2018 Weekly Synopsis
Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~JULY 14, 2018
The grain harvest has begun. We noticed the crew grabbed the straw they had baled and stacked it already. We hear the harvest will ensue within the next few days. Cliff’s wheel line has a problem. It is old like everything at 369 Onion Avenue. (Haha)
He had to purchase parts to fix it so he can move it out of the field. ()MG) As you can see, it is essential as they will be coming to harvest our wheat, too! The alfalfa is coming back nicely after the recent cutting. Things grow rapidly–the Treasure Valley summer heat is a plus. Our garden tomatoes seem to ripen within hours of starting to lighten (from the solid green to a silvery color).
Cliff left earlier to train in New Plymouth, Idaho with the NAVHDA guys. We are happy for this opportunity. It is about a twenty-minute drive to the training-area–not all that far.
The week found our schedule was a bit more demanding than usual. We had the last Zula Blue litter depart. She found a Golden Year Placement. We could not be happier. The mostly Longhair Litter joined their respective families. Some of these folks had waited a very long time to get the Longhair. We hope to raise a few more in the future. Despite a few Weimlovers aversion to the longer coat, these are catching on. Yes, there is more grooming–and if they are a mud baby, then there is more mess. In town, with a grass yard, the additional care is not all that much. It is not anything like the Labrador. I cannot lie, though–they do take grooming. A furminator-type of brush used monthly makes a huge difference. Well, despite the extra care, people often repeat the Longhair experience once they have embraced it. Or, should I say that of the five longhair pups, three were repeating the longhair option. I think that speaks volumes.
This Week on the Blog
Sunday— July 1 — Henry
Monday–- July 2 — Winchester
Tuesday — July 3 — Tikka
Wednesday — July 4 — News (Re: Jake in New Zealand )
Thursday –- July 5 — Freya
Friday — July 6 — Luna
On a very personal note
We are more than happy to get the news from the Oncologist that Cliff’s blood disorder is not life-threatening. Nevertheless, it does slow him down a bit. I have posted on Facebook a couple of times the details. If you follow us, you may have read the more detailed report. We appreciate all the support and prayers. It means the world to us. Thank you, everyone!
The gardening girls have been faithful. With the busy week I mentioned, Ashley and the girls came to make sure things were more than Okay–yesterday I was at an early morning mammogram, they were here tending and harvesting. It takes a great deal of effort to load up two little ones and travel even a few miles to the garden. I am so very impressed with their commitment and follow through.
I waited to pick the first pear tomato until Evangeline and River were here. (OMG) We washed it off, and Evangeline took the first bite–she proudly declared it delicious. I then told her the little pear tomatoes are grandpa’s favorite. She seemed pleased. We will share a few snapshots of how things looked on Friday.