JT with a stick not so easy to throw and capture
JT with a stick not so easy to throw and capture
Here in the US IHOP is serving up FREE PANCAKES!
Tonight I will make a favorite from Bourbon Street
Jambalaya, I will pass on the King Cake as I am already
Sunday was my best friends birthday who I heard each year
growing up say “I’m 3 days older than you! Well I would remind her
when she turned 50 I would still be 49
Just keeping it real even back then.
Next week the skin cancer on my face will be removed and then I have to take my marriage certificate to the government agency in order to prove I am entitled to my ex-husband SS check. I was told he passed away after Christmas. So many things I could say but it is best to just pray he now rests in peace as now I finally can.
Not sure I will be any better off financially, as I do not know what he has been doing for work if anything, since last seeing him in 1997. Even $10.00 more each month will cover one month electricity each year.
I have been thinking I want to build a Coyote/Hawk proof chicken coop, on skis or wheels, so they can safely free range the property eating all the bugs from one spot to the next. Eggs are a big part of my diet. You see protein helps to keep you full and satisfied longer than empty carbs say like a bag of chips :) I have a friend who is a Body Builder and has been a inspiration to get back into shape pain or no pain and she devourers a dozen a day! I could also sell them for $3.50 a dozen for Organic Eggs and still have plenty for me and cover the cost of anything I would feed them over what they find in the yard.
Can you just picture me outside with my Watercolors watching the chickens peck the ground and clucking all day while that cute little Border Collie begs for yet another toss of her FRISBEE, yes friends life is good, well till I look outside and see RELAITY! It is below 0 temps F and snow up to my head or higher in some piles but seeing where some gradual melt has occurred under trees up on the sunny hill, where there is DIRT!
Always hopeful that is me in a NUTSHELL!
Stay safe everyone
Eunice aka NUTS FOR TREASURE!
Sorry I am so seldom on here and so few of you actually show up in the WP READER that I follow, for when I have time to check in now and then. You see we are having, as far as I am concerned, a winter from hell. Now the skiers, snowmobilers and snowboarders LOVE IT! It is all in how you look at things and when all I see is WHITE I am far from impressed!
So I took a Watercolor class it was only three hours long but between the colorful woman from Russia who taught it and the pallet of gorgeous colors I brought to choose from, those three hours were just what the doctor ordered.
After trying to beat the ice covered yard I GAVE UP! I never give up but I was truly defeated by all this #*%&! Thirty four days till SPRING and that will not mean this snow will end, you see here in New England it is not over some years until we are into MAY! They say global warming I say BULL! It has been brutal here with not only the snow but bitter cold and we are getting another eight inches or more tonight they say blizzard conditions and I am tired of blogging like I am a weather forecaster. You know I even left 10 inches of snow on the roof, we just could not move anymore and were not safe up there in 40 mile per hour winds so enough is enough. I would wave a white flag but surly only the bear and coyote would see me and I would scare my little birds away as if the Eagle, Coopers Hawk and Sharp Shinned ones don’t do that already. :)
So last night I sat with my paints and began to pick up pretty colors and in a Monet fashion I added pretty colors to the white paper in what they say is a wash. They are now dry and I love the look of these small pieces of paper, now I will try to add some interest in the foreground not even sure I am supposed to do it this way as it was only a three hour class. Seems like this is how I roll. I learn the basic points and go off on my own I guess I never really saw myself that much of a rebel but indeed I guess I am.
What do you all do when weekends roll around or on an evening when you scream out UNCLE? See I don’t drink or smoke or go out dancing any more so I make things, so I stay out of trouble.
I take photos too when it is not dark out and here are a few of my world these days but you are probably tired of hearing about lousy weather too.
Since all I plan on adding to the inside of these garden walls this year are Sunflowers we dump the snow inside, now it maybe May till I can poke my finger in the soil a half inch to drop the seed. Spring is coming isn’t it? I should pray it come slowly or the house will be surly under water if we get nasty flooding you see there is no rhyme or reason some of you have nothing and us TOO MUCH.
JT popped her new orange ball, so I took this one out and then I bought her another larger one, Pink Minnie Mouse but when storm is coming I throw it in the back seat of the truck so we can find it come morning.
We will sit and wait for the next 8 inches to arrive this afternoon and he just told me he will go up on the roof now to get some weight off of it before the next storm arrives one good thing if we fall the snow banks around the house are so high we won’t fall far.
Always the silver lining!
Have an awesome weekend.
