Saturday, December 31, 2016

Raising Two Puppies - Day 2

The puppies slept quietly together
all through the night
in a dog crate.

Well, in and out of the crate.
We left the crate open
so they could sleep on the floor
if they got too warm.

Only one puddle on the floor
at 6am.
The plan was to take them
out before any puddle action
took place.

Tonight the puppies
will have the crate door shut.
And the crate placed where it
will not be too warm.

Hopefully, I will be able to take
the puddle makers
outside before they

I will try to take more photos
and post them later today.

It's later...
Items of interest:

- Tamales for dinner.
- Washcloth with evidence
showing the importance
of face washing
after puppy licks.

So far today the puppies have:
chewed on leaves and sticks,
the fence, deer poo,
gone through the fence,
came back under the gate,
(good puppies)
mouthed a mushroom,
(I got there to stop any biting)
and met our neighbor
(Lucky puppies received many tickles and hugs)

Banner sniffing for lunch.

So cute!

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Puppies Are Home

These two Cardigan Corgi puppies
arrived at their new home today.

Kristine's puppy is the one in back.
She hasn't decided on a name.
The blue merle puppy in front
is my puppy.
His name is Banner.

The puppies are tired and are sleeping now.

They are so cute.
Just darling!
So good. 

I've been thinking that we should get
some new chickens 
in a few months so the puppies
can grow up with the chicks
and will want to protect them.
Herd them?

The corgis will want to be working dogs
but we have too many fears
of the coyotes and foxes
to leave the corgis outside
to watch over the chickens.

Perhaps we would need a protection dog
for the corgis and the chickens?

More photos soon...


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas To All

Have a wonderful day!

We three will be waiting in hopes
for Santa to bring
some snow.
We might get some?

Tomorrow we will
Christmas Tacos
Quesadillas for breakfast.
How neat is that!

The vote was for tacos
over the traditional Christmas fare.

We love tacos!
Works for us.

Wishing you a loving
happy day!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Puppies For Christmas!

not really, no.
But, a big ,Yes, for Puppies In January!!!

They were so excited.
These are photos of a few of the puppies.
It was amazing!!!

Puppy Paradise!

The puppies are so cute and happy.
The puppies were chewing on our shoes.
Our shoes were puppy approved.
They love to chew on buttons on Ugg boots, 
shoe laces and tags.

Two puppies!!!
We are each going to get a puppy!
Breeders choice...
wonder which ones...
Have to wait until January to find out.

Need to see about getting puppy stuff...
puppy fence, pen, stuff?

Puppy shopping!
More fun!

I think I will make out a
Puppy Shopping List!
haven't done this for awhile.
Wonder what's most important? 


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bye Thanksgiving

Packing Up Thanksgiving stuff...

More Christmas decorations to come.

This flag could be considered cheating?
I did agree to wait until December to put out Christmas stuff...
But it was a gift from Holly!
hee, hee
I'm tricky...


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Relaxing By The Woodstove

I think Tom is tired after moving all
the firewood.

Love the wood stove.
The wood stove is our heat source
and in the Winter I enjoy cooking on it occasionally.
Lots of fun!

After the rain storm passes
I'm looking forward to getting out in the forest
and working on my paths.

It is always a lot more fun moving the leaves
around on wet ground 
and avoiding making dust clouds.

I've been thinking about researching how I could
improve our fencing
to slow down fox and coyote.

 If the wildlife wants over the fence
or under it
then they are going to get through. 

I really don't want to use electric fencing.
Maybe chicken wire
up against the existing fence?

Saturday, October 15, 2016


We miss our dearly loved Morgan very much.

She used to love to sit on the stairs and keep watch.

I had to stop writing this. 
It has been awhile but still too soon to see these photos.

My Paths

Paths I Raked Last Week

Moving leaves with shovel and rake.
Those are my gloves airing while I take a break.

I added more fallen branches
to border the paths.

This part of the path is wider
because the trees have grown farther apart.

Raking the paths is an ongoing process that keeps me fit.
Well, at least keeps me moving.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rain At Last

Rain is very welcome!

I have been busy raking leaves
for the past several weeks.

All the raking
is really my exercise program.
But it is very nice to have clear paths to walk.

We are very thankful for the rain.

