Monday, April 30, 2012

Special Announcement

Ha roo, pups and cool cats - it's me, Zim.  I'm here with Dave today to make a special announcement.

IMG_7861 Dave and Zim

Due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e., the kitchen renovation, we are taking a short blog break.  Hopefully, the  big mess  delightful changes will be all finished soon (or at least our iMac will be back up and running) and we'll get back to the blog.  In the meantime, we will try to visit your blogs and hopefully will be able to comment!

Catch all of you on the flip side!

Play bows,
Zim
(and luv from Davy!)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Serene Scenery Sunday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  This week, I have a lot of ultra-colorful sunsets for you!  Are you ready to "ooh" and "ahh" your way into a state of relaxed bliss?  Check this out:

24 APR 12 pan

That's a spiffy panoramic shot of our sunset from the 24th.  Here's another one:

IMG_7782 24 APR 12 sunset

The second shot was an automatic panoramic thingie Mom did using an iPhone app; the top one are some iPhone shots Mom stitched together using PhotoShop Elements.  Here's just a "regular" photo of the sunset that night:

IMG_7781 24 APR 12 sunset

Pretty spectacular, don't you think?  I was out there helping!

IMG_7783 Dave
"Woo, everybody!"

I think that was one of the days where we had our record-breaking heat (mid-90s in April!), so pardon my panting!

Speaking of heat, though, check out how hot the sunset looks from the 26th!

IMG_7830 26 APR 12 sunset

And the next shot:

IMG_7833 26 APR 12 sunset

It's like the sun melted into the Flint Hills!  The sky was packed full of bold colors!!!

Also in the "bold color department", our rose bush is in full bloom! Here's a special effects shot of that:

IMG_7798 Roses

I hope our pix helped you find a little bit of serenity today!  Have a wonderful, colorful Sunday.

Luv,
Dave

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Working on the Weekend

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  Yes, it's the weekend, but it looks like it's going to be all work for me and Dave.  The next phase of our kitchen remodel is set to kick off early this week, so we'll be busy supervising Mom and Dad as they empty the kitchen of ... well, just about everything.  It'll be hard work for us, as you can imagine.

In addition to that, we plan to take Mom and Dad on some nice walks:

IMG_7521 Dave and Zim
"Zim, I heard Mom say she'd have to go up and down the stairs 2.3 million times to get the kitchen stuff out of the way!"
"No sweat, Dave.  I have a plan to help her!"

You don't think I'd abandon Mom when she needs my help the most, do you?!?

IMG_7232 Zim
"Let's go, let's go!  Is that all the faster you can move?!?!"

Hey, she's the one who named me after a Drill Sergeant!  She shouldn't expect any less from me!  I'm a hands-on kind of guy!  I'm sure she appreciates my guidance.

In the evenings, we'll help Mom and Dad kick back a bit - maybe have a movie night or something.

IMG_7231 Zim
"...'But I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along' ...
No, wait.  That was in Part One..."

Nothing like watching a good movie to get the bipeds nice and relaxed!  Of course, I still will have plenty of work to do!

IMG_7544 Zim
 Now executing cute pose #457

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And try not to over-do!

Play bows,
Zim

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fun With Photos on Photo Finish Friday!

Woo, everypup and everycat - it's me, Dave!  We have a miscellaneous assortment of pix that Mom took throughout the week; I thought I'd share them today for Photo Finish Friday.  Ready to take a look?

Here I am, hanging out in the dining room:

DSCN3497 Dave

I'm not sure what I was doing there; if I had to guess, I'd say that I had just realized Mom vacuumed the dining room floor before Zim and I could check it for dropped treasures.

Here's Zimmie, up on the catwalk:

DSCN3482 Zim

Is it just me, or does he look like he's doing this:


I should get him to help me and Mom with "Draw Something"!  Ha woo.

I got to have some quiet alone time with Mom yesterday evening, out in the front yard.  We had a wonderful time together and I decided to pose on the porch for her.

