Archives for the month of: September, 2014
buster eye



“We don’t need another dog.” “But I WANT one.”   This conversation repeated itself multiple times over the past year or two.    We have a cute little dog, we got her from PAWS, the pet rescue in Ocean Shores.  Summer  is everything a dog owner could want, but she is not “another dog.”

Seneca was relentless. Finally is a moment of insanity I said.  “Seneca, if you can behave for 100 days with no school problems or temper tantrums, we will get another dog.   “A tea cup chihuahua,”  she asked? ”  “No not a tea cup chihuahua.”

Her behavior behaved dramatically. No more calls from school, home work was getting done, and tantrums at home were  greatly reduced.  But 100 days was a long time for her to maintain.  She was determined.  She marked days off on the calendar and each day we got a report.  She gradually ticked them off.

Along about day 85 I saw a mention in the 4-H newsletter about an Australian Shepherd that was in need of a new home. That is Ted’s favorite breed.  The ad  said he was small.  Ted called. Ted was hooked.  A week later Buster moved in.

He is everything I want in a dog, doesn’t yip, doesn’t chew, and doesn’t climb on the furniture.   And Seneca adores him.  He sleeps in a kennel beside her bed.

Poor Summer is a little out of sorts, but Raven came to the rescue, he gave Summer the quilt he made in 4-H this summer.  There is plenty of love for two dogs.

summer and girls

Much loved, Summer

raven and Adam

Raven with Summer and our grandson.



buster sleeping

Love is all around

summer on pillow

Raven gave Summer the quilt he made in 4-H. He didn’t want her feelings to be hurt.

And Maddie, the cat is, is not so sure.  Here she is in “retreat”.



from the side

The part of the house with the tower.




Mixing paint, Seneca assists

Twenty years ago we built a Victorian style house. It is a great “container” for our many collections and is a fun house to live in.   However, two years ago we noticed that the outside needed painting. We checked with a housepainter and learned it would cost $24,000 have it done. (gulp) That included power washing and a fork lift to paint the high parts of the tower.

So, Ted set to work, painting on nice days when the weather was warm enough. He started on the lower porch and worked his way up.  This year he was finished– except for the tower. Next year, he thought.

And then, an unexpected stretch of warm weather came, he had no excuse but to start on it.   The tower is roughly 45 feet at the highest point.   He began with the help of a 40 foot ladder, which he tells me will only extend to 36 feet, he was able to reach most places.


It is a long way up there

He claims it is sturdy but I see him wavering up there and coming down to rest his nerves often.   Today he is painting the backside.  Raven and Jesus are called in often to move the ladder, with one that long it is challenging.


Don’t wave, please!

Afraid of heights? Not Ted, especially when there was $24,000 at stake. And by the time the house needs painting again, we will be gone!!

looking up

From the front