Sunday, September 17, 2017

Growing like a bean stalk.....

Mikey on June 13th...8 weeks old, 6.5 pounds and cute little ball of fluff..

Mikey yesterday.....seven months old, over thirty pounds and a clumsy goofy ball...
Hope he grows into his feet soon...!!


Saturday, September 9, 2017

One Way I Know....

that Fall is fast approaching is when...
the Dillard Brothers show up and mow the Twelve Area Wood.
Getting us ready for the snow that's coming...
BTW
21 beans in the jar for August of 2017....
it's gonna be a snowy winter....!!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I've been replaced.....

The robots are cooking dinner.

This is the picture and comment I received a few night ago on Face Book.
It's the MaleChild's way of telling me he's OK and eating.

Once again we have an empty nest.  He moved back to ASU the beginning of August.
It looks like I've been replaced by his InstaPot and a rice cooker... 





Monday, August 21, 2017

It's About Time.....

We finally got someone at work that doesn't mind taking out the garbage....!!
He's a young male bear, who we hadn't seen in almost three weeks...but...it looks like he's back..!!

Photo by Greg the seasonal maintenance man...who is never far from his camera.

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Official....

(Mikey on the left.....Meg on the right)

Mikey is now a big boy....!!
He got his last puppy shots, his rabies vaccination, micro chipped and a name tag last week with a big boy collar......no more baby stuff...
He's gotten very tall and now weights in at 27 pounds....
In fact he's so tall that Max and Meg just walk under him if he's in their way....
as we left the cute vet's office last week he jokingly  said..."he should be about 60 pounds when I see him again in a year.....!!"
Max and Meg are praying he will be wrong - cause Mikey already hogs the bed.....

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Look at Me Now...

The day the MaleChild found me in the road...
 
and this is me this past Tuesday....

Yep!  I'm the same dog.....the MaleChild is wondering if I'll ever grow into my feet and legs...
cause my feet are getting in the way of learning new stuff - like this thing call "Fetch."
When someone ask what am I - they all reply "Shepard-Moose-Beagle-Shark dog"
(shrug shoulders here)
Dad's favorite word is "NO!" and Mom is calling me Goofus-Doofus.....
Don't know why.....I try to help her clean the kitchen every night by getting in the dishwasher and checking if the plates have been rinsed.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Now this.....

...is a water bowl...!!
Nothing better on a hot day than playing in the backyard swimming pool....

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Box...

Mikey gained 10 pounds this last month....
Kitty's box is no longer a good fit....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Well....that's one way

to cool off on a hot summer day....
Just plop your puppy butt on the AC vent...!!
Micky has doubled in size and weight - tomorrow is his second visit to the cute Vet.
Ouch..!! puppy shots..!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CAUTION...

entering "Puppy Play Zone!"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Big Sister....

....Little Brother....

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Puppy

A full belly and the MaleChild's quilt
....Ahhhhhh Paradise.....

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Summer...!!


Let the Haying begin...
today the 27 acres across the road got it's first hair cut for this year..



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One More Day....

till Summer and the driveway garden is starting to bloom...
Haven't seen this plant (weed) along the drive before....
Hummmm..??

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Big World.....

Little Dog....
But
He's growing..!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mine......

Alllll Mine...!!

We think the rest of Mikey's litter was rescued by another dog lover and turned in to a local rescue center.....they found four more puppies in a hollow log....and posted pictures on facebook.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Question..?

 
Do I pounce ? or do I leave her alone?
 
 
I pounce and then I run like Hell.....!!!

Just one more day in the life of a puppy.....




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Adding to the Pack....

Yes we're still here....
Just lost my blogging mojo for a while.

Everyone here is doing well....
CityBoy is back to work, the MaleChild had a wonderful time in Ireland and Mom is almost back to normal...plus we've added to the pack.

Meet Mikey..!
On Saturday afternoon, the MaleChild was coming home from ASU and there he was sitting in the middle of the road...well...he couldn't leave this little guy...so Mikey came to live at the Twelve Acre Wood.
This was yesterday after his first visit to the cute Vet...
he's a mix breed (duh), about 8 weeks old and in good health, he weighed 6lb 5 oz, and definitely has all his teeth.  Max and Meg are tolerating the little bugger, but there was a little playing action going on today....soooo...looks like all will be OK with the three of them.

The MaleChild has been puppy sitting or is it Mikey is Nick sitting.
Anyway....
I have the rest of the week off.....let the training begin!!






Sunday, April 2, 2017

On the Road Again....again

Yep...
it's that time of the year...
Time for the annual State Park Office Asst. Conference....
So....
it's off to Greensboro for "the Ladies of the Mountains."

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fat and Happy....

Meg...
She looks nothing like the skinny little terrified girl we brought home almost 2 years ago....
We had her spade and then she blossomed...
And finally grew into her ears...
 
