The Week At OwyheeStar
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
It is officially beyond cold. Our thermometer read 18 degrees a few minutes ago. The sun came out. (Hurrah!) The temperature is up to 19 degrees. This trend is excellent news. We want it above freezing this afternoon.
We still have the green fields here and there. The last of our hay has been toted off. We are beyond thankful it is sold, and the funds will be coming into our coffer.
With so much muckraking and mudslinging in the air, we hope to send you a smile. Are you familiar with the word muckraker? Our guess is it is not in many people’s vocabularies. It sounds negative; however, it can be a positive thing too. We see mudslinging and muckraking as polar opposite to each other. Of course, it depends upon your viewpoint as to how this tagging happens. Just for fun, here is the definition for you.
The irony is it is an not the presidential election year; however, the next year’s election is forefront in the news. The campaign is in the full swing, but other things are pressing on us too! It is a time of gripping concern over terrorist attacks, genocide, and the unthinkable making the news. The collision of politics and sincere concern about safety has lead to a double dose of muckraking as well as mudslinging behavior. There is no escaping it. Everyone has an opinion, and most want to express theirs in the most passionate way possible. Therefore, we are sending you a happy little slideshow as a diversion. We hope this warms your heart and puts a smile on your face.
This Week on the Blog
This week (again) had so many great posts. If you missed them or want to revisit the posts, here are the links.
Sunday— November 8 — Blankie
Monday — November 9 — Maizie Loves Blankets
Tuesday — November 10 — Blu at Two
Wednesday — November 11 — Zeka Brings Home Lucky
Thursday — November 12 — Ginger
Friday — November 13 — Big Into Birds
On a very personal note
The lymphedema is improving after a pretty terrible episode that perplexed the extraordinary caregivers. That being said, the advice comes back to one thing. It takes time for the body to build new pathways to get rid of the lymph fluid when these have been destroyed by treatment. Do not give up is repeated over and over. This repeating of the encouragement to stick with the treatment is probably true because so many people become discouraged. There are many rumblings in the air because people facing cancer and post-cancer issues simply give up. They tire of the work of trying to beat cancer or of dealing with the issues they face in the wake of treatment. No one can afford this luxury in our way of thinking. Each day is precious, and until it is impossible, you don’t give us. We believe we will overcome this issue and live on together for many years.
The farmhouse remodel is taking us months longer than we hoped. We are encouraged because things are starting to come together. Our original goal was to move August 1st of this year. That did not happen. We were going to be moved in before the first snow. We saw snowflakes about ten days ago. The day before yesterday, the ground was frosted white with a layer of extremely wet melting snow. It was lovely white, but melting almost as fast as it hit the ground. We are not discouraged about missing the deadline. We are focused and trying to stay on task at working on the remodel with every moment we can carve out of our schedule. It may be spring when we move. Nonetheless, we are excited about the opportunity. It is also hard to leave a place we raised our family. A place we have lived almost fifty years. There are many memories tucked away in our hearts. This relocation will be a new chapter at a somewhat new location. It is not far from where we live, and this home and property had been a part of Cliff’s family before he celebrated his first birthday. Honestly, it is going to be good for us. It is the process that is killer. Isn’t that the way things work?
(Note–thank you to all of you who made sure I had enough material to make some fascinating and fun updates this week. I have exhausted the supply; however, several of you said you would send something along shortly. I have a few thoughts to work on as well. )
There is no way we could ever thank you enough for your love and support. We are especially grateful for those who continually provide us with the material for the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes this is only photos and no script. There is no end in sight of our farmhouse remodel. We are doing it ourselves, and it is the installment plan–we are not borrowing to do this. We buy something and install it. Therefore, having the updates is even more appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!