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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. 

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Saturday at Owyheestar

Cliff Loads two pups-2How many days are there until Christmas? Anyway, you count it, not enough. Ten days from now, the food preparation will be in full swing. Today, Cliff is meeting folks that are getting their long-awaited OwyheeStar puppy. It is almost like Christmas. We highly doubt that they slept last night. Why is it when you need to sleep the most, it is elusive?

Cliff is on the roadI am holding down the fort. There is much to be done here, but we have already put in a half-day’s work. Cliff should be home in time for dinner. Everyone is taking a siesta after the eventful morning–that is everyone except me.

Their sweet puppy breath after the bath was precious. The longhairs need a little hairdryer time, because our window of opportunity for a natural dry, was extremely limited. The towels are in the washer, and I have dry clothes on. I was wetter than the pups it seems. Ellen and I can make quick work of the process. We have done it quite a few times before. I am so thankful for her help.

This Week

Another week of posts. We hope you enjoyed them. Some were a bit lengthy; we like to keep them shorter. Nonetheless, it is hard on some topics to stick with brevity. Thanks for bearing with us; and for reading our heartfelt thoughts. Sunday December 7  — A Good Thanksgiving Look Monday December 8 — Working Weimaraner Tuesday December 9 – A problem desired by some Weim fanciers Wednesday December 10 — News of a Different Sort Thursday  December 11 — Birthday Boy Arliss Friday  December 12 — Your Want a Puppy

On a very personal note……

Cliff and I have life happening–like everyone. I still have the cancer treatment thing. The flu-bug has visited a couple of times, and I continue to fight the aftermath. All-in-all, and considering everything we have faced recently, life is good. We believe in making the best of whatever situation you encounter; anything less, never yields a positive outcome.

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.

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Saturday at Owyheestar

Recent Dusty

Concerned Dusty

October and all it brings with it are here. This time there was the unexpected breast cancer find for me (Shela) on September 25th. In a matter of days, the cancer has been removed. It has traveled to the lab for further inspection, as well as make a discovery of the type of cancer who is attacking me. Then the treatment choices will depend upon their findings.

I was advised that it would be about a month until we begin some kind of treatment–most likely chemo and radiation. Thank you everyone for your prayers. Thanks to the Saint Alphonsus Medical Staff–from the initial check-in, to the surgery your care, concern, and proficiency proved to be heart-warming. The Breast Care Center was incredible; my nurse navigator, did a lot from me–and she continues on through the whole process. She is a breast cancer survivor (7.5 years+)

I continue to do remarkably well. Of course, I am a long way from being cured, but I will be found cancer-free. I will celebrate. Actually, I plan to keep that kind of an attitude right now–a celebratory-positive outlook is going to serve the process best.

This Week’s Links for you!

Sunday September 28  — At Home (Murphy)

Monday September 29 — George

Tuesday September 30 – Goldee is learning

Wednesday October 1 — Disconcerting News (Shela has breast cancer)

Thursday October 2 — Toby (Waiting for Mommy)

Friday October 3 — The Baby (Oscar)

Looking Forward

Dusty kissing Slater.

Dusty kissing Slater.

Cliff continues with the painting, the farm work, Weim-duties, training Emma, as well as caring for me. He has taken-on some of my work. He was thinking he might have to post the blog. Now, that is scarier than me being in surgery. You will have to trust me on that fact.

The blog should be there most every day-unless we get caught in some of the follow-up. I am going to try to keep a couple of blog drafts ready to post. The emphasis on that sentence reflects on the word “try.”  I always attempt to have one ready-to-go in case something unexpected happens, but sometimes I am weak. I steal it to defray a morning’s pressure to have a timely post. Please understand, this pressure is solely from my own heart.

Admittedly…

We like to share our love of the Weimaraner with you. We like to provide a little advice for those needing it. At the same time, we openly admit we don’t air our laundry (the problems and whatnot) on Facebook, or this blog. It was difficult to throw this (breast cancer situation) out there; however, it seemed like the right to do. We certainly covet your prayers, and support. We appreciate those folks waiting for a puppy being so understanding. Nothing will change all that much, but we can expect a hiccup along the road to recovery. We would like to keep these road-bumps as limited as possible.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!

~ Cliff and Shela

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

August here we come

3_Duchess X Blue 4WKS-39This is another jam-packed month. It ends in back to school, and big events like the Idaho State Far. We are two days into the month, and it seems like a blur. A lot of that is not going to change for us in the near future; Dad’s passing left us in a dust bowl of change. It will be good when we are finished. The finish-line  requires binoculars–more on that topic at the end of the blog.

We have puppies. Most of you realize this. It means more laundry, more time-intensive effort. This is all aimed toward the babies. There are always the things we do so that the awaiting-family can stay somewhat in the loop too. The next few weeks are going to find us screaming busy with these guys. It is fun, but it is exhausting. Henceforth, until the time they leave, every day is filled with activity of some sort. There is no time for us to laze around. With the aforementioned activity, we have hired more puppy-help than usual. Cliff is distracted–if you want to call it that.