No I did not take photos yet after shoveling for seven hours in 24 hour period I was too tired to snap a photo really that tired and I fell again. I told him to return my boot cleats he had bought me as I usually am very steady sadly yesterday I was not! I am OK bad bruise that will heal in time I have enough going on never mind see another doctor.
So today I will share some more shots from our day before the storm at the coast. We went for a long walk to see the seals and snowy owls maybe an eagle or two. Mostly seals and gulls as it was cold and windy and I knew I would need my strength for the storm clearing so we were only outside for two hours in it but JT had a great time with me as I did her then we watched her daddy look for treasure. Oh I did change my photo on all my sites to the same photo except for my Friends of Living and Loving Facebook page so no longer will you see a shot of him bent over digging treasure but he is.
So here are a few shots of JT and maybe a landscape or two sorry if photos are too large and take forever to load I will work on that next time I upload. I need the largest format to sell and do not want 3, 4, or 5 of the same photos in my computer all in different sizes I am computer illiterate
so I do things the easiest way I can to find the photo I want to share with you and just click on insert photo.
She had never paid attention to the seawall but on this cold day feeling no pain she jumped up on her own and wanted to walk it. Seems as she gets older I may have to watch her more.
Winters we have the place to ourselves brrrrrrrr
What do girls born and raised in New England do on a warm winter’s day? Well if they own a home and dream of spring days in mid January they go outside! It was in the forty’s yesterday and the sunshine felt good. I dressed warm enough for a little exercise never knowing how much I would actually do as I began.
Now if you are a follower of Living and Lovin you know I love my wild birds. Last year over 300 pounds of just the black oil sunflower seeds were devoured. That is enough for me to use them as dependents on my IRS Tax Form! We the winter is in full swing and they are once again depending on me to help them through. So on this gorgeous day it was time to clean up some of the mess they made as the snow was gone in most parts from where I hang their feeders and spread seed on the ground for all who do not fly up to the many feeders here. What a mess there was of empty shells. So here it was mid January and I had a rake one used for raking leaves in the fall and a snow shovel and a ice chopper. Yes we need many tools when you own a home in New England. I raked the piles up and then picked them up to shovel over the edge where the ducks and ground birds could pick out the corn and unopened shells.
This is one of the piles I was able to shovel and scatter below in the Lilacs and other small bushes.
Seasons here often get mixed up. As you can see by two of the tools I used a lot.
Then it was time to chop ice and do I mean CHOP I hurt so bad after three hours but you see it was going to go back to winter so I had to do all I could.
The yard is so flooded by the beavers downstream my yard ruined once again by the release of a lake in a river that no longer flows downstream. So I had ducks here, three pairs of Mallards.
Snow and sun and no cropping of this shot but you see what I mean. I came in and wrote the State of New Hampshire a note saying to clean the river out of my yard and added lots of pretty photos hope it works.
I grabbed a few wheat thins and a glass of water and some yummy humus for a snack then packed up the cameras and JT and went to the shore. I figured a nice ride after all the work I did and a walk with my best girl at the beach would make me feel better well I hurt real bad on way home but had a beautiful early evening there as her and I walked. I stopped going to Weight Watchers so it is important to stick with the plan and exercise to keep all I have lost OFF even if it KILLS ME :) She found a nasty looking tennis ball for me to throw and I thankfully placed her stick I had been kicking into my back pocket. She always finds treasures just like us. We are a perfect family.
How is that for a pretty way to end a backbreaking day. There are huge seals out on those rocks enjoying the day just like us.
It was nice but not that nice! :)
Now today it is snowing to beat the band as they say in these parts and no matter if I am ready to shovel or not I must. I will try to remember the beautiful night along the shore and when the storm is but a memory head right back over there.
Have a great Weekend
Sorry so many posts lately, as I post too my Custom Pieces blog I also re-blog here and over on 20 Lines D Day.
Want to keep you up with what I am doing to get through the winter months. Photography and Jewelry making and selling them as well.
I had to go see the skin doctor yesterday for my shot and I really thought I would be in and out. Stupidly I asked a question of her “What’s This?” she precedes to tell me we will know for sure when the results come back on the procedure she is about to do. HUH ? Me the SUN LOVIN GIRL? I will not stress and I will start to behave. I am just a few years from 60, YIKES did I say that! I am so NOT 60 LIKE :) That used to be so OLD!!! ! Wait so many of you who I adore are also over 50 so maybe I AM, damn how did that happen lol so yes I am going to continue to have FUN!
