Monday, July 23, 2012

Busy Summer

I don't remember ever being this busy.  Soccer, soccer, soccer... Business trips for Clancy.  A new part-time job for me.  The boys working for their grandpa at the sawmill several days a week.  Extra-hot weather that seems to make daily activities feel like twice the effort....

But there is MUCH to be thankful for.  We have had just enough rain to keep the pastures from drying up.  They aren't growing a lot...but it is not brown here yet.  Just the lawn is brown in places.  I am so grateful for the rain!

Lleulu came to us mid-June.  Isn't she just precious in this photo taken with Asa on her first day here?

The "precious" has worn off and it has been replaced with "exasperating."
In spite of her "puppy-ness" and tendency to pull my drying towels off the clothes-line....gggrrrrrrrr....Lleulu is developing into a guardian.  She makes the rounds with Shachah.  She has barked at some suspicious things.  And she seems to have a lot of common sense for a pup.  :)

Shachah is doing well.  And he is actually bonding with Lleu.  He definitely thinks of her as HIS responsibility.  I'm sure he wishes that she wouldn't pester him so much.  But all in all, he's being a wonderful mentor.

And he also blew his now he feels a lot cooler in this heat.

Evidence that there is a little peace and quiet around here once in a while.  The above photo is a good example of how Lleulu tries very hard to imitate everything Shachah does.
Our sad news is that dear Betty Bird died yesterday.  She was about 19 years old, but we had only had her for the last 6 years...ever since Leif brought her home from school in 4th grade.  We will definitely miss her.  She was like a bright little bit of sunshine in our lives.


Michelle said...

That's a good, old age for a cockatiel. My lovebird lived to be 18 and the vets were very surprised. They sure leave a hole in our homes and hearts, don't they?

Kelly said...

We got a new guardian puppy this year and Bianca is at that "not so wonderful" stage of annoying the living daylights out of me. But like you, I notice how attentive she is to things around her sheep and her bound with our 10 yr old Maremma is complete!
Sorry to hear you lost your little feathered friend. :(

Becky Utecht said...

Nice to see your post. I love your new puppy, I know they can be exasperating, but in the end it will all be worth it. Schachah is such a patient soul. Sorry about your cockatiel, she had a good home with you. Good luck keeping up with all your activities these days. Time sure goes fast with teenagers in the house.

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

Thank you for the kind words, ladies. My computer doesn't let me comment I have to wait till I can get to my mom's pc. I'm glad to hear Betty was old for her species. A friend had one that lived 23 years so I thought maybe we should be worried. But maybe 23 is VERY old. Betty never gave any indication that she was unwell.