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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Security Device on Charger

 Good morning,

We just got a new dog bed with the intention of putting it in our bedroom for Erik since he is having problems getting up on our bed now.  He's 12 years old and feeling his age.

Well, the new bed never got past the living room and it was Wendy who commandeered it.  The three "kids" all seem to work these things out among themselves.  We do have a comfy bed for Erik upstairs in the sitting room so he has a place to bed down near us at night. 

 I wouldn't wake Wendy up and move her for anything.  You know what they say about "sleeping dogs...."



Friday, July 30, 2021

The New Dog Treat

 Good morning,

Our seven year old Wendy (she's the lovely lady in the blog header) is having some skin issues.  Her diet is the same as the other dogs so the vet thinks it has to do with an allergy.  We've decided to omit wheat first to try to isolate the problem so the first thing to go is the traditional dog cookie.  

Labrador Retrievers will work for food - big time!  Our pups get treats liberally for doing the things we ask them to do throughout the day and during training. 

The pups like veggies, especially carrots so we are giving these in place of the dog treats we had been giving them.

 So, yesterday morning I rinsed the contents of a bag of baby carrots,

 Kjell and I each cut piles of them them into pieces,

and made them available to use in place of the classic Mother Hubbard cookies they had been getting.

It was very interesting that all of the pups are just as happy to get a small piece of carrot as they were to get the traditional cookies.  Hmmm.  I should have started this sooner!

Happy Friday!


Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Healing Therapy of Crochet

 Good morning,

Yesterday I had surgery for two dental implants.  This time it was different than previous implants because the new doc (previous doc retired) prescribed a medication for me to take before I arrived at the office so that I would be "groggy" by the time I got there.  Of course, My Honey drove me to the appointment and brought me home. I was given other medications after I arrived at the doctor's office.

 After we came home and I had a nap, I found comfort with the relaxing rhythm of crochet for the rest of the afternoon as the various medications wore off.  Yes, I'm still quite sore, but sure am glad the surgery is behind me!

That medication that I took in the car on the way certainly did its job for the surgery, but I don't understand why anyone would take any of that stuff for fun. 

All the best,


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Flowering Weeds


 Good morning,

Sometimes looking closely we find beauty where others see weeds.

 These pretty lavender/blue flowers are blooming at the base of a tree in our front yard.  I snapped the pictures in bright sunlight with my phone camera.

Happy Summer!


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Summer Salad

 Good morning,

We've gotten into this salad thing this summer.  It's so easy and even fun to make these.  I cut up some lettuce, add a little dressing and toss it.  Then I add whatever I find as toppers and we feast. Prep time is no more than ten minutes.  Every time it's a little different, but always delicious.

What's your favorite quick summer meal?


Monday, July 26, 2021

Family Reunion at Dock Diving Event

 Good morning,

Yesterday, on the last day of the three-day dock diving event, we had a family reunion!

In the center of the image above is our Elsa, on the right is her Mom, Hannah.  And, that cute little lady on the left is Ember, Elsa's niece/Hannah's granddaughter.

What a darling family picture!  The image is courtesy of our daughter, Catherine.



Sunday, July 25, 2021

Two New Dock Diving Titles!

 Good morning,

Wendy and Elsa are competing in dock diving this weekend!  Catherine, their trainer/our daughter, is doing a fabulous job with our canine athletes!

Wendy has earned Dock Senior Excellent 2. 

Our baby Elsa has earned Dock Senior Advanced.

In this image you can see the lake where the competition is held.  I just love Catherine's shirt with the cannon ball jumping Labrador.

The ribbons they earned are beautiful!  We are running out of room to display all of the ribbons, awards, and titles they have won.  Perhaps we need a bigger house!

Congratulations to Catherine, Wendy, and Elsa!  They certainly love doing this!

All the best,

Very Proud Mom