After we left we headed towards the sea I always feel better when I can walk and breath in the smells from the salty air. I felt it was right to go there as it is where all the sun damage came from.
I hooked JT to her pretty leash and put a camera into my pants pocket and one around my neck just incase. I know, I am laughing too, when don’t I not put it up to my eye.
Her and I could not legally go onto the beach here with her Daddy, you know the rule breaker I am, well today I was not going to push that envelope. Be good Eunice. So off we went for our walk along the coastal route even though darkness was close I had light colors on so we should be safe though an awful lot of drunk drivers take this road so I was extra careful to keep a watchful eye on my little black pup. I had said to him maybe I will see the sunset and he laughed and said it is already almost done, you won’t see anything except maybe the moon if we stay late enough. Doubting Thomas he is! See I know this world I live in and yes had I been at my regular spot it may have been better in some way but again I was on a beach I spent every day on in my 20’s where sunburns, really bad ones, were this norm for this blonde, blue eyed girl.
As we started out JT found a stick for me to kick for her to scamper after and pick up and give for me to throw again and again or she would drop it up ahead and I would kick and she would chase on her long leash, yes I held it with my good side. Left shoulder too trashed and painful to chance it. So up along the Mansions we went, very few with signs of life in them as it is winter and if you are rich why would you stay.
That box you see off in the distance on the right side of photo is not for birds it is an alarm in case the Nuclear Plant down the street fails then these alarms which are all over the area, will go off letting the residents run for their cars and make a run for a safer place not that I think it will really matter if a Nuke Plant has a failure. None of us will ever be safe.
So much better in person I really wish I had taken some classes on how to take pretty photos as the light disappears.
Yes you can clearly see it is cold in New England.
Just a stunning way to end a day or in my case as the sun comes up or hangs around all day or it sets I love this gorgeous Sun we have to make our life feel so much better, yes I swear it is where I get my Sunny Outlook on LIFE!
On the second weekend in New England, the January Thaw really kicked in. Be still my heart. I could not believe how cold it has been, really since Thanksgiving into the New Year. We have been spoiled it seems. Many recent winters we have had a little cold them warmth then cold again, see I really like that, I think. This winter we had a vortex and it brought me back to my youth and really big snowstorms and cold weather. We still have January to get through then February and March will follow. bringing with it who knows what. We did not get the worst of the horrid stretch of weather, the poor folks in our countries mid section got hammered, so I can not complain just our backs and coastline took a beating so far, oh wait the heating bills have been crazy made even worse by a fixed income. It is why I am trying to sell some photography here and there just for extra cash to make life easier. My sweetheart will be making some things for me using his welding expertise for the upcoming craft fairs and yard sales and when we have some finished I will show you.
So what do we here in New England do when we get our January Thaw? We get outside! We spend time out in the warmth of a winter’s day, with sunshine on our faces. We so not ski but he used and we do not skate but we could, as the yard has so much ice all over where we cleared of snow. See we have had over 1 1/2 feet of snow then 4 inches or more of rain then freezing and thawing going on and finally he resorted to getting us some cheap cleats for the bottom of our boots. Mine are still in the package his are worn in.
I take JT through the snow as I can not afford another injury like a broken arm or hip or for her to get hurt as vets and doctors charge too much. Wait can I get Obama care for her? So steady as we go is our plan. Chopping ice each mid day only for it to re-freeze over night. You have to be tough to live above the Mason Dixon Line, where the north and south meet. Yes the south suffers terribly too, with drought and heat and wicked storms that blow homes away and ruin lives. What an amazing place this Earth of ours is, really we are all at its mercy aren’t we. We either roll with the punches or give up. So far what ever has been thrown in my direction I have been able to recover from, some sadly never will and I find that so unfair. Ok enough depressing weather stuff, want to see our world yesterday?
After chopping with the one arm I have left of any use, I grabbed the camera and that cute JT and went off into the woods behind our barn to see what was going on, hoping to run into a deer or two.
Well beaten down deer trails could be found along with bear, coyote and fox prints as well all leading to the stream and away from it. Everyone needs fresh water.
More tracks of forest dwellers.
It really was such a pretty walk in the woods with my girl even the trees looked joyful and no longer weighed down with snow and ice.
This is out in front of the barn, no wonder he is hunting for chains to fit his 1954 Dodge with dual wheels a lot of good all that beautiful welding of my plow being added to his truck did ,if it can’t move. We SHOVEL and CHOP!
Yes it is rather treacherous to say the least! I must be grateful there is ICE and NOT MORE SNOW well not yet. :) Give it a minute we are in New England!
