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Happy Father’s Day

~To the Father of Of Our Children

I want to honor Cliff for all he does to make happy moments for me, our family, and everyone of you who live with the OwyheeStar Weimaraner.

Without him–and his very special abilities none of this would be possible. Of course, that is only a small part of his greatness in my eyes–the list would be long.

I have been honored to share 50+ years with him. The journey has been incredible –sometimes challenging, but here we are together. I am sure you can agree he is amazing. Thank You

This Week at OwyheeStar

Greetings From OwyheeStar

DSC_0134editHello, and thank you for dropping by to read our Saturday post. For those new to the blog we publish one every day. On Saturday, you will find a different format. FullSizeRender 28These remarks are geared toward something that is going on in our community or the world at large. It gives you a little window into who Cliff and Shela are and what they might be seeing where they live. It is most likely very different from what most of our readers would see out their front door. The Treasure Valley is a lush irrigated valley that produces a wealth of crops. It is enveloped in BLM rangeland–the kind that has grass and sagebrush. Were it not for the reservoirs, farming would not be a major industry. Cliff and Shela grow hay on their small farm near the Snake River. They also have the OwyheeStar Weimaraner resident. There is a section of the short forty acres reserved to allow critters (especially birds) a place to reside safely. Developed by Cliff’s father and his twin this reserve has special family significance. Cliff worked on it as well over the years; therefore, we refer to it as the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary. It gets used for family gathering and the puppies. Sometimes the resident Red Tail Hawks make their objection known with obnoxious screeching.

This Week on the Blog

Each Saturday, we post the links for those that wish to read once a week. Some people like the Saturday Blog the best; we make every attempt to publish as early as it is possible. To those who faithfully contribute photos and notes–we are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!

Sunday— September 6—Sunday, Day of Rest

Monday — September 7 — An OwyheeStar Labor Day

Tuesday — September 8 – Olli

Wednesday — September 9— Where Does Your Weim Sleep?

Thursday  — September 10—Grayson

Friday  — September 11—Ruby Tuesday

On a very personal note

The Lymphedema causes issues. I must stay out of the heat as well as keep myself reeled in–I have to be super careful about the amount I use this arm. I am trying to exercise and continue with the Physical Therapy. It is my belief that my body is going to compensate for the missing lymph nodes. Regardless, the arm looks almost normal to someone who didn’t know about the horrendous swelling issues.

Cliff and I are still working on the farmhouse remodel. I think we are short on time, energy, and money. The big three that always plague a person who is doing the installment plan–you know what I mean by that statement, right? We buy a board and install it, so we don’t run up debt. Below is the farmhouse as viewed from the east before we planted hay last fall. 1416459114

As Always

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates. I need them for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share. Finally, we apologize for the large print at the top. For some reason, the format says one thing but the font shows as a heading–all large print.

This Week at OwyheeStar

10906300_886047904762849_586912771443928812_nSeptember unfolds as we say goodbye to August 2005. The fall temperatures are pressing in, and it seems like football weather. Those in the Northwest are well aware of the Boise State — Washington game that occurred late yesterday. The first half was all Boise State; the second half it looked like Washington was going to overtake them–or at least they would tie Boise’s score. A missed last-minute Washington field goal was Boise’s saving grace.

We mentioned the fall-like weather. It was below fifty degrees when we turned in last evening. It is fifty this morning. A home cooked breakfast is in the works for Cliff. We hope you have something fun planned for Labor Day Weekend. We don’t know for sure what we will be doing. It for sure will include more football.

This Week on the Blog

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!

Sunday— August 30 — Sometimes You Gotta Get Away

Monday — August 31 — The OwyheeStar Blog

Tuesday — September 1 – For Those Off Leash In Idaho

Wednesday — September 2— Bella Blue

Thursday — September 3—Weim Taunting Lizard

Friday — September 4—Besties

On a very personal note

IMG_0826It has been yet another busy week–no surprise at all. We are working on the farmhouse remodel. I believe we will be tying up a lot of loose ends this weekend; however, I am only on board for the trip. The skipper has not laid out a clear voyage on paper for me yet. Sometimes when he is at the helm there are a lot of changes; therefore, it is best to be the ever dutiful deck mate. Sometimes I fail to excel. We are both administrator-types.

My arm is improving. Progress is slow but consistent. I am not wearing the compression sleeve, and it doesn’t get any worse. The lymphedema massage therapist said my arm is doing better than another client’s arm who is experiencing almost identical issues. My arm has gotten better (with limiting compression), and this woman is wearing the compression sleeve constantly and has developed severely pitted edema symptoms. I feel for her.

