A Very Troubling Trouble Check

It all started when we went outside before dusk last night to do a final “trouble check” of the day, as I like to call it.

It’s where the hubby and I wander the property to check on things in general; to see what needs watered or to pick up stray twigs or pieces of trash that have blown in, maybe chase a stray dog away, etc. and, of course, maybe get some snaps of the wildflowers and other lovelies we’ve been nurturing to share here on my blog.

Like this one:

I love that dandelion photo-bomb there (did you notice it?) but looking back, it was a harbinger of things to come.

In fact, the very next shot I took was then photobombed by my brat of a cat who rather enjoys the attention he gets from getting into trouble, both indoors and out:

He is such a little booger! I shooed him off but before I knew it he was back at it:

His name is Willis but it should have been Trouble!

The real trouble started though with our little apple tree on the side yard near where the chicken coop is. It has barely grown an inch in the three years since we planted it but this year it finally got not one, but TWO (!) apples on it.

His and hers apples.

Awww!

Needless to say, we were pretty excited. Up until last night, that is. Imagine our horror when during our TC rounds I found one apple completely shriveled and the other one half eaten!

It was probably the cat! I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s trouble.

Seriously though, sometimes I really regret trouble checking. Of course, had I just trouble checked sooner…

🙁

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Stopping To Smell The Flowers Along The Way

I love sitting on the steps in the morning to drink my coffee and admire the view with my trusty pup by my side.

He likes to stop and smell the flowers with me (aww):

Actually, he wants to eat my tulips which aren’t blooming anymore. He doesn’t try to eat other flowers, just tulips, so he’s constantly checking to see if more delicious blooms have returned. He doesn’t know he’ll have to wait a year. Or that the answer will still be NO! then, too.

Of course he’s a husky and they are very single minded so once he realized there weren’t any tulip flavored doggie treats he changed focus:

Now that he knows it’s there he practically forces me to put on proper pants (meaning: not pajama bottoms) and shoes and get off my lazy bum and go beyond the front steps to take him to the fun new play yard.

Lucky for him I am a full time SAHDM (stay at home dog mommy) and I actually do have extra time to take him out to play now that I (finally) finished my latest cross stitch sampler (woo!):

I timed myself and I can do 3.5 stitches in one minute on average. Which means it takes me roughly six light years to do one sampler (ha). At least that’s what it feels like.

It also feels like I am taking way too long to finish good ole’ Scragg so I’m hoping to get him done this weekend, in time for next week’s Teddy Bear Tuesday post:

That is if the pup will let me, of course.

🙂

 

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Fairies and Huskies and Flowers, Oh My!

Her own flowers may be fading but my favorite (and only) little garden fairy seems happy to sit quietly under the lilies:

I rescued her from around the corner where she was lost in among my forgotten flowers in the (other) side flower bed. I found her when I noticed them playing peek-a-boo with me earlier:

I can’t remember what they are but they’re perennials and they are really taking off and run almost the length of the house on that side now.

Speaking of running, the pup and his friends are excited at the progress we made on the backyard “dog park” (as it’s been dubbed):

It’s going to be about three times the size of their current play space and will give us a nice, big place to throw the frisbee and help them run out their crazies and also do some serious training. We will still have plenty of room for chickens (and maybe even a little goat again!) on the other side of the property.

I really miss our miniature goats. They were so cute and funny and entertaining and as a bonus they used to keep the weeds down for us. Now that they’re gone I’m trying to plant lots of wildflowers because they eventually choke out the weeds which equals less work for me.

Ironically, some of them look a bit like weeds:

But they are much, much prettier and make my little world a much better place. Kind of like my little goats used to do.

Hmm, I wonder what hay is going for these days..

🙂

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