~August 17, 2019
The onion harvest in full-swing a couple of noteworthy things are happening–we smell onions as we drive. We also are looking at the bare ground where they were thriving not long ago. It is both wonderful and sad to my heart–we need the harvest, but I miss the green crops.
So our hay has been cut, raked, baled and stacked–and we are happy. We expect to get one more cutting. Cliff will be getting it all watered again–now that the bales have been removed. It is going to be thirsty. (Haha)
We continue working on the Whelp Room–Cliff plans to have the floor done come Monday. That way Christina and I can work on putting the room back together.
Things look good–we expect pups to arrive before too long. We will be updating the pages, and our availability notice soon. We like to feel as if there is a high certainty that things are going to come together. Until those babies arrive, there is no guarantee. (OMG) Honestly–it is stressful to us–but we breathe and remind ourselves that we cannot control every scenario. Well–mostly we can control our attitude. (OMG)
This Week On the Blog…
What an array of interesting posts–thanks to everyone who made this possible. I truly appreciate you sending the Emailed Updates–along with the photos, etc.
Sunday— August 11 — Duchess
Monday–-August 12— At The Beach (With Asher)
Tuesday — August 13 — Remy
Wednesday — August 14 — The Cone (For Bart)
Thursday –- August 15 — Goose Lake (with Duchess)
Friday — August 16 — Finn
On a very personal note
~At The Old Farmhouse
–Quail photos below left to right, the native California Quail we see running our farm and the local area. Then there is Bobwhite–first the male followed by a female, and another closeup of a male.
Cliff is doing well–the exhaustion overtakes him on occasion. (OMG) But after a certain age, it might be expected. He has been busy with his little side-gig. By that, I mean the raising of the Bobwhite Quail. You might remember we had the Coturnix Quail–and they were fun. We don’t have a market for them, and it was a bit too much for us to keep up with them and everything else. Since he went to raising the Bobwhite Quail, it has been a lot better. Cliff just read to me that the Bobwhite is the fourth most popular game bird in America. We certainly love them!
The coloration will vary slightly –some have more gray than others. You will notice the males are easy to identify after they develop a bit. One thing that sets them apart is their distinctive call –it sounds like a whistled bob-white! Our neighbor, Alan Brown, stopped by to talk with Cliff and told him he heard the Bobwhite calling to him on his property. He delighted (like Cliff) because they both remember them being native birds when they were young. The only native Bobwhites (according to those who watch those things) are those in the east– this area covers south to Florida and as far west as Texas. The Nielsens have more than a few escapees running loose around the OwyheeStar property and ranging over to the neighbor’s place.
~The Gardening Girls and more
The Gardening Girls took quite a lot of produce away again this week. Evangeline and River no long scream as loud over the cucumbers. (OMG) I kept the last tomato picking–canned nine pints of salsa. Yesterday I pulled the beets and canned seven half-pints of pickled beets. I wasn’t expecting to can anything, but it seems I am. Ashley has a friend with an overload of tomatoes, so I am getting a couple of bushels that I plan to work up. This time I am thinking the sugar-free ketchup and some pizza sauce.
The girls (Evangeline and River) like to do other things when they come to visit–play with the toys, read, and eat. Oh–they want to help me cook too! We made ice cream, chocolate pudding, and their favorite–soda. We have the soda stream on the counter. They don’t often get soda pop. (OMG)
GREETINGS FROM FAR EASTERN OREGON
~June 15, 2019
Well, things warmed up–and all the crops are growing like crazy. We expect the new alfalfa will be cut this week–it’s the first cutting. Cliff has been hurrying across the field with water, so he is ready when they arrive.
Between here and Ontario, there is a lot of grain. It is incredible how quickly it is maturing. Before long–they will harvest, and we will have a whole lot barren fields. (OMG) It seems like winter was here yesterday. Wait a minute–it kind of was, as it kept showing up on Spring’s timeline. (OMG)
The focus is on Bernie’s pups, so yesterday we made a trip to the sanctuary. That is always an experience. With ten puppies, you cannot be sure if they will stay close. Cliff got a rough mowing done for us before we went down–but only in one section. There was a lot of moisture (mud) because the water has been going. Anyhow, we were fortunate–the pups pretty much stayed in the shorter (ankle-high) area. The mosquitos were not out in force–I forgot to get some repellent.
The Discovery and Placement Test is slated for Tuesday. We want to be sure they are ready.
This Week On the Blog…
Thank you to each of you who contributed something that we used for a blog. We hope everyone enjoyed the stories as much as we did. There is one final segment in the Remy Blue series. I should get that posted this coming week.
I definitely can use material for the blog–your generous Email updates are what keep me going.
Sunday— June 9 — Sitting
Monday–-June 10 — Finn
Tuesday — June 11 — Shiny
Wednesday — June 12 — Remy Blue (part two)
Thursday –- June 13 — Jorja
Friday — June 14 — Remy Blue (part three)
On a very personal note
~The Grandkids and More
Recently basketball had overshadowed the garden–well, in truth, the gardening girls are once again absent. The summer flu bug visited their home this week. Meanwhile we were watching Brad and Nick play summer basketball. Yesterday–the two played on the Varsity squad together–#31 (Brad) #33 (Nick). Who knows if this will ever happen again, but Nick got called up to the Varsity–he is in the 8th grade.
We (the gardening girls and I) mostly need to pick and water. There are a few plants that need to be planted–three staring up at me from the greenhouse sink. (Haha) But for the most part, everything is settled in and looking promising. The peas are still producing–not sure how long they will last with the heat. We will see. I picked four small zucchini last evening, too. A lot more are on the way. Yum!
Cliff has a constant bag of parts he purchases here or there–wherever he can find what he needs. He got some misters going on the outdoor potty area–to keep the Weims from overheating on the very hot days. We don’t have shade, but this does the trick. Oh– and besides the farm and the Weimaraners–there is the Bobwhite Quail. He set three-hundred eggs this week.