Dog Days of Spring!

Holy moly, I haven’t done a farm update since...February 1st?!? Geez! I used to do one of these every single week on the old blog!

Well of course the new addition has been keeping us busy. He is learning his name and “Goddamnit quit that!” pretty well :). Cuddly puppy stage is done and now we are in constant play mode, much to Sam's chagrin.

  "Guys, I don't know where you got this thing but I think it's defective..."

"Guys, I don't know where you got this thing but I think it's defective..."

  "...seriously, when are you taking it back?"

"...seriously, when are you taking it back?"

  "I guess he's alright."

"I guess he's alright."

  "It's nice to have company when I am looking at this paint can..."

"It's nice to have company when I am looking at this paint can..."

  "Ok, I admit, it's nice to have someone to cuddle with during car rides.  Don't tell anyone I said that."

"Ok, I admit, it's nice to have someone to cuddle with during car rides.  Don't tell anyone I said that."

It's interesting raising a puppy while we are both at home so much. Sam had to spend a lot of time in his crate when he was young since we both worked full time. It will be neat to see if its easier to raise a pup who can play outside whenever he wants. Tucker also made good friends with a nearby puppy so its nice to be able to let them wear each other out and it gives Sam a break!

 Puppies love ice cubes!

Puppies love ice cubes!

 ...and they F%*$ing hate wearing their collars!

...and they F%*$ing hate wearing their collars!

Work has been busy for me but it's still awesome to be able to work from home. Mike has been working like crazy for the neighbors: feeding cows for one, planting veggies and helping with a website for another and doing odd jobs for a third...and now he's gotten a remote job like me to do CAD work with a company he was previously employed with! After a pretty quiet winter, spring is starting to really ramp up!  I can't get it to caption but below is some gin we made...to...y'know...help work?

We saw a play in Okotoks a few weeks back which was really fun. We expressed interest in helping be crew but they never really got back to us...just as well, I don’t think we'd have time now anyhow!

We tried our hand at being renovators for mom and re-did her kitchen drop ceiling and lights. I forgot to take “before and after” pictures but I think it looks pretty pro!

Speaking of “weeks ago” (because I’m lousy at updating) there was a Booster dance in Nanton we went to and met more new people. I love our little town so much, everyone is so friendly (and always know EXACTLY where we live. “Oh the cabin with the red roof right?”)

House wise we have been busy again! We built a deck off the back steps so we can finally get our last building permit signed off on this May.  Isn't Mike cute?  Handsome and handy!

 The finished product!  Plus "Puppy Ramp" because small dog keeps falling down the stairs.

The finished product!  Plus "Puppy Ramp" because small dog keeps falling down the stairs.

We were out replacing fence posts and tightening wires along the front of the property yesterday so that looks much nicer.  Below is Mike tightening wires and then using the "widow maker", a big manual post-pounder you lift up and drop down on posts to sink them in!

The back splash I ordered online finally showed up (long story there!) so that will be this weeks project since its currently sitting in the bedroom to unfurl a bit. All the pine inside is completely done and we put pictures up so it looks like someone is living here now!

Mike has started some of his seeds so we have a bunch of teeny lettuce sprouts and today we'll start the peppers!  The "grow op" is below!

It was Mike's birthday this week so we did a little Geo-caching near Indian Graves campground (sort of by Chain Lakes.)

The next 2 weeks will be the start of prepping the ground for our garden and our shelter belt! Mike has plans to put some cardboard and mulch down for the garden and our neighbor is going to bring over a disc tiller to make short work of the hard packed ground where our little trees will be going! I think we are going to supplement our purchased trees with some poplars and spruce that can be dug out of the ditches in the hills.

(The 30 mystery items from the last post are still on hold. I was able to point out to Mike that we have no experience caring for ONE mystery item, let alone 30! We'll see how all that shakes out!)

There has been some controversy with our (not so) little Quonset recently. Well from me anyhow because I suddenly decided one day last week that I could not stand to have it in pieces on the driveway a second longer. So I put it up for sale “just to see if people would be interested” as I told Mike. My thinking was that we could just get a Sea Can instead, then we don’t have to pour concrete, get it assembled, build a front wall and buy doors. Mike had a counter point that he absolutely REFUSED to have a Sea Can on the property and that we already have a perfectly good Quonset out here. I mentioned that that line of reasoning is like marrying a girl just because she is already living in your house which I thought was a great argument but just got me a pretty exaggerated eye roll. So we compromised with seeing how much its going to cost to actually get the Quonset functional before we think about selling it. We still aren’t allowed to get a Sea Can but I guess Mike does have a point. I GUESS. Ha ha.

Wow, so that was a bit of a novel! Hopefully next time my updates will be sooner so I wont have quite so much to say ha ha!

 Freshly washed just for this blog post!

Freshly washed just for this blog post!

P.S. Mom R. had to get surgery this week so the pups decided to send her a nice picture.  I had to include the outtake of that picture to prove that Sam is quite possibly the least photogenic dog ever to have had a picture taken:

  "Get well soon Grammaaaaaaaahyamaa..."

"Get well soon Grammaaaaaaaahyamaa..."