Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day...

in my jammies, I cleaned this up early this morning...
the high winds of the storm that came through here one night last week took the frame down that was up here...
only the center part was left...
put the frame up there and moved the scarecrow from the garden here...
its a work in progress...

mums are opening slowly...
but there will be many of them...

Abby taking me for a walk...
she can pull me in the wheel chair...

I think she likes it here...

took a couple of drives today...
one by the golf course...

its so pretty under new management...

and then out to the country...

with corn fields...

and big skies...

it was a nice enough day...
not too hot...
with a breeze...

at least it didn't take your breath away as soon as you walked out the door...

and DH got some work done outside while I just puttered slowly...
just a low energy day...

there is a bicycle down there!
crick is down big time...
if the heat and dry keep up this week, we are about 2 weeks from harvest here...
then the madness will begin...

and we are a town in mourning...
one of our young firemen and paramedics...
was killed in a one vehicle accident last weekend and they buried him yesterday...
several towns sent fire trucks and men to the funeral...
our guys draped this black and purple fabric over one of the bays...
Tommy was only 23 years old, but already a 6 year army vet who just got out...
prayers for his family and friends are much needed...

and today is my mom's birthday...
she would have been 80 this year...
I sure cannot imagine her being 80...
and soon it will be 20 years since she left this earth...
almost a lifetime ago, for me...
its not a sad day...
just a day to remember all the fun we had...
and will have again...

no big plans for us today...
Craig has to work...
making mashed potatoes and fried chicken...
maybe yard work, but nothing to write home about...
walking dogs and feeding babies...
which I should get you some photos of before they grow up...
:0)
these are going to be huge cats...

hope you have a fun day today...
cook outs and family and friends around...
napping and reading and catching up on things...
whatever you have planned, I hope it goes well...
be safe and eat well!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

meet Abby...

this is our new foster baby...

she is 6 years old and an austrailian shephed mix...

she is an awesome girl...

they asked us to evaluate her and rehab her for them...

she had had 2 past male owners who abused her...
and she was so afraid of men...

but as you can see...
she isn't anymore...

the staff at the shelter have done an awesome job with her...
and she is thriving...
hoping she finds her forever home soon...
she is good to go as soon as someone asks about her...
providing they pass the application process...

I took these just before supper last night...
we picked her up around 10 on Friday morning...
just a bit over 24 hours and the change is amazing...

just getting her out of the shelter made a big difference...
its like being at the vet 24/7 for them...
so stressful...
they don't understand it all...

if you have a place in your home...
and you don't want an animal full time...
think about fostering...
they just need a safe place to land until their family comes to get them...

have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend...
;)


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

third day of afternoon showers...

and we finally got more than a drop or two...

but its making for humid days and nights...

you can sit on the deck and smell this from across the road...

I can't even imagine what it would smell like if it grew up the side of the deck...

but its also full of bees, so maybe its best over there...

mums...

had to make a quick run to Paris for baby milk tonight and stopped at subway for supper...
but we did get to watch the sunset coming home...
its sinking earlier all the time...
its down by 7:30 now...
no more 9 o'clock twilights...
plenty of lightening bugs...
I sure don't remember them lasting all summer when I was a kid...
but our birds are mostly gone...
they will be back when it cools down...
I imagine they went to the Oakland Lake to hang out awhile...

the babies are not pooping water anymore!
and they are getting so big already...
they eat all the time...

DH has four days off this weekend...
before harvest starts...
the corn is turning, but tonight we saw bean fields turning, too...
tis the season...
to be a harvest widow...
I should see him again around Thanksgiving...
so, hope you are all well...
got to get another load of kitty towels done...
later...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a farewell to summer...

we are still doing those last, hazy days of summer...

heat indexes are over 100 and the humidity is out of this world...

but the last two evenings have brought some strong storms with gusts of winds that have taken limbs and lines down...

we lost power for over 4 hours last night...
who can sleep without a fan?
too many noises going on for me...

I have had my hands full of babies and bottles...
poopy butts and all that...
got butt suckers again...
so they are all in little waste baskets away from each other...

the sedum began blushing this week...

and more mums are opening...

roses are fading...

and the autumn clematis is in full bloom...

the storms sure have taken the leaves out of the trees...
and we are getting a used van this week...
and letting the car go...

and at the end of the week...
we are fostering this little girl...
6 year old Abby...
comes from some pretty bad abuse...
and she needs gentle men to help her heal...
they thought of my guys right away...
;)
and she will be with us for a bit...

we are a couple weeks out of harvest...
but Craig made it through back to college days...
7 days straight with just today off and he hits it again...
seems like the weeks are just flying by...
and not getting a lot done...
but God has been so good to us...
;)
we so need to get some yard work done, but that will happen when it happens...
you know how it goes...
the older litter of kitties are going home this weekend...
that will leave me with 4 instead of 7...
but adding a wolfer...
can you keep up?
I'm just barely...
so, love you girls...
and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every day...
even if I don't have time to stop in...




Thursday, August 21, 2014

ready or not, here it comes...

took a wee walk out to the island this evening...

to feed the birds, you know...

and there it was, staring me in the face...

the autumn clematis is starting to bloom...

so we checked the one across the street, too...
and yep, its already open on the north side...

this is the sweetest smelling thing around here...

Craig and I had done some work out here on Monday...

the bird feeders were hanging over the bed, and was there ever a mess...
so we worked and worked and cleaned and raked it all out...

but tonight...
there it was...
fall...
its happening...

the honeysuckle...
needs a major trim...
we are even talking about moving it...
but where?
that's only one year's growth!

we got some good rain here today...
it got so dark before noon...
thunder and all...
made for some good porch sittin' and nappin' time...
;)