Sheltie Puppy Party

This is my sister Sheri’s and her husbands David two new Sheltie pups they are 4-month-old siblings.

The brown one Missy Hogan is the female and the black and grey one Turbo is the male he has one blue eye.

Trying to keep two very active pups still for pictures was quite the challenge but my sister and I were able to pull it off.

Next time we will try to add in the cat now that should be exciting.

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Cabbage Soup Recipe

I made some cabbage soup last night for something a little different to eat and it was really good.

Recipe:

1 – cabbage cut into chunks

1  medium sized onion

Olive Oil a couple of tablespoons

Sautee the above

Two cans of diced tomatoes

A couple of dashes of red pepper depending on how hot you like things.

Carrots 5 large ones slice thin or a package of frozen ones that are sliced.

Celery 3 – 4  good stalks chopped up.

Garlic I used a tablespoon of minced garlic

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of Chicken Bouillion I like the “Better than Bouillon” one.

1 can of  black eyed peas with juice

Cook unil your carrots are done.

The only thing I would do different next time is add in some good cooked sausage but I did not have any.

Cabbage Soup

 

 

Things in the attic

If you have lived in your house for quite a few years chances are you have lots of things in your attic you do not need or have forgotten about having.

For us it has been over 40 yrs worth of stuff. Our weather is cooling down so its a good time to go into the attic.

We had 4 kids and I liked saving their stuff for some reason. I have not idea why I saved it because they left it all here lol.

As a child we moved a lot I remember at least 8 times and this was hard for my sister and me.

I wanted our kids to feel grounded and grow up in one home we are still living in the same home today. I always thought it was special my husband and his family grew up in one home and today his mom is still in that home.
My sister and her husband also raised their two boys in the same house and they still live in that same house.

From the beauty pageants, there were trophies, crowns and capes at least 3 years worth of these wins from our older two kids. Favorite stuff animals, dolls, toys, clothes and shoes.From baseball and softball, there would be jerseys, pants, belts, and trophies.

From 4H there would be livestock combs, boxes, halters and ropes.

Fast Forward to Jr High there would be stuff from football, track, volleyball, basketball, and tennis.

During high school, there would be stuff from softball and tennis. As well as stuff the boys made in wood shop.

School papers, poems reports, and drawings. I will keep the artwork.

Then there is special stuff to me like my great aunts dining room chairs antique ladder back wooden ones. An oak table with glass inlay my grandfather made with a beautiful pedestal. A tall oak end table my grandfather made. A few other odds and ends my grandfather and my dad made for me through the years.I will keep all this stuff.

I have some gords really big ones hanging in the attic my grandfather gave me 30 years ago. I was going to paint on them then I was going to make birdhouses out of them. I have never done anything with them but I think I will make some birdhouses.

My grandfather was able to get me some saw blades from a paper mill they are very large. I also have some vintage Avon bottles my grandmother gave me one time.Milk cans I have collected along with other things over the years. Vintage tins lots of Coca Cola stuff. Some vintage signs and some remake ones.

We will say goodbye to old trophies, capes, stuffed animals, dolls and anything else that was from our kids younger years.
Goodbye to clothes, shoes, uniforms, etc. They do not want it and we do not need it.

The stuff that I have collected I will go through and keep only what I feel the need to keep. Anything my husband, dad, grandfather or either grandmother made I will keep.

This clutter I never see but it bothers me a lot even though its in the attic.

They say when you declutter a space like your attic you feel freedom from what has been weighing you down.

 

 

 

The Beauty of Hummingbirds

We have quite a few hummingbirds around here.

I think they like our yard because there is always numerous different plants blooming all the time.

We have 3 feeders out under the oak trees in the backyard.

When you see several chasing each other that is usually because the different species that are fighting. We have atleast 3 species here. They do not like to be at the feeders at the same time.

Here are a few pictures of the ruby throated hummingbird.

I was able to capture these images over the weekend. I had on my 400mm lens and they were about 10 – 12 ft away.

I make my own hummingbird nectar using this recipe.

1 Part White Granulated Sugar

4 Parts Water

Red food coloring is okay if you use only a few drops if the feeders have some red on them they will find them.

Stir until disolved thouroughly.

