Thursday, July 23, 2015

deck(ing)

The summer wildflowers are in full bloom all around the farm. No wonder our bees are doing so well..... queen anne's lace is in bloom, and I see the beginnings of golden rod too... the fall honey harvest will be a nice dark color I am thinking. We had to add more boxes to both hives, and I think I could have taken a frame or two of honey, but decided to wait and give them some time to get up into their new boxes.... but I'm excited about having a decent honey crop......
The spring got off to dry a spell, but the summer has been really good. We seem to get nice rain showers maybe once a week or so... never enough to "ruin" the good weather, but just that nice rain that has kept things green and growing.....
However, it hasn't helped much with the deck project..... oh... our poor deck project, that we started (dare I say) last May... and no... it's not done.... 
My Ed gets to it every chance possible, sad thing is.. those chances seem few and far between. We are busy!!!!!! and sometimes, there are other projects that are simply more important.... but, we're hoping the next couple of weekends.. and maybe some evenings, will help us get back to it and get this project done!!! I would like to have at least one or two cookouts on it before the snow flies!!!!
It's a big deck... and there's much to do... but it's so going to be worth it.....
Oh joy... looks like this little rain cloud is going to stop us again tonite....

I think I like the underneath almost as much as the top!!! We're going to have a "cement patio" (for lack of a better description) put down just outside the kennel door. That will help alot with keeping out the "dirt' and I'm hoping will also help with next winter's snow issues..... besides, it will  make a cool shady place for the doggies too....


so.... stay tuned... deck project is still in the works...

and Joey moves on.....

He came to us on February 16th.... a little black bundle of puppyhood.. and I remember the day well.. too well. We had it all lined up to turn in Danny and pick up Joey... OK....Danny was ready... and it's "easier" to trade one for one. And that morning was when we had to have Silver put down... and so poor Joey, came into a very sad family. 
But his sweetness shown threw and we gave him the nick name of Joey Jumping bean!!!! He moved right in, and became another member of the family. Service puppy in training, number nine!!!! He was (is) fun, confident, eager to please, and the time that he was here on the farm went flying by. 
Two weeks ago, I got the call from neads that they were ready to have him come back in. And so, it was time to get ready to pass on another sweet baby and send them off into the world to do what they are meant to do. Course advance training will be the tell tale, I never know "where they are headed" exactly... but I am always certain they go where they need to be. 


And so, today, with Kathleen and Abi in tow, I packed Joey up, took the "parting photos" that I always like to take around the farm... and headed out.....
The ride down was uneventful.... Joey was happy to hop out and stretch his legs. Lacy was waiting for us, and we took the time to talk about all of Joey's wonderful qualities and thoughts for what his future holds...
I wasn't able to get any last minute photos of my and Joey (I could have asked the staff, but just didn't feel up to doing that).. so I got these ones of Abi.... she is always so happy to be a part of these puppies and their training..... who knows, we may have a future puppy raiser!!!!
She wanted to walk him into the kennel, and I said that was fine.  And all in all, the parting went as they usually go.... me in tears and wondering why I do this.... and asking "when is the next puppy coming???" (we hope within the month!!!)



And so, hugs, kisses, best wishes and prayers for our Joey Jumping bean........he's off to do good works!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

happy weekend....


This is just no way a weekend can't be grand when it begins like this!!!! My life long friend, Lory, was in the area visiting with family and was able to sneak out a few hours with me!!!! Lory and I go way back... way, way back... before kids... and even though she has moved far away, and we haven't seen each other in at least 10 years... we have always remained in touch and when we got together, we picked up our conversations as though we just had them yesterday. Lory and I were very much in the dog show world, two of my winning cockers --Frosty and Randi-- were from her kennel. It was very sad for me when she had to move away, but I am just so thrilled that life changes and many miles has not taken away a dear friend.....
Like me, Lory still has cockers.. well.. one right now, but she will be heading home with another one!!! This is her little girl Kenzie... who is a darling little dog and who was very interested in the crew at the barn. I was so happy to meet her and show Lory my cocker crew... and with any luck... we won't let another 10 years go by without visiting (in person) again.........






Weather wise, it was a pretty yucky day and it rained a good amount. Which meant we got no work done on the back deck... but the day ended as fun as it began when we decided to meet up with the fam and have dinner our at the beach.  The Goldenrod is always a fav.........

We grabbed Abi on our way down to the ocean... and as you can tell by this big smile... a night at the beach, a favorite place to eat... the promise of some time on the playground (and some candy).. now that's a summer night out with Baby and Papa!!!!
Reagan was all smiles as well......
Abi loves her "Krunkle" and Uncle Sean...... (they love to spoil her too)....
After supper, it was off to the playground as promised. Both of the grands love to go here... so many fun things to do. Reagan has gotten so brave since just the spring... there are two sets of "climbing set with slides" and the like, at first he stuck just to the small one, but now he has begun to tackle the bigger one. This  is his new accomplishment... climbing the "bull dozer track" as he calls it..... 
And this curly slide has be at least 15 feet high... he climbs right to the top and down he comes!!!!
Abi has a great time too, and is pretty good at keeping an eye on her little cousin.....


Papa and Kass (and grandbaby number three ---- which we can't see just yet).. but he/she is on the way and will be joining our family late in February!!!!!! 


YUP.... we're going to be Baby and Papa again!!!!!
Then it was onto the beach for a little running around there...... with the tide out, there was plenty of room....

and even the coldest of oceans draw people in... we don't even bother saying "don't get wet"... 
and this grand day ended with a few rounds of skee ball... I have to say, this is one of my favorite games to play. (and I'm pretty good at it).....
On Sunday, Joey and I headed back to the beach. Ed decided to stay on the farm, wanting to get some things done... but I went because this is Lee and Tom's week at the beach house, and our annual "neads puppy raiser's lobster bake".... 

Joey loved the beach house and had the grandest time, just looking over the porch rail. 
He's such a good boy, and it's hard to think that this will probably be our last big outing... Joey is heading back to neads at the end of the week.....I'm already sad thinking about him moving on, so this is a really special time with him and with good friends.....

It was a wonderful bake... we had the usuals, plus everyone brought something wonderful to share.... I am a sea food girl and I make sure that each summer, I have my fill.....
Not as big a group as we usually have, but great company and conversations just the same....
Bernice and Zuzu.....
I think the little house looks happy when people are enjoying it.....
and the view that everyone comes here for....