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6 Years Old

It just doesn’t seem possible that Wylie is 6 years old!!  I always bake him a “cake” and of course there are presents.  This year I decided to make “cupcakes”.  Following a basic meatloaf recipe, his cupcake was made of elk, carrots, and spinach.   A cupcake wouldn’t be complete without frosting.  Wylie’s frosting is plain mashed potatoes (no salt or butter).  Happy Birthday, Wylie❤️

Patiently waiting

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One of the largest Cottonwood Trees in Kansas

This is one of the largest cottonwood trees in Kansas.  It is located in El Dorado.  Pioneers used the cottonwood as building materials for cabins.  It was not the preferred wood as it is soft, weak, and porous.  It was chosen only when other sturdy woods were unavailable.  They reproduce from the “cotton” that the Kansas winds blow around like snow in the early summer.  Cottonwoods grow rapidly in ideal conditions, reaching 100 feet in 15 years.

Where’s Wylie????? (Look closely)

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Can quite reach far enough.  I love those tree huggers:)

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Still Winter

Someone heard what the forecast for today was and didn't want to get up.

Someone heard what the forecast for today was and didn’t want to get up.

William and Bill are warm and dry waiting for breakfast.

William and Bill are warm and dry waiting for breakfast.

Champ is always first in line for a meal.

Champ is always first in line for a meal.

The chickens won't go outside until the snow stops. Hilda is in detention again, little broody girl!  I let her out daily for a little while. Put her out in the garden  for a dust bath when it was so nice Tuesday.

The chickens won’t go outside until it stops snowing. Hilda is in detention again, little broody girl! I let her out daily for a little while. Put her out in the garden for a dust bath when it was so nice Tuesday.

Wylie did finally get up. He likes doing chores in the Ranger.

Wylie did finally get up. He likes doing chores in the Ranger.

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The snowflakes are so big and beautiful, but it is awful windy. This is the view I like-inside looking out.

The snowflakes are so big and beautiful, but it is awful windy. This is the view I like-inside looking out.

Dog Days of Winter?

Kansas sunrise with double sundogs.  I would much rather have the "dog days of summer" than winter!  I guess it's mother nature's way of showing us the beauty in the 12 inches of snow.

Kansas sunrise with double sundogs. I would much rather have the “dog days of summer” than winter! I guess it’s mother nature’s way of showing us the beauty in the 12 inches of snow.

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It was an adventure doing chores.  The horses, goats and chickens tolerated the heavy snow, blowing winds and sub zero temperatures, well maybe with the exception of....

It was an adventure doing chores. Everyone –  horses, goats and chickens tolerated the heavy snow, blowing winds and sub-zero temperatures, well maybe with the exception of….

Wylie, the snow was deeper than he is and if there wasn't a path to follow he had to be carried.  His little feet get so cold that he will just stop, sit and raise his paw, that's a sign for me to come back and carry him.

Wylie, the snow was deeper than he is and if there wasn’t a path to follow he had to be carried. His little feet get so cold that he will just stop, sit and raise his paw, that’s a sign for me to come back and carry him.

Ramblings

There is always something beautiful in nature. I love being able to see the sun rise, the moon, storms in the distance and this year I've seen so many rainbows. Sights like these make you slow down and let you reconnect with the beauty that surrounds you.

There is always something beautiful in nature. I love being able to see the sun rise, the moon, storms in the distance and this year I’ve seen so many rainbows. Sights like these make you slow down and let you reconnect with the beauty that surrounds you.

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I'm really enjoying the garden this year. The tomatoes are slow in setting on, but when we get some they are so delicious. The cucumbers are doing well, and we are enjoying them with vinegar,sugar and some oil. The basil is really doing great, I put in 7 plants and I have made a lot of pesto. The other night I combined basil, parsley, garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and oil as a marinade for shrimp and grilled them. The beets are almost gone, have pulled all the onions, the peas were wonderful, that season doesn't last long enough, and we are just waiting on the okra. See the dill right behind Wylie, that was where the rescued caterpillar was relocated. I was so disappointed that I missed seeing it come out of its cocoon.

I’m really enjoying the garden this year. The tomatoes are slow in setting on, but when we get some they are so delicious. The cucumbers are doing well, and we are enjoying them with vinegar,sugar and some oil. The basil is really doing great, I put in 7 plants and I have made a lot of pesto. The other night I used basil, parsley, garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and oil as a marinade for shrimp and grilled them. The beets are almost gone, have pulled all the onions, the peas were wonderful, that season doesn’t last long enough, and we are just waiting on the okra.
See the dill right behind Wylie, that was where the rescued caterpillar was relocated. I was so disappointed that I missed seeing it come out of its cocoon.

This is one of the windy day dust storms. Thankfully we've been getting some moisture and now the soybeans are up and he field is no longer blowing.

This is one of the windy day dust storms. Thankfully we’ve been getting some moisture and now the soybeans are up and the field is no longer blowing.

Storm Bag and the TIV2

So many days with the forecast of severe weather, I thought it would be prudent to put together a "storm bag".  I assembled it very quickly last night with the threat of severe weather headed our way. My "storm bag" included my billfold, phone charger, iPad, 2 bags of treats for Wylie, Wylie's food, and his leash.   I looked up the basic disaster supply kit on FEMA's website.  I need to add a few more items to my "storm bag".  It's really something we all to think of!

So many days with the forecast of severe weather, I thought it would be prudent to put together a “storm bag”. I assembled it very quickly last night with the threat of severe weather headed our way. My “storm bag” included my billfold, phone charger, iPad, 2 bags of treats for Wylie, Wylie’s food, and his leash. I looked up the basic disaster supply kit on FEMA’s website. I need to add a few more items to my “storm bag”. It’s really something we all to think of!

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This is the Tornado Intercept Vehicle also known as TIV2.  For the last couple of days they have been in Kansas chasing tornadoes and they have been kept busy. They were actually IN the Smith Center tornado and then the next day they were at the Bennington tornado. The forecast for Kansas includes a chance for severe weather again today, but the TIV2 crew was getting ready to head south to Oklahoma today.

This is the Tornado Intercept Vehicle also known as TIV2. For the last couple of days they have been in Kansas chasing tornadoes and they have been kept busy. They were actually IN the Smith Center tornado and then the next day they were at the Bennington tornado. The forecast for Kansas includes a chance for severe weather again today, but the TIV2 crew was getting ready to head south to Oklahoma today.

Thursday

Our neighbors chickens are really producing some beautiful eggs. I can't wait for our hens to start laying. Some of these eggs are almost the size of goose eggs.  Love fresh eggs!

Our neighbors chickens are really producing some beautiful eggs. I can’t wait for our hens to start laying. Some of these eggs are almost the size of goose eggs. Our chickens are 2 months and they will start laying at about 6 months. Love fresh eggs!

I used some of the eggs to make a spinach, onion, mushroom and cheese frittata. I also plan on making an angel food cake this weekend.

I used some of the eggs to make a spinach, onion, mushroom and cheese frittata. I also plan on making an angel food cake this weekend.

I have been watching a pair of House Finches building a nest in the evergreen just outside the window in the great room.   How exciting to see that there are 4 eggs in it.

I have been watching a pair of House Finches building a nest in the evergreen just outside the window in the great room. How exciting to see that there are 4 eggs in it.

The little chicks are really growing up!  They are enjoying being out in their temporary yard.

The little chicks are really growing up! They are enjoying being out in their temporary yard.