March 14th 2011 4:32 pm
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Hi Furpals....Just so ya know I wasn't telling Tall Tales about the Blizzard last Friday.... I'm putting up just a couple pictures for ya to see.
We heard many school buses were sent out too late. Should have let school out earlier. A couple buses collided and 30 kids had to go to the hospital. (It was a total white-out) One bus driver and 3 kids ended up sitting on the stuck bus until 3:30 a.m. One of our school buses ended up 2 miles south of us at our neighbors for the night. Hundreds and hundreds of cars were stranded all over the state. We're praying this was the last of the storms for this year.
It was 38 yesterday, dripping and slushing, everywhere. I hunted for 90 minutes. Gma tried to shovel snow for awhile. It was so heavy. She quit and walked around with me while I hunted. Suppose to be 45 today. The snow settled several inches yesterday with the sunshine and nice temperature. Lots of melting. We sure hope it doesn't melt too fast. The ground is still frozen, so the water can't soak in....
The last 3 winters have been very hard ones. The weather hasn't been normal...Way more snow,ice,cold,wind and storms than normal. Forcast is for nice temperatures this week. By the weekend...may have snow and freezing rain. Oh No,Not again!!!!
First picture of our driveway: the snow was between 2.5 and 3 feet deep. Couldn't break through with our tractors. Had to call a commerical payloader to come in and clean stuff up again.
We're thinking it might be June before Gma's tulips can bloom?We are re-thinking the full vegetable garden for summer. Depends on the weather once nice. Also how much trouble we have cleaning up the yard,flowers and ranchyard. Our bushes have alot of broken branches .... Gpa,"Put on your to-do list, Sharpen those pruners!"
One tractor is fixed and feeding cattle... The other one is being taken apart to repair. Hard to tear apart in the hay yard which is packed full of snow. Blacksmith will need more than a few minutes for this job!
Requires grinding rough metal and welding farmhand unit back together. (City dwellers) Farmhand unit attaches to the front of the tractor. This unit allows you to pick stuff up with it. (Like the big round hay bales).
Blocked driveway after 1 day blizzard
Aftermath of Blizzard
Mazy tracking rabbits....
March 13th 2011 3:18 pm
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Busy, busy little doxie! I hunted bunnies across the hard packed snow for 90 min. on Saturday and about 1 hour today.
Sun is shining but only about 20 above. Bunnies and I ran the same path until we packed a trail... I can, now run through the frontyard and walk right over the 4 ft. chainlink fence! I love it!
Gma went out with the camera,took pictures of all the snow. We have some of how the snow blew,drifted and cut us off from the rest of the world! We will try and get them up tomorrow....
Gpa had to call the young man with a huge payloader. To open up our 1/4 mile driveway. The circular driveway around the house and the ranchyard. I think, as long as he is here...move some snow away from our hay bales,too....
Gpa is not having a good day! He broke the farmhand frame trying to lift big haybales. He was feeding the cattle. The farmhand sits in the hay yard waiting for him to pull it out. He blew a front tire on the big loader tractor. So he can't pull it out right now! Now that he can get out, went to the neighbors to get some extra jacks. More equipment to Fix-Up!
Double Phooey! I can see this will cut into my Hunting Time!
The lady who was in labor in her car on I-94 was only about 10 miles from where we live. We know the ambulance made it to her.
We don't know, if she had a boy or a girl. We know that a 100 people were stranded on I-94 between Driscoll and Crytsal Springs.(about a 30 mile stretch)We know some people spent the night in the I-94 rest stops. Sure better than sitting in your car all night long.
Sure was hard to get up and get going this morning. Our bodies are on the Old Winter time. Our clocks are on Our Summer Time... We don't even have Spring,yet! What's up with that???
Gotta Zooommmmm outta here..... Cuz, we have messages on the phone. Calls to make.... Suppose the grandkids are checking to see that Gpa and Gma are O.K.??? Probably wanna know if, I've caught any new bunnies?
