What Would YOU Prefer to Discuss About?


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 Arthritis medication?), by which outdated persons are nonetheless capable of sustain with and benefit from the children, I’m behind on all the things else.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 (Word: Utilizing the phrase “children,” makes me really feel outdated proper there.)

I used to be previous posts, as I do every now and then, to see if I may 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 all types 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 deliver up subjects essential to them that I’ve by no means lined.

So, the ball is in your courtroom! What would you want to speak about within the weeks and months to return? I’m actually interested by what you’ll 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 associates. Insert phrase of your selection.) The chipmunks are line dancing on the backyard wall, the bunnies have been getting busy below the bushes, and the Blue birds are virtually pulling out strands of my hair for his or her nests.

                Male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (picture 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 need 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 to be like 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 approach by way of 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 one among my gardens. Chipmunks are continuous entertainers in summer time, and brokers of destruction in winter. We’ve got associates 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 harm they will do are countless. 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 approach, and two of my grand nephews. Listed here are a couple of pictures of the particular time we had collectively.

The boys, who reside in a suburb, cherished working free on the farm. They have been GREAT with the canine, and the canine have been nice with them; that made the go to further enjoyable for me. (And, nonetheless: Word that each night I put the canine away of their crates for awhile. I should have had no less than a 100 shoppers who stated “However he was sooo good all day lengthy on the household picnic!” Till he lastly bit the four-year outdated, 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 driving because of associates Taylor and Lou Ann. The boys (word the arms behind their backs!) discovered all about security round horses and the way to be type and delicate to them.) The star of the present right here is Pocahontas, a stunning Quarter horse.

Everybody obtained to play in pal Donna’s enormous hay mow; I snapped this picture of the sunshine coming by way of an outdated 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 canine, 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 look ahead to some attention-grabbing solutions from you about future weblog subjects. I’m so curious what you’ll ask for!




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