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February 12, 2011

New Gear and No Excuses

Filed under: Walking the Dogs — Karma @ 6:36 pm
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Here we are at nearly the midpoint of February, and cabin fever has set in.  I got up this morning and knew I just couldn’t face another day puttering within these walls.  Sure, I got up and went to work and did the errands and drove the girls to dance this week like I always do.  I don’t know about you, but for me, doing those things does not bring relief to the winter doldrums.

Daphne and Teddy agree.  It is time to do something different, get out of the house.  Teddy regularly goes to the basket that holds the leashes and nudges it with his nose.

“But Teddy,” I try explain, “the boots that I have are no good for going for walks.  They give me blisters on a long walk.”

Teddy looks at me with his pointy-nosed-yet-wise face, “Then you must correct this situation, don’t you think?”

I agree with Teddy. Hubby stumbles out of bed this morning.  I announce before he can even get in the shower, “I have cabin fever.”

“What do you want to do about it?”

“I don’t know.  I know I need to get out of the house.  I know you’ll tell me to take the dogs for a walk, but I just can’t in those boots.”

“How about this?  We’ll go to the mall and get you some boots.”

BINGO!  That worked well, didn’t it?  I came home with these:


A pair of Columbia Coremic Ridge 2.  I don’t know much about hiking boots, but hubby assured me that Columbia is a good brand and these would be good to my feet and provide what I wanted: comfortable, warm and dry feet.  I know I can’t take these through the 2+ feet of snow on the ground or stomping through puddles, but these should hopefully take me through the remainder of winter and what will surely prove to be a long, wet spring in walking comfort.  Besides, I needed to stop making excuses for not getting out and walking with the dogs.  Maybe it is a trend some of us bloggers have decided would be a good thing since we obviously spend plenty of time at the computer.  Robin, in addition to her commitment to going outside every day for at least 30 minutes for a whole year, has added a short term, early morning yoga commitment.  Tracy has recently gone back to her elliptical machine after some time away.

I could hardly not take the new boots out for a test while our temperatures reached for 40° degrees again today and the sun was breaking through the clouds.  I suited up and took my favorite trio – Daphne, Teddy, and Andre – out for a walk.

We took the sidewalk/neighborhood walk today since I didn’t think my path through the woods would be clear.  I noticed something for maybe the first time today.  Or maybe I noticed in the past but it didn’t stick.  I saw that our local “mountain” was visible through the leafless trees:


Funny, I’m not sure of its name.  It could be part of Minnechaug Mountain, I suppose.  I’ve lived in town virtually my entire life and never called it anything but “the mountain.”

Next, I turned down a side street and saw the sun starting to break through the afternoon clouds:


Dog sees shadow, but does not run and hide like the groundhog, so that still means a chance for an early spring, right?


Back down our still ice-covered-snow-rutted street:


Upon returning home, I sat down at the computer to write up this blog post.  I casually turned to glance out the window, and… remember that expression, “if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute” ?  BAM:


Snow squall!


I swear these pictures were all taken today – you can even check my EXIF data on Flickr if you’d like!

Then, just as suddenly, the sun was breaking through again:


That isn’t “noise” in this shot – those are giant snowflakes floating down in the middle of a pink and blue sky.

And then it was over, as quickly as it began.

I hope that won’t be the case with my commitment to get out there more often with the trio! 😉

E.T.A.: I was neglectful in not mentioning another blogger’s daily commitment to going out and walking her dog. It isn’t a new commitment, but lucky Ozzie gets a nice walk virtually every day!


  1. We had giant snowflakes like that this morning! They must have floated on over your way.

    Great boots! I think this is just as good, maybe better, than joining in on the yoga commitment. Cabin fever is not good for anyone’s health, particularly for those living with the sufferer of cabin fever. My family will testify to this, if needed, having lived with me when I have cabin fever.

    I’m really loving that last shot. You captured those big fat snowflakes better than I did (I tried this morning). Thanks for the link love. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — February 12, 2011 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! I’m glad I looked out the window and took the pictures when I did – if I hadn’t bothered to look, I might have missed it completely, it was over that quickly.

      I can’t make the promise that the dogs and I will get out there everyday – I’m not going when it is frigid or blizzarding, but I really do need to go out more.

      Comment by Karma — February 12, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. Hey, don’t forget your sister who walks her dog every day, no matter the weather. Okay, not in an actual blizzard or thunderstorm, but every day other than that.

