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2017 23rd Saturday Recap

5-Hollee X Benton_4942Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

A couple of nights ago we took Winnie for her first Gator ride. Sorry–we didn’t capture any photos of her in the Gator. At first, she was a little unsure of what was happening but very quickly she took to the idea. Of course, she was delighted when we stopped at the sanctuary and let her explore. It was not a training mission. This trip was just for the humans to chill a bit and Winnie (Next Generation OwyheeStar) got to join us. We have to spread the opportunities around. There is never enough time and opportunities to do all we would like to with the Weims.

Look at how much she has grown in the last 90 days. For those getting a puppy, consider this–the growth rate is staggering.

 

Lite Snackers_1149Cliff has been busy managing weeds. One day soon, we hope to have the Three Cliff’s sanctuary planted with grass. I am not sure the exact type of grass we will use, but something appropriate for this area. In the meantime, Cliff has mowed the natural weed-mix we have going. We don’t want the cheat grass to dry out and throw it’s barbed into our beloved Weims. Sadly, we went from a very green lush fauna to this dry floor covering. Nevertheless, it is better than what would be if Cliff had not gotten it mown. We will be using this area a lot in the next few weeks.

Dusty Endorses Chewy and Suggests This Healthier Snack <== Dusty Speaks!

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday—June 11 — Juniper 2017

Monday —June 12 Exhausted in Oregon

Tuesday —June 13Mourning

Wednesday — June 14 — Maybe you Remember

Thursday  — June 15 — Snacking

Friday  — June 16 — Laughing Again

 

On a very personal note

IMG_5822Cliff has been extremely busy around the Farmhouse and the farm in general. It is an overwhelming amount of things that need his attention. He constantly reminds himself that although the list is endless and demanding, he has accomplished an unbelievable amount of the project in two years. (Hurrah!) We are just not youngsters anymore. Anyone our age wants to function as they did at 30, and feel no consequences. (OMG) This week’s accomplishments might seem meager to some; however, to us we celebrate them. They include a paver walkway laid to the parking area, parking barriers, the utility bath got the last of the tile that we had installed, the lawns were mowed, fencing problems resolved, and other logistical issues were managed.

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It is good to have a helper like Mr. Stackhouse

 

I managed to get a few things accomplished, but as always I am limited in what I can do. I wonder if the limitations will hold us back for the rest of my life. I don’t know. Regardless, it is not good to dwell on such a thought. With the summer heat pressing in, I have to manage the Lymphedema–so far, so good. Letting my left arm blow up would not be a good thing. It would require physical therapy and a lot of attention to get the swelling under control. Right now I have wrinkles–you might think wrinkles are a bad thing but look at your wrist area. There are wrinkles where you bend your wrist. Also, my veins show too! At one point the physical therapist said I might have to accept my left arm size to be the least it would ever get. I am happy to report (despite the 20 plus lymph node removal) the arm looks nearly the same as my right one. Regardless, I can never lose sight of the fact that the heat can trigger swelling in a moment. The arm actually talks to me, and I need to get out of the situation or pay the price. Right now, I am ever so thankful that it is doing well.

The (seemingly) ever-present wretched cough continues to cling on, but it is less of an issue. Every day I hope not to have the coughing spells. Improvement means more nighttime sleep which is vital to the healing process. It would be easy to grow weary of the process and to become discouraged. Attitude is the most important part of the healing process.

2017 22nd Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

 

Ben June 2017-7It never ceases to amaze me how fast things grow. The Weimaraner puppy becomes adult-looking sometime around 4-6 months. 4-Mequite X Stackhouse 2017 WK2-60They are still growing but to the untrained eye, they look like an adult. Unfortunately, they are expected act adult like too. Another thing that grows fast once the temperature is consistently warm is our local crops. This alfalfa field was baled not all that long ago but it heading toward the second cutting.

