October 2018.

October is our anniversary month. 16 great years together this time. If there is one thing I regret is that we have not found each other sooner, would have had so many more years  together! 

This year we went on a paddle boat! And it was great fun, besides being terribly cold on the water.

Not sure what we were thinking, should have dressed warmer. Oh well, had to stay inside on the first floor, but it still was wonderful.

 

 

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And then we went out for klunch to the Rainforest Cafe. We had such fond memories of it, but this time the food was disapointing to say the least. Oh well (I seem to be saying that a lot lately…sigh), got to spend time together, which is what matters, is it not?

 

                                           
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Some pictures from 2011, when we first moved here. 

 

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What else was happening?

Here are some hot peppers drying

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Birds got a new play stand instead of the cage. they used to hang out on top of it anyway, almost never going in. Of course, inevitable cardboard boxes, cheap entertainment 😉 Cinderella, the Bare Eyed Cocatoo likes digging in them while Soren, the Amazon screams his head off, because he can’t see her, everyone’s busy 😉

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More about honey on the bee page

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This year’s hatch, hope they make it though the winter. Already two left out of three. Sad, but can hardly be helped. 

 

               And the doll page has moved to it’s own blog Googlirella.com  please visit. There isn’t much there yet, but it will grow, I am sure. It might even change the name, we’ll see. Eliza ( Leeann doll from Denis Bastien), says, we all need to start somewhere, isn’t that right?

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Thank you all who joined us today

Stay warm!

Tat 😉

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September 2018.

We had an unexpected surprise in the middle of the month. The yellow hen that we’ve seen sitting in the pole beans, came out with three little ones.

 

As a rule we don’t hatch chicks any more, simply because if there are any roosters , they will have to be given away and it makes us sad. But occasionally there is a partisan hen that will quietly disappear into the garden and come back with the little ones. I won’t deny, they always make us smile.

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The garden shed is finally getting finished. It is amazing, but the summer is over and we looked back and thought, what have we been doing? And it’s not like we’ve been sitting around all season! Oh well…here is hoping for more productive times.

 

More shed. Frank calles it Shed-Mahal 😉 It will need to be painted, of course and have a door and windows put in. I also want little overhangs on each side to store things under. And maybe a small porchy-pooh on the front, just for looks.

 

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Some of the harvest. Interesting that we had hardly any tomatoes at first, and then they exploded.

Hot peppers (just some green chilis and serranos, not super hot) is one of my favorite things to grow.

 

Some more harvest

 

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We caved in and bought an Instant pot. Cosori brand. Frank calles it a smart ass pot 😉 Inky is sceptical, so am I. But I am willing to give it a whirl 😉

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Me with Cleo.

 

Some more children pictures. Beau, the little one in the middle. Cleo and Sirius.

 

The puppy and her favorite Pitbul.

 

Just Summer

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This is where we live. We had glorious two weeks off at the end of August, beginning of September and  we spent them at home. We left the house three times in two weeks. When we feed people in the barn their evening meal, we can watch the moon come up over the fields. This is our happy place.

 

 

Thank you all, who read to the end

Tat 😉

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August 2018.

The last month of summer is marked by more tomatoes, sunflowers as tall as…well, the tall thing and another attempt at pickles. Masha (from cartoon series Masha and The Bear) turned out to be a very helpful dollchild.

The tomato above is a brandywhine, grown from seeds saved a few years ago.  Definitely one of the favorites that we’ll be growing from now on.  The other must haves will be a German Bicolor, for some reason called Mrs. Robinson, 10 fingers of Naples  (Italian roma style) and probably Glacier Salad. This last one has a lot of 2 -3 inch fruit, fast maturing, looks to be fairly resistaint to disease and has pleasant flavour.

They were very very slow in maturing this year, and then all of a sudden exploded! So there will be a lot of tomato soup this winter 😉

Pickles are ok for the first week or so, but we don’t eat them fast enough, so they just sit in the fridge forever.

Definitely will be slowing down on the garden front next year. Which is a shame, really, as I do enjoy growing different things. But it is getting harder to keep up with the harvest. Will update the Garden page with more info later.

More of helpful Masha 😉 Mmmm..potatoes!

and zucchini pancakes, with sour cream. Von Fox brothers and Dino are ready to join in 🙂

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Barn pictures.

 

Phoebe the button butt on the front porch. Can see Beau running on a mission.

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This is what I’ve been working on. A miniature room. Still work in progress.

This beautiful Morning Glory bloomed on our beloved Sid’s grave. Silent hello from the Rainboow Bridge.20180817_103725.jpg

More August. Our very own dryed apples. And sunflowers, of course.

 

In the last week of August-first week of September we usually take some time off. Nice to have your brain reset, wake up together every day, not to rush anywhere, work on projects, slowly walk through the trees to the barn. Usually we don’t even leave the house  if we don’t have to, so sick of driving during the rest of the year.

Here is Frank moving some top soil bags , closely supervised by Spike 😉

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And like this

And more. Spike, of all the dogs, loves car rides!

