Friday, September 25, 2015

My world in pictures

Well, it's been a while - again.  Seems like I'm not doing so well in the blogging department of my life lately.  In fact I don't feel like I've been accomplishing much of anything, in any department of my life for a while.  My energy levels have been in the dumps, but I'm getting plenty of rest.  Much more than usual even.  So many things on my "to do" list and no progress to report.  Ah well, what's a person to do?  Hopefully, with the cooler season of Autumn's arrival, I'll perk up.  One can only hope...

Anyway, I've finally, sort of, kinda, figured out how to transfer pictures from my phone to my computer and then to my blog.  So without further adieu, my blog posting today contains some candid shots of our life over the past several weeks.  Today, I'm a woman of few words.  But lots of pictures! 

 This is Charlotte, the evening we brought her home.  Sorry for the blurry shots, but they were taken on my phone.  She's grown so much since then!

To say she's well pleased with her life would be an understatement.  :)  She's a very, very happy (and energetic) puppy.  She's fitting right in with our family, and Ruby has totally and whole-heartedly accepted her, as "her charge".  Just what we were hoping...Ruby has blossomed and has a new awakening on life.  This makes me very, very happy!  It's so good to see Ruby play again.

An artsy fartsy shot from a street corner in Sisters, Oregon.  We went camping with Steve and Chris in Camp Sherman.  Unbeknownst to us, it was the weekend of the infamous quilt show.  Lucky us!!

I would really  have loved to have had this quilt for my very own, but alas it wasn't in my budget, so next best thing - I took it home as a picture. 

Brother Steve, Bailey and Ruby hanging out in our camp.

This is a picture of Paloma.  One of the two Great Pyrenees pups that belong to our neighbors.  This is the last time I saw her, it's been about 2 months since this pic was taken.  Makes me so very sad to think of her locked up and unable to come visiting anymore.  If only we could have adopted her too...she's just lovely. 

Me and the hubs celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary...

Me and Eags...

Just to be clear...this is NOT Eagle!  This is one of Rachel's TIP horses that surely knows how to buck.  :)  Guess we don't have to ask why she's not riding this one yet.  :) 

This is Eagle.  Such a natural, relaxed head-set.  I love this horse! 

My "Mr. Spectacular", Harley horse.  He still gets more than his fair share of scrapes and bumps, but for being a blind horse, he does amazingly well.

 Where we went peach picking...

My beautiful girl and our dream car...

LOVE these skies!!

After a work out...what do you think of my outfit???  Pretty cool fashion statement huh?  :)
A benefit of growing older is that I really don't give a rip anymore!

Summer in a jar...

A day ride at Perrydale Trails.

The "really old married couple".  Shad and Kadie. 

Before the storm...

The "old married couple", Ladde and Missy.

Looking a little (or a lot!) bedraggled and ready to head home from our rainy camp-out in the Coast Range Mountains.  Awesome place to go - we'll be back!

 Sunset over the Coast Range heading home from the clinic just the other night...

Not much water going over the falls now, but it's been an unusually long and hot, dry summer. 

First hike with Charlotte.  She did fantastic!  We were tired, but Charlotte was doing just fine.  This was just a mile down to 2 different waterfalls and a mile back UP out of the gorge!  I only fell once...pretty awesome for me!!

Until we meet again...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Life in the fast lane

Don't blink or you'll miss something.  We've been too busy this spring and summer.  I really can't even remember what all we've done, but we're always doing, doing, doing.  Frankly, I'm tired of it.  But when I'm not in "work mode", I don't know what to do with myself.  I blame that on my mother.  Idle hands and all that rot...

And yet when I look around, all I see is everything that still needs our attention.  Swimming pool needs to come down this weekend.  We're expecting another blast of summer heat that's supposed to last through the weekend and then the weather turns cooler again.  This past week we've been blessed with some much needed rainfall.  The weather has been blissfully cool and comfortable.  Sweatshirt weather.  I've really enjoyed it.  But we need a hot day or two to take the pool down and let the liner dry completely before folding it up and boxing it until next year.  How sad is that?

We got a puppy.  :)  She's a joyful little mutt and I'm already in love with her.  Her name is Charlotte and this coming Sunday we will have had her 3 weeks already.  We made a quick trip to Costco and on the way back passed a "puppies 4 sale" sign.  I drove around the block and there were 4 puppies left out of a litter of 10.  Momma was a yellow lab, but not a purebred.  Daddy is a pittbull.  And the puppies were all of the same general build, but all completely different colors and markings.  I have lots of pictures of Charlotte, but none loaded on my computer yet to share here.  Soon.  You'll have to take my word for it - she's adorable!  Ruby has warmed up and they've become friends.  At first, if looks could kill - I'd have been a goner.  Ruby was not pleased at all.  But as I suspected, she's accepted her and they sleep together and play and all is well.

We went camping last weekend in the Coast Range Mountains to a beautiful campground that we'd never stayed at before.  Wow!  The Cadillac of horse camps to be sure!  We definitely want to return there and do more exploring.  There are lots of trails, old logging roads to explore, water faucets at every site, beautiful log corrals, tables, showers and lots of privacy.  There's even a covered group area with picnic tables and a huge fire pit with bench seats all around.  It really is a beautiful place.  But, we only got one ride in this time.  As luck would have it, and being in the coast range, it rained pretty much all Sunday.  Saturday was beautiful, but camping in the rain with horses, a dog and a puppy was a bit much.  We really did enjoy getting away from home though, even if it was only a couple of days.  We did have an interesting time getting there Friday night though.  When I'd made the reservations, the gal failed to mention that the road was out, under construction on our end.  *sigh*  So, we had to backtrack and take the long route to the camp, and we arrived at around 1:30 in the morning via steep and winding little roads in the dark.  We always seem to have adventures...

We went to our state fair last week too.  Had a good time, watched some horse events, bought some goodies and believe it or not, I ate no fair food!!  What's with that?  No special reason, I just wasn't hungry and nothing in particular sounded good.  The next day, I had the strongest craving for a caramel apple.  Wouldn't you know it!?

Anyhoo, that's about it for now.  I can't believe it's been over 3 weeks since my last post.  Had to check in, let you know I'm still around and let you know of our goings-on.  Like I said, we've been busy, but I can't even think of what's been keeping us so busy lately.  Oh well!  It's almost time to head home and call it a day here at the clinic.  I'm looking forward to a garden fresh dinner tonight.  Corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes and cantaloupe.  Hmmhmmhmm!!!  German chocolate cake for desert too...hubby's birthday was last week and we never did get around to having cake.  Great excuse, right??  :)

Officially summer is almost over, save this next few days of being in the mid to upper 90's, I'd say it's just about licked!  After that, another cool down and even a little more rain is in the forecast.  I'm so NOT ready for constant rain yet, but a little sure does feel good!  First day of autumn is 2 weeks from today and I'm looking forward to brisk mornings, cool nights, jeans, boots and sweaters.  Oh baby!  I love fall!!!  And maybe this year we'll get that Indian Summer I've been hoping for...for years now.  *fingers crossed*

Good horseback riding weather!!

Hope you're all enjoying the last days of summer and are looking forward to the changing of the seasons...go pick those tomatoes and eat all that garden fresh produce before it's all gone!  :)