Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year’s Eve

There is only one day left in the year.

Here is a look back on 2008.

In April, we moved to the countryside and it made changes to my everyday lifestyle.

In September, we added Kona to our household.

"Who are you?" sniffed Lupita.
"I'm Kona!" replied Kona.

Although I was worried whether the two dogs could live in peace together,

casual but heartwarming scenes like this one took away my worries.

What was Lupita thinking about this tiny mischievous puppy who unexpectedly appeared in her territory. I was very concerned about Lupita’s feelings.

But the fact is, Lupita was more than generous to Kona;

they always played together.

They hit it off well.

Lupita one year ago this month.

Lupita now.

She has grown up physically sound, and has experienced many emotional changes this year.

Now Kona wants to say something.

“Thanks for visiting the Bamboo Bay Blog this year.

Please keep visiting and watch how I grow up next year!”

Best wishes for a happy new year!


Tuesday, December 30, 2008


This is Muttley who was in an animated television series “Wacky Races” that I liked to watch when I was a child. His trademark laugh is a wheezing snicker with his hand over his mouth.

Here's Lupita closely mimicking Muttley!?


Monday, December 29, 2008

Oops, I did it.

Kona had a little accident on the carpet. I cleaned it up and hung the carpet out on the balcony.

“Yes. I’m the one who did it.”


I was trying to hold it in”

“I’m really…


She looked sincerely crestfallen.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Loyal Friend

Lupita was looking out the window on the other side of the curtain. She can see the front gate through this window.

“Lupita!”     “......”

“Lupita!!”     “......”

“Lupita! Scott doesn’t come back tonight. Come over here.”


She could stay and wait for Scott to come back as long as she likes.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

When You Feel Down...

Keep your chin up when you are feeling down, and it will make you feel better .

Lupita is also looking up earnestly with a sad face and a furrowed brow.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Gathering Woodsy Pinecones

Kona has a bad habit of picking up stuff off of the ground with her mouth. Even though we didn’t teach Lupita not to do that, Lupita doesn’t pick up things up off of the groung. Even though I always correct Kona, this is one bad habit that is hard to break. It’s okay if she picks up harmless leaves or twigs, but picking up garbage or food is not good. If it’s something poisonous, it could be fatal. I can't seem to train her, so I try to protect her with close supervision.

Yesterday Kona picked up a pine cone!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I received a picture of the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree from Scott. It's a New York winter tradition. The tree is real and 22 meters in height and weighs about 8 tons.

It’s really stunning, so I decided to show the picture to Lupita.

Lupita, let me show you a photo from Scott. Look at this.
Lupita staring at the screen…

“Hey, where is Scott?” asked Lupita.

Oh, sorry, Scott is the one who took this photo so he is not in it.

“Hmm…Is he hidden somewhere?”

All family and friends, wherever you are, I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Present

Our Christmas presents to Lupita and Kona are dogs’ cookies from a special bakery for dogs. It was Scott's idea. Although we normally only feed the dogs dry dog food, we made an exception for Christmas.

Three Dog Bakery - All treats from this shop are for dogs.

Here you go. Have a Christmas present.

The two dogs were wide-eyed with surprise.

Scott unwrapped the present. Lupita found something in the plastic bag.
“What is this?” Lupita sniff sniff sniff.

Scott opened the plastic bag. The two dogs found something wrapped in thin paper.
“What? What? What?” wondered Lupita and Kona.

They were star-shaped dogs’ cookies! One each. The two dogs sat and waited.

Lupita took a big bite.

Kona is good at eating the cookie using her front paws.

Thanks, Scott!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A New Camera

I received a SLR digital camera as a Christmas present. How thoughtful of Scott to remember that I let drop what I wanted before. I love this present!

But... I am an absolute beginner at photography and not very good at operating gadgets. How do I use it?

So I am currently struggling with the instruction manual.

I started work on familiar photographic subjects – the two dogs.

A memorable 1st picture of Lupita.

A memorable 1st picture of Kona.

Wow, I am able to take photographs that have softened background details to lend the composition a sense of depth!

The shutter tone is very pleasing to the ear. I continued snapping photos, and Kona walked toward me.

“Make me look pretty!”

Okay, I’ll keep practicing to get the most out of my new camera.


Monday, December 22, 2008


A scene from our walk this morning.

Two wild cows blocked our way.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Party

We invited friends to our place for Christmas dinner last night.

Since we just had a home party a few weeks ago, Lupita didn't look as tense as last time, but she still barked at people sometimes.

While we were dining, Kona curled up by the dinner table,

and Lupita was sleeping quietly on the couch with our friends' twins.

The menu last night: Roasted turkey, roasted duck, roasted vegetables, stuffing, gravy, raspberry- green salad with herb-lime vinaigrette (Scott cooked above), tomato salad with coriander, salmon mousse, chocolate cheese cake, three berries clafoutis (I made above)

Right after the party ended, the two dogs were asleep before their heads hit the pillow. Were they tired from playing host to our guests?