We are hoping that summer smooth coat pups will be arriving before long. We all have waited (breath abated) for too long. Too many are hoping for Gray or Silver Gray Female. We can hope along with them that we get several. Of course, we are well aware that we have very little control over the process. Despite everything, we have come to believe that things work out as they are meant to be in the end. Those wanting a Blue or a Male are in a good position, and we will be adding some more names to the Wait List for this grouping.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday—June — Bring on the Candle

Monday —June 5 Dakota Blue

Tuesday —June 6Willow and Jan

Wednesday — June 7 — Availability

Thursday  — June 8 — Tallyn

Friday  — June 9 — Not Expected

On a very personal note

The Utility Bath saw a little work again this week. I long for it to be completed but others thing call Cliff away. He has done some serious tractor work and quite a bit of mowing this week. He also installed some parking barriers. With us changing the entrance to the farm, adjusting the front makes sense. What once was a road is no longer being used as such. Next, we have some blocks to lay down for a walk to the front door. A little here and a little there does add up to something.

Our Pastors have a large flock. They were not aware of how ill I had been and when they learned of the struggle they came to visit and pray for us. Living on a dead end road means there are only four residences beyond us. At the end of the road– last two places, we saw the rescue rig and an ambulance. We learned our one neighbor was taken to the hospital. We all know that Cliff and Shela are not young by any means, but the residents at the end of the road are both older than us. We heard Alan will be returning home tomorrow. We are glad to learn of his quick recovery.

2017 21st Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

June Alfalfa_5807This week we said goodbye to May, and it’s fickle weather and hello to June. Not too many are unhappy about moving forward, but some of you reported needing a fire a few days ago. There is plenty of snow left in the mountains. One of our classmates was trying to drive into a location near McCall, Idaho. The road was closed due to snow. We know there are a lot of places still not accessible. Meanwhile, in the Treasure Valley, we have summer-like temperatures. Farmers are pouring the water to the crops. Everything is greening up nicely. Gardeners have planted tomatoes and other veggies in anticipation of the table-ripe bounty that will soon perk up our meals.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday— May 28 — Memorial Day

Monday — May 29 — Memorial Day

Tuesday — May 30 — Mama’s Girl (Francee)

Wednesday — May 31 — Chloe

Thursday  — June 1 — George NAVHDA

Friday  — June 2 — Planned

On a very personal note

IMG_5804The Utility Bath painting is done. Well, is it ever totally finished? Now there is a cabinet that needs white paint. Nonetheless, the room is as painted as it is going to get. Before we can call this project a wrap, there are others things that need finished–tile and trim for one. Our cabinet door is still off due to our paint project. It will get back on today.

Cliff has been busy watering–the fields and our lawns. He has been busy mowing the lawn as well as some of the weedy areas.

I look forward to the day when we need not mention my health crisis or health issues. I am improving, but progress is very slow. Thank you, for your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate your patience as well. Some of you have been so gracious to understand we have more than the usual limitations. I desire to be rid of this cough before the cold and flu season comes again. Sooner is better than later because coughing is exhausting. Anyhow, I am improving little-by-little. I will be thankful for each tiny bit I get.

2017 20th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

Evie and the ChicksA snow storm was not in our vocabulary this week. Our weather is warm and temperate for the most part. We did have a rain storm pass through, but overall we have been balmy, and our temperatures are rising to summer-like. The first cutting of hay is off, and the other crops between here and town are growing. I love the lushness of late spring and early summer.

Cliff has his bird-thing going too! He has about 80 Bob White Quail and about 175 Coturnix Quail. It is probably way more Coturnix Quail than we needed. They start laying eggs at three weeks. Soon there will be eggs to gather–they can be food or hatched. Evangeline and River were here for a visit, and they loved seeing the birds. It kind of made up for the fact that we didn’t have any tiny pups.

