Messages between mamawalker and beckysdad

By beckysdad on Sep 18, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Darned onion choppers!

By beckysdad on Sep 13, 2016 at 7:48 AM

Thanks, Linder. I had fun with that one.

By mamawalker on Sep 13, 2016 at 7:39 AM

Bear behind you is fantastic!!!! LOLOLOL!!!

By beckysdad on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Love it! She's all about the happy there. You honor her spirit for the holiday.

By mamawalker on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:24 AM

I took a liberty on Labor Day:

By mamawalker on Aug 27, 2016 at 4:46 PM

LOL! My black cat Six could be Becky's soul mate....he doesn't know full either!! :D

By beckysdad on Aug 27, 2016 at 2:33 PM

You are absolutely right. That's a bad combo. Your warning caused me to dig a bit deeper. None of the major peanut butter brands are using xylitol. There's only a small group of specialty shops that are using it. I also saw the quantity a dog would have to consume in order for it to be lethal and it was pretty significant. Still, I know if Becky got hold of a big tub of peanut butter unsupervised she'd make every effort to eat enough for that to come into play. Full is not a concept she's familiar with.

By mamawalker on Aug 27, 2016 at 2:25 PM

I thought you might already know this but I saw peanut butter, dog and deadly in the same paragraph and immediately thought of Becky....better safe than sorry, amirite?

By beckysdad on Aug 27, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Thanks for thinking of Miss Becky's safety. I was aware of this and have been keeping my eye out. I'd love it if they'd put a warning on their labels so people know and don't have to squint to try to decipher ingredients.

By mamawalker on Aug 27, 2016 at 12:20 PM

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By beckysdad on Aug 25, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Virgil is such a great name for a dog and I'm a big fan of Rhodesians. They're a very stately breed that can be quite friendly and a lot of fun. Possession can come into play with that gesture which can be endearing so long as it doesn't turn into (overt) protectiveness. Virgil does sound pretty amazing. I know I enjoy it when Becky crawls under my desk and goes to sleep on my feet. I'd like to think it's affection/possession but I suspect it's more a matter of limited space and it increases her ability to keep tabs on me and she can sleep more soundly. In all the years she's been with me I've never been able to sneak out of a room when she's sleeping. She's such a sweetie. Let's hear it for the Virgils and Beckys of the world!

By mamawalker on Aug 25, 2016 at 12:54 PM

LOL! Becky is such a joy! I've known quite a few dogs who would stand on someone's foot. Sometimes, it seemed accidental but in a few cases, it seemed a possessive gesture. Back in the 70s, when I was chief, cook and bottle washer for my brother's fledgling band, one of their dogs, a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Virgil, would wait for me to finally sit down on the couch at night, all exhausted and then he would either lie with his front legs over the top of my feet or sit on my feet or just stand with one paw on my foot. He clearly wanted me to 'sit and stay' and, oh btw, scratch my ears while you're at it. Miss ole Virgil, he was a heck of a dog! You have a pretty darned good one too, my friend!!

By beckysdad on Aug 25, 2016 at 9:54 AM

G'day, Linder! Cats drew my attention to your comment/question posted on the Yosemite shot with Syl, Bryan and Becky. You've got an eye for detail. I'd never noticed Becky's paw on Bryan's shoe. Typically I would associate that with a dominance move but there isn't a dominant bone in Becky's body. She's not submissive either. She's very much a "stay in your lane" kind of gal. As long as everyone behaves themselves she's all good. If a dog makes a social mistake when they're learning she takes it in stride and never reacts. She has a real sense of when a dog is posturing or if they're up to mischief. The only thing she has no tolerance for is if another dog puts its head up over her shoulders in a dominance move. That invites a very quick and decisive snap that effectively communicates "knock that crap off". It's only happened a handful of times but she's very consistent about it. Now that I've wandered all over the place my assessment is that it was more coincidence than anything else that got Becky's paw on Bryan's shoe. She was looking for footing (pawing?) on that surface and that's where her paw landed as Bryan was holding her collar. Becky and Bryan had great fun together. Late in the afternoon we stopped at a swimming hole and Bryan threw huge sticks out into the water for her. I just stood around taking pictures of them playing together. They had a marvelous time and it was a nice reward for Becky who had to behave all day under fairly restrictive conditions...lots of time in the car and on leash and she wasn't allowed to swim in the Merced River which was a great disappointment to her. So now you have far more information than you could have possibly wanted. =)

By beckysdad on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:57 AM

Making the FP with a fart mom would be so proud. I love me a Madbum homer. He nearly went yard the inning before, too. I almost expect to see Babe the Blue Ox next to him all the time.

