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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Busy few weeks

Dog report:

I had fun taking the dogs to Fido's for a day of sheepherding. Trouble and Kilt weren't too impressed sitting in the truck all day long. That's a long walk from the parking lot to the back field over and over again. But, the nice thing about dogs is their unconditional devotion. Even though Kilt and trouble got to do nothing all day, they didn't complain.Yoko was an idiot for her run. Yoko is either on or off, usually no middle of the road for this girl. She hates that the sheep are set on grain. She started her lift nicely, but as soon as she saw they weren't going to lift their heads, slam, bam, thank-you mam. She has a very low tolerance for stuff like that. She ended her run by holding them on a gate where i couldn't see her. I had to use our time walking over to that area and giving her a verbal reprimand.

Champ was a little 'stupid' in that he wasn't sure how to move the afternoon grazing lambs. Just a lack of experience, so I helped him. I asked him to move them quickly up the field to the second drive. I even encouraged a heel bite. After that, the lambs listened to him and he was able to do a nice line without a word from me to the second panel. His single was a thing of beauty, and penning, no problem I did some training in the PN field (non-comp) before going to the open field. I did notice he was more relaxed after being able to run once. He didn't see the sheep from the post. I knew that. I sent him (telling him to put on his glasses...haha), stopped him midway, and redirected him. He took it nicely. But, i heard a lamb jumped him at the top from a person at the top(lamb wasn't interested in leaving the grain). He lost a little confidence on the fetch. The field was a couple feet high in grass, so the handler can't see the sheep or dogs in quite a few areas. So, I left to assist him. I am well aware that my dogs don't get out on different sheep or have their own sheep to be really competitive. But, once in awhile we shine. And, as long as I enjoy trialling and they enjoy trialling we will take the losses with a few triumphs. Just as long as we are all having a good time :0)

I am looking forward to camping next to and with Bonnie Block at Bandon by the Sea for the next sheepdog trialling adventure. I only put the dogs in open on the second day plus the jackpot. And, Laura was kind enough to put Champ in PN (non-comp) for Sunday. I am just trying to get Champ experience on different sheep and terrains. I hope we will have enough time to ride horseback on the beach while we are there!

People report:

My son is coming up from Roseburg tomorrow to pick up his Blazer that has been parked in my woods for about 6 months. A small tree fell on it, but being a Blazer, no definite damage has been done. haha I had a K5 Blazer at one time in my life. I loved that car, until my son thrashed it. LOL I have always thought my son and were exact opposites, but maybe, not so. He is working hard on his 100 acres in Roseburg, building a garage, laying gravel on the road, tractoring where he plans to build allowing it to settle, etc. The one thing that is particularly scary to me is that he has poison oak on his property. Thankfully he isn't as deathly allergic to it as Wayne and I are! I haven't taken my dogs up on his property because I know they will carry it on their coats :0(

And, as soon as I get home from Bandon, Wayne comes for a week. He is only out on disability until May 16th, so he is flying up here from May 5th to May 14th. Unfortunately for him, I will be at an Aled Owen clinic mid week. Who knows....may be some nice down time for him, because as you know I don't spend a lot of "down" time :0)  He and a helper have painted almost the entire interior of the Green Valley house and exterior. He has been working as hard as one can with a 28% ejection fraction. He understands, if he doesn't take care of his health, he will die. I think he sees the light that he is not invincible. He says I have a "hippie' mentality. I am grateful for that mentality. Now, if I could switch his mindset to one of gratitude, life would be sweet. I guess he will have to figure that one out for himself.

Planning to do another Kentucky Derby party here at the house the first Saturday in May while Wayne is here. I did one last year and it was lots of fun. My Pop always drew horses for all of us even if we couldn't be together for the derby. We always celebrated the Kentucky Derby with mint juleps with Pop singing My Old Kentucky Home. Great memories.

Hoping the weather will be cooperative so Wayne can kayak while he is here. I'm pretty sure he has never done that in his life. It is such a "zen" experience. I know he will enjoy it.

That's about it on the home front. Hope you all are enjoying Spring and happy trialling. See ya out there.

Violet green swallow

Thursday, April 21, 2016

One of these mornings....

I'm going to get up and NOT make a To Do List.  Maybe, when I'm dead.

There is just so much I want to do here.  Sometimes I just have to make myself CHILL.  Our new neighbors "on the trail" are living in their slice of house (400 sq. foot rental) at the moment.  They own the adjoining 8 acres to us.  Thankful that they don't plan to build for several years and then it will be just a summer vacation home. Phew....  I envisioned fences, etc.  So happy!

The elk have been a few properties over, all morning.  They jumped the hot wire fence into Grouchy's pasture.  Grouchy obviously hasn't got up yet to see them.  LOL  Really, it is just an empty pasture.  I would think he would welcome them to graze, but alas, he doesn't.

Me and my dogs, we welcome them.  They fertilize and aerate the acreage.  Plus, I believe soon, it will be calving time.  Last year a couple of the cows chose below at the pond to calve.  They leave the herd for several weeks to give birth.  Once the baby is strong enough (and survives) they head back to the herd.

The rhododendrons and lilacs are in full bloom right now.  And, also, so are the WEEDS.  Thankfully, I don't mind my gardens to look a little WILD.  I'm not OCD about it.  Whatever comes up, can come up.  It takes me awhile to decipher whether it is a real flower or a real weed.  And, some of the weeds I love just as much as the flowers.  So there!

