Wow. It’s been an eventful year! I finally have a working laptop and am looking forward to blogging again. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I thought I’d share some pictures of our lives now. I keep missing “Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real” on Thursday – which I’ve always wanted to participate in – so I decided to just do it on Friday.
~~ PRETTY ~~
We are still loving nature, but missing trees oh, so bad. So we planted some. We have a purchased Pinon, and four transplanted elm trees. Two of the four are doing well, another will probably be fine, and the one pictured is a recent (large) transplant, so our fingers are crossed.
In the background is my little milking shed – we now have three goats (pictured above), an adult Alpine doe (Bearli), a Toggenburg/Oberhausli wether (Horatio), and a mini-Alpine doeling (Beatrice).
~~ HAPPY ~~
Here is my daughter, making friends with a couple free range horses owned by a neighbor. See the fence? Yes, it’s ugly but really nice for keeping out the free range cows, so that we can grow the aforementioned trees.
~~ FUNNY ~~
We didn’t have the fence up soon enough to plant a garden this year, so we were pleasantly surprised when this squash plant started growing under our pinon tree. It turned out to be an acorn squash and this Montana girl is so thrilled to have not one but several good squash from a volunteer plant when all she did was provide water! I’m not sure anyone else will understand how tickled I am unless they are from an area with a short, cool, growing season.
~~ REAL ~~
We live in a high-dump area for dogs. This one was left behind and decided to join our family (the second abandoned dog we’ve kept). He’s a very mellow boy and a true Heinz 57 mutt – don’t you love his ears? The shelter nearest me puts down nearly 25% of its animals because they can’t find homes for them all. Please, spay or neuter your pets!