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~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 26, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

In Treasure Valley, we have fall weather–farmers are still working although many of the fields are emptied and prepared for the winter. We still have our beautiful alfalfa.

As you can see, our sky is somewhat gray–although a bit of rain arrived last evening. Possibly this will clear out some of the hazy smoke that has settled in the valley.

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The pups have our attention–and from here on out until they leave, we will be extraordinarily busy with them. Here are two of SnowAngel’s pups–a Longhair and a smooth coat. They are two weeks old but look at the difference in size. We have one tiny pup–call it a runt if you want, but he is healthy and thriving by all appearances.

For those wondering, the little guy is already promised. The only thing we have left is one Longhair–and we are positive she will be promised soon. (Haha)

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 13 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 14 — Availability

Tuesday – Sept. 15 — Coop and Levi

Wednesday — Sept. 16 — Availability (part two)

Thursday –- Sept. 17 — Sassy Francis

Friday — Sept. 18 — Sassy Francis (part two)

On a very personal note

Cliff and I have been doing some food preservation–more than we have done for the last few years. As you know, we have the Freeze Dryer. That is an entirely new adventure–we are enjoying it a lot. Our shelves are too sparse, but we are making progress.

We have freeze-dried watermelon, mandarin oranges, mango, and cantaloupe–and let’s not forget the candy. Tootsie rolls are Cliff’s favorite. I love the new pantry shelves–they are sturdy, functional, and nice-looking.

Otherwise, what little time Cliff has remaining finds him in the constant battle with goat heads (puncture weeds). It only takes a moment, and you have a crop coming–if only farming were that easy.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 19, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have dropped, some places more than others. Overall the Treasure Valley has remained well above freezing, with 80ish type temperatures. We are still watering our alfalfa and expect a fourth cutting.

The fires continue to burn west and north of us–and the smoke settles in the valley as per usual when fires are burning. Even California shares their smoke with us–but even so, the air quality has never gotten as bad as it was recently in Western Oregon where it was globally the worst. (OMG)

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Their eyes are open, and they are getting a lot more active. The Fluffies (or we ought to call them Longhairs) are clearly evident and easily distinguishable.

Not long ago these pups looked identical.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 6 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- Sept. 7 — Porsche

Tuesday – Sept. 8 — Miranda

Wednesday — Sept. 9 — Rocky

Thursday –- Sept. 10 — From Jan Magnuson

Friday — Sept. 11 — Murphy

On a very personal note

We have been busier than expected since that Freeze Dryer arrived. We are scrambling to save as much garden produce as possible. We also bought an enormous Hermiston Melon to cut up and freeze dry. A lot of people love watermelon and cantaloupe freeze-dried–it is a healthier candy-like sweet treat. I was surprised at how long it took to prep the watermelon. (OMG)

I also got the new pressure canner running–it is a small canner that does either four pints or quarts. So far–I have only done pints (a dozen last evening–pasta sauce with meat). Next, I plan on canning chili. At first, I was reluctant when I realized that the loads were small, but the cooling down process is quick by comparison. The pasta sauce pints take an hour to process, but even so, I could get a dozen pints completed between 4 and 9 PM. (Not bad at all.)

Cliff has been working on the trim and repairing his irrigation pump (again). He has another door nearly finished for the hallway coat closet. We have been living open ever since we moved in. (Haha) I will try to get photos next time. Otherwise, his CT scan came back clear–what a relief. My annual health visit wasn’t as stellar as I would like. I am being sent for additional testing–most of which is expected at my age. Not to worry–for the most part, we are talking about follow up testing to ensure I am clear of cancer.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 12, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

I was born in Oregon, and for the most part, I have always lived in Oregon. For a few months, we lived on the Idaho side because, in 1956, there was no single desk left in a classroom when we arrived in Ontario. My parents enrolled me in the first grade in Fruitland. My parents toyed with the idea of moving to Denver before they settled here in Ontario. Oregon is in my heart and soul–and I am beyond sad to see what is happening to our beautiful state. Cliff was born a few miles from where we live, and he has never lived anywhere but in Oregon.

