Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Anniversary Honey

Today was our 23rd wedding anniversary.  Sometimes it seems like it has only been a few months, and sometimes, well, you know the old story...the one that talks about "for better and for worse", etc, etc.....

However, the good times and the bad times all add up - and as we so often have, our anniversary cards were in sync - this is my card from The Shepherd -  my card for him said the same thing - You & Me - (different picture though)    One year we actually got each other the very same card - that was a wild one - I opened my card from him, saw the picture and went "Oh, no, I've opened his card!"

We had planned to go down to Whidbey Island, but The Shepherd was feeling under the weather all week and when I suggested that we skip, he said "lets sleep in and then just go down to The Farmhouse (an old favorite restaurant that's on Highway 20, on the way to Whidbey) for lunch and then come home.  We had a great lunch (I had a Reuben - they make their own corned beef and its not that thin deli sliced stuff and he had a hot pot roast sandwich - so we were both happy, and full, and didn't have such a long drive to boot), and then we decided to go looking at the tulips  -

The Skagit (rhymes with "Badge-it"} County area is renowned for their tulip fields - so much so that they now have a month long Tulip Festival during the month of  April.  These were part of the display gardens at the restaurant.

It would have been better if the weather had been a little nicer, but it didn't seem to deter the tourists. 

The tulip fields are just about done blooming, but the farmers have conveniently planted some "late blooming" ones that are just color as far as you can see. 

I was taking these pictures out the car window, on the fly, as the sheriff's were everywhere, giving out tickets to anyone who blocked traffic. But I couldn't resist showing you these pretty pink tulips.  Imagine thousands of people tromping through your fields - I'm surprised they don't have electric fences around them. 

Even with the blustery weather, there were quite a surprisingly number of people out today.

You can see more tulip pictures on my Instagram page.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


All the lambs are out front now.  This is Allison.  She's very sweetly has a lovely fleece.  She's a keeper.

We're having an "open barn" today for friends and some of The Shepherds landscape customers. I have my spinning wheel out, hoping the rain holds off til after 3 when we're done. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

City of New Orleans

We're at the Mt. Baker Theater tonight listening to the great Arlo Guthrie.   It doesn't get any better.  If you have a chance to see him don't miss it. He is very funny as well as being a great musician.  We are so lucky to have this great venue.  Thanks, Mt. Baker Theater

Monday, April 17, 2017

Out and about

Here's Cal and A.J. on their first day out.  They are so cute!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


A.J. is a carbon copy of her mom.  The Shepherd is very pleased.

Garnet and little ones

This handsome little guy is named Cal ,- he and his sister were born yesterday morning. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Enjoying the sunshine

When I got home from town this afternoon I stopped out by the pasture to see all the babies.  They are still paired up with their sibs but soon they will be waiting for our neighbors to come home so they can race them down the way.  Two more lambs born this morning.  Pictures soon or you can find me on Instagram -  menolly44. We're off to dinner and groceries in a bit, I need to go  make lists

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All tuckered out

The lambs had a big day today in the outside world.  They are so fun to watch at this age.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Ain't she sweet?

I guess I'd be giving up the stink eye if I was her mum too. This is Frosty , Angel and Big Al.  They are all doing well today.

The reality of farming hit hard last night.  Luckily Vikki was "easily fixable" (they just stuff everything back in and sew them shut for a day) The Shepherd had prepared himself that he might have to put her down.  The magic of antibiotics, she's doing okay tonight.

Stink eye, ha ha ha

I was getting a little too close to Angel and Big Al.  Mom was not amused. 

Saturday, April 08, 2017

More lambs and trouble in the barn

This is Angel, one of the new lambs we have today on the farm.  Two moms, Frostiana and and Vikki.  Angel is Frosty's .  Sadly Vikki lost her ewe lamb (darn!) and we almost lost Vikki to a prolapsed uterus. 

