Friday, November 28, 2008


Winter is here. I'm glad we are overall prepared. Thanksgiving day we had about an inch of snow with another 1/2 inch overnight. It is beautiful out. Dennis loved the snow and always looked forward to winter. The corgis are overjoyed & love playing in the snow.

The cria (baby alpaca) are checking it out but seem to think it is ok also. I have one thing left to do which is get the snow plow hooked up to the ATV. It is something I have not even considered working on doing in the past. (never learn stuff unless you have to otherwise it becomes your job!!) Today a friend is coming over to help out & see if he can figure it out. Once it is on I know how to run the plow etc. as I did that last year when Dennis was in Ecuador. I ordered some bib coveralls from Sierra Trading here about 2 months ago. They had a great sale plus I got an extra 20% off. They are teal on the outside & hot pink on the inside. I'll be quite a sight with my blue & gold merino/angora winter hat ------- everyone will see me from a distance for sure. But I'm prepared to be warm.

The wood stove is going strong and we are warm inside the's still only 29 degrees outside. Personally I prefer summer!!!

God is good.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


We are preparing for Thanksgiving. We are having a neighbor over for breakfast. Then will head to my Mom's to pick her up & go to her sister's home. Overall things are going pretty well.

Jamie, our pembroke welsh corgi is truly missing Dennis. She has been Dennis' girl ever since we got her. She would go everywhere with him. She is still watching the door for his return. Earlier this week, when we went out to where he died she scratched the ground & did some digging so perhaps she could still smell him on that spot, who knows. At least she doesn't appear depressed, just watching & hoping. So sad.................

Willie & I are doing well. Our church family (& previous church family in CA) are doing a good job of caring for us. We are praising God for family & friends and we are thankful knowing that God is with us.

Wishing everyone a good Thanksgiving day & be sure & count your many blessings.

Monday, November 24, 2008

How Fast Life Can Change

For many of you who do not know, my husband, Dennis died very suddenly last Tuesday morning. He was out digging post holes with his post hole digger behind his tractor. He had already done probably 25 or so in the weeks before & although the ground was rocky etc. and hard going he only had 3 more to go to get the fence finished. At some point during the second post hold his pants got caught on the augur. I found him about noon, already gone.

This has been a full week of dealing with grief, making decisions, talking with family, the memorial service etc. For those of you who do not know my first husband died in '87 after a bone marrow transplant. This was Dennis' second marriage also.

His daughter his been here with me, coming early & staying later than everyone. It has been a wonderful time of us growing closer together. I'm praising God for all the good & positive things that have happened over this past week & especially for His presence being felt.

There are many future decisions, but I know that they will be done with God's help. There are so so many people who have done so much this past week. I thank them. The loss of Dennis is great.........and he will be greatly missed by many people, Willie & I the very most.

I will continue to update as time allows.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Joy Unspeakable

Here is an updated picture of Joy. She still looks like she will be a brown color to me. She is such a pretty girl and has so much fun. She loves to romp with the male cria & is just a joy to watch.


This is Sophie. She is a pure bred English Angora. Sophie has the absolute most fiber on her. She is amazing. She is also our only rabbit that doesn't like papaya tablets -- everyone else LOVES them. She is a sweet heart and will be a year old in December.


This is our first male angora rabbit. He is not a purebred and of course right now I cannot remember what the mix is. He is a sweet guy.


Life has a way to just keep things busy. I've had some post op minor complications and had to go in for a couple of stitches last Friday. But I've seen the GYN Oncologist & everything looks very good with a stage of 1b, grade 2............which is better than anticipated knowing the first pathology report. So I'm well on the way to recovery & feeling much better........just busy busy.

I'm going to post some pictures of the rabbits and perhaps the cria so you can see how much they have grown. Today we had about 1.5 inches of snow, the first "real" snowstorm of the fall. The wood stove is going full force & the pellet stove in the bedroom has been on quite a bit the last week (with some nighttime temperatures down to -2). So I think winter is for sure right around the corner.