The fires have decimated our forests and burned small communities. I was beyond sad to see that Blue River and Vida were gutted–my earliest memories were there–and along the MacKenzie River. Please pray for all the displaced people–those who have lost everything. And as if COVID 19 and the Rioting has not caused enough issues, now entire communities are being burned. Let’s remember the firefighters who are bravely fighting against overwhelming odds.

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Henrietta’s babies are two weeks old, and most of them have their eyes open. I think you can agree that it is impressive how much the pups have changed in no time.

The photo on the left was taken of the same pup a week earlier.

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Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— Sept. 6 — Julie’s Willow

Monday–- Sept. 7 — The Beloved Mesquite

Tuesday – Sept. 8 — Nicki and Annie (part one)

Wednesday — Sept. 9 — Mr. Wilson

Thursday –- Sept. 10 — Nicki and Annie (part two)

Friday — Sept. 11 — Porsche Happily Groomed

On a very personal note

Last week you probably remember Cliff was working on the middle pantry cupboard. He got the trim up and the bi-fold door installed. Then he installed a pocket door across the way into our whelping area. It is all quite useful and lovely.

Beyond that, he has got Ambrosia, our new Freeze Dryer, up and running. We will start the first proper run today–so far, so good. Honestly, there is no way I could have gotten it up and running. It takes a bit of knack and mechanical ability. (OMG) The door had to be more than adjusted–but he got it right. If you don’t get it fitted correctly, it will not pull a vacuum–not run. Also, the plexiglass door, in some cases, has shattered or crazed from the adjustments. We got it done. Here are the photos of her much-celebrated arrival (after the 11.5-week wait).

This nice man said he had recently delivered two united to Payette and one to Weiser. Our unit arrived in excellent shape–unlike some people who have had freight damage.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

September 5, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Last Friday, they arrived to cut our hay–and a couple of days ago, it was raked and baled. Cliff said that we got another 59 bales, which joined the previous 190 (4′ X 4′ X 3) large bales. We expect to get another cutting. Now, we hope it will be worth something. Of course, our fabulous hay guy takes care of all that for us. We do so appreciate it, too.

The onions across the road are mostly harvested. Wow–they are gorgeous colossal onions. Cliff picked up one on the road–it was quite lovely. I keep thinking I should get across the road and grab a couple of onions. I have not yet done that.

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Last week I mentioned that Henri whelped a fall 2020 litter–and the pups and their humans are our current focus. If you click on the link, it will take you to see their one-week photos.

It is Henri’s first ever litter –Manfred sired the litter, and I am waiting for fresh photos of him. Time flies by and sometimes we don’t get everything done the way we hope.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 30 — Henry’s First Baby

Monday–- August 31 — At Lake Roosevelt

Tuesday – Sept. 1 — A Boy and His Dog

Wednesday — Sept. 2 — Willie

Thursday –- Sept. 3 — Addie

Friday — Sept. 4 — Dixie

On a very personal note

Last Saturday I was talking about the new pantry shelves. We were pleased with them, but our son who is the pro informed us we needed to add strength to the front edge of each shelf. (OMG) The photo on the left is the new and improved version. There are two short shelves at the top that do not show, but one of the two is nearly filled with pickles, mustard, and pepper jelly.

As you can see, I have canned 61 pints of peaches, and made bread and butter pickles this week. We were fortunate that we only had to move two shelves to make the upgrade. Cliff has purchased the trim and the pantry door. So, that is in the works.

Our new furniture arrived, and as some of you know we have a very long narrow configuration. So, it was tricky finding something that worked. We are very happy —and Mr. Moosie agreed with the seating.

