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Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Spring Weather a Reality

Our hay fields are starting to grow and look a lovely green color. We continue to watch the trains go by, and whatever birds or critters cross our property. Turkeys have been the thing recently.

ADRIAN — They may have been small, but the animal or animals which undermined the bank of Old Owyhee Ditch near Owyhee Junction with their burrowing caused major damage which has left several farmers without irrigation water.

Andy Peutz, a ditch company director, said the canal fracture reported to Monty Culbertson, ditch superintendent, about 3 a.m. Tuesday, was caused by gophers or muskrats. He said the break left a gap in the bank about 50 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet deep, taking out the bottom of the canal.

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We are hoping for a litter of pups to be born any moment. Like everyone, we hold our breath until they arrive. We believe other litters to be on the way, but they will come late spring or early summer. Winnie is doing excellent and we cannot wait to see her babies arrive.

Recently On the Blog…

The blog has thousands of posts over a decade-plus. I cannot remember the exact date we started publishing the blog. A convergence of recent events has caused us to rethink publishing a daily blog. We received a warning that our business would suffer if we stopped the daily posts–and maybe it is true. Nonetheless, we are not sure what is possible at this point. My (Shela’s cancer) returned, and I am on some serious medication that causes extreme exhaustion. I believe I will be able to manage the cancer, but it will require adjusting the work schedule. No one knows the number of hours this requires behind the scenes.

Christina suggested that I create a blog submission format so I could control what we receive. It is the truth that sometimes, the more complicated blogs can burn up a couple of hours. I am sure it is all very straightforward to the person who sent it, but it is sometimes challenging for me. I think Christina has a point. If I create a blog submission format (criteria) and people use it, it would make the posts easier. Sometimes I receive links to a folder of photos that I enjoy immensely, but I am unsure what photos I am to use. Sometimes there is nothing written to go along with–or a brief sentence explaining. I am not always sure how to use the information. I sometimes get something with no photo, and I write the person back asking for a photo.

Add this to what happened last year where I got more than a thousand inquiries requiring at least 10-15 minutes to answer, and sometimes the initial contact required half an hour or more, and it becomes overwhelming. Time is the one thing we cannot make–and we need to use it wisely. I love posting the blog and sharing the information about our OwyheeStar offspring. Let’s see how this shakes out, but I am working on finding a workable solution. Blogs will appear randomly. I welcome submissions but keep in mind a couple of photos and a paragraph make it easier for me. And email (or, if necessary, texting is okay). I might lose a text, though–that worries me. I work hard to make sure I don’t. Facebook messaging me an update is best avoided. I have some clients who insist on this approach. I hope we can create a submission form that people are willing to use. I will look into that ASAP. My preference is to have a simple way to keep the daily blog going–but I have to cut back on time invested. Photo links are easy for you, and not so much for me–for various reasons.

For Your Review

Sunday— April 11 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- April 12 — Duke

Tuesday – April 13 — Tikka and Luna 

Wednesday — April 14 — Kihei

Thursday –- April 15 — The Blog

Friday — April 16 — no blog today

On a very personal note

I returned home on April 8th from our trip west to meet some of my newly discovered biological family. I didn’t meet everyone I hoped to meet, but we had an excellent visit with eight relatives. I loved the small gatherings where I got to interact and know people. The experience was surreal, life-changing, and the trip exhausting. Our second oldest granddaughter (Christina) made the journey with me. Without her going, it would have been impossible.

Cliff managed the home and the Weimaraners by himself while we were gone. He also finished the master bath ceiling and a few other minor things in that room. He is still working on it–when you have to do it in bits and pieces, it takes longer. He has purchased the trim boards and a pocket door for between the bath and our bedroom. We await the tile’s arrival.

The master bath is not all that Cliff has been working on–the wheel lines didn’t fare well in the recent windstorm. He has had to put them back together–well, they were like a pretzel. That was not a good thing. Somehow, he got the worst of it fixed yesterday, and now he says the second one should be easier. Let’s hope.

