Cheeba

We got this little wolf about 3 years ago when she was only 3  months old, born on 28 January 2014 just 3 days before me so we celebrate birthdays together.

When we arrived to the family who had the pups straight away we noticed the mother. She was enormous and looked like a real wolf. Terrifying like from a movie similar to the dire wolf from Game of Thrones.

The pups instantly ran out to us greeting and howling wagging their tails, we didn’t know which to choose until we noticed there was one in the back, shy, scared, close to her mother as the other pups didn’t let her eat with them and sometimes stomped over her.

She needed love and we had just that, plus we heard a more reserved puppy is easier to  raise (according to Cesar Millan). When the owner was pulling her out from the doghouse when she hid the screams and squeals she was making made me feel bad, but I knew we will make it up to her. On the journey home she was very calm in the car laying still most likely petrified until she laid her head on Paulinas lap and licked her.

We quickly got her a little harness and lead, some food and made her a comfy bedding but she was still sacred. We took her to the bedroom and put her on the place provided and she laid there frozen, she did not move an inch until the next morning. 100_3999

She laid all night with dog treats on her paws as you see in the picture and stared in the mirror watching us. Next day she was more comfortable in the room and started walking around, sleeping in different places. 100_4011

Soon she accepted she will stay with us and got more active and friendly playing around in the garden as she was still scared of walks outside of the house.

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Qucikly Paulina started teaching her tricks and proper behaviour with good effects, but you can’t change the fact cheeba was a little child that liked to mess around sometimes and show her anger in cute ways. One memory the whole family has when she got angry for some reason and tried to pull of kitchen utensils from the table making everybody laugh. DSC01569.JPG

It didn’t take her long to start sleeping in our bed instead of hers and she still does and gets annoyed when I tell her to get off. DSC_0277Yes I had long hair.

When she got acquainted with walking on the leash and going for a walks, in around the same time there was a dog show in our town , we decided to go so Cheeba could meet other dogs. We did not plan to enter it but while there we signed her up just for fun. Surprisingly our little pup won in 3 categories. The cutest dog , the best of mixed breed and the best tricks which was ankle biting while one walk way, it might not sound like it but it was hilarious as she tried to pull of my girlfriends shoes as she tried to walk. Our little winner got a photographs by a professional , a hamper , and a voucher for grooming, and she was proud of herself. DSC01552DSC01553

Since then she was growing quick and yet she is nowhere near the size of her mother even at present day. Cheeba turned out to be a smart dog which loves to travel and gets excited every time I open the car. There are some things that she can’t grow out of, one of them being stealing used socks and chewing on them, she goes to trouble of basically hunting them , even when we hide them she will figure out a way to get to them, and if we leave them in our sight she will wait until we look away and pounce on them like a cat. Other interesting thing is that she almost never barks, I’m not sure if she knows how to bark properly, instead she howls like a wolf and talks like a husky. Yes she can talk, I would show you but I can’t upload videos yet although you might find something on Paulinas Instagram. She can say “I love you”, “Hello” and “Luna” on command, She can count too, up to 7 as in Paulina says the number and she barks the amount of times or rather makes these short growly/howly/barks.

Loving to be outside she is our furry Usain Bolt, yes she is fast and can sprint for really long time. In many photos she looks like a super dog because we managed to capture her in full flight all paws off the ground.

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This is the general info about Cheeba and you will find out more if you follow the blog. For more pictures visit https://www.instagram.com/iluvenis93/

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Boy and Girl

Let me tell you a short story about a boy and girl I know who tend to hurt each other without knowing it.

Focusing on the girl she was a real beauty, really, she didn’t even need make-up to turn the heads on the street. She was young, funny, charismatic, and the list of her good aspects is lengthy. The boy was average, at least that was his opinion of himself, but he had one trait he valued above his looks which was a heart of pure gold for that one girl. They met at a young age, she was 14 and he was 12 and by some miracle or some unknown force they struck the love at first sight as in some fairy tale, they felt like they won the lottery, in some way they did to be honest. You might not believe it but they are still together for almost 10 years now. Through time their love reached a lot of stages all the way from puppy love to being like an old married couple they held strong through ups and downs which life constantly threw at them.

Some time ago they reached their 20’s and life with technology got more modern, social media started to become addictive and demanding, everywhere you looked fitness posts smacked you in the face. Eventually they gave in to the trend and started going to the gym. And gym felt like falling in love again, they were hooked and there were no negative sides to it, they were achieving impressive results and were able to motivate each other. As you might guess from experience life decided to come and see how are they doing, displeased that everything was going so smooth it naturally had to throw in some bumps and bends.

The boy was not bothered by the fact he had to drop out of the gym and attend irregularly as his priority was always the girl. And when times often were desperate he always said “Stop worrying, we will make it because simply have no other choice.”       The girl was not happy with her poor attendance and sometimes less money meant less healthy food which resulted in body changes. She was not fat but getting further away from the body she was working for. Unfortunately the social media kept spamming her with pictures of athletes and models trying to brainwash her that this is the only body shape accepted by the society 7% fat and 60kg weight. Which in my personal opinion is not attractive.

It all started affecting her mood, she often was sad or irritated because she doesn’t look like the girls on Instagram, that her belly isn’t perfectly flat and her butt is not big enough. Mind you she was still perfectly healthy and stunningly beautiful, I am saying this as I have seen her.

