Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Blessings

What a beautiful day it was for Easter with a sky full of Sunshine.  I hope everyone enjoyed Easter with Family, or a close friend.  We had been invited to Dinner by my Auntie Gladys, however with barely one day off and so much to do we regretfully had to decline her generous invitation.  

This is the sweet Red Tri Boy who was adopted by another wonderful Forever Home just yesterday.  Another 6 weeks and he will be joining them.  His name is "Ace".

I managed to get a few minor chores done in the house today, however figured anything further could wait for a another day, as I wanted to take advantage of Rob and I both being home together, along with the Sunshine, to get some outdoor things done.  Trust me the outdoor chore list is as long, if not longer, then the indoor list.

The bit of raking I had started yesterday was cleaned up and thrown on the burn pile.  There is still evidence of the hard Winter we have now hopefully behind us, with much more out in our Bush.  The furry thing floating around in the pond? that would be one of many moles who had a wonderful time burrowing through our lawn and gardens all Winter long.  He was the one who was not so lucky to make it to Spring.

The one thing I did want to get accomplished today, if nothing else, was the outside dog, run immediately off our basement from the walkout, cleaned.  Rob was hard at work giving me a hand, or I should say actually getting the bulk of it done himself.  I want to make sure when the puppies are being weaned in two more weeks we are prepared with a place for them outside in good weather.

Bandit? you think he was worked like a dog around here, would you not? by that tuckered out look on his face.

For those who follow my blog on a regular basis, know we had one of our Fab 4 pups from last year's 2013 litter returned to us, either to keep or to re-home.  With so much on our own plates with already our four awesome Aussies, and a new litter of pups, we decided it was for the best to find a Forever Home for our Semah.  On yesterday's post I had asked for prayers to be sent up on Semah and my behalf.  I had no sooner hit the "post" button on my blog when a text came in.  

The family who will be giving one of our pups from this recent Extraordinary Eight litter a Forever Home, had said her Step Father & Mother might be interested in giving Semah a Forever Home.  I had a lengthy discussion with gentlemen this morning, who said they would think about it and let me know either way on Tuesday of this week, but could I send him off some more photos today when we had Semah out for a run.

These are some of the photos of Semah  "off Leash" with Rob that I had sent off.

Sometime after the photos had been sent off, I received a phone call from the couple that they would definitely like to give Semah a Forever Home.  I could barely speak to them at first as I welled up with tears (as I am doing right now typing about this).  You see I didn't want Semah to go to just any home, I wanted him to go to a home where he would get lots of love, attention and be taught obedience to make him flourish as a proud Australian Shepherd that he is now and what he will be when at his full potential.  This was all promised to me by this couple.  They will be arriving this next Saturday all the way from Windsor to pick this handsome boy up.  Six weeks later, their daughter and her family will be making the same trip to pickup her new boy.

I will be trying to find time to do a post this week over on the Checkerboard Aussies Blog, so stay tuned for some cuteness coming your way.

I am ever so grateful for anyone that took time out of their own lives to say a "prayer" for us.  Thank YOU.

Everyone at our house was outside at some point with us doing yard chores to enjoy the Springlike weather we had this Blessed Easter day.  A fine bunch are they not? or we like to think they are.

After a very busy day, I got off easy with our Dinner by throwing together an Omelet.  Leftover ham is great to have around.  Tomorrow might bring a Best Ever Quiche to our Dinner table.

Rob is resting his back.  I am going to finish up here to have a little rest myself before it is time to take our Aussies out & about for their last run of the day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sleeping Standing Up

No I did not fall asleep standing up, but there were points today where I most certainly felt I could be sleeping standing up.  Yawn !!!

This morning was humdrum with changing up the bedding fresh, doing laundry and all the Aussie chores.  I did start raking at the side of the house, and just know I am going to be paying for that throughout the night.  That was only the smallest dint possible in what really needs done.

