February 10, 2016
A new crew member signed onto the good ship Antelope yesterday evening. It's a baby boy standard poodle, color red. Smart as a whip. Brio (his name) learned the commands sit and (lie) down before bedtime and I mean he really has it nailed down for response time to get his bottom stuck down to the deck. This morning he added come and spin (in a circle) to his bag of tricks. You might wonder why teach him to spin right away. It is a great way to teach them to greet people. Puppies and even grown dogs need some way to release excitement when they meet people instead of indulging in the natural inclination to jump up on them. He will be a very large dog when full grown but at the moment he is still small enough to fit into my 15lb cat's harness and fleece sweater so those will serve as his baby clothes. He has not met the two cats yet.
February 7, 2016
This is the kind of thing I just love to do. Explore old European streets. A bicycle would be excellent if I ever take another trip there. Romania is high on my list of places I would like to visit. I wore my feet and knees out after spending 3 weeks in France exploring the kinds of streets shown in this video and also from wandering around smaller towns in the countryside. I will be working on another Tiny Old Town set of little cardstock buildings this year. The taller ones that can be placed right against each other for creating these kind of street scenes.