The boy noticed straight away how she feels and did what he could to cheer her up. He knew he is not perfect but he tried and carrying a lot on his shoulders did not make it any easier. Juggling two jobs to pay rent and bills while trying to save something on the side and keeping his girl happy was no easy task. After all everything he did was for her and never otherwise eve when it didn’t seem like it. Meanwhile the girl was spiraling down with her emotions, the boys efforts were often not enough which made him feel like he’s not good enough. The girl often complained about her own looks sometimes even wept, but the boy could not understand her problems, to him she was pure perfection. She was his whole world and it saddened him that his world doesn’t see how much he loves her beauty. Every time she wept his heart was breaking and he told her she is the most beautiful girl in the world and loves her and he meant it as pure as can be but it was something she had trouble to see. So every time she wept and said she is fat he shed a tear, usually when alone as he didn’t want her to see him for weak.

Every time she cried so did he as he could not understand why, was it his fault? could he done something? change something? why can’t she see herself the way he looks at her? were his efforts not enough? after all his every action is to provide for her financially and emotionally. These thoughts were tearing him apart every time.

Little does she know, to him she is stuck in amber since the first time he saw her and no mater what size, shape, age she is, to him she’s always the girl he fell in love with and will love her no matter what she becomes. So you shall not compete with other girls on the web as they hold no candle in fact they are not even competition to you and you are everything to me. So I hope that when you read this you will feel better about yourself, and strangers may this apply to you too.

Love you,
Your’s truly.

Coral Beach

I would like to start the first article with our most recent trip and then jump into the past with other articles.

For those who have been to this little magical place on the Emerald Ireland there is not much to read but you might like the photos.

Since we heard a lot of good about this place we decided to go ourselves, because it’s the Atlantic ocean and it likes to rain we packed sets of spare clothing, food and water as once it didn’t go so well for us and I had to drive around 300km completely soaked.

We recently moved closer to the middle of Ireland so now it was only a distance of 177km. I packed the bags and my girls into the car, put on some 80’s tunes and off we went.

It took us a long time to get there longer then I would expect as it was almost 3hr drive but that’s because lately I am forced to obey speed limits, including few stops and rain which brought down visibility to 15%. None the less it was a pleasant drive full of laughing and singing.

At last we have arrived at the destination and for a second I felt some disappointment as I thought it will be a lot bigger but that feeling was soon gone. It looked like nothing special and yet it was.

So what is so nice about you wonder mainly the sand on the beach , which is not sand at all. It will fool you from the distance until you step on it, honestly I did not notice any sand at all when I was there. If not sand then what? All that you see is pieces of coral reef and tiny shells.

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Fun fact, because the layer of shells and coral reef is so high and has plenty of space in between, the waves that crash on the beach don’t flow back to the ocean as on a sandy beach but rather disappear into the ground. Another interesting thing is that there are plenty of jelly fish and I mean plenty from tiny ones like a penny and bigger ones like a dinner plate with various colours as well. I have noticed 4 colour types: clear(see through), red, black and blue. I don’t know much about them but if you would like me to write about stuff like this in somewhat scientific detail just say it and I will. In the mean time have a look yourself.

Right now I don’t have much more to write as we didn’t stay there very long we played around with the doggies and while Paulina was taking plenty of pictures I decided to take some of the beach home. 20170730_160707.jpg

In the next two post you will get to know the dogs individually form puppy to present time.

 

Me , Myself and Them

So it’s time to meet me since so far you know about me as much as a priest about sex with someone his own height.

My name is Bartek short for Bartłomiej which is Bartholomew in english. I never liked my name so I stick to the short version. As some of you guessed by name I am Polish but I live in Ireland for last 12 years which is now more than half of my life. I left Poland when I was only ten so I am at the point where my English is better than my Polish language, I am fluent at both but have you seen the depths of Polish grammar? It should be on a list of tortures. I also learned Spanish for few years to a point where I could keep a decent conversation but I did not have a chance to use it in years so it’s all gone.

What content you can expect? good question because I don’t know yet myself. Some sure topics will probably be about cars, music, gaming, random facts and knowledge, even some gardening and of course pets, photography and adventures of me and my ladies as well as exploration of the dark corners of my mind and shards of my soul.

You probably wonder whats with the ladies or should I say my Lady and 2 bitches. I am not talking about polygamy, I meant my dogs, Cheeba and Luna which you will read a lot about if you plan to follow the blog. What about the lady, yes Paulina, my girlfriend soon to be fiance and then wife.

Did I mention we also have rats? Pet rats not the ones from the streets, to those who don’t know they are lovely funny and intelligent creatures. We have four all together 2 females Ciri and Triss as well as 2 males Geralt and Jaskier ( which translates to Butter cup and not Dandelion in the English version of The Witcher)

Yes as you see by the names we are both fans of the Witcher series, I am a lot more into it than Paulina and yet she gave them those names. I think that is enough for now and you will know more details in the following posts, also I don’t plan to talk about my life as if the world revolves around me, the goal is the allow you learn hopefully something new with every post, I will try to always squeeze in some fun facts , general knowledge or other wisdom in all my posts.

 

Penumbra

penumbraHello and welcome to my yet nonexistent readers. Hopefully that will change with time.

I guess I should start the first post with an introduction.

So why the odd name Penumbra? I like to think the meaning will be fitting to what this blog hopefully will become. Penumbra – partial shadow between perfect darkness and full illumination during an eclipse for example or any object you shine a light on, that is the technical term. We all like a shroud of mystery so I wonder what will come out of the shadows and where will my mind wander more often to the dark places or towards the light?. I am a fan of written word and like to write but never did it as much as I would like to.  So the “pen” in umbra is somewhat of a pun.  Also my amazing girlfriend likes to say “There is beauty in the darkness” so I hope she will like the title as I plan to post a lot of her pictures as she is a wonderful  photographer and an aspiring painter.

So this a short introduction to my blog, next post will be about me and after that we will find out if I’m fit to keep a blog alive and interesting. Also, big favor to all the readers , writers, grammar nazis and anyone that has something to say I will appreciate any kind of feedback because what are we here for if not to improve in all aspects of our lives.