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A week ago, we got about 10 inches of snow during the weekend.  Normally, we’d have been moaning and complaining but this storm was a wonderful gift for our sweet Golden, Sadie.  She was weaned in the snow and she made no bones about it being her favorite time of year.

Sadie, sibs & Mom

Sadie and her sibs with Mom, Maisie.

Sadie the snow pup

A happy happy snow puppy!

  Sadie passed away last Monday but not before she’d enjoyed a stroll down the lane to the pasture.  She stayed awhile…  Maybe she was remembering the first snow of this year when she was well and able to orbit around the yard, kicking up white clouds.

waiting for Sadie

Syke patiently waits for Sadie to come up from the pasture.

   We’re so fortunate to have had her in our lives for 10 years and to have so many wonderful memories of her.  We miss her terribly.

Celebrate X 3

Skye, our Border Collie, celebrated his birthday on July 1 — 13 years!  Most people who meet him have no idea he has (major) hip problems…he hides it well.  He looks pretty darn good for a “geriatric” (according to his vet) dog.  We don’t use the “g” word around here — mostly because we’re all getting there and would prefer not to think about it!

On his 13th birthday, Skye'd rather gather the sheep but Jim made him lie down to have his picture taken. Doesn't he look bored?!

On his 13th birthday, Skye'd rather gather the sheep but Jim made him lie down to have his picture taken. Doesn't he look bored?!

We had a quiet Independence Day.  Jim had come down with a nasty cold and didn’t feel like doing much in the way of running around looking for a parking spot to see the parade.  The weather was actually fairly nice for most of the day so we did get a few things done outside.  Of course, the minute Jim set out to move the rams into a new pasture, a thunder cell quickly moved right in over Bristol and dumped a load of rain on him.  I was at that moment visiting mty friend, Nina, whose goats had just had kids — newbie kids are So cute!!  [ photos — check out Nina’s blog]  Thankfully, the rain was short lived.  Later, we enjoyed a lovely evening with our neighbors — an impromptu supper and lots of laughing.  But we skipped the trip into town for the fireworks.  But as we said “good night” to  the pigs and chickens, we enjoyed the sounds of local celebrations.    

I woke this morning and something was missing.  I couldn’t put my finger on it immediately.  And then I realized…no thwip, thwip, thwip — the sound that clogged and dripping gutters make.  Hmmm… it wasn’t raining…OMG!  Opening my eyes, I’m delighted to find that it’s bright!  Even brighter than yesterday!  I’m already feeling like my batteries are charging!  Might get my herb garden weeded… Woo Hoo!!  I’m not sure what I should do first…Oh, right…the Cornishes come first today.  By the end of this day we’ll have have many yummy chickens in the freezer.  Just another day on the farm but at least it’s not grey and raining.

Feline Fever

(LtoR) Hermes & Hera

(LtoR) Hermes & Hera

Our friend, Jocelyn, who also happens to be a feline supermom, told us that the shelter is having a 2for sale on kitties. Jim has really been wanting a cat (or 2) but I’ve been resisting because it’s going to mean another thing for me to do…clean the box on a daily basis…at least until the great outdoors becomes the litter box. Well, we went to the shelter fully expecting to bring home a couple of older cats but now we have 2 kittens — Hermes & Hera — and they’re just so cute! They’re making us laugh alot and that’s a very good thing. All of their kitten care, vaccinations and  spay/neutering is part of the adoption package — a pretty good deal.

Hera preparing to eat her brother's ear

Hera preparing to eat her brother's ear

 The dogs are taking this very well considering that it’s been years since they’ve had to share the rug with felines. These kittens were fostered to a family with dogs so they’re not all freaked out by the dogs. We really tried to adopt 2 adults but couldn’t find the right combo that would also work with our dogs.