For me, it has been a week of catching up and trying to recuperate. I am reveling in the experience. I feel much loved by the biological family. I also feel appreciated and loved by you (our Weimaraner clients). I have received many gifts, including the handwoven scarf that Sharyl made for me, a copper Weimaraner weathervane, and a cozy Weimaraner blanket–that I love snuggling under for an afternoon nap. I am enveloped in positive vibes–thank you.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Feeling Like Spring

Our neighbor at the end of the road is installing a center pivot. That means a lot of extra traffic on our dead-end lane. Some crops are emerging that were planted last fall, and our alfalfa is coming on, too. There are a couple of fields not worked up (still sporting last year’s cornstalks), and we are guessing they must be going to plant beans. They or potatoes go in a bit later.

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We are still awaiting pups –but it is looking promising. Winnie was mated to Manfred, and we expect a mixed litter–with some Longhairs.

This mating is a repeat, and we are looking forward to the pup’s arrival as much as Waitlist. Of course, she will not produce a puppy for everyone. And yes–we have also mated Juniper.

Here is a photo of the lovely Winnie–we will be creating a Web Page soon–and I am preparing everything before I leave on my upcoming trip so things will be ready when I get back.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Mar. 21 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Mar. 22 — Nixon

Tuesday – Mar. 23 — Kenai

Wednesday — Mar. 24 — Chester Reports

Thursday –- Mar. 25 — Weims

Friday — Mar. 26 — Sky (Part One)

On a very personal note

Cliff is working on the master bath. We agreed on a light-colored tile for the wall and walk-in shower. The bathroom is more than adequate for us, but certainly not spacious. We thought the lighter wall color would be the right choice. Cliff found some pine, which we hope to put on the ceiling and the upper wall, but he couldn’t get the old truck to run yesterday. We hope to get into town and pick it up soon–before it is gone. We ordered the tile as it was out of stock.

Christina and I have been working in the greenhouse. Next week we should have some decent photos. There is quite a bit to be done before we leave for Western Oregon on Easter Sunday. Yes, we are traveling to meet some of the biological relatives. It has taken quite a lot of work (and a healthy dose of good fortune) to make this trip come together. Our focus is preparing for the trip–we have quite a few things that have to be done. That includes doctor’s visits, bloodwork, and such.

You probably read that I started the chemo pill this week. So far, I am more than tolerating it and not having any undesirable side effects. I am hoping this good fortune continues.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Spring is here

I hope that your weather is Spring-like and Mr. Winter is not pulling a joke on you. We have had a little rain, and it threatens to give us a bit more. It is nothing major but what you might expect. I noticed that some of the plants have wintered over–I hope various grasses all made it. I need to invest in a few spring flowers to add some color.

Farmers are out getting after the gophers, which are thriving. Cliff needs to do the same here, but he has been doing some much-needed tractor work.

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While we wait for pups, we are still busy working on records and whatnot. There are plenty of things that get neglected once the pups arrive. We also continue to get a record number of inquiries–but nothing like 2020. We have been adding names to the Waitlist every week. Several checks are in the mail–we watch for them to arrive.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Mar. 14 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Mar. 15 — Willow

Tuesday – Mar. 16 — Knobby

Wednesday — Mar. 17 — Millee

Thursday –- Mar. 18 — Caleb

Friday — Mar. 19— No Names Here

On a very personal note

An extraordinary package arrived this week–a hand-loomed scarf by my friend Sharyl. It turns out we decided I need a longer scarf, so I am to package and return it. I do love it so much–the new one will be identical except for the length.

I mentioned that I am getting the medication I supposedly need to prolong my life on the morning ditty. It should arrive on Tuesday–as with any medication, there is a list of potential side effects. The most concerning is vomiting –hopefully, that won’t be my luck.

