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2017 31st Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 12, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

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

Sunday—August 6 — 2017 30th Recap

Monday —August 7 — Shelli Reports

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

Wednesday —August 9 — Cyclamen

Thursday  —August 10 — Former Dog Atheist

Friday  —August 11 — Puppies

 

On a very personal note

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

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

 

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So many large leaves–amazing!

 

 

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

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

2017 30th Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~August 6, 2017

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This Week on the Blog

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

Sunday—July 30 Lily (Blue Longhair)

Monday —July 31At Lake Michigan (Ringo)

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

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

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

Friday  —August 4 — One Year (Leo)

 

On a very personal note

 

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

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

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

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

2017 29th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

         ~July 29, 2017

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This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  We absolutely appreciate you (who sent an update) for taking the time and effort!

Sunday—July 23 Family (Edgar celebrates 1 Yr)

Monday —July 24Cool Treat (Waiting for Watermelon)

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

Wednesday — July 26 — Our First Day (Griffey)

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

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

 

 

On a very personal noteCyclamen Leaving Out_6442

 

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Before the Mishap

 

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

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

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

 

2017 28th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

       ~July 22, 2017

 

This Week on the Blog

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

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

Monday —July 17 What Could Be Better?

Tuesday —July 18 — Princess (Bella Celebrates 3)

Wednesday — July 19 — Not So Long Ago

Thursday  — July 20 — Much Loved 

Friday  — July 21 — Alli

Product Endorsement

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

On a very personal note

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

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

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

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

 

 

2017 26th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 8, 2017

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

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

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

 

This Week on the Blog

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

Sunday—July 2 Stackhouse

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

Tuesday —July 4 — Safe 4th of July

Wednesday — July 5 — #2 Distillery Dog

Thursday  — July 6 — Maizie Speaks

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

Product Endorsement

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

On a very personal note

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

The Farmhouse Remodel

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With Spacers it is Perfect!

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

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

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

2017 25th Saturday Recap

Greetings From Far Eastern Oregon

           ~July 1st, 2017 

Early summer and all that comes with demands celebration. We kind of get started with a bang! It is fortunate that Independence Day is the 4th of July. The BBQ, watersports, camping, etc. is combined with fireworks. The only hesitation we have is the safety and well-being of our beloved Weimaraners. We sincerely hope to learn that everyone and their pets made it through this holiday without incident.

As The Saying Goes

IMG_6050The expectation is to find Treasure Valley crops almost visibly growing from day to day during the longer, heat-filled perfect growing conditions. Old timers used to say regarding their corn crops that they would be ‘Head high by the 4th of July.’ We stopped along the road yesterday and took a couple of snapshots to show you how things look only days before. The wheat is turning golden and pushing towards harvest ready. Some of the fields were even dryer than this one. Oh, and this is where I should mention our alfalfa is happily growing back almost as we watch out our window. It is the most amazing thing.

 

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  Of course, we had two on the topic of fireworks and preventing issues with our beloved Weimaraners. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has sent and update recently. We know how busy summer can be. We absolutely appreciate you taking the time and effort!Lite Snackers_1145

Sunday—June 25 Jorga

Monday —June 26 It Begins

Tuesday —June 27 — Fireworks Sensitivity

Wednesday — June 28 — Spock

Thursday  — June 29 — Sadie

Friday  — June 30 — Maizie Knows

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

Coming Soon! Watch for the next product review featuring Sadie. 

On a very personal note

IMG_3128We took me to the Holistic Care Provider yesterday. I have yet another supplement to take, and we will see what it does for me. Friday was the best day I have had in months. Regaining my strength and getting into a full recovery state appears to be a longer trip than I would hope. Regardless, I am encouraged. Cliff went along with me today. I am so very blessed to have a supportive, loving husband. You know, having a wife that ill for months is not easy.

Cliff got the end puppy yard rototilled and planted. He has been working on the future lawn located on the east side of the farmhouse. We wanted to taper the dirt gradually so that any runoff would run away from the foundation. This last winter we wished that it had been like that with all the snow piled high along the eaves. Oh, and he has the Utility Bath tile up except for the last piece. Then he has a section to grout and the trim to put up. Don’t worry; there is more to be done before we can call the Utility Bath remodel finished. Nonetheless, we are getting there.

 

Cyclamen Lessons

If you follow me on Facebook or the blog, you know about the cyclamen that my friend (Ellen) gave me May 2012. She brought it to me at the hospital when I had a major surgery–what I jokingly refer to as one of hospital spa visits. You might remember that I never replanted the cyclamen and yet it produced a constant abundance of flowers year round. In fact, it had at least one blossom all but for a two-week period about a year-and-a-half ago when I thought maybe it was done giving me the joy. What could I expect from one plant that never got fertilizer or repotted?

About two weeks ago, I decided I had to do something about my treasure. So, I tried to remove it from the small glass square container (which had no drainage). I decided to use the same outer ceramic pot (which has drainage) and to put a couple of big rocks in the bottom with some fresh potting soil. I probably should have broken the glass container but being me, I tried to extract the plant and to keep the glass vase intact. I did; however, in the process, the beautiful cyclamen foliage broke off entirely, and I was left with a wad of leaves, etc. and the separated root mass. I poked it all into the flower pot. It was clear I might have killed my baby.

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The original leaf –can you see the bud to the right?

 

A few days later, I had a single leaf which gave me hope. I looked closer and discovered what looked like some potential stem development. Sure enough, yesterday I counted ten green shoots–one carries a bud. I am watching it entirely too close. I suppose it is a bit like watching boiled water, but I cannot help myself. When I consider the neglect–it causes me to shake my head. I cannot help but marvel. I wonder how many plants are killed each year with the best of intentions. To me, this plant speaks–it has a lot to say. It whispers truth about friendship, endurance, hope, and never giving up. Even when something appears to be dead, sometimes new life emerges. It is God’s law of the universe. We do not create life. We can kill something but not always. I found myself in cautious anticipation wondering what would happen. Contemplating if I replaced this plant with another cyclamen if I could have such good fortune.

IMG_6062I cannot speak as to why the plant more than overcomes and blossoms despite minimal care. If you want to consider bits of tea as fertilizer, I did empty the occasional leftover various tea bits in the mix. Regardless, there is no accounting for the thousands of blossoms smiling at me over the years. Sometimes adversity creates more than the ideal conditions. This phenomenon is true in our personal lives. When we are forced to dig deep and make the most of what we have, and at the same time we are compelled to appreciate each moment allotted our perspective changes. We bloom if you will. I am not sure I could ever perform like my cyclamen, but I sincerely hope the challenges have produced growth and something beautiful. Nonetheless, in my human frailty, I openly admit I would prefer to reside in the ideal conditions without all the challenges.

 

 

 

 

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.