Thursday, November 29, 2012

Morgan At The Vet Clinic

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Yes, Morgan was at the vet clinic all day!

But now she is home recovering from her ordeal.
I'm sure she is very glad to be home sleeping on her bed.

She had her teeth cleaned.
She was microchipped.
She had tests.
And she was x-rayed.
And she has medicine to take for her sore throat.
She already has medicine for her foot .
Poor Morgan.

The x-rays found that
Morgan has two rocks in her stomach.
No wonder she had her tummy upset.
She has a sock on her foot because I forgot the collar at the clinic.
The sock will keep her from licking the foot.
I need to find a muzzle of some kind to keep her from eating rocks
and licking.
I've got a muzzle packed away somewhere.

Tom and I spent the day browsing through stores.
I bought myself some earphones for Christmas.
We looked for an artificial Christmas tree but didn't find one we liked.
So, we will use our old one again this year.

Top of my agenda tomorrow:
1. Find a muzzle
2. Put up Christmas decorations!
3. Be extra good to Morgan!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rainy Day Photos

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Migraines and rain.
These are my reasons for not posting for a few days.
The rain is not bad but the migraines take a while to recover from.
This is a photo of my current read and the book light I use when the power is off.
Yes, the power was off today.
I took this photo this morning when it was still fairly light outside.
I took the photo of the book with the curtains open in the afternoon.
It got dark early.
This was a goodbye photo of the Thanksgiving decorations.
I took them all down before the power went off,
The plan was to then put up Christmas decorations
but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Morgan is going to the vet to get her teeth cleaned tomorrow.
Her foot is healing now that she can't lick it anymore.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Blogging From My IPad

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Today I'm starting this post by opening Safari and Blogger on my iPad
and posting just like I normally do on my computer.

The only thing Blogger won't do on the iPad is access the iPad photos.
I'm going to leave Safari and open this draft up in Blogsy and add a photo.
I tried the Blogger iPad app but there were no formatting tools.
At least I didn't see them.
And I didn't see the iPad photo albums.
Blogsy is a bit intimidating at first but after using it and finding out where
and what things are
I think it is a terrific way to post.

I love being able to just drag the photos onto the post where I'm typing.

And if I need some help I can click on the gear at the bottom right and a little window pops up
And about half way down I can click on
How To videos, FAQ or a How To Guide.

Now that I have posted from Blogsy a few times
I find that it really is easy and fast.
The only problem was getting past that initial learning curve.

From now on any photos I take with the iPad will be posted using Blogsy.
No more switching back and forth from the computer to the iPad.
I only did that because I wasn't sure of what I was doing.

The chickens are out again today.
Tom said a few of the hens were eyeing the deck
but they didn't try to get through the railings.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Autumn Has Truly Arrived

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These beautiful trees greeted me when I went outside this morning.

After I walked Morgan
I came back out with my iPad and took these photos.

Later I started this post on Blogger and then opened up Blogsy
on the iPad, found this draft and dragged in the photos,
posted the draft on Blogsy as an update, closed Blogsy,
opened up Blogger
and there were the photos!

Then because I forgot to size the photos in Blogsy
I clicked on the photos and checked medium in Blogger.
This whole process is getting easier and faster!

I can do the whole post on the iPad
but it is easier to type on the computer.

 I have noticed that these photos from the iPad are not thumbnails
and will expand to large photos
if you click on them.
They will take up a lot of storage space in Picassa too.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving week!
Not me.
I'm staying home with the chickens.

Today was the first day I let the chickens roam free on the property.
I would have taken a photo
but the chickens look horrible.
They are molting!

If you want to see molting chickens click here.
 Poor things.
I hope their new feathers grow back in a hurry.'
The chickens are off in the woods and haven't come near the deck. 


Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.
It was wonderful to be with family!

I was going to post a bit of our celebration
but got distracted
and by the time I went out to take photos
it was getting dark except for the backyard at the gathering.
So, here is the Autumn colored photo!
Such a peaceful colorful yard.
Reminds me of home.
This photo is on my iPad.
To get it posted in this post I am going to have to open
this post in Blogsy
drag the photo into the post and publish the rest of the post
from Blogsy.

Getting the iPad and using it to post
was supposed to be an easy and better way to post.
I do hope it does get easier as I become more familiar
with this process.

I have typed all the text so far on the computer.
Now I am going to save and close and open this draft post
up in Blogsy and add the photo.


I just added the photo above
And now I'm going to add a photo I took on the drive
down the mountain
with the iPad.

It was a beautiful day!

It's late so I'm going to publish.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Post From My Ipad

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Morgan is a smart girl and she is sleeping.

I'm sitting in bed trying to figure out how to post a photo

I just took on my iPad on my blog

from my iPad.


If I can get this photo

and a little bit of text posted

I'll think of it as a success.






Well, I'm back on the computer

to check out how this iPad post looks

and I can't say much for the size of the photo


there is a photo and some text.

So, I guess it counts as a success?


I'll have to search around some more and see

if I can't find out if I can size the photos.


Well, I'm happy I got this far with the iPad blog posting.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Have A Wonderful Day!
I'm back using blogsy
and I changed the size of the photo to fit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Painting On A Rainy Day

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It's raining again.
Before it started raining this morning
I swept Kristine's deck clear of leaves.
Morgan helped.

Then I painted this wall.
Well, I finished painting it.
The rest of the walls are much too high for me to reach
even with the tall ladder.
Someone else it going to have to paint the hight spots.

And once I got up on the ladder to paint this part
I could see all the cobwebs stuck on the beams.
I wonder if there are cobweb police?
Those beams are way too high for me to vacuum.

