Friday, January 13, 2017

Busy cleaning and a birthday

For the last few nights, seriously, I have been trying to post something on my blog, but realize when I sit down at the computer, just how tired I am. I've been terribly busy since that snow and ice melted. Tell me, why is melting snow so much wetter and messier than rain? 

What a muddy sloppy mess we have here. Our country dirt road looks like a part of the Alabama Mud Fest. And the goat's lot, more like a pig pen. The last two days, I've pushed load after load of pine straw and spread it in the goat lot and in the chicken lot.

and speaking of the last two days...it has been like springtime! 69 degrees and sunny! Why we jumped from record breaking cold, right into spring weather.


warm enough even for lunch on the back porch. Not a very pretty set table but it was fun. 

Guess who has a birthday today. Our sweet Eli. Three years old already.


Seems like it was just yesterday that Poppy and I drove to the little town of Micro to bring baby Eli home.


he was born in this big red barn.


what a sweetie pie he was, from the very beginning.


well, I did have to finally cut the fringe off this rug. His favorite place to sleep.


smelling the spring flowers in 2014.


Eli is our guard dog, even if does carry his teddy bear for company. What in the world did we do for entertainment before Eli came along?  

We bought Eli a birthday party hat, thinking we would get a cute picture, but absolutely not!  As long as that silly hat was in the house, he would stay on the porch!

Anyhow, guess that's about it. Appreciate your visit. Thank you!

Love,
Henny










34 comments:

  1. Eli has always be a beautiful dog. It sounds wonderful to be eating on the porch . . . I'm ready for warm weather, it was -8 here this morning.
    Have a great weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. I can't even imaging -8! I think we all are ready for spring. We have rain and temps in the 40's today.

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  2. Happy birthday, Eli!!!
    How I wish for some warmish days here. Let's see.... 69 would be 21 here. How lovely that would feel. The ups and downs of temperature must be very hard on your plants though.

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    1. Thank you! The spring-like weather in January does hurt the plants. They come out thinking it's spring, then everything freezes.

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  3. 69 would be blissful! Nothing sweeter than Eli and his teddy. Happy Birthday, you sweet dog!

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    1. Thank you Linda. It was bliss for a couple of days.

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  4. Happy Birthday Eli, he is such a gorgeous dog. How wonderful to be sitting out on the porch for lunch, strange weather changes.

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    1. Thank you Adam. He was a little bundle of joy!

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  6. It really has been a strange Fall/Winter season hasn't it? How lovely you could have your lunch out on the porch.
    Eli and I sure the same Birthday time. I couldn't be in finer company. Wish Eli a very Happy Belated Birthday from me Henny!

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    1. Thank you Robin. Happy Birthday to you! Bet we won't get to have lunch on the porch again this winter.

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  7. Happy Birthday to Eli! What a cutie. Mandy wouldn't tolerate a birthday hat either.

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    1. Thank you Melanie. Eli was scared to death of that hat!

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    1. Thank you Janet. Your donkeys make me smile.

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  9. Lunch on the back porch and 69 degrees...sounds wonderful. It is -16C here this morning. How do we survive here, I ask ya? I put out bagels, suet and seed for the wild-life today, poor things. "happy birthday" sweet Eli. I just love him and hope he has a wonderful year. xo

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    1. Thank you Deb. I can't even imaging weather that cold. Usually our worst winter month is February, so it's not over yet, but rarely do we get down in the single digit temperatures.

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  10. It is SO good to see a post up from you. I've missed you, friend! It sounds as though you have been SUPER busy with hauling all of the straw to the pens for the goats and chickens to make them comfortable.

    We've had some spring like days here this week, too. But I am sure we still have plenty of winter weather ahead of us here.

    Happy Birthday to Eli! He is so adorable! I love it that he won't come in the house because of the party hat! He knows you'd take a picture and go public with it. Apparently he thinks that at the age of three he is a big boy now and doesn't want to be seen in party hats. :)

    Have a good remainder of your day.

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    1. Thank you, Dianna. It has been crazy this week, but then it seems like I say that every week. I'm afraid February will be our real winter month, but if we get through February, spring is just around the corner. :)

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  11. Happy Birthday to Eli. He is still a cutie but what a cutie as a puppy.
    The weather seems to be crazy all over.
    The melting is the worst. I'd rather it stay cold and not melt than to go back and forth.

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    1. Thank you! Seems like the weather has been crazy everywhere.

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  12. Happy birthday to Eli and I like seeing him grow up over the years. Yes, mud is horrible, especially when you have animals. I hope things have dried out now. They have here and we are enjoying some really nice weather.

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  13. Awwwww, happy birthday to Eli. What a handsome boy. We've been in the mid 70's the last few days. I sat on the deck for a while in the afternoon. Poppy's lunch looks good to me. We have a lot of mud around our home and it makes for some slip/sliding. Wishing you a mighty good evening. xo

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  14. What a good looking dog! I love the pic of him with his teddy. As for the temps, it's been strange. We have gone from 17 to 70 almost overnight. It's been a strange winter.

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  15. Happy Birthday Eli!! I hope it snows again so you can race around like a pup! :)

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  16. Happy Birthday Eli!! Looking so handsome! I agree that snow and ice melting makes a muddy mess. The farm is like a swamp around here!

    Love you!

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  17. Happy third Birthday Eli! He was a very cute puppy, but then aren't all puppies?? Enjoying the puppy and the puppy mischief (mostly) here:-) We will be in the same boat with melting snow and the mess this coming week. Looking forward to the snow being gone, but not the transition.

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  18. What a sweet ball of fur he was and is. Guess bigger is better for such a fierce watchdog! I'll bet anyone trying to get into your house is afraid of getting beaten by that teddy bear.

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  19. My goodness, it doesn't seem possible that Eli could have been with you guys for three years already. Has he reached his full growth potential yet? He seems to have been a wonderful addition to your menagerie and a great source of amusement.

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  20. Hi Henny! Oh, Eli was a cute pup! It makes sense because he's so gorgeous now.
    I think yucky weather is a downer. We have gray weather today. We're not used to it so it seems heavy and oppressive.
    Having lunch on the porch looks very fun!
    Have a sweet week, friend!

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  21. happy happy birthday handsome gorgeous Eli!...from your Charleston cousins Tammie and Gypsy! hope you got treats!

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  22. Eli is a gorgeous dog. Magnificent would be a better word for him. Is he as good a guard dog as he is a cuddle-bug? So cute he has his teddy bear.

    I agree with you about mud. I prefer snow and ice to mud. Mud is almost impossible to work in when you have poultry and livestock to keep clean and dry.

    Completely understand not being able to blog when you're tired. That has been my blogging problem these past few months. So much work to do every day to get settled in here and when I finally have time to blog I am dead tired so I end up shutting the computer down and toodling off to bed. Kudos to you for following through anyway !

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  23. Oh, happy birthday to that big pretty boy...every time I see him I fall in love all over again.

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