Thanks to the great vet from Kulshan Vet Hospital in Linden, who put her back together.  We have to give her shots for the next three or four days .  Whoopee....

Wonderful woollies farm sale!

We're at the Wonderful Woollies Farm & Fleece sale today.  Well, The Shepherd isn't here yet because another one of the ewes went into labor just as we were leaving.  More later!

Friday, April 07, 2017


Allison has a very nice black fleece.  No white anywhere but on her head, and her tongue (often an indicator of the color she'll be, ie black tongue, dark fleece, pink tongue, light fleece,) is black on the top and pink on the bottom!  So who knows.  The shepherd did say she has a healthy set of lungs...

Proud papa

First lambs of the year born on Wednesday.  This is Jefferson's first "crop" of lambs.  So far, so good. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

A carpet of blue

It just seems that every day gets more colorful in our yard. The Glory of Spring has taken over the bed by our gate and provides a carpet of blue.  So pretty, and so welcome after our long winter.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

More Signs of Spring

You may recognize these plants that are coming up in The Shepherd's garden.  Some people call it pie plant and it does make great pie - especially if you mix it with strawberries and put a crumb topping.. strawberry rhubarb pie...yum.  Land'o Lakes has s great recipe on their web site.  Check it out.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring is just around the corner

The "Glory of the snow" is coming on. By next week you won't see any brown ground will be a sea of blue.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Blackbird sing

I really should have taken a video rather than a snapshot the other day.  These blackbirds were ALL singing at the top of their lungs...I'm not sure what they were trying to settle but we were reaping the benefits with their beautiful music. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Crueller than I thought it was going to be...

Poor little tulips got totally covered in our snow storm this afternoon.  Did I mention that I am really ready for winter to be done??

Mother Nature is so cruel

I guess I was premature in thinking that spring was springing...more snow today.  So ready for winter to be gone!! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The fruits of his labors

This is always the most fun part of shearing, seeing what this year's "crop" looks like.  What do you think?

Bah bah black sheep have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir one bag full.  And it's got great crimp to it!


Kayla has a beautiful black fleece.  He will be taking it to the show in Oregon in June, so watch out.

Time for a haircut

It's shearing day at Marietta Shetlands.  Five down and five to go. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New wheels...

Ever since my fall last October I have been using my old standard walker, the kind that really isn't designed for outside walking, but, hey, life happens.
It has become clear to me that my knee has become pretty unstable (and taking the time off from work right now to get it replaced is out of the question) and going it with just one cane was probably bot safe for me anymore.  So I started looking at "rollators" - four wheeled walkers designed to go over hill and dale. 
Sadly they are not covered by insurance and this was a little bit more $$ than I was thinking (plus I got it from a local store - $125 more than online!!!).  I was able to get them to come down $50 in price - The Shepherd and I like to buy local when ever we can - so as the old saying goes, I bit the bullet and bought it.  Then are some challenges ... it weighs about 18 lbs,  getting it in and out of the trunk, and up and down our back steps is going to take some work, but I like it and I hope it will help me to be more mobile too.
She needs a name - right now I'm thinking Maybelle...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

My friend Mary Ellen snapped this wonderful picture last week up in Vancouver - she didn't see the heart in the icy water until she got back home and downloaded her pictures.  What a wonderful gift from Mother Nature.  

By the way, Mary Ellen writes two newsletters - you can read them on FaceBook - or get them delivered to your email inbox  - no matter how busy I am, I always stop to read what she sends.  

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Do you like Valentine's day?  When I was a kid, it seemed like I would always get those Valentines with a hippo or an elephant on them :-(     
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Gracie's romp in the snow

 Hello effury body and effury kitty - 

I've been spending a whole lotta time on the foot of Mummy's bed - I really like having her home all day long - she just lets me be and is always there for me to give a snuggle to.

This snow was all the way up to the bottom of my skirts.  Yikes!

 Now what do I do? 

The Shepherd said that he could see everywhere that Gracie went out side - one place was into the bamboo.  We figure she was looking for burdies in there. 