Cliff is having good luck with the hatchlings. They continue to thrive and to adjust well. It is hard to believe that Coturnix Quail will be laying eggs in a couple of weeks. We may have more than we need.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday— May 21 — Soaking Up Warm

Monday — May 22 — AKC Trick Novice

Tuesday —May 23 — Insurance

Wednesday —May 24 — Maddy

Thursday  —May 25  — Salem, OR

Friday  —May 26 — Blue

On a very personal note

The farm is keeping Cliff busy. I cannot say everything he is doing because I am busy inside the home. Christina and I have spent the last couple of days painting in the Utility Bath. I cannot believe how long it is taking us to get that done. I long to finish this Utility bath entirely. At least, I want to get my part done, so I am not holding up then process.

Paint_5741It is a sizeable bath with a lot of angles and trim work. The word that comes to me is mind-boggling. That is how I feel about the work to paint this not so large room. And on the heels of mind-boggling, is so-worth-it. this is a photo of the wall behind the washing machine and dryer units. Cliff is working on the trim and setting them back in place this morning.

I had hoped for a couple of raised beds and minimal gardening. Cliff says I am not up to it. He doesn’t have the time to get them set up for me either. It will be another year of buying from the local farm stand. I know they are in business this year. Their health may make it impossible for them to continue another year. I count myself fortunate that this couple will have (for the most part) what I need.

Lastly, the cough is diminishing. I still have a few lesser gut-wrenching coughing spells each day, but they are less intense and farther apart each day. I still cannot talk much–it can bring on an episode. I have hope that soon I can report a cough-free day.

2017 18th Saturday Recap

Moving Forward

       ~ The Malheur Enterprise photo 

Onions and the storage destroyed when the building collapsed

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The weather has been a constant social media topic, and for a good reason. It has been a bit crazy–even more than usual. The winter’s snow took down a lot of structures despite gallant efforts to remove the snow load from roofs. The cleanup is still going on, and while facing sizeable economic losses, the government has let Malheur County know they will not receive Federal dollars for storm recovery according to the Malheur Enterprise.

Life Abounds

May 13 2017-8The durable farmers are out planting for another season. As recent as this week we saw beans going in, and that seems late, but the weather kept everyone behind schedule. Nonetheless, the fields surrounding OwyheeStar are greening up. It is eye-candy of the best kind who live the Treasure Valley. The weeds come on full force ahead of the crops. Our neighbors have corn planted under their pivot, and our hay seems to be doing well.  Then there are Cliff’s Coturnix Quail that are beginning to hatch. We will share more in a blog this week, but here is a quick peek.

We moved the eggs to the hatching tray about three days ago. Our little quail have emerged from the shell. Now we have to get a place for them to move.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, it really helped!)

Sunday— May 7 — Lotte

Monday — May 8 — Chloe

Tuesday —May 9 — Stella Blue

Wednesday —May 10 — Puppy Faces

Thursday  —May 11  — Waiting

Friday  —May 12 — Family Affair (Haze & Skye)

On a very personal note

 

There is not much to report. We spent the week trying to recoup and at the same time to keep up. I have been trying to do some cleaning because I have gotten behind for a lot of reasons. I wanted to get right on the painting, but I was coughing too much to consider it. Nevertheless, I am hoping to get to it in the next few days.

I had to change my diet because the medication I had been given reeked havoc on my gut and it is so tender that healing is an issue. Nevertheless, I believe I am getting better. Eight months is a long time to be ill, but then I am reminded many live with something until the end. I as well as Cliff hope I win this particular battle soon. I’ve gone back to the more Holistic approach to dealing with this health crisis because traditional medicine has failed me. We are not all the same.

