You were probably hoping for pictures of Mr. Chris's wedding, but I'm not in any of those pictures, so today you're getting pictures of me in my den instead.
This is the view of the den from the living room. We have a super awesome futon that is really comfy to sleep on, and I like our fireplace a lot too. The windows look out onto the covered porch in the backyard. I'll show you the porch some time later. That weird thing hanging from the ceiling in the upper right-hand corner of the picture is an old cricket trap that the People thought would make a cool lamp. The futon, fireplace set and cricket trap all came from the Tommy Tuten & Johnny Penland Auction House.
This is the view of the den from the kitchen. You can barely see the frame of a door there on the left - that door leads into the darkroom / art room / laundry room. It's a big room with many uses. If you look at the really big version of this picture in flickr, you can read the titles of the books on the bookshelf. The chair and lamp in this picture came from the auction I mentioned previously.
This is a Pug's eye view of the den. Woman told me to tell you that our floor is not as dirty as it looks. I guess all that pug hair you see is just an optical illusion.
There aren't any plants in the den, because it is dark in there. The Woman tried to grow plants in there, but they were not happy with the arrangement, so she moved them. The People want to get a big square coffee table to put in this room for playing board games. They haven't found one that they like yet though, because they are picky! The den has really cool beams that run across the ceiling, but you can't see them in any of these photos. Too bad, because they're pretty cool.
Next time I'll show you the kitchen. I have to catch the kitchen while it's in just the right mood though, because it's often not presentable for photos!
OK, I got tagged by Ronin, and I don't really like to play tag, but I will this one time just for you Ronin, since you are such a cool guy. Here are the rules - post a picture of yourself with another animal in the picture, and write a funny caption. Unfortunately, I'm not feeling all that funny this morning, but I'll give it a shot. Also, I don't have a whole lot of pictures of me with other animals. I'm rather shocked to discover this!
"If anyone asks, you're not Alfred - you're Holly, got it?"
I am finally back from my fun vacation! I have so much to blog about, and a lot of pictures to show you! I did get to attend the Wine Tasting Party, because the People were running so late that they forgot to take me to Kari's house! I did not get to go to Mr. Chris's wedding, but that's ok, because we stayed up late the night before, and I needed some rest. I have missed the Internet while I was away, and I promise to get caught up on all your blogs this week!
I don't want to bombard you with too much fun at once, so today I will give you a Wine Tasting Party recap. The party started at 7:30pm, and the fun continued well after midnight. There were about 20 people there, and I had a great time mingling with them all. Some of them I was meeting for the first time and others have been good friends for a while now.
The People chose 8 wines for tasting - 4 reds and 4 whites. I listed them below so as not to clog up the blog.
No one got all 8 correct, but Serenity did get 6/8 and won the grand prize - a bottle of Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle of Melini Orvieto.
Poor Lynn got 0/8 correct and won the booby prize, a bottle of Boone's Farm strawberry-flavored wine-like beverage. She was happy to win something though!
Oddly enough, Serenity's fiance really wanted that Boone's Farm and traded a bottle of Serenity's good wine for it. He's a strange, strange man.
The People served an assortment of yummy cheeses, walnut pomegranate spread, babba ghannouj and various breads and crackers. I did get a couple samples of things that "accidentally" dropped to the floor (thanks Barbara), and it all tasted great to me! The People forgot to bring out the birthday cake until only Katherine, Andy and Nate were left at the party, so that means we have lots of left over cake.
There were also presents! Who knew that you still get presents when you're as old as Ian - haha!
Dan gave Ian this hideous thing that makes noise like the ocean. The Woman was glad to learn it was just a gag gift, because she was afraid Ian would try to hang it in the house!
Everyone had a good time, especially me! I could hardly keep my eyes open by the end!
Here are some People that I know...
Bill and Kari
Kris and Lynn
Laura and Dan
Andy and Katherine
Woman and Lynn - I had to post a picture of the Woman, because she was pretty proud of her new dress - LOL!
And as promised, The Wine List ...
Fontana Candida - Frascati 2005 (Italy)
Pepperwood Grove - Viognier 2005 (California)
Barton & Guestier - Vouvray 2005 (France)
Robert Mondavi Private Selection - Fume Blanc 2005 (California)
Beringer - Gamay Beaujolais 2004 (California)
Capestrano - Montepulciano díAbruzzo 2005 (Italy)
Bogle - Old Vine Zinfandel 2005 (California)
Jewel Collection - Petite Sirah 2004 (California)
Later this week ... see pictures of our den, Chris and his new wife, and me being a supermodel posing with tomatoes in the garden!
The People are having a wine tasting party tomorrow night for Ian's 30th Birthday! I was hoping to attend, but I did not get an invitation. I am kind of sad about this since I am their dog and all, but the Woman says I will get to stay at Murphy's house that night, so I'm not too sad. Murphy and I are becoming better friends; ie, he stopped peeing on my head, so we should have a good fun time of our own!