Stackhouse was not so amused that his bed moved–we think it is a much better location. (Haha) On another note, Cliff is busy preparing for the late fall hunt test as well as irrigating, and repairing things. We always have things that need to be fixed.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 29, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Yesterday, they arrived to cut our hay. I love watching the process. It is incredible how fast they travel across the field. (Boom–and it is cut.) We only have about 25 acres of hay. So, far we have 190 (4′ X 4′ X 3) large bales. I love watching the stack grow–now, if they are worth something, it will be even better.

Otherwise, the harvest continues–onions, wheat, potatoes, beans, etc. Later the sugar beets will join the fun.

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No sooner had the summer pups left, than Henri whelped a fall 2020 litter.

It is Henri’s first ever litter and well, who could have guessed that she would produce ten puppies. Manfred sired the litter, and this means some of these pups will be Longhairs. Above is the firstborn pup within a couple of hours of his arrival. Isn’t he adorable?

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 23 — Ollie

Monday–- August 24 — Frida and Clover

Tuesday – August 25 — Earl Grey

Wednesday — August 26 — Porsche

Thursday –- August 27 — Luke

Friday — August 28 — Sasha

On a very personal note

Cliff put in the new shelves for our food storage pantry. We had shelves in there, but we used what material we had available when we moved in. The previous shelving was not as deep, not as study as these–no bend in the shelving here despite the shelf’s weight. We still need to install the trim and the door, but I am ever so happy to have this area upgraded.

The tomatoes we bought for making sauce came from the Malheur Nursery located near Cairo Jct. South of Ontario on the highway toward Vale. The variety she sold me was called Bobcat–and as you can see, they were quite lovely. There are 61 pints of homemade pasta sauce on the new shelves. It is a start.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 22, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

The onion harvest continues — Bringing the dust filling the air along with the smoke from California and area fires which has filtered and settled in the valley. It makes for some beautiful sunsets, but the air quality is a killer. Farmers are also burning off some of their fields. (Whew–makes it hard to breathe). Let’s remember to pray for those who are being evacuated and the firefighter’s safety.

It won’t be long and our hay guy will be here to cut the alfalfa, again. With fields emptying all around us, the hayfield green is extra welcome.

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The puppy exit is our focus–and Bernie’s last litter are joining their new forever families. It is a happy-sad moment. We love having Bernie pups, but she deserves to live out her life doing whatever we can offer. She is a favorite for Cliff to take hunting–so there is that in her future.

Jacob and Christina washed the pups, and one by one, the puppies got ready to make the big leap of faith to their new people (Haha) The reality is they don’t miss us but for a moment.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 16 — It’s a Weimar Thing

Monday–- August 17 — Susse

Tuesday – August 18— Sophia

Wednesday — August 20 — Do You Want A Water Dog?

Thursday –- August 21 — Kenai

Friday — August 22 — Nixon

On a very personal note

The garden is doing great. While we were away on Thursday, Ashley and the girls dropped by to pick up some cucumbers and zucchini. Last year’s gardening girls went wild when they caught sight of the garden. (Haha) They are planning on returning one day this week for lunch and to pick the garden produce–we look forward to seeing them.

We were in Unity on Friday. As things worked out, we were able to visit a longtime friend (Patty). I joked when Cliff snapped this photo that we had not changed since grade school–of course, there has been quite a lot along the way to the here and now.

Funny thing–I was carrying around two coffee cups–I look like I am a caffeine addict.

I had plenty to smile about beyond the chat and coffee–Patty send us home with a bag of apples and some fresh eggs. What a blessing!

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 15, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Onion harvest is in full swing, and we saw the first local field emptied on our way home from our family birthday gathering last Saturday. I always love to see the onions being gathered but hate that the fields are stripped of the crops.

Oregon Governor Brown announced that our county will return to phase 1 status as of Monday. “Over the past month, COVID-19 cases in Malheur County have risen so much that restrictions must be put back in place or we risk further illnesses and death in the region,” said Governor Brown. “I know this change is difficult, but immediate action is necessary in order to reduce the spread of the disease and protect all those who call Malheur County home.”

