Island Life – March 29, 2009

This was the crew on moving day. We finally moved up to island house permanently the first week of February after mom got laid off from her job. There was no reason for her to stay in Bellevue, so up we went. She and dad spent 3 days with a moving truck running back and forth and we were stuck “behind bars” so they could leave the doors open to move the couches and stuff in and out. All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience and now we get to hang out in the country. The coolest thing, is the quiet and lack of city lights. Mom says it’s darker than the inside of her head, but it makes for a wonderful view of the heavens. The whole milky way is sprayed across the sky, like paint splatters on black velvet and the frogs sing to us every night.

We have a new computer room too, with a view of the pond. There’s plenty of room under the desks for our special dog bed and Cedar even gets special treatment sometimes. Nana Kathy lets her sit on her desk in a tiny bed and covers her with a blanket.

Watching the weather come in over the Straits of Juan de Fuca has become a wonderful novelty. The cloud formations are so awesome and make some of the most interesting shapes and colors across the canvas outside the windows. Winter keeps cropping up whenever it feels the urge, and though today is sunny and bright, the pond looked like this just 2 weeks ago. It makes life exciting and different. Mom says, “It sure beats sitting in traffic on 148th.” Whatever that is.

Despite the peacefulness of island house, we have had some excitement in the last week. This is Maddie. She’s very pregnant in this picture and, like all of us, loves to sit in the sun and bake on the cement of the car port.

This last Tuesday, she went in to labor and gave birth to eight puppies. Mom and Nana Kathy helped her of course and she had the job done in just over three hours. The rest of us were stuck “behind bars” in the kitchen, but it was better that way. I didn’t want to see that yuky stuff anyway. Elektra was all worked up, she kept wanting to lick the puppies and help keep them warm. I don’t see what the big deal is, they’re too little to play with anyway. There were five girls and three boys – six creams and two black and cream. The puppies have all gained weight and are very healthy. I can hardly wait until they’re about 5 weeks old and big enough to chase around the yard.

Well, we gotta go and unload some stuff off the trailer. Mom made a trip down to Bellevue yesterday to bring back the washer and dryer. I’ll leave you with another wonderful Whidbey sunset.


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