This Week at OwyheeStar
Owyheestar March 2015 Notes
This week was vastly improved on many levels. That doesn’t mean there were not challenges, but overall things were better. Previously, along the way to today, we mentioned the farmhouse remodel, which was sparked by the loss of his father on May 6, 2014. Cliff’s father lived to be almost 96 years old. Cliff and I have lived next door to his parents nearly all our married life. Cliff has been the primary caregiver for them. Cliff’s mother passed away about ten years ago. That meant Cliff’s father found himself living on his own here on the farm. This is what he wanted. His father had a couple bouts with cancer, and several other things that cropped up on his way to departure. We were honored to be able to make it possible for Cliff’s parents to live here until the very end. Now, Cliff finds himself being my caregiver. I try to do for myself, and for him as much as it is possible. That being said there are challenges. Eventually, we will downsize, and move next door. Cancer changes everything—your goals, your perspective, and your options.
We will continue on, and as we do, the puppies will be the focus. The spring pups are keeping us very busy. The photo was taken a few days ago. It gives you a glimpse of one of the first times the pups were on the lawn. We have been preparing them for this moment by standing them on the grass for short periods of time. Nonetheless, this was virtually all new to them. It was giant. The weather was great. They didn’t know what to think of the green stuff on their tummy. Other than the stuff of puppies, we must finish the farmhouse remodel. We began is this project when Cliff’s father passed away last May. Despite the workload, I plan to focus on the puppy faces. Simply put, there is not enough time for all that calls for attention. Regardless, we focus on the pups first, and the remodel second. Life is short, and everyone has a lot they must accomplish. Therefore, we thank you for taking some of your precious time to read our thoughts today.
We had a little variety this week on the blog. This was made possible by some of you reaching deep to write a little something, and to share a photo or two. Thank you!
Sunday March 15 — Planting Weims
Monday March 16— Gob Continues On
Tuesday March 17 – You Be Stylin
Wednesday March 18 — Speaking of Potted Weims
Thursday March 19 — Be Happy
Friday March 20 — Ava Blue
On a very personal note……
I was blessed this week. Our granddaughter (Ashley) escorted me to a doctor’s appointment in Nampa, Idaho. Some of you might remember Ashley. She worked for us (helping with the puppies) for several years. She has grown up. She is married, and they have a baby. Her life is very busy life everyone we know.
I spend a great deal of time at appointments, or traveling to or from them. This has never been truer than since a week ago when the Lymphedema escalated. On the Thursday before last, my arm suddenly doubled in size. It became imperative that we jump on reducing the swelling. In turn, this meant a whole new set of appointments with a physical therapist. We cannot predict if this is going to be an on-going battle, or if my body will make some new pathways to tend to the lymph fluid.
Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. They brighten our day; and allow us to have something to share. ~ Shela (and Cliff)