BTW- So much snow in the shelter belt... Pretty soon, I'll be able to Run across the roof of the old outhouse! Praying that we are Done with the Snowing! Forcast is for the 40's this week! I bet we will be slopping in ice water in no time at all!
Gma get the Blowdryer plugged in.... I'll be in the tubby, everyday for awhile....
Thank you pals for all the Pawsome pressies you have sent me.
I just shakes my head, that dogsters like to read about the Back 40 of the North Dakota Prairie... The storm allowed us furs, some extra time. We looked at everyones new pawsome pictures and read their diaries,too. Trying to POP into all
our groups and play awhile....Don't know, if we will make it... The weekend is almost over...Went so FAST!
March 11th 2011 2:19 pm
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Friday morning-I slept in... Cuz, Gma and I were up late putting all the supplies and shopping away. I went from bag to bag looking for new toys....I didn't find any! I did find a new stash of mini busybones.... Yummy! I always have one left for me when my people are gone.
They made an evening trip, cuz the weather forcast for today wasn't good! Gpa's barn kitties needed restocking of all their foods. The usual fresh fruits and vegetables. Whatever else needed replacing????
We looked out as soon as we got up.... Complete calm and singing sparrows. It was calm, warm and sunny! Looked like a beautiful day was ahead of us. The day had every sign of being a spring like day....Baby strolled around the driveway and part of the ranchyard....
The icicles on the house were dripping. Baby laid on the back steps while Gma scrubbed her room. Yep! She has her own room!
I have to share with Gma and Gpa... What's up with that??? When they both snore...I'd like my Own room,too!
The weather was so nice that we thought the weathermen fell on their heads....By 10:30 a.m. there was a little wind but nothing serious. The state had bulletins for severe weather later in the day. Across the TV, weather bulletins ran none stop. Do NOT Go OUT! STAY HOME!!!!!!!!! (An example of how quickly weather can change) This storm unfolded very rapidly...
Long story, so we will condense it. By 12:30 we had drizzle, then snow and some light winds. 2:30 p.m. we were in a full fledged Blizzard that grew worse as the minutes passed! Fresh snow and blowing snow raged across the prairie. A total white-out, as we couldn't see our big barn less than a 100 yards away.....
By 10 p.m., both I-94 from Montana to Minnesota(closed) I-29 from Canadian line to South Dakota line (closed) US Highway 83 from Bismarck to Minot, North Dakota (closed). Many people were stranded all over the state. Cell phones made it possible for people to call and report where they thought they were. The Governor activated the National Guard for search and rescue patrols.
The news had reports of a lady stranded in her car in labor! WOWZER! Who'd want to have their baby in a blizzard, stranded out on one of the interstates???? We will report when we hear what she had...They were trying to rescue her last night around 10:30 p.m.
Winds were reported to have been between 30 mph and 75 mph, gusts averaging 50-65 mph. Everything in between... One area reported 77mph winds.....The wind was letting up by 10:30 p.m.
We went off to bed at 11ish with the wind still pounding on our house. We left music playing on the television to drown out the noise.
News Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my Gpa is in the house from lunchtime until bedtime, except to turn a stock tank off.... You can BET YOUR HINEY it is HORRIBLE OUTSIDE!!!!!! I ran with Gpa to turn the tank off.... It is maybe a 100 yds.????? I was back A.S.A.P. and snuggled into blankets! I DO NOT LIKE WHITEOUT! COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING because of snow thrown up on all the house windows....Didn't matter if it was north, south, east or west windows! (Gives you an idea of how hard the wind was blowing) These rare occurances always creep Gma out!
I'll be back to write about the aftermath of the Blizzard....
Old Baby has her own stories to tell about the weather! She will get her diary written, as soon as, she catches her nap...
Our blizzard day was made brighter, by a photo of "Me" for St. Patrich's Day....Sent to us by our pal, Little Pete. It is so beautiful and animated,too... Sure Helped brighten our gloomy, stormy day. Thank you, little Pete from the bottom of my heart!!!!! We have posted my picture here in my diary....
