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2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

  ~March 15, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The mornings are frosty, but soon it warms to Spring-like sunny weather almost every day. It is delightful. Our hay guy was working in the back field. I think they plan to get that alfalfa planted in the next couple of weeks. We are ever so happy to hear the news.

It is hard to believe that St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow. Where has the time gone since it seems like yesterday we began spending bits of 2019?!? Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day tradition–we always think of the green as the color associated with the holiday. Historians say that St. Patrick’s color was blue, not green. The use of green on the holiday became common during the 1600s and 1700s, when the clover became a symbol of nationalism and wearing green on lapels became the norm.

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Ashley and Ansell

We have been busy at OwyheeStar–just about in every way you can imagine. Cliff and Ashley laid a new puppy outdoor area with pavers and put up a nice-looking new fence. It may not be permanent fencing, but I love it. The paved area is going to be handy –and adaptable as it could be used for short term adult Weims.

Inside Christina and I have been busy with the business of puppies, cleaning, and paperwork–etc. Ashley and her two girls came to help us one day, too. I cannot say how much it means to have the help to spotlight a puppy or to spend time socializing them. Most importantly, Ansell found his forever home– he leaves Wednesday morning to begin his new life.

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

We wanted to draw your attention towards the Titer Test process– this the new option (for measuring immunity) that our Vet used for OwyheeStar’s Henri. It worked out great. Otherwise on the blog this week– there were a couple of mid-life Weims (Heidi and Lu) that made us smile. Of course, hearing about Luna was extraordinary. Every share is appreciated!

Sunday— March 10 — The Wait is Over

Monday–-March 11 — Lu Enjoys Winter

Tuesday — March 12 — Luna

Wednesday — March 13 — Polka Dot X Blue Gal

Thursday –- March 14 —  Henri’s (titer test)

Friday — March 15 — Blessings

On a very personal note

One of our grandkids and a great-grandkid had a birthday this week. It didn’t work out that we could see them for their birthday, but maybe soon. Next week is Christina’s birthday. It is interesting that two of five have their birthdays that close together–and the great-granddaughter is also tucked in the March birthday bouquet.

The garden is calling–but with other things pressing in Ashley and I have not gotten to work on it just yet. It must happen soon. Mostly our focus has been on cleanup and preparation for Spring. There is plenty to keep us busy.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

   ~March 9, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

We are anxious for Spring’s arrival, but not so much for Day Light Savings. Tomorrow our clocks spring forward, and that means we rise an hour earlier. We have been working toward making the adjustment, but we have to bring along the Weims, too! They are experts at clock-watching.

We see farmers stirring–some are still avoiding the inevitable as long as possible. Soon enough the long hours will begin. We like to watch the process. Of course, our back field needs to be replanted as quickly as possible this spring. I am not sure when that will be exactly. (It is beyond my pay grade.)

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It is training season–North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) guys have scheduled a training this morning. Of course, Cliff and I are club members–both with the local club (Treasure Valley NAVHDA) as well as the International NAVHDA group. We are blessed to have an active local group close to home.

Meet Harriette

We have had a couple of Gray Female Longhairs that needed the right placement. We are so happy that ‘Tilly’ has found what seems to be a perfect forever family–well, of course, it is with a long time OwyheeStar client. She should make an excellent adjustment–fit perfectly into their lifestyle. So, then there is the lovely Harriette (Harri) still available.

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

This week we featured three young Weims, as well as a couple of not so young girls–Porsche and Maizie. We also highlighted Henri–and talked about her titer test. We hope to have the results ready to share soon.

Sunday— March 3 — Mylo

Monday–-March 4 — Blue (with Stone)

Tuesday — March 5 — Seven (Maizie)

Wednesday — March 6 — Vaccine and the Weimaraner

Thursday –- March 7 —  We Are Busy (Ace)

Friday — March 8 — Shopping (Porsche)

On a very personal note

The last couple of days I have not been feeling great. I managed to miss the horrid flu situation–nearly everyone around me had it something terrible. Thursday late afternoon though, a horrid head cold took over. I mean I cannot remember having one that was so nasty–at least for a very long time. I am hoping Cliff can miss having a turn at this very uncomfortable situation.

