Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hospital update

         Somehow last Thursday, I found myself in the way of a man hurrying out of his space at the dump, where we were emptying our van. His trailer's wide wheels almost ran me over. It knocked me loose thank goodness, throwing me to the ground away from the wheels.  Altho, it is a bit fuzzy as it happened so quick..He did stop, but after helping me up, He tried to help me up into the van but the pain was to bad ..I couldn't put any pressure my leg at,he helped con stuff me into the back of the van on my back..instead of anyone calling an ambulance..hellooo ...shutting the door saying well,I hope you're alright..I yelled out, I'm NOT... Giving us NO insurance info and us being in  shock we didn't get a license number as con was rushing me to get help...And at the emergency room, some twenty minutes later, which seemed like forever..They  had to get me out by gurney because I was in horrible pain by then..turns out I broke the hip joint neck clean in half..requiring full hip joint and socket replacement.

I had presence of mind to grab my cell phone from purse laying on heap next to me around all the garbage on the floor..gag me..and leave Jill, my neighbor, a message that  I was on way to hospital to help with the animals and since her hubby is a orthopedic surgeon she got there not long after us and so did he as his office is close. He made sure I got a good surgeon from his office and she called the cops and got a cop on it. turns out there were witnesses. workers helping him unload and the policeman came in to the ER to talk to me after going up to the dump to talk to them..Never found him tho.

She and fair took care of our critters. I just got home late Monday night. I had the surgery Friday morning. I was kept pretty doped up but I was so tired of being in the hospital so I'm home with health home care.
My neighbors, Elva and other friends have been so wonderful helping us with food and walkers etc.
I did see that some of you had wanted to see how I was but being so doped up I'm just now able to post something. A friend came in with a cane walking wonderfully to see me, she had just had her second  hip replacement THREE WEEKS AGO..hey if she can be that good I can too. Best medicine ever.
So I need to work at doing my exercises.  Con is working hard to do my work for us.  I hope to be back to normal soon. Being down and in pain is frustrating to me. Annie, bless her little heart saw the whole thing and was in stress. Then I disappear for a few days, she cowered awhile when I got home, but she's getting over it slowly. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Visiting a duck pond and friends... Artist Elva and hubby.

 Where does the time go? We've been busy and dealing with lots of stressful things so we decided to go check out the egrets at the town duck pond. One day we found eight, but we were told we missed 20 of them. Usually I only see one.. Which is what we saw this day.
 But I got a good shot of it.  The light was so awesome this day at the time we got there.
 I spied some others out taking pictures of the landscape and the critters,
and low and behold it turned out to be our friends, fellow sketcher Elva and her hubby and photographer, Dale.
 so we hurried over to visit with them and take some photos of the lovely views too. Look at how the clouds looked like they dipped right into the water. No wonder Dale was taking photos.
 I saw that Elva was actually sketching this Turkey Vulture and painting it right there on the spot in her journal. She had been closer to it sketching it on the spot before we got there.
 The reflections were just awesome. I just kept snapping as I talked and... Elva sketch and paint.
 Here's her finished sketch. You can go to her blog to see more of her work. 
Its called, Elva's field notes.. links on the side bar here. We must have stood there close to 45 minutes visiting it was so pleasant, but the light slowly changed and we all left.
Fall is here. Time for leaf raking.
Con has lots of help. 
Alice was in laying an egg for her keep, but the rest were out here helping.
I have almost finished another little painting and will post it here when its completely done.
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Barn Painting done

 Been a crazy busy month or so.. but I did finish this 11x14 oil painting for my neighbor.
I painted it  before, but she loved this  barn so much and I wanted to keep my first painting.. which is much bigger, so I did a smaller one for her. When it burnt down we both were very upset as it was a view we saw regularly on the way  to town and it had such charm and now its mostly gone.  I worked on it outside getting to enjoy my summer and critters.. she loves it.
This was the journal page I did two years ago, and posted, of the two fires that happened within a day of each other. Both fires put out by the same Helicopter stationed by us... the bottom one was the barn fire and the helicopter dipping in the river by us putting it out quickly. Only a fraction of the barn is left. Thank goodness for the helicopter as it could have been worse and spread to us all.
Happy PPF

Friday, August 8, 2014

I'm still around....just busy busy busy..

Took some time to do a little painting outside.

this was my view from where I was sitting.

Sun worshipers.. or tea party?? lol

I am working on two small paintings. This was from a photo I took a couple years ago. When I saw this area recently it is now all grapevines so I decided I needed to do it to save this farm feeling. I have a long way to go on both paintings but I am in no hurry..

This barn is the same barn as in the painting on the wall. I am doing it for my neighbor who loved this barn before it burnt down to the ground.  These photos were taken with my iPad so not as clear as my regular camera. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer time and the livin' is...............

