nightdog_barks: (The Girl)
The writer Jim Harrison passed away yesterday, at the age of 78. This has always been one of my favorite poems.


The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn’t die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside
world but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there’s no chain.

~ Jim Harrison, 1937 - 2016
From Poetry, September 2008
nightdog_barks: (The Girl)
More than anything else I want my dog; yet she is the one thing in this world that I cannot have.

This is very hard.
nightdog_barks: (Looking West)
So life isn't quite back to whatever passes for normal, not yet. I keep thinking I have to get up and let her out, and every time I turn a corner in the kitchen I'm surprised by the absence of her water dish and food bowl. But I made a contribution to the SPCA of Texas yesterday (where we adopted Chango eleven years ago), and I've been looking at pictures of adoptable dogs and puppies. Just for fun, y'know.

Anyway. I read Matthew Thomas' We Are Not Ourselves, and it was good, but ye gods it was long. Plus the characters are so clearly drawn as to be "real," which means they are not always likeable. The writing is terrific, but it really is a long slog at times, and while I was interested in the characters, I don't think I ever really cared about them.

Next up, I think, is Stephen King's new novel that came out a couple of weeks ago. Also I believe we are ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow (we're cooking a half turkey breast, just right for the two of us), but I may still go out today, because it is really nice and sunny.
nightdog_barks: (The Girl)
So. I haven't posted lately, and it was because Chango, without my really noticing it, had become quite elderly. And with elderly comes a whole bag of other health problems.

This does not have a happy ending, so I'll keep it short. )
nightdog_barks: (Winter tree)
So this time the weather guys were right -- we had freezing rain, sleet, and what sure looked like snow flurries yesterday afternoon all the way through last night. We got probably about two to two and a half inches of the white stuff -- it looks like snow, but it's hard and crunchy. *g* Needless to say, nobody's going anywhere until it gets above freezing on Sunday.

So here's a picture of Chango from this afternoon. She doesn't mind the cold. :D

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Nov. 19th, 2013 03:24 pm
nightdog_barks: (House Reading)
Sunny and not a cloud in the sky. I have the back door open, and a wren came into the kitchen and hopped around on the floor for a bit, exploring. :D

1) Finished Joe Hill's Horns last night, and holy crap, I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. Seriously, it is going straight to the top of my Five Favorite Books of the year (not that I actually have such a list, but). It's ... supernatural horror, a murder mystery, fantasy, a Rashomon-like investigation of a single terrible act, there are puzzles within puzzles that Hill circles back around to in such a sheer display of writing virtuosity that I actually for REAL said "Oh my fucking god" out loud at about page 350 (there's a treehouse involved, for those who've read the book). This is like reading Stephen King, when King was at the height of his storytelling powers (and yes, I mean was, because I thought King's Joyland was awful and Doctor Sleep, while it had a strong start, was fatally flawed). ANYWAY. Horns is amazing, and people should read it. The end.

2) Waiting for my copy of Martin Cruz Smith's new Arkady Renko novel, Tatiana, to be delivered (today).

3) Chango seems to be a little better. She's been able to stand on her hind legs to be hoisted onto the bed (our usual routine), and that makes her much happier. Her hearing still appears to be going, though.

4) Here is a happy story about a guy finding his dog after the Illinois tornadoes.

5) Dreading Looking forward to Person of Interest tonight.

Five things etc. :D


Nov. 14th, 2013 04:02 pm
nightdog_barks: Illuminated manuscript head and forequarters of a small blue dragon (Blue dragon)
So tired, so cranky. Very restless night, and then a goddamn telemarketer called at 8:30 in the morning, waking me up. Blocked the number, but srsly, the Do Not Call registry is a joke.

A bit warmer today after two freezing nights. Put flannel sheets on the bed yesterday.

Chango has started having some weakness in her hindquarters. Could be plain old arthritis (she's 10, almost 10 1/2 years old, and I've noticed she's definitely not hearing as well as she used to), could be CDM, because looking over the symptoms reminded me that she was "knuckling under" one of her rear paws much earlier in the year, although it went away on its own and now she's not doing it. But who knows, maybe that was an early symptom. So anyway. Have been browsing through things like doggie stairs and slings this afternoon, which is sort of amusing on some level.

Finished James McPherson's book (it was only about 180 pages). Must pick something new to read, yay. Oh, and looking forward to Elementary tonight.


Jul. 19th, 2013 03:03 pm
nightdog_barks: (Burning Book)
1) Warm and horrifically humid. Ugh.

2) Finished The Son and really enjoyed it. The only problem I had was keeping everyone's genealogy straight. I think a lot, if not most readers will have to keep referring to the family-tree chart frontispiece. Well worth reading.

3) Read Douglas Smith's Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy. I think possibly this is the book the word "heartbreaking" was invented for. On a sidenote, the book contains some fascinating pages on the work of the American Relief Administration during the famine of 1921, clearly implying that American doctors were among the relief workers. American doctors! In Russia! I'm sure everyone can see where that might lead. Well, probably not for me, but someone could take that and run with it. ;-)

4) Started Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane last night and could not put it down, which means that I'm already more than halfway through (it is a fairly short book, though). Holy wow, is it good. And fucking terrifying -- there's a scene that's on the par with some of Stephen King's best. It left me deeply shaken and made it difficult to fall asleep for a long time. (For those who have already read the book, it's the "bathtub" scene.)