A couple more wintery pictures

 This maple looks like it's been dipped in plastic.  All told, we were snowed or iced in for a full week.  First time that's happened in years.  And we didn't really get as much snow as we've had in the past, but it would snow, then rain, so everything was like a skating rink

I like the ice hanging off the bell. 

Ever the optimist, before our witch hazel got hammered by the northeaster last week.  

And then it really started to snow.

Gracie was going outside, but it was snowing so hard, you can see her skid marks as she ran back into the house...

The Shepherd worked tirelessly to keep a clear path between the house and the barn.

"Hey, you - make it stop snowing.  My water is frozen"

Jefferson and Buddy didn't think much of the snow. 

The ice storm nearly broke the limbs off our Cedrus deodara

But once it warmed up "a little" The Shepherd
was able to knock some of the ice off.  Luckily it didn't damage the branches.

After this one last hurrah, where we got another 3 or 4 inches of snow, the wind switched from north to south, and the temps just climbed about a degree an hour from mid 20's to almost 45 degrees in about 24 hours.  The snow just seemed to disappear almost over night. 

Thank goodness! 

Saturday, February 04, 2017

An Ice Day

Well, we've taken a page out of the Portland weather book today.  Ice every where and as you can see , our river birch is caressing my car, which looks like it is beginning to lose its ice cube look .. must be warming up a little.  No difference to me,  I'm not going anywhere today.  Got this good book on my Kindle and maybe some popcorn and hot chocolate...

Friday, February 03, 2017

Snow day

I should say. another snow day.  This is getting old. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Live is good...

Actually, live is great.  What a fantastic band.  All very talented musicians.  Big smile on my face tonight!

Pre-show reception

As a member of the theater we get a pass to a pre show reception.  Many times you get the drummer or a road manager.  Whoa. Jesse Cook did his own talking.  Fascinating man and very funny too.  Really looking forward too his music.   Check out his web site to hear some of his tunes!

Concert at the Mt. Baker

We're at the Mt. Baker Theater tonight to see one of our favorite musicians, Jesse Cook.  Flamenco and World Music.  If you ever get a chance to hear him don't miss it!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Yes, Women's Rights ARE Human Rights

Today was, I hope, a pivotal day for America, and the world.  Nearly 5 million people world wide marched in solidarity - not to protest the new administration, but to remind it that Women's Rights are Human Rights, "regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability"

Human Rights should come first, not greed, not bullying,

Inspired by the Women's March on Washington there were almost 700 "Sister Marches" all around the US and around the world  (VISIT: SISTER MARCHES here)

The city of Bellingham, that The Shepherd & I call home had a march today. - I saw one report that there was an estimated 5000 people there. 


  You can see from this picture (sent to me by a friend from church, thanks Sonja) how big the crowds were.  
Sadly, I did not feel that I was physically up to the challenge to go - The Shepherd said - "Well we could have gotten you a wheel chair" - and "Who would have pushed it", I asked? 

So I lived vicariously through my church friends - This is our God-daughter and her mom.  (and many thanks to Margot for these two pictures)
Our Minister, Rev. Amy, with another group of our members.  I am looking forward to hearing all about it tomorrow at church! 

 Meanwhile, on the "other side of the State" - my older sister lives in YAKIMA, WA.  It is, to say the least, a "conservative" area, but she and several other members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima, encouraged and inspired by the other marches that were being planned all around the US began planning their own.  They had imagined that they might get between 250-400 people - They got over 1000!  My sister was beyond thrilled.  (That is her just to the right of the banner, carrying the bright pink sign - "1972, An original Ms.")

 The march ended up at their church which is in downtown Yakima.

Blessings on all those who have spend the past couple of months, planning and working (and knitting those crazy pink Pussy-Hats).

May you sleep well tonight, safe in the knowledge that a new day has dawned, and it looks like it's going to be a good one.