If you live in the warmer climate areas it is a good idea to change the nectar often because it sours from the heat. Always place your feeders in the shade.

The hummingbirds are so small but their beauty brings such joy to the world.

Foggy Sunrise

I love living in the country with wide open spaces all around.

This foggy sunrise is a good example of what I am talking about this was taken out our backyard and this is a pasture behind us that is about 30 acres. This was taken on Saturday morning.

I have shot so many sunrises of this same location but no two are ever alike. The colors change in the sunrise just like the height of the fog changes and most of the time there is no fog. The colors change depending on the timing of the picture a few minutes can make all the difference in a sunrise or sunset picture.

This is my piece of paradise it is so tranquil and serene and the beauty never ceases to amaze me.

Life is GOOD!

Boxer dog friends

Daisy and Zoee are the best of friends.

They wrestle, play fetch together and they love tug of war. I am so grateful they have each other.

They are BOTH spoiled rotten. Most of the time when I order from Chewy they know the boxes. I think they smell them but anyway they normally get new balls, toys or chews. Well now when I get a box from Amazon there standing there like “what did you get me now” these are some crazy spoiled dogs.

Dogs need plenty of exercise and there is plenty of room to run and play here at our house. Its been so hot we try not to play fetch unless its early a.m. or late p.m. but sometimes Daisy insist on it.

Zoee had a visit a week ago to the vet shes having some enviromental allergies so we are bathing her in a special shampoo for that. In the country who knows what that could be.

Daisy loves her pool and Zoee loves the waterhose I guess that is never going to change. Zoee makes it really hard to water my plants.

The dogs have been on Iiams dog food for a good while. Our daughter was telling me what she feeds the Cane Corsos is the ” Diamond High Energy” it has 24% protein and 20% fat so its good for active dogs. You can get it at the feed stores. They also have a regular one for those not so high energy dogs.

They are in the process of trying this new food out they have had this bag about 1 week. They do not seem to be eating as much of it which tells me they must be getting fuller.

Cost wise the Iiams 33# bag was about $33.00 the Diamond is a 50# bag for $30.00 so its much cheaper and a better quality food. Hopefully it works out.  I wanted to pass this onto all my friends with several dogs.

Sometimes capturing these two on camera can be a challenge but I grabbed a few shots Thursday evening and Friday morning early.

The first picture they both have their eyes shut. Zoee can pull Daisy around when playing Tug of War I have not figured out how. The third picture Daisy was waiting for the ball to be thrown. Last picture Zoee was trying to figure out how to steal the chuck it thrower.

Our Duck Friends

The Black Bellied Whistling Duck were back last weekend.

I was able to get these pictures early a.m. it was so bright outside.

They sat there on this dead tree on the fence line and let me put out food in 4 feeders.

I was only 8-10 foot from them they never budged.

The red ones could be the parents of the rest with the whistling ducks the parents are similar in color. The juveniles did not have their color yet you can tell they were still young.

We mix black oiled sunflower seeds and chicken scratch & all the birds and ducks seem to love it.

Feed the wildlife and enjoy their beauty right in your own backyard. Once they get use to you they will pose for the camera.

These beauties come and go an sometimes come back a few times a day.

Last group picture

These Cane Corso puppies are 8 weeks old and going to their new homes this weekend.

Everytime I would get focused one pup would go overboard. I had the grandkids putting them back in the wagon and moving quickly so I could take a few pics.

Anyone interested in future  ICCF Registered Cane Corso pups can contact:

Shady Acres Rosharon

Five Years Ago

Today it has been 5 years since my dad passed away.

I took new flowers to the cemetery on Friday.

My dad and I were able to spend some time together while I was taking him back and forth to chemo and radiation. It was just the two of us and that was actually nice. We were able to talk about some things that were on his mind & he knew I would listen.

 I wish you were here so I could say “well dad you were right”!                                                          

You were such a smart man & you could always tell if someone’s intentions were sincere.

I am so glad I could be there for you when you needed me the most with kind words and a carrying heart.

Thank you for telling me you were grateful you could always count on me that meant a lot to me.

I love you and miss you every day. Thank you for being my dad and being a part of my life.

 

My Dad

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