St. Patrick's Day
March 2nd 2011 12:50 pm
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What a Day! What wonderful surprises! (At least most of the surprises have been just Pawsome!) We had 1 suprise today that wasn't Fun! Tell ya about it in a couple minutes....
Thank you HQ for choosing this little cupcake as one of the Daily Diary Picks. I was so thrilled! I guess, some furs like to read about boring stuff like making sausage and our humans not sharing it,either!
I want to thank All my pals for the pretty little pressies and congrats, you've sent me.... Sure glad Gma got the Buggie out of the Internet Explorer this morning. We would have missed the whole thing! Anyway,I think this sure gave Gma a boost....Some extra treats are coming my way...Yippy!!!!! She's really struggling with the roller coaster weather. Her body just can change gears that fast anymore. Her medicine, just doesn't help chase "Art and Ritis" away, like we wish it would. So I snuggle up and keep her as toasty, as I can.... I'm the TAR baby, so this is a terrific job for me! Toast and Roast gal, that I am: I'm longing for some Sunny Spring Days to Sun myself outside....
I think, I have Spring fever,too!
Precious is responsible for the Yucky Surprise Today! She puked on the comforter. The one that covers our loveseat in the Sunroom. Gma was cleaning her litter box and found somethin' nasty on the floor. It was dried puked up kitty foods! Then she was cleaning that up and realized ... the puke was on the widowsill and on the comforter too! (I can't believe, I didn't Sniff this out and clean it up for Gma!!!! Is my Nose on the Blink???)
Gma cleaned the floor and the windowsill. Pulled the comforter and put it in the washer. A double wash and double rinse later: it's in the dryer....All afternoon to dry a queen size comforter. Then we have the mess of cleaning up: washer,
dryer, lint trap and the laundry room floor. (I'm watching the dryer closely... so, I can bake in the hot comforter. Before Gma snatches it away and puts it back on the loveseat.)
Gma says, there is a silver lining in everything...if we look for it! This is 1 comforter that doesn't need washing in April when we are heavy into Spring cleaning....unless Precious, pukes on it again? Kitty is in Trouble and I'm Not!!!!
Catch ya later,
March 1st 2011 4:04 pm
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Written on March 1st.....
Zooming through to See What's New...
Hope All is Well with YOU??????
Spring, oh Spring...please come soon...
We're turnin' into tuney-loons!
The snow is so deep....
Hard to leap,
Will the snow ever go?
I just don't know....
If, I didn't have dogster...
I'd be crazy as a boxer,
Will the tulips ever have new blooms?
So we can have outside zooms???
I need to slop in the mud...
At the end of the day,we have bathtub suds.
I longs to dig in the dirt,
Throw off my winter shirt!
Just at the end of my rope,
Is there no hope????
Don't wanna see more snow,
It's time for it to go!
I know, I'm a crazy little doxie,
I have lots of moxie....
I wanna see a movie at the roxie.
Truck across the prairie like Foxie.
Spring,spring,please come soon....
So we can howl some new tunes.
We so tired of this poop...
I'm given you the honest scoop!
February 28th 2011 1:48 pm
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Well, the sausage is made for another year. 200 lbs. made in one day for 3 families. Sausage day was an awful weather day....We awoke to -25! It was a Good day for holding down the fort...Us furs sure didn't want to go outside in that! Gpa came home in the afternoon to turn off stocktank and let Old Baby out to potty. I just used my pads, like any other time.....
The meat sure smelled wonderful when they hauled the couple boxes into the house. Gma and Gpa made 50 like last year. It's plenty when they eat beef,pork,chicken,turkey and all kinds of fish too. Gma gave us some extra treats when they arrived home. I thought, she'd cook some sausage for us???? She said, too spicy for you girls...
Sunday, it was almost 30 above.... It was a 50 degree change from Saturday.... I was outside about 2 hours. Today, it is in the 20's and sunny. Pretty windy so feels cold... I still went out 2 times for about 1 hour of exercise.