IMG_7827 Dave

It's only a matter of time before she plants a pot of some kind of flowers, sticks it on the porch, and makes us guys pose by it.  This pose was free; subsequent porch pix must be funded with treats.  Woo!

Oh - she liked my pose so well, she did some special effects on it and posted the photo to FaceBook.  Want to see it?

IMG_7828 Dave

I think I like it better than the original!

Zim got to have some alone time with Mom, too.  Here's a pic she snapped of him:

IMG_7806 Zim

He looks totally cool there, doesn't he?  I think this shot calls for some special effects, too.  How about a pencil drawing?!!?

IMG_7806pencil Zim

Very cool, Zim!  Very cool indeed!

That's all I've got for you today!  Thanks for dropping by - have a wonderful weekend!!

Luv,
Dave

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Earning Our Keep

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  We've had an out-of-town visitor here for the past few days and Dave and I thought we'd show you just how very hard we work to earn our keep around here.  It all started days in advance of the visit, of course ...

First we cleaned the upstairs and got the guest rooms ready.  The next day, we went after the downstairs.  The odd part was that on both days, Mom either put up a barrier or closed the door, confining us boys to the main floor of the house.  We took that as a sign that we should  take a nap  stand Guard Duty.  Sure it's hard work, but we're up to it!

The day our visitor was due to arrive, we got busy sprucing up the main floor.  First, I helped with the dusting.

IMG_7748 Zim
"Hey, Mom.  You missed a spot."

I did a bang-up job, as you can imagine.  

Next, it was on to the vacuuming, as you saw yesterday.

IMG_7751 Zim
"I want this floor so clean, I can eat off of it!  
Oh... wait... I guess I already do..."

Even though I was  all comfy  being tremendously helpful, Mom suggested I move.  Fine.  I went to join Dave in other pursuits.  We got very busy deciding how else we could be of assistance, when ...

IMG_7753 Dave and Zim
"Yeah... so after that, we'll put on a zoomies show..."

..."Vacula", as many of you know it, found us.  I decided to leave, but Dave ... there's one place Dave likes to be when Mom vacuums.  Check it out:

IMG_7755 Dave
This is Dave.  Not a Hostess Cupcake.

I hope he didn't over-do it in there.

I got busy in the dining room, putting some Sibe fluff back on the carpet where it belongs, and arranging the chairs.

IMG_7754 Zim 

I reminded Mom that I could see the sawed down part of the drywall and counters from the dining room (we're in the midst of a kitchen renovation - Mom's posting pix over on her blog, if you're interested -- part 1, part 2). I suggested she might want to do something to dress that area up a bit. Flowers, perhaps?

IMG_7759 Flowers
Nice touch, Mom!
   
Much better! No one will ever notice that the kitchen is ripped up. 

During dinner time, Dave and I took turns policing up any food that might drop.

IMG_7766 Dave
Davy.  Working hard to keep the dining room clean.

Dave's really good at that.  Notice how he's combining that task with snuggling with Dad's feety-feet?  He's a multi-tasker!  (Remember, we are trained professional Working Breed dogs; don't try this at home!)

Once dinner was almost finished, Dave and I put on a show for everyone!  Nothing like dinner and a show - right?  The one photo Mom got isn't very good, but you get the general idea:
 
IMG_7775 Dave and Zim
It's showtime!

That had some added excitement, since Mom is still babying Dave and doesn't want him to play all the great husky games we were BORN to play.  It was great, trust me!

Apparently, the Zim and Dave Show wasn't enough for the bipeds, and they decided to watch a movie.  Please.  A movie?  When you have us around?!?  Not part of our agenda!  Since Dave has such an outstanding singing voice, we thought it would be a great idea to have him perform a bit.  Hit it, Davy!

IMG_7777 Dave
"WooOOooOO!"

Notice how he planted himself right in front of the TV!  What a pro!  Well done, Davy!  Well done!