The Pocket Door Works Great!

(Speaking of Cliff) He has been working on trim. We do so need the trim. He got the pocket door trim done. Soon, when I take a photo, there won’t be the unfinished trim staring back at me. (Haha) Anyhow, the old Farmhouse is a fun but arduous task. (Haha) I suppose we could say it is taking us a long time for a lot of reasons–our busyness with the Weimaraner thing, our status that puts us closer to 70-years than we wish to admit, the fact that we are doing all the work, and limited time, funds, and energy.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~March 2, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

We have not had much snow this winter–what we did get didn’t last. Meanwhile even driving toward Boise, we noticed they had more than we received. And, well in the news–Soldier Mountain Ski Resort in Central Idaho is closed due to too much snow. Idaho snowpack is 300% of what is considered normal. (OMG) In Southern Oregon, barns are collapsing under the weight of this wet snow.

We are not short on mud–every week I keep mentioning it. The winter wheat that was planted between here and town is up–and pleasant to my heart. The promise of Spring is everywhere. Store shelves are filling with gardening supplies, etc.

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Our helpers were back–what great help they are too! The happy screams filled the airwaves. I wasn’t sure who was going to tire out first–the sheer energy exuded was spectacular. Finally, we crashed on the lawn, and this happened.

And just think–these two young girls believe this is the norm–Grannie raises puppies with Grandpa Cliff, and probably nearly every grandparent does this, right?

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

This week a lot centered on adventures in the February Snow.

Sunday— February 24 — Speaking of Beauty

Monday–-February 25 — Yesterday

Tuesday — February 26 — A Service Dog

Wednesday — February 27 — Snow Anyone

Thursday –- February 28—  Colorado OwyheeStar

Friday — March 1 — Stone

On a very personal note

Cliff finished the trim and the gate installation last week, and now he is working on a pocket door. Unfortunately, it is a bit too long so he has to take it down and shorten it.

I picked up a few pieces of pottery at the TVCC Art Department. I also trimmed a few more and have about seven or so glazed and ready for the next firing. I am enjoying the process and working on my skill level. I am happy with the improvement.

I met up with Lynda at the Art Department Thursday–we finished our work and then registered for the Spring Term. After that, we treated ourselves to lunch. So, I had coffee with a long time friend this week, and lunch with my pottery mentor. I call it a good week.

You might remember one of my goals for doing pottery was to create some bulb-forcing pots. I did make quite a few. I will need for next year as I gave away several set up and ready to bloom. I am enjoying a few of the blooms right now, myself.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~February 23, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Recent blogs have discussed the unseasonal muddy situation. Typically, the mud becomes an issue during the Spring thaw–not a January or February thing. (Haha) Thursday we were driving south on Hwy 201 to our grandson’s basketball game–heading to Homedale, Idaho. That journey took us through Nyssa, Oregon, and south–as we pulled out of Nyssa, Cliff spotted some tractors in a field. He was quick to point out some farmer was out working their field. Well, this soon ended with a massive burst of laughter as we got close enough to spot that the tractor was buried in mud. I must admit I begged to turn around and go back so I could capture a picture. Cliff was not stopping or turning around. (Haha)

We have had some snow, but it never lasts long. As we drove East towards Nampa, Idaho yesterday we saw something we can see on the surrounding mountains. They had snow–not a lot but enough to draw our attention. Spring is around the corner, but Winter is not done with us.

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Our helpers were here again this week. Ashley (and her two lovely daughters)–Evie and River, are so much fun. They love to grab Grandpa’s stethoscope so that they can listen to the puppy’s heart–whether they can hear anything or not is a good question. Regardless, the handling by the girls is a plus.

