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What Would YOU Prefer to Speak About?


On account of a wonderful go to from 5 members of the family, straight out of a business for _______ (Fill within the clean–Allergy medication? Arthritis medication?), through which previous persons are nonetheless capable of sustain with and benefit from the children, I’m behind on all the pieces else. “All the pieces else” being far much less essential than household, proper? (Observe: Utilizing the phrase “children,” makes me really feel previous proper there.)

I used to be previous posts, as I do every so often, to see if I might repost one thing I wrote that hadn’t been lined shortly, and was reminded that asking readers what they like to speak about has resulted in every kind of excellent issues. As in, me studying issues I didn’t know earlier than, and/or, didn’t know I didn’t know. As in, readers attending to carry up matters essential to them that I’ve by no means lined.

So, the ball is in your court docket! What would you want to speak about within the weeks and months to come back? I’m really interested in what you will carry up.

MEANWHILE, again on the farm: To start with, it’s like a Disney film out right here since Nellie has been gone. (I insert one other phrase in entrance of “Disney” when mentioning this to mates. Insert phrase of your alternative.) The chipmunks are line dancing on the backyard wall, the bunnies have been getting busy underneath the bushes, and the Blue birds are virtually pulling out strands of my hair for his or her nests.

                Male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (photograph from 2013)

That is great: The yard is sort of a film scene of carefree wildlife having fun with the summer season. Three male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks on the feeder! Phoebee infants fluttering their wings so adorably I wish to feed them myself. Chipmunks sitting exterior the kitchen window cleansing their cute little faces with their cute little paws.

This isn’t great: The yard seems to be like a scene from Watership Down, with a number of generations of rabbits having their very own household reunions in entrance of the peonies–all the higher to eat their method by way of my backyard. I didn’t even hassle planting snap peas this 12 months; no time to construct a fence to maintain out the bunnies. A woodchuck ate all of my lily bulbs, chives, and who  is aware of what else in considered one of my gardens. Chipmunks are continuous entertainers in summer season, and brokers of destruction in winter. We’ve mates who had to purchase a brand new automobile as a result of the chipmunks ate a lot wiring of their Prius it was unable to be repaired.  The tales of how a lot injury they will do are infinite. That is all a reminder that there was a motive that people and cats fashioned a bond collectively. We’ll do our greatest to handle the wildlife whereas having fun with the flurry of small mammals and birds round the home. I’ll preserve you posted on how we do.

However most of all, Jim and I had the enjoyment of internet hosting my three nieces final week, every wonderful in their very own method, and two of my grand nephews. Listed here are a couple of pictures of the particular time we had collectively.

The boys, who dwell in a suburb, cherished working free on the farm. They have been GREAT with the canines, and the canines have been nice with them; that made the go to additional enjoyable for me. (And, nonetheless: Observe that each night I put the canines away of their crates for awhile. I should have had a minimum of a 100 purchasers who stated “However he was sooo good all day lengthy on the household picnic!” Till he lastly bit the four-year previous, as a result of he was exhausted.)


Operating up the steps that lead right down to the Wisconsin River:


Each one acquired to go driving due to mates Taylor and Lou Ann. The boys (notice the fingers behind their backs!) discovered all about security round horses and find out how to be form and mild to them.) The star of the present right here is Pocahontas, a beautiful Quarter horse.

Everybody acquired to play in pal Donna’s large hay mow; I snapped this photograph of the sunshine coming by way of an previous window:

One final shot from the backyard, which is usually between blooms: Some late blooming Iris that remind me of flowers which are about to morph into fairies:

That’s it for this week. Time to muck out the home, get again to working the canines, writing a novel, gardening within the backyard, and attempting to make the world a greater place–for animals in addition to individuals. I hope your week had even a fraction of as a lot pleasure as ours did, and I sit up for some attention-grabbing ideas from you about future weblog matters. I’m so curious what you’ll ask for!




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