"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, October 22, 2018

Awww Monday! October 22, 2018

Orr Lake
June 9, 2017
Have a very wonderful week!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Just a few days now......October 20, 2018

In just a few days we'll be in Zihuatanejo!
A well deserved vacation....
and Lucy is safe at our home with our
wonderful neighbors who stay at our house
with Lucy so she is in good hands!  
Here we are a few years ago on
Playa la Ropa! 
Hasta la vista amigos!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday October 17, 2018

Every season is beautiful!
Here's my shadow selfie!
Have a great day!
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Thanks Sandee for all that you do!!!

Happy Tuesday!!! October 16,2018

Happy Tuesday Breakfast!
Have a scrumptious day!
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Breakfast of Champions!!!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Awww Monday October 15, 2018

While visiting friends in Camas,Washington
we came to a screeching halt and had to get
out of the car to see these amazing deer!
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They will come up to you if you have apples
or some sort of tasty bites for them.

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Here's the story about these exotic deer!
Have a great week!
By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer
HOCKINSON — Livestock are such a common feature in rural Clark County neighborhoods that they rarely get a second glance from passers-by, but an uncommon herd at one Hockinson residence defies the norm.
In a small field behind his house, Darrell Deschand raises a herd of about 20 fallow deer. They’ve become so well known in the area, his place is referred to by many as “the deer house.”
With their petite frames and spotted coats, the casual observer might think Deschand’s backyard was a nursery of large fawns rather than home to a herd of adults. Members of this species of deer, which are not native to the Pacific Northwest, grow to be about 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Females typically reach a weight of about 110 pounds. Bucks grow to between 130 and 220 pounds.
Unlike the deer of North America, the Eurasian fallow deer can keep their white spots throughout their lives and have a color range from white to brown to black. After a few years, males begin to grow antlers that seem almost too big for their bodies and that spoon in a shape similar to those of moose.
Deschand feeds them grains when the weather is cold, but they’re just as happy to strip the leaves and bark off of tree clippings. They’ll also munch on an apple or slice of bread tossed their way by the occasional visitor that stops along the road to see them.
“They’re like a goat. They’ll eat anything,” he said.
Deschand has raised them as a hobby for more than 20 years. He said he’s always had an affinity for game animals and hunting and fishing, and he got the idea to raise them from a friend who used to raise elk in La Center.
He said there are at least four other hobby herds of fallow deer in the county. In fact, he trades animals with them and a few other nearby farms from time-to-time to keep the gene pool in his herd deep.
Although they see Deschand nearly every day, the deer are about as skittish as their wild counterparts. They’ll only allow themselves to be handled by him when they’re newborn fawns.
After that, about the only time they’ll come near Deschand is when he brings them food. Even then, when their heads are lowered to eat, they keep a watchful eye pointed at him and anything or anyone else nearby, ready to leap and bolt at the slightest disturbance.
While North American deer will leap over just about anything in front of them, Deschand’s fallow deer won’t. To help keep them in, he uses an electric fence surrounding their field.
“They’re not a jumper,” he said. “If I’ve got them cornered, they’ll run straight into the fence rather than jump over it.”
The deer attract quite a bit of attention. Deschand said small buses loaded with residents from nearby nursing homes will occasionally drop by to watch them.
“They throw bread or apples over the fence, then the deer will come up,” he said.
During one visit, the deer stayed on the opposite side of the field from where the bus was parked, too far for anyone on board to get a good look, so Deschand had the bus driver drive into the center of the field for a better look.
Although he’s had them as long as he has, Deschand says he still enjoys having the deer around and watching them.
“Especially at sundown, when they get to running and jumping and playing,” he said. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wordless Wednesday October 10, 2018

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Tonight's dinner will be
Butternut Squash Gnocci and
Caprese Salad with some bread!
Plus mango and vanilla ice cream for dessert!
Have a lovely day!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Awww Monday! October 8, 2018

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Mt Shasta with new snow! 

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No snow yet on the Eddy's as
they are only at altitude 9037'
and Mt. Shasta's altitude is 14,180'.  

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While out yesterday taking photos of
all the fall colors, this lovely deer
watched me for the longest time.
Some of my favorite friends have four legs!

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You can see a bit of our house past
all the oak trees. Later in winter
the house will be quite visible!

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One last shot of the Eddy's.
They are part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Have a great week!

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Feline Friday!!!! October 5, 2018

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Muffin sleepily watches me.
As we got ready to leave our Camas WA friends home
 I could not resist sneaking a few more sleepy kitty photos!    
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Poo isn't quite ready to snooze.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Happy Tuesday October 2, 2018

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The turkeys are back!
They are here because Thanksgiving
is just around the corner and
they know they are safe here!  
I buy my Thanksgiving turkey at the store.
2007 Thanksgiving Turkey 


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Awww Monday October 1, 2018

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Amazing! We have a bit of snow
dusting Mt Shasta! Woo hoo!!
Have a fabulous week!
Thanks Sandee!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Feline Friday September 28, 2018

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I know this is wrong for Feline Friday....
but I don't have a new cat photo ......
and I figured you all would get a kick
out of this awdorable dog....his name is Chief
and we met him last weekend!
And I promise to post 2 kitty photos next week! 
Have a great Feline Friday!
Each Thursday Ellen of 15andmeowing and Lorianne of Four-Legged Furballs, provide Friendly Fill-in questions.
And here's my answers to their Friendly Fill-Ins!
Thanks to  Here are this weeks questions:
1 - A good deed will always be appreciated.
2 - The best time of the day is the morning as the sun comes up!
3 -Patience is not my strong suit.
4 - It's all fun and games until the dishes need to be washed!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Early Awww Monday! September 23, 2018

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Early Sunday morning.
Looking southwest from our friends home.