Touch is essential for a pup’s socialization. From their earliest days, as well as throughout the first couple of years, meeting various types of people and experiencing their touch helps the Weimaraner to become more accepting and adaptable. Not every dog, and certainly not every Weimaraner, is going to like everyone. Nonetheless, they should be somewhat user-friendly. These kinds of lessons help lay a good foundation.

This Week On the Blog…

We put out a call for help with material for our blog, and a few of you came through big time. We do so appreciate you understanding our need. Of course, it is an ongoing need. (Haha) I will most likely continue to beg.

I know someone will bail us out, again.

Sunday— February 17 — How Things Unfold

Monday–-February 18 — The Blog, Posts, and Whatnot

Tuesday — February 19 — Elle and Her Preparation

Wednesday — February 20 — House Rules

Thursday –- February 21—  Things Like This

Friday — February 21 — Greetings from Sonoma County!

On a very personal note

Cliff has been tackling an inside project this week–a bit of trim happened. Then he installed the old walk-through gate that we brought along when we moved–we had never gotten it installed because we hadn’t finished our trim. (Go figure) Seriously, whatever thing is calling gets our attention. Sometimes we have to fix things, and other times he is working on a longterm project such as the new puppy nursery annex.

Basketball is still a thing–Bradley’s season is over, but his younger brother is still playing. Nick has been doing excellent–in one of the games, he has 20 points. He didn’t have as many points in the win over Homedale, but it was a very hard-fought game. I would say it was brutal and extremely physical. The two teams meet again, Monday in Parma. I hope they can repeat the win.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~February 16, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The pervasive muddy wetness was our biggest issue. In town, the drains failed to keep up causing minor flooding here and there. For the Western Oregon folks that see this much rain as their norm, it must seem odd to read we are challenged by it–nonetheless, we are.

Storms resulting in dangerous driving conditions caused the Interstate to be closed. There are all kind of road closures in Idaho–if you are traveling there is is a mystery how you can get to certain locations. Nonetheless, shortly these travel issues will be forgotten as Spring unfolds in all her glory.

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We had some overlapping with the early Spring litters. It has kept us busy. When combined with the muck and mud have been a sizeable challenge. As someone said–there is ideal, and there is what happens. Typically, they don’t look quite the same. In the end, you can maybe only control your attitude and the choices you make in response.

We are focusing on the task at hand–it is the key to everything. Looking a bit ahead, I expect to have many hands onboard this week. Ashley has promised to be here with the two Great-granddaughters in tow. (Hurrah!) There will be squeaks, and shouts of joy–no doubt tears of disappointment in the occasion puppy nip–or if one won’t comply with their wishes. (Haha)

This Week On the Blog…

Sage and Roxy wanting back inside

We are ever so thankful to have material to share on the blog. Week in and week out, it seems someone has something to offer in support.

Sunday— February 10 — Longhair Loves

Monday–-February 11 — Lyle and Mesquite

Tuesday — February 12 — The Ocean

Wednesday — February 13 — Kimber

Thursday –- February 14 —  Parvo Paranoia

Friday — February 15 — Snow Fun

On a very personal note

The week was not kind to us–both Christina and Cliff have had an encounter with the flu bug. Cliff is still feeling weak, but over the initial ravages that came along with the nasty occurrence. So far, I have not been toppled. We are hoping my good fortune continues.

Before the flu arrived, we made it to our grandson’s basketball games–first in Payette and then in Weiser. A win and then a loss respectively for the Ontario Middle School Seventh Graders. Brad’s twice-canceled game (due to road conditions) ended is a loss as well. No surprise as MacHi is at home is a tough venue. Other than our typical work, these were our only diversions. On Valentine’s Day, Cliff went down the first thing that morning.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~February 9, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The February Fickle weather (as I call it) is a thing. Yesterday, snow arrived. Well, as this kind of thing goes, I hardly think we can call this snow. It is more of a skiff which is windblown to bare spots here, and there. It is hard to believe that a couple of days ago we were running around without a coat–because it seemed like Spring. Of course, we knew it wouldn’t last forever.

