Brinley Goes for a Ride

5Hi!  My  name is Brinley and I’m taking over the blog today so Momma can catch up on her t0-do list after a busy week!  I wanted to share a little story about my recent ride in the truck when Mom and I got stuck in something she called “construction traffic.”  Because I’m a puppy I don’t like to sit still for very long so being in the truck for a long time isn’t very fun for me.  I tried to be patient and just hang out, but that didn’t last long.

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So I tried to be helpful by cleaning the crumbs out of mom’s cup holder.  I thought I was doing a pretty good job, but she didn’t seem to appreciate my efforts.

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So I tried being patient again.  But like I said, that really isn’t my thing.

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So I tried to take a nap on the center console.  But I’m getting bigger now and don’t fit there very well anymore.  I couldn’t get comfortable so I moved back over to my seat.

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Next I tried giving mom puppy dog eyes to see if it would get us out of traffic any faster. She said I looked cute but it wouldn’t help with traffic.

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After a while I was starting to have a serious case of cabin fever, so I really laid on the puppy dog eyes.  Still no luck.

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So I found a toy and invited Mom to play tug-o-war.

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But she said she was too busy watching the other cars.  How can you be too busy for tug-o-war?

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So I tried to help her watch the other cars.  But when they didn’t move I got bored again.

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This is my impersonation of what Mom and the other drivers on the road felt like sitting in their vehicles on a bright sunny day.

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I thought maybe if I didn’t look the traffic would go away… but that didn’t work either.

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Then Mom started to whistle to the song on the radio.

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I tried to ignore her, but I couldn’t because she was right next to me and I’m trained to listen to whistles!

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She finally stopped, but then she wanted to take a selfie.  Whatever that is….

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I moved back over to my seat to relax and I thought she was trying to shade my eyes from the bright sun, but it turns out she was just taking more pictures!

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Finally the other cars started to move and I was excited to see new scenery out the window.

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Luckily, I could tell we were almost home by what I saw out the window!

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But then we stopped AGAIN!  It was so frustrating!

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I was pretty darn tired from all this crazy traffic, but I tried my best to stay awake and keep Mom company. It was really hard!

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I just wanted to rest my eyes from the bright sun for a moment, but apparently I was more tired than I thought and fell asleep.

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At least I’m super cute when I sleep!

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Mom told me later that this is why we stopped again.  We had to wait for this GIGANTIC metal thing to get off the highway in front of us.  It was bigger than Mom’s truck!
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I woke up just as we pulled in the driveway and told Mom I didn’t want to be in traffic ever again.  She said she couldn’t promise anything but gave me a scratch behind my ear before she let me out of the truck.

12So that’s my story about my ride in the truck with traffic.  I hope you liked it.  Mom will be back later this week with new projects she and Dad have been working on, so watch for those.  You never know when I might pop up in the pictures! 🙂

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I’mmm Baaccckkk!

Sorry I’ve been MIA recently.  The hubs and I were on a cross-country road trip to pick up my my 1955 F-100 from Virginia!  It’s now in my mother-in-law’s garage in Washington until the spring when we’ll head back down south to pick it up and put it on the ferry to Alaska.  We had originally planned to complete the whole transport in one trip, but the ferry schedule was not feasible, so we had to come up with a plan B.

55 TruckWe definitely got a lot of attention hauling my ’55.  It was pretty common for people to tailgate us, then pass slowly as they checked out the truck and throw us a thumbs up before speeding on down the road.  And just about every time we stopped someone asked what year the truck was or what we were doing with it.  We even had an offer for $10,000 in a mid-west rest stop!  Of course I didn’t accept, since the truck holds more sentimental value of time spent with my dad restoring it from the junk yard mess it was when we first bought it.  My husband really enjoyed throwing people for a loop by pointing out that the truck was mine and not his!

Beyond moving the truck closer to Alaska the trip was a means to visit family and friends across the country.  We spent a few days with my family in Virginia where we watched my nephew play in a few baseball games before heading to Denver to visit our good friends.  We got to town just as the biblical rains paused for a day, before resuming the following day increasing the already swollen rivers.  Luckily, our friends live in Morrison, in the mountains south of Denver so they didn’t have any major damage like Boulder did.

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Our last night in Denver we had dinner with my husband’s cousin and her family – who I did a quick portrait session for (watch for a post about that on my Jenna D’ Photography site!)

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After Denver, we headed to Durango, CO where we visited my husband’s aunt’s ranch.  I was supposed to do a family session for her daughter’s family but we were unable to coordinate all six kids schedules to allow everyone to participate.  So instead, I did a few pictures of the younger kids as they introduced me to the horses and of the two kitties who call the ranch home.

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I also took photos of the needlepoint projects his aunt has done to create a portfolio of her work.  We were only there for about 18 hours, but it was good to visit and meet more of my hubby’s extended family.  From there, we headed to Portland.  We learned that the storms had hit Durango just after we left, washing out the road to the ranch we had been at and causing boulders to crash down the mountainside, knocking my husband’s cousin’s truck off the road!  Everyone was alright, but it sure was a scary few hours!  We spent the last two days of our trip with my mother-in-law just across the river from Portland.  Once the truck was settled in her garage, I got in a little antiquing and shopping before meeting up with an old high school friend I hadn’t seen in over a decade for dinner.  It was fun to catch up and chat about how we had both changed.

Of course I took LOTS of pictures along the way, which I’ll be editing to share in a post later this week.  There’s just too many to sort through tonight.  Now that we’re home and unpacked it’s back to work and a normal routine.  We checked in on the house right after picking up our fur babies from doggie day camp.  Unfortunately, there hasn’t been as much progress as hoped.  The exterior was being painted when we arrived, including the front door – only in the wrong color!  The foreman arrived while we were there so I pointed that out and reminded him that I’d tried to give him the color I wanted before leaving, but he’d said to hold off.  Now that he has the right paint number & name it should be repainted tomorrow.  The roofing material is on-site, but has not been installed yet.  The electrical has been done, although we’re going to need a diagram to figure out what switch goes to what light before moving in!  The local power company still has to run the line to the house to finish the electrical inspection, but the crew should begin insulation on Monday, followed by drywall.  They can’t mud and tape until the electrical inspection is complete, so we’ll see if there is a delay there.  Here’s the latest picture of the progress.

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Stay tuned this week for new posts!  I promise I’ll be back to my normal weekly routine now. 🙂