This Week At OwyheeStar
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
Goodbye, November and hello December. The weather variances caught us by surprise. In only a very few days, December gave us a variety of temperatures. Like last year, we are experiencing colder than the norm weather. We hope this trend doesn’t carry over to the entire month of December 2015. After a cold beginning, we had the little warming trend–excellent news. Cliff and I don’t mind freezing weather; however, when it drops below 32 degrees it is not as favorable. If the temp sits well below the freeze zone refusing to push upward during the day, it becomes more challenging.
Pup Info and Thoughts
The early-winter pups have left for their new homes. The reports have been positive. It is a busy time of year. Adding a puppy to your household is not an easy thing. Some folks can do this without a hitch; however, many of those looking for a Christmas pup would be best served by waiting. It is a disturbing fact that too many of these much-desired Christmas additions soon end up castoff. Our peace of heart allows us to let these pups depart. We know (without a doubt) they are going to a situation where time and devotion are going to happen. We cannot thank the Weim-loving folks enough for being the kind of folks who will get it done no matter what happens. Of course, this is never truer than at the holidays.
It is a tradition for people to like to get a spring pup. Nevertheless, there are many good things about getting a winter puppy. For one, when spring comes you do not have to worry about immunity. Every year more folks rethink their plan and decide winter works. For us, we need all timeframes. You might not realize this, but we cannot adjust the litter arrival. We may have waited a year or longer to mate. When the female comes into season, if we pass the opportunity, it would mean waiting another six to eight months. Mating a single Weimar gal takes planning. Opportunities may present a few times their lifetime. We all tend to forget this little tidbit of information because we relate everything to our human experience.
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.
On a very personal note
We like to be transparent. At the same time, we want to be very positive. We face challenges like everyone else. Some of these have been physical limitations and involved health issues due to Shela’s cancer and our age. (Ouch) Who wants to admit they are getting older? We sincerely feel we are functioning at a high level for breaking the traditional senior age barrier. Knowing that all too many of our classmates have departed this world makes us ever so thankful to be here and enjoying life.
Shela faces ongoing treatment issues to maintain her activity level. Things are better; however, the lymphedema may be with us forever. It takes physical therapy and special massages to keep it maintained. Nonetheless, if that is a forever thing, it is small peanuts. Cliff works on the farmhouse remodel every moment we can carve out. There are lots of demands for his time. With winter pressing upon us full force, there are more issues on the property. It takes more time with the Weims too! Regardless, he is making progress every week. We were saddened we did not make yet another deadline. It is costly to maintain two places. We missed the August 1st timeframe. We passed by October 1st without a blink of the eye. November 1st came and went; the before the snow flies is a thing of the past. It may well be spring when we can get ourselves moved. The sooner the better; nonetheless, it has to be realistic. Every week we come a bit closer to the realization we will be living in the much smaller farmhouse soon. It makes our hearts happy in ways we would not have imagined.
(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!