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2017 40th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~October 14, 2017

Nielsen Farm Hay October 2017Last Saturday our hay (the fifth cutting) graced our fields. The first cutting was chopped. This week the final 2017 cutting found its way into the stack. It was kind of a pathetic amount, but we subscribe to the fact that each bit adds up. As fields age, they produce less, and the back field is slated to be taken out. Winter wheat will replace it soon. Now, for those wondering–no Roundup herbicide will be used on our wheat. Honestly, the use of Roundup on wheat in the United States may be rare–unlike many health-gurus would have you to believe. At least locally we do not see this happening. To the north in Alberta, Canada (we read) about the practice of spraying the wheat in a field before the harvest. The purpose is to dry things enough to harvest. Here and most places in America, we don’t need to practice those measures–our stalks mature for harvest without the aid of a desiccant. And, just to set the record straight, farmers are not dousing their wheat at harvest in the truck as videos would have you to believe. Roundup is not used on wheat other than as a desiccant (as far as we know). It requires the crop be genetically altered (Roundup-ready)–this is a hot topic. We only mention it because we are planting the wheat and we have some insight into local farming practices. (Enough said!)

Atti X Boone Oct 13, 2017 Adventure-39.jpgWe prefer talking about happy topics–such as the Weimaraner. Weimlovers can all agree on their addiction to the breed.

2017 39th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~October 7, 2017

Nielsen Farm 2017 4th Hay Cutting-5Welcome to October! It seems as summer has flown by and that was after a longer than typical wait. None of that might be true; however, there is no denying the last winter saga has cast a shadow forward. Winter-loving sorts are looking forward to the snow and all that goes with it. Others who work in the element, drive a lot or remember the extraordinary Western Treasure Valley snowpack are not so ready. The collapse of buildings is still in our recent memory. Driving through Vale, there is the lot with the collapsed building fenced–it is a sad reminder. Many of these losses have not been replaced, and several are not yet cleaned up. Predictions are for something similar, and we can hope that the loses are not as impacting.

Our hay guy showed up with the John Deere Steamer-Baler sporting the American Flag. I love patriots. The American Farmer has recently gotten a bad wrap. You may not agree with everything that surrounds the farming industry, but we ought never forget America has had the best food supply in the world. Today we salute area farmers who work long hours and raise a variety of crops.

2017 38th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~September 30, 2017

 

2017 36st Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

      ~September 16, 2017

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The truck is here and the corn chopping for silage continues!

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!

 

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We are thrilled to have such a grand mix of updates this week. We have a young OwyheeStar’s beginning, adding a second girl to the family, grouse hunting, and Porche who is acting as a type of support for her Mama. Then there is the beloved Clyde–another sofa back sitter. Isn’t it fabulous? Thanks ever so much to each contributor!

Sunday— September 10 — Adding A Second She

Monday — September 11 —Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday — September 12  — Berkley

Wednesday — September 13 Grouse Opener

Thursday  — September 14Porche

Friday  — September 15 — Clyde

 

On a very personal note

 

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Our recent schedule around the farm and the farmhouse has left us wanting. Outside the spiders are moving in and some have taken up residence inside too. I am in a battle with the dust. I am pretty confident that dust is winning. Christina helped push back a bit, and I made a promise to get after this soon.

Our neighbors gave us a bag of peppers and a few tomatoes. At first, I was thinking what am I going to do with them? Cliff doesn’t eat peppers. I don’t eat many myself. Then I decided to try to make some pepper sauce — kind of like you would find on buffalo wings or sticky chicken. I have done this before; however, it took a lot of sugar. This time I made it without the sugar. Then I cut up a chicken breast and just lightly coated it with plain flour and fried it in coconut oil. Once browned, I tossed in two or three heaping tablespoons of the pepper sauce. I let it simmer and coat the chicken and removed it to a serving dish and sprinkled it with a generous dose of sesame seeds. It was surprisingly good. Cliff tried a piece and nodded his head–he was eating gluten-free football pizza.

I used the rest of the peppers to make the sauce, but I don’t have enough stevia and erythritol to make another batch. I froze a half gallon of this super hot unsweetened pepper sauce. What was left found itself getting some crushed pineapple, green onions, and vinegar–to make a sweet-n-sour sauce. None of this took much effort. All I did was cut the peppers into pieces and cook them on top of the stove. Then I removed the large chunks of pepper and whirled them in the Vitamix (adding some crushed tomatoes). Finally, I put it all back on the stove to simmer and thicken. All I had to do was check it once in awhile and keep the exhaust fan going so the aroma didn’t burn our eyes.