 

 

And…the best for last 😉 we got a puppy. On august 25th. She was 7 weeks old.

She was crawling with fleas and coved in sores, and was tormented by small children. Had to get her.

We could not drive back home for 3.5 hours coved in fleas. So we stopped  at the nearest Walmart, got a few gallons of water, flea shampoo, combs and towells and washed her right in the parking lot.  We were combing fleas for the next two days snd conquered them. The Dawn soap really works!

Daily flea search continued for a while, just to make sure.

We named her Juno.

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She loves being outside and is determined to be helping in the garden. Digging mostly 😉

The rest of the little ones are not so sure about this. Poor puppy is all alone on her end of the bed.

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We have not had a puppy for 9 years. It is  definitely an almost new experience.

 

More pictures of projects.

Finally mowed down the huge patch of raspberries that grown to enormous proportions. Also made paths in the good patch of raspberries, so it is easier to get to them. With the garden, hopefully,  smaller next year, I want to concentrate on the berries and trees.

More puppy in the garden. Unfortunately, she loves chasing chickens and ducks.

I went to the Russian store and saw sugar cubes. Nostalgic moment, tea with sugar cubes 😉

Skittles and Juno are helping with book case assembly. Working hard 😉

 

Thank you all who read to the end!

Lots of love from all of us

Tat 😉

 

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July 2018.

July.  Hot.

First ripe tomatoes. Butternut squash and Odessa squash. The Odessa is a form of zucchini. It has slightly different texture, more firm and takes longer to mature. Which means is does not get to a boat size as quick as the regular zucchini. It also keeps longer in the fridge.

To me it holds tender childhood memories of visiting my grandfather’s family in Odessa, we always arrived in the middle of the night for some strange reason and the aunt would fry breaded circles of this squash and we would eat them with sour cream. I found the seeds on Baker Creek heirloom seeds site and in the future I am thinking it will be the only squash I will grow. It is delicious sliced thinly and sauteed in oil or butter with some herbs or just salt and pepper and fried breaded slices are even praised by my husband, which is definitely a mark of a worthy vegetable 😉

Von Fox family and Dino found a little tomato. It is very small and there is four of them, seems like it’s time to go see what else they can find 😉  More about them on the Doll Page.

Some flowers.

A few veggies and black currants are coming in. A boat of a zucchini 😉

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Frank took these pictures. He said that it was a great idea for garden decor. 😉 😉 And I was just trying to dry my shoes!!!

Some barn people.

More barn people.

And some of the kitties. The little blue kitty named Satin is terminally ill. We are trying to make her last months as comfortable as possible.

White Cat deserves to be mentioned separately. He is a feral cat we caught in the trap accidentally some years back. He was in such a bad shape that we could not put him back out. He lived in the garage for a couple of years then one spring he left. He was doing good at first , but then started looking pretty thin, so we began putting food out. Then came November and in the open garage door came the White Cat and settled on his old pillow. He’s done it  for, probably three years now, leaves in the spring and is back when the cold weather hits.

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Happiness is 300 bales of hay! So glad we got the elevator.  Being how we are no longer spring chickens, this contraption really helps us out.

Here is the man who made it all possible and without whom there would be no home and many tails would not have existed.

Fourth of July at Alice’s new house. The food was very simple, since I worked the night before and was quite tired, but it ‘s getting together what mattered most.

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And just like that July is gone. But memories remain. And that’s what matters.

Thank you all who visited and read to the end

Tat 😉

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June 2018.

No tails lost this month.  Makes us happy 😉

Bees are beesy. Currants and gooseberries are coming along. Weeds too…but I did not take pictures 😉

 

Bees drinking water from the wet potting soil. I filled the box with dirt and keep it wet, close to the hives, they like it.

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Ducks in their yard

Our grandrats were visiting while Alice was painting her house. I like having them here. Aren’t these little hands and feet just so adorable!!

Phoebe, Cleo and Susie Ewe

Moving into Alice’s new house. Complete with the newly painted front door, mattress that had to be taken down the ladder  from the roof of our house , as the stairs are too narrow, some weird patch of concrete that was under the carpet and the horse trailer full of furniture and stuff.

More garden

Von Fox family, one for each of us. Made by a Russian artist Irina Babaiko. From left to right Vincent, Neville and Penelope.  We were on the waiting list for about 6 months for these litttle guys. Aren’t they special? More on the Doll page.

In Alice’s front yard.

More of our yard and garden and us ;).

Many years ago, back in Colorado. About 2009-2010, I think. Interesting fact, that I never noticed the mountains when we lived there, but they do look inpressive.

Thanks for reading 😉

Tat

 

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May 2018

Month of May started really nice. We were able to give home to yet another four legged friend. Meet Cheery, the mini hinny. For people who don’t know (and we were among them until that fine day on May 5, 2018), hinny is an offspring of the female horse and male donkey. Mule is the other way around.

She came from a neglected situation, is very shy and adores our mare Summer. She was estimated to be about 12 years old.

More Cheery pictures.

