Slow Adventures in Slothville

May 28, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Filed under: Family, Penny, Photography — shhville @ 3:15 am

Hi folks, sorry for the lapse in posting. My brain was going in three different directions because I was feeling sad about Felix and stressed about finishing up my papers and exams and SUPER ELATED because I’M GRADUATING. Woooooooo! Partay!! Anyway, we’re BACK from a fun-and-near-tragic-death-filled Memorial Day weekend with the parents and since we have tons of pictures, here’s a quick run-down of our adventures.

We poked around and sniffed everything in the garden from beautiful new flowers…

To the thriving kiwi vine….

To the newly-arrived baby arugula….

Then we went down to the dog beach for a pooch party…

Those poodles – Hattie and Guster – belong to my parents. Brother and sister, adopted when they were 7 years old and goofy as hell. Penny had a blast overseeing the activities and making sure everything went smoothly….

Then we went for a walk around the neighborhood…. [I wanted to put a little video here but YouTube is giving me guff]…….encountering many beautiful views….

…….and some oddities…..dogs and cats and birds, oh my!

When we got home Penny pointed out that she’s getting splotchy on her belly again….

She’s pointing with both front paws.

And then we went over to dad’s for shiskebobs and chardonnay.

The next day we drove up to our friend’s farm in Kennebunk. It is mid-renovation but already looking very cool…

After some puttering we decided to walk through the soon-to-be-planted orchards and down to the stream…

Then disaster struck. About five minutes after I took this video, Penny collapsed and started vomiting…

I picked her up and ran back to the house. She was completely limp and I was completely out of my mind. Here we were in rural Maine, nowhere near anything, on Memorial Day. Where could I even take her?? Thankfully, after about an hour her breathing slowed and she picked up her head. She refused water and was still sluggish, but I felt that the danger, whatever that was, was past. So I put her in the sling so she wouldn’t have to walk and we went to our friend’s OTHER farm for a little bit to have some wine and nachos and generally re-group. Our friend whipped up some fresh quacamole in the picturesque kitchen and we took a short stroll around the grounds.

Penny stayed in the sling, napping….

…..while the other animals did their things…..

And now, we’re home! Yay! Penny is still a little down, but doing much better. She even wanted (and got!) her dinner that night, so I think she is going to be fine. Ciao cats!



  1. Sounds like a great weekend, except for the part about your doggie. Glad she’s doing better. Maybe it was just too much excitement and fresh air.

    Comment by Vince — May 28, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  2. Fresh guac – yum!

    Beautiful pics.

    Get well Penny!

    Comment by Cat — May 29, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  3. Penny! (said with slight panic…)

    She looks serene in her sling. It’s good she has someone looking after her.

    Comment by wunelle — May 30, 2008 @ 12:24 am

  4. (and that was not a wink)

    Comment by wunelle — May 30, 2008 @ 12:25 am

  5. Wow, gorgeous photos. Blessings to you and Penny.

    Comment by Sister Wolf — June 1, 2008 @ 3:37 am

  6. Penny drama! Oh no! Glad she’s eating again and hopefully it isn’t anything too serious.

    Kiwi vine? Do kiwis come from vines and do said vines grow well in Maine?

    Those look like amazing farms!

    Comment by Seth — June 10, 2008 @ 1:15 am

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