This Week At OwyheeStar
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
We are rapidly approaching Christmas. This puppy with the bow (Shaydee) made her first appearance under Hollee’s tree in the year 2012. Yesterday marked three years to the day when she arrived at her forever home. She is still much celebrated; however, there will never be another tiny photo like this one. Sadly, they grow so quickly. Not every household (or person) is equipped to handle a holiday puppy. People dream of doing this without giving thought to all that it requires right during a time when your attention is needed everywhere else. Certain individuals can pull it off. In the last six weeks, we have been overrun with people who have wanted a Christmas puppy, or one between now and Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, it looks like Christmas here. We have a considerable amount of snow. Once you get two miles north of where we live, the roads are clearer and there is less on the ground. The downside is it is melting and make huge ruts and slushy mounds.
We had parked Shela’s Jeep in the front yard because even with a good gravel bed drive and parking, it was really muddy for December. This is what we got up to on Thursday morning. We received another couple of inches throughout the day; and then the melting process began. The later is worse than the snow in anyone’s way of thinking. Although the roads were plowed, once we hit the old back road to town it was snow and ice packed and ridges. It was tough driving in it. Our little piece of road from the corner to our house is completely clear. It is really quite strange. Nonetheless, the clear road is welcome.
This Week on the Blog
This week (again) had so many great posts. It was great having such a variety. If you missed them or want to revisit the posts, here are the links.
On a very personal note
We are moving slow on the remodel. We have the holidays, snow, and other diversions. It may have to wait until after Christmas to see much happen. (Speaking of the remodel), Cliff’s hands have been hit hard. He has a condition that shortens his tendons, and it makes many things difficult. If that is not bad enough, his hands seem to be in a war zone. The have more scars and marks than I would like to see; however; it speaks to constant hard use.
A couple of days ago, Cliff was using the nail gun when he shot a relatively long (thin) nail through two of his fingers. Somehow he managed to miss bones. I took some quick phone photos to try to show you what happened. It went entirely through the first finger and hit the second. Apparently, there is an Angel sitting on his shoulder. How did he manage this without a visit to ER? He had already taken a huge patch of skin off his knuckle. There are numerous other cuts, scratches, bruises, and ugly spots.
Shela had a lymphedema massage yesterday. It the last one until the middle of January. There is one more physical therapy appointment, and then it is the same–done until January. People have to have their time with family, and a break from caring for others.
(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 greatly appreciated than usual–it is always a blessing!