I also had a lady and her son who travelled up from Newmarket this morning to pick out a puppy.  Lovely people who I am very pleased  they will be getting one of our pups.  The Mother had wanted the Black Tri Male, however the Son wanted the Red Tri Male.  The Mother gave her son the choice.  In 7 weeks they will be taking home a gorgeous Red Tri Male 8 week old Australian Shepherd pup.  Needless to say they are both very excited.

I also had a phone call from a lovely young lady from down Port Stanley way.  She had been following The Checkerboard Aussies, Australian Shepherd Dog Facebook Page for the past 2 Years.  She told me how much she admired how I pictured my dogs and how much I tried to place our pups in the best Forever Homes I could possibly imagine.  I have to admit I was quite flattered, as YES I really do care where our pups go and like to see their progress in their lives as they grow.  This same girls is now on top of the list for our next litter of pups.

This afternoon I decided I would like to go out for a walk since the Sun was high in the sky, even though it was on the cool side.  I got bundled up and invited my neighbour to go along.  Not much walking got done, as it ended up more like browsing in and out of the shops in downtown Wiarton.  Still it was an outing regardless of not getting in the walk I had planned on having.

I would like to get back to my walking routine I had going two years ago, however now having 2 extra dogs and a husband with a Business I am not finding it the easiest thing to get back to.  I am not giving up as it is something not only I need to do, it is something I want to do, especially after my behaviour today.

My behaviour one might wonder?  I feel like a total glutton.  I think I ate everything that came in my way this day.  Alas the 4 pounds I lost in February is all back on, maybe with an extra pound or two after today.

Another stress on my mind is the search for a Forever Home for Semah.  Semah had been returned to us by what I had thought was his Forever Home when he went there as a pup.  Alas puppies grow to be big dogs that need a daily commitment and lots of attention firm and loving.  I can not STRESS enough to potential puppy buyers the Pros & Cons of having a puppy come into their lives, also asking each person do research on the active life of an Australian Shepherd Dog.

Last Sunday when we went to meet a couple who thought they might be interested, I actually started crying when speaking to the woman about Semah.  My heart breaks that I can not give him the home he deserves right now, and pray one comes for him soon.  This same couple had good hearts, but in reality their age and  health prevented them from having Semah.  Another couple who had shown interest, who had never owned a dog before.  I called them and told them a puppy would be much better for their home for their first experience with dog ownership.  That same lady took the time out of her life the next day to message and thank me for my candor and honesty.  They went to a shelter and found a lovely calm dog that day for their first time family dog.

Semah is a typical 1 year old Aussie Shepherd Male, who needs someone to be the Alpha with a firm hand and loving attitude.  This pup does not have a mean bone in his body, with not one show of aggressiveness in the 3 weeks he has been with us.  The only thing I see Semah needs is attention and a firm hand to take him to the level of becoming the dog he was meant to be.  I continue my quest to find him such a home.

The Checkerboard Aussies, Australian Shepherd Dogs have three (3) beautiful puppies still available for Forever Homes (no apartment dwellers need apply).

Should anyone have time to send up an extra prayer, or two, Semah and I sure could use a couple here and there right now, which would not go unappreciated by either one of us.

Tomorrow is a new page to be turned with hopes that I have will power to get back on track with proper eating habits, and more inquirys for our handsome Semah, which I could easily find myself naming Sam.

I have gotten all the laundry caught up, the bed made fresh, so I am hoping tomorrow I will be able to get a bit more raking down outside, and the bathroom cleaned inside, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday 2014

 Happy Easter Weekend to all with hopes it is spent with Family, or Good Friends.

My day began at 1:00 am.  I could not get back to sleep no matter what as the pain was almost unbearable.  By 5:00 a Sinus headache had set in.  Silly me took two Sinus Med pills as I could not take it any longer, but those wiped me right out for most of my morning.  I finally got motivated around 10:00 pm or so.