I also reported that I would give up ceramics because of the silica dust, which is terrible on everyone’s lungs. Sure, I could wear a mask, but this dust is not worth the risk for me. If it gets into the lungs, it takes up permanent residence. A lot of potters have lung issues. Anyhow, since we moved into the farmhouse, the kiln and the wheel have been stored on a pallet in the shop, gathering dust. There is no place to set up a studio here–so many reasons to let them go. Marshall has been searching everywhere for an old Shimpo wheel (like the one I had)–the kiln and wheel are exactly what he had hoped to find. He told me he had been looking for two years–I saw another one on eBay in Georgia. Shipping would have driven the price up, and to be honest, it was hard to know if it would work. At least mine was working when it went into storage. (Haha)

Even though I am behind the curve in the greenhouse (because I was not sure I would be able to have the garden this year), things are sprouting. Christina loves the greenhouse and the garden work–I am glad we can work together on it. It makes me smile when she reports back that she checked on things–and which things have sprouted.

Cliff has been doing tractor work–he is getting the ground ready to plant some grass in his training area. Of course, with spring pressing in, he will have to get the wheel line fixed soon. The winter wind caught it, and it got the worst end of things. (OMG) Meanwhile, every moment he can find is invested in our master bath. I am very excited to see the project come together.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Spring-like Weather Prevails

The warm temperatures continue, and fields are greening up all around us. Of course, as Cliff pointed out, the weeds are enjoying this warmth and getting off to a good start. If only crops and gardens thrilled so easily and were immune to bugs–weeds and bugs they both thrive even in adverse situations.

We all know, that tomorrow we move to Daylight Saving’s time–Spring Forward.

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While we wait for pups, we are busy working on records and whatnot. There are plenty of things that get neglected once the pups arrive. We also continue to get a record number of inquiries–but nothing like 2020. We had more than a thousand inquiries last year–it was completely insane. A lot of folks were not too thrilled with the limited time I had to invest. I felt overwhelmed a lot of the time.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Mar. 7 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Mar. 8 — Storm

Tuesday – Mar. 9 — Benton

Wednesday — Mar. 10 — Porsche

Thursday –- Mar. 11 — Jacee

Friday — Mar. 12— Pet Food (Revisited)

On a very personal note

Our seven deer made a couple of appearances one day this week–but it is slim picking for the grass they seem to favor. They seem to be thriving. I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but one of the younger ones has a limp–it seems to manage okay, nonetheless.

I met with the Oncologist on Wednesday morning, and we discussed my treatment plan and how things were going thus far. Dr. Morgan seemed happy that I could tolerate the new medication. We talked about the test results–and the fact that he feels my CA 15-3 (tumor marker results) are higher than he would like to see them. But on a positive note, the cancer was not found in my bones, brain, liver, etc. If you don’t know, breast cancer is a very weird one–sometimes it travels to other parts of the body. This is what is happening to me. It is what was expected –but the delay has been more than welcome. It was seven years since I was first diagnosed.

We talked about the future treatment plan, which includes a CKD 4/6 inhibitor (which has a co-pay of $2800 per month). (Ouch) He hopes we can get me on this. Otherwise, I won’t need another bone scan for some time–maybe a year. Another CT scan with contrast is scheduled in June, and additional blood work and another chest X-ray are slated in about five weeks.

Wednesday was a big day for me because, after lunch, I traveled back to Fruitland to meet with the Oral Surgeon to discuss this tooth that my dentist suspected had died. He concurred, doing a full workup, and we discussed the options. If I was younger, and this tooth was less wonky-rooted, I might opt for a root canal, but I finally decided to have it pulled. That happens early Thursday morning.

Cliff has finished the light treatments as of yesterday. Now we hope that between them and the medication, he finds some relief. They are trying to get the blood counts in line, and that is the key thing. Otherwise, he is focused on the master bath remodel. We had gutted it when we moved in–and well, we are finally making significant progress. Our son came and helped Cliff with a few of the more difficult things–such as pouring a shower pan for the walk-in shower.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Snow is gone, Snow Geese are Here

The warm temperatures have melted all the snow, and the snow geese made a neighboring field look snowy white. What a racket they create when they arrive by the thousands. Not long after I took the video and photos, the sky was filled with what looked like endless flocks of snow geese–but it was already too dark to capture their arrival. It was amazing to watch, though. You will notice there are a few Canadians, too.

