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I was looking at some pictures earlier and I ran across an Infrared picture of the family deep in Mary Kings Close. So I scanned it in and removed some of the scratches.

Mary Kings Close is just off of the Edinburgh Royal Mile. A close is what we would think of as a closed off alleyway, kind of. Mary King’s is pretty famous and has become something of a tourist attraction. It’s called the most haunted place in Scotland.

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The girls really enjoyed the “Scary”tour. In fact Nora became a Plague Doctor” for halloween two years running because of the stories about the close during the plague years.




M walking our new Pit Bull Gandalf. He’s a 6 month old that was trained in the “Take the Lead”, part of the second chance program where troubled or incarcerated juveniles are put in charge of training a pup. He was taught sit, stay, down, off, watch me, target, and some other basic commands. It’s a good start.

One thing we didn’t realize was that he’s going to gain another 20-40 lbs.  He’s already a walking tank of muscle.

One thing we are going to work on, continuously is manners. Some one like him needs to be very well mannered. He’s just to powerful not to keep well trained.

We’re starting to crate train him. He hasn’t ever lived inside before. He was an outside pup until he was dropped off at the SPCA on Christmas Eve. He’s been there for almost a month.

You know you live in a small town when you go to Petsmart and while checking out you mentiin that you just spent as much on stuff as you will for the dog. The girl behind the cash register says “SPCA?” I said yep, a 6 month old Pit. Her response about floored me. “You’re adopting Gandolf?!? He’s so lovable!” What? How did you????  It turns out she works at the SPCA part time and helped care for Gandolf. It’s a small world some times.

Oh ya. And he snores. We put him to bed a few minutes ago and he’s snoring. It’s cute. I did discover he knows how to bark. He’s done so once. I turned on the TV, he froze, watched it for a few moments, barked at it once, then looked at me like “what is it? Is it dangerous?” When I just chilled he settled down and after a bit he didn’t even glance up anymore”. Amazing to think he has never, before tonight, seen a television before.

This is going to be one loved mutt. There are three young ladies that are doting on his every need.

We bought a house up in Everett Washington about 15 years ago and while exploring the attic we found an old tin box. It was full of old papers and pictures and the like. Well, it’s followed us around the country and Roberta was going through it this afternoon and found a bunch of WW2 items like this ration book.


It looks like it might have belonged to this handsome fellow.

Picture taken in Fugisawa Japan. Dec 17th 1945

Picture taken in Fugisawa Japan. Dec 17th 1945

Notice the place and time. Japan, Dec 1945. He was part of the occupational force.

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