    Isn’t that called Wilbraham Mountain?

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — February 12, 2011 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

    • Oh yes, you are very committed, but yours isn’t a fresh, new commitment, so I failed to spotlight you! I can give you some linky love if you like!

      I was just doing some googling and apparently there is an entire Wilbraham Mountain range. Another site mentions Minnechaug Mountain in Hampden. These two little towns are so closely entertwined, I must think Minnechaug Mountain must be part of the Wilbraham Mountain range.

      Comment by Karma — February 12, 2011 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  3. That’s crazy weather! Good thing you got your new boots – they look like good ones!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — February 12, 2011 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

    • My feet remained comfy and dry at the end of my walk today – so far so good!

      Comment by Karma — February 12, 2011 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  4. I knew what was coming and still I laughed when the snowsquall appeared! Weather.

    Those look like excellent boots for a lithe dancer, and I’m envious of your ability to manage laces and snowpants at the same time.

    I love The Shadow. It’s a happy picture. I love the side street, too. Well, the photo of it. You really nailed the hilliness.

    Comment by Gerry — February 12, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • I know, huh? Everyone talks about it, no one does anything about it, right Gerry? 😉
      I thank you for assuming I am lithe – I may have been at one time in my life, but I don’t know if my current state deserves that title. I got the boots, but not the snowpants! Still making my way along in blue jeans.
      I thought the shadow looked pretty happy too!

      Comment by Karma — February 12, 2011 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  5. Love the shadow so much! Stella and I went for a walk today too and it was actually frightening! A Great Dane got loose and stalked us. We eventually hid behind a snowbank (thank God for the snowbanks!) until the owner was able to get him under control. Phew!

    Happy that the snow didn’t amount to anything.

    Comment by Becky Sue — February 12, 2011 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

    • That is always scary. I ran into a situation like that once with Daphne, who doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body when it comes to other dogs. I suppose with a Great Dane, with the snow the way it is, it might not be too hard for a dog like that to get out of its yard, but people really need to be responsible dog owners. Glad everything turned out okay!

      Comment by Karma — February 13, 2011 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  6. Nice boots! It sounds – and looks – like it was a really nice walk.
    LOVE the snowing pics!

    Comment by thedailyclick — February 13, 2011 @ 7:48 am | Reply

    • The walk was something we all needed for sure.
      I know you love snow, Michaela, but I can’t help but think if you lived here in the northeast, you’d be sick of it like the rest of us by now! 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 13, 2011 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  7. Woo hoo! New boots are a great way to get motivated! Thanks for the mention – now that it is ‘out there’ there’s no way I can slack off! 🙂

    We have warmer temps coming – yay! Walks are sooooo nice and I miss them. Your area looks alot like ours. The snowbanks will be around for a long time, I’m sure.

    Nice for you to document our crazy NE weather! Folks never really understand how it can be sunny, then cloudy, then rain, then snow, then be back to sunny all in a single day! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — February 13, 2011 @ 10:21 am | Reply

    • Whatever we need to do to motivate ourselves to keep moving at this time of year, we should do it! And encourage each other as well.
      Did you have as crazy of a weather day as we did yesterday?
      If you, or anyone else, is feeling photographically stymied as well as physically, I’m working on a post right now that might help!

      Comment by Karma — February 13, 2011 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

      • Agreed!

        We did not have your crazy weather tho it LOOKED like it could have snowed several times. Being near the coast sometimes keeps things away from us.

        Looking forward to it!

        Comment by milkayphoto — February 14, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  8. I love the colors on that last one! very ethereal. Oh, New England! Your weather continues to baffle us all!

    Comment by creativeisthmus — February 13, 2011 @ 10:59 am | Reply

    • Thank you CI, and thanks for stopping by. Do you have some experience with New England weather?

      Comment by Karma — February 13, 2011 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  9. I WANT your boots, Karen. I know all my woes about going outside would disappear…IF I had your boots. I also love how our blogs have covered that Cabin-feverish indoor-outdoor dilemma. Love your pics!

    Comment by Kathy — February 13, 2011 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. I found the boots on sale, so that helped too! Maybe you need a little shopping-therapy! 😉

      Comment by Karma — February 13, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  10. I love your pictures….but who is Andre?

    Comment by patricia weldon — February 14, 2011 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  11. […] was a good day for taking the duo for a walk with the new boots.  Andre was grouchy that I left him home for this one.  I wished I had brought him (of course) […]

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