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We are waiting for pups to arrive–last year, at this time, we were overrun with babies. This year, we wait. They will be coming before long, so meanwhile, we are getting a lot of work done.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Feb. 28 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Mar. 1 — Milo and Maddox

Tuesday – Mar. 2 — Luey and Shiny

Wednesday — Mar. 3 — Oscar

Thursday –- Mar. 4 — Maize (9)

Friday — Mar. 5 — Fin

On a very personal note

Our greenhouse is getting some attention–finally. So far–just clean up, but I am ready to start planting. I am later than I wanted to be again this year. Ambrosia is back to work–the load is mostly mashed potatoes. We have discovered these turn out fabulous. It is nice to have them to whip up quickly for Cliff.

The master bath project continues. Thursday, our son put down the shower base, and yesterday he brought us a cabinet. On Wednesday, he helped Cliff with the ceiling fan and lightbox. So, it is coming together. There is quite a lot left, but real progress is happening. We appreciate our son for helping us–of course, he does this for a living, but still.

Watching the local terrain for deer and birds is a pastime we enjoy. We had not seen the deer for about a week or longer, and they made two appearances yesterday.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ February Snow Continues

We had more snow this week, but nothing of significance. As you can see, it doesn’t blanket the ground, but we had our moments. Most of the snow is accumulating in the mountains where it is needed.

We have not seen the deer this week–we have not driven around the farm looking for a sign they were here, and we missed seeing them, either. I suspect they moved on to areas where there was something to eat–possibly along the river. Maybe they will return now that the ground is clearing, and there should be something to eat.

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We are waiting for pups to arrive–last year, at this time, we were overrun with babies. This year, we wait. They will be coming before long, so meanwhile, we are getting a lot of work done.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Feb. 21 — Deli

Monday–- Feb. 22 — Levi

Tuesday – Feb. 23 — Zoe

Wednesday — Feb. 24 — Franny

Thursday –- Feb. 25 — Mouse

Friday — Feb 26 — Wonder

On a very personal note

Our garden starting supplies arrived yesterday. I have not yet unpacked them–but the greenhouse is calling. I am anxious to get things started. First, the greenhouse needs some work. I have a new shelving unit I need to get dragged in there so I can place things in that. Then the counters and supplies need to be cleaned and organized. It shouldn’t take too long. Now that I am done with the medical testing for a bit–I was able to do the bone scan in Fruitland, which is just across the river (from Ontario) in Idaho. They took excellent care of me–and although it took an IV, that tech got the needle in without a problem. (Whew)

Cliff is working on the master bath–it seems like we have been talking about this forever. Well, he is quite away from being done, but at the same time, he has made a lot of progress. Meanwhile, it seems the farm transportation situation has been a challenge. He has three rigs to use around here, and all of them have required attention. (Haha) It is good he can work on the. Otherwise, I am not sure what we would do.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter is now Winterish

Before the storm arrived!

No surprise — after a Spring-like January we have winter in February. (Haha) I should have taken photos–our snow isn’t deep but it covers the landscape paint the perfect winter profile. We still see the deer on and off. A couple of times this week we spotted the herd hanging out –grazing.

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We are breath abated and wondering if either girl we mated earlier this year will produce a litter. First-time Mamas are unpredictable. We will have Spring pups–but we cannot be sure if it will be early or late Spring. It is always the question–but impossible to answer. Our best guess is they are going to arrive later than we hoped.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring..

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Jan. 31 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Feb. 1 — From Sunny California

Tuesday – Feb. 2 — Zula Blue

Wednesday — Feb. 3 — The Pack

Thursday –- Feb. 4 — Shadow

Friday — Feb 5 — Wonder

On a very personal note

It has been a tough week–my X-ray and scan detected growths of a serious nature. I am slated to see the Oncologist on Wednesday afternoon. Cliff and I are stressed–the waiting is hard. Finding out the plan will be a good thing. Otherwise, Cliff has been working as time permits on the master bath. As silly as this might sound, it abuts the Whelp room–we like it that way. So there were some adjustments to be made along that wall too. When it is done, everything will be excellent.

