2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~JANUARY 13, 2018
It is hard to believe that we are moving forward into January 2018. Yes, I knew when we turned the corner it would not take long to use up a chunk of January. Nonetheless, it is shocking how quickly time flies by. Well, that is unless you are fighting country mud and then you might inadvertently wish away time. A person hopes for a day filled Mr. Sunshine and even a bit of wind to dry up the muck. Seriously though, the moisture is good. We have the winter wheat in the backfield, and this warm wet weather cannot hurt its prognosis. Cliff says this type of grain needs to come up and experience a frost. I don’t understand why but this is what the man tells me and he would know.
I would like to make a little journey outback to look at that field to see if there is any sign of green. I find joy in seeing the green bits poking through the Weimar gray soil. I am sure we could make a trip out there in the Gator but probably not today. Who can guess what we will be doing?!?
Cliff says the deer tracks are prevalent near the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary on the southeast unfarmed corner of the property. We keep a salt lick there for critters. There is no deer hunting in our sanctuary. I am sure they chew on our trees and find refuge there on occasion. We spot them from time to time, but mostly they come unseen through our property.
Last week I proudly proclaimed that we are in the process of going through our current Wait List, and eventually, everyone on the list will hear from us. The only folks I have contacted are those in line for a puppy born to the Hollee X Benton 2017 litter.
We are waiting breath abated for evidence of our first 2018 arrival. All too many are standing with us and that includes those wanting a Longhair. We are making every effort to get a Longhair litter or a couple of partial Longhair litters. What do I mean by partial? Well, unless both parents are Longhairs, all the pups in the litter will not be Longhairs. Expectations vary between 30% and 25%; however, we have had litters with a higher percentage of Longhairs. So, it is an average over time and predictions are always the same–not accurate in detail.
We are busy with Hollee’s babies. They receive daily handling and care. We have our current assistant (Christina) who is our granddaughter. What a blessing to be able to have her work with us for a season. She is doing a fabulous bit of work with the pups. Oh, and I should mention she typically is the photographer for these photo updates.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Several of these updates were for the Dixie X Boone Litter who recently exited OwyheeStar. It is common that we receive an initial update from nearly everyone who gets an OwyheeStar. As to further updates, it depends on the person. Some folks have extremely demanding work schedules, and their Weim is part of the escape plan–doctors, lawyers, and such. Others, seem to find the time and the desire to keep us apprised throughout their pup’s life. We appreciate everyone’s effort, as we know you do too!
Sunday— January 7 — And there are Two (Winnie meets Colt)
Monday — January 8 — Oakley
Tuesday — January 9 — Dejah Thoris
Wednesday — January 10 — Pushkin
Thursday — January 11 — Sweet Zoe
Friday — January 12 — Liberty Belle
On a very personal note
Cliff is still working on the carport enclosure. It is coming along nicely, but even though it looks like a simple project, there is more to it than it appears. I cannot say precisely how many years ago Cliff’s father build that carport, but Cliff was a boy. That gives you some idea. Grandad had a lot of skill, but carpentry wasn’t among his lot. Nonetheless, this structure held steady through last winter when so many structures were damaged or came down due to the heavy snow.
Cliff straightened and made the necessary upgrades to see it through another goodly number of years–way beyond our time.
He plans to move the pile of rocks gathered over the years to a storage location. Later we plan to use them for landscaping. We have not decided yet exactly where or how, but they a part of our heritage. Cliff’s parents were rockhounds. One of my first family memories was going out to the Owyhees to dig for Thundereggs. We didn’t take a jeep. We had a 63 Chevy two-wheel drive pickup. That means it might require us to rock-up to get up the hill. To rock up, you would pick up as large rocks as were needed and put them in the bed of the truck for extra traction. What a fantastic memory it is indeed. People still search for Thundereggs, but it is not like days past. Nyssa, just a few miles south of where we live, proclaims itself the Thunderegg Capital of the World.
We are enjoying watching our one grandson (Brad, a Freshman) playing high school basketball. He is doing quite well which makes it even more delightful. I have mentioned he is a big boy for his age–about as tall as Cliff. He wears size 18 Nikes and is formidable on the court against opponents. As he develops he improves his shot-blocking and rebounding skills; he is not a bad shot either. As you probably know, the taller kids typically are not great ball handlers, but we see evidence he has some talent. In his last game, he got his second Triple-Double. That means he got double-digit counts in all three categories–scoring (14 points), rebounds (13 ) and shot-blocks ( 15). It is so fun to watch him improve–he netted two fouls; he played the entire game. Shortly, basketball season will end, and we will very much miss the opportunity to see him play.