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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Then There Was One...

Bella had three pups, we registered them.  To register them you have to give them names, so from top to bottom: Jip, Bailey and Mick. 

I named the two males; Gyp and Mick.  Ellen came up with the spelling of Jip, so that's what we sent in.  Ellen named Bailey. 

In any case yesterday Jip went to live with a friendly paunchy bachelor-type dude in his late 40s or early 50s maybe.  He lived north of Clinton, Missouri. 

Today Bailey went to live with a family in Springfield, MO.  A lady had called and said they'd come see her today and when two little blond girls got out of the SUV I figured Bailey will likely have a good life.  They were gaga over the pup and the dad seemed really patient with the dogs and the little girls. 

But that leaves just little Mick.  Poor little feller; I hope someone takes him to a good home. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Surprises

Good surprises are fun. 

Sometimes you really want something for a long time.

You try to make it happen, but for one reason or another it fizzles out. 

So you don't bother trying any more, you just sit back and wish.

And think how great it would be if you had this thing. 

Occasionally you peruse catalogs and consider buying it, but then you rationalize it away:
......too frivolous
......no room to put it
......likely it would die anyway of
......disease or some varmint

So you close the catalog and toss it. 

Then one day, last summer some time in fact, someone (the husband in fact) notices something and says; "Looks like you have a tree growing there. Might be some sort of fruit tree."

And he adds in his Eeyore way; "Probably be from a hybrid and won't produce anything."

So you forget it. 

But then a year later in March you see something:





No, actually not the photo-bomber in the background.  Ha ha...

You see pink blossoms.

Pink blossoms on your sterile fruit tree.

And you wonder and wonder what kind of fruit tree you have.

Then it comes a killing frost.

So you give up hope.

And forget about it again.

And THEN in June you see it...THEM:

A PEACH!

A real LIVE PEACH!

And you count and find out there are SEVEN real live fuzzy peaches on your very own fuzzy surprise fertile peach tree!

YAY!

They are really good too.  I think a varmint got one.

It's a miracle that the varmints didn't get them all.  But we enjoyed the few we got.

(Thanks: It's fun to get wonderful surprises like a fruit tree you have always wanted but never had before.  Life is a miracle and God still is a miracle worker. )











Sunday, June 18, 2017

Puppies!


For the past month I have neglected to record that the TDIDW (the dog I didn't want) had 4 puppies on May 11th of this year.  She and Deuce finally got 'er done.  Unfortunately the runt didn't survive; so we have 2 males and one female we are trying to sell as registered for $220 each.

To me this seems a crazy amount to pay for a dog; but after doing a search on the WWW it is actually amazingly cheap.  We paid $111 for Bella (the $11) was to get her registered with the ABCA (American Border Collie Association).  But on some Border Collie sites people are asking up to $1600 per pup!  Whew!

We have had 2 inquiries on them, and though we answered them so far no one has taken us up and actually come to see the pups.  I hope we can get rid of them.  It is already a pain trying to clean up after 5 dogs!  And they have little doodles still! 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Childhood and Sunlight

Childhood and sunlight,
both elusive and
ephemeral
Flicker between the leaves
Dance on the water

Shine bright in the treetops


Both grow dim with
The passage of time

But if you search
Peering down leaf-strewn
ravines
With the eyes of youth


You may find echoes of childhood
Still wading barefoot
In clear waters


Where childhood and sunlight meet once again
To float free


Or shine on the mossy rocks and feathery ferns


Of a Faerie Spring.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Walk After a Flood

It has rained almost non-stop here for the past 3 days; just one storm after another sailing by overhead.  The flooding in part of Missouri south of us has been horrendous and a few lives have been lost.  Notably a lady attempted to drive over a water-covered bridge and was swept away.  Somehow she managed to get rescued, but 2 small children in the car were swept away.  So needless, so tragic.

The Niangua River here, close to us, flooded badly again.  Not as badly as last year; I don't think it got over the Windyville bridge, but very, VERY close to it.  Neighbors across the river had their basement flooded again.  EEK!

So anyway, after a few days of laying up in their doggy houses I figured Bella and Deuce would like a long walk.  Ellen and I took them down to the creek to see what we could see.

First off at the bottom of the hill they found this:

Some sort of snapping turtle.  They didn't bother him too much; seemed to instinctively know not to mess with him.

There were still large areas of water all over in the creek bottoms.  Deuce had to try most of them out by lying down and squidging around in them.  LOL  Such fun.


Here's a funny pair of pics:  The dogs waded fearlessly into the rushing creek waters.  It looks quite calm in the pic, but it was really running through super high, super fast.  Ellen is watching and almost freaking out because she's afraid they'll get washed away. 

Then in the next pic, they have again instinctively sensed the danger, headed out of the water and toward her to see what her problem is, she is warning them off, "Don't jump on me!"






You can see a ways away from the creek what it leaves behind; every tree and clump of grass has a pile of debris behind it.  



This flood seems to have left quite a bit of debris; leaves and limbs and whatnot.

Last but not least:

Fluffy survived another flood.