Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Find the OCD Border Collie

Border Collies are extremely focused!  They will stay on task, not moving a muscle or eye muscle until reading the movement that signals them to react.  That's why they are so good at herding and are easy to train and... scary smart!  Our Allie is no exception.  I can talk to her like a human and she actually understands.  I have been able to just look or make hand movements to her and she gets it.  She even knows right and left.  Weirds me out sometimes.
So.  Today.  It's hot, humid and all together like an armpit outside.  Allie likes her tennis ball but, I usually wait until the shade is to the patio to play with her.  She was cooped up all day while I was at work so when I got home she was ready to play.
This is the view of the back yard from the patio.  See, no shade yet.  Also note the fire pit/pile of wood at the end of the patio with the "beaten path" from the left around it.  This is Allie's route from returning her ball to getting into position for the next throw at the side of the fire pit.  Over and over we do this.  Until I tell her "last one" which she catches, returns and drops on her way into the house for a drink of water.  She knows.

So, since there was no shade, I took the ball out to the back of the yard to play with her.
This is 80 paces (I counted) straight out from the last view now looking back.  See that there is nothing in the yard.  See the piece of leafy thing in the bottom of the picture?  That is a small sunflower (maybe a weed, don't know yet).
Now.  Do you see a yellow tennis ball and something black crouched behind the weed?
Look a little closer.
Yep.  There she is.  She as returned the ball and is in position, watching, ready for movement.  Guess the weed is the new "point of reference" for fetch.  OCD?  I rest my case.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Photo cards

This picture of the darling couple of actors/singers, named Cutter and Soule, is from my postcard collection.  I searched and searched for anything that would tell me who they were.  No luck whatsoever!!  This card touts their 1909-1910 season.  A hundred years ago!!  Can you imagine?!  I would love to know about them!

This next photo is of four people that, I am guessing (by their "costumes"), are just dressing up as cowboys and cowgirls.  Guesstimating around the late '40's early '50's (?).  Looks like a fun time was had by all!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ace Reid, Cartoonist

I love to spend time (hours) in antique stores.  Among the many things I am on the look out for are vintage cowboy items.  Needless to say they are rare up here.  But, down in Columbus, IN, in an antique mall, I happened upon these two gems!  I have been a fan of Ace Reid's cartoons since I first saw them on a calendar for The Rio Vista Bank.  That's the Cowpasture Bank in Rio Vista for those who are not familiar and for those who are!  At any rate, these little books are copyrighted 1961 and 1962 and are in great condition.  I got them both for $12.00!!  They even have lines on the outside back cover where you could mail the book
just fill in the lines and add postage, no package needed.  Remember those days?
So, I bought these for my son in Texas but, I intend to enjoy them in the meantime.  I hope you will look up Ace and read about his wonderful life and humor.