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What Would YOU Wish to Discuss About?

As a result of a wonderful go to from 5 relations, straight out of a industrial for _______ (Fill within the clean–Allergy drugs? Arthritis drugs?), wherein previous individuals are nonetheless in a position to sustain with and benefit from the children, I’m behind on all the things else. “All the pieces else” being far much less essential than household, proper? (Notice: Utilizing the phrase “children,” makes me really feel previous proper there.)

I used to be taking a look at previous posts, as I do every so often, to see if I might repost one thing I wrote that hadn’t been coated shortly, and was reminded that asking readers what they like to speak about has resulted in all types of fine 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 deliver up matters essential to them that I’ve by no means coated.

So, the ball is in your court docket! What would you want to speak about within the weeks and months to return? I’m really interested by what you will deliver 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 pals. Insert phrase of your selection.) 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 time. 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 appears 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 my backyard. I didn’t even hassle planting snap peas this yr; 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 time, and brokers of destruction in winter. Now we have pals who had to purchase a brand new automotive 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’ll do are limitless. That is all a reminder that there was a purpose that people and cats shaped 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 hold 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 below are just a few pictures of the particular time we had collectively.

The boys, who dwell in a suburb, beloved operating free on the farm. They have been GREAT with the canines, and the canines have been nice with them; that made the go to further enjoyable for me. (And, nonetheless: Notice that each night I put the canines away of their crates for awhile. I should have had at the least a 100 purchasers who mentioned “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 all the way down to the Wisconsin River:


Each one obtained to go using because of pals Taylor and Lou Ann. The boys (be aware the palms behind their backs!) discovered all about security round horses and be sort and mild to them.) The star of the present right here is Pocahontas, a stunning Quarter horse.

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

One final shot from the backyard, which is usually between blooms: Some late blooming Iris that remind me of flowers which can be 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 making an attempt to make the world a greater place–for animals in addition to folks. I hope your week had even a fraction of as a lot pleasure as ours did, and I sit up for some attention-grabbing recommendations from you about future weblog matters. I’m so curious what you’ll ask for!



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