As Alway

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–we need the updates. They are vital for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share.

Happy Anniversary to Cliff and Shela

Here is the man I married 46 years ago today.

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Thank you, Cliff Nielsen for all you do, and for being my partner in crime for more than 46 years. 

Speaking from our Heart

Dear Friends, Family, and Weim-loving Fans…

530557_10202147731159198_2040102760_nWe wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. So many different individuals have taken the time to do something special for us. It would be impossible to list everyone. Nonetheless, we think of you often. Saturday, I was packing some of the office supplies we don’t have to have, as well as the old records. One flopped open to a client that recently brought home an OwyheeStar. This was their original application dated January of 2001. You might remember Luna, who resides with Bill and Nancy. She has been featured in several blogs. It was their original application. It reminded me how precious our relationships are to us.

There are several folks waiting for something from me (Shela). This is the norm. I am limited on what I can do at this time. Some things have to be entered with the keyboard, and there is the rub. My left arm is still swelling from the Lymphedema. This is due to the removal of 21 lymph nodes during breast cancer treatment. The swelling has been resistant to treatment. I am still seeing various specialists weekly, and Cliff and I hope that I can defeat this issue. It is very inconvenient to say the least.

Luna not so long ago..

Luna not so long ago..

The emailed photos and updates are very helpful. They mean I do not have to spend time at the keyboard putting together a daily blog on my own effort. I have several updates sitting in a folder. They won’t last long, but it is so great to know they are there, and more are probably on the way. We are grateful. It is helping me heal, but it also makes for good reading.

It seemed appropriate to stop and speak from the heart. On our Saturday blog, there is always the personal note. Nevertheless, some folks may not read the weekly synopsis. We know others wait for Saturday to read everything at one moment. We all have a different routine. We try to keep the daily blogs about the Weimaraner. Topics can vary, but the ones that require me to write them, are an arduous task. It doesn’t mean I dislike doing it, but it takes time. There are many rewrites, and whatnot. It is not a good time for me to be doing that type of thing. Nonetheless, I wanted to get this personal note written this morning. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.

~ Cliff and Shela

This Week at OwyheeStar

Owyheestar says goodbye to March

Hello April! It is always a busy month. Winter is fading from our memories; the idea of skiing and snowmobiling shelved. Not that those are our activities, but they are no longer a backdrop. There are no snowflakes to frame the Weimar faces. It is all good. Some battle with the rain.

Mama--Make the Rain Stop Please. You can do it, I know...

Mama–Make the Rain Stop Please. You can do it, I know…

Beyond that, we are embroiled with the stuff of spring pups. It means staying on task to be sure each element occurs. Everything is important; nothing can be skipped.

The Week on the Blog….

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible! We are a bit thin on material to work with, but there was enough.

Sunday March 29 — Birthdays Happen

Monday March 30— Pre-cleaning Cycle

Tuesday March 31 – Maverick

Wednesday April 1 — Weim Tales

Thursday  April 2 —Together

Friday  April 3 — An Open Note

On a very personal note……

I hated that last Sunday, I got up, and made a flying trip to the emergency room. The arm with the lymphedema had a small bug bite that became infected. There were red streaks, and I was freaked, because I knew what we were dealing with, and the ER doctor totally agreed. He sent me home with high-power big-gun antibiotics. I don’t like the idea; however, this type of thing can go septic in a heartbeat. I am still on the meds, and weighing if I have to get another round. (ugh) Cliff has been working himself thin–taking care of what I cannot. He is remodeling the house next door, and it is coming along nicely. Our son, and his crew were out yesterday. They got most of the master bedroom sheetrocked, and I hear Rich will be back to help Cliff today. It is a huge project, and without help, there is no way we could get it done in the next year. We are thankful. 

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming–as I said above, I am running low on material. I need them for inspiration, and they brighten our day. Yes, and allow us to have something to share.

