2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~May 5, 2018 — Happy Cinco De Mayo
The weather has smiled on us this week. Most days we had a summer-like feel and the thermometer readings reflected that taking us to 80 degrees and above. When we step outside we hear water–either flowing from the gated pipe across the road or sprinklers.
The Nyssa Cemetary where some of Cliff’s ancestors are buried was vandalized. About fifty headstones were damaged. (Click Here to read the story.) We don’t know if any of the families are included. There are so many thoughts when you read about someone destroying a cemetery or a public monument. Where is the respect? It seems we are running short on that commodity. Our society needs a lot more, don’t you agree?
The crops are growing as you can see here our wheat is doing well. Cliff has been clearing out debris at the sanctuary in the hope of getting some grass coming.
We will be making use of this magical place for the pups very shortly. More than anything it is vital to get rid of the cheatgrass. Puppies and the girls are best of friends. They are never happier when the pups are friendly–not puppy biting or scratching. Of course, the sad fact they cannot understand is when we have no puppies. Where did they go? Why did they leave? There are so many questions, and our answers are inadequate–we don’t know what to say.
This Week on the Blog
We hope you enjoyed this week’s posts. You might have noticed the theme–Swimming Weimaraners. The comments were busy. Those who have had no luck getting the Weim to swim seemed to make the most comments. Nonetheless, we hope something here will inspire you. We closed on Friday with news of Pushkin and Marie having made it to Mesa, Arizona. The photo was lovely, don’t you agree?
Sunday—April 29 — Hikers (Finding Antler Sheds)
Monday — April 30 — Looking Ahead (puppy swim)
Tuesday — May 1 — This Can Happen
Wednesday — May 2 — Extraordinary
Thursday – May 3 — Water Weims
Friday — May 4 — Pushkin & Marie
On a very personal note
We had this photo (to the left) of our planted raised bed last week. It doesn’t look much different. Despite the summer temperatures we have had wind. Some leaves have broken, but most of our plants are doing well. We have a variety planted thus far–Bok Choy, Marigolds, Garlic, Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Kohlrabi, Cucumbers (the pickling kind as well as the lemon variety), tomatoes, peppers, etc. We planted a few seeds interspersed between the plants this morning–beets, bunching onions, leeks, and radishes. We are excited about the possibility of enjoying the garden goodies. Of course, the great-granddaughters are all smiles as they help us grow a garden. Evangeline loves each plant. She just repotted this Melon plant. She did it perfectly. Then it got a little drink of water, too.
Grandpa Cliff saw the doctor about his blood issue.
The Oncologist visit went about as well as we could hope. More blood work has been ordered. He got the call earlier than expected and had the blood draw on Thursday. The previous DNA test for CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia) came back negative. The doctor says that 98% of those who have it test positive. Therefore, unless this is an anomaly, he doesn’t have that per say. Something is off–the white count is high, and his spleen is slightly enlarged. Regardless, it doesn’t call for the bone marrow testing. The additional blood testing is to look at other genetic markers that might indicate a propensity toward a particular blood disorder–the type of thing that begins in the bone marrow. Nonetheless, we will only receive the results via a phone call. Cliff is slated to return in six months to review the numbers again. We are pleased. Barring a miracle (and the disappearance of the issues) there is no better outcome to this visit. Thank you, every one who has prayed. We truly appreciate it!
We like this Oncologist. Isn’t it fabulous to have an Oncologist that makes you feel good on every level? I think it is vital to the healing process.