Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallow's Eve moon

Okay, so this series was actually shot in September, but I was saving it for today's post. 

For those of you that may need a little 'mood music', play the video (for sound only) of a lone Run*A*Round coyote while you scroll down through the moon shots.
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Be safe out there, everyone!

Thank you.

Thank you for your condolences on the loss of our sweet Marigold.  Your comments, emails, and support wrecked me.  I couldn't respond to you individually.  You all understand the loss of a pet is a loss of a family member.  Just know that I appreciate each and every one of you AND your big hearts. 
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I know that I was lucky to have her as long as I did.  14 years is a long time for a Lab - for any dog, really.  And to have her relatively healthy until her last day is another blessing many don't get the privilege of experiencing. 


I am also very grateful to have 4 more furry bodies here to make me laugh with their tail-wagging, ear-flopping, Run*A*Round rabble-rousing - as well as their warm comfort when they just come sit next to me.  I never want to have a one-dog household ever again. Did that many years ago - it's too hard when you lose them - must have multiple furry souls at your feet.


The house is definitely much more quiet without Miss Marigold.  She was The Princess with a huge sense of entitlement to everything around her, never being left out of anything.  These other 4 pups are so unintrusive, it's almost too easy to go about my day.
One of my favorite photos of her - taken exactly 10 yrs. before her death.
I will probably never raise another dog from puppyhood (I know, never say never).  But the last 5 pups we've added after Marigold were about 8 or 9 months old when we adopted or rescued them.  They've been really wonderful and easy additions to the family at that age. 

Miss Marigold is buried next to her 'brother', Avis (a 150 lb. Rott/Lab mix), who left us 3 years ago at age 10.  She and Avis were the best of buds, so I'm glad they're reunited.
Avis and Marigold, together again.
It's been cathartic to be able to share (and also to lay low for a few days).   Thanks, again, to all of you.  Time to get back to regular blogging and sharing smiles...  :)  God bless our pets!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Farewell, my sweet girl

Marigold
10/14/97 - 10/29/11
She gave us everything she had for 14 years.
Rest now, little girl.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baron at work

Just in case you thought Baron, our big boy black Lab, was getting too portly to do any work around here, I just thought I'd show you he is effective when he needs to be...
I am almost certain our smallest dog, Louise (60 lbs.), helped, as she is our #1 snake killer, but Baron (110 lbs.) always has the last go-around with the carcass.

The other night, they killed another skunk, and Baron, once again, proudly carried the carcass around like the victorious warrior - while I got to enjoy the added odiferousness in our immediate atmosphere...
Big, stinky dog...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday's Fences

I am beginning to enjoy taking photos of fences and gates themselves, rather than just putting a fence in front of a subject.  :)



And this one cracked me up.
Of the 5 vehicles I saw parked in the drive (a pickup, 2 sedans and 2 sports cars), all of them were Chevys.  I can only assume/hope the family owns a dealership.

Thanks, Jan, for hosting Friday's Fences

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tree trimming crew

Zim and Gem partake of the oak leaves in the front pasture.




Plucking the low-hanging fruit, so to speak.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Paying it forward - A great giveaway!

My blogger pal, Brian, over at heyBJK Outdoors is hosting a great giveaway from Magnum Boots.
Now, normally I don't make a habit of promoting other folks' giveaways (I can barely keep up with my own!)  But this one's a good one.  I'm a bit biased because I won a pair of Magnum Work Horse 6.0 boots for my husband last year via Brian's blog, and they're great boots. 

This giveaway includes a contest component in that they're asking you to come up with a tagline that Magnum can use on their website to promote these Work Pro Ultra boots.  15 words or less.  Not much of a price to pay for a great pair of leather boots!
Photo from Brian's blog.
So, get over to heyBJK Outdoors, read about the boots, then come up with a tagline entry and leave it in a comment.  That's it!  These boots would make a great Christmas gift for a farmer, rancher, outdoorsman, weekend warrior, whatever!  All of you clever folks, put on your thinking caps, and go enter! 
(Open to U.S. residents only, please.)

Green heron

A green heron (aka green-backed heron) skirts the pond one morning.
The tire jumble used to be submerged for fish hatchery purposes.





Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And the winner is...

The winner of the October drawing giveaway is none other than Janis from Life According to Jan and Jer

Jan just began hosting the Friday's Fences link-up last month (I'll take credit for a bit of inspiration on that idea, but she put it into action!)  If you've got some photos with a fence in them, please join in on Fridays.  Jan's a great blogger and participates in some great photography memes, too.  If you've ever considered doing a blog link-up, Jan's got a tab on her blog with some great ones to try.

Jan, I do hope you will enjoy this downy woodpecker!  Send me your address by email, and I'll be sending him to Pennsylvania soon!

Thanks to all of you who entered and commented.  I do SO appreciate it!  Dang!  It's already time to start on something for November!  Oh, the pressure!  :)

Can you say 'dry docked'?

Our nearby lake - now down more than 8 feet.  All of these shots were taken as I drove across one of its bridges.



Quite a distance from any water.
"Honey, where's the boat?"
"Um, exactly where you parked it.  Months ago."

Monday, October 24, 2011

For Barn Charm



Buzzard sitting on the light pole is just icing on the cake.

Linking to Tricia's Barn Charm

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A sundae for Sunday



I've shown you this tree before - its skeletal structure stands at the corner property as I take the turn towards town. It stands near the little red shack on a property that is for sale. 
The back of the red shack on the corner.


Someone tried to burn her as she stood.  I know it wasn't a lightening strike as there was an actual brush pile built at her base at one time, and they set her ablaze.  But she continued to stand, singed but still whole.

Her trunk is thick - you can't really tell how large by these photos - and it twists.  And her limbs are gnarled.
Love the 'O'


What does this tree have to do with a sundae?  Well, her trunk, remaining wood grain, and charred bark remind me of vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate sauce. 

I love this old tree and admire her every time I drive by.  She won't be standing forever, especially once the property sells.
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