2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Spring continues to dance and shake her hips at Winter. Thus far, she is having her way on the valley floor. Rumors of snow are still circulating, but it seems even if we get some, it will be a fleeting affair. Farmers are in the fields doing whatever needs to be done. Unlike last year, when there was no chance of such activity.
Yesterday, one of those notes arrived. A longtime client lost their beloved Weimaraner. I never get used to that kind of thing. Of course, it was a very gracious note thanking us for the near 14 years, but to know someone has a hole in their heart from the loss is never easy. We will be sharing their note this coming week. I realize so many of you feel their loss, too. There is no escaping the risk when you open your heart to love. Weimlovers–you know what I mean.
We are preparing for a litter departure that will happen before the end of February. A lot is going on here. The above video was taken on Thursday when Christina and I drove the Patriot down to the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary. We carried the pups in two bags and hiked in across the ditch because Cliff has been working on the road–it is worked up. We are not as confident as he is in our driving. (Ha!)
A good time was had by all as you can see. We are blessed to have a little place to escape with the pups — it is a natural environment. You can see the salt lick is going down after this winter. Evidently, the deer and other critters have made good use of it. That was our goal.
This Week on the Blog
Here are the week’s posts. Speaking of Wonky, Cliff and I remember me writing the Thursday blog, but evidently I didn’t get it published. It sat there until Friday morning. Friday morning blog was ready–that should have been a clue. (Oops)
This week was dominated by news of Loki, the pup we hope will become an excellent Search and Rescue Weimaraner. Of course, we talked about the Weimaraner’s age in human years as well as heard from the love Toby who lives in the Spokane area. It was a full week, although we missed one day.
Tuesday —February 6— Loki (Part Two)
Wednesday —February 7— Toby Reports
Friday — February 9— Loki (Part Three)
On a very personal note
Cliff continues to work on the greenhouse project. There was a little hiccup yesterday. He placed the second roof panel to discover when he lightly bumped the edge it shattered. (Oh, no!) He is going to get it down in one piece hopefully–spidery lines when throughout the glass but it is tempered so we hope he can get it down without losing pieces. If not, you might drive by seeing me vacuum our front yard. At least the neighbors would have something to talk about. (Ha!) I am sure there is already plenty for them to wonder about the crazy Weim folks.
The greenhouse windows on the south side are two old patio doors cutoff to fit–they have Weim scratches galore. How does that happen? We checked for alternative roofing material in case we need it. There is a plan should we find these castoff doors don’t work. Most of the greenhouse is castoff materials, except what is not. (Ha!) Building supplies are not selling at bargain prices. We are fortunate that Cliff is skilled or this would not be possible. Eventually, the outer part will be all glass, transparent panels, or cedar except the two small paned doors you see. We will let the cedar weather naturally. For now, the goal is to get this enclosure made and a bench in so we can go to work. We want to get our seedlings growing. I am sure there will be news of our success (or of our failures should they happen) coming along in the future blogs.
My health is improving, but still, we face challenges. Cliff received some concerning news that we need to explore further. Nonetheless, we are of the mind and spirit to face whatever comes our direction. There is no need to have a meltdown–at least not yet.