Have a great week and I hope everyone who was suffering in the awful cold is also getting a respite if even for a day or so and for those dealing with summer heat and drought I wish you cooling rains. Gentle not flooding as we will soon know that world all too well.
Have a great week!
I loaded the cameras charged batteries into each one and added them to the huge bag to keep them safe.
I put JT’s collar on her as I do each time we venture from the yard.
This time we climbed into the already warm truck as it was horrid out.
I needed to make a trip into Portsmouth area. Newington actually was my first stop.
Have you heard about Habitat For Humanity I am sure you have, well they have a re-store there and as it goes to a good cause I thought I would start there for things I needed in the house. Wow! I will be back and I hope enough people support them so it stays open for a very long time. They had what I was looking for and even things I needed but had no idea till I got there so I did not come prepared with the measurements I would need. See they sell windows and doors and lots of them for $5.00, $10 and $20 each! I have a foggy plant/greenhouse type window beside my desk which is only good for light other than that it is useless after over 30+ years. It is time for a large window with screen or as my man suggested maybe we can make a door there and add a wooden porch just on the other side, see I was not the only one who got excited here. OH the possibilities!
He also found a small light weight snow thrower on wheels that we were promised worked great but to keep the receipt in case it didn’t. My Mom bought us one for the roof and though it is a Toro and it works nice to make paths for JT and the birds I would hate to leave it on the roof now this one he got is light and we can wrap in a small tarp and I bought a new Bright Green bungee cord to secure it to one of the 3 chimneys. Actually 2 of them will never have smoke coming out of them and with coal stove still needing a plate before I use it safely you get the picture anywhere up there will work. Yes there is snow up there again another 10 to 12 inches unless the wind blew it off. It was 20 below last night and now at 9:30 AM it has climbed up top minus 5 F.
Now the one thing I went to this store to look for was a ceiling fan-light kit. I figured as people remodel up here on the coast they would change those out too. We found blades, and parts but not what I really wanted so as we headed out for him to by the snow tool he says “Look!” There to my right was a shelf with eight complete fans. Mine is 30 years old and seems to have been tightened as much as it can be and with these new bulbs we use when they get shaken they do not last long. Well with so many to pick from I could not decide. So he did. I paid for the fan and back out to the truck for JT who was waiting patiently and the truck was warm sitting in the sun. Now to gas up the truck as you see the prices were .08 cheaper per. gallon then 20 miles back home.
I was driving so I decided a detour of sorts would be nice after all I had not one camera but three! We knew the beach had been battered at midnight and at noon as high tide arrived so I decided to take the scenic ride along the ocean so much for the savings at the gas pump. JT loves the beach as much as us but I never told her we were going but her nose told her we were going someplace she loved. She was no longer laying across the rear seat she was sitting up and waiting!
As we got closer we saw the roads had been swamped with sea water as well as lots of rocks and boulders. It had actually been closed for hours but now open I was still uncertain about continuing but with tide being now 3 hours before I forged onwards with a happy dog in the back seat with her head out the window. Brrrr I did say it was horrid right.
I drove into the nasty slop as he cringed for his truck. OH I heard him say “Now it will need to be washed.” lol time to toughen up this Honda!
Now come the photos as you know I usually I try to add some eye candy to make up for the less than eloquent words.
The clouds in the distance are from the storm that raged through leaving friends with 20+ inches of snow and us with 10 to 12.
You can see that the sea is still churning and whipping the surf into a frothy scene. Nice for photos but not nice to be out here. JT was in awe over the simplest of things. Her beach was covered with frozen sea water which she spent the 5 min. while I shot these images smelling.
I swear I do not know how these gulls do this with fast food joints just across the marsh.
Poor things left outside to bear the brunt of the most unbearable of weather. I even saw some out riding on the waves and I thought my life was tough NOT!!!!
Here are a few more shots ,see if you can feel the cold day though one shot I added warmth too, can you tell which one? All my shots are available now on cards and prints for your home and even on pillows and ties!
Trying to shake off the cold poor thing lousy photo as I was walking up to the car I was trying to capture them and not fall.
I was blustery and frigid but so worth the effort to make our way through the sloop of slushy sea water and rock that had come up and over onto our coastal route and washed more of our beautiful beaches away.
I hope she will always enjoy what ever way we spend our day with her. She will be eight on Mother’s Day and I want to always do things to see her filled with as much joy as she gives us.
Have a great weekend!
