2017 41st Recap
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~October 21, 2017
It has warmed back up after the 27-degree morning not so long ago. We are thoroughly enjoying this Indian Summer type of weather. Cliff has the old John Deere (730), and together they are doing a lot of work. I cannot speak precisely about the project, but we are tapering the slope from east of the farmhouse to the hayfield ditch. This improvement is the first of many we hope to complete facing the sunrise.
So, we are sitting at the kitchen table, and Cliff is looking out the window. A Weim is raising a fuss outside. Cliff says, “Oh, I see the problem. There is a big deer in the yard.” I am little slow on the uptake–he meant the big green John Deere tractor.”
Yesterday, at the Nielsen Farm pond, Cliff spotted a kitty we had not seen before. He got out of the gator and walked to it and picked it up. It is a gray tabby and very social. It has a damaged tail. We are going to have to do something about that for her–we are calling her ‘Mezz.’ Later Cliff brought her up and showed her where the kitty food is stored. Well, Mezz is having an identity crisis of a sort. She thinks she is a puppy. Maybe someone dumped her. We have no idea where she came from because we have never seen her before. So, let’s say, ‘hello kitty and welcome to the Nielsen farm.’
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Sunday got us off to a great start with Lucy working for popcorn. She is not alone. We received notes and comments from other Weimlovers telling us about their Weim and popcorn. Berkley is doing so well, and kudos to the family who has their Weim in compliance on a loose leash. How could we ever forget Lily (AKA Lily Bear) and the hole in their lives that she has filled? Sweet Lily is the kind of soul medicine that is easy to take. Roxie’s busy in the Spokane area entertaining her family–she is a fun girl. Sage with her and they make a pair, but there is no mistake about who is front-and-center in the team act. Finally, Shela had a couple of OwyheeStar posts–the squash and the puppy swim. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the week on the OwyheeStar Weimaraners News Blog. We couldn’t do it without you!
Sunday—October 15 — Will Work (for popcorn)
Monday —October 16 — Berkley
Tuesday —October 17 — Just Happy
Wednesday —October 18 — Shoes (Roxie)
Thursday —October 19 — It’s That Time of Year (pumpkin and squash)
Friday — October 20 — Last for the Year (puppy swim)
On a very personal note
~ This and that plus our visitor
We went out to a nice dinner again last night. I feel very spoiled. Sometimes when we have put in more time and effort than an average day, eating out is a huge blessing. We realize it is a luxury. I mostly cook for us. Doing your cooking is an excellent way to make healthier choices too! You know your ingredients and the oils, etc. that were used in preparation. This idea becomes more critical having stared cancer in the face. There is no guarantee you can avoid every health crisis. Nevertheless, there are few places in the world where so many are able to have enough to eat and limitless opportunity to get quality food. Even the less fortunate have access to the food bank and food stamps. I think a sobering thought to keep in mind is that our trashcans hold food many would covet the opportunity to get. So, we are blessed.
We had a visitor of the most unexpected kind at the farmhouse yesterday. A tiny frog. We have a lot of toads on the property, but a frog is a rarity. It might be a tree frog. At first, Cliff thought it was a tiny odd-looking leaf on the floor. He got close, and it moved–leaves typically are not navigators. He was shocked to discover it was a frog. It remains to wonder how it ever got inside the house. We turned it loose at the pond. We sincerely hope he (or she) lives on and weathers winter.
The farmhouse remodel is progressing at a snail’s pace. We continue to work on the utility bath. Cliff bought the stuff for a small cabinet that goes between the washer and dryer. It is incredible how much time and effort all these little finishing details require. I am looking forward to the day when we say that is it. We are using it as it is. Small changes can happen, but our remodel is complete. We are so close to our goal. I have some painting, touch up, caulking, and organization left. The last will lead to the need for a container here or there or another shelf. I am calling this the small stuff.
One feature I am really enjoying is the utility sink. It is where the puppy baths happen–instead of in the kitchen sink. Thank you, Cliff, without you this would be impossible.