2017 17th Saturday Recap

If You Don’t Like the Weather

      ~ Wait ten minutes

Spring weather has been interesting if nothing else. After 5 PM we received about a half and inch of rain. I know–for those who live in Western Oregon and Western Washington, this would be typical. However, in the high desert country of far Eastern Oregon, we don’t expect this type of downpour. The above video was taken on 18th Avenue–south of Ontario. We only saw two other vehicles and both pulled off because the pounding rain made it difficult. Not all that far from Ontario, they got snow. Later we received a dose of hail. Winter wants to have the last word with its threatening snow. Of course, this all followed on the heel of the summer-like weather.

Traveling To Boise

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Yesterday the last of the 2017 Sadie X Stackhouse Litter (mostly Longhairs) joined their forever families. Christina and I met Dave at the Boise airport with Winston. What a trooper. Dave’s flight was delayed, so we waited longer. Then he was delayed getting out of Boise. Fortunately, he made it way from Boise before this storm hit or there would have been yet another delay.

Waiting At the Airport

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you!

Sunday— April 30 — Don’t Eat the Tulips

Monday — May 1 — The Eleventh Hour Scenario (May Day Pup you see above at the airport)

Tuesday —May 2 — Debbie’s Bella

Wednesday —May 3 — Growing Too Fast

Thursday  —May 4  — Hank

Friday  —May 5 — Meet Elio

On a very personal note

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I purchased some paint for the utility bath. It is called Butter Rum–it might look a bit like Calf Scours. (oops) I put one coat on a small section of the wall to see what it might look like. It will (definitely) need two applications. I think we will like it when it is done.

I also went a more Holistic medical practitioner this week. I felt I had to do something because the medication I got from my doctor was seemingly making me worse. I honestly believe their diagnosis was partially wrong. I know they meant to help me, but in many ways, I got worse. I am on a super restricted diet and additional supplements to spark healing. I have already seen improvement, but I have a long way to go.

I am still doing the acupuncture every week. I have to drive to Meridian because the person slated to work Fruitland left the practice. They have a new hire; however, the process of getting them going is lengthy. They are hoping to have someone back at St. Lukes in Fruitland by June.

2017 16th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

        ~ Double Rainbow

Rainbow April 2017 WM-10Spring weather by nature is fickle. Thursday Baker City and the surrounding area didn’t celebrate what they hope is the last snow of the season. We saw a double rainbow out the window while we were eating dinner. It is always a welcome sight.

Most of you are probably aware that we had a fun week. The puppy swim made the Facebook as well as our blog. You can find the link below if you missed it. Cliff has been working at the pond with Juniper and also doing field training.

Spring birds are a thing too! Our Coturnix Quail Eggs arrived–about 250 eggs. Not a single egg was broken. We order 210, but they sent extra eggs. It will be fun to see how many hatch–we expect them to begin to appear in about 18 days after they were placed in the incubator. We also have a 100 Bob Quail Eggs en route. We hope they arrive today. The Bob-Whites require 21 days to hatch.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you!

I think this was a particularly fun week on the blog. I hope you enjoyed it too! We also included news about availability and flea treatment. Maybe this was useful information–we hope.

Sunday— April 23 — Out and About (with Dusty)

Monday — April 24 — Our Life With (Bella and Daisy)

Tuesday — April 25 — Tazmanian Devil (beloved Maverick)

Wednesday — April 26 — Swimming Pups (includes a video)

Thursday  — April 27 — Availability (What Can We Say?)

Friday  — April 28 — Duke (Having Fun in Idaho and flea protection)

On a very personal note

Cliff has the utility sink backsplash up. We still have some work to do around the area, but it is on the wall. He has been otherwise engaged around the far and with training.

My health continues to improve. It is a slow road back to where I was before this lung situation happened. I don’t know if I can get back to the same level, but I am in hope. Christina is off for a few days. She is making a trip to LA with her friends. We hope her save travel and look forward to her return.

Thank you, everyone, who has prayed, written notes of encouragement and support. I feel your love.