It has been a week of medical and dental appointments–me with the scan and Cliff with his Light Treatment. We are hoping it will help with the itching, which disrupts his sleep. Anyhow, Dr. Thornfeldt knew about Cliff’s condition and understood how it could affect a person’s skin, so we will give his ideas the chance to work. It includes a special (non-insurance covered) compounded prescription. We will be happy if it works. We both had dental appointments–mine was cleaning, but I also discussed some options with my fabulous dentist. Don’t you love it when the caregivers are so on top of things? I know, we do.

With the recent developments, Cliff and Christina are scheduled to get the COVID vaccine because they are my caregivers–and the risk for me is extreme. Cliff was hoping I could still be vaccinated, but I cannot. At least, getting vaccinated may limit the risk of them bringing it to me.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Beauty and the promised of Spring

Some fields are greening up a bit. And I see little weeds popping here and there. I don’t remember many Februarys where we saw any green of any sort. Of course, the evidence of winter is still framing the Treasure Valley–the mountains sporting snow. We had not seen the deer for a couple of days, but as we sat down to dinner they emerged from the sanctuary. They look so healthy.

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We are breath abated and wondering if either girl we mated earlier this year will produce a litter. First-time Mamas are unpredictable. We will have Spring pups–but we cannot be sure if it will be early or late Spring. It is always the question–but impossible to answer.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring..

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Jan. 31 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Feb. 1 — Over the Rainbow Bridge

Tuesday – Feb. 2 — A Couple of Days Ago

Wednesday — Feb. 3 — Speaking of Nancy Garin

Thursday –- Feb. 4 — Scout

Friday — Feb 5 — Friendly Bart

On a very personal note

We have been talking about getting our Master Bathroom finished for longer than I would like to admit. There are several segments before we can get to the meat of the project–the kind of roadblocks one wishes to avoid. Cliff had to cut our tile and move a doorway. He has the door in, but there is still work such as the trim, etc. But we are feeling pretty good about this happening.

Call it what you like–getting rid of clutter, purging, minimizing, etc. –I am on it. Because I am sentimental and have a love of certain material items–it isn’t easy. I am slowly letting go of more and more things. I have an outbox (sometimes these items go to family members if they want them)–let’s call this what it is “purgatory” for items in the flux between staying and moving on.

There is little else to report other than medical professionals are looking once again for the underlying problem that is causing my ongoing issues. I am having a scan today–and hoping for an answer and also hoping for good news. Who doesn’t?

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Beauty and the promised of Spring

Treasure Valley weather has been extraordinary, yet we still have the expected winterish sort at times–with a little snow, rain, and cold wind. But the temperatures are unseasonably warm for the most part. It seems as though things will be greening up sooner than usual in the high desert areas of far Eastern Oregon.

Over at Malheur Nursery, they have seedlings growing–so, it won’t be long, and we will back working in the garden, mowing lawns, and enjoy flowers. Their nursery is only a couple of miles at most from our house. I like to drop in there when they are open–I always buy a few plants. We want to support the local small businesses whenever possible.

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We are waiting to see what will be born this Spring–we mated Hope. And her name fits the situation–we are hoping she will produce her first litter. Not long ago, she and Martee both earned a North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Prize–despite overwhelming circumstances.


People are asking us to predict what will be born–goodness, if only it were possible. We wait breath-abated as everyone else.

This Week On the Blog…

I am always looking for new information to share regarding the OwyheeStar offspring..

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Jan. 10 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Jan. 11 — Tiga and Lotte

Tuesday – Jan. 12 — Waylon

Wednesday — Jan. 13 — Our Lily

Thursday –- Jan. 14 — Contemplating Another

Friday — Jan. 15 — Puppy Talk

On a very personal note

We continue to Freeze-dry various items–this week it has been buttermilk and some various protein items. We inserted five trays of milk last night. We are learning how to use the freeze-dried food incorporating them into our every day meal plan. I have prepared the Kameshige corn we freeze-dried twice–and Cliff could not believe it was freeze-dried–it tasted pretty close to fresh off the cob. I have used the corn in soups before, but this is the first week I prepared it as a side dish for him.