Friday, August 05, 2016

What's For Dinner!


Well, we kinda skipped dinner
and I got hungry later.

Make some rice?

I didn't take photos
because my hands were floured.

I covered the cutting board with freezer paper.
It worked well for cutting biscuits
but it is too slippery for kneading dough.
But later...

Half white and half whole wheat flour.
I think I will go have another
biscuit before they cool down.


Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tortillas Or English Muffins?

The English Muffins Won!

Yes, I did take photos...
Next time I make these
I will use a lower temperature
and be sure to use corn meal to keep
the muffins from sticking
while rising.
They were hard to pick up
even though I floured the bottom and top.

The yeast I had was a little old
so I added a bit more.
And it proofed.

Rolling out the dough balls
was a lot of fun!

Corn meal on the top and bottom of the muffins
would have kept them from sticking.

I used the soup skimmer sieve to skim
off the milk solids.
The clarified butter worked great.

The muffins are very good!
Next time I will double the recipe.


Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Whoops! photo

There should be a photo here of the 
flatbread I made today.
Even some photos of the flour mess I made
mixing and rolling them out
would have been good.

Perhaps I was too hungry?
I didn't think about taking pictures.
As soon as the flat bread was ready I ate it!
So, no photos...
But next time I make them I'll take photos.

To make up for the lack of pictures
here is the video I"m going to use next time.

And here is the video I used this morning.

I learned not to let excess flour get in the skillet.
Burned flour...not so good.
But I ate the flat bread anyway.
It wasn't burnt.
Food Wishes has several videos
on making flat bread, pita bread, etc.

I really like these two cooks!
And use a lot of their recipes.

And these cake pops look good too.

I was going to load the videos.
But ended up loading the links instead.
Click on the links.

Have fun!
Be happy!


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

What's Happening Today...

Tom said the bread board was covered with ants this morning.
Ants like bread?
Our plug in ant repeller thingy is missing!
Not me... I didn't do anything with it.
I think it got taken up stairs to work on repelling
the visiting squirrel.

I forgot to mention the olive oil, olive oil lotion
and balsamic vinegar we got at the farmer's market Saturday.
I was going to get some honey but we still had some.

While I was in Idaho I bought a hat.
It's too big.
Fits down over my ears
Keeps the sun off though!
So that's good.

And I bought some Idaho weights.
I have plans to get a treadmill before Winter.
I need to stay somewhat in shape.

And I bought a new mouse.
It scrolls!
My old mouse was in bad shape.

And finally a photo of the front deck.
Without leaves!
Yep, I swept off the deck around the house today.
My big accomplishment!
I could sweep while taking careful steps.

One foot/toes are still a bit messed up
from a tumble I took.
But getting better.

Morgan went to the vets today
and along with blood work, etc., she got her nails trimmed.
No more clicking!
Now she needs an appointment with the groomer.
She is a dirty dog.
We put up with that because she is old and hates
to go to the groomers.
But enough is enough.


Monday, August 01, 2016

Saturday Farmer's Market

Went to farmer's market on Saturday.
Then slept most of the day and evening.
Too late to post.
Around 2am Sunday managed to get this much typed.
My sleep cycle is all messed up
because I have been staying up at night
keeping the doors and windows open to cool the house.
I'll finish this tomorrow...
Well, this is the day after tomorrow.
Since this blog is about what goes on around here...
not much today.
It's cooler.
I slept in the day.
I"m up...soon to go to bed.
This is what I saw in the hall when I got up this morning.

I did kick the leaves closer together
for the photo.
Morgan brings the leaves into the house
after she collects them on
her walks in the forest.

Not much to post about
but, hey, this is what's happening.

Market stuff
The fridge is stuffed with
fruit and flat bread
that we bought on Saturday.
Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes,
pears, loaves of bread,
and blueberries that we already had.

I'm enjoying eating fruit and yogurt!

In 5 weeks there will be chickens to buy
at the farmer's market.
Processed and ready to cook.
Farm chicken raised by a local farmer.
Looking forward to that!
I'm going to buy some to cook and some to freeze.

I'm hoping to get to bed before 2am
and turn my sleep schedule around.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Glad We Have These Things On Hand

Soda and Vinegar
helped put me to rights today.

