Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

I have been working on this post since Friday.  I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get it together.  Probably because the dogs and I had been "taking it easy" (i.e. binge-watching) the past week. Although it was much needed, I'm trying to get back into being a productive citizen.  The past week was pretty soggy.  It rained on and off just about every day.  The dogs were starting to get lost in the grass because it has grown so much.  I don't mind the rain.  I feel like it gives me an excuse to be a bum.  And it keeps all of these 'roided out mosquitos we have here at bay.  Now we're back to 90 degree days and summer sun and my ankles being chewed up.  But I'll take that too because I love the sun.

So since I started this post on Friday, here are some pictures that Griswold took on our evening walk.  I decided that I wanted some shots of the misty streets and puddles.

Thursday it poured all day.  After I took my umbrella out, I realized that it was boring and ugly.  I'm not quite sure why I decided to pick on it.  It's a pocket umbrella that has served me well for about the past eight years.  I like it because I can throw it in my bag.  Since I was antsy about being in the house all week, I decided that I was going to "decorate" it.

I don't think this project is worthy of a full-blown tutorial because it's really simple.  All I did was print out silhouettes of the dogs on card stock, cut them out with an Xacto knife, used spray adhesive and let it set for a few minutes to make it tacky, and then applied to the umbrella (bring on the bad luck because I opened it in the house).  Then I used Martha Stewart's multi-surface acrylic paint (in Granny Smith if you're wondering).  

Let it dry and then I used a gold Sharpie to add in details and outlines.  In hindsight, I wish I would've just used the Sharpie.  The acrylic was too messy and uncontrolled (some of my silhouettes ended up looking like a hot mess Pikachu or cow blob and took FOR-EV-ER and a day to dry between all the coats and clean-ups of lines).  I'm also concerned that it will start to crack over time.  I may add a waterproof spray to it to lengthen its life a little.  But, I tested it in the shower and nothing bled, so it is waterproof.  Well, if you're like me and you've ever decided to paint with your "good" clothes on, you've found out that acrylic is, indeed, permanent. 

Is that supposed to be me?  I don't see the resemblance.
I'm calling it avant garde so I can make myself feel like it wasn't a complete fail.  It's definitely not boring anymore and I do like how it looks like the dogs are falling haphazardly.  I think this would be a fun project for kids to personalize their umbrellas.

Since dogs need stimulation, rainy days can cause some problems with that.  I found some suggestions via Animal Planet that can assist with alleviating any boredom (which inevitably can equate to behavioral problems).  Also, there's this great game that we have called Funagle.  You're supposed to play with more than one person/dog, but by yourself, it can be a fun way to get your dog to play and train.

What about you guys?  What are some activities that you do with your pup when it's raining outside?  Or do you take my go-to route and binge-watch?

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