Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dog Day of Winter...


A couple of Sundays ago, after I had dropped The Farmer off at the airport and the sun had come out in full force and it was BEEEYOOTIFUL, Caitlin and I decided to take the dogs for a walk at Birch Bay.

We left immediately and got our Subway Sandwich lunch on the way, which the dogs thought was the best air freshener they had ever smelled in the car…Lotsa sniffin’ goin’ on!

We got to the bay and the wind was whipping. We downed our sandwiches, with bits for Daisie and Olive, which made it THE. BEST. DAY. EVER. in their minds.

And then it got better because we took them out to the beach…where the smells were new, and delightfully strong. Stinky seaweed, crab shells, detritus of all kinds, even a dead seagull…JACKPOT! …marvelous!

Except that they were forced to keep moving on after that discovery…

They walked along with such eagerness, loving the new environment. It’s such fun to watch them be so happy. Even as they exited the car, Olive did her happy body slam to Daisie. Bam! “Look! We’re going to have SO MUCH FUN!”

And they did…but Holy Cow, it was cold! And windy…
 

Love the Flying Nun ears…



So we documented our outing with a couple of photos, and then decided to take Olive and Daisie shopping at the Doggie Boutique in Birch Bay Square.

They were SO excited…NOT!…Cait and I were pretty excited though…

First, we left the girls in the car, as we were not certain just what we might be bringing them into, and we had some visions of Olive taking down racks or eating the merchandise…but after we were in, and saw the BOUNTY, we fetched them out of the car to…TRY STUFF ON!

It was pretty fun…and the girls were quite intrigued with this store full of the smells of doggies who had come before – and a couple wee doggies that were also there to shop. They were on their best behavior, though I must note that the leashes were never slack while we were there…And Cait and I did feel the tension that comes with keeping them under control.

We walked out of there with a new rain resistant coat and a toy for Olive, and a soft new fleece for Daisie – that actually fits her! Boxers are so hard to fit with their wide chests. It will be great for winter nights when the house gets cold, and under her rain coat. Except for that little issue that she hates to wear clothes…hmmm.

Best of all, we found some medicine for Daisie’s perpetually scabby nose…She loves to dig, and the bacteria in the ground love to live on her muzzle…Oh the troubles they cause her!

And that one purchase justified our jaunt to the Doggie Boutique…It was, after all, a medical necessity!

I have no pictures of the girls in their new duds, because they were done…DONE! with trying stuff on by the time we got home. And they were delightfully fatigued after all the excitement, so everyone could take a nice nap.

Cait and I think we should do this more often…but we may need to find a destination that doesn’t go right by the Doggie Boutique. That could get costly…So we’ll just have to save that for when it is a medical necessity…

Which may come to include mental health…’cause it sure was fun!

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Farmer is Back and Other Stuff...


The Farmer returned home last Friday. He woke that day in DC, and by mid-afternoon, he was spraying lime sulfur on his berry field in Washington State.

I’m a hick…I just always think that is so weird in an amazing kind of way.

Once he returns, I always feel like someone turned the security system back on and I can sleep without having to listen for troublesome noises. This is somewhat ironic because even when The Farmer is here, I would likely have to wake him to let him know there are troublesome noises. And usually a troublesome noise can be explained away by him, and he rolls over and goes to sleep…So why I sleep better when he is here is fairly illogical…As is not sleeping well while he is gone.

Whatever – It’s nice to sleep well, however illogical. And it’s nice to have The Farmer back, and he is very happy about it too -- especially when he returned to beautiful sunshine and could immediately get to work.

I should say, as well, that he had a great time in DC…successful meetings, though I won’t go into detail about funding mechanisms, and such because it is all mind-boggling how requests to lawmakers actually become tangible research projects. Suffice to say, they made progress. He also had some great times in farming conversations with the rest of the group, and even had an interesting evening at the pub, where he had a respectful interaction with a few fellas of a much more liberal persuasion. I think that was his favorite part!

