Friday, December 22, 2006

A Little Snow Can't Stop Us!

Howard figures that since he posted pictures a couple of days ago showing what he and his best girl looked like, that it would be okay if he continued posting pictures of the Mrs.

Today, we walked about a mile-and-a-half to the nearest grocery store to buy life-or-death necessities like milk, yogurt smoothies, cat and dog food, small stinky candles, and bourbon whiskey (okay, it was for a Christmas recipe that the Mrs. wants to try.)

While all the neighbors were busy shovelling out their driveways or prying out cars stuck in two-foot snow drifts in the streets, the Howards ambled through neighborhoods, taking advantage of the fact that most of their neighbors were very conscientious about shovelling their walks.

Later in the afternoon, Howard got the urge to ride his Snow Bike. So that's what he did -- while the Mrs. and Howard Jr. went Christmas shopping for all the gifts they want to shower upon Howard, no doubt.

Howard headed north, following the major streets, which had been plowed the day before, though only to where car traffic lanes meet bike lanes. So Howard rode in the car lanes. Still, everyone was very patient with him, especially when they realized that he was moving as quickly as they were.

11 miles later, Howard pulled his Ice Bike up to the million-dollar house, where he took this picture. His bike is near the front door as proof that he rode his bike there. The contractor used their equipment the last two days to clear the driveways, however not much progress was made inside the house. Still a lot of cleaning up needed as the cleaners, who were supposed to make everything shine these past two days, clearly couldn't get out to the house.

Then Howard rode his bike to his parents' house, where they bought and have been enjoying a six-week-old Labrador Retreiver, still named "puppy." They will give it to one of their granddaughters as a Christmas present Sunday night. Don't tell her, please. It's a surprise.

As you can see for yourself, "puppy" is adorable, and Howard's parents are starting to argue about whether they should get another dog of their own.

The total mileage for the day (via Ice Bike) was 22.3 miles. That means Howard only has 86 miles to go in nine days to reach 8,000 miles for the year!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, that is the sweetest, most adorable little pup! Can I have it?


9:38 PM, December 22, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

You know Howard would say yes if he could. But it's not his to give. Plus, his niece would hate him forever and ever.

Howard's parents are going to pretend that it's their new puppy when the granddaughter comes to town Saturday night. Not sure what they'll do when asked what the puppy's name is. Guess we'll find out and report back after Christmas.

Have a very merry one, Dena!

9:57 PM, December 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Howard. I appreciate the sentiment anyway... That is one cute doggy!

It's been really interesting to see the million dollar house take shape over 2006...

Merry Xmas to you and yours!

12:53 PM, December 23, 2006  

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