After such a pleasant start things got downhill pretty quick. In about 10 days after Cheery joined the household, the mare fell ill. The vet said it was enteritis. The cause is unknown and the treatment is a poke in the dark. Antibiotics may or may not have helped. For three weeks I went to the barn every hour, and every time held my breath, thinking Summer is no longer with us.

Ever so slowly she got better, and then a bit more, and another bit better. I would have her in the fenced garden with me not caring that she is eating my strawberry beds, as long as she was eating something. The vets became members of the family during that time. We were poking her with huge doses of antibiotics twice a day. It was bad…

I cried when she started eating and drinking on her own…

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Then just when this whole horse story was coming to an end, Skittles got into an accident and there was an emergency vet trip and lots of stitches.

Skittly is all good now.

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Meanwhile, Suzy Ewe got sheared

New free ducks came to live with us

The apples and the lilacs were blooming.

Honey got squeezed.

Garden beds prepared.

And birthday celebrated before work with the home made birthday log 😉

Also Dino went to Vegas

And Pussy Willows bloomed . And bees were seen getting water from the dirt in the planters.

Rosy came out of the barn. She does need her feet trimmed, time to buy ear plugs.

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And Alice got her own little tiny housie poo.

Moby went to live with my Mom, and now is thoroughly enjoying havin a human of his very own.

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And just some pictures

Thank you all who read till the end

Hugs 😉

Tat

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April 2018.

Will start with sad news. Tiddles (Noodles) the cat, died peacefully in her sleep at 14 years of age. This kitty had 5 extra unexpected years of life gifted to her by Dr.Poust from East Central Vet Clinic, after she removed a part of the tumor from the cat’s ear and all the teeth. We are grateful for these years . Tiddly will be missed.

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Beginning of the month still saw quite a bit of snow, but tomato seedling got replanted anyway and are thriving under the lights in the basement. None of my hot peppers made it this year though, will have to buy those.

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Cinnamon and her magic whale Navigator went looking for spring and found her. She was shyly hiding in my Gerbera daisies 😉 More about the whale and how he came to be is on the Doll page.

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Alice had her level 1 recital on April 21st. Once again, she made us very proud.

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And another proud moment, Alice reconnected with her grandma, my mother.

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Gardening is a combined effort. Here is Frank helping me by drilling holes in the cups. that’s how I start my seeds.

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Bees came in the last week of April. Will start putting updates on the Bee page. We only ordered one package per hive as opposed to one and a half recommended. But more about it on the bee page in near future. Love having the bees!!

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Just pictures. Phoebe and her food collection. Small Blue cat. And the moon by Abbott hospital.

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Happy Spring everyone!

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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March 2018.

 

Will start with the sad bit, as usual. Puzzle went to the bridge this month. She was 12.5 years old, which is very old for the dog of her size. She was pretty sick for the last couple of years and finally we had to make the difficult decision to help her cross. She joined her Dane friends Earl and Elf and the whole pack of smaller friends, all of whom are terribly missed each and every day.

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Spring is coming…eventually

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But here is a tiny tomato plant poking it’s head out. I little reminder that life is very much worth living, no matter how sad it gets at times.

 

 

 

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Meantime in Tucson, AZ, where Frank and Dino spent a few days.

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Possum friend makes herself comfortable in the big shop

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Went shopping  with The Child. Had a great time 😉

 

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

 

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February 2018.

This actually was supposed to go into the January post , but I forgot. Some time back this fuzzy person showed up on the front porch. He/she (not sure) was trying to get some stuff out of the compost bucket, poor thing. So we put some food out. After lunch he found the cat bed and made himself comfortable. And so it continues. We put out the food and occasionally the bed is occupied. There is another one I saw in the barn, a smaller one, he occasionally helps himself to an egg. Nice to know they are around. Possums are good people.

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Some more photoes of Alice coming home from Germany that did non make it in last month.

And some more I got from facebook.

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Beautiful picture of Alice in her element. She will be having a recital on April 21st, Saturday, at 1pm.

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Valentine day. See’s chocolates from my husband and a heart shaped pizza from me 😉

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And winter…

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Just pictures…

Life goes on,

Thanks for reading

Tat

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January 2018. Part 2. Not sad.

Life does go on. And that as it should be. No one can or should stay sad forever.

So this month the huge event happened. The Child went to Germany (Berlin) for the whole month and not only survived the travel and the time there, but passed with flying colors, in our opinion.

I do need to mention, that she did this with only one semester of German under her belt, and this language is no picnic! Apparently people over there were so impressed that they gave her a scholarship. For guts!

And let me tell you, after all the sad things we’ve had going on at home, this was like a little shining star cheering us on.

I do have some pictures from the trip, but hoping that I will get more from her at some point.

She also had to spend her 23rd birthday away from home. But it does look like good times were had by all.

‘Sometimes you just have to go away , so you can come back. It is not the same as never having left’  Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full Of Sky.

Between the worlds.

And this is how it all started.

 

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As always,

Thanks for reading

Tat 😉

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