Murphy's Law when I have so much to get done.  Go figure.

I started some laundry, after the bed was made and the dishes done.  This muddy season is never ending work.  I could wash my floors every hour on the hour, but that just does not happen so the majority of the time I have paw prints going throughout the house from our Bandit boy.  The entranceway I could not take any longer, after wiping it up after every in and out was not cutting it.

Before & After.  How long will it stay this way? give it a day maybe?

Rob took advantage of the phone not ringing to do some puttering around with the Crabby Cabbie vehicles.  The Sun was out but the breeze had still been very cool.

I love technology !!! even though I don't get to see the Grandchildren this Easter I got to see their happy faces and what they had been up to.  Thanks Elizabeth !!! xx

An Easter Hunt was in "full swing" by the looks of these photos I received by text today.  Lots of fun.  Now will they be worn out with all the fresh air they had today or too sweetened up by all the goodies?

I had sat down for a bit after the Lunch Hour, and must of drifted off for a few minutes.  What woke me up? my drool running from the edge of my mouth ... ewww so not cool !!!  There are days I just have to laugh at myself, and truly why not?

Mid-afternoon Rob got a call out.  I decided I wanted to spend some time with him, so the housework stayed undone and I got some quality time with my husband.

We headed on down to Southampton.  The ice is starting to break up out on Lake Huron, much more then Sauble Beach on Wednesday.  I cheated today on my Healthy eating.   Rob order each of us a Easter Donut from Tim Hortons.  Very pretty, but honestly with the donut and its filling it was way too sweet for my liking.  We reached our destination in Owen Sound where we seen the Orange Helicopter there at the Hospital (sadly not a good day for someone).

On the way back into Wiarton we stopped at the Video Store to rent a movie for tonight.  Rob picked out for me the New Release, August: Osage County with Meryl Streep (who I love) and Julia Roberts.  I am looking forward to watching it tonight if I am able to stay awake for the whole movie.

Here is the trailer for the Movie:

When we got back home I got the potatoes & cabbage cooked to go along with the Ham I had in the Crock Pot earlier.  We each had our favourite mustard to go on the Ham.

Dinner wasn't fancy, but it hit the spot.  Desert? nope did not make and good thing after having that donut !

I still have Dinner dishes to do, a hot shower yet to have and a Movie I want to stay awake for this evening, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Exhaustion Catching Up

I am totally exhausted today.  It seems like all I have done is run here, run there and run everywhere.  I still have dishes in the sink that need doing, a load of laundry in the washing machine that requires my attention, but if nothing else my bed is made !!!!

I had to help my dear Rob out with a few things, as well as sort out some puppy dealings.  All of this plus more took some time sorting out.  I also had to get some Crabby Cabbie insurance changes done, meet up with a prospective new part-time employee, and make a few phone calls.

My day has not been very productive at all, or shall I say not the way I wanted it to be productive.  I certainly have not been sitting on my butt at home all day long doing nothing if that is a better explanation.

Five minutes ago I just got off the phone with my online banking help line, who helped me with a transfer of money I was receiving for a puppy.  These phone calls take time ... more time then we might want to spare, especially once the first 15 minutes is spent on Security Questions (which is not a bad thing).

I am not only feeling a bit on the overwhelmed side, but also very burned out lately.

Also I have been going to a Chiropractor for over 17 visits now, and my pain has not decreased.  My Fibro feels like it has overtaken my life today to extremes where I just wanted to go to bed to try and rid myself of both the pain and the fatigue.  I feel selfish some days feeling that way, as I know so many others have Life so much worse on so many levels, but when we own our own pain(s) sometimes it is hard to see past it at times.  Unfortunately there was no time to go to bed.

I think exhaustion is catching up with both myself and Rob.

Since today had been such a long day for both myself and Rob, I decided maybe a treat of a Deli Rotisserie Chicken, Taters & Salad would be a nice change up for us.

