Friday, June 28, 2013


 Hank the cowdog is a part of the family now.  He's still shy of strangers, but he's become my baby :-)
He loves Sandy and Lucy now, and plays with them all the time!

He's such a good dog, and has helped me quite a bit with the sheep already.  With a little training, he's going to be a great herd dog and cattle dog!

 The garden has been growing like nuts!  We have been harvesting lettuce for a few weeks's so wonderful! 

The wood chips have done such a great job keeping the weeds out.  I haven't had to weed much at all, and when I do, they pull right up!

This is a little bonus patch of corn that I planted this year where a pile of chips from the PUD was dropped.

Field corn and green beans in the middle, dill on the left, and zucchini on the far right.  The big plants in the back are rhubarb.  

Tomatoes and peppers

Out visiting the sheep, with Hank guarding the fence lines :-)   He helps me get them back into the fence when they decide to break free!

This is an old plum tree that is FULL of fruit.  All of the plum trees are loaded this year. 

Today we had a wonderful group of Tansy pullers come and help us clear the field below the sheep of the awful stuff.  That was an enormous blessing, as the terrible weeds are just about to bloom.  My whole family, (except for Kyle and Daddy who were both at work)  plus my aunt and cousins worked for hours in the hot sun.  Thank you all SO VERY MUCH!

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Wonderful Weekend!

It's amazing the difference a day makes.
You turn 18, and suddenly, a world of opportunity is opened up...etsy stores, costco cards, joint bank accounts; they all become legal. 
It's amazing the difference a day makes! :-)
On Thursday my folks threw a big birthday party for was WONDERFUL!  I feel so extremely blessed and thankful and fortunate to have so many loving, kind, and thoughtful family and friends in my life.  I don't like to brag, but I must have the best sisters and brothers in the world.  They really are incredible, in all of their different ways!    My parents, on BOTH sides are so loving, so encouraging, so thoughtful.  My grandparents, all of them, are so sweet, and last but not husband is THE BEST in the world ;-) 

Okay, so I'm a little biased

Meemom hard at work slicing grapes for birthday party fruit salad!
Sunday was our 1st was the BEST anniversary ever.  "But you've never had an anniversary!" you say.  No, but I think it will go down in history as one of the best.  No, we didn't go to France, in fact, we didn't go far at all, but we drove around and enjoyed each other's company, and that, my friends, is what we call a WONDERFUL day.  To top it all off, we had homemade cookies and cream ice cream.
 I guess every day is sort of like an anniversary when you're totally in love! :-)

I took Puppy to the vet today, and found out that he is in great health, and is probably only 2-3 years old.  He's such a scared little fella.  He's getting better though!

 These are some of the flowers that I bought with a gift certificate that my sisters and brother gave to me!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Does anyone in the Mossyrock area...

...know someone who is missing their very shy neutered Australian Cattle dog?
"Puppy" has been hanging around our place for a couple of days.  I've spent a lot of time with him, throwing bread crumbs and dog food and Rosie's grain (pretty much whatever I had on hand at the time) to him.  He enjoys lapping up extra of Rosie's milk in the morning and evenings.  
He finally got to the point where he would cautiously eat out of my hand, and follow me into the buildings.  I decided to catch him today, thinking that being in captivity rather than running wherever he pleases may cause him to get used to us and the other dogs more easily.  
He's a cute, sweet little fella, just very scared.  He has no collar or tags, but looks very healthy.  He could have been dumped up here, or lost.   
"Puppy" may become a permanent resident, if we don't find his owner. :-)

Monday, June 10, 2013


 So, the latest.
It's been awhile since I've blogged, as our days have been so full lately!  
We enjoyed the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup last weekend, especially the speeches from Joel Salatin with Polyface farm.  He is very inspirational, and encouraged us very much.  
 The garden is all planted and has been growing nicely for several weeks. 
Richie is working hard at work and at home on all of his numerous projects.
He bought me an amazing dehydrator last week!
 My folks are back home, they had a wonderful trip to the East Coast!
Rosie is producing 6 gallons of milk a day for us on some days.  Ahhh!  

My latest project: preparing photos to make photo cards and sell.  :-)  So, since I don't have many exciting pictures to show you, here are a few that I plan to make into cards.  Enjoy!