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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Colorado Bluebird Day

Shyla and I were out at sunrise in the sunshine, frigid cold, and new snow.
I was determined to make it a better day than yesterday. Some things are beyond my control but my attitude is within my control.

Shyla kept moving, trying to stay warm. It was 5°F, according to my thermometer.
She paused briefly to survey our kingdom.
On days like today, there is no better perch than K's Rock for observing the beauty. Shyla hopped up on it, and then meticulously sniffed the boulder that K touched so many times in her life. I wondered if the scent of K lingered. If not her scent, K's spirit certainly inhabits this spot.
The early morning was mostly calm, except for a few brief bursts of wind. During the wind bursts, the fresh snow was so light and fluffy that it flew through the air, creating a ground blizzard. Someone doesn't look too happy with it. Fortunately, it was very brief.
Despite the few bursts of wind, we had such a good time together that I managed to beat back the blues that gripped me yesterday, after some unwelcome news that the musculature around my "bad" shoulder is atrophying (i.e., wasting away) very fast. I don't know what it means yet - but it deeply scares me. However, it's not impeding my ability to get out and enjoy our world, as long as I ignore the pain. So, that's what I plan to keep on doing!
This was a day that I would've hated to miss - a classic Colorado bluebird day. Do you see Shyla waiting for me in the next photo?
I'll follow Shyla's lead in trying to seek the best in life.


  1. gosh, those trees are just loaded. and shyla makes a joyful companion!

  2. Piper wears a similar frosty muzzle when she's outside these days, but instead of going for a run in the woods, she's ready to head back to the house in pretty short order. Or that me? Maybe Piper just needs a more energetic companion!

  3. Fresh powder snow, Shyla by your side, photos to share with us all, a true "Co Wonderful Day". Hope that shoulder behaves for some time yet. Greetings from Jean

  4. I do hope you feel better soon. I know you've been hurting for a long time, but what exactly is your condition? What ever it is, it sounds awful. :(

  5. Oh such beauty, and we are in admiration at your attitude,, to enjoy life,,, and somehow chase away the blues.. and we wish so much to finding that secret that you have in your soul-- so we can push on like you. Oh we know you have trials,, but you also smile and enjoy life!
    We love you
    tweedles and moms

  6. Love the snow on Shyla's snoot. What a gorgeous day in the Rockies. And the sky is Carolina Blue! Hope your therapist can provide exercises to limit the atrophy. Good motto to seek out the best in life.

  7. It's a glorious day. The colours are soooooo vivid.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  8. The picture with Shyla off in the distance really affected me. It is like she is saying, come on human, fight the pain and take another step towards me. I'll wait for you....step by step by step.
    She will be your guide through whatever you need to face.

  9. So amazingly beautiful! But way too cold to enjoy it for long. We are sending our strongest White Dog healing energies to you...for both your body and your soul...and hope that a solution can be found to save the muscles and keep you active.

    No, dogs do not experience of the few reasons I have discovered that makes me glad I am a human and not a dog.

  10. Beautiful pictures, and fun with your girl!

    I am going to adopt your self-control powers to lose weight gained over this winter!

    Hoping the shoulder works for a long time.

    Love and hugs,


  11. Great post. I am thinking about trying to learn to adopt the same determination around my own struggles - disease of the will.

  12. You never look like you're cold, Shyla, and you sure do romp and play in cold temps daily! The picture of you getting blasted by the snow is making us shiver. brrrrrrrrrrr
    You are one of the strongest people we know, KB. You are truly amazing. We pray for the best for you.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  13. Beautiful blue sky. Nothing beats the deep blue at that elevation.

  14. There is nothing like a walk in the fresh snow and fresh crisp air to get you going. I like your positive attitude. Stay warm,

  15. Such a gorgeous blue sky! How does Shyla keep her feet from freezing (and seizing) up in such cold? My boys don't last long in these single digit temps.

    And, joy, oh joy! Little by little I am venturing back outside. I still where my full leg brace for safety, but at least I am OUT! Yay!

  16. So many great photos of your pups! I love the one of Shyla jumping from the rock.

    Sorry to hear the shoulder news and how much pain you are in. You see the dogs as your example, but you are mine, whether you want to be or not. Sending good thoughts your way. I wish I could do more...

  17. Your skies are gorgeous - as is Shyla covered in snow! :)
    So sorry to hear about your shoulder pain. I'll be praying for you.

  18. Shyla is so wide! Praying for wisdom to make the right decision at the right time!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  19. That for sure is such a pretty sky against the snow filled trees and Shyla having such a good time in the snow. Sure do like your attitude towards the shoulder. We sure hope it doesn't happen though. Take good care.

  20. Shyla looks so little next to those beautiful trees!

    I'm glad you were able to get out and enjoy the day and keep your spirits up.

  21. Lovely Pictures of your snowy countryside, the last Picture is stunning....
    Shyla is Beautiful with snow and sun.
    Hope you are doing ok?
    Hugs Majsan//

  22. Ooh, KB, I am so sorry to hear this about your shoulder. That doesn't sound good for an active person like you. I can't advise you at all. Physical therapy? Revisit the surgery once your strength seems back on track? I don't know. But though we have never met I can't help caring, and I really hope the universe will fix all of it. Know that like so many, I am thinking and hoping a full healing for you. (on rereading that sounds kind of woo-woo, sorry, I don't mean it like that)

  23. Your bluebird sky days and crispy white snow covered landscapes are so refreshing and uplifting. Shyla can smell K's scent I'm sure. Sophie and Shyla would have such a fun time with sticks!!!

  24. I've been wondering if you've had any updates on your shoulder, and now I know. I'm sorry it was bad news again, but I'm so glad you're fighting the temptation to be discouraged and still trying to make the best of it. Doesn't a day in the mountains with a dog and a camera soften the blow of the world?

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