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The last few days….

…..have been busy.  We said good-bye to Meredith, who left with her fiancée Jim, to live in Texas.  They’ll be back in November, to get married.  Meredith is a lovely, sweet girl and we’re going to miss her so much.  We wish her all the best.

Our little Alora celebrated her 16th birthday on the 8th.   She’s an amazing young woman.  I think that I’m most proud of how she relates to other people.  She’s so kind, making everyone feel comfortable and at ease with her.  I believe that she’ll put that gift to good use and do something wonderful with her life.

This is an older picture of some of the grands.  Good kids!

It’s been in the 40’s here, and our large volume of snow is melting.  It’s seriously muddy.  If you don’t live in the frozen tundra, you might not know that the ground freezes hard over winter.  In spring, because the ground is still frozen, the water has no place to go.  It can’t soak in to the ground.  So it sits on top in ponds and puddles and makes copious amounts of mud.  Once the ground thaws, the water is  finally absorbed into the ground.  The puddles and ponds disappear, and the mud dries up.  Yay.

My final thoughts for this post concern our (once again) empty rental house and the people who answer the ad.  We’re animal lovers.  We love our dog Charlie, our barn kitties, our mini horses, the cute little lambies and even the big ugly pigs.  We’ve made the decision to refuse to allow pets in the rental house.  Yesterday Lee  picked up many large piles of mushy spring dog poop, left behind by our previous tenants.  Every tenant we’ve had here has had either a cat or dog or both, and none of them has left us unscathed.  So we’re done.  Our ad says NO PETS.  Nearly every call we’ve had on the place has started with “I know your ad says no pets, but…..”  What the heck is wrong with people?  Why do they answer an ad that says no pets in the first place.  And then, why do they try to convince me that their pet is a perfect angel.  I say “no”, but they won’t give up.  They argue with me.   I’m over it.  Don’t answer my ad if you have a pet.  NO PETS!

No Pets, No exceptions

We have two homes on our farm.  Lee and I live in one of them, we rent the other out.  Over the years we’ve had some damages caused by pets, but we’re gluttons for punishment and continue to allow “well behaved” pets.  Until recently.  We had a new tenant, a single lady with 2 dogs.    She moved her things in over the 4th of July weekend, stayed 2 nights, and moved out.  Here’s the story…..

Our tenant worked second shift.  She left the house at 1 PM.  At about 7 PM, I look out my window and see one of her dogs, in the yard.  Since she had left them in the house, this wasn’t good. screen Lee and I were able to get him back into the house, and discovered that he had ripped out the screen of an open window and jumped out.  We also found that he/they had trashed the house.    If it matters, and it might, the dogs are Huskies.


rods2Drapes and rods were down and destroyed.  Shades and blinds were in shreds.  3 screens were ripped.  We settled the dogs back in, closed all the windows (we thought) and left.  Five minutes later, the dog was out, this time chasing the sheep.  He caught a lamb and started to savage him but Lee was there and again caught the dog.  We put the dog back in the house and re-checked the windows.   This time we were confident that all windows were secure.  He didn’t get out again.  Here are a couple more pictures of damages.  Apparently the dogs are not as housebroken as their owner believed.  They’re good at breaking houses, though!

blinddog pee

The lamb is doing well.  He had some puncture wounds on his neck, and he was in shock and traumatized for a day or so, but he’s healed and fine now.  The tenant  moved her dogs the next morning and moved out that weekend.  We’re in the process of repairing the damages.

You can click on any of the picture thumbnails to view the full size version.

The lesson we learned?  No pets, no exceptions!

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