This Week’s Posts

On a personal note……

CNew Window 2liff continues with the remodel. It is one of those that requires inspiration. You cannot simply gut the structure, and make it look like the cosmopolitan. This is a simpler farm home which requires a knack to make things fit. Thank goodness, mostly this can be done by Cliff. Cliff replaced a window, and when he got done it was super great. We hope to paint the shakes a Weimar Silver Gray color. That seems appropriate, and a color we will enjoy more than the current pea-green. A window change, and new paint will make a world of difference.

Hunt test season is around the corner. Yes, the fall hunt tests will begin as we saw good-bye to August. In between all that is going on, Cliff is amid dog training. Trips east are made as it is possible.

As Always…

We are thankful for your love and support. We realize everyone is super busy. The relaxing days of summer are in the rear-view mirror–like in back in the 60s. That was when summer vacation meant doing whatever your heart desired for three months. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Hunt Training; Harvest, Planting, and Puppies

Cliff on Tractor_2719We really dislike the busyness-bubble, but sometimes you get trapped in it. Things will converge in such a manner that you unless you blow off your responsibility, you have too much to do. This is especially true with farming. We are only hobby farmers, but Cliff is embroiled in planting, harvesting, and irrigation all at once. Then the intensive training season has knocked on the door. This puts him on the road to train at least once a week–meaning he must travel an hour minimum east to meet his training buddies (VHDF)–for which we are thankful. Regardless, it requires an extra scramble-mode to keep up. We are planning to get some help with the farming. We would like to see this at a sensible level of insanity.

1_Duchess X Blue WK3-17Alfalfa will go in where the wheat was harvested. We won’t get a crop until next year, but getting it planted and established before winter arrives is important. Fortunately, for us, we know the right folks to give us the exact type of help we need. We didn’t mention that the big tractor is ancient, and the new tractor is really not meant for this type of thing. It can do it, but if we spend its life doing these things, it might not be there for all the things we use it for. Cliff uses the tractor nearly every day.

Puppies are here. For those who have been waiting, as well as for us, it is good news. It is the gloss on the busyness-bubble. We have a rule. The pups come first. Anything they need they get. It is that simple. We have a couple of helpers that come (several times a week). They know the routine. The work is fun, but like anything in life; there are the ups and downs. There is the cleaning–bedding changes, pooh clean-up, ears, and whatnot.

 Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

Other News

DSC01134The remodel on dad’s house continues. The bedroom floors are stripped; the master bath is gutted. The windows have been ordered. The electrician will be coming soon. The photo shows some of the better wallpaper. I took photos of some paper we discovered that had to be sixty plus years old. Cliff has also hired a helper; however, he is currently away at football camp. There is the must-do family vacation. Nonetheless, when he can come, he is excellent company, and gets the job done in quick order. Without his help, Cliff would be looking at an all winter project. We need to get the house in rental condition by fall. 

 

On a personal note……

Grandpa and Evangeline meet

Grandpa and Evangeline meet

We have not seen Evangeline since her arrival to Ontario. We hope to make a connection with that great granddaughter again soon. Life is fleeting; we cannot afford to miss making the connection to this newest family member. Life is also busy for Ashley. They have discovered that the baby means they are busier than before her arrival. It is funny how that happens. I got to have lunch with our daughter (JoAnn) yesterday. It really takes a lot of effort to keep connections when life pulls everyone in the opposite direction. I believe we are having dinner with our son and daughter-in-law this evening. (Yea) Maybe we can arrange to see Ashley and Nick this weekend. Who can say? Grandpa wants to schedule a four generation picture. We wish it could have been a five generation photo; however, we were so fortunate in all that occurred.

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Summer is in full bloom

2_Mousse X Benton Week_1wm-8We are picking produce from our gardens. Our garden is a little behind where it should be due to Shela’s later than usual planting. It is catching up. Tomorrow, Cliff will be so happy to learn we can pick some zucchini. (Just kidding.) Cliff is not holding his breath abated in wait for a stir fry, or grilled zucchini. Nonetheless, I am positive he will enjoy it, when I get it prepared. Driving by Ellen’s place it looks more like an acre of corn than not. She grows the good stuff. (Yum)

We took photos of the tiny blue babies today. We like our new camera, but there are still some things to work through. We don’t have it WiFi-ready yet. That could be handy for the future. Nevertheless, we are happy with the outcome. Between the camera, and Lightroom, our photos are easier to manage–except for the fact that there are thousands that need organized in our archives. Thank you Larry Cleveland for the help in learning to operate Lightroom, and for the photography work you did in and around OwyheeStar.

 

 Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

On a personal note……

DSC_8550Cliff tells me that they are hauling our hay away. In case I forgot to mention it–we have the best hay guy in the valley taking care of us. Thank you Chris Payne. Cliff has had some serious help on his dad’s house this week. They pulled up the old bedroom carpeting, and found pine flooring. Cliff is working on the guest bedroom closet situation Aaron is gutting the master bath. We need to have the basics done, so the house is ready to rent before November comes knocking–sooner if possible.

