Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon
~ Spring Weather a Reality
Our hay fields are starting to grow and look a lovely green color. We continue to watch the trains go by, and whatever birds or critters cross our property. Turkeys have been the thing recently.
ADRIAN — They may have been small, but the animal or animals which undermined the bank of Old Owyhee Ditch near Owyhee Junction with their burrowing caused major damage which has left several farmers without irrigation water.
Andy Peutz, a ditch company director, said the canal fracture reported to Monty Culbertson, ditch superintendent, about 3 a.m. Tuesday, was caused by gophers or muskrats. He said the break left a gap in the bank about 50 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet deep, taking out the bottom of the canal.
We are hoping for a litter of pups to be born any moment. Like everyone, we hold our breath until they arrive. We believe other litters to be on the way, but they will come late spring or early summer. Winnie is doing excellent and we cannot wait to see her babies arrive.
Recently On the Blog…
The blog has thousands of posts over a decade-plus. I cannot remember the exact date we started publishing the blog. A convergence of recent events has caused us to rethink publishing a daily blog. We received a warning that our business would suffer if we stopped the daily posts–and maybe it is true. Nonetheless, we are not sure what is possible at this point. My (Shela’s cancer) returned, and I am on some serious medication that causes extreme exhaustion. I believe I will be able to manage the cancer, but it will require adjusting the work schedule. No one knows the number of hours this requires behind the scenes.
Christina suggested that I create a blog submission format so I could control what we receive. It is the truth that sometimes, the more complicated blogs can burn up a couple of hours. I am sure it is all very straightforward to the person who sent it, but it is sometimes challenging for me. I think Christina has a point. If I create a blog submission format (criteria) and people use it, it would make the posts easier. Sometimes I receive links to a folder of photos that I enjoy immensely, but I am unsure what photos I am to use. Sometimes there is nothing written to go along with–or a brief sentence explaining. I am not always sure how to use the information. I sometimes get something with no photo, and I write the person back asking for a photo.
Add this to what happened last year where I got more than a thousand inquiries requiring at least 10-15 minutes to answer, and sometimes the initial contact required half an hour or more, and it becomes overwhelming. Time is the one thing we cannot make–and we need to use it wisely. I love posting the blog and sharing the information about our OwyheeStar offspring. Let’s see how this shakes out, but I am working on finding a workable solution. Blogs will appear randomly. I welcome submissions but keep in mind a couple of photos and a paragraph make it easier for me. And email (or, if necessary, texting is okay). I might lose a text, though–that worries me. I work hard to make sure I don’t. Facebook messaging me an update is best avoided. I have some clients who insist on this approach. I hope we can create a submission form that people are willing to use. I will look into that ASAP. My preference is to have a simple way to keep the daily blog going–but I have to cut back on time invested. Photo links are easy for you, and not so much for me–for various reasons.
For Your Review
Sunday— April 11 — Sunday Photos
Monday–- April 12 — Duke
Tuesday – April 13 — Tikka and Luna
Wednesday — April 14 — Kihei
Thursday –- April 15 — The Blog
Friday — April 16 — no blog today
On a very personal note
I returned home on April 8th from our trip west to meet some of my newly discovered biological family. I didn’t meet everyone I hoped to meet, but we had an excellent visit with eight relatives. I loved the small gatherings where I got to interact and know people. The experience was surreal, life-changing, and the trip exhausting. Our second oldest granddaughter (Christina) made the journey with me. Without her going, it would have been impossible.
Cliff managed the home and the Weimaraners by himself while we were gone. He also finished the master bath ceiling and a few other minor things in that room. He is still working on it–when you have to do it in bits and pieces, it takes longer. He has purchased the trim boards and a pocket door for between the bath and our bedroom. We await the tile’s arrival.
The master bath is not all that Cliff has been working on–the wheel lines didn’t fare well in the recent windstorm. He has had to put them back together–well, they were like a pretzel. That was not a good thing. Somehow, he got the worst of it fixed yesterday, and now he says the second one should be easier. Let’s hope.
For me, it has been a week of catching up and trying to recuperate. I am reveling in the experience. I feel much loved by the biological family. I also feel appreciated and loved by you (our Weimaraner clients). I have received many gifts, including the handwoven scarf that Sharyl made for me, a copper Weimaraner weathervane, and a cozy Weimaraner blanket–that I love snuggling under for an afternoon nap. I am enveloped in positive vibes–thank you.