Out and About Pug Life

Fannie’s First Visit to a Dog Park

This morning, my mom and I brought Fannie and Missy to Carver Park Reserve Off-Leash Dog Park in Victoria, Minnesota, for Fannie’s first visit to a dog park. As I say in this post from 2021, this was also Pugsley’s first dog park.

I took these four photos from 8:26 to 8:43 a.m.

Fannie II
Missy and Fannie
Fannie III
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Fannie’s First Visit to Excelsior

This evening, Fannie visited nearby tourist destination Excelsior, Minnesota, for the first time.

I took these three photos between 6:34 and 6:40 p.m.

Fannie in the grass
Missy and Fannie stay close together
Missy looks at my mom, while Fannie checks out Lake Minnetonka
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Fannie’s Misadventure at Centennial Lakes Park

Day 5 of Fannie being home.

My mom and I took Fannie and Missy to Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minnesota, for the first time (at least for Fannie) this evening.

Unfortunately, my mom dropped Fannie’s leash as she was conversing with other pedestrians, causing Fannie to bolt approximately 100 feet along the man-made pond. Luckily, a Good Samaritan caught up with Fannie and stopped her from going any farther—avoiding a potentially dangerous situation with the water.

These four photos were taken between 5:56 and 6:15 p.m.

Fannie on a sidewalk
Fannie on the sidewalk near a boulder. It was a boulder like this one that helped the Good Samaritan catch Fannie’s leash and potentially save her life.
Fannie and Missy check out some flowers
Fannie on a sidewalk after her misadventure
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Meet Fannie, My New Puggle Puppy

My mom and I drove to Wisconsin today to pick up our new puggle puppy, Fannie (b. February 27, 2024).

I took the photos between 1:31 and 1:34 p.m., and I took the video at 1:39 p.m.

Fannie scratching at her new collar
My mom with Fannie and Missy in our front yard
Fannie sitting
Fannie in our front yard
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Indian Summer in Minnesota

Beginning today, we are having an Indian summer in the Twin Cities.

My definition of Indian summer is simple. It is after the first hard frost when it is unseasonably warm and dry. The next four days will be Indian summer as well, with high temperatures of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit on all of these days.

I decided to photograph this year’s Indian summer today, as I don’t believe it happens every year. I took these photos at Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, from 4:02 to 4:09 p.m.

Mom and Missy
Mom and Missy II
Mom and Missy by Lake Ann
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Finally, Spring

My mom, our puggles, and I went to Rice Marsh Lake Park this evening. I took these photos from 5:59 to 6:09 p.m.

Rice Marsh Lake
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After Years of AfterShot Pro and GIMP, I’m Switching to Lightroom and Photoshop

It’s probably been over five years since I last used Photoshop. I even had a blog devoted to editing photos in Linux, which is possible but not nearly as feature-rich. As of this morning, I’m excited to announce that I’m back on board with Adobe! In addition to Photoshop, Lightroom is included with my subscription. The total cost is $10 a month—a steal in my opinion.

Here are 10 photos I took this morning around my neighborhood from 9:50 to 10:10 a.m. to test out Lightroom—of which I’m a first-time user—and Photoshop.

Missy and Pugsley sit on the stairs waiting for mom to come home
Sunstars are achieved by stopping down to the smallest aperture, in this case f/22
My house
The leaves on the deciduous trees in my front yard fall later than any of the other trees in my neighborhood
Mail truck in my neighborhood
Stop sign for leaving my neighborhood on Audubon Road
Crosswalk for the other entrance and exit in my neighborhood
Pine tree between my neighborhood and the National Weather Service’s forecast office in the Twin Cities/Chanhassen, Minnesota
Doppler radar at the National Weather Service’s forecast office
The former house of the late U.S. senator Rod Grams, located along Audubon Road in my neighborhood. He owned all the land in my neighborhood before my family moved there in 1993.
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Centennial Lakes Park in Late October

This afternoon, my mom, my puggles, and I visited Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minnesota. These photos were taken from 3:13 to 4:10 p.m.

Walking labyrinth/meditation maze
Prairie grass
Pugsley and Missy
My mom and our puggles next to a Rotary International clock at the entrance
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Leaf Peeping 2022: Excelsior, Minnesota

For my third outing leaf peeping this year, I visited Excelsior, Minnesota, with my mom and our two puggles. I took these photos today from 11:42 a.m. to 12:11 p.m.

Small plane that started flying over the Excelsior Commons as soon we got there
Scarecrow in someone’s yard
Licks Unlimited
Port of Excelsior
Tommy’s Tonka Trolley
Staircase to a pier
Pier Four
Missy, Pugsley, and my mom
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It’s Meteorological Summer!

June 1 is the first day of meteorological summer, which is based on the temperature cycle. But some contend the first day of summer is actually June 20–22, the solstice, which is based on the position of Earth in relation to the Sun. In any case, today’s blue sky and fluffy clouds look like summer. I took these photos with my phone.

Song of the day: The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds.

Headshot of Missy
Side profile of Pugsley