Thursday, June 21, 2018

Welcome Summer

Summer has officially rolled in...
and with it... blueberry season!

Our blueberry patch is quite productive this year.

The bushes are loaded.

Ripening has begun and will continue through the next month.
This was our first picking...
just enough to taste and fill us with anticipation.

It seems as though the ducks are getting more and more acclimated to being outside.
By the end of the day, their pool water was filthy.

Late yesterday, while running errands, I spied $75 of our $100 ducks.
They were running through this yard, about a mile and a half from our house.

No, we are not going to try to catch them and bring them home....
 chances are they will just leave again.
If it's freedom they want, it's freedom they get!

Our first sunflower bloomed yesterday, just in time for the start of summer.

More and more color is popping out every day.

And the rest of the flowers are getting more and more lush.

One of my newest favorites are Profusion Zinnias.
These little plants bloom like crazy!

It's rained just enough this week so that we did not have to water...
which gives us an extra hour in the day.

PS... Oakley is not doing well.  I fear we may not have him with us for much longer.
His last greatest pleasure is eating, and yesterday he lost interest in that.
It makes me very sad... the prospect of losing the best dog in the whole world...
in the history of the whole world.
Even the other dogs seem to understand that something is different with him.
They spend a lot of time smelling him.
For now we will appreciate every moment we get to spend with him.
I'll keep you posted.


Portia said...

So sorry to hear about Oakley. Treasure every moment you have left. (Not that you aren't already.)

daisy gurl said...

I knew those ducks would show up somewhere!
Your flowers are gorgeous! The blooms help me get through the heat.

Oakley, old man, we are with you in spirit. Bless your hearts...

Kathy said...

Just the other day I reread an earlier post of yours, Lessons From An Old Dog. It's one of my favorites actually. So beautifully written. I will be holding all of you in my thoughts.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh no...oakley! how old is he? we are going through a sad dog situation here right now. my DIL and her mom have a one year old bloodhound. he has not been well for a month. the vets couldn't figure out what was wrong. he got very bad the other night and they rushed him to the vet hospital. they did an MRI and found that charlie has a stick stuck in his brain! somehow a stick punctured his soft palate and went into his brain. they can't operate because it is leaning on a major artery. they said it is a one in a million freak accident. he is in the ICU and not doing well and he is blind. we are all so very sad. he is winnie's best friend.

littlemancat said...

Beautiful blueberries! And the sign is so pretty. Did you paint it?
Oh dear Oakley - hugs to all.

Unknown said...

Celebrating the great life Oakley has had....really hit the jackpot to live and be loved by you all...may his transition be easy. All dogs go to heaven! Lisa G in TN

Debra She Who Seeks said...

"I spied $75 of our $100 ducks" -- what a brilliant turn of phrase, LOL! Many thoughts and good wishes for poor old Oakley.

Patsy from Illinois said...

Losing a pet is losing a member of the family. God bless.

Missy George said...

I hope the ducks appreciate the cost of their freedom...Glad they are OK..Maybe they didn't get a very warm welcome at the pond ;) Oakie makes me very sad..That's one problem with life...You lose your loved ones and it hurts..Bless his heart..

Karla Kuriger said...

Bev, so sorry to hear that Oakley is not doing well - breaks our hearts when they start to decline. I know you won't let him suffer. Sending love.

diane in northern wis said...

Everything is looking so colorful in your yard...and I love those profusion zinnias! What a great invention! How funny to find 3 of your 4 ducks running thru the neighbors yard. What next? Poor Oakley...such a wonderful dog. Give him lots of love between now and the end. You'll send him off with love in his heart!


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