Looks good, doesn't it?  Wrong ... it was undercooked, chewy and undercooked pink on the inside.  What a disappointment.  I took it back, never bothering getting another one as the "moment" had somewhat passed.

I am pretty sure Rob had been disappointed I had not brought home a replacement.

Tomorrow is good Friday with me thinking the two of us would have a whole day off together.  This thought was soon to be shattered when Rob told me he had a Client to take somewhere in the morning.  *Sigh* some day some where we will have a whole one or two day off.

Looking for something to do on a Good Friday?  Dejong Acres Farm is having their Annual Good Friday Open House.  For further details & times please go HERE or HERE.

I am really tired.  It is difficult to think to overly positive when tired sometimes, and really is just better to call it a day and go to bed.  I am off to let all our Aussies out (soon to include 8 puppies), and call it a night here, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A Little Bit Of A Break

It was freezing in our house this morning when I woke up around 5 am.  I absolutely REFUSED to get out of bed until Rob got up first (as it is always me getting up first) to start the Wood Stove & warm it up a bit before I got up.  Thank goodness he did, and by the time I did get up at 6 it had only been 16* C in here, and -10 outside.  Brrrr .... 

Barely up and moving, but dressed, the phone rang at 6:30 am.  My brother Allan called to see if I would like for him to pick me up to go for coffee.  I told him "sure, as I had until 8:00 am to spare".  I rushed to get the dogs out, about and fed before he arrived.

We headed downtown to Tim Hortons.  After we got settled with our beverages, I put in a call to our Sister, Donna, as it was her Birthday today.  It was kind of nice we both got to greet her at the same time, something most unusual.  After the Birthday phone call, Allan and I caught up a wee bit with our lives, and about Mom.  It had been some time since we had been together, so it was kind of nice, and a little bit of a  break from my normal routine.

Here is Allan just pulling out of our parking spot.  The German Shepherd? that is Gator who always goes along on the ride with Al.  Dog people we always have been, can you tell?

I was busy running around most of the morning after Allan dropped me back at home.  I finally got back home again after 11:00.  Once I had a bite to eat I had to do some Crabby Cabbie phone calls and a bit of paperwork before heading out after 2:15 pm to meet up with our driver before my Chiropractor appt. in Sauble Beach.

I had picked up my neighbour for her to go along on the ride with me to my appt. and back.  We took a brief trip down to the beach to see how Lake Huron was in respect of the ice.

Finally there was a bit of sand showing this week.  The Lake? I think it will be awhile before the ice breaks up.  The Gift Bowl? think the roof will need repairing before they re-open on the 1st of May this Year.  The last remnants of Winter linger on, and on, and on....

I didn't home, again, until after 4:00 pm, by that time it was time to think about Dinner.  I had a Pork Tenderloin out, and leftover Brown Rice, so what better to make then Mustard-Maple Pork Tenderloin with Vegetable Fried Rice.

Of course when I had Dinner on the go Rob got 2 calls to go out.  I managed to hold everything over for us to finally sit down to eat at 6:40 pm.

This Pork Tenderloin Recipe is never a disappointment, and Fried Rice? who can pass that up.


Should you be interested in any of my recipes, along with photos, please check out my Facebook Page, Foods Simply Made North of Wiarton, bygoing HERE.

I had a problem with a Trojan Virus sending emails out from my Email Account.  Why can people not get a life instead of creating havoc on others by creating viruses?  I suppose this will always be the way of the World with these things, always someone else wanting to make others miserable.  I ran a new anti-virus program, as well as a Malware program, confident I got rid of it (I sure hope I did as I depend on my Internet for Social Networking and Business).

I have had lots of suspicious emails from family and friends in the past as such, but have learned to delete them over the Years.  I have been "caught" a couple of times throughout the years as I am sure most people have.