OwyheeStar business has been the focus. I am still running behind here on application replies and general upkeep. Cliff has been mowing, irrigating, tending the Weims, and he hatched some more quail. Then too, there is the ongoing general cleanup. He cleaned out some of the remaining things left from his father in the carport storage. It is amazing how many times we have filled the dumpster. It is heading for another overfill this week.

I am still obsessed with the  Cyclamen. Nevertheless, I left this until last. We are gaining blossoms, and soon we will have a baker’s dozen–maybe more. What an amazing plant my friend Eleanor brought to me during the 2012 hospital stay. Who could have imagined it would live let alone produce hundreds of blooms. Until I broke the top off, there was only the one two-week period when there was not at least one bloom. Most of the time there were multiple flowers or the angelic host of blossom as I called it.

2017 35th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

      ~September 9, 2017

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!

We began with football this week! Not a welcome topic to all, but for many a clear signal of the season. We published Part Two of Extending Our Time. We hope you found something significant.

We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business. (Happy Look from Shela!)

Sunday— September 3 — For All of Who (Love Football)

Monday — September 4 — Sometimes (I travel with Layna)

Tuesday — September 5  — Extending Our Time (Insight in preventing loss-Part Two)

Wednesday — September 6To Grammy’s Garden We Go (Goldee and Mav)

Thursday  — September 7I Get Around (Lily makes fun everywhere she goes)

Friday  — September 8 — Kaiser

 

On a very personal note

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I am still obsessed with the  Cyclamen. I promise to move on from this topic soon; however, it keeps grabbing my heart and soul. It speaks to me in ways I could not have imagined. I think post cancer, the common more than whispers its truth. Sometimes it screams it and rubs it into our very being. This situation speaks of life after being mown down. Can you see the similarity?

Around the farm, Cliff is busy trying to keep up with the repairs and maintenance. There has been no time to work on the farmhouse. I am engaged with the current pups we have on the ground. Our vision is toward the tasks at hand. These must be done to the best of our ability. We also have placed two adult Weims; they required a certain amount of preparation. Sage and Roxy are leaving together for the Spokane area. By no means are they finished. They will require a lot of work. Nevertheless, they leave together. We believe they will be a comfort to each other. Hopefully, they will bring healing to a family who had to say goodbye to their beloved former rescue. These are the types of things taking up our time and requiring our attention. Other things–like spider patrol have taken a back seat. On a far Eastern Oregon farm, this spider issue is a thing. This time of year

2017 34th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~September 2, 2017

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This morning while we played with puppies, the roar of the stack wagon picking up the bales of hay caused us to take notice. The pups were unfazed by the ruckus. It took little to no time to get a load, and I captured this photo as the driver went to set it in the stack. Harvest is in the works and will continue for several weeks. Some crops like the sugar beet crop hold off until October.

The Hay got whipped around during the recent windstorm; however, our hay guy managed to clean it up nicely. We do so appreciate the quality of work and our relationship with this family. Cliff says there are 154 bales in the stack and it looks like we will get another cutting before Mr. Winter arrives.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  

What a variety we have this week! We began with two fun updates (Sunday and Monday) and then moved to Mesquite’s Golden Year Placement. (BTW) We will hear more from Mesquite soon–the daily reports have been pouring in. We so appreciate her family’s knack to incorporate her and the continual updates. Finally, we moved to the stories of impending loss, grief and our thoughts of preventing the untimely or accidental loss. We have Part Two of Extending Our Time in the works. You will see that soon!

We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business. (Happy Look from Shela!)

Sunday— August 27 — Working From Home

Monday — August 28 — G2 (best ever all-around companion)

Tuesday — August 29 — Golden Year Placement (Mesquite)

Wednesday — August 30 — When You Know (Roxy is failing and doesn’t have long)

Thursday  — August 31 — The Depth of it All (Olli becomes the only fur baby)

Friday  — September 1 — Extending Our Time (Insight in preventing loss-Part One)

 

On a very personal note

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I am still obsessed with the  Cyclamen. We have what I am calling in my mind the Trinity. There are three gorgeous blossoms. You would think I should be satisfied but I am holding out for the return to the Angelic Host of blossoms like this pre-accidental decapitation photo.

