end of the day, and end of a personal era

I’m still dealing with Ellipses’ final exit, but as I was sitting and talking with my wife, she noticed the beautiful sunset just outside our back door. In a metaphorical sense it is a fitting reminder that ends are not all dark, but like a beautiful sunset, herald the end of one day and the start of the next. It seems fitting that this is a fine way to think of Ellipse leaving us. She has left us a rich history of mutual memories, and plenty of photos I’ve taken over the years of her and all the other creatures who’ve lived with us. Those that are still with us are moving around the house as they are wont to do. The girls still come up to ask for rubs and to remind me when it’s time to be fed or to go out for their walks. The boys come up for their rubs and to remind me when they need to be fed.

Ruby just turned 10, and with a lifespan in our house of around 15 years, that means five more years of spending my life with Ruby. When it’s her time to leave I’ll deal with it accordingly. Now’s the time to make sure I gather enough photos and memories of her while she’s still with us, still hale and hearty. Annie, her constant companion, turned 3 this past St. Valentine’s Day. If the Lab lifespan is any indication she’s here for quite a long time. And the boys will turn three in early October. Again, if Ellipses’ life span is any indication, they’ll be around for quite a long time as well.

It has taken me at least a decade to be taught by Ellipse, Lulu, and Lucy how to live with cats. They’ve all taught me well, and the Gingersnaps and I benefit from the training. I look forward to many more good times with the four footers.

more from the menagerie


Today is a slow Sunday here in the manor. Sunny but just very cold, warmer than earlier in the week, but still cold to us, down into the upper fifties around here. So just about everyone, which includes the other human in the house and all the other four footers, are gathered in the T.V. room under and on top of blankets to nap. I’m in a different part of the house writing this, obviously.

The little snaps are of Annie the Doodle and Ruby the Lab. Annie shows her sleeping form, mostly on her back with all her legs pointing in four different directions. Even when she’s looking at you she’s on her head.


And then of course there’s sweet, sedate, mature Ruby, who would much rather present herself as a proper pup. She’s a sweet lab and she follows in the paw prints of every other Lab we’ve ever owned.


While Annie might be part Lab, Annie is a shock to the system compared to Ruby. A sweet shock in her own right, but Annie is definitely going through life down her very own trail.

All the photos were taken with the Pen F and Panasonic 30mm macro using the Pen F’s Mono 2 setting. Everything straight out of the camera with nothing more than a trim and my watermark.