2017 13th Saturday Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~ Yesterday, from our front door
The spring farm work is in full swing. Farmers are in many cases delayed and a bit behind the curve due to Mr. Weather’s Winter fiasco. Even if you love the snow, this has been a bit too much on the Treasure Valley floor. I was a bit too slow to capture the perfect photo of the American Flag that Chris proudly displays on his equipment. He used to have the big red tractors with a giant flag but even now, since he is sporting the John Deere Green, he has his patriotic flag. Isn’t that grand? In a time when people are burning and trashing the American Flag, we still believe it speaks to something vital to our lifestyle.
Our hay has grown. As Chris’s wife (Darcy) was sharing with Cliff this last week the hay, wheat, and corn are not bringing much on the market. For all you hay buyers, you probably are rejoicing about the price being down. Keep in mind, when these crops do not cover the expense to raise them, farmers are forced to raise something different. Soon, the price will skyrocket. Simply put–a farmer needs to make more than the cost to raise a crop. We plan to ride this dip out because the hay means fewer chemicals on our property. That is vital to the health of all of us living here.
We can run the Weimaraners through the hay. Speaking of running through the hay–we have pheasants. There are at least three roosters. A little cock fight happened a couple of days ago. We had eight wild turkeys come by during our lunch one day too! The redwing blackbirds are enjoying it as well. We have spotted various other visitors. To Cliff’s chagrin, the hay has grown enough that the pheasants are tough to spot.
After dinner, last night our Granddaughter (Ashley) and her two girls were out to play with the pups. What fun sounds filled the airwaves at OwyheeStar.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today! This week our blog was mixed. There were some educational posts along with Dusty’s Chewy post. In addition, we heard about Miss Dharma. If anyone feels inclined, I could use updates. Thank you!
Sunday— April 2 — Sunday Noted
Monday — April 3 — Dharma
Tuesday — April 4 — Two Vital Disciplines
Wednesday — April 5 — Determined Mama
Thursday — April 6 — Who Is Smarter?
Friday — April 7 — Dusty Speaks
On a very personal note
~The Utility Bath
Cliff continues to work on the utility bath. Our progress is slow but consistent. The rolled towels at the top are those we use for puppy baths. The medium pink ones were in my hope chest when I was in high school. I am getting down to a few old towels, but I think it is funny I still have some of the original starters.
Cliff built the shelving unit to fit our specifications. I like it a lot. I have several new baskets that bit here and there. I have not decided what will be in each on just yet. I picked up a soap dish and a towel ring that will go up once the backsplash is installed.
Last week I bemoaned the possibility that the ever-blooming cyclamen might take a vacation. Last night I noticed a new shoot coming up with a bud. I am so excited to find the new promise. I know we all need a break from time to time, but I love the continual blooms. Don’t we all?
My health is about the same–I am struggling. I won’t give up. I am blessed that Ashley will drive me to a doctor’s appointment when I need the help. It is a day at a time situation– It is more like a moment to moment. I have to rest more than I like. Poor Cliff, this is very hard on him.