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We were blessed with little helpers this week. I cannot say what it means, but there is no doubt it makes our process even better. We are thankful for our Granddaughter (Ashley) who takes the time and effort to help us–and this includes her bringing the little ones along–Evangeline and River. Their cute faces and personalities light up any room. The pups adore them.

Below Evangeline holds as many as it was possible.

This Week On the Blog…

Our OwyheeStar faithful know and love Dusty–even if they never met him face-to-face. His genes run through many of the well-known lineages. We started the week honoring his 14th birthday –celebrating all he has brought to our program.

Thank you, Dusty, for being a good sport!

We want to thank Whitney for making such an effort to help us with the Blog– everyone enjoyed her update featuring Winchester in the snow. It was great to hear that Ohren made a move to Florida –and adjusted well. Pepper is off to great start, too!

Sunday— February 3 — Milestone (Dusty @ 14)

Monday–-February 4 — Every Breath You Take

Tuesday — February 5 — Snuggling

Wednesday — February 6 — Pepper

Thursday –- February 7 —  Our Girl

Friday — February 8 — What’s This?

On a very personal note

My friend, Lynda, making a lid for the pet urn she is creating.

There has been little time for anything extra–we have the basketball games, my pottery, and the farm stuff. A lot of what we would like to do is not possible with the winter weather. Cliff has been cutting shop wood–a fire is still a must most days.

Basketball will run almost to the end of February. We try to make all the games possible–sometimes when there are two games we get to both. I won’t get as much pottery made this term. I have needed more time on the homefront–and once I made something, then I have to get back in time to trim. So, a couple of times so far it has meant missing. There are only four more weeks to work–and then this term is done. (OMG)

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GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~February 2, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

The last few weeks we have talked about the mud. Typically we would be frozen, but we are not. Even though we have sandy soil we have not dried up like usual. More rain is slated –considerable amounts I should have said. So, I don’t think the mud situation is going away any time soon.

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We have been busy with the puppy thing. What a delight they are to raise and to hand off to someone who dreams of a relationship.

There is a considerable amount of work that goes into each puppy. It begins before they are born–the prenatal care thing. Right up until they go out the door we are busy facilitating the preparation. It is our joy to do this for you.

This Week On the Blog…

Willow was busy finding something and Jan captured her for us–as you read on Sunday’s blog. We love that photo and the hole she dug in no time at all. Over the week we have a lot of variation with the updates. We sincerely hope you enjoyed our posts.

Damon and his two OwyheeStars–one a blue and the other the traditional gray ghost updated us. What a great post it was too. Then too, another repeat client (Dionne) Penny’s Mom shared her fabulous story–from Pendleton to British Columbia. Thank you, every one of you, who gave us an update. We truly appreciate you!

Sunday— January 27 — Looking For a Find

Monday–- January 28 — Not All That Long Ago

Tuesday — January 29 — Our Penny

Wednesday — January 30 — My Two OwyheeStars

Thursday –- January 31 —  Expert Advice

Friday — February 1 — Remy

On a very personal note

It has been more of the same –basketball and the puppy thing. We have not seen our Great Granddaughters for some time. They have been plagued with January sickness. We hope they can come next week–we need to love their faces.

Two of the Three

Cliff is still busy building on the Weimar Annex–haha. Nothing moves fast around here. I am back to the Art Department. I have three pieces ready for the bisque fire–it is scheduled for Monday. Then, I will be making something else one Tuesday as well as glazing the bisque pieces. So, as you can see we continue with the typical kind of thing.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~January 19, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have remained above the norm–now it is rain as well as mud. If the frost goes out, we will dry up in quick order. Otherwise, we will continue to fight the sloppy wet, muddy conditions. It rained about 1/4 inch last night. More rain is on its way.