We were at our oldest *Granddaughter’s home for Grandpa’s haircut the other day. She had the 2018 Farmer’s Almanac sitting on the table. I picked it up to take a quick gander and found an article about the Cyclamen. In that one, it said you can expect them to bloom several months a year. My unending blossom maker is more amazing than I imagined. I found a different Farmer’s Almanac article talking about the Cyclamen– I think they must like this little house plant.  If it interests you click here to read more. Weimlovers–remember this plant is toxic to our beloved fur family members.

Cliff has the tractor running. He spent some time mowing at the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary today. He came in with a smile on his face but the sweat and the heat of doing this midday lead to exhaustion. He needed the break and some fluids. Beyond the tractor, he finished the Utility Bath floor tile. He still has trim work to complete.

To Cliff’s chagrin, I still have several coughing spells every day. Regardless, I slowly improve which is promising. With the cold and flu season pressing in it is vital that I get my lungs clear before I catch something else. This current health crisis started the beginning of September 2016. For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health–these are the promises we made and kept. It wasn’t always easy and most certainly in many ways, this ordeal has been worse for Cliff albeit true I wondered if I was going to live to see my 2017 birthday.

*Those of you who follow us might remember our oldest granddaughter helped us with our puppies several years back. Now she has her own family with two sweet girls. Our current helper is our second oldest grandchild. Christina, like Ashley, is doing a fabulous job helping us. We rue the day when she moves on.

2017 33rd Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

 ~August 26, 2017

We dropped by the local farm stand and picked up fresh corn, potatoes, a peach, an apple, a few tomatoes, and a watermelon. We buy just what we need for a couple of days. Last time I picked up green beans. We were not able to plant a garden this year. We will see what next year brings. Even when we cannot plant for our needs, living in the Treasure Valley we are surrounded by fresh produce.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business. (Happy Look from Shela!)

Sunday—August 13 — Have Wheels

Monday —August 14 — Total Eclipse

Tuesday — August 15 — River

Wednesday —August 16 — Winchester

Thursday  —August 24 — Stopping By to Say Thanks

Friday  —August 25 — Water Weims

 

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch still is a thing. On the afternoon of the Eclipse, the funniest thing happened. The bud turned a vibrant, and robust pink–nearly the same color as the original posted here. Then mid-afternoon Wednesday, August 23rd, it suddenly bloomed.

The first has arrived, and the stage is set for a full bouquet soon. The buds are tucked in and slowly making their way to follow the first. There are easily seven buds on their way up, but at the base of the plant, there are a plethora of buds planning to join the show. I sincerely hope to see something similar to the former status before summer ends.

Cyclamen-3Cliff has rebuilt a piece of the puppy yard fencing. It is a vast improvement. We need a few other things out there, but one thing at a time. He has been mowing–the growth happens so quickly this time of year. We are overrun with mosquitos and cutting the grass shorter will help I think.

Total Eclipse

At OwyheeStar

 

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OwyheeStar’s Stackhouse approved glasses!

We will experience the Total Eclipse for 1 minute and 7.4 seconds according to NASA. About twenty miles north, totality will last for 2 minutes and 10 seconds. That is where folks are expected to gather in mass–near Weiser, Idaho and a bit north. They have events planned in conjunction, etc. I have not heard if they have a crowd or not.

 

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The Weims

The Weims will be spending the time mostly in their crate, but some will go outside briefly. For one thing, there is a huge building that blocks the event from the Weims who run in groups. So, in truth, not much will be different for them unless they see the total darkness. We cannot say what this event casts about along with it’s going and coming. Everyone has heard about the lunar effect–emergency professionals see an increase in crazy behaviors.

The Blue is the Winner!

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Stackhouse tested our eclipse glasses. He wasn’t all that thrilled with them, and I think he prefers to siesta during the event. We have two styles–the blue ones and the black with yellow sides. The blue was the winner!

Be Safe

We have heard about the risks of viewing the eclipse without wearing approved lens or going old school with a homemade viewing box–or more aptly the pinhole projector. The biggest threat to our Weimaraner is the human element–as with anything that is called an event. We are sincerely hoping people keep their pets safe–probably inside and secure. It would be a sad state of affairs to find the local shelters overrun with pets. They have just come through the 4th of July aftermath; I hope we can spare them undo overload. I also sincerely hope no pet is traumatized. We are responsible for keeping them safe.