 Yeah I know I was going to keep up with my blogging but here's the thing...
Its been HOT. Unusual for this time of year here. Critters are trying keep cool.
 stopping to drape over things.
 A lot of panting going on.
Some dirt bathing to keep cool
 Keeping the watermelon going to keep our critters cool.
 You know us and projects. Con refinished our benches that had peeled paint off during winter.
I love the deeper color.
This time we used oil based paint.
 A lot of critter care happening for our neighbors off and on this summer. Look how big their chicks have gotten now.
Farmer Con taking care of his garden out back. :)
oh yeah and a lot of this going on too.
 The flocks doing well.  keeping us busy keeping lots of water and fans going  to keep them cool.
 Oh and look what showed up. Two of the four hens that got away last fall from being trapped to be relocated, showed up with six chicks. Here we go again.
But the best part was getting to meet Fellow blogger Elva Paulson's (who doesn't live to far from me) very talented daughter, Lita Judge, who writes some charming children's books that you can find on Amazon.  Red Hats and Red sled and a new one that's adorable and the name escapes me at the moment... I think... its called Flight school. 
 Lita was here visiting from back east for a week and came over with her Mom to get some eggs and see my chickens and it was fun talking art.
You can find Elva at her blog she does some wonderful nature journaling.
So anyway thats my story of whats been going on around here and I am sticking to it.
Till next time, when I hope Con has my bottle tree done we are planning, and maybe I have some progress done on a couple of little paintings I've just started.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A little of this and that in another week gone by.

I am loving my garden right now. Spending as much time in it as I can. Everything is blooming. The grapes are coming along on this arbor. This is a sight I love to see when we walk out the door but last week we walked out and saw the scene below...
 The lattice that holds up the grapes collapsed. I never heard a thing and thankfully the girls weren't under it.
 The braces on the sides rotted and broke. It took all our strength to get it up on the ladder and then the bucket on top to make it higher and then another taller ladder to lift it even higher before Con could fix it. It was HEAVY!!!!! I trimmed the heck out of it because it had started growing into other plants around it.  I am still paying for helping but there is only the two of us and I couldn't let him do it alone. I had plans to go on a garden tour the very next day with Jill, so I went anyway even tho I woke up that morning and could hardly move. Never knew bones could actually creak. lol Some of the places we toured were rather hilly with lots of walking that I could hardly move for a few days after, but the gardens we saw were so inspiring  and I got lots of cool pix that I was so glad we went  anyway. One thing I saw and am going to try and imitate is below.
 LOVED this bottle tree.
  I had two and was given the tall blue one
 Then I found the pink one in Micheal's and was given the other two the same day. So I am on my way. Con will make me a tree to hang them on. :))
 We did some more Critter sitting.
Look at Jills Chicks now.... at four and a half months one is laying eggs. since its color is a sage green its one of the yellow Amuricana chickens.
 One of her Amuricans has whiskers and yes its female. the black one is a Black sexlink like mine but not the same  red streaking colors.  Shes bummed. :)
Never know when we are being watched. Three of these beauties were out as we walked to check the critters.
 The third one was across the street peeking around at us.
 Back at home our girls keeping cool the other day taking dirt baths.
but today we have lots of rain. Which I hope wont last long because our summer Art festival starts this Friday. One year it was rained out. Hoping not this year as I am and so many others looking forward to it.
That's about all that's been going on here.
I leave you with this cool shot I took out our back window.
It was nice of the bird to pose so nicely for me.
Have a great week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hattie here posting for Cris

 Hi Peeps, Hattie here.
I know its been awhile, so I decided to post something for my master.
They have been busy as its that time of year when the gardens go in and the warm weather takes them outside a lot.
 Lexy & Emma are doing fine as are the other girls.
They say Hi too.
 Its also Critter sitting time so they've been busy doing a lot of that for the neighbors.
These are Jill's young chicks.. a month away from laying eggs.
Two Amuricanas and six black sexlinks added to her three older chickens.
 Milo came to visit for a few days and is keeping guard for them while he was here.
 Their veggie garden is growing well. they have corn and potatoes and blueberries and sunflowers in this bed. The sunflowers are for the birds. But my master loves to see the big heads following the sun. :)
 This is the tomato bed. They planted four kinds of tomatoes.
An Oregon spring, as it blooms and produces early, then will produce a second batch before its done. a Big Boy tomato, two kinds of cherry tomatoes as they produce into Fall here.
We  Girls LOVE tomatoes so we put in our order for lots cherry tomatoes. :)
 The fields have hay bales waiting to be picked up so there's been lots going on around here and lots to see.
Well This is Chloe peeking out from the roses saying bye bye for now and we will make sure our master gets her act together and blogs a bit sooner then she has.