October 15, 2017
Rushranch – Eastern Oregon
Fall is rushing in. The trees are clothed in vibrant colors of scarlet, copper, and gold. It was cold enough to freeze here on the mountain last night, and all of the animals are rushing to pack their food stores for the winter. We have wild pheasants living in the barn, and some came out to sit in the warmth of the afternoon sun. We saw six males, and we are confident that we have no idea truly, how many pheasants there really are – we are just so happy to see their numbers grow. May they continue to do so. Last week we had a plumber over to add a new water faucet to the side of the house outside, a cold and hot water faucet so that we can wash dogs, vehicles, etc. The plumber saw two of the males run across the field and got excited about it. He asked my husband if he could come up and hunt them with his gun. My husband politely shut that idea down in a hurry – “these are my wife’s treasures”, he said. Here is a photo I took of the boys coming in for their evening meal.
We have added the dog washing station to the outside garage area because one of our dogs thought that it was ok to chase a skunk away from the house in the dark of night. Gads! Abigail the dog got hit right in the face, and wow did she smell. First I washed her in the shower so that she could breathe, then I washed her with a solution of 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and two tsp of dishwashing liquid. I mixed that up in a one-gallon container and scrubbed her with that. It works! Abigail is usually rolling in something in the barnyard too, so this will ease the hassle of hosing her off.
If you are looking for some uplifting and beautiful blogs to follow, one of my favorites is Susan Branch. Make sure you sign up for her “Willard” Newsletter. Her watercolors are so lovely. If you like Zentangle patterns, you might enjoy the Zentangles website as much as I do!
I’ve got a mix of free things today, all available for commercial use. One is a mini kit intended for a baby, that I designed for Marisa Lerin’s baby, over at Pixelscrapper. My contribution was NOTHING in comparison to the amazing kits that the other designers made, so I hope you have the time to check them all out. They really had some great ideas for things that new mothers would really use, whereas mine seemed to be of a more general scrapping nature.
I also designed a few small tags for a designer challenge at Pixelscrapper which you can find below, and I am working on another mini kit with a fall theme that I shall get out to you soon – within the next few days. I hope that you will subscribe to the blog so that you get notice of new downloads.
Please remember to do a kindness for someone, our world sure needs that right now!
Blessings and Blue Skies,