This Week at OwyheeStar

Owyheestar March 2015 Notes

This week was vastly improved on many levels. That doesn’t mean there were not challenges, but overall things were better. Previously, along the way to today, we mentioned the farmhouse remodel, which was sparked by the loss of his father on May 6, 2014. Cliff’s father lived to be almost 96 years old. Cliff and I have lived next door to his parents nearly all our married life. Cliff has been the primary caregiver for them. Cliff’s mother passed away about ten years ago. That meant Cliff’s father found himself living on his own here on the farm. This is what he wanted. His father had a couple bouts with cancer, and several other things that cropped up on his way to departure. We were honored to be able to make it possible for Cliff’s parents to live here until the very end. Now, Cliff finds himself being my caregiver. I try to do for myself, and for him as much as it is possible. That being said there are challenges. Eventually, we will downsize, and move next door. Cancer changes everything—your goals, your perspective, and your options.
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We will continue on, and as we do, the puppies will be the focus. The spring pups are keeping us very busy. The photo was taken a few days ago. It gives you a glimpse of one of the first times the pups were on the lawn. We have been preparing them for this moment by standing them on the grass for short periods of time. Nonetheless, this was virtually all new to them. It was giant. The weather was great. They didn’t know what to think of the green stuff on their tummy. Other than the stuff of puppies, we must finish the farmhouse remodel. We began is this project when Cliff’s father passed away last May. Despite the workload, I plan to focus on the puppy faces. Simply put, there is not enough time for all that calls for attention. Regardless, we focus on the pups first, and the remodel second. Life is short, and everyone has a lot they must accomplish. Therefore, we thank you for taking some of your precious time to read our thoughts today.

The Week

We had a little variety this week on the blog. This was made possible by some of you reaching deep to write a little something, and to share a photo or two. Thank you!

Sunday March 15 — Planting Weims

Monday March 16— Gob Continues On

Tuesday March 17 – You Be Stylin

Wednesday March 18 — Speaking of Potted Weims

Thursday  March 19 — Be Happy

Friday  March 20 — Ava Blue

On a very personal note……

I was blessed this week. Our granddaughter (Ashley) escorted me to a doctor’s appointment in Nampa, Idaho. Some of you might remember Ashley. She worked for us (helping with the puppies) for several years. She has grown up. She is married, and they have a baby. Her life is very busy life everyone we know.

I spend a great deal of time at appointments, or traveling to or from them. This has never been truer than since a week ago when the Lymphedema escalated. On the Thursday before last, my arm suddenly doubled in size. It became imperative that we jump on reducing the swelling. In turn, this meant a whole new set of appointments with a physical therapist. We cannot predict if this is going to be an on-going battle, or if my body will make some new pathways to tend to the lymph fluid.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. They brighten our day; and allow us to have something to share.  ~ Shela (and Cliff)

This Week at OwyheeStar

Owyheestar Febuary 2015 Notes

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Valentine Celebration for Violet and Heather

Here we are planning the celebration of love today. We Weimlovers know what that means. The photos have already started circulating on Facebook, etc. I was looking around for what I had to use for Valentine’s Day–so far I didn’t locate anything. My energy reserves are a bit low to go shopping. Who knows what might happen around here today?

Cliff is traveling to Burns, and I am holding down the home-fort. There is plenty to be done here while i am seeing things don’t go awry. All well I had planned to get the peas in the garden. The weather is perfect–plant when the ground can be worked. What is my excuse for falling flat on my nose–no energy. Maybe I can get out there today or tomorrow. I certainly hope so. Everyday brings the idea of fresh pea pods (in our stir fry) closer to the table. I do love them–Cliff not so much, but he goes along with the idea.

The Week on our blog….

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible! The paddleboard posts were by far the most popular, with Duck’s reunion a close second.

Sunday February 8 — Duck at home in Virginia

Monday February 9 — Idaho OwyheeStars Part I

Tuesday February 10 – Idaho OwyheeStars Part II

Wednesday February 11 — Paddleboards and the Weimaraner

Thursday  February 12 — Ghost @ 9-Weeks

Friday  February 13 — Fluffy Paws on Camino Island

On a very personal note……

People who visited yesterday told me they were amazed that I had just finished treatment. It is good to look healthy after completing a round of cancer treatment. I have started the hormone suppression drugs–to prevent a recurrence. I am not thrilled about the idea; however, going through treatment again, or having it spread doesn’t sound like a fun option. In addition, I will keep juicing. I know those enzymes are important–it is better than taking supplements in my way of thinking. It is all absorbed into the system. There was additional good news this week. The bone scan came back normal. Overall, the outcome is about as good as we could have hoped.

Cliff and I are tired, and there is no relief coming soon. Here we are looking at spring–puppies, farming, and all that comes with living in the country. My helper of three years (Ellen) cannot come anymore–her life it too hard. I am going to miss the help she was able to give me. I hope I can find another person, but the likelihood is slim. People think they would want to do this, until they see what is involved. They are just thinking about the fun part. Ellen is a few months older than I am. It is hard work. That is not a complaint, but it is a fact that is hard to realize from the outside looking in. We love what we do, so it is worth the effort.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. They brighten our day; and allow us to have something to share. There have been some great ones of late. Thank you; thank you; thank you….

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Sunday January 4, 2015 at Owyheestar

Happy New Year! We are three days into the new year; how are your resolutions holding up?