According to Adam J. Brown, Ontario City Manager

2017 31st Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 12, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.

Sunday—August 6 — 2017 30th Recap

Monday —August 7 — Shelli Reports

Tuesday — August 8 — Willow (Jan at the UKC Dog Show in Tigard)

Wednesday —August 9 — Cyclamen

Thursday  —August 10 — Former Dog Atheist

Friday  —August 11 — Puppies

 

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch continues–I still think those buds look suspiciously white. I tried to get a closeup with the iPhone, and it is not perfect, but you can see what I mean. I see that the first Bud’s stem is rising in what seems hopeful. Like it is preparing to open –I look so forward to the first blossom. Then the mystery of the color will be manifest. There are many more tiny buds in the works too! How exciting! In my warped mind, I hear, “this Bud’s for you!”

While Cliff slaved away, I had a fun week. Of course, we both celebrated the 48th Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday; but Thursday was my birthday. It has never been sweeter. After the long health-crisis, to be well enough to go out with one of my best friends was indeed welcome.Toes_6576

 

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So many large leaves–amazing!

 

 

First, we drove out to our oldest Granddaughter’s place. She and her helpers (Evangeline and River) gave us an expert pedicure. From there we went to lunch at Wingers in Ontario–I had the Blue Strawberry Salad. I love it and especially love the fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette, but the Blue Cheese Crumbles, the candied pecans, mixed greens, strawberry slices, and grilled chicken are not shabby. We made a couple of stops for things I needed and called it a day. I think it is official that I overdid, but I have bounced back.

While I was gone, Cliff removed the toilet and grouted behind it. There is still plenty to be done in there, but I am happy for his recent effort. There have been other attention grabbers such as his battle with the little red tractor. He has had it apart more than once. He has narrowed down the issue and trying to problem solve the design flaw. He is amazing. In the meantime, he moved the wheel line, and the chain broke–then he misplaced it and bought a new one. I think that it turned out to be serendipitous in nature. The new chain wasn’t all that expensive. The wheel line moves much easier–which is fantastic.

2017 30th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 6, 2017

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This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort! Thus far, we have been getting enough to keep us in business.

Sunday—July 30 Lily (Blue Longhair)

Monday —July 31At Lake Michigan (Ringo)

Tuesday — August 1 — Crazy For (Maverick and Goldee)

Wednesday —August 2 — Griffey (off to a good start)

Thursday  —August 3 — Work Can Wait (how a Weimaraner keeps us balanced)

Friday  —August 4 — One Year (Leo)

 

On a very personal note

 

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The Cyclamen watch continues. There are several buds raised and filling out in a promise of the grand event. I cannot wait. I wonder how long it takes. I never worried because it seemed to have unending blossoms.

The first week of August has not been kind to us in some ways. Two in particular–sickness and smoke. I have been ill for what seems like forever, and at the same time, I am striving to be well. Eleven months of coughing and hacking phlegm is a long time. It gives me empathy for all these folks walking around with their oxygen tanks. Anyhow, it is exhausting, and I am weary of discussing it. Nonetheless, this week I was overtaken by the very thing I feared. Cliff contracted the flu and then shared it with me. What could be worse I ask myself? Well having something else go sideways–like getting the cellulitis again. Yup–it all converged on me at once. The smoke affected the air quality and in turn, is troubling the cough. The flu was making so ill I could not talk, walk, or think. Arm_6510-2Finally, my arm started swelling near the elbow–it got quite large and very hot and red. I went to the Walk-in Clinic, and they concurred it was Cellulitis. I got antibiotics. Even though I took the medication, I had red blotches appear almost to my wrist and up to my shoulder the next day.

Today, the original area is better–the swelling is going down, and although it has red blotches, it is vastly improved. The other areas are improved as well, and I will be interested to hear what the massage therapist has to say about the tissue texture. It has taken quite some time to get it soft after the last episode. There were hard spots that persisted and seemed angry. We will see how quickly this let’s go. (I tried to take a photo but it is hard to get one. I could not photograph the dark red area at the elbow, but I did get the redness traveling down the forearm. It looks like a rash in the photo, but the surface is smooth, and infection is in the tissue).

There is good news–Cliff and I survived the flu, and we are both on the mend. We are feeling the after effects but happy to be getting back to our norm.