Yesterday the FedX truck brought a delivery. He thought he would go around the roadside dumpster and the power poll. That was not a good idea. It is okay to drive there when things are dry; however, there is no gravel base. (Oops) He knocked. Cliff had to go get ‘Little Red’ tractor to push him to the road. He is fortunate we could do that, but another farmer seeing his plight came with their full-sized John Deere, but there is no place to hook onto–I don’t think the big tractor would have lined up. Nonetheless, he stuck around while Cliff helped out the driver in distress.

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We are busy with the puppy thing. This is where I will mention that we kept Henri (Dixie X Boone) for the future. It will be a couple of years until she is considered for mating. When she is old enough, she is Longhair Carrier. We could mate her to Manfred (Aka–Manny) and get some Longhairs in the litter. As you can see, we have a pup we are raising– plus we have the babies for others, too.

This Week On the Blog…

Well, another week has come and gone. (Haha) You faithful folks came through again. We truly appreciate every update you send. None is ever wasted on us. We began the week with the lovely Berkley–we ended with Jennifer’s return. Her mother was good enough to capture the welcome home greet. We are ever so happy Jennifer is back from the Sandbox–with Colby and the rest of her family.

Sunday— January 13 — Berkley

Monday–- January 14 — And It Begins

Tuesday — January 15 — Grace & Bella Rae

Wednesday — January 16 — First Weimaraner

Thursday –- January 17 —  Loveable and More

Friday — January 18 — I’m Back (Jenn and Colby)

On a very personal note

You might remember that I wanted to make the pottery to create some bulb-forcing pots. I have given away the most lovely of the assortment, but I have one small tulip blooming. I love it. The recipients seem to love getting a January indoor bouquet –to grace the windowsill, counter, or their table. I still have a few bulbs to plant–I need to finish that today if I have enough potting soil.

If you read our ditty or this blog, then you know it is basketball–Bradley playing for Ontario High School and his younger brother (in the 7th Grade) will begin having games for the Middle School. He proudly shared that he made the A-team. (Haha) We are delighted. On Tuesday, Bradley got his first Varsity start. He did well–nine-points which included a three-pointer. He made the newspaper write up. Tonight’s game is away–we will not be making the trip. (Sad) I have a lot of video clips, but not many photos from the games. I should do better at capturing photos.

Cliff is busy building between keeping everything managed. That about sums up his everyday experience. He is doing well.

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~January 12, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Temperatures have been hovering around freezing and slightly below for our early morning temperature. By afternoon, we have been enjoying spring-like temperatures in the high 40’s and even the low 50’s. (Wow)

The Hawks (Kestrels and Red Tails) are busy hunting–we watch them quite a bit. There has been a few Snow Geese as well as the Canadians–but not in the groups we expect soon. Some days we hear the duck hunters trying their luck on the Snake River–we also have noticed some of the ditches and canals have more than what would be considered the typical number of ducks–the species a bit more varied, too.

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We are busy with the puppy thing. Cliff is working on our new nursery annex area–I try to stay out of his way. Christina, Ashley, and I spend our time working with, cleaning up after, and socializing puppies. We have plenty to do without micro-managing Cliff’s projects. We have the best puppy handlers ever! Oh–you might notice Dr. Evangeline–who likes to borrow Grandpa Cliff’s stethoscope to examine the puppies. (Too Cute!)

This Week On the Blog…

We continue to marvel at your kindness –keeping us apprised on the OwyheeStar happenings in your lives. (Hurrah–we are blessed indeed!) We had the new puppy updates but also news from (Idaho) Dunkin’s family as well as Miss Lu wrapped in her blanket. Then too we saw a family incorporate a second blue male into the household–what fun.

Sunday— January 6 — That Puppy Look

Monday–- January 7 — Two Blue Boys

Tuesday — January 8 — Athena

Wednesday — January 9 — Kimber

Thursday –- January 10 —  A Weim in there somewhere

Friday — January 11 — Dunkin

On a very personal note

Cliff celebrated his birthday last Sunday–it was a nice time with the family. We shared ice cream cake (homemade low sugar chocolate ice cream and gluten-free brownie) topped with a limited number of candles. Everyone loved the ice cream, but for some of us, the brownie was entirely too sweet. Our limited sugar choices changed our sugar addiction –at least that is my theory. (haha) Nonetheless, this was about Cliff’s preference–he brought home what as left and enjoyed it for the next couple of days.

