A Photo Review of 2015 – August

On the seventh of August Chippie did not eat anything in the morning.  When I got back from driving schoolbus, he would not get up by himself.   Carrying him outside to do his business he would walk around my leg hugging it as if it was the only way to stay upright – his body was also decidedly bent to one side.   It was clear that he had had a stroke and I knew this was his last day.   I let the kids know, we made the appointment with the vet and the whole afternoon Chippie quietly lay at my feat like this.   He did have a good last day.

Even when the sun is not shining I like this spot next to the I494 highway.  The Mississippi always looks good here.  This time my feet were a bit tender – I had walked here all the way from our house and I was waiting for Gina to come and get me after she finished working.
(The walk was about 2.5 miles all on sidewalk or tar roads.)

Jacques joined me and the group for August’s barefoot hike.  As ususal it was like tasting a small bit of heaven.

After a fresh haircut, I grabbed the opportunity to get a few pictures of Jacques.

He was curious when I tild him I could see a lot of his grandfather in him and so I was able to give him this:

One afternoon I got the chance to introduce a friend from church to one of the local lakes – Fish Lake in Eagan.

Our State Fair was also held in August, and I landed a job at one of the booths.  I must have done OK, because the same company afterwards offered my a full time job as assistant manager at a brand new store / type of store in Minneapolis.

This was the booth at the state fair:



A Photo Review of 2015 – May

By May the weather was nice enough to join the Dalldorfs in burning their old Christmas tree from 2014.  Few things feel as nice as the green grass after a cold winter.

We did a long nine month course at church and it was a huge privilege to have Jacques there too.  Here he is talking to the group.

With the improved weather, the barefoot hiking group started the monthly hikes again!

Towards the end of the school year I had to take the high school band to a parade – only the second time I had to tow a trailer with a school bus.  All good.

I accompanied Wilhelm to Kansas City, where we had a booth at the fantasy art convention, Spectrum.  I had a lot of fun talking to people and demonstrating how leatherwork is done.

Wilhelm finally became a US citizen.  He was too old to become a citizen with me or Gina and had to do the deed on his own.

I found myself more and more taking photos of Chippie – it was very clear that his time was limited on this earth.

Chippie 1998 – August 7, 2015

Just as I said in a post about a month ago, Chippie did not have long on this earth.

Yesterday at noon it was clear that he had had a stroke and could virtually not walk.  He also refused food – even his most loved treats.

So we decided to have him put down.  I will post some photos of him here from a vast collection of photographs (a large part of his life was part of the age of digital photography abundance).

The early days:

On a rainy summer morning

Our dog Chippie does not have too long left on this earth.  He is now 17 years old, quite deaf and blind and I suspect a bit senile too.

But he still likes to keep me company when I do leatherwork.  So here we were, me braiding and listening to the radio and him trying to see if maybe a treat will come drifting his way!