Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happiness is . . .

. . . basketfuls of fresh picked wild plums to be made into jelly . . .

. . . the scent of thyme as it drys
in the dehydrator . . .

. . . oatmeal wheat bread rising on the counter . . .

. . . cooler temperatures which make spending time outdoors so much more pleasant . . .

. . . having the fall crop of beans all planted . . .

. . . much less humidity outside! . . .

. . . seeing the handiwork of God . . .

. . . And most significantly right now, happiness that Mandy (Leah's Golden Retriever) is going to be all right after needing emergency surgery last week (without it she would have died.)
The surgery was last Thursday, she came home on Saturday, and today it looks like she has made a turn for the better and is improving.

Mandy resting

She has been getting lots of loving, and we're enjoying seeing traces of her 'old self' beginning to return!


  1. So glad your dog is recovering, obviously a much loved pet.
    On my blog this week I have written about my Crabapple jelly making! It must be jelly season!

  2. Lol. Please give Mandy HUGS from all of us. :)

    It only cools off after night fall around here. Love your photos! Take care.

  3. Looks like you have been busy...and being outdoors in cooler temps always makes it nicer. :)
    So glad that Leahs dog is doing well....they really do become part of the family.♥
    Hope that your late bean crop does well and that the deer are not as nibbly. We have caught some squirrels snatching tomatoes..we have been finding them in strange places ..like on top of the swingset. :)

  4. Sorry to hear about Mandy's close call. I'm glad she's improving, though! What happened to her?

    ~ Betsy

  5. It sounds like nice homey times. :) What a good idea to use your dehydrator to dry herbs. I hadn't thought of that before, but when I got out our dehydrator box (which we've had for about 7 or 8 years and I'd never used it!), I saw that you could dry herbs in it. I'll have to try it sometime.

    I love your bread cloth. :)

  6. Sounds like you day was quite delightful:)

  7. Thank you, Elizabeth! And yes, she is much loved. How fun that you have been making jelly, too. :) I stopped by your blog to see, and your jelly looks delicious! I’m sure you will enjoy it!

  8. Aww . . . thank you, Angie! Well, hopefully it will cool off soon where you are (unless you like the hot weather that is. :) We enjoyed our few 'cool' days and now it is back to more normal August weather, but thankfully it is not as hot as it was! I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos!

  9. It has been a bit busy, Ellen! But not too busy which is nice. :) Yes, being outdoors in the cooler temps is so nice . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it! Mandy continues to improve for which we are thankful! It has been wonderful to see her ‘old self’ returning . . . the wagging, the ‘smiling’, and all the other interesting quirks to her personality. :)

    So sorry to hear that the squirrels are eating your tomatoes! How comical, though, to find the tomatoes in the places that you have. At least the squirrels are affording some entertainment! :)

  10. Thank you, Betsy! We’re glad that she is improving as well, and it has been so nice to see her lovable personality returning. Before we figured out what was wrong with her, she had just been acting a little strange . . . mainly kind of lethargic and almost like she was depressed. Then when other unusual symptoms began to show up, Leah researched on the internet and found what she thought it was (which was later confirmed by the vet through a number of tests.) It is called Pyometra which is an infection of the uterus, and it is an emergency situation. Pus will continue to build as the infection progresses and if surgery isn’t done, the uterus will eventually burst, killing the dog. It happens so fast, too, so we were thankful that Leah figured out what was going on and that we got her to the vet when we did! And it was also a blessing as the vet we brought her to was a small-town country vet, and they were so nice and were able to get her in and do the surgery the same day that Leah called them. All in all, it was an interesting experience, and we’re glad that it has had a ‘happy ending’! :)

  11. They have been, Joy! We had had our dehydrator for a number of years as well before we actually used it (it was a garage sale find. :) Then when I started growing herbs, Daddy suggested using the dehydrator for them, and it has worked so well! If you do use yours for this, I hope that it works very well for you, too!

    Thank you for your comment on the bread cloth! It was a gift for my birthday last year from Ashley. :) I really like it as well!

  12. Isn't it wonderful how the Lord worked everything out for Leah to use the internet to help Mandy and take her to just the right vet for all to be well. Sorry I didn't see this before.


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