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Kids and Dogs and Mary, O My!

About two weeks ago, Lukas and Annika arrived for a wedding of friends (and former students of mine), so we all went to the wedding. Then a day or so later, Lukas and Annika flew to Florida so Luke could finish his minor league coverage of the Fort Myers Miracle and Lakeland Tigers. They left us with the grand-dogs, a Cairn terrier (Slater) and a Goldendoodle (Meriam).
We really enjoyed seeing both Luke and Annika. We’re proud of the life they are carving out together. They now live in Westfield, NY, near Lake Erie and just off the slopes of the Chautauqua crest. It’s near Erie and Buffalo and Pittsburgh and Toronto, but out of the way enough to be quiet and historically local. The smell of Concord grapes in autumn is noticeable, and the colors of the hills are magnificent.
Here’s a pic of each (of the dogs). Slater loves to play defense between two or three people kicking the soccer ball. Meriam and Webster asleep in their customary locations — the couch. Lukas and Annika returned from Florida and stayed with us a few days, and made a 100 mile trip to Freeport to visit with the grandparents. That was a highlight for the grandparents.
Kris and Laura
Meriam and Webster
After explaining to all of you the tranquility and simplicity of our lives, I must confess that adding two dogs to the mix put simplicity to the test at times. I “fixed” Slater’s love of barking by taping construction paper to the front windows and shutting the curtains — he couldn’t see anything and that mollified his barking.
So, I was able to spend my time on Mary without a hitch. And, thankfully, I met the deadline. The ms is in to the publisher. I’ll post the cover some time soon. I think you’ll like it.

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Lukas McKnight

posted July 31, 2006 at 9:37 am

Palm Beach Twins? You must mean the Fort Myers Miracle. I thought you’d remember that for 2 reasons:
#1- one of your best friends lives 3 miles from the stadium
#2- Jimmy Buffett is a co-owner.
Great pictures though- your lives must be so dull now!

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Scot McKnight

posted July 31, 2006 at 10:01 am

Thanks for that one.

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Ted Gossard

posted July 31, 2006 at 11:04 am

Ah, to be young again….
I do look forward to the Mary book!

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posted July 31, 2006 at 3:16 pm

2 other houses we’ve lived in – one had a dog that we said, barked at the grass growing, and, all day long. One summer I was painting the outside of the house and that dog would bark at me all day long. I started taking the garden hose up the ladder with me. It barked, it got wet. It got to where I just had to go for the hose and it stopped barking.
The other house, about 2 a.m., dog next door incessantly barking. Hubby finally got out his slingshot, aimed something over that way, hit the dog, dog stopped barking. After that he just had to show the dog the slingshot.
There’s a reason we have 2 cats. Though we do love being the “other” parents to a standard poodle, Luke, one cool dog. We get him when his parents are out of town. But like having grandkids for a weekend, they’re so adorable partly cuz you get to hand them back.

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Ted Gossard

posted July 31, 2006 at 5:04 pm

We do have a samoyed. Very mischievious, and full of nonstop energy, especially in cold weather. They’re cold weather dogs. Actually a very nice dog, though her bark when she’s greeting us is hard even on my ears.

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