Cliff had another blood draw and check-in in with the Oncologist-Hematologist this week–on Thursday. His news is as good as we could expect without miraculous healing–the numbers are stable. We are extremely thankful.

Lynda

I have signed back up at the college for the pottery class–Lynda decided she would return this term. At one point, she was sure she would not be there for the Winter Term, but she changed her mind. Christina had planned to take the class but now plans to wait another term. I snapped a photo of Lynda at the wheel–while she talked to her husband. (Haha) We sometimes get calls from the guys when we are working away.

Cliff and I attended two of Brad’s basketball games this week. Bradley (#31) is doing well–the team as a whole is improving. Here is a video clip if you are interested–and if it will upload. Sometimes they show on my screen but once I publish they disappear. (OMG)

2019 Weekly Synopsis

GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON

    ~January 5, 2019

Sunrise October 21 2017

Locally winter thus far has not dropped much snow in and around Ontario. We have had a few fleeting snowstorms, but unlike in the surrounding mountains, we do not have snow cover. There is still talk that we could see snow–better snow than bitter cold.

We are all watching and waiting for Marshal’s to move in next to WareMart (by WinCo). Our Ontario shopping experience will have another option. Since Kmart left us, we have Walmart, Maurices, and the farm store for other than men’s clothing. There are a couple other options–but they serve a specialized clientele. Many of us shop online, or we travel towards Boise. The Marshals grand opening should not be too far in the future–they are remodeling the middle slice of the old Kmart building.

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Kimber at home in Western Oregon

This week the last of Dixie’s babies left. Yesterday we met Grace at the airport with Bella Rae. Thursday Cliff met Roger with CW. Both of these families flew in as I alluded to here. Grace from New Jersey and Roger from Salt Lake City–Bella Rae will join her two OwyheeStar Blue brothers (Taun and Bacchus). This is Roger’s second OwyheeStar. Unfortunately, Melvin crossed over the rainbow bridge before CW could arrive home. A few days earlier most of the litter joined their families. Kimber’s parents dropped us the adorable photo and wrote, “Thank you both so much for all the time and effort you put into these pups! “Kimber” is just getting used to things around here!” Honestly, we make friends with the best people on the face of the earth.  

This Week On the Blog…

We continue to marvel at your kindness –keeping us apprised on the OwyheeStar happenings in your lives. (Hurrah–we are blessed indeed!)

Sunday— December 30 — Off to a Good Start

Monday–- December 31 — New Year Resolutions

Tuesday — January 1 — From our Home to Yours

Wednesday — January 2 — Second Christmas (Dash)

Thursday –- January 3 — Moxie and Mama (Bird Hunting)

Friday — January 4 — 7 Steps to Success (a repost)

On a very personal note

Cliff and I have found our New Year busier than the typical one. We have had a litter exit as well as a litter arrival. Then too–our delayed family Christmas finally happened Sunday. There was a lot crammed into very little space. That makes for no opportunity to be bored, right? Honestly, I can remotely remember boredom. (Haha) It is not a thing for us.

Cliff did not get the opportunity to hunt elk. The stars would not align–either there was not the time, the conditions were not cooperating, or his hunting partner was desperately ill. He plans to get in some bird hunting. Tomorrow we celebrate his birthday–and all he does for this family. Early next week he checks in with his Oncologist/Hematologist for bloodwork and such. We hope his numbers remain as they have been–Grade One.

I plan to tuck in some socialization–a few friends to catch up with soon. I also plan to enroll at Treasure Valley Community College and join Lynda in making some more pottery. We need to register this week. So, we begin the new year much like the last–making the most of the opportunities, and trying to manage our health issues. I feel as if things are going well for us. Cliff and I sincerely hope it is much the same for you.