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The grief is very fresh as we said goodbye to Maggie yesterday. She had a mast cell tumor and it spread to her central nervous system. We eased her to final sleep outside on the grass on a beautiful fall day. If you've been following this blog for a long time you know how important she was to us, if not, here's a little gallery of memories.

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Angel Pecan.
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The back yard is greening up nicely!
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Alex came over to enjoy the warm sunny spring day!
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Have I mentioned lately how excited I am that Rock Band is coming back? Not that we ever stopped playing.
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Alexis went away for the weekend, but Alex and Jim came over to keep me company.
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Also Alex got Alexis a shirt with a picture of Maggie on it.
From here: http://www.doggietops.com/collections/841951-custom-designs/products/9339052-t-shirt-customized-design
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Alex's new house! She's been there a few months, but I think this is one the first pictures I've taken that shows a lot of it. Alex and Alexis are suspending Jim with a stick. Alexis and I came over to help chip out some ice and ameliorate the dogs' cabin fever.
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We'd had enough of being out in the cold and came in to watch a movie.
("Out of Sight" JLo and Clooney in 1998 film of an Elmore Leonard story. Meh. I got it because I liked Jackie Brown so much. Too Hollywood.)
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On Sunday, after a little bit of overnight wet snow, Alex and Jim came over.

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Alex and Jim came over to play, before the next storm arrives.

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Alex sits with Carlisle while someone watches jealously from the baby gate.
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New Years Day! Alex and I getting our Rock Band on.
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A relatively mild day means hanging out in the back yard with Alex and the dogs.

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Dogs all over!
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Alex is under there somewhere, with her dog Jim, and my dogs Charlie and Maggie (in case you're new here).

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Alex brought over a little Victory in a bottle, which gleamed like liquid gold in the sun.

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The Norway maple in the front yard decided this weekend was the right time to drop all its leaves.

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Look, it's foster puppy Pocket! She looks cute in the leaves, but she kind of looks cute everywhere.


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Alex with Pocket and Jim.
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My friend Alex recently bought a new house. She's getting the full experience of being responsible for the animals that let themselves inside. I have to say I'm very proud of her--she was quite aware that there were at least two species in her bedroom, but did not kill them since they will do more good than harm. I identified one right away as a yellow sac spider, but I had more trouble with this one.

My friend Keith identified it for me: it's a broad-faced sac spider, Trachelas tranquilis. It looks fairly similar to the woodlouse hunter but is not closely related. Like the yellow sac spider it makes a silk refuge to hide in during the day and actively hunts at night. The entry on bug guide adds "...will frequently enter houses by accident in the autumn," which also helps identify it. This individual gets its studio-quality portrait from posing on the window blinds (it was trying to hide and I spooked it out to photograph it).
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Alex tries to get Turkey to look at the camera for the snapshot. This is just before we went to Brew at the Zoo! This time I didn't get so drunk that I threw up and embarrassed myself.
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This craptastic selfie is my 3:00 snapshot, like it or not. Someone in the bar saw me doing it and came over to do it right.

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