 

2017 15th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

 ~ April Showers and Whatnot

IMG_5544The week included plenty of those showers and a dose of sunshine here and there. It was what we would expect. Cliff has been busy training the Weims for the upcoming North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability Test. The date (first weekend of May) is fast approaching. There is never enough time to prepare–at least where he has so many other things calling him. He trimmed around the pond and filled it for the first time a few days ago. Since then it has been busy.

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We have some new residents too! You might spot them above the pond. The two Mallards took flight as they heard me approach. It looks like they have claimed ownership, but defer to the Weims and us when they must.

We are very fortunate to have two local hunt clubs which both offer the opportunity to hunt test our Weimaraners. Recently, the schedule at OwyheeStar has kept Cliff from doing as much as he would like. Anyhow, he is a member of both the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF) as well the International NAVHDA and the Treasure Valley NAVHDA Chapters.

Once a year there is a local AKC event where Cliff can take the Weimaraners to earn the traditional Hunt Titles. Check out the above links to learn more about these organizations.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you!

Sunday— April 16 — Looking Good (Happy Easter Fun)

Monday — April 17 — How We Spent Easter (Emma and Alice)

Tuesday — April 18 — When Dinner’s Late (Ilsa)

Wednesday — April 19 — Growing (Dharma)

Thursday  — April 20 — Goldee (Celebrates her Birthday)

Friday  — April 21 — Henry (At One– age-appropriate exercise)

On a very personal note

 

Cliff has found himself pulled toward the farm’s needs. Spring uncovers the necessary. Unfortunately, there is not enough time and energy to get everything done. IMG_5547The gopher population is expanding, and he had caught a few–there is all too many. In between everything, he managed to cut tile and drop it in place. Soon he will get it installed. We needed to complete it a section at a time. This process means something that might have been a weekend project stays with us for a month or longer. It takes us as long as it takes.

There are cabinets to revamp, wall tile on the north wall and around the entry as well as the north section of the floor to complete. He also has the utility backsplash tile cut and set around the sink. Little by little it is taking shape.

My health is slowly improving. I am happy that there is an improvement. Call me silly, but the acupuncture seems to be helping more than anything else–beyond time. I am taking up a few of my old duties to alleviate Cliff’s workload. It is a smallish effort. I am sure he appreciates anything as long as it is not counterproductive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 14th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~ Sleet, Snow, and Whatnot

Frost_5517The fickle spring weather continues. Mr. Winter insists on imposing his will. Yesterday, in the Treasure Valley as well as the Pacific Northwest, the winter-like weather made an appearance. We didn’t get the snow at OwyheeStar. Not far from here it made an appearance, and the moans of many could be heard. The frost was considerable earlier too!

Hay_5520The alfalfa looks good. Before long we will be irrigating and filling the pond for a puppy swim. Spring is such a fun time. Cliff also uses our pond to train for his hunt tests. He is preparing for one coming up the first weekend of May. Our homing pigeons flew the coop this winter. It has been a strange winter, and there is an outright pigeon shortage among those who use them for dog training. Rose (who lives at Emmett) parted with a few to help us get another start. Cliff brought them home this week. They are young, but we still have them locked in. They have to identify with their new location being their home, or they would try to fly back to Emmett. The beautiful thing about the homers is you can use them for training, and then they fly back to the nest.

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you!

Sunday— April 9 — LilyBear

Monday — April 10 — Embarrassing

Tuesday — April 11 — Chloe

Wednesday — April 12 — National Pet Day (late)

Thursday  — April 13 — Litter Socialization

Friday  — April 14 — Pup Cakes Anyone?

On a very personal note

Evie Galoushes9086Cliff and I want to wish everyone all the best for Easter. We are more traditional in our approach to the holiday–thinking of it as Resurrection Sunday. Yes, we are aware of the history behind the Goddess of Easter. No, we are not against Easter Egg hunts and baskets. How you celebrate is a personal matter. This year, we bought the two great-granddaughters galoshes. Evangeline Grace (Evie) got the Princess Rain Boots. She has been stomping in every mud puddle she can find. River has the traditional yellow type, but they look perfect on her.
Cliff continues to work on the utility bath. He is doing the floor in sections. Who can say if another will be completed today, or not?!? It is coming together.