You already know that if you are a friend and follower. I wanted to do a post as this year comes to an end. Yes not a Re-Blog though I love sharing cool stuff others spend the time to add to WordPress.
So this one will be of a Happy Dog. You see when the weather is warm you will never see her do this the flying disc will get all the play time but let a few inches of snow fall and you knows right where she has tucked her winter toy away. I have told you she is smart a time or two right.
Here is a series I shot of her and her winter toy. I kick then snap photo, this time with a bulky Nikon not as easy to capture her as I did with my Kodak so excuse the faults in the photos and just try to see the Joy as I witnessed.
Quit taking photos and kick my ball!
She hates when I say last one. She will play till she drops in this kind of weather. As she ages the summer heat takes it’s toll on her but winter no way. She watches the squirrels play and eat in the yard as I do my beading and every now and then she will turn her head and look at me with those beautiful eyes begging to go back out. You see she knows me after almost 8 years Last One really are just for a minute or two. I get dressed again and open the door and off she goes to where she left her ball. No wonder the heating bill is so high in and out like your children see she is my little girl.
Happy New Year from our home up here in New Hampshire to yours. May this year coming be a beautiful one with peace and harmony for all mankind.
So Fast Indeed……. sorry lousy FAST photo, pretty color though :)
It was windy and cold so we stayed home. JT was tired of staying in so I slid my boots on and wrapped a warm scarf across my head and face lol I must be getting old :) and when I grabbed the camera she ran off to get her Frisbee. She is too smart but I must have told you that before. Most of us are now old friends. I still didn’t have my coat on and she was running back and forth from the door to me in the kitchen. Going on 8 but some days more like a two year old.
As you can see by the shadows it was a sunny day but very cold, too cold to go to walk the beach in Maine as we had planned. Besides between VT and Maine over 100,000 were having Christmas with no power. Most people up here in the northeast are smart about having two sources of fuel to heat their places with. We have propane that almost ran out before he showed up Christmas Eve at almost 6 PM and back up is nut coal, I love coal heat. We use propane for cooking too and now we have an electric water heater I have never had one of them before but with gas stove I can light the burner with a match and boil water in a pinch.
Maybe if we follow these tracks we can catch him being a busy beaver seems by the vegetation here where the tracks lead to that he has chewed off most of my beautiful Forsythias. They are tough and will grow back but I did not want them PRUNED!
Swim out from under the ice climb across the land down to grab more of my beautiful bushes then back to his damn DAM!
And head right for my seriously “WEEPING WILLOW TREE ” where JT is on it’s scent! she is such a good girl but she is a herder not a hunting dog.
We hope you had a Wonderful Christmas.
We had our Christmas Ham with Baked Potato, Acorn Squash and Carrots to end the wonderful day spent together at home. No babies, no presents from a store but a warm home and hot meal what more could we ask for. We have all we will ever need except for Peace On Earth so tonight after dessert, a simple brownie, when we close our eyes that is what we will hope the world can get as it’s gift from all of us.
With Love from me too you and a wish that you and your families travel safely so we can all await the New Year TOGETHER
Yes I come from those who had farms. I always adored the animals that lived there but never had the time for one of my own lately though the animals around the corner are calling out to me. I absolutely think they are adorable.
Want to see the subject of my affection?
They love me too! One eye on me and that black thing I have in my hand and the other eye watching JT in the truck.
Look at that pretty face I bet you it would follow me home.
See they have plenty!
One of the others is complaining about me as the field had lots of younger ones with their moms so this one turned to see if it was talking to her yes the females have horns and I bet they hurt.
JT was mad she wanted to be beside me to protect me but I was not anxious to see if the electric fence was on.
Wonder if she would like a new friend in her yard? Would she want to share me with yet another I am not really sure but I do know we all get along here. She prefers her friends to throw a Frisbee though. Dogs are useless so I am sure a cow would be as well.
The turkey here do not mind me or her or that cool cat!
We are within 6 feet of these younger turkeys and they could care less about the dog, cat or me and that worries me but I am the one who cares for them during the horrid winter. Tonight they are all up in the tree beside the house so come morning I will wake to their calls.
A few more spots of color till it arrives FULL ON
I will let you know if a fence gets put up and a little one joins our family wonder if the like to be brushed.
Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20’s F.
I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT. I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days. They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure. So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel. It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived. So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase. She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?
Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!
I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30. Yes a short season compared to the south. I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up. I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way. In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.
I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area. I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine. They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.
I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines. Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now. I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.
Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports! We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials. Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town. We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.
Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately. I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.