When I came in, Gma said: Grooming Time! She had the gate in the kitchen closed and I couldn't run to my cave! She was going to do grooming yesterday. I was in the living room laying in the sun by the picture window. I couldn't see her...but, I heard her open the ice cream pail with All my Stuff in it...Zoom, like lightening...I flew under my rocking chair and curled up...(this is what they call my cave or clubhouse)....
I know, they can't get me out from under there..... HeHe!!! I gotta out of the Grooming! However, Gma said, "No Grooming,No Greenie!" I didn't get my, Treat!!!!! After awhile..Gma said, she was to tired to do it now.....so we skipped it! Today, she was ready when Gpa brought me back to the house....
I was Very Good! I really wanted that, Greenie! I closed my eyes while she ground off my nails. Cuz, I didn't look and wiggle... it was all over in a minute!!!! She brushed me, did eye and ear drops.....I took my greenie and ate it on the living carpet...Then, I licked the new carpet to make sure I didn't leave any crumbs! After all, I was just using my manners...Gma had just vacuumed the whole house.
I wanted to thank my pals that signed my new guestbook.... I just love to look at Everyone's picture .... So, if you didn't see my guestbook...please,drop by and sign it....
This afternoon all us furs are trying to catch up with our diaries... check out our furpals pics and diaries. Trying to make a big loop to visit our groups between now and bedtime.
Everyone in our family is real burnt out on Winter!!!! Tonight our next Cold front blows in on us....We are all so ready for warmer days and melting snow...Any sign of Green !!!! We have alot of snow to melt before we will see anything green around here.... BTW-As of Saturday...we now have rural mail again. They plowed the blocked roads north of us, so mailman can follow the assigned route for delivery.
Well...I gotta go! Gpa came in to rest a little while and have a snack.... If he snacks, I usually have a snack....I roll those adorable brown eyes...then add, the I'm so hungry look!
February 23rd 2011 2:28 pm
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Where is Everyone? Sniffing you out......
I'm scurrying around dogster trying to find out what All my furpals have been doing???? I'm using my doxie nose to sniff out: All new photos,diary entries, birthdays and special events. My friend, Ben turned a Big 4 Today...He's just a little older than I am. My friend, Lucy has some glamour pics
to swoon over....
Sorry fellas, I heard she was taken...My friend, Nutty sent me a new picture of guess who? Yep, it's me!!!! All dressed for a party! A face mask with feathers that tickle my nosie....My friend, Abby has her garden seeds bought! Already???? Is she going to try Snowbank farming??????
Yep, I've been looking at the seed magazines. I have about 2 weeks and order must be in. (If, we wanna save 50% on the cost) Of course, we want to Save...means more treats and toys for ME!
I'm sure, I won't catch up this weekend. Cuz, Gma puts the Gma lockie on Puter, when she is gone! Gma and Gpa are making sausage All day tomorrow with 4 other friends. 3 families have 200 lbs. of sausage to grind,mix,season and stuff into casings. Squeeze 'em into vac bags and sucks the air out.
I remember last year, they left early and it was past bedtime when they came home. They put All the Awesome smelling sausage into the Freezer box. What was up with that????? We had to guard the place for hours and hours....No cooked suasage for a Reward???? No Puter left on for me to play.... while they are gone?????
I'll be 4 in July... When do you think, Gma will take the Gma lockie, off the Puter??????? I mean, really... I could make a long list of who did what,where and when: if, she'd just leave the puter on for me!!!! She says, Nope! No Puter, little cupcake....NOT when, I'm not here to watch you..... Phooey,sometimes, it's tough being a pupper!
I did get outside briefly, 2 times today. The high was about 7 without the windchill. It was -15 last night. (raw temperature without the windchill) They left at 6 p.m. and made their 50 mile drive to do their shopping. Took all evening to get there, have supper, shop, load and drive back. Another 2 hrs. before Gma had everything put away and settled into her PJ's.