I am doing better healthwise. That being said, I still cough way too much, and there is a lot of phlegm. Every day is a bit better. The recovery speed is not fast enough to my liking. I am looking for the miracle where “poof” it is gone instantly. If that comes, I pledge to remember how thankful I am for instant relief. If not, I will continue taking it a day at a time. It is hardest on Cliff–there is nothing he can do. He has to watch and listen and suffer along. Anyhow, it is a lot better. I have a way to go. I am hoping for a full recovery soon.

 

 

2017 13th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

     ~ Yesterday, from our front door

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The spring farm work is in full swing. Farmers are in many cases delayed and a bit behind the curve due to Mr. Weather’s Winter fiasco. Even if you love the snow, this has been a bit too much on the Treasure Valley floor. I was a bit too slow to capture the perfect photo of the American Flag that Chris proudly displays on his equipment. He used to have the big red tractors with a giant flag but even now, since he is sporting the John Deere Green, he has his patriotic flag. Isn’t that grand? In a time when people are burning and trashing the American Flag, we still believe it speaks to something vital to our lifestyle.

Our hay has grown. As Chris’s wife (Darcy) was sharing with Cliff this last week the hay, wheat, and corn are not bringing much on the market. For all you hay buyers, you probably are rejoicing about the price being down. Keep in mind, when these crops do not cover the expense to raise them, farmers are forced to raise something different. Soon, the price will skyrocket. Simply put–a farmer needs to make more than the cost to raise a crop. We plan to ride this dip out because the hay means fewer chemicals on our property. That is vital to the health of all of us living here.

IMG_5404We can run the Weimaraners through the hay. Speaking of running through the hay–we have pheasants. There are at least three roosters. A little cock fight happened a couple of days ago. We had eight wild turkeys come by during our lunch one day too! The redwing blackbirds are enjoying it as well. We have spotted various other visitors. To Cliff’s chagrin, the hay has grown enough that the pheasants are tough to spot.

After dinner, last night our Granddaughter (Ashley) and her two girls were out to play with the pups. What fun sounds filled the airwaves at OwyheeStar.

This Week on the Blog

Sawry's Dharma_2419Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  This week our blog was mixed. There were some educational posts along with Dusty’s Chewy post. In addition, we heard about Miss Dharma. If anyone feels inclined, I could use updates. Thank you!

Sunday— April 2 — Sunday Noted

Monday — April 3 — Dharma

Tuesday — April 4 — Two Vital Disciplines

Wednesday — April 5 — Determined Mama

Thursday  — April 6 — Who Is Smarter?

Friday  — April 7 — Dusty Speaks

On a very personal note

 ~The Utility Bath

Utility Bath Towels-2Cliff continues to work on the utility bath.  Our progress is slow but consistent.  The rolled towels at the top are those we use for puppy baths. The medium pink ones were in my hope chest when I was in high school. I am getting down to a few old towels, but I think it is funny I still have some of the original starters.

Cliff built the shelving unit to fit our specifications. I like it a lot. I have several new baskets that bit here and there. I have not decided what will be in each on just yet. I picked up a soap dish and a towel ring that will go up once the backsplash is installed.

 

~The Cyclamen

Cyclamen-6Last week I bemoaned the possibility that the ever-blooming cyclamen might take a vacation. Last night I noticed a new shoot coming up with a bud. I am so excited to find the new promise. I know we all need a break from time to time, but I love the continual blooms. Don’t we all?
My health is about the same–I am struggling. I won’t give up. I am blessed that Ashley will drive me to a doctor’s appointment when I need the help. It is a day at a time situation– It is more like a moment to moment. I have to rest more than I like. Poor Cliff, this is very hard on him.