It's almost time to start kayaking.  I can't wait.  Wayne is flying out in a couple of weeks for a week.  I hope we can kayak, etc. etc.  This is Mount Baker in the background just out of Sequim bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

There is a hike I'm eagerly looking forward to doing about an hour and a half away out of Hoodsport. I want to climb Mount Ellinor.  Easy (I think) summer hike 6 1/2 miles round trip.  My neighbor just did it.  But, the snow on top was like 30 feet deep.  There is a snow chute made from hikers trudging up the mountain.  My neighbor takes his snow pants and a trash bag.  Then, sits down in the chute and toboggans down.  He says it is a BLAST.  Sounds fun.  Better I take along another hiker with me if I plan to do the icy chute (just in case)  Hahahaha

I just looked out the window and this is what I see.  HEAVEN :0)

It's the truth, isn't it?  That's all. Have a good day :0)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Olympic Birdfest

What a fabulous warm and lovely three day weekend for the Olympic Birdfest.

I live in paradise, I tell you.  Sometimes you have to hit some bumps and maybe even some ditches to get to where you know you belong.  Same is for Wayne.  I think he hit bottom and is on his way up.  He wants to retire here with me.  I knew that all along, no matter what friends or family might have thought.  It was a struggle.  That I know.  I want him here, also.  When you look at a dog starved by some stupid human and the dog is still wagging his tail even if the human didn't feed him, without any ill feelings, there is a message there. It is hard for us humans to do, isn't it, to forgive.  Animals are able to give unconditional love.  Humans, not really.  Our love comes with conditions.  We get hurt.  We judge.  Learning to release is hard work.  Compassion really does come with forgiveness.

Thus far, the house is on the market for sale on the 20th in Green Valley.  We have a deposit on the toy hauler which should leave the property by this weekend.  When the house sells (Lord willing' and the creeks don't rise) I told Wayne to just put what furniture that is left on the street.  It will be gone in minutes.

Only a few more things to get rid of (downsize) and we will feel cleansed!  The heroin addicts in our Shelton rental have to vacate May 1st.  Not sure what it will entail to fix the place up to sell, but we just want to break even.  We are fine with that.  It was a nice tax write off for many years.

Then once Wayne gets up here next April (2017) we will look at downsizing even more with vehicles, etc.  Putting that on the back burner for the moment,

Looking forward to Wayne coming May 5th through the 14th.  He will be here for 3 days by himself while I am at the Aled Owen clinic, but he is coming at a great time for the Irrigation festival.  The irrigation festival marks the day that everyone can use their irrigation waters again until late fall. There is lots going on in walking distance....lumberjacks, strong man competition, wood sculpturing, tractor pulls, etc.  It should be a fun time.

We are having a couple of exceptionally warm days almost close to 80 degrees here right now. That won't last for long, so ENJOY it while you have it.  Spring has sprung and now it is time to mow, mow, mow and weed, weed, weed :0)  It's all good.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


I traveled over 3000 miles in 3 weeks.  I'm home now and will take a week's break.  Then I will start up another whirlwind month.....Olympic birdfest, Fido farms trial, and Bandon by the Sea trial, moving on into May for an advanced handler clinic with Aled Owens. Also, in May, Wayne is flying up for the Irrigation festival. This festival has parades, a strong man competition, logging, wood sculpturing, tractor pull, car shows, etc. I think he will enjoy it.  I did last year.

Then I will most likely put sheep dogging on a summer hold for a few months.  I've had a lot on my plate this year and I think I need to slow things down.

I'd really like to go watch the sheepdog finals in Colorado and then journey on to Yellowstone in September.  I sponsored Gloria Atwater and Nick for the USBCHA finals.  She has been working hard and placing well.  I love how she works her own dogs.  I won't be trialling enough to get points this year.  Sorry, I didn't go with Champ the last two years.  But, who knows what the future holds in store for us.

I didn't really take a week's rest upon arriving home, because we have had so much rain everything is GROWING like crazy!  I have been weed whacking, mowing, pulling weeds, planting and so forth.  Since I have been working around the home front so hard I have been sleeping some 8-10 hours a night.  Highly unusual for me, but welcomed.  The weather in Sequim has been picture perfect. A few beautiful sunny days and then a cloudy or rainy day or two.

I'm excited to be home.  I'm happy that Wayne looks like he is on the road to recovery.  My dogs were just as happy to get back to Sequim as I was.  It's HOME.  This weekend is the Olympic Birdfest.  Friday I am hiking with an Audubon group out by the Dungeness spit.  I'm charging my camera batteries as we speak.  Saturday I am going out with a Birder group on a boat to Protection Island.  The boat leaves from the Marina a few miles away.  I had such fun last year, so I am, again, looking forward to this short expedition.  Then, Sat. night I am going on my first Owl hunt.  It is from 9 PM until midnight.  I haven't a clue.  It will be a new adventure :0)

Never a dull moment here.  Life looks like it is getting back on more of an emotional even keel which is very much welcomed.  I'm also glad to be out of rattlesnake land and back into garter snake territory. I brought back a couple of rattles with me just to remind me how much I love living here in Sequim.  Pretty soon it will be warm enough for me to go kayaking.  I can't wait.

Spring has sprung here.  Hopefully my eastern friends are having their last blast of snow!  We are averaging in the mid 40's here, but I think we will get close to 60 this weekend.  It can stay Spring forever :0)