Thursday, December 2, 2010

Down the Road with Smooch ~ December 2010

Date: December 1, 2010

Route: Up and down Rock Hill Road

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 5:00 - 5:35 p.m.

Temperature: 42 degrees

Humidity: 32 percent

Wind: Not a stinkin' bit. Amen. The air was so still, I could hear the train rumbling from seven miles away.

On the iPod: Nothing. Silence would be the only cure for the chaos of the last 48 hours.

Attire: Baseball cap, quilted barn jacket, sweatshirt, turtleneck, jeans, sneakers, fingerless gloves with the mitten foldover things.

1. The 35mm /1.8 lens makes it seem like we were walking in daylight. We weren't.

2. Smooch normally operates on high alert; in the darkness, she switches over to I'll-protect-you-from-whatever-is-making-noises-over-there alert. I love my dog.

3. The black angus cows that were walking down the road in front of us wouldn't have stood a chance if I let go of the leash. As it happened, the dust they kicked up in their mini-stampede made a pretty picture.

4. By the time we got home, I had decompressed and all was right with the world.


Whenever I go missing for awhile, there's usually a good reason. This time, my computer crashed big time. I was disconnected from the world for a couple of days and vice versa. It was not pretty. You can always check the Twitter feed in the bottom-right column of this page if you're wondering what's going on. One way or another, I can usually manage to keep that up to date.


  1. Sounds like a nice walk and love the last picture. You can tell that Smooch is quite observant!

    I'm sure you're computer crashing means more to you then it does to most of us ... like your work! Glad everything is in order again. I did check your twitter and saw what happened. Ouch!

  2. Glad to see ya back!! Mine crash, burned and died last spring. It was not pretty :-(
    Theresa in Alberta

  3. Welcome back, 7MSN! I was worried about you. It's sure not good being disconnected from the world and vice-versa!

  4. UGH! I know there are plenty of things worse than a computer crash but when it happens to YOU, it really doesn't seem like it. Sorry to hear abou that. Glad you're back up and running.

  5. Oh No! Computer crash!!! It's when we're disconnected for a while that we realize how lost we are and how much we came to depend on that huh? Especially 7m.s.of n.
    Amazing clarity in the pics of Pooch. Wow.

  6. Awww, sorry for the stress. Glad all is better.

    I could just smooch Smooch!


  7. Glad you're back. Hope your computer behaves for a while.

  8. Hi Carson: I'm glad your computer is back working. It's hard to believe how life has changed with such wonderful connection via the web. I wonder what the future holds for us.
    Take care and enjoy the fresh NM air.
    Best always, Sandra

  9. I wondered where you were, or what had happened. Didn't even think to check the twitter page. Duh.

    Welcome back! You were missed!!

    Love a 1.8 lens. They are the best!

  10. Yeah! Carson's back! Missed you girl, glad you're back. What's the blue stuff on Smooch's neck? Left over Halloween paint? Are there pictures we didn't see? I hope you don't mind, but I checked on ya via MB. Just so I could have peace of mind...

  11. When you're already pretty far from civilization, losing your computer had to be a bit like being lost in space. I'm so glad you are back up -- and yes, we worry when you go dark.

  12. You guys are great. It's comforting to know I've got you all looking out for me.

    Nancy, the dark stuff on Smooch's neck is just dirt from her leash.

  13. Ain't it amazing what a walk with a dog can do for your sanity?

  14. So glad you are back in "the electronic world" again. My computer got a virus in April, had it cleansed...hehehe and then in May it crashed again. ick, ick, ick. I wash and rinse and line dry every morning before I start visiting now. Never can be too cautious. Yay for anti virus and more anti virus huh?
    Hey, I think we have talked to your cow friends on our last visit down south. Joe took us on one of his adventure rides and we were in the area. This morning the grandkids said, hey we've been on that road and mooed at those cows.....tee hee. The Olde Bagg, Linda

  15. Every time I see her picture, I believe Smooch becomes just a little more beautiful.

    Love that last photo. I wish I had your talent. Glad you're up and running again.

  16. *Whew* That's a relief. I was really concerned that something really bad had happened to you or one of your herd. I'm glad to hear it was 'only' a technical glitch.

    I'll go back and read what you wrote up above now that I know everyone is good.

    Big Hug!

  17. Glad you guys are back!! I look forward to peeking in on you everyday! Have a glass of wine and regroup! :)

  18. Welcome back to my mornings! Glad all is well...

  19. she has such a lovely face......

  20. I admit I was worried, but I kept telling myself that maybe you just needed a break and, after all, we don't OWN you, (or do we?) :)

    So glad you're back !!

  21. what a great way to decompress.....

    and oh my goodness she is so gorgeous! I just love me some Smooch! It is so wonderful to feel so protected. I felt so safe when Bali was around.....

  22. I have three computers for this very reason (I am not a hoarder, I AM NOT).

    Basically I just keep the old ones when I buy a new one.

    Hope you didn't lose anything you really didn't want to lose.

  23. I've kinda been MIA for about two weeks too...OK, but so busy. Glad you are back!