2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~April 14, 2018
It is the fifteenth 2018 Saturday synopsis. It sure didn’t take long for that to happen. We heard about the Middle East situation. Wars and rumor of wars–we will never escape the reality of it. Nonetheless, we pray for all those caught in the fray–war is so unthinkable. The losses are beyond heartbreaking. Who can bear hearing all this sad news?
Meanwhile, in the Treasure Valley, we are greening up. The former grayish brown gives way to this year’s crop. The Owyhee Ditch folks are working around the clock to get the water flowing. It is time to water the crops. We have well water unlike most of the area farmers. Cliff says he is going to need to get water coming to the grain soon. The hay is soaking up the rain and looks good. We can almost watch it grow. Of course, we still are in a battle with the Gophers. They are busy reproducing and digging their tunnels. We also hope that the resident red tail hawks will find them a worthy meal. They don’t seem all that interested. They do nab the occasional vole.
The Spring pups arrived. We are in the promising phase. It takes days if not a week or longer to work through the Wait List. We go in the order names appear on our list. There are always those who cannot get a puppy–something is not going to work. Many times it is a vacation plan that preempts them from moving ahead. Or some fail to inform us that they have changed their minds. Whatever the reason, it is always enlightening to discover things are different than we expect. Then, it is someone else who is the beneficiary of their schedule snafu or changes made.
We have turned a corner and our Spring will be labor intensive–or as expected. I am sure you will see some cute faces along the path to their departure. Waiting is our game. We wait to mate. We wait to see if we got pregnant girls. We wait to see what will be born. You get the gest. Finally, then we wait along with those waiting to find out which pup is theirs. No, that is not the end because the pups have to be old enough to leave. The final wait period is for the first meet up. Oh, how glorious it is.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. We got updated in detail on Henry. He was in the spotlight three times. Each time Cliff made a positive comment about this family and their particular approach to raising Henry. We also heard from Maverick and Bella’s Mom–Debbie. She dropped some great Weim fun on the OwyheeStar Facebook Page. If you didn’t notice it, you might want to check it out.
Tuesday — April 10 — Henry (part two update)
Wednesday — April 11 — Look Into My Eyes
Thursday – April 12 — Maverick
Friday — April 13 — Bella
On a very personal note
It is a busy time on the farm. We have numerous projects going (around the farm, outside the farmhouse, the garden, the greenhouse, and inside the farmhouse, too). Each gets attention as time, money, and energy allow. Cliff is also trying to train for the hunt test.
Healthwise it is much the same for me (Shela). Not much has changed for Cliff either. We did see the Hematologist. We liked him. I just learned that my Oncologist is no longer working in Fruitland, and I will also see the same doctor Cliff sees unless I want to travel. I do not! Anyhow, we met with the doctor. He looked over the information and ordered more tests. Unfortunately, due to an error, Cliff has to drop another blood sample. They forgot to get authorization before taking the lab work. He also had an ultrasound on his spleen. We go back in three weeks. Maybe we can learn a bit more at the next visit. It remains to be seen. The good news is we both look healthy, and we put in a full day’s work (I guess that is what you would call what we do).
We are blessed to have the farm life be our lot. It doesn’t afford us the freedom others have, but it is a good life. We enjoy it.