Cliff is trying to take care of some of his various medical and dental needs–we have set an eye appointment, and I need to set something up with the dermatologist and the hand specialist. He met with the Oncologist after having a blood draw this week. They adjusted his medication. We called for a dental check because a tooth was bothering him — he got in yesterday at 8:15 AM.

My focus is on the farmhouse organization. As I keep saying, we are purging the stuff we don’t need. Cliff thinks he will get to work on our master bath again–he has to cut some tile before installing a door and trim. I am not sure precisely the plan–I let him do it. I have other things to fuss over. (Haha) And wrapping my mind around this type of thing is not my forte. (OMG)

There is little else to report. I mentioned detailed information regarding my biological family in my daily ditty–so, I won’t repeat that here. I am working on my family tree–the one that includes the birth family. Once I get them entered, I will go back and put in the parents as I knew them–the ones who rescued and adopted me. I want to get this as accurate as possible to leave for the family should anyone become interested–you know, the grandkids, and such. Honestly, this family tree building thing is nothing short of an arduous task–there are so many twists and turns. Ancestry has a lot of inaccurate information–so, it is essential to proceed with caution and check facts. (Having said that,) Ancestry has some pretty remarkable documents–including birth certificates, marriage certificates, and such. There are photos –some from high school, and others added by family. Let’s just say that is quick the journey and leave it at that.

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

~ Winter Beauty

The Treasure Valley is known for spectacular sunrise and sunsets. Here is one I captured on the iPhone this week. We had snow flurries, but nothing much stuck mixed in with unseasonably warm weather. That also has left muck and mud everywhere around the farm. And, right now, we are fortunate that our ground is sandy. It will dry up before some places nearby.

We see the deer nearly every day–and we enjoy them so much. What we didn’t enjoy was that Stackhouse rolled in the deer exhaust. Some of you understand this all too well.

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The last of Atti’s pups leave today. We are traveling to meet folks in Burns, OR. Meanwhile, Christina is holding down the home and tending to the Weimaraners. We cannot thank her enough.

Yesterday, we bathed the pups because doing it on an early cold winter morning doesn’t make sense. All in all, they handled the whole bath thing pretty well.

We hope to have Spring pups born, but we don’t know for sure, as we always say. Please check out our information on availability to learn more about our process.

This Week On the Blog…

We had a couple of tear-jerkers for the Thursday and Friday blogs. There are no adequate words to post or say that cover such a loss. Of course, we like the more upbeat stories–but the reality is, saying goodbye is part of making the journey.

If you have a story that you will let me share–I need at least three sentences and a decent photo. I prefer to receive it via email. (FYI–we only use stories that feature the OwyheeStar Weimaraner). 

We are always in need of OwyheeStar stories to share. 

It helps when I get an email even if you send photos via another mode. I know you enjoy reading about other OwyheeStar pups–especially those related to yours.

For Your Review

Sunday— Jan. 10 — Sunday Photos

Monday–- Jan. 11 — Berkley

Tuesday – Jan. 12 — Opal

Wednesday — Jan. 13 — Ruger

Thursday –- Jan. 14 — Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds!

Friday — Jan. 15 — Greta

On a very personal note

Cliff and I are still freeze-drying food for our pantry. It is not a prepper-thing per se. We use these foods in our everyday cooking. For example, this cabbage will make it easy for me to make an egg roll bowl–something that fits my menu. Isn’t that cyclamen so beautiful? I trimmed twice as many spent blossoms as you see here on Thursday, and more buds keep emerging. It is ever so pleasant to have such a gorgeous plant that blooms almost every day of the year.

I mentioned that our washing machine repair didn’t go well. There is another thing wrong with the washer that didn’t show up until the electronics were replaced. So, now we wait for parts somewhere between one and two months. (OMG)

Cliff is working on the Jeeps, cleaning the shop, and preparing to dive into serious dog training. I am working on the old farmhouse –the same thing as I have been doing for what seems like forever. (Haha)