5) Sorting through a rec list for fic I've recommended on my DW/LJ. It is slow going, but then pretty much everything is slow going these days. Especially when it's related to writing and/or fandom.

6) Chango's tenth birthday was July 14th. :D

Six things make a post.
nightdog_barks: In the morning mist, a huge oak tree rises in a field (Field Oak)
Wonderfully cool day today, possibility of frost and/or a light freeze tonight. Brought the tomatoes that we've grown from seeds in (the Arkansas Traveler and the Belgian Giant) -- they are both growing happy and strong but we may have started them too late. A lesson for next year, if so. The plants we bought in the spring (the cherry toms) have new fruit and the basil plants have reseeded all by themselves and are growing afresh.

Took a short walk down the street this afternoon and met a couple of neighbors who are usually away. They were out with their dogs -- a pair of Shelties, one of whom was a blue merle named Reggie. Reggie kept wanting to sniff Chango's butt, so Chango spent most of the encounter hiding behind my legs. The Shelties were both gorgeous dogs, though, with beautiful, fine faces.

Watched some small-school football tonight (Cincinnati at Louisville) which turned out to be an exciting game and went into overtime. Mister Nightdog cooked a brisket. Still reading John Gimlette's Wild Coast, which is very good. Uploaded some new icons (to Dreamwidth). I've thought about trying a Plus Account on LJ to gain a few more icon slots, but I fear I'd be subjecting my f-list to advertisements, and I don't want to do that. (I also don't want to give LJ any more money, or anyone else to, so no.) #firstworldproblems, as the Tumblr and Twitter folks say. :-)


Jun. 11th, 2012 01:58 pm
nightdog_barks: (Puppy Toss)
Ugh, slept v. badly last night. The one-a-day drug I take (anastrozole) can have a side effect of hot flashes, and they seem to come and go in cycles. One month I will have almost none; the next month they come in waves. Also, I think that perhaps Chango is becoming afraid of the dark, because when I turn out my light to go to sleep, she comes to my side of the bed, anxious and wanting comfort. She is nine years old, so I guess this is to be expected to some degree. Last night I got up and found an old nightlight we have and plugged it in -- that seemed to help, so it'll be interesting to see what happens tonight. (She's fine during the day, btw.)

May put down the Steinbeck for a while -- it's a decent read, but the biological collection methods of 1940 were horrific, to say the least. As just one example, they caught a sea turtle, cut for graphic description ...  )

Anyway. Watched the Tony Awards last night and was happy to see Nina Arianda win for lead actress in Venus in Fur. She was in Born Yesterday last year with RSL, and was nominated for that role also. So that's a good thing. :-D
nightdog_barks: (Red Daisy)
Sunny and hot, ran a few errands -- 105 degrees, yee haw. It was good to get out, though.

What else? Chango is in the process of blowing her coat, which means she pants happily as you brush out giant clumps of underfur that, unless you grab them quickly, float away in the air and end up god knows where.

[ profile] l_eremita, I got your card! ♥ ♥ ♥

Also, [ profile] mer_duff has a new story up -- A Warm Body -- and, as usual, it's full of Mer-awesomeness. :-)
nightdog_barks: (The Girl)
Eight photos beneath the cut. Dog, lizards, hilarity ensues. This was all just about an hour ago. *g*

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My poor dog. She's such a genius. :-D
nightdog_barks: (Orchard green flower)
Seven photos from this afternoon, none of them very interesting exciting. *g*

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Snow Dog

Jan. 9th, 2011 01:24 pm
nightdog_barks: (Holly Birds)
Two photos of Chango, taken about 20 minutes ago. :-)

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nightdog_barks: (Newspapers)
Dog and flower, one taken just a few minutes ago, one in Kansas City.

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nightdog_barks: (The Girl)
After being silent most of the day, the jackhammer two doors down has started up again. Boo and hiss.

To compensate, here is a picture of Chango (from this morning) under the cut ...  )
nightdog_barks: (Bee Flower by Jilian Tamaki)
Because I can, here's Chango in the backyard, just a few minutes ago. Yes, I know the grass needs cutting already. *g*

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nightdog_barks: (Holly Berries)
It snowed a couple of inches, I think, but it's starting to melt already even though it is still friggin' cold outside. It's 37 degrees (2.7 C), which isn't that bad, but the wind is blasting out of the west northwest to give us a wind chill of 24 (-4.4). Erk. So I took a few photos, but I didn't want to venture out on the deck.

Photos ...  )
nightdog_barks: (Leash Dog)
Just a few shots from a few minutes ago. It's still coming down. :-D

Chango wants to play ...  )
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Sunny and cold, still some patches of snow on the ground. Three pics from Friday are under the cut.

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