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all! When you share something, it brings joy to so many folks who read our blog. We think you know what we mean.

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

June is preparing,

         to wrap up its 2014 business…….Stackhouse Swimming (2)

We will wave good-bye to June this coming Monday, after saying hello to summer at the end of last week. There will reports of folks floating the Boise River, and a lot of swimming going on. The heat will (surely) arrive in full-force.

Extreme heat is often directly followed by the violent ripping thunderstorms. Toad-strangling downpours, hail, and dry lightening sparked range fires are some of the things that can happen during such an event. The storms are fun to watch, as long as they don’t shred or burn something close to your heart.

This week’s blog had a theme–the swimming Weimaraner. People have told us all kinds of stories about their Weim, and the water-work. These stories have ranged from the surprise swim, to the person who threw their Weim over the side of the boat. The latter is not something we can endorse. Yes, the tossed-in-the-water Weimaraner may swim to save his or her life; however, it may well ingrain the fear of water making the voluntary swim impossible. Employing knack, patience, follow-through, and fun water’s edge games will take your further. Cliff believes wholeheartedly in instilling the love of the retrieve, and keeping it as the focus. This one thing (along with a fun-upbeat relationship) works nearly every time people use it.

 Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

On a personal note……Jeep and ripening grain

Cliff continues irrigating–the hay and the winter wheat. The golden hue is coming to light; soon it will be time to harvest. Our neighbors will combine the wheat. Cliff will be planting alfalfa (in this field–now planted with winter wheat) once the field is prepared. The second cutting of hay is around the corner too. Those events pale in contrast to the arrival of our first great grand child–Evangeline Grace. We ( like her parents, and grandparents), wait breath-abated. A family Baby Shower is slated for later today. It should be a really fun time. Before Eve’s arrival, pups should be on the ground. It will be a busy July for sure!

As Always…

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We appreciate you all!

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

 

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Father’s Day to Summer

         It is an eventful week at OwyheeStar…….

To celebrate Father’s Day, we had a simple family gathering at the Three Cliff’s Sanctuary. This event included the too-hot bonfire, and the roasting of hot dogs. The side table had a variety of chips, veggies, dip, and a salad. It was a simple affair of the best kind–a family getting together. It was hard to start a new Era with Cliff being the family patriarch. With his father’s passing, it means a changing of the role, and he is no long a “Junior.”  On Wednesday, we would have celebrated our dad’s 96th birthday had he made it that far. He was so close. These events have overshadowed all we have had going on; and at the same time they have propelled us forward. The direction we are headed involves a number of things resulting from the dramatic status changes.

Hunt Test Preparation, and Larry Cleveland

Dusty

Stackhouseand Retrieving 2014 (80)Larry arrived on Monday as planned. He graciously has offered to take some professional photos of our Weimaraners. You might remember Larry from previous blogs. He lives with Reno, his most trusty sidekick assistant. He is also a wildlife photographer–click here! We cannot express our gratitude in a few short words. He has presented us with a goodly number of excellent photos, and about a hundred extraordinary captures. Many of these action shots will bring a smile to your face. They do ours!

Stackhouse and Wilma

Stackhouse and Wilma

(In the midst of the photo shoots), Cliff has found himself preparing for the Treasure Valley North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association’s (NAVHDA) Hunt Test. He and Wilma are scheduled to run on Sunday. On Monday, we made the decision to go with Wilma (who is really a bit too young), rather than Goldie. The change is complex by nature, and it was not easy to make the last minute shift to Wilma. So, here Cliff finds himself (with the afore mentioned backdrop) trying to get Wilma ready in less than a week.  The biggest concern at the moment is she will freak-out over seeing so many unknown dogs, strange people, and being in an unfamiliar place. She could glue herself to Cliff’s heels, and do nothing–or bark a warning that there is something she doesn’t know or understand. Nonetheless, she has all the components in place. Cliff and her have accomplished a lot in quick order. The photo of her and Stackhouse at the pond was taken on Thursday; she did a kind-of swim on that trip. Last evening she swam. What a good girl Wilma is, and she has a lot of potential to do a fairly successful hunt test despite the odds being stacked against her.

 

Here are the links for this week’s blogs….

Summer Begins……

Today, is the longest day of the year. That is good because we have a lot to accomplish. The garden is calling me. The weeds are coming faster than the plants. Thank goodness, the plants are taller. The puppy yard needs mowed. I should try to mow it myself this time. Cliff has been gracious enough to mow it for me on several occasions. Everything is growing fast, and requiring a lot of water. Cliff is mowing our lawns twice a week. There are almost two acres for him to mow. His hay is getting close to the second cutting, and the grain field hints of harvest. Time flies by, and I take a deep breath to capture a moment here and there. I love looking out upon the lush fields.

Friends…..Clients…..Family….

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them. We have a few interesting ones in the works for next week. We look forward to another fun week of sharing with you. We appreciate you all!

 

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!