By mamawalker on Aug 19, 2016 at 7:46 AM

silentbutdeadlyGratz!! Sometimes it's best to leave no witnesses? Woot!! Oh, and MADBUM FTW!!!

By beckysdad on Aug 2, 2016 at 5:13 PM

I know it's natural and I know it's ultimately restorative but I hate to see beautiful country burn. That was a hell of a time lapse. I don't know if you saw the same thing but after watching that video it followed on with another shorter video on the Roaring Lion Canyon fire. It was showing still shots but they were playing "Joy to the World" as the soundtrack. That's pretty dopey to me. Stay safe.

By mamawalker on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM

And THIS is how fast it happened. This is about a 4 hour time-lapse.

By mamawalker on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Oh yeah....The fire is about 75 miles NW of here, as the crow flies.

By mamawalker on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:38 PM

I'm doing swell this summer...only a couple of 'miserably' hot days so far. But our forests....not so well. I used to hike in Roaring Lion Canyon back in the 70s. So much beauty. Day before yesterday, this:

By beckysdad on Aug 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Bochy knows baseball and his players. It's a recipe for making everyone happy, fans included. MadBum loves to swing the lumber and especially so as a pinch hitter. The Shark loves to show off his speed and Cain was right at the top of the steps to greet him after he scored. That gave him his 100th career win, too. The two wins over the weekend were like cool water in an oasis after crawling the the desert we ran into after the break. It will be interesting to see if Evans does anything before the trade deadline at noon. I doubt it at this point. It's a very expensive market and we were winning big before the break with the roster we have. How's your summer?

By mamawalker on Aug 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM

So, let me see if I got this right: A pitcher scores a run while pinch-running for a pitcher who got a hit while pinch-hitting for a pitcher who pitched a pretty good 5 innings! Bochy aligned the planets yesterday into the shape of a baseball diamond!!

By beckysdad on Jul 26, 2016 at 2:43 PM

That's the problem with knowing incredible people like Syl. I makes us vulnerable to the feels. We were pretty spoiled there for a while. Syl has truly been a gift. It's not been a fun run for our boys in orange and black. The wheels seem to have come off the wagon. We're fielding much the same team as we were in June when we were so damned good. We'll know a bunch more when we get Panik, Duff and Pence back which should be within the next week or so. Just having Hunter's energy back in the clubhouse could provide a spark. It will be interesting to see if we do something before the trade deadline to shore up the bullpen. I think we'll be fine otherwise. I'd hate for us to give up too much from the farm system. We've got some talent brewing down there. Becky and I are doing well. We'll be headed out for our afternoon ball throwing and reading session. As much as Becky loves chasing the ball she loves it when she hears the book close. There's always a finale of treat throwing that's very popular with my sweet little girl.

By mamawalker on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:56 PM

I'm a victim of the whole leaky eyes thing myself. Seems like I've been sniveling for a week. Hope you and Becky are well, otherwise. How concerned should I be about the current SF dive-bomb?

By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Good lord, the Giants made it way too close today. That was a wild lightning strike shot. I can only remember seeing lightning once in the 23 years I've owned my home. I do appreciate a good t-storm. Fireworks tonight? That is odd. They're illegal here but my stoopy neighbors have been shooting them off since Friday night. They bother Becky something fierce so I'm not a fan at all. They'll go on for a few days after the 4th too.

By mamawalker on Jul 3, 2016 at 3:31 PM

That lightening strike? I could have taken that picture. That is my exact view from my balcony and almost the same distance from the "M". Fireworks are tonight (Butte is weird). Hope we don't have any more coming down!! (Sry, you couldn't open the other pic...will try to figure out how to get it to you). Be safe, David!

By beckysdad on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Aaacckkk...I can't see it...facebork thing

By mamawalker on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Ohai, David. This is such a Montana picture to me that I couldn't resist sharing it:

By beckysdad on Jun 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Just got through scrolling through all of those photos with the folks. They LOVED 'em. Thanks for providing us with a fun activity for the afternoon.

By beckysdad on Jun 19, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I'm trying to think how I could be more jealous of this guy than I am... So far I've got nuffin'. Thanks for sending it along. I'll be sharing it with my folks when I next see them.