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Pooh Bear the Cat keeping me company!
Such a lovely cat.
Have a great day!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Feline Friday September 21, 2018

Introducing Oscar!
Oscar lives with our good friends and
former neighbors Tom and Steve.
We're up in Lake Oswego visiting friends
and family plus seeing the Cannonball Run
ending at Skamania Lodge on this Sunday.
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Here's Oscar waiting for his Papa Steve
to come home.....   

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I had to convince Oscar a bit to pose for me!

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But I was patient and he finally obliged
and I got a few cute shots.
Have a great Feline Friday!
Thanks Sandee!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thankful Thursday September 20, 2018

I am so thankful for all
the cats (and dogs) that have 
chosen to live with us.
Our four legged family members
have given us so much unconditional love.    
Lucy in 2011
Still a kitty then .....always in our hearts.
Lucy is eight years old now.
Such a dear and smart cat!
Thanks Brian !

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Awww Monday September 16, 2018

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Three days ago this lovely 2 point buck was
lounging in the sunshine near our fenced
vegetable garden with his harem and fawns
close by....
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The next day I saw him under our bird feeder
drinking water, but not in good shape.
We think he'd been hit by a car as his left
antler was broken off and his right leg was
broken around the ankle region. It was
awful to see and there was nothing we could
do for him. After drinking a lot of water he
stumbled off, stopping to eat acorns along the way.
Since then we haven't seen him and we have to
assume he is probably dead. It makes us so sad to see
 this and we hope he isn't out there still suffering.     
Meanwhile his family is hanging outside our
home keeping each other company.
We love our deer.
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Thanks Sandee for Awww Monday.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Feline Friday September 14, 2018

I am sure I have posted this before,
but soon we will be taking a 3 week
vacation and Lucy will be staying in our
home with our good friends Chloe and Aaron.
She is used to them and has a good time
while we are gone, BUT she likes to make
us feel a little guilty by this behavior...
"What? You are packing and leaving me?"
Never fear Lucy...we'll be back!
Thanks Sandee for Feline Friday-
sorry this is a bit late.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thankful Thursday! September 13,2018

Thankful for Mother Nature's gift of rain!

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September 13, 2018   6:12am
Looking east towards Mt Shasta
I'm always up before dawn with Lucy
wanting to be fed and then she goes back
to sleep and I go outside to water the garden,
fill up the bird feeder and listen to the day begin.   
Last night it rained a bit and this morning
the birds were more active flying about
and I could hear the Canada geese honking
overhead. I think fall is just around the corner!  

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September 13, 2018   6:12am
Looking south towards Mt Eddy.
Mt Eddy is the highest peak of the Trinity mountains. 

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September 13, 2018   6:13am 
You can see Mt Shasta on the right.
Hopefully we continue to have some rain.
Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday September 12, 2018

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Russell's art studio.
Early morning light with wildfire tones....
All of us want the fires gone 
and the soothing fall rains to begin.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Happy Tummy Tuesday! September 11, 2018

Two summers ago Imani balanced
a spoon on her nose! 
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One of our  summer favorites!
Caprese Salad with our garden's
basil and tomatoes!
Have a lovely Tuesday!

Sunday, September 09, 2018

It's Awww Monday! September 10, 2018

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The two deer realize that I am
watching them groom each other!
But the fawn in the background is ignoring me
as it's too busy eating delicious acorns!

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Happy Tuesday and Tummy Tuesday! September 4, 2018

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Our deer buddies had a very tasty time
yesterday eating all the acorns from
the Oak trees that got trimmed! 

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Meanwhile we also had tasty treats
at our friends 18th Annual Tomato Tasting party!    
Have a lovely day!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Feline Friday August 31, 2018

Kitchen Garden Cat
One of my favorite blogs is Kitchen Garden.
Cecilia Mary Gunther hosts this farmy blog
and it is a delight to read every day. 
Delicious Farmy Vegetables
Full of recipes and daily events such as 8 piglets
being born just a few days ago complete with
photos, videos from time to time and lots
of farm events such as getting the hay
 in before the rain hits.   
I've learned a lot about farming from her posts. 
Take a peek - you will not be disappointed!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Wordless Wednesday! August 28, 2018

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Bark bark bark........woof.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Early Awww Monday with just a few photos August 25,2018

We have a busy schedule ahead so I am
posting a few days early...Thanks Sandee!
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After working at our little Weed Library
Russell treated me to a tasty dinner at
our favorite restaurant
Café Maddalena in Dunsmuir.
The best restaurant in Siskiyou County!
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Early the next morning Russell rescued a little
Goldfinch after he hit one of our windows.
Sitting outside in the rising sunshine with a
little bird isn't a bad way to start your day. 

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Meanwhile a little Black-capped Chickadee
had a drink from one of the water bowls that
we put out for the birds and animals that come by.

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A bit later this little Goldfinch recovered and flew away...

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While another Goldfinch and Black-capped Chickadee
had their breakfast at the sunflower feeder!
Have a lovely weekend!