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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
We have chairs stacked at the side of the patio,
The above image is a flashback of Wendy when she was a puppy in 2014. She took over Daddy's chair very early in her career of chair occupation. Yes, that image above is Wendy, but she sure looks like Elsa today!
Friday, March 29, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Here's a clip of Wendy and Elsa playing in our entrance hall. Elsa is fearless and Wendy is extremely patient with the little tornado.
Wendy suddenly disappears from camera view while playing keep-away. She has gone to the living room and up on the couch.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
We use kennels in our cars to transport the pups. It's safer for them and for us.
I was packing up the car so we could take Elsa over to Catherine at her office while My Honey and I went to an appointment. I had the back of the car open and went to get Elsa. When I got back, I found Wendy had climbed into the baby kennel and was ready to go.
Wendy gets to go plenty of times, this just wasn't her turn.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Isn't Spring wonderful!
We have several different types of daffodils here so the blooming season stretches over a few weeks instead of one quick shot of yellow, then gone.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Our grandson, Alex, was so excited to meet our Baby Elsa.
Now for some flashbacks!
The image above was taken five years ago. That's Alex and Wendy on the patio when Wendy was a baby.
And, this last image is from ten years ago. Alex is holding Erik the first day he came home to us.
"Happiness is a warm puppy dog." - Charlie Brown
Sunday, March 24, 2019
It can be hard to be a big sister. You have to watch over your little sibling and sometimes you just need a rest from playing tag and chasing sticks all the time.
Wendy: Let me catch my breath! I've been running around with you for the past half hour! I'm nearly 5 years old! I have to rest once in awhile.
Wendy is very gentle with Elsa, even more gentle than Elsa is sometimes with Wendy. Those baby teeth are like little needles and Wendy has certainly felt them while they have been playing. When Wendy gets enough, she will gently warn Elsa then move out of her reach.
Of course, we monitor all of the interaction to be sure no one is hurt both outside and inside the house.
We humans and our other dogs always go outside with Elsa to be sure she is safe. Although we don't see them often, we have coyotes and hawks in our neighborhood who might see Elsa as snack size.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
I have two needlework projects going right now, a knit sweater and a crochet afghan blanket. I have finished the back of the sweater and about half of the front. In the image is current afghan blanket in colors of the sea. I switch back and forth between knit and crochet to give my fingers a rest from the same repetitive movements.
With a new puppy consuming so much of my time, I'm not getting as many needlework projects finished as usual. As soon as puppy Elsa grows up a bit more I'll get back to full production in my needlework studio again. Elsa is so worth the time. She will grow into a beautiful, wonderful dog. ;)
What is your current project?
Friday, March 22, 2019
It has been two weeks already since Baby Elsa has come home to us. She will be three months old on April 5.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Kjell and I are enjoying being home in Cincinnati full time now. We are able to have Cincinnati Pops Orchestra tickets again and not miss most of the concerts because we are at sea as it used to be before retirement. I took this image as we were arriving for a concert earlier this month.
Our Cincinnati Music Hall is an historic building and just gorgeous inside and out.
Cincinnati is a lovely place to live. We are a center for the arts, medicine, and education. We also appreciate having four equally-spaced seasons each year. We've visited some lovely places in the world, but there's no place like home.
All the best,
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
This is another dinner that Kjell prepared. It's Norwegian fish balls and shrimp in a white sauce served over crushed boiled potatoes. I had never heard of fish balls before I met Kjell, but now I'm a fan.
Fish balls? Think of meatballs, only using white fish to make them instead of beef or pork.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
Our four pups had two friends over for a slumber party last weekend and they sure did have fun!
The two Border Collies, Tillie and Teddy, are guests who are here often. Their Mommy is a good friend of ours. She was out of town so the pups spent the weekend with us.
They are all so good! That is so sweet!
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We don't have shamrocks growing in our garden, but these pretty snowdrops are always blooming on St. Patrick's Day and are a welcome sign of spring here.
So, for all who are wearing the green and drinking green beer today, Happy St. Patrick's Day!
All the best,
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Here's Wendy modeling a sweater that I just got for her. I thought I'd see how she likes wearing it before knitting one for her myself.
I'm not so sure she is very pleased about being so stylish.
She's pretty cute, though!
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Here's a break from the puppy pictures for a moment.
We thought it was pretty funny that we managed to construe this to be a dinner meal:
Me: How about breakfast for dinner?
He: Sure. Sounds good.
Me: I think I want pancakes.
He: You know I like them thin.
Me: Yep. We call those crepes on this side of the pond. I guess I need to fill them with something. I think peach filling.
He: Sounds good.
Me: Gotta have some whippy cream, too.
He: Oh, yes, of course.
Me: I guess I'll add some bacon to make it look like a meal.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Our breeder, Alicia, had beeper toys (actually made for human children) for Elsa and her siblings. They had so much fun with them that we bought a set for Elsa when we brought her home.
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Elsa learns very, very fast. Her potty training is going well and we're trained, too, to take her out often! In the image Elsa is in a her play area in the living room. She's where she can be safe when we can't have eyes on her every minute (I have to cook dinner sometimes) and she can see us and what is going on with the big dogs. She also has her own kennel for quiet time.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
We've hired a new gardener to help with the half-barrel herb garden.
I'm sure Elsa will be very helpful with many things around the garden!
Sunday, March 10, 2019
I love the size comparison here. Erik is ten years and Elsa is nine weeks old. Since his leg surgery, Erik has retired from his Agility career and is now Chief of Security here at our home.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Miss Elsa is adjusting very well into our household.
We feed raw here and frozen smelt are a part of the diet. They are to our pups as Popsicles were to our children.
More pictures of Elsa to come!