The Sun was shining today....Always makes the day feel better than it is....Just having Mr. Sunshine show up for work! Made a high of 7 degrees. I ran and ran and ran...then, I ran and ZZZZOOOOOOOOMMMMMIIIEEEEDDDD thru the house.... to tell Gma how Cold it was outside!!!!!
Our kitchen was very toasty today. Gma baked buns, banana bread and pumpkin bread. Then she made a big pot of vegetable beef soup. We had tons of dirty dishes and pans. I volunteered to help wash.... She thought, she could do it faster than I could!
Oh give me a break! I have one of the fastest tongues on the Prairie!
I did get a taste of the fruit bread after I ate my lunch. I had a teaspoon of Old Baby's veal with my turkey rice kibbles. It was Pawsome! I know, we have vension with our supper... Yummy! I'd better get going... Almost time for my supper. I was promised a big indoor play session after supper...
I'll see ya pals, as soon as I can chew this Gma lockie off the Puter! Why did she use such a Big Lock????? Baby, can't help...
She has senior,senior toophers! Not sure how many of those she has???? She won't let anyone look at her toophers! I think, it's cuz, she thinks Gma will get her a toothbrush like mine...
See ya pals, Mazy
February 21st 2011 2:43 pm
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Hey Pals- I have the BEST news EVER! Last week, when the temperatures soared... We had melting and dripping going on everywhere! Made some messes and things were pretty sloppy! I ended up with a full tubbie! I LOVE the hairdryer.... I had so much FUN getting really piggy outside....HeHe
The Big News is: The SNOW finally has a Crust on it! Boy,boy! Those bunnies are in Big Trouble, Now! I can follow them into the shelterbelt. (FYI, you city puppers) A shelterbelt is an established set of trees....ours planted many,many decades ago. They hold the wind back, as well as trap alot of the snow.....
Now, I can scoot across snowbanks that are 3 to 5 deep...I DON'T SINK DOWN! Those bunnies were just shell shocked! They think, I have found some magic snowshoes.....The race is on!
I caught a bunny on Saturday. Gpa heard him squeal! He told me "Release" I had to let him go.... Gpa is my hunting buddy... I can't make him, mad! I wouldn't have anyone to hunt with when it is cold.... Gma always went with me... She's been having a very hard time with the cold this winter. Gpa walks around and does odd chores, while I hunt.
Sunday was the worst day after the nice weather. It was so windy and -25.... I ran to the stocktank with Gpa for him to shut the water off. I ran back to the house.... Maybe, I lasted 5 minutes?????? Gma met me at the door with a Hot towel....
So, Gma and I played hide-n-seek with several of my toys. I found them all! My sniffer is 5 stars! We played fetch and return.... Then, my favorite! I have it...you get it! I know, I can play Gma out..... but really, I don't have any other little furs to play with... Precious likes to start stuff. Gets me all excited and ready to romp...Then she just quits! What am I suppose to do?????
Once Spring comes...Gma and I are outside about 75% of the time. So we both get plenty of fresh air and exercise. In fact, I have even been known to take a nap or two... I can't hardly wait for spring to come. Have all the snow melt and go away.
Help Gma dig in her flowers, rake leaves and pick up sticks.I love digging up some earth wormers.....Then Gma put them on the fishing pole! I like the lake....Still learning to swim....
She's been looking at seeds in a magazine. She says, we are going to raise alot of our vegetables. (She used to have a big garden,long before I came along) I don't know what a big garden is????? Is this going to cut into my "ME TIME?" She said, my job will be: keep bunnies and gophers out of our vegetables!
Rodent patrol! This assignment, I understand!!! I'm going to chase,chase and chase some more ...... This will be just heaven!
Then, I get to eat the vegetables, too....Yippy!!!
February 14th 2011 3:43 pm
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Hi there pals- February has been filled with lots of FUN stuff! I've been having a BLAST! Sending stuff to my Secret Cupid. Receiving stuff from my Secret Cupid! Just a Pawsome Time! I've never had Valentine's before.... I just LOVE it! I also had mail from alot of pals. Sure helped take my mind off the bitter cold and snowy stretches.