On that note, I think I will call it a night here, as I am pretty certain tomorrow will be bringing another busy day for me, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Oven Baked Chicken

Forbid I didn't post a photo ... Yes Rob here is the photo of Semah all happy cozy with head on your shoulder.  Semah absolutely LOVES us.  Not a mean bone in this pup's body.  We are seeking out a Forever Home  for him with a person(s) who has time and is firm and loving, as this boy will give someone many happy years with that "right" person.

This is the little Blue Merle Male that was chosen by his Forever Home last evening.  After speaking with this girl about their previous dog of 16 years, I am convinced this boy will be with them all his days.  This makes me feel good, as I really have a passion for our Aussies, no matter how much work or mess it is for me some days.

A while back HAVE.COM was having a Give Away on their Facebook Page.  I entered my Crabby Cabbie & we WON 12 Baseball Caps with our Business Logo on them.  Rob was able to pick up 8 of them yesterday with 4 more to follow.  Thanks for the Give Away HAVE1.COM !!!!

Back to this day at hand.....

Beautiful is it not? despite all the new snow that fell last evening and most of the day.

Rob was out early getting his Crabby Cabbie vehicle warmed up.  Today I got back on the treadmill, actually for a full 30 minutes & had my Mascot right beside me the whole time.  Melon had been cut up for the fridge for snacking, as it is Rob's his first "stop smoking" day !  Rooting for you Honey, even though I know I will be taking much of the brunt of your withdrawals I know it will all be worth it in the end !!!  

I had some leftover spaghetti sauce in the fridge needing used up, so I took out two boneless skinless chicken breasts out of the freezer this morning with full intentions of making Baked Parmesan Chicken.

I first flattened the chicken, then coated with egg and panko crumbs before putting into the pan of hot oil until crisp and brown.   Into an oven proof dish they went covered with slices of mozzarella cheese and spaghetti sauce into a 350*F Oven.

Dinner was amazing !  without the Parmesan Cheese as I had been out.

Yes that was pretty much my day in a nutshell ... other then I did make my bed if nothing else got done.  I ALWAYS make my bed.  Poor Rob got called out as soon as we sat down for Dinner.  He had returned and just finished up, so now I best be cleaning up and get those dishes done up, if nothing else, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Puppy Power

Yes Puppy Power !!!  when the puppies arrive they control my Life for the 8 weeks, or more they happen to be here with us.

It first starts a week or so before they arrive to make sure the whelping pen is all set up and ready to go.  Then delivery day arrives, so that means up and down the stairs checking on Mama as each bundle of joy arrives safely, also making certain Mama has lots of water at hand while the delivery is going on.  Then there is the posting of the "announcement" of their arrival, the number of pups, colours and sexes.  Next the advertising, endless calls and repeating myself with excited "want to be" puppy owners.  I am very good at explaining all the "cons" of puppy ownership to them as well.

Yes a good part of my days can be swallowed up by the Power of the Puppies !

Today I had been out by 8 am, not to return back home until 11 am.  That was most of my day gone with my bed not getting made until almost the Noon hour.

This afternoon I did up some documents for the Wiarton Chamber, and answered, of course, some puppy fan emails.  Good thing I put a Peameal Roast in the Crock Pot at lunchtime.  I only had to steam some asparagus and reheat the brown rice for our Dinner this evening.

Dinner was more then enjoyable this evening with everything cooked to almost perfection with full flavor & goodness in each morsel.

After Dinner Rob helped me with a bit of long over due Spring Cleaning in our basement.  Really I would more classify it as "picking up the chunks".  With the puppies not even 1 week old we have been getting puppy visitors already, the most recent arriving at 7 pm tonight to see "their puppy".

A little more time went into posting the puppies still available for a Forever Home.  The male Red--Tri has not been included in this photo.

Yes most of my days are empowered by the Power of Puppies, and for the weeks yet to follow.  Once they start getting weaned and I start the cleaning up after them with Puppy papers it will be high gear, so until then I had to take advantage of having a wee bit of time to myself here and there, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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