Coco with Lauren Dec 31, 2014-6January has brought typical weather to the Treasure Valley. It was a bit warmer as of yesterday, with a slight warming trend. We are still talking about freezing temperatures. Snow barely covers the yard, and fields. It is unsuitable for snowball or fort building material. The Weims don’t seem to mind it too much; however, they are not wanting to go out and stand around a lot. If they are doing something with Cliff, it is all good.

Yesterday, we had a regular post, but in general we expect to be back to doing the synopsis on Saturday. This week you are receiving it with our personal note on Sunday. I like that idea, but Sunday is not always available to spend time writing the blog.

This Week

We are once again thankful for the updates that make this possible!

Sunday December 28 — Fireside Weims

Monday December 29 — We Graduated

Tuesday December 30 – Holistic for the Weimaraner

Wednesday December 31 — New Year is Happening

Thursday  January 1 — Ringing in the New Year

Friday  January 2— The New Year (with Zeus and Jeanne)

Saturday January 3- Running Raein

On a very personal note……

Shela's Guardian Angel Prayer Necklace

Shela’s Guardian Angel Prayer Necklace

The New Year holds promise. We are looking for fewer hiccups across the board. We know problems are a part of life; however, losing dad, and cancer seem like a lot for 2014. There are rumblings on the horizon, and we hope they resolve.

We received excellent news from Shela’s doctor on Friday. The doctor noted an A+ for Shela’s report card. The fair-skinned client rarely does as well as Shela is doing. We are thankful for that. The five-minute sunburn is commonplace, so the last of a serious burn at this point in time is a miracle. We are celebrating it, and hoping for this trend to continue. This is a lovely imported angel prayer necklace sent to Shela.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. They brighten our day; and allow us to have something to share.

Merry Christmas Message

Dear Weimlovers…

Toby Tree-side

Toby Tree-side

We are overwhelmed with all you have done to show you care. This Christmas may not be perfect in every way, but it is perfection is so many ways. We have received countless cards, emails, and well wishes. Two parcels containing angels arrived in the last couple of days. The guardian angel sits on the left (of my computer) on my desk. It is guarding my work area; the exquisite handcrafted healing angel hangs from my neck. The latter was created by the highly acclaimed Rachelle Goldreich Israeli Glass Artist. Click here to read more about her, and her work. Both angels traveled a long distance to arrive at our home, and to become a part of our lives. One originated in France, and the other was purchased by Robbie, and began its life in Israel. We are deeply touched by the sentiment, and the special effort to get these to us.

10383655_872968756968_8119448898487694764_nOur annual Weim package arrived from California-thank you Idelle. Across from my desk, a sign rests atop one of Ellen’s lovely paintings. It proudly declares that a house is not a home without a Weimaraner. I love it so much. The package was filled with Weimar and other treasures. Idelle lamented she was unable to pick up the Calendar this year for Bob, and I. Regardless, the package from France included a 2015 Weimaraner Calendar. On the same wall with the paintings, and the new sign there is yet another addition. Our lovely daughter-in-law picked up a treasure for us. This one says wag more bark less. Stormy says, “Whatever, and woof.”

Cards, Letters, and Notes

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There have been Christmas notes, letters, and cards. In fact, I have gotten cards of all sorts during this season of cancer treatment. One person, who I have never meant, sent a basket to me filled with treasures. She has also sent me a card every week. She said people did this type of thing for her when she went through treatment. She knows our son, but it is most generous of her to continue to bless us with an endless shower of cards. Each one contains encouragement of a special sort.

Finally, we have received a lot of updates. The photos, as well as the news, are heartwarming. We are glad for every day that your life is blessed by an OwyheeStar. It is our hope that they will live long, and continue to grace your home with that special Weimar unconditional love. There is no explanation needed for those of you experiencing this firsthand.

Not even a Mouse is Joining Us

……..At Least I hope

5_Zula Blue X Blue 5WKS-53It is Christmas Day!

For us, the day will be quiet. It is the first time we are alone since we were  married–even then it was not all day. Cliff’s father passed on early this year (May 6, 2014); our life changed in a radical way. Today, we meet someone with their special Christmas present, but other than that, we are spending the day together. Our children, and grandchildren were here last evening (for the most part). Lauren and Slater could not be with us–they were sorely missed.

We have our must-do things, and a little trip to Nampa, Idaho. We are going to rest, relax, and enjoy the day. We sincerely hope your day is filled with special blessings.

Finally, there has been a huge cloud of prayer support. Thank you for that. There are people praying for me, that I will probably not meet in this life. Nevertheless, it is making a huge difference for Cliff and I. Please know that we truly appreciate it on so many levels.