I had a stomach ache
and a little bit of vinegar and water followed
later by some soda
made my tummy 
happy again.

Nail clippers!
Morgan is hiding under the table
to get away from the iPad.

She hates, really hates having her photo taken.

Even more
she hates having her nails clipped.
Today she was limping.
Kristine found that the problem was caused
by two of her nails overlapping.

Tomorrow she gets her nails clipped.
Like it or not!

This blog is about what happens around here.
Not much happening today.
Too hot.
Over 100 degrees.
Morgan is suffering from the heat.
She is getting lots of ice in her water.

Time to put more ice in her water.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pink Winter Socks

These are the first socks I have knitted.

Tube socks knitted with super saver acrylic yarn. 
Practice socks.

Next I want to learn to knit short row heels and toes.

These socks are for Winter use
with my muck boots.

Next socks I knit will be with sock yarn.
This pink yarn is thick and not for use with shoes.

Fun socks!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Birds Are Always Welcome?

See the buzzards in the trees?

that's because I'm not fast enough with the iPad camera
to catch a photo of them.

They were there!

Around 10 of them
flashing their shadows back and forth over the house and driveway
and then roosting in the trees.

Large beasties!
At first I thought the shadows were from airplanes.

Never seen that behavior before.

Kristine thought that perhaps they were after a squirrel on the roof?
We didn't see anything happening in the driveway.
Just lots of buzzards swooping around.
And sitting in trees.


Anyway, birds are always welcome.
Flying critters show up here regularly...
bats, owls, crows, finch, etc.
This year we haven't seen the blue jays.
And I have only heard one woodpecker.
Seems the birds have moved on to new places?
Have the buzzards chased them away.
We don't know why a lot of birds haven't shown up this year.
Their food sources have changed?
Maybe the drought has caused a change?
Lots of dead trees.

The birds are always welcome back.
Hope they show up next Spring.

Even buzzards.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Back Home From Idaho

What can happen when your tall husband picks out
the new
washer and dryer.

First thing I do is unpack and do 

This is neat!
I get to do wash and stair exercise.

Great washer and dryer.

Maybe I'll grow?
I think I'm getting shorter.

Visit was too short.
But wonderful!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Second Try

These are photos of the two younger grandchildren,
Genevieve and Jaidan,
playing catch the stroller
on the driveway.

After I get these photos on here
it will be time for me
to go eat dinner.

Hope to spend more time posting soon.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trying to blog with Chrome and an iPad...

Catch the stroller!

There was supposed to be a photo here....

I suppose that this is going to be a test Post.

Blogger Help
Said that
Chrome would allow posting.
The blogger app is gone for iPad.
At least I can't find it.

Chrome may post this text?

But I can't get to my photos...

This is a test of posting with
Chrome on my iPad...

Tomorrow I'll try and post on a computer!


Saturday, July 09, 2016

I Packed!

The Mom parental unit is packed.
Well, Mostly!

Laid out clothes on bed along with list of stuff to pack.

Fold and roll shirts I want to pack.

Shoes ready to go into plastic bags.

Shirts rolled and packed.
There are jeans under the shirts.
The shirt and clothes on the bench
are for me to wear tomorrow.

Still have to pack last minute stuff.
I have a list for that too.

Of course, I packed too much.
Thank goodness the suitcase is not very big.
The little backpack is just for shoes.
That backpack is a post all in its own.

I think I will go make more biscuits
to take on the trip.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Must Pack!

I've been putting off packing...
Reasons, I always find reasons for why I should wait until tomorrow.
Well, tomorrow is upon me.

At least I got the cases out of the closet...

I did get all my laundry washed and ready to pack.
My excuse for not packing then
was that I needed to make sure everything was

My sister got me the little Callie Critter.
Didn't want to pack damp clothes.
Well, stuff is dry.
So, must pack!!!

You notice that I'm writing a post about packing
and not packing?
Yep...another excuse.
Must post!

I'll pack tonight.
I have only one more day before we leave.

I know!
 I will do a post about packing 
my suitcase, etc.
Please, self, pay attention!
I have a block about this whole packing thing.
I love to get there.
Not so much the travel part.
I guess not packing until I have to pack
is my way of
dealing/not dealing with the issue.

Gee, glad I worked all that out!

Now I have to go pack...
And take photos...