Mom came home from the hospital on Feb. 22nd and is doing great...
My SNL is also home and we still don't know what brought on her breathing problems...
The rest of us are hanging out watching it snow...!!



Monday, February 20, 2017

Still there.....

Well....
Mom is still in the "swing bed unit" of the hospital here in Jefferson.
she has good days and bad days..but..is slowly improving.
And
yesterday my sister-n-law was admitted to Watauga Medical Center in Boone with breathing issues.
I'm not sure what's happening there....maybe I'll know more soon.
Two different hospitals....two different counties....lots of driving...!!
We'll keep you posted.....please keep praying.
:)

Monday, February 13, 2017

What's happening.....

Just when I thought the plague was over....
the female parental unit was diagnosed with a large mass in the upper part of her colon, which the doctors felt was cancer....
So into surgery she goes and the doctor removed about 12" of colon and a large nasty looking mass.  The biopsy came back as cancer.  The good news is she needs no follow up treatment.  No chemo or radiation.
However, she is not physically strong enough to come home yet.  She is in what the hospital calls a "swing bed unit," that is within in the hospital complex....getting intensive PT, a high protein diet and lots of pampering by the staff.

She's up and walking at least three times a day, eating well, asking for her knitting, her word search books and complaining about not being able to find Jerry Springer on the hospital TV.
 
She's making great improvements, is almost like her "real" self and hopefully will come home soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I'm Still Here...

This morning's sun rise....beautiful..!
 
Yep.....I'm still here and everyone has recovered from the plague...
 
The MaleChild and I cooked his favorite vegetable in the Instapot...
Took about 20 minutes for 2 whole artichokes....that includes heating up and pressure cool down.  The last time he boiled them in a regular pot it took about an hour for them to cook...
"The MaleChild is now learning how to use the Instapot".....maybe he'll want one for his birthday...
 
That's about it for now.....the winter months in the high country are quite and slow...not much exciting going on...
Except for the winds.....I can honestly say....I know why the early settlers, out there on the plains, could go a little crazy with the constant howling....
it's eerie.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Did It...!

Well...
I over came my fear of pressure cookers and finally used the Instapot...
The pot sat on my kitchen counter for over a week and i kept telling myself...
"As soon as I decide what to cook in it....I'll use it..."
(hummmmm...talking to myself again)
Friday I bought a pork loin roast and decided that would be my first experiment with my new toy.
Today I put on my big girl panties and read the direction several (5) times, then put the roast in the pot and started pushing buttons...
Much easier than I was expecting and soooo good.  It was nice not heating up the kitchen with the oven and juggling baking dishes to get all of dinner in the oven.  Plus, everything was ready at the same time...I'll use it again...!
But....I'll never give up my beloved crock pots....!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Addiction or Quest?

I'm not sure which it is.....but....for some reason I love electronic kitchen gadgets.
Here's my newest one....
I've always been afraid of pressure cookers due to an accident my aunt had with one....ohhhh....maybe sixty years ago....
However, several friends have one of these and swear by them...
sooooo...
tomorrow I'm gonna give it a try...!
Now I need to find somewhere to store it...
hummmmm...
I'll just clean out some of the kitchen cabinets....move the three crock pots.....the rice cooker....the huge mac-daddy crock pot (turkey cooker)...the kitchen-aide mixer....the bullet....the food processor (x2 gotta have a small and Large)....the immersion blender...the hand mixer...the toaster...and what ever that is in the back that I can't see and haven't used in years....
ahhhhh....
Maybe I'll just leave it on the counter....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Plague on Our House....

It all started the Thursday before Christmas....
At 6:20 am the MaleChild and I heard a loud crashing noise in the kitchen...when we rushed in expecting, to find the dryer had fallen off the washer, (love those stacked units) we found CityBoy on the kitchen floor unable to get up by himself.....we got him up....the kid got him into the car as I got dressed and off to the ER we went...Turns out he was dehydrated and had influenza A, even though he had a flu shot back in November...with Rx's  and a doctor's note for work in hand...after the ER doctor said a novena and blessed me, cause I haven't had a flu shot ..we were on our way home.
 
On Friday, the FemaleChild called to say, her mother-n-law, visiting from up north was rushed to the ER with breathing problems.....she is still in the hospital on a ventilator, but seems to be improving...
 
Then on Christmas Eve, my brother took our Dad to the ER with breathing issues....on top of his COPD, he had pneumonia and influenza A...they admitted him and we finally got him home on the Tuesday after Christmas...
 
On the Wednesday after Christmas, Mom and I both ended up at the doctor's office....she has a really...really bad cold and I had a sinus infection with snap, crackles and pops in the lower lobe of my left lung...thanks to the asthma.....We were both given Rx's and told to go home and stay in bed until we felt better. 
 
 The real question was "should we quarantine the Twelve Acre Wood?" Should we put a sign at the bottom of the drive.."Enter at your on risk?"
 
Well....we had 2" of snow on Friday.....so maybe the cold did away with all the little germs roaming around....  :)