As I said, we are professionals, so we're used to this kind of work.  We're Siberian Huskies, it's what we do ... and it's truly how we earn our keep.  I'm sure we'll be well-rewarded after the visit is over!  Ha roo!

Play bows,
Zim


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

IMG_7750fX Zim

Play bows,
Zim

PS:  To our friends and allies in Australia and New Zealand - on this ANZAC Day, we give thanks and offer prayers for the fighting men of Australia and New Zealand ... with special gratitude to my bestest friend Huffle Mawson's grandfather for his service!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Exploring!

Woo, everypup and everycat!  It's me, Dave!  I had a really good weekend - my back & neck felt pretty good, it was sunny and cool, and guess what?!?  I got to go exploring! Check out the look on my face in this photo:

IMG_7727 Dave

Do I look happy enough?!?  Oh, sure, I've been down to the corner, around the corner into the cul-de-sac, and even around the block ... but I hadn't been up the hill by the water tower in quite a while!

Check out what Zimmie and his shadow did once we hit the crest of the hill:

IMG_7726 Zim

I don't know how he does it - but his shadow seems to be looking to our left ... and Zim is facing straight ahead.  It takes a special talent to do that!

Zim and I took a good look around up there:

IMG_7729 Dave and Zim

I tried to get my shadow to do fun stuff, too, but mine seemed to follow me pretty close and do everything I did.  Go figure.

Here's Zim, heading back down toward home:

IMG_7736 Zim

I think he had as much fun as I did!  We had such a blast exploring together!

Mom had fun, too, and took lots of flower shots during our walk.  She did some cool special effects on a few of them - check out these wildflowers:

IMG_7739 KS wildflowers

Some people call them weeds, but Mom said if they're as pretty as these are, they should be called wildflowers.  Woo.  If you'd like to see a few more flower pix, you're welcome to visit our special effects set on FlickR.

Time for me to get a quick nap in!  I hope you enjoyed exploring as much as I did!

Luv,
Dave

Monday, April 23, 2012

Test Drive

Ha roo and happy Monday, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  Remember on Saturday I showed you the cushion Mom usually sits on at night for TV time?  Well, she left it out again yesterday, and I thought I'd take it for a little test drive!  Here's how it went!

At first, I tried it facing this direction:

IMG_7717 Zim
"Hmm... not quite right..."

It was a little tricky to get comfy, as you can see.  I turned around and had a go of it from the other direction ... like so:

IMG_7718 Zim
"Oh... nice!  Pretty nice!"

That struck me as mighty close to perfect ... just a little tweaking in order!

IMG_7719 Zim
"AHHHHH!!!!  Now THIS is comfy!!!"

OH, yeah! Now we're talking! Stay tuned, friends. I may just claim this cushion for the Zim Zone!

Play bows,
Zim

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Serene Scenery Sunday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave.  Just a couple of things to show you in the way of new blooms in our garden this week.  First up - the last of our lilac varieties is blooming! Here's a look at them from off the upper deck:

DSCN3470 Miss Kim Lilacs
Miss Kim Lilacs

 They surround the Purple Ash tree, along with some Purple Emperor Sedum and a Fountain Grass. Want another look at them? I'll stay up here on the deck and send Mom down the stairs; I've already had a lot of exercise today!

DSCN3477 Dave
"I'll wait here, Mom; you run down the bazillion steps to the yard, OK?"
  
I'm sure she doesn't mind.    

Here's a more "normal" view of the lilacs, taken from down in the yard:
  IMG_7679 Miss Kim Lilacs

Aren't they pretty?

Oh!  And it's a relatively calm day, so let's have another go at the Yorktown Snowflower Tree!

IMG_7678 Yorktown Snowflower Tree

Can you see the "snow" this time?  Cool, isn't it?