Never thought there would be a day that I would be hearing a story like that from him…

 While he was gone, I had plans to scrapbook with my new digital skills, but first I spent a day babysitting this guy…
 

Oh the baby fun! Corson is five months old, and so sweet, with personality beginning to pop! It was wonderful!

But, it was also the day that my friend Sharice called with very bad news. The repair that had been done to her heart a year and a half earlier (to fix an aneurysm) was leaking, and emergency surgery was necessary. This was so scary! She went down to UW hospital that night. Because she was stable, they were able to take some time investigating and preparing for surgery, which finally happened on Friday. They had to do the repair all over again, so this brave woman has to face another long recovery just 1 ½ year after the first. She’s a trooper…Her attitude and courage is an example to me. She – and we – are grateful the problem could be fixed.

During that first surgery and recovery, I had filled in for her at the office of their truck repair business. So, suddenly, I am back in the truck repair world, trying to remember how to do her job. Thankfully, we had written it all down last time, and it’s coming back to me…I’m not a little amazed at that, I must say! Some days my brain operates more like a sieve, than a filing system…

You just never know what a week will bring.

In other news, we heard from my sister, Erin, and her husband, Larry, who are in South Africa…for a month…enjoying 3 different hunting safaris.

Never thought I’d write a sentence like that…

We were glad to hear that they were doing well, and enjoying themselves… And Larry had shot a warthog, a baboon, and some of those little antelope/deer-like creatures…And Erin had gotten a zebra…her fondest hope for this trip!

Never thought I’d be writing that either…

Apparently, getting a zebra is quite a feat – and my little sis did it…

I think I will put her on speed dial for when I hear troublesome noises.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Farmer's Annual Trip to DC...


It’s a beautiful day…sunshiny, but too cold to feel you must go work in the yard.

Perfect weather, pretty much -- in my opinion.

And yesterday it was the same…Such an encouraging beginning for March.

The Farmer is missing out. I brought him to the airport first thing Sunday morning, and he is off to Washington DC for the week – his annual trip for the Northwest Center for Small Fruit Research. We’ll admit it…He’s become one of those lobbyists!

But just kinda…

The NCSFR conducts research projects that benefit small fruit industries – that is, small industries that produce fruit. It doesn’t mean that the fruit has to be a certain size. The Farmer has worked with this organization for many years, and appreciates how they take the funding they’ve received and multiply its research benefits amongst a number of smaller industries that could not secure funding on their own. It’s one of too few government funded programs that produce a lot of “bang for the buck” when it comes to research value.

So, every year for the last decade, The Farmer has donned a suit and tie to go visit the offices of our Representatives and Senators and say: “This is what we have done with the money you appropriated for this program last year, and this is our plan for the coming year, should you be so kind as to fund us again.” The group from the NCSFR includes growers and processors from Washington, Oregon and Idaho – and it’s their mission to meet with as many of those Representatives and Senators as possible in their few days there. It’s a very busy week.

Their approach has been well-received, in part because they bring to DC the people who have most benefited from the research conducted – and because the money is well-used, not wasted.

Generally, The Farmer and I are not fans of government funded programs. Too often they are inefficient, interfering, and irrelevant. However, this program is one that is doing things, for the most part, the way they should be done. We feel we can support this, and The Farmer feels he can speak to its benefits and ask for further support because of its efficiency and relevance.

But I presume that he will not be too happy to hear about how nice the weather is over here…because he would rather be in his coveralls working on his farm, than in the halls of power and telling someone about it.

So I think that I will not bring up the weather unless he asks about it…

But he’s a farmer so there’s NO chance that he won’t ask about it.

I sure hope it’s nice next week…

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Needing an outlet for various thoughts rattling in my head, I've created two blogs -- One about my real life (leslieisverbose.blogspot.com) and one where I can vent. (leslievents.blogspot.com)