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Doggies Dreams February 26, 2009

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There is nothing me, Bubba and Allie enjoy more than an afternoon nap.  I enjoy it because it gives that little pick me up for the rest of the day and evening.  I think the dogs enjoy it for the dreams.

I’m sure they dream at night, but I notice it more in the afternoon.  One of them will start moving their muzzles, then their feet.  They almost always make a puppy kind of bark.  This can go on from several seconds to several minutes.

I always wonder what they are dreaming about.  Since they are Jack Russell’s I think they are dreaming about the hunt and chase.  I’m sure they’re after some rabbit or fox.  I also wonder if they remember their dreams. 

I guess this will remain a mystery.

Never Before In February February 25, 2009

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tree_photoMother Nature has given us a double blow this winter, not enough moisture and too much wind.

This week I started watering the gardens and raking and watering the back lawn.  I’ve never done that before in February and we’ve lived in our house for 13 years.

In a usual February we should still have snow on the ground in the shady areas of the yard and mud everywhere else.  Not this year.

I’ll keep watering a little until we get some moisture.  I’m afraid if I don’t do it now it will be to late in a couple of months and there will be no hope for the gardens and this grass this spring.

Like New Dogs February 24, 2009

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anatomy-anotated_jack_russellIt’s been 2 weeks since Bubba was diagnosed with diabetes and we are all doing very well. 

The new eating schedule is getting to be routine.  Most of the time Bubba doesn’t even mind the shots, which we are feeling more comfortable giving.

It made me feel so bad the first week when I would eat in front of Bubba and Allie.  For almost nine years we had always let them lick the dinner plates.  Instead, now what we do is maybe give them a piece of their food.

Both dogs are losing a little weight, but it’s controlled and because we are measuring their food we know they are getting enough to eat.

The energy levels they have is almost like having puppies again.  I’m not sure that’s a good thing when they are Jack Russell’s, but it’s much better than having Bubba sick.

Put it on Paper February 23, 2009

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gardendesignWe plan on adding lots of new gardens this year.  The grand plan includes taking out most of the front lawn to add vegetables beds.

The seeds have all been ordered and I have a pretty good plan in my head.  But before any of the actual work begins I’ll put it on paper.

We’ll need hard scape materials to make the raised vegetable beds out front, but how much.  I’ll also need to plan pathways to walk on.  I’ll need to make sure that the beds aren’t to wide.  I don’t like to walk on the growing beds so they need to be small enough for me to reach from each side.

In the back the biggest thing to consider is the dogs.  The last thing I want to do is to put a new bed right in the middle of one of their running paths.  Since the grass is still dormant it will be easy enough to find their paths and work around them. 

Making a detailed garden plan is more than worth it.  It should insure that we get it done right the first time.

What’s Your Garden Style? February 22, 2009

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garden-pathway-designIf your new to gardening you may not have discovered your garden style yet.  It really is a personal thing and takes a while to develop sometimes.

My style is best described as cottage.  That’s a nice way of saying almost anything goes.  If I like a plant and it grows in my zone (5) I’ll give it a try.  I’m not really concerned about matching colors or heights. 

The same goes for the hard scape’s.  I have rock, wood and manufactured brick boarders.  I even have some recycled concrete driveway in the boarders. 

For climbing plants I use lattice for big projects and something I like to call twig grids that I make myself from branches that I’ve pruned out and twine for the smaller projects.

And then there is the garden art.  I have everything from small figurines to hand made sculptures to large pots. 

I love a garden that doesn’t give up all it has to offer at one time.  You have to walk all around and through my gardens to find all the surprises.

Changing Things Up February 18, 2009

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You know the old saying, if you can’t change them, then join then.  Well that’s kind of what I just did with the blog theme.  I figured lots of other things  in my life were  changing, so why not change my blog theme.

I tried out lots of theme’s before picking this one.  I like the night sky.  Many gardeners use lunar signs for planting and harvesting and even the best times to pull weeds.  I know that because I’m one of those gardeners.

I’ll try out the new theme for a while and see how it feels.  I think it’s a good pick, but if it isn’t it’s easy enough to change again.

Bubba’s Health Update February 17, 2009

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jack_russell_artMonday Bubba had his first diabetes check up.  He is doing well.  The vets  made no change in his care, his food and insulin will stay the same for now.

We thought that he was doing much better this week, but it was great news for the vet to confirm it.  I can actually breath a little easier now.

While Bubba is doing well, Allie is not to pleased with us.  Since Bubba had to go on a diet and very specific feeding times Allie has had to do the same.  She is having a harder time adjusting than Bubba has.

As always I’ve done a little web research myself this week.  I have read pieces of several dog diabetes sites.  I’m glad they are out there and plan to keep doing more research.  I hope in the future to recommend some of these sites.

Catalog Order Day February 15, 2009

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veggiesThis morning was plant and seed catalog ordering day.  After spending sixweeks reviewing all the catalogs I’ve received I went with just one for the whole order, Gurney’s.  I’ve had good luck with Gurney’s in the past and I couldn’t beat their $25 early order discount.

We plan on really expanding the vegetable gardens this year so I ordered things I never have before.  I’m also adding lots of berry’s this year.  I had good luck with the raspberries that I planted last year and will be adding more of them along with blueberries and blackberries.

Since most of my flower beds are pretty well established I just ordered a few seed packs.

Everything should start arriving in a couple of weeks.  Shortly after that the real work will begin.

This must be a test February 14, 2009

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and I feel like I’m failing.  I am a creature of routine and that routine keeps changing. 

I have a new nightly routine with Bubba’s feeding and insulin schedule.  He has to have dinner and insulin at 9am and 9pm.  My husband does the morning and I do the night one.  He seems to be doing much better and we’ll know more on Monday when he goes back for a follow visit.

My work routine has also changed.  Trying to keep ahead of the bad economy we have changed a lot of things.  So far it is working and everybody has kept their jobs, but it can be stressful.

Even the weather has changed it routine.  It has been hot and dry and each day I worry about the gardens moisture and the spring planting.

While I realize we can’t go back to the way things were I waiting for the new routines to feel familar.  I hope it happens soon.

Crafts and Herbs February 12, 2009

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I’ve been working every night on the afghan.  I don’t know who I thought I was making the thing for.  It must have been the Jolly Green Giant.  It is so so long, it takes about an hour to stitch one row.  But with working on it every night it is getting wider.  I hope to finish before to long, not only because I’m looking forward to moving on to the next unfinished project, but because when it warms up it will be to hot to work with it.

The Chia herbs are doing great.  I’m still not sure what the sponage like peat mix is, but the baggies on top are making a difference.  Basically all they are doing is making a small green house for each plant.  It’s a great idea for starting any seeds and I may try it on some more in the next week or two.