This notification came with the stipulation that it will last at least 21 days. Of additional concern to the risk of COVID-19 in Malheur County is the number of cases in the last month in Idaho. With tens of thousands of Idahoans in Malheur County every day to work and shop, the alarming rate of cases in neighboring counties is relevant to the risk in Malheur. 

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The current litter is keeping us busy–as you might guess. This week was the Discovery and Placement Test. We are trying to catch our breath, prepare for the upcoming litter exit, etc.

We look forward to swimming the pups this week. It is always a fun event.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 9 — Sunday Faces

Monday–- August 10 — Stone Relocated

Tuesday – August 11— Gretchen

Wednesday — August 12 — Power Nap

Thursday –- August 13 — Zelda

Friday — August 14 — Adventures

On a very personal note

The garden is coming along–we are picking tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini. During the intense week with the puppies, the zucchini got a bit ahead of us. I like to pick them small–but Jacob picked on Thursday. He was surprised by the size of the squash. They almost grow while you look on, don’t they?

Cliff has been busy with some plumbing adjustments. We had a leak that flooded our kitchen a couple of days ago. Since then, he got things working a lot better. (Hurrah!)

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 8, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

Summer heat in the triple-digits is here. Farmers are pouring the water to their crops, town people to their lawns. Meanwhile, the sweet corn harvest and other fresh veggies are available at the Saturday market, the farm stands, and even the grocery.

Oregon schools and high school sports is an equally hot topic. The OSAA’s new calendar provides three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. 

Traditional Winter activities will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by Fall activities in March and April (Season 3), with Spring activities occurring in May and June (Season 4). It means they plan for Spring Football and later start for basketball–probably fewer games for everyone. Most everyone is trying to make the most out of a difficult situation.

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We are busy with the business of pups–go figure. We thought you might enjoy this behind the scenes video. Christina has been working with the pups inside the house and out on the lawn.

This Week On the Blog…

Thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too.

Once again, we find our supply of blog material running low again. If you can help, send me a note. It would be greatly appreciated.

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).

Sunday— August 2 — Berry Pickers Wanted–Or Not

Monday–- August 3 — Tango–Part One

Tuesday – August 4— Tango–Part Two

Wednesday — August 5 — Puppy Development

Thursday –- August 6 — I love you deer

Friday — August 7 — Don’t Let It Happen To You

On a very personal note

Cliff is feeling better–but still has a way to go. We sincerely hope that this third round of treatment eradicates pneumonia and that it doesn’t rear its ugly head again. (OMG) He is still taking antibiotics–and yes, for those concerned, he also has probiotics.

Otherwise, things have been pretty much as usual. Cliff has been busy working on the shop and with the Weimaraners. We bought a new chest for a freeze dryer, which should arrive before the end of the month. I have been setting that up and getting things ready.

The garden is coming along nicely–considering the lateness of our planting. Cliff and I didn’t put a lot into the whole process early this spring. I am thrilled to see the Oxhart tomatoes are producing nicely. Those were our favorite tasting tomatoes last year. We have had two, which Cliff and I ate this week. More than anything in the garden, I am delighted that the Hibiscus that I grew from seed are producing blooms. The plants are small, but it is the first year. I hope they winter over–I think I will dig up half of the plants and put them inside the greenhouse for the winter.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

August 1, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

The garden coming into its own a bit later than I had hoped. We have not seen much from our former Gardening Girls–so I am guessing they won’t be asking us for produce. I am sure they pick it up from friends here and there. Stopping by to see us weekly is going to be a lot.

Our hay got baled and added to the stack–75 bales. That was the second cutting for 2020–typically, we would be looking at a third cutting, but the first was very late. Even then, the rains made it difficult to get baled. This time we got a shower on the freshly cut hay, but it was dry very quickly. (Hurrah)

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The Treasure Valley North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association group has canceled the summer training–COVID, etc. So, any training Cliff gets done will be here on the farm.

