Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lots of Lasts

Last Green Valley Sunrise Service

I was blessed to have easter Sunday off from work so Wayne, Jet and I attended the Easter Sunrise services atop Spunky Plantation.  This year the weather was beautiful.  We have sat through cold, foggy winds and snow flurries in the past :0)

This is one of Wayne's favorite areas atop of Spunky Plantation.
I took a photo for old times sake :0)

From the plantation we could view Grass Mountain.
I always wanted my ashes sprinkled atop of Grass Mtn.  Now, I don't care so much.  Sprinkle me anywhere it is convenient :0)
My grandson hiked this mountain with me at the tender age of 4 yrs. old.  I have had friends hike with me that Wayne said NEVER came back, because the hike is a bit strenuous.  LOL
I even have a nude picture of me in all of my glory atop this mountain.  I even let that one go to the dumpster.  Moving on to new greener pastures :0)

We'll be lucky to ever get everything packed around here, because in 30 years you just accumulate so much STUFF.  Yesterday we had to do all of the banking stuff including closing out our safety deposit box.  We found some old bonds that we cashed out that we forgot were even in there.  That was a pleasant surprise.

Today, instead of packing, we are going to the beach.  Just one last time in Ventura beach :0)  I wish we could go to Jalama beach, but actually I am looking at a hybrid bicycle for sale while we are in Ventura.  Champ, Jet and Yoko are going for a little frisbee fun and maybe, we will take in a last lunch at the harbor.

Champ and Yoko had a blast at the beach, running, swimming, and playing frisbee.

Wayne playing frisbee with Champ and Yoko

Jet got to carry the frisbee.  It made him feel good.

He loves to sit at the water's edge and just look out at the waves.  One time the water washed up and over him he was so mesmerized and happy to just be at the beach.  To see him so happy makes my heart sing!

Champ rarely ever misses a frisbee even when it is windy at the beach.

My new USED hybrid bike (Fuji 21 speed)
It would have been easier to buy it in Sequim, but we had some unexpected money in bonds (in the safety deposit box) so……. It came with a bike rack on the back.  I have an old basket to put on the front to carry stuff and bought a walkie thingie that attaches to the bike for a dog to trot along with me on my rides.  I tried it up and down the driveway and instantly got a cramp in my left thigh.  Hahahaha
Getting older isn't for sissies, but i think I will like 21 speeds better than my last bike of 1 speed :0)

This is Kilt in her igloo with her I HATE YOU LOOK.
We didn't have enough room for everyone to go to the beach, so Kilt stayed behind with Trouble.  She was not a happy camper about it.  I will make it up to her and take her to a AHBA trial on Friday :0)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Champ

Where ever I go now, Champ lies at my feet.  I am having so much fun working and training him.

Plus, he is a fabulous traveler.  He's just a fun dog to be around.

Our last month here I have been letting him work Terry's ranch gathering the large flock made up of cross breds and hampshires.  He has been gathering them out of tall brush and shedding them into several groups.  Once in a while we get a group small enough that he can pen them.

Also, we work on our flanks walking in a large square holding lines.  Occasionally,  I let him work a single or two sheep at a time.  He is getting more and more comfortable with my mannerisms and my whistles, just as Patrick said he would and should.  I'm asking Champ to be responsible for figuring me out.  Not the other way around.

I try to work on a multitude of things each time I take him to the ranch.  We work for short times on different exercises.  Today, we did about 3-5 minutes of work in a take pen.  I always try to mix it up, keeping him interested.

The panels we can work on at the trials.  I have to work on our last AHBA trial :0(    I just got his AKC# so we will enter advanced field sheep and advanced field geese just for one day.  Might as well get some shedding practice in before I leave for Washington. :0)

This is a house I pass on the way to Task Farms.  It looks pretty with the poppies on the hillside.  Enjoy it now, because it is going to look bare and HOT in another month or so.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Farm Girl

Yoko…best lil farm dog around

No matter what, Yo will try and do what you ask of her.  She has her own style (not exactly what judges would want in a trial) but that's okay.  She also has her own method of handling livestock.

Most judges/handlers would like a stylish dog with push that can hold a line and flank freely with a beautiful pear shaped outrun.

Yoko is upright, lacks push, wears on her drives, with a low ground heel bite for obstinate stock.
She can back up an ornery sheep, but lacks a nose bite.  

But, she always gets the job done :0)  She gets it done….HER way.

She lives for cattle (I don't) Manages sheep just fine.  Loves to work goats.  And, she is slow and gentle with birds.  She always gives her stock the option to choose the right path.  She is a very fair worker.  She won't bite unless 'tested' or if she feels rightly threatened.

Her biggest fault is worrying about what I think.  I would love for her to be a bit more independent, but I have made her rather mechanical.  I'm still trying to undue that.  

But, all in all, she is a wonderful bitch and I'm glad I have a daughter of Jet's.  She is just as quick as her sire in offering new behaviors along with her desire to please.

I'm very glad Yoko is in my life :0)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All is Good (Most of it anyways)

I kind of did a little artsy thing with Kilt's above photo.  She is fun to photograph, because she is always grinning.  It's the 'devil' in her :0)

Okay then, I think we got over the hurdles and are moving on to new ones.

I found a moving company that will us to Sequim for under $2000 and that includes all of the dog kennels (runs) and the Rhino, etc. etc.  Pick up date is May 12th.

Getting my resume et. everything that goes with it together to look for work in Sequim.  I thought about retiring, but it isn't in the stars yet.  

My last day at work is May 9th.  My co-workers are giving me a going away party at one of their homes on May 3rd.  Honored and very, very sad to leave a job I absolutely love.

My last request which was overheard by cardiology was a wish to see an open heart surgery.  I am scrubbing in for an open heart this Monday on the 14th.  Now, just how EXCITING is that?  Pretty darn wonderful to me!  I wish I could take my camera in.  LOL

Wayne is getting into a routine of monitoring his health.  I'm sure he is not all that happy about it, but the alternative isn't one he or I would like to choose.  I am thrilled and hope he can keep it up when he returns to work in a couple of months.

The Green Valley house we had hoped to put on the market this spring. We may have to wait until late summer.  We will just let things happen when things are ready.  Just going with the flow.

That means I will be up in Sequim starting in June by myself with the Border Collies.  On the way up I will be stopping in Scio, Oregon to trial Champ in nursery and then booking it over to Arlington, Wa. to the Haynes farm for Faansie's clinic with Champ.

I will meet up with Wayne late on May 19th or 20th.  We put in an offer on 13 acres of flat farm land in Sequim with water rights that may be a go or maybe, not.  If it is meant to be, so be it.  We won't be terribly upset if it doesn't go through.  It is for investment purposes.  If they take our offer it will close on May 20th and we will both be there by then to sign for the papers.

Never a dull moment in the Anaya household :0)