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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Routine

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  We seem to have fallen into a new routine here, so I thought I'd share that with you.

After breakfast, Dave and I take Mom and Dad on a nice, long walk.  Here I am, a couple mornings ago up at Grand Mère Village -- long-time readers of the Ao4 Digest will know it as the Giant's Castle!

IMG_1905 Zim
"Wowzers, it's the Giant's castle!"

Mom took a pic of us guys in front of the castle tower:

IMG_1907 The boys
Dave, Dad and me.  Dad's the tall one in back.

Don't you love that blue sky? We came home and tackled the next part of the routine - coffee on the deck!

DSCN0990 The boys

Actually, Dave and I get water, not coffee, but that's OK. After we have our beverages, us boys guard the house while Mom and Dad do tons and tons of "combat landscaping" -- lots of cutting, digging, re-planting, all kinds of crazy stuff that lasts for hours and makes them real tired. The best way to get past all of that "tired" stuff is to take us for another long walk, of course, so we do that in the late afternoon. Then it's on to dinner, zoomies, that kind of thing. Except for yesterday ...

The morning started out pretty normal, except that Mom was doing lots of muttering about stuff - mostly about a dagger sticking in her head, someone using sandpaper in her eyes, wanting to use a scrubby pad in her mouth ... I couldn't quite make it out with all that sneezing she was doing! Anyway, we headed out on our morning walk after she had a swig of coffee - here I am:

IMG_1913 Zim

It was a nice, sunny day! Oh... it doesn't look like it, does it? No big, blue Kansas sky!  Have a look across town:

IMG_1914 Hazy skies

No, no storms in the area. It's haze from local prairie fires. They're quite necessary to maintain the integrity of the prairie - for more info, click here. They burn as safely as they can, and it doesn't usually affect us much. But when we got home and checked out the deck (coffee time!) this was the scene:

IMG_1912 ash on the deck

Yep, that's ash from the fires. There was a lot more sneezing and muttering, then the routine was disrupted! Instead of deck time, Mom jumped in the shower then went out WITHOUT ME AND DAVE. Something about hearing about something called Zyrtec from Meeshka's mom. It was hard breaking up the routine yesterday, but I think we owe Meeshka some thanks (we all know it was her smart thinking!) - we did our normal walk this morning, had coffee on the deck, then guarded the house while Mom and Dad planted rhododendrons.  Spring routine restored! Thanks, Meeshka!  I can't wait for our afternoon walk and those evening zoomies!

What's everyone else's routine like these days?

Play bows,


  1. We have a routine too but not as good as yours. You certainly have a great walking route! Nice!

  2. What an exciting Spring routine you had!

  3. I might have to do a "day in the life" post soon! Thanks for telling us about your day Zimmie!


  4. You have a very exciting routine although we hope the ashes don't become part of your routine again. We're glad your mom is better though and the routine was restored!

  5. wow those fires are probably scary. No wonder momma was muttering. Hope she feels better. Great walk. Thanks
    Benny & Lily

  6. What a happenin' routine, Zim! The zoomies sound especially fun, although your Mom's sneezes and wheezes don't. Hope she feels better - hear there's major storms there? Hopes you all okays!
    Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Mom

  7. What a nice walk! Look at those amazing buildings!
    Hope your mom gets well again, be sure to give her lots of siber hugs! That always works for mommy!
    Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. Woo, we mostly sleep, eat, drink, play, sleep some more, take mom out for a walk, eat, drink, and sleep, followed by last call and more sleep.

    We like your routine, that Giant's castle is pretty cool! Hope your mom is feeling better, its a real bummer when moms are sick.

    jack & moo

  9. Oh wow! Spring time routine...and disruptions. Sounds like mom is back on track though? Whew. Great photos!

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  10. That sounds like a great routine to have. Hope the Zyrtec helps out.