Here I am with the Woman's flower box on the front porch. Sure, I don't mind taking a photo or two. Or maybe just one. Do you like her geraniums? We can see this flowerbox from the couch. I like to watch the squirrels hide their nuts in here. Woman does not like that though, because they dig up the plants sometimes!
When I'm tired of taking pictures, I start closing my eyes just when I hear the *beep beep* of the camera to tick Woman off. That usually makes her stop taking pictures, because she doesn't like pictures with my eyes closed!
Sometimes it takes her a while to get the hint though, so I just go to sleep.
My friends Copper and Chloe are coming to stay with me until this Sunday! I am so excited, because neither of them have ever been to my house before. I will get to show off my yard and all my toys! I wonder where they will sleep since there is not enough room in my bed for all three of us. Hmmm ... Maybe we will kick the People out of their bed and take it over. There is three of us!
Here I am sporting the latest in Pug hairware... the fern afro!
OK, really I was just sitting in front of the Woman's fern while she took this picture. She is pretty sad that it got a little sun-scorched when she moved it outdoors after Winter. I'm not all that concerned about it though, as you can tell from my "it's all good" look in these pictures.
Wanna go out back and kiss? I just ate some poop, so my breath is minty fresh!
Awe, come on - you know you can't resisit this face!
Some of my readers have asked for pictures of the Woman's garden when she gets it finished. Well, the Woman has had her own gardening blog for over a year now, and rather than me post the same pictures she is posting, why don't you check her gardening blog out for yourself. She is located at ashevillegardener.blogspot.com. It shows me as the Author, but I am not. When the Woman upgraded to the "new blogger," she accidentally merged her garden blog with my blog and can't undo it. So, just know that I am not the one doing the gardening. If anything, I am UNdoing the gardening! LOL!
Here are some pictures of the inside of my house in case you're curious about where I live. You can click on the pictures to get a bigger view. The "medium" size from Flickr is too big and the "small" size is too small, so you'll just have to do some clicking to see better pictures. Now don't go clicking through all the Flickr photos, or you won't be surprised with my new photos throughout the week. No cheating!
This is the door that you would enter through, and what the Woman calls the Foyer. There are bells on the door so the Woman always hears Ian when he comes home. The "foyer" is only like a 3'x3' area, so I don't think it's *really* a foyer, but I'll let her have her fun with fancy words. That plant sitting there is the Woman's inheritance from her Grandparents. Yeah, that sounds silly, but it's true. It's a Christmas Cactus, and it blooms bright pink in the Fall. The CDs are stored in that cabinet on the right, and the DVDs are stored in the cabinet on the left. The picture on the right is a pastel done by a Russian artist the People met at the Artsplosure show in Raleigh last year.
Here's a better view of the DVD cabinet. That picture needs to be hung on a nail. It's actually an abstract photograph. The People bought it at an Art Show the first year they were married. Right now the picture is just sitting on top of the DVD cabinet looking all weird. The People just bought the cabinet a couple weeks ago at an auction. They were pleased with themselves.
This is the living room. The People love art and plants, so there are art and plants all over the place. The painting on the wall was done by an Artist from Alabama, and the pottery is from another artist from Alabama. I don't know all their names, but I'm sure the Woman could enlighten you if you're really curious. Our couch is very cozy. I like to snuggle with the Woman on the couch in the evenings or any time she wants to snuggle. I used to like to pee on the bottom of the couch, but since the Big Snip, I have stopped that.
Well, that's all I have to show today. Maybe next week I'll do the den or the kitchen. I guess the Woman will have to clean up in there first though.
The Woman likes to rub my velvety ears, because they feel so soft and supple. The other day as she was rubbing my ear, she felt a strange lump. On closer inspection she saw that it was a tick! A tick nibbling on my velvety goodness! For shame! Thank Pugness the Woman likes to rub my ears; otherwise, I might still have a tick feasting on my sweet puggy flavor. I have never had a tick on me before. It felt weird.
Ian is always making fun of the Woman, because one minute she is telling me what a good boy I am, and the next minute she is yelling at me saying I am a bad dog. Ian is perplexed by how the Woman can think I am the best dog in the world at 6:00pm and an evil little devil at 6:01pm. The Woman explained to him that she measures my goodness in the present, not the past or the future. So, my past actions have no bearing on her opinion of me. If I am presently being a good boy, then I am a good boy. If I am presently being a bad boy, then I am a bad boy. I think this is a pretty fair deal, because my badness certainly outweighs my goodness, and if we had to stack good against the bad, I would certainly be considered a bad dog 24/7! Hooray that Woman is crazy and can love me in the present! FYI, I am presently a sweet little angel bear. I think I'll turn into a weasel in a couple minutes though!
The Woman took a picture of this heart-shaped rock at the Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. It's a pretty cool rock. This is the stream where people pay to mine for garnets and where you get to stop and have lunch on your trail ride. When the People went, their guide found them a bunch of garnets! I keep them in my treasure chest, just waiting for the day that garnets go up in value. Hahahaha!
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
I live in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and I am an ornery little pugger. Although I am only awake about 3 hours each day, I work a whole lot of mischief into each and every minute.