We've lived in this apartment complex so long it's embarrassing. I think after living in 5 states in 5 years we gave up and just stayed put. I've been fairly ambivalent about living here for a long time. People come and go so quickly we never really knew our neighbors.
That is until we got the pooch. Now I can't walk out the front door without being greeted by someone who knows me, or more likely, knows Kaia. Sometimes people I've never seen before call out her name.
So this Fourth of July was spent with the people and the creatures we spend an awful lot of time with lately.
Turns out it takes a village to raise a puppy.
Plus, there was good food. I didn't make this cake, but I wish I'd been that clever.
The cake was made by Kaia's BFF's owner. Below is Thelma, the puggle. These two are practically inseparable. It's something of a dog park joke. Kaia will sit at the fence of the dog park and look towards Thelma's apartment. And Thelma will sit at the window looking out at Kaia. There are other puggles around, but Thelma is special.
The big drama of the dog park this week was that a corgi named Hot Dog went missing. Yesterday at the picnic, the owners strolled up with Hot Dog and everyone went nuts. Fitting to welcome Hot Dog back at the barbecue. In addition to Hot Dog, they own possibly the world's smallest dog - a toy Maltese. It's half the size of a cat.
And since apparently this blog seems to have morphed into one almost completely about food and dogs, like Stephanie's, I'll leave you with a couple pictures of me grilling pizzas for the first time. This was a hit.
Crank up the grill. Close the cover for awhile. Then just plunk down the dough. Let it cook for a couple minutes until toasty on one side. Flip it and quickly add the toppings to the now crispy side. My best pizza tip is that fresh basil helps any pizza along. Close the cover. Wait a few minutes.
And shazzam, a cook-out crowd pleaser.
As fun as the 4th of July dog park picnic was, a big part of us wishes we were in Michigan with family. Especially after we heard my parents got to go to the Merritt Speedway Night of Destruction again this year. Nothing says 4th of July quite like school busses racing around a dirt track in Northern Michigan.
A night out at the races was my dad's father's day present, so I'm very happy they went. My father-in-law's father's day present was a blog! Lucky him. :) He's a talented and enthusiastic woodcrafter, so we set up a blog called The Carpenter's Square as a surprise. He's done a great job getting it going, so check it out! If you have any wood finishing questions, you now know someone to turn to. Maybe he'll do a Q & A post.
Anyway, that's us lately. Out at the dog park. Or at the Blue Hills hiking with Kaia. Or at Stoddard Neck Park letting Kaia swim. Last weekend we even went to Stoddard's with Thelma, which was a big hit. So yeah, eating and dog watching. That's what I got for now.