Lilac(above in bud)
Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)
The grass is green
I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.
Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow. I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.
So nice to sit and share life with you once again. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!
Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings. Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.
Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.
Have a great week everyone!
Well by now most of you know our JT (Jess-Tex) at least in photos. She is our Border Collie and no we do not have a farm.
I have shared my life with fourteen dogs five of which were part of a litter that went on to new homes where they were adored family members.
This dog above was born at a friend’s home, the male her father was from Texas and they drove from Vermont to pick him up. JT’s mother was a dog that was dropped off at their place in Vermont. Gorgeous lighter Gray with white. She was scared who knows the kind of life had she lead.
JT was like the runt with a not so perfect face marking and it was just her sister and her no one had chosen to be theirs.
Now I wanted no more dogs but here were the two prettiest faces begging to be loved. I said I wanted both, actually could not believe that came out of my mouth. The daughter said she was taking the tri color one. I was taking JT as long as they were both fixed, I didn’t care.
The day we found her in the horse stall with her sister, we had been camping with a three-year old great-niece so we went home to NH but when I got to my house I called them and said I would be back up for the pup I had fallen in love with. Her husband was going to be in NH on a welding job so he brought the pup with him so we did not have to go all the way back to northern Vermont.
We bought a leash and collar as well as bowl and water, as it would be a long ride for a puppy and headed north.
We took the pickup truck with a bench seat so she could lay between us. Funny as I look back six and a half years later at that ride home. She would lay her head on my leg then wander over to the passenger side for his leg. She was trying to settle in on that big seat but wanted to be close to both of us, her HERD.
We stopped often to walk her, and to let her have some water and then she was scooped up again and placed in the middle between us. It is where she has always ridden till he bought this new truck with the big back seat. All hersto be sure.
She had been born on Mother’s Day and in October she took her first really long ride down to Georgia. We went gold prospecting with a club he belonged to and she set about making many new friends that weekend. It was really rainy and nasty, creeks were swollen I was so glad this camping trip was in a cabin with a hot tub.
This pup has led a very interesting life to be sure. She could have a blog of her own.
We no sooner got back from our trip to Georgia when we set in motion an epic cross-country trip that would include sleeping out in the wild, in a tent for the month of December. Not too worry we would be in Arizona and it is still warm right?
We bought an old RV and he made it road worthy and we were looking forward to an amazing journey together. Then the gas prices soared so we scrapped the idea of taking the old beast back west where it had actually been made. I looked for a van cheaper on gas and room for all we would need to bring with us. I found a pretty cool looking Chevy van, a conversion van the kind with a bench seat that lays down and can be used as a bed. We bought it from a group of men who used it to go back and forth to New England Patriot football games. Yes tailgaters. It has a HUGE Patriots Loge on one whole window. I never thought about the fact we were going to be in the Super Bowl and the game would be in Arizona!
What a trip that was from the start. JT could feel the excitement. I rented a place for our cat to go where, she was to be treated like a Queen, for the money she better have been the center of attention. He made a rack for the hitch, the fact he was a welder for 30 years came in handy. On this rack we took the tool box off the pick-up and placed our clothes and tenting supplies as well has some dry goods like JT’s Food and dog bones. We would be on BLM land and there would be no stores, no street lights, no phones. JT would be the only one out of the three of us to do nothing but play as any pup will do. They said rattle snakes would have taken cover as well as the other critters who live under ground, I was hoping so.
So we loaded up and headed south, I had to say good-by and Merry Christmas to Mom on our way. We opened our gifts and had a beautiful meal then loaded back into the van and headed out of New England. Leaving what we thought of winter behind us as well.
As we headed south through Massachusetts we heard a lot of horn blowing and people giving me the THUMBS UP signs that was different for me having been in a big rig all those years and it was never a THUMB I got! People were excited, they saw the sign and our team was in the hunt for a ticket to the BIG GAME! When we hit NJ the looks changed, funny how that works.
I stopped on the NJ Turnpike to top off of the gas tank when a big dark-colored Suburban pulls on the other side of the pump. It had those really dark windows, looking kind of sinister. This is a place they pump for you, so as I am sitting and waiting I hear a horn beep then I see the black glass start to open and there were four huge black men smiling at me I was kind of confused then one pointed to the SIGN on our window and said GO PATS!!! They could have been players looking at the size of them! It was like that the whole trip out. Just random strangers stopping us to congratulate our team on the playoffs and wishing us well on our journey. They all petted JT. I swear more love was given to her that first year of her life. No wonder she chooses humans over animals to play with. She never new life as a dog.
more later on JT’s Adventures with us and her adoring fans
Winds were blowing around 25 mph maybe stronger gusts. We had been in the thick woods here. She and I were walking to lose weight and spend a beautiful December day at the lake. I am trying to throw a Frisbee while I take a photo as well.
