me so long? (It’s the empty calories, stupid.)
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2015-07-07 - Taking a Kong Break - 0045 [flickr]

2015-07-07 - Going to the Drive-In - 0012 [flickr]

Then it was off to the drive-in to see Ted 2 (better than expected, though I will deny it if pressed) and Spy (again! I fell asleep. So tired!).
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2015-07-07 - Going to the Drive-In - 0032 [flickr]

2015-07-07 - Drive-In (SC) - 0001 [flickr]

Naturally it started raining the second we pulled in, but what to do? Drive another 45 minutes back home with a a pack of overexcited dogs in tow? Not!
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2015-07-07 - Going to the Drive-In - 0040 [flickr]

The rain mostly fizzled out, with just a light drizzle here and there, so it was doable. Peedee, Rennie, Mags, and I snuggled up under a blanket and gorged ourselves on popcorn and french fries all night. Rain or not, I call that a win.
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— WEDNESDAY —

2015-07-08 - Mags - 0002 [flickr]

The next afternoon, Mags was still conked out…even though she slept through both features. Lightweight! (I woke up at the early hour of 11:30, so it’s not like I’m one to talk.)
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2015-07-08 - Anita Gorman Trails Redux - 0001 [flickr]

That evening we returned to Smithville and walked the other end of the Anita Gorman trail. Rain was threatening, so we had it all to ourselves. I liked this end better: there were more access points to the lake, along with a little picnic area near the halfway point.
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2015-07-08 - Anita Gorman Trails Redux - 0002 [flickr]

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During our travels I spotted no fewer than three rabbits, and a poor doe who we inadvertently chased down a portion of the path. The dogs missed all but one of the bunnies, but they were all over that deer stink. Plus she made quite a racket crashing through the woods; even possibly-going-deaf Jayne couldn’t have failed to hear her.
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2015-07-08 - Anita Gorman Trails Redux - 0032 [flickr]

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— THURSDAY —

2015-07-09 - Walking Jayne & Finnick - 0001 [flickr]

Thursday is chore day, but before I got to work scrubbing the bathrooms and cleaning the bedding, I took Jayne and Finnick and Peedee and Rennie walking in the park. (Sorry Mags!) We’re in for a week of 90-degree weather, so LAST CHANCE.
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2015-07-09 - Folding Laundry - 0003 [flickr]

2015-07-09 - Folding Laundry - 0001 [flickr]

In exchange, Rennie and Peedee helped me fold the laundry. I use the word “help” loosely. (And yes those are my skivvies behing Peedee’s saucer-sized ear.)
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— FRIDAY —

2015-07-10 - Reading - 0008 [flickr]

Reading with Peedee. Today it’s In Wilderness. Peedee is not especially into all the rapey stuff.
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2015-07-10 - Reading - 0002 [flickr]

Meanwhile, Rennie rediscovers the joys of her bungee wiener dog.
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— SATURDAY —

2014-07-11 - Finnick, Pining for Shane - 0022 [flickr]

We didn’t do much of anything yesterday, so here’s a photo taken one year ago, on July 11, 2014. Finnick, pining for Shane, who I think was in Texas for a Jay & Silent Bob event.
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