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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 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 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.

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.

2017 29th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~July 29, 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!

Sunday—July 23 Family (Edgar celebrates 1 Yr)

Monday —July 24Cool Treat (Waiting for Watermelon)

Tuesday —July 25 — Social Butterfly (Maddy at Daycare)

Wednesday — July 26 — Our First Day (Griffey)

Thursday  — July 27 — Kula Bleu (Loves to Swim)

Friday  — July 28 — Dejah is Home  (Who’s in my spot?)

 

 

On a very personal noteCyclamen Leaving Out_6442

 

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Before the Mishap

 

The Cyclamen watch continues. There is at least one bud lifting its head–possibly a couple more are in the works too! It is amazing when you consider the entire top sheered off when I tried to get it out of the root engorged glass container. I held out for a good outcome. Hope is a beautiful thing and it something we ought to have growing in any garden we tend.

In going through some of my canning supplies I found an old package of wide mouth canning lids (no bands included) priced at a $ 1.43, but I see you can purchase them at Walmart for $ 2.98. I am tossing this packet, but it has the price which made it interesting.

Cliff has been working on various projects including some laying pens for his Coturnix Quail which are producing a lot of eggs. The secret in using these highly nutritious eggs is to buy yourself a set of quail egg scissors. Yes, they are a thing. They make the task of opening the tiny eggs simple. He has been working on things at his shop–including the tractor which seems to hiccup all too frequently. The whelping room and the utility bath have also seen him this week. A little here and there plus all the farm and Weim requirements equal more than a full day.

 

2017 28th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~July 22, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

20116807_10213083004133048_2234169274065277173_oHere are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We started the week with Willow and her winning ways. She is amazing. We had more updates come in this week–just in time. Cliff and I cannot thank you enough. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 16 Willow ( This time a Triple Perfect Score for Agility)

Monday —July 17 What Could Be Better?

Tuesday —July 18 — Princess (Bella Celebrates 3)

Wednesday — July 19 — Not So Long Ago

Thursday  — July 20 — Much Loved 

Friday  — July 21 — Alli

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note

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The Cyclamen watch continues. .There is at least one bud lifting its head. I cannot wait until it blooms.

The heat has been taking its toll on Cliff. I have issues with it and have had for years. Since the cancer treatment, there are additional things that make the heat bad for me–and we are talking 80 degrees and up.

We had friends visit this week. It had been a long time since we saw them. What a wonderful gift to have them stop in to see us.

I had a better week than any for the last ten months. Nevertheless, I may have overdone things a bit. Cliff and picked a few plums from our son’s tree. It is amazing how many jars we got with not all that much fruit. We have some juice for the future, plum sauce, Plum-Apple Syrup, and Plum-Berry Syrup. There are 35  jars. Now, we need to live 30 years because we have enough plum product to cover us. (Tee Hee)IMG_6334

 

 

2017 26th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 8, 2017

Mesquite Litter Outing July 6 2017-26The first week of July has been nothing short of eventful. Of course, we celebrated American Independence. There was a lot of hoopla across the board–many reported their Weims were shaken and quaked for days. Of course, for many, it is not only the fur-family members who suffer. Inconsiderate neighbors who continue to party into the wee hours can grate on your nerves. Thankfully, we live in the country, and our closest neighbors were not a problem.

We know this is a busy time for most. After so many waited for school to be out it is. Then as summer unfolds, there are the camping trips, the vacations, family reunions, baseball, and general summer fun. While we swelter under the heat of solar oppression, this will pass all too quickly. Soon it will be back to football, and all that fall brings. Honestly, fall is my personal favorite–but I don’t want to wish away a moment of this summer. Produce is coming on, and the Treasure Valley has a bounty of crops in the works. Gardens–both flower and vegetable are a sight to behold.

While Spring 2017 was fickle–maybe due to the extreme winter, summer shows sign of promise. We expect two summer litters–I can hear the sigh of relief from some of you who follow our blog. Of course, we cannot make predictions, but the girls are filling out as I type.

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Of course, we finished on Friday with a quick update featuring Willow.  This list of titles is impressive. Nonetheless, we are equally impressed with Stella Blue, Olli, and the lovely Maizie. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for these updates. We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 2 Stackhouse

Monday —July 03 Getting the Hang of It (Stella Swims)

Tuesday —July 4 — Safe 4th of July

Wednesday — July 5 — #2 Distillery Dog

Thursday  — July 6 — Maizie Speaks

Friday  — July 7 — Willow (Her Winning Ways Continue!)

Product Endorsement

There is no one product that works for every situation. Trainers each have their preferences. Certain Weimaraners will respond more to a particular approach. Regardless, we have known countless people who have struggled to get loose leash compliance succeed using this type of collar. Understanding how it works and getting the desired outcome takes a bit of knack, but when used correctly, this tool can be your best friend. We cannot emphasize how important achieving the loose leash compliance is on so many levels. Relying on head halters, front-hooking leashes, and pinch collars can seem like a Godsend; however, they can actually fuel the desire to pull. When used correctly, this collar can lead to compliance on a regular flat collar which is the ideal outcome. The folks at Chewy asked us to review this collar for them, and we were happy to do. We hope someone out there finds this helpful.

On a very personal note

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Well, last week I wrote about the Cyclamen. Sadly, the bud that had formed didn’t flower. It dropped off, but it had been such a surprise to see it in the first place–there was not enough foliage to support it. So we are a long way from the burst of blossoms that I so often have enjoyed. We await the first of what I hope are many to come. In life, there is a lot of waiting required–patience is an attribute that serves a person well. Not the type we want to develop though. The farmhouse remodel requires a large-sized dose of patience.

The Farmhouse Remodel

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With Spacers it is Perfect!

Cliff finally cut his dreaded tile. He set it in place without the spaces and found it to be a perfect cut. (Deep breath!) So, he has to grout the last section and then begin with the trim work–there is a lot. Well, there are others things too! We won’t mention those at this time. The tricky cut is being celebrated–it is enough for the moment. 

I want to get the Utility Bath done before too long. I am not sure what is possible. We cannot put a concerted effort towards it. Nevertheless, my heart is warmed when I look at what we (well 99% Cliff) has accomplished. In light of everything going on in our life, I feel he walks on water if you understand.

Other than the constant focus on my health, I am working on organization. I am trying to make things work for now–shelving and arranging is a constant and ongoing process. I try not to think about the fact that much of what I do will have to be changed once we get to that section of the remodel. (Tee Hee)