Monday, July 25, 2011

Passing of Time

     Perhaps it is my age, but time rushes by, and I wonder where it has gone, and what I have accomplished. Not that getting a myriad of things done is of great importance, but rather a necessity of living on a farm, and doing all that it entails.  Right now raspberries are in season, and the phone is ringing constantly, cars are pulling in the driveway all day, driving Sadie nuts, and the times I've had to tell folks the reasons why we are closed for the day, and why I can't just let them in, as they only want a few, too numerous to count.
     We did go for a road trip, for four days last week.  It supposedly was a "vacation", but I call it a road trip, because we spent more time in the car, than anywhere else. Bob just likes to drive, anywhere, even dead end dirt roads.  We did go to several museums. which I enjoyed, especially the one in Parrsboro, and Joggins.  I wish I had the brain to remember all the things I learned.  The geology of Nova Scotia is most interesting, and I would really like to learn more. My daughter Heather is quite knowledgeable, and I am looking forward to getting a chance to look at some of her books.
     I am also taken with rocks and fossils, especially after visiting Parrsboro, though I've always collected beach rock, and like the smoothness and beauty of them after they have been polished.

I thought this little guy was cute.

The rocks tell a story, you just have to know how to read it.
This shows a seam of coal, at Joggins.

     Well, I have moved into my 69th year, and to celebrate, I went with Dawn, Heather, Rae, Lindsay and friend Eva, to Cirque Soleil, in Halifax.  It was very entertaining, though at times I wasn't sure of the story line.
It was a celebration of birthdays; Dawn's, Eva's and mine. Had a great dinner, supplied by Eva, Dave and Heather, with a glass of wine, no less, with Eva, and Sadie had a chance to see her Halifax dog buddies, Jerry and Simba, and her human buddy Dave.  We got home quite late, but it was a wonderful time. Spending time with "my girls" is most special.  When life gets overwhelming, they are my rocks, polished and beautiful in every way.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sadie's Hay Field

     The field next to our house is not ours, but Sadie thinks it is hers.  A neighbour cuts the hay there every year, and Sadie keeps close watch to see that it is done right.

     She could get whip lash because every movement or noise draws her attention.

     She has to get up close to really inspect the work, and spent a few minutes squeeking at the tractor.

     These are picture of my "granddog" Indy.  She is such a good dog.  Unlike Sadie, she actually responds to commands such as sit, and amazingly, go pee and go poop.  What a sweetie.  She misses her family. and is anxious to see me when I go down.  She immediately wants to chase the ball, so we have a time of exercise.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sadie Update

      Sadie has had her last check up and she is finally in good health.  The animal hospital where I take her has wonderful, caring vets and workers.  Sadie has received much attention in the last few weeks, and I am extremely impressed with the care she is given.  Now I just have to do some hair cutting and thinning so she won't mind the heat as much.  It has been extremely warm here the last few days. I am not complaining, mind you after all the rain and cool weather, but Japanese Chins, Sadie in particular, is either too hot or too cold. It's hard to find a happy medium.
     I am looking after Indy for my family, and she is such a good dog.  This is for your information, Lindsay. Indy is being very good. Grammy has to play catch with her, she expects it every time. She's eating pretty good, especially if I sit there with her.  I'll have to take a picture of her and put it on the blog.
     We went to Lunenburg yesterday, to the Fisheries Museum, and then to see the Bluenose, which I was glad to do.  I have been watching it via the webcam, and it was nice to see it up close.  To much driving yesterday, so I'm a bit sore today, but it will pass.
      Well, back to my needle felting........


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Quiet Time

     It has been sunny and warm up on the mountain today.  Everyone's away except Sadie and I and we are enjoying the solitude and the quiet. There are no deadlines today, and there is no timetable of things that have to be done. This does not happen very often.
     I have been working on a new needle felting project. This activity is really taking over my life.  Once I get at it, it is hard to leave it alone.

     Sadie made out quite well at the vets, and did not have to have a tooth removed. She is in pretty good health, which is great. She does have a further check up next week, and that should be it.

Sadie found the porch quite warm.

She decided under the truck was cooler.

This is the rose I referred to yesterday.

This one is a wild rose that just started to grow in the backyard.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada Day

     The 1st of July. Canada's Birthday.  I am so glad to be a Canadian.  Proud to be Canadian. Via the TV, I joined with thousands of other Canadians to celebrate our birthday, on Parliament Hill. I am charmed by Will and Kate, and hope they have sufficient time to rest their hands after all the shaking they did yesterday and today.
     I find myself reflecting on other things today as well.  School has ended for the summer, with closing ceremonies held yesterday for my granddaughters.  Both did quite well as their report cards show, and the eldest received special awards. It is a proud moment in a grandmother's life, to see grandchildren doing well, and succeeding in their life.  It is a time of joy and a time of tears. It is so heart warming to see them growing and becoming who they are meant to be, but hard to believe so much time has past.  Wasn't it just yesterday I was cuddling them, reading a book to them or rocking them to sleep.  The tears are those of pride in who they are, and how well they are making their way in life.  Being a young person is not easy in this day.

     The hail that I spoke about in the last blog, will cost us our crop.  Except for a few trees that are 'adopted', our crop is toast.  I hope we will have a good raspberry season.

     The lupins are blooming in the ditch, and the peonies are getting top heavy. I just noticed that a small rose bush has buds on it that are just opening.

     You can just barely see the pink rose buds

     I did some whipper-snipping yesterday, and as usual, spent too much time at it, and ended up with a very sore back, the shakes, and a blister. Thank goodness it just takes some sit down time for the soreness and shakes to go away.  I can't not do it, just because it hurts, or I'd never do anything.
     One day at a time.......