12 years ago Tom was going to take down this lovely 
stained glass shade

put up this one.
The hanging shade was made by my sister-in-law
and was supposed to be given back to her.
Well, better late than never.
I hope.

After painting I built up the fire and rested a bit.
Love the fire!

Heated up leftover Chinese food for dinner.
That was easy!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Yesterday And Today

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We had a long walk this morning.

I took a photo of that middle tree that is covered in moss.
Most trees only have moss up about 3 or 4 feet.
There is a big dark patch where a lot of bark and moss
got popped off when the tree was swaying in the storm.
Well, at least that's what I think happened.

We stopped by to say hi to the chickens
and I checked to see how the pumpkin shells are doing in the compost.
I need to chuck some dirt over them.
I think I may let the chickens out on Thursday.
It's supposed to stop raining by then.

Here is Morgan sleeping at my feet last night
while I was using the computer.

Poor Morgan.
She is very good about wearing the collar.
She even sticks her nose in the opening so I can tie it on.

Morgan had been licking her right front paw and was very sneaky about it.
She licked off some of the hair and now 
you can see her skin and there is a scab.

So, she has to wear the collar.
And take antibiotics too.
She will be going back to the vet to get her teeth cleaned.
She had a physical too.

You just never know what's going to happen
from one day to the next.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rainy Day And Leaky Boots

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Today was another lovely rainy day!

The woods smell wonderful in the rain.

I enjoy walking in the rain but not with leaky boots.
My solution is to put plastic bags in the boots.
I pulled some of the plastic bag out of the crack in the boot
so the hole would show up in the photo.

I really use plastic bags to make the boots easier to get off an on
but it also works to keep my feet dry. 
I need new boots!
Boots with fleece lining would be good.

I noticed the new black metal flag pole in the corner
when I was putting my boots away and decided
to find the Autumn flag and hang it up.

But the new flag pole
won't fit the old holder so the flag will have to wait
until I get to the store. 

I'll keep the flag in the corner with my walking stick
until I can buy a new holder.
I thought the black flag pole would compliment
the black deck railings.
The old wooden flag pole was showing signs of age.

It was another lazy rainy day.
No cooking.
I heated leftovers up for dinner.

If it lets up raining for a bit tomorrow
I may be able to get some painting done in the loft.


Thanks Diane
I took off the word verification.

First Really Good Rain

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I'm late typing this post so this will be short.
This is the first really good rain we have had for a while.

On our morning walk the rain was really coming down
so I used the large umbrella so I didn't get soaked.

Morgan got soaked.
So I had her lay down in front of the fire to warm up and dry off.

The deck looks shiny when it's wet
but it is not slippery.
I'm glad of that fact because I really don't want to slip and fall.

Most of the leaves have or are turning brown
and soon I will be out raking up piles of leaves.
No raking until it  stops raining though.

Well, time to post this and get to bed.


Friday, November 16, 2012

My Lazy Rainy Day

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Here is what most of my lazy rainy day consisted of:
Got up late. I like to sleep when it's raining.

Made oatmeal for breakfast.
I love hot cereal on cold damp days.
Raisins make it even better.

I made enough for two servings but ended up eating it all myself.
I added a bit of butter in the middle and sprinkled brown sugar over the top.
I would have added milk but I used it up for hot chocolate.

Tom bought fries and hamburgers for dinner and cold slaw for me.
There is just something so good about eating
a burger and fries on a cold day!
I dip my fries in catsup and mustard.
Love mustard!

My project for the day was to go through 50 years of old costume jewelry.
I lost my wedding ring after the earthquake 
so that means there's just a lot of fake stuff taking up space.
But I like some of it and I'll keep those pieces.
And guess what...
I didn't even finish sorting out all the pieces I want to keep.

I did sort through and discarded some old clothes.
So, that was good.
There is a lot more room in the closet.

Morgan and I only took very short trips outside in the rain.
I keep her water bowl up in the back
so she doesn't drip water on the floor as she leaves.
Love the fire!

I spent a lot of the day playing around on my computer,
reading news, watching movies and playing games.
Don't feel guilty though.

This blog is supposed to be about stuff that happens around here
and not much of anything happened.
I enjoyed the lack of stuff happening very much.
Sometimes rainy days are like that.
If you're lucky.

There is an 80% chance of more rain tomorrow
so I might have another rainy day?

The deck looks pretty in the rain.
I'll try and get a photo to post tomorrow.
Lovely wet deck!

The chickens stayed in their coop.
They were having a lazy day too.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lovely New Deck! - Tour

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I'm going to start this tour of the new deck at the back of the house.
Beautiful railings and deck.
Love how the grey color of the deck boards sets off the black railings.
And love Kristine's little deck!
Then at the far corner...

there is this wonderful new stair and railing!

Standing with my back to those stairs I see down this side of the house
toward the front of the house.

The front deck has two double gates.
Morgan is not used to having the freedom of the deck.
Morgan and the chickens
have been locked up until all the work on the property is completed.

Very nice latches on the double gates!

The latches are very easy to flip up and down to operate.

Here is the other end of the front deck.

And here is the other side of the front of the house that has a single gate.

Past the single gate I continued walking around to the rest of the front deck...

and at the corner I found this single gate!
I'll be using this gate a lot as it leads to the chicken coop.

Then I turned the corner and...

 looked down this side of the house...

and walked down to this gate and stairs.

I have posted this photo before
but here is the picture of what the latches on the single gates look like.
They are easy to operate and look very nice too.

I'm very pleased with the new deck!
And very, very happy it was completed before Winter.