We had tons of FUN trying to keep up with everyone's birthdays, pressies,photos,diary entries and new happenigs. Playing games in our groups. Chattering around with our pals. Sure has been a Wonderful distraction from the stretches of Ucky weather, way up north. We tried real hard NOT to miss anyone's important day... We Hope, we didn't...but very hard to be sure of that???
Gma came home! She was Off caring for the grandkids. Their parents were on vacation in Mexico! We were freezin' our hineys here! She had to stay at their house, so they could go to school.
She left me Home to care for Gpa and Baby. Keep Precious out of trouble. She also said, it was a TEST...See, how I'd do with Gpa caring for me for several days. Cuz, Grandma has elderly parents and they live very far away. She wanted to know, if she traveled there...would I be okay????
Gpa and I did just FINE! We had a Blast! I was glad to see Gma but Gpa let's me do stuff.... Gma doesn't let me do...SHHH.... don't tell, Gma!
BTW- The human siblings came back from vacation and it turned Nice! Temperatures shot up into the 40's. Bunny hunting has been great...Now we have some slushy around the place. Don't worry still plenty of snow pack on the ground! Now I have some Tubby after being outside. I come back with gritty stuff...
Made some new furpals around dogster this month. This is always a Blast! Been helping to add some new things to Christian Dogs and Cats. Takes alot of time with the behind the scenes stuff for any group....
Heard Gma say, she has a Valentine surprise for me! I wonder what it is???? Maybe a new BOBO??? They are my all time favorite toys... I put some new pictures on my pages. Gma has a bunch in the camera of All the Snow around here. Some of me, walking the huge Snowbanks...Just need an afternoon to dig them out of the camera....
Gotta Zoom! I promised to Help Gma with the Special Supper for Gpa tonight.... It's grilled chicken breasts...Yippy! A little chicken to go with my vension... Happy Valentine's Day! I loves you all!!!! Kisses, Mazy
Sweet Treats for All My Friends
February 8th 2011 12:21 pm
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My Grandma packed a bunch of clothes, some food, coffee and stuff on Sunday.... Gma and Gpa both went outside....Didn't let me go along???? Gpa came back in a few minutes......Gma didn't??? Where did my Gma go????????
She told me, "I had to stay home and look after Old Baby!" (What, watch her sleep????) "Not let Precious, counter surf or sun bathe on the dining table." (I can pull her off the table...cuz, I can get up there too! How am I suppose to get her off the kitchen counters??? My leggers aren't long enough!)
I was also suppose to keep an eye on Gpa! Gma said, "if I was here, he'd have to come to the house for breaks....get outta of the cold awhile."
Since Gma left it has gotten much colder... When this Cold, there is No bunny hunting...Windy today....suppose to be -35 with windchill. Sun is shining....looks like a hunting day to me!
I lay on the loveseats,Gma's rocker and I look out the windows, but I don't see any Gma coming!!! Where is my Gma???? Who took my Gma????? If, she isn't home soon.... I think, I'm gonna have to use my Sniffer and Hunt my Gma down!!!!! I've never been away from my Gma like this...She sure better bring me something Very Special for watching over everyone!!! Jeez, I would have rather went riding in the car with Gma...There was lots of ice,cold,blowing snow on Sunday...where would my Gma go in weather like that???? She doesn't drive much in the winter...
Somethin' else, that is Strange.....My Gma hasn't called on the dingie-ling????? Was she afraid, I'd not put kisses on the phone?? Like I do for Great Grandma and Momma Shawna???? (they always talk to me on the phone....)HUMMMMM! There better be some really good treaties for All this Babysitting, I'm stuck doing!
Well, if any of you furs see my Gma...you tell her to get her hiney home and A.S.A.P.!!!! Gpa is Pawtastic ... but there are things that just Gma and I do....I had to sneak onto the Puter!
Put a bulletin out... Wanted : One Prairie Gma Sent Home!
Back to watching out the window...Maybe, she'll show up soon???
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