I am not sure if she caught scent of a wild animal or if she was giving her Father “Dirty Looks” lol
We walked on and off slowly as I took photos here and there then a round of Frisbee along the shore of the lake while he metal detected in the water yes he was in a suit so as to not freeze.
I asked her if she had FUN today and this was her answer a pretty face then a kiss
I know you probably heard this before but I swear
I do adore her.
Peace and Love
I throw shoes on to feed the birds first thing in the morning if it is really cold barefoot the rest of the time.
She is Black and White and the Snow is White so WHY NOT
Another shot of JT playing on the icy mix in backyard with me kicking it and her pushing it back !
I love watching her play no matter how cold or warm it may be.
It was a beautiful morning when we woke cold and frosty as you would think NH would be on Thanksgiving morning but roads were clear up through our White Mountains. As we reached the border area of VT where Moore Dam sits the fog stated to rise as the sun warmed the air over the lake so pretty wish I was not on a mission and could have stayed to watch it to completion as it was the most beautiful of days with friends in their kitchen and yard talking and sharing a meal while giving thanks for what we have.
I was thankful for the fact there was NO SNOW there
I will share more photos as the day go on you know me I always take too many and ADD TOO MANY to a post
Home you all had a wonderful time in the States over a nice meal with family and friends
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Always ready to come with me
She is such a champ
A little hike it’s going to be
This roadway is more than just a little damp
She really doesn’t want to stop
She has dropped a stick for me to kick and kick along our trip
I am looking for one that is lighter for me to kick without her seeing me make the swap
Yesterday fall was in the air with just that tad more of nip
Well we will be on the beach as soon as the storms rolls out to sea.
They say it could really be bad in these parts or barely not much at all.
We want the treasure to get tossed up onto the beach.
What we do not want to happen is for it to stall.
As the rain falls from Sandy you know our stream will rise .
He is getting a boat repaired that will haul all he will need to clear the way.
I do not know about you but I will be keeping my eyes to the sky.
The last thing I want to worry about should it be bad is where we will stay.
Stay safe! I know many of also live along the east coast and I will be thinking of you all as this heads northward.
JT is just the sweetest girl
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She sits and watches me
She really just wants to play
She is spoiled rotten to be sure
Most days she knows the word STAY
A month or so ago we went to the beach
We both came home tired and wet
I threw and threw as she would run and catch
She is one amazing pet.
Well we are still suffering five weeks later
Her right shoulder took a beating from all the leaping and landing
My knee is huge and shoulder is sore
Now with the fall while camping the lower leg is as big as the knee
Today we stayed busy putting the yard away for winter
It takes long enough for me to move about but now add a frisbee to the mix
How can you say no to this face of hers
Though I will always take advantage…
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We hit a local stream in upstate Vermont, with Gold on our
mind and a place to cool off the pup, on a hot summer day.
We made our way to the river with friends and it was so
peaceful there, under the trees. Their two sons taught our
Border Collie how to swim. I know she should have known but
she is a Herder not a Lab. In large fields full of Sheep, they do not
get many chance to play in water.
So with the children having fun, I took off with my camera.
I came upon a very old truck that someone had decided was much too much
trouble to have it pulled out of the woods. Wonder why it was there.
This is the first shot I took from the river.
The floorboards did not stop this tree from coming up through and growing into
a real beauty, even with this mess of twisted metal all around her.
They made cars and trucks back then to last but something tells me this tree will be
left standing when this old truck has just about rusted away.
I got back to the waterfall area where everyone was swimming and having fun, and I was
greeted by my happy, wet dog. She had a blast while I was exploring.
I love our times out in the woods and water together .
Can you tell what year and model this thing is, rusting out in the woods of Vermont?
Our friends live on top of a Mountain/Hill and they raise reining horses and Border Collies and of course their children as well.
They had a horrible thunder and lightning storm hit their area of VT and lost every animal that was in their huge barn. Horses, border collie pups, female horses just getting ready to foal, it was sickening to see the loss and the pain the family went through, being helpless to help the animals when the lightning hit.
We had JT from litter before the one lost and took her up to see her old family and to give them hugs.
Here are the two horses that were outside and the dogs that were in the house, plus our JT , she loves when we go there.