And while Mom is down there, here is a special effects photo of her favorite part of the garden:

IMG_7677 Fave part of my garden

There's not much in bloom up there right now, but the Zebra grasses are coming in, and so is the sedum.  Can you see Mom's watering can?  She just put in some Purple Coneflowers, so hopefully they'll come in this summer!

That's all I've got for you!  I hope our tour of the gardens gave you a little bit of serenity!

Luv,
Dave

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kickin' Back on a Saturday

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  So there I was ... I slept in until 0330 (it is the weekend, and even I like to get in a little extra shut-eye!), took my dad on an extra-long walk, did zoomies, had a great sing-along with Dave, ate a little chow ... and then it was time for a nap.  I think you all have seen that for TV time, Mom sits on a cushion on the floor and Dave has one of our quilts right beside it so he can snuggle up for tummy rubs?  Yeah.  Well, last night, Mom left the cushion out and it's still there ... so ...

IMG_6666 Zim
"Oh... yeah.  Comfy!"

I have to tell you, it was mighty comfy!  

I enjoyed it for a while, then Mom came over and I told her about a great idea I came up with!

IMG_7491 Zim
"What if Davy laid on the cushion and then you could sit over there on the poufy quilt?"

See?  Dave could lay up here on the nice cushion and Mom could sit on the quilt!  Great, huh?  Yeah, well, that didn't seem to go over well and Mom decided to put  Dave's  her cushion away before I came up with any other ideas.  Fine.  Just trying to think of Dave's back and all.

IMG_7613 Zim

I'll be in the bedroom in my sun puddle if anyone needs me.  It's only 0900; I have plenty of time for a nap, then I can think up some more great ideas!  I hope you're getting the most out of your Saturday!

Play bows,
Zim

Friday, April 20, 2012

Photo Finish Friday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave.  Mom and I decided to go out front yesterday evening and do a little walking around, look at the gardens, just sort of relax and unwind after a long day.  She went to take a picture of me and ... check it out!

IMG_7695 Photo Bomb! 

I was photo bombed by my old friend Mr. Squee Kee Moose!  Ha woo!  What a fun friend!

Have a great weekend!

Luv, 
Dave

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How To Get My Attention

Woo, everypup and everycat!  It's me, Dave!  So ... yesterday was a sunny, breezy, beautiful day here.  Mom decided it was time for Zim and me to pose in the front yard, in front of the Support Our Troops sign.    That didn't sound like a lot of fun to us guys, so instead of posing, we did this:

IMG_7636 Zim and Dave

Zim was looking for bugs and I was having a nice roll in the cool grass! Mom tried almost everything in her little bag of tricks to get us to pose nicely, but instead, we did more of ...

IMG_7641 Zim and Dave

That grass felt sooooo good! I did a little more rolling:

IMG_7637 Dave

Zimmie got bored looking for bugs and decided to see if any of his kit-cat friends were in the neighborhood. While he looked around, Mom snapped a profile shot of him.

IMG_7640 Zim

She was hoping I'd be willing to pose (or at least get up), but I was otherwise engaged... like so:

IMG_7642 Dave
"Ohhhh.... yeahhhhhh.....!"

It's the next best thing to making snow angels!

Anyway, Mom put Zim back in the house, then she and I came back outside.  She said she had the perfect way to get me to look at the camera.  Ha!  Surrrrrrrrre you do, M--WAIT!

IMG_7657 Dave
"Is that what I think it is!?!?!"

She had a secret weapon, alright!

IMG_7658 Dave and his football
"Squeaky Camo Football!!!"

I hadn't played with my Squeaky Camo Football in AGES!  We had such fun playing -- just gently, don't want to over-do -- then I did a tough-guy pose for Mom:

IMG_7659 Dave and his football

After that, Mom said we could either go on a very short walk or play a little more football.  I couldn't decide which to choose, so ...

IMG_7654 Dave and his football

...I took my Squeaky Camo Football on our walk!

What a great afternoon!  I hope something equally fun is on tap for today -- for all of us!

Luv,
Dave