Otherwise, there are always things to be done with the puppies. Two are a good-sized armload for Christina. When we speak of things–photos, nail trimming, worming, and socialization come to mind.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running low again. If you can help, send me a note.

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).

Sunday— July 26 — Puppy Faces

Monday–- July 27 — Weim Privilege Denied

Tuesday – July 28— Luna

Wednesday — July 29 — Enzo

Thursday –- July 30 — I was Confused

Friday — July 31 — Keeping Your Weim Safe in the Heat

On a very personal note

Bradley is still playing basketball–this weekend, it is right here in the Treasure Valley. He is playing with the best of the best–hurrah. He started last night’s game and excelled. Sadly, it was not live-streamed so that we could watch the game.

Cliff has been to the doctor again this week, too. Pneumonia has come back on him a third time. So, it is around round of antibiotics–each time a different one trying to get this under control. I sincerely hope this eradicates it. The good news is that it was only in one lobe of one lung–before it had been in both lungs.

I have ordered quite a few things recently–this box from Chewy was smashed, but fortunately, the expensive bottle of ear treatment came through untouched. Another box sits in the trash next to my desk equally damaged, but once again, nothing was hurt. It made me happy because who needs the trouble of making a claim?

We wear our masks when we must–social distance, etc. There are substantial COVID numbers for the county of Malheur. No one can speak precisely to why these numbers are so high, but we take every precaution. I love this mask that Nancy Garin made for me–I mean, if I must wear a mask, you understand. I don’t like it, and I have to be very careful about wearing one because my lungs suffer.

Our long time friend Ellen, who gave me the lovely cyclamen back in 2012, is going through a difficult time. Bob (her husband) has been hanging by a thread for quite some time. He has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and a list of other significant life-threatening diagnoses. He is hanging on–it is challenging for the both of them. We count our blessings and think of others who have it far worse.

Hello From OwyheeStar

~Cliff, Shela, and the Weimaraners

July 25, 2020

Sunrise October 21 2017

The garden is producing zucchini. And silly me–I was concerned we might not get enough. I have some in the freezer, and I have been eating it for lunch every day. I am not sick of it yet. (Haha)

Our hay has been cut and is drying. It did get a rainshower right after it was cut, but the weather has been favorable since then. I hope that holds until it gets baled and added to the stack.

The main topic of discussion is COVID-19–and masks. Are we not all weary of the situation? Malheur County numbers are trending up–way too many positive cases. No one can say for sure what that means. I will leave it at that.

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Bernie’s babies are doing well. They have been out to the yard–on the grass. At first, they didn’t know what to think of it, but they have adjusted.

On another note, you might remember Tuesday’s blog–In Case You Ever Wondered. On Wednesday morning, we received a note that read:

Hello I have paid $1,000 for a Weimaraner puppy a little over a week ago and yesterday was asked for a $2,400 of shipping insurance as I cannot afford the shipping insurance I was wondering if I could come pick up the dog and pay for its time with you since I have bought it 

We wrote back to this gentleman that he had been scammed–because we had never talked to him. You see how this works, and the price is low, but then they want big money to ship the puppy or something like that. If you are buying a puppy, please make sure you are talking with the actual breeder.

This Week On the Blog…

As always, thanks to our faithful OwyheeStar contributors–they make this all possible. We sincerely hope our readers enjoyed these updates as much as we did, too. This week we find our supply of material running low again. If you can help, send me a note.

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).

Sunday— July 19 — Remy

Monday–- July 20 — Dink

Tuesday – July 21— In case You Ever Wondered

Wednesday — July 22  Memphis

Thursday –- July 23 — Fellig

Friday — July 24 — Thor and Chloe

On a very personal note

Bradley is playing basketball in Twin Falls, Idaho, this weekend. We watched a couple of the games that took place in the Salt Lake area last weekend. Last night there were two games, and I think there are a couple of more today. Go, Brad!

Birds are a pleasant diversion for us–we watch them, and Cliff raises some. Here is a swallow’s nest with the babies peeking out. Recently he spotted these Turkeys.