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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

92 Years Young

Today is my dad's 92nd birthday!! He's been having trouble thinking that he is that old.  He suggests 84?  60? Well that would make you younger than me, so that's not going to fly!!  I kind of know where he's coming from.  I'm having trouble believing that I am as old as I am!!

Today wasn't such a good day for him--you can see it in the pictures. He's got a bit of a cold--in fact most of the residents do. But that's how things are.  Some days are great, others not so great. Yesterday he was in much better spirits. He's eating fine though, and enjoyed the chocolate cake and the flowers, so that's pretty good. I'm very glad he's still here. Happy Birthday Father!! ♥♥

Thursday, November 13, 2014

National Lanny Day--November 13!!

Well around here it is anyway!!  Lanny's 2nd Birthday!! Whoo Hoo!! Some pictures from over the past 2 years--some have been on Facebook or on this blog, and others haven't.

January 31, 2013--he had been here for 1 week.  Getting to know Ducky.

One of my favorites--didn't matter that he was not quite 3 months old--he was bound and determined to keep up with Duffy!!
He always wanted to be with Duffy and still does.

Let's play, Duffy!!

Is Duffy praying or ignoring??!! Lanny loved to be held--still does, even though he's kind of big for a lap dog, but that doesn't stop him!!

What a cutie!! February 2013

March 2013

Stick chewing

I love this one--watching Mom getting supper.

First time in Olds, first time seeing a large body of running water! May 2013

First time being able to run in a large open area without fences!! Yippee!!

Graduating to larger sticks--first time on the farm June 2013

And then suddenly, Lanny was the same size as Duffy!! July 2013

August 2013--waiting for Mom to come out and pick cherries.

October 2013--a big boy now!!

Hmmm--could jump the fence into the garden, but jumping out? "So I'll just sit here until Mom rescues me!!"

Artsy winter photo-November 2013

With his favorite personal groomer Auntie Jolene!! May 2014

June 2014

Lanny and Duffy surveying their domain!!

Regal Lanny

Mechanics' supervisor

Lanny and his main man Dave!!

Thanksgiving Day October 13, 2014

Didn't think there would be room for both of them on the porch--but apparently there is!!

And another configuration--sorry the pictures are through the screen door, but that's the only way to get them!!

Handsome and happy on the farm!!

Lanny is good natured, eager to please, wants to play and play and play and run and run and run.  Life is a party as far as Lanny is concerned. He's never met a stick he didn't like!! And in that great cosmic plan that seems to unfold even if we don't understand it a lot of the time, he came into our lives, I inherited my grandparents' farm, and voila, Lanny became the consummate farm dog. He has farm smarts, he's machinery savvy, he checks in all the time, and he can be trusted in a way Duffy can never be trusted out on the farm. He knows the friends and doesn't bark, but let a stranger even stop on the highway or turn around in the driveway, and Lanny will let us know.

Many thanks to Ray Lavelle of Erte Collies for entrusting this big bundle of love to us!!

Happy, Happy Birthday Lanny my big tri boy!! Love you always!!♥♥ 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Got Zucchinis????

I have a few this year!! Hahaha!! After I took these pictures I found 3 more zucchinis!!

I have a few tomatoes too!!!! This is only maybe half of the total.  I've made sauce twice already and will do some more. I might even can some and maybe make green tomato relish?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Not so much laughing right now...

Two sick dogs, exhaustion from sleep being broken up every 2 hours either due to letting a dog out or my nose relentlessly dripping  and attacks of sneezing, allergies from hell because of smoke from forest fires and from grasses and what not, mosquitoes that are on the rampage, and a humidity that is oppressive to say the least...that's August.  How's yours going? Humidity comparison:  this morning the humidity in Tampa, Florida is 79% in a thunder shower, New Orleans has a 58% humidity. Here in Edmonton at 10:30 our humidity is 80% and we are expecting a high of 30' C so that should push the humidex temperature to 35' C.  Fun!!

How about  some happy pictures to offset the yucky stuff?
Just before the start of the Harvest Days parade in Bon Accord, Saturday August 9.  Dave drove my uncles' 1955 McCormick vintage tractor and I rode beside him like I used to do when I was a girl and Uncle Mike was driving the tractor.  The man on the far left was one of my mother's students in the one room school at Bruyere in the mid 1940s.

August 2009--Duffy was 1 year,4 months old

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Laughs Across the Sky

And the garden grows with lots of heat, sunshine and too much humidity!!

The corn righted itself after being battered by the wind and rain a week and a half ago.  Soon we'll see ears developing!
In addition to the usual dark green zucchini, I tried a variety that's called a vegetable marrow--very light skin and thinner skinned than the other type.
The geraniums that I saved through the winter are in full bloom!
I can't believe how many blooms this pot of geraniums has!!  It loves the afternoon sun and the heat from being against the garage.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July continued...

A few more farm pictures and our big wind and rain storm on Friday July 25.
Here comes Lanny!!!

Hmmm, who's been along here?  Coyote or fox?

Looks like Dave is telling Lanny and Duffy some kind of a story!!

Lanny is kind of like a farmer--in this case he's a dog outstanding in his field!! Hahaha!!

The rain really came down!!

Drowning the carnation plant.

Let's hope we don't get another storm like this one for the rest of this summer!!