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Monday, November 30, 2015

A Shocking Transition

We took a quick getaway last week to an alien environment - the red rock desert. For most of our time in the desert, it was sunny and warm during the days. We enjoyed the warmth immensely.

This is an extremely wide-angle view of the canyon area where we camped for a few days, with a desert "pot hole" in the foreground. It shows how different the desert world is from our home.
I'll be writing more about our trip soon but I need to look through the photos first!

This morning was shocking as we faced full-on winter after a week in the desert. It was about 10°F with a fresh layer of snow covering our world.

Partway through Shyla's and my morning outing, a wind suddenly started blowing off the mountains to our west, as you can tell from the snow crystals clinging to Shyla's fur.

Although my body had a tough time dealing with the cold today, it was nice to be back in our home environment.

Even Shyla seemed cold at times, lifting a paw off the snow to try to warm it every now and then. But high speed leaping warmed her up!

Now it's back to normal life. Sadly, the desert did not heal my spine or make my pain vanish so I have an important test tomorrow and then some decisions to face. In between those things, I'll be looking through the photos from our fun getaway and enjoying the true mountain winter that is going on right now!


  1. Truly you are in winter mode. The last photo, maybe a small snowman in the making. Spine decisions, I hope the neurosurgeon has pondered plenty, and given you options to help. Pain, the relentless enemy that never leaves.Let there be some peace and relief for Christmas. Hugs from down here.

  2. We hope you get some answers from the tests. That all looks pretty and we are glad you have the snow and not us!

  3. Wow...that must have been a change! Sending good thoughts for your tests and resulting decisions!

  4. So nice that you got to have a little getaway to what is almost another world :)
    Will be keeping a good thought for you, KB.

  5. As always, you are in our thoughts.

  6. Good luck with your spine. I hope they can do something to relieve the pain.

    I'm glad you had a chance to get to the desert --- what a contrast!

  7. It is nice to get away for a while, but always wonderful to come home. We will be thinking of you in our prayers as you ponder what to do. Hugs.

  8. We read about your blast of winter. Take care. Follow your instincts about the decisions you have to make. Take the advice of the experts and then rely on your own senses. And good luck, whatever you decide. We'll keep those fingers and paws crossed for you.

  9. Oh the photos!!! So absolutely gorgeous!
    And love the one with the shadows!
    Good luck in making decisions KB!

  10. It's so fascinating how two different environments can be so different but so beautiful. I do love your snowy photos, though! They are so beautiful! <3

  11. We had a light snow last week and most of it gone by noon today, just in time to get a deeper snow this afternoon that I bet will stay!

    I saw a pair of long john bottoms in a store window and they were printed with moose from top to bottom. Sounds like they might be up your alley?

    Prayers for long term help for you with tomorrows Doc appt!

    Glad you got some nice warm desert weather before your big snow!

    Cheers and hugs,
    Jo and the petz

  12. Such beautiful photos! Lots and lots of positive vibes are heading your way, KB!

  13. I get a chill looking at those photos. Good luck with your tests.

  14. This time every year I realize I could probably never live where you do in spite of the scenic beauty. I actually have Zillowed Colorado about a dozen times this year, but I'm just not a fan of winter. If my husband follows through on his retirement plans maybe we can visit there more often.
    I hope your test goes smoothly and some plans can be made to relieve your pain. Thinking of you KB!

  15. Beautiful desert photo but not as pretty as the first photo of Shyla.

    Aroo to you,

  16. Awwww, the desert. I bet it was a great respite.

  17. I am SO jealous of your trip to the desert. As I always say...someday I'll get there.

    We'll be thinking of you and your upcoming medical decision.

  18. It looks like some buddy is enjoying that winter weather
    Lily & Edward

  19. Desert warmth sounds good right now. We were 2 degrees this mornings. The pugs are not big fans of the bitter cold - I had to help Mabel get back into the house this morning.
    We send you some calming thoughts as you sort out your treatment options
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  20. Yup, things are a-changing! BTW, loved that last photo!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  21. Each season lets you appreciate the others!

  22. I've been following your posts on making another decision about how to manage your pain - with or without surgery. I hate that you keep going through this. I keep hoping for an answer that allows you to put off the surgery for as long as possible. But of course, you are looking for the same.

  23. We have not had any snow yet. I have seen the record snowfalls across the Midwest. Wow!! I hope you find the answers that will help you feel better and not have pain.

  24. Glad you got away for a bit...Shyla is astounding to me!


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