Thursday, February 15, 2007


May 9, 1994 --- February 14, 2007

Dicken is gone. He will not be forgotten. He was always cheerful never dull. He remained a puppy always. It was hard to believe, but he always thought that if you came to our house, you must have come to see him. He could be a real pest if you didn't want to pet a German Shepherd. It was just his nature to be friendly. I only wish that he could have been out and running in the fields with us. He would have loved that. He tolerated the indoor cats and kept them in line if they got too wild. The new kitten didn't have to endure so much supervision because by this summer, Dicken has slowed down. But.......every now and then, Junior learned how to behave because the big dog let him know what he should be doing.

Dicken will be missed by all of us.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Lilies in February

I splurged and sent for these pips from a catalog. I thought it might cheer me up in the dead of winter. Little did I know that we would have such a cold snap just when the lilies were really getting going. Right now they are in their prime. The smell is awesome. I have them on my little table that I wedged into a space between my fridge and a window. Now I can sit down and have breakfast or lunch and look out the window. I sure do crave natural light. On the side of the fridge I have family pictures and other memorabalia to light up the space. The flowers are just the crowning touch for me. It makes a nice cozy little, very little, corner for me to eat and read and sniff the flowers and look outside to see the cold February weather.

It has been and will be a small place of peace for me while I deal with my new medical problem called long lasting two weeks and three days with 2 days off. I am very tired of it. I have so much work to do.

Snowy sheep

Here are the sheep finally today. First the girls coming over to the fence for cookies and then at the fence wanting to know when the cookies are coming. The two white ones are not related although they are a mature ewe and a ewe lamb from last year.

Second is the cows at their feeder which was newly filled with their hay for the week. You can't see them very well, but you can also see our road in the background which gives you an idea of how much snow we have.

The boys are third. They just got back outside together this morning. They have been running and leaping ever since. I guess they are quite happy to be outside again, but it was good for them to be together in a small place after breeding pens.

The two boys head to head are Tommy and Linus, dad and son. The other picture is the three of them playing "ring around the log". It is a new game that they have made up. It is so good to go out with the dogs and hear all the bells ringing. There is only one that does not yet have a bell. I sure do like the bells.

Now, if the cows just had bells I would be really happy.