Our little female has no idea how big this horse is and how quick she can move
She was scaring me.
Her brother is even crazier he is always up against these two female horses heels
Sad to think of all the horses that used to run here, now just two females, sisters.
Tex is the father of all the pups that were born here.
She is watching them
JT’s brother Tex’s son
Tex respects these giants, he has been chased before.
These horses mess with the dogs and their toy balls as they really are all young and playful.
Thanks for stopping by.
She Loves being in mid-air, I am the one with her toy so after I toss it I quickly bring the camera up and try to capture her catches we work good together
I always let her have her rest.
I am sure you can tell she is loved and cared for.
Yesterday we took her for a long ride, in the new truck.
We timed it so we could hit a local beach that would allow her to play, as long as she was on a leash, I must remember to buy one of those long leads. I had her leash that goes out and winds back up but it was so hard to play in the surf with her on it. I was afraid I would be brought down by her doing her BC moves, All was good she was so happy and so many made comments about what a joy it was to watch such a happy dog. That she is ,as long as she is with us and PLAYING ,lol. Thanks for checking out my photos of her.
The beaches along New England are constantly being battered.
Storm after storm starts to change the landscape.of our shore.
Wave after wave rolls in with a fury.
We have sea walls to keep it from our homes, though we continue to build in harm’s way.
Homes are lost, lives are changed, personal items lost to the sea.
As a home is lost, plans to rebuild get underway.
This story will have updates along the way, as it is forever changing in these parts ,we call home.
Millions are spent to save the homes of those, who just had to get as close to the sea, as they could.
Permits are given out to build another in its place.
Taxes are spent on baffles, to try to keep erosion at bay.
It as you can clearly see it is not working.
Just a waste of money in my point of view, to fight a force so much stronger than man.
The more beach we have left the happier she will be lol
Let me give you a closer look at our Border Collie.
JT is a female
She just turned six years old.
She is loved by all who have met her.
She is very well-behaved with adults and children.
She loves our cat, The Cool One!
She has been attacked so many times while playing with me on the beach, she really doesn’t trust too many dogs. This saddens me. It is something I wish I could have prevented but I know I could not. I have been working hard with her, to lessen her grip on protecting me. She has no lambs or sheep to herd so she watches over me.
She loves her Frisbee and knows the name of each of her toys, now to make her pick them up and put them away would be a great trick. She will bring me each one as I call out it’s name but I have to place it in the basket. She is a DOG after all.
JT has been across this county not once but twice. On back to back years she rode with us to Arizona and slept with us on an air mattress in a tent. The desert was not like anything she had every seen. They had huge rabbits and even bigger coyotes chasing them! She was just a pup and we had to keep a close eye on her. Some how she knew to stay close and to just listen to what we said. She got so good with the English language that we have been reduced to spelling her favorite places and activities. She is very smart.
So two 10,000 miles trips under her collar. She is well-traveled but even more so she is well received.
She has stayed in many motels overlooking the ocean. She loves the beach. All that open space for her to draw circles on, with her repeated tracks over and over, as I throw and throw her favorite toy..
Last summer we heard about an event for Disc Dogs and since we were camping and it was going to be raining we took her over so we could watch all the REAL Frisbee Dogs compete. The man in charge said it would be OK if she used her filthy one to play Toss and Catch. They were all using fancy type, special ones. So we signed up and sat and waited and waited and watched dog after dog compete before judges. Our dog was amazing. We never saw her stay so still. She laid there and watched as each dog took to the field. She showed so much patience, she floored us. It was as if she knew her time was coming.
Well they called her name and I said “Let’s go play JT it’s your turn!” she did not have to be asked twice! We were given the rules. I had to stand behind a line, now I forgot to say this was all being done as there was a deluge of water, falling from the clouds above. I mean it, everyone was soaked to the bone. I could not disappoint her and take her home without having her turn, so I put my fear aside for her. I was worried about her slipping on the wet field and let the Frisbee fly! Over and over! I can not remember how long they gave me, maybe 90 seconds, not sure. Time passed quickly as we saw our little girl turn on to the crowd and the clapping. She loved it! She would catch her Frisbee and fly back to me drop it at my feet and head for the field, again and again. She was amazing to us and we know her. Others clapped as we finished up and you could almost see her smile. We have had some horrible things happen to this dog but today was not one of them. That first trip out there she took 4th place. We still had another round of dogs to watch before it would be her turn once again.
I will end this story here but I better say Part 1. as there is much more to this little girl JT to share.
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