Getting a bit of a break here from the bitter cold that blew through in October. This has my spirits on the rise, of course. I am going to have to man up for winter, as I have at least one dog to ready for obedience competition (and am going to try and give Leon a shot in March of 2012---Boris has to wait for UKC events). The great thing about winter is it's the least busy time of the year. The bad thing is it's usually very very cold, and this saps my ability to get up when I need to train My dogs. I need to do it though... Also I am determined to get some indoor legs. Boris and I take a Canine Good Citizen test on the 15th of November, and hopefully I will get that small satisfaction of getting an indoor something. It's ironic as most people have trouble with the outdoor trials, but of course that is where I train most of the time, so indoor trials give me angst. I bet a lot of it is the mental knowledge that I have not gotten an indoor one yet that holds me back. Your mental state can have a lot to do with your dog's performance, and I know when I really feel confident my dogs feel it and their performance shows that.
On a crafty creative note, I am determined to learn how to crochet or macrame collars for my dogs (eventually fancy with beading). This way I can have special holiday or dress up collars that I have made with my dogs in mind. I used to do Christmas homemade cards for family, but it has become a time of year that I don't enjoy (due to deaths of animals and family) so I don't get that amped up to do it anymore. So this is something new that I can do that does not bring up any sad memories. It is also something that my grandmother used to do (and I have some projects that she started knitting, but never finished, which I would like to someday), but I never paid attention when I had the chance to when I was young. I was more of a tomboy. So it will be done with the happy memories of my grandmother in mind, and kind of a memorial to her talents.
Life is good. I am not where I thought I would be when I was young, but I am in a better place than that:)