Hello From OwyheeStar
~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners
December 19, 2020
Snow arrived, and some still of it sticks around on the fields, lawns, and in piles here and there. More snow is slated–we will see what comes. When you go into town, the stores look busy–it seems almost normal for this time of year. People are out buying groceries and gifts. I hope they are supporting the small businesses –other than the pot shops and the liquor store, which are always busy. Here is Oregon; the Governor has extended the lockdown until March 3rd –we are all COVID weary, and cabin fever will surely hit hard after the holidays. Of course, many are escaping to take advantage of skiing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities.
We cleaned Weimaraner’s ears this week and found a few that needed treatment. In particular, Hormonal females seem to develop ear issues–but any flop-eared dog is more apt to have this problem. We have some preventative measures that work well, but even with them, on occasion, we get behind the curve. We are not popular when we bring out the supplies. (OMG)
Of course, Atti’s pups are our focus. Several things require attention each day–happily, Atti is an excellent mother and keeps her babies clean, fed, and whatnot. So, there is that –which makes our work easier. And at two weeks of age, the pups now have their eyes open.
This Week On the Blog…
If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode.
Sunday— Dec. 13 — New Collars
Monday–- Dec. 12 — Kobe
Tuesday – Dec. 15 — Melinda Shares
Wednesday — Dec. 16 —Martee
Thursday –- Dec. 17 — At the Window Together
Friday — Dec. 18 — When Mama Sweeps
On a very personal note
While most everyone I know has had Christmas decorating done since Thanksgiving or before, I just got a few things up yesterday. Every day I would think I was going to do something–and time would run out. There were more pressing things. (OMG) Finally, I got a few little Christmas touches up–including our faux trees.
Cliff and I are having the old fashioned type of Christmas that we love–homemade. If it is not homemade, then it is cash for Grandkids (what they prefer). Of course, if we bought cars, drones, electronic devices, etc., they would be readily accepted. (Haha)
We are mailing a few packages this year, no Christmas cards–but we have received several from family, businesses, and OwyheeStar clients. Some are extraordinary–featuring the OwyheeStar family member. Thank you for that.
Cliff has been trying to take a day here and there to get out to the hills. Fortunately, he has a new friend to do that with because his old associates have moved on. Sadly, in most cases, this was more than merely relocating. Their journey on earth came to an end. He has many memories and adventures –some of these include the kind of events known as bonding. You know when things went sideways. (OMG)
Ambrosia–has been busy. We have completed five trays of candy–four of which were filled with Raspberry taffy. Each piece of taffy must be cut into quarters–or at least thirds. Otherwise, they puff up so huge they stick to the upper shelf and make a mess. Plus, if not cut, they would be the size of a giant jawbreaker. We also did one tray of Skittles (AKA Unicorn Poop)–these are very popular among the younger crowd. Cliff’s favorite is tootsie rolls–we cut the mini tootsies in half, and they do not puff up. The texture is changed–it more like a chocolate drop.
Other than that, we (and Ambrosia) have been working on apples. We have done different varieties (Old fashioned Heritage, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and a few other misc.). We have a box of Fujis left to process–then we are done with apples. Some have been dipped in cinnamon and Truvia, others prepared in Red Hot Cinnamon Syrup, dusted with cinnamon, and more often than not just sliced and freeze-dried plain.