Wood Chips

My mom called me the other day to tell me about a video she had just watched. She was excited because it talked about controlling weeds and she knew that was a main issue in our garden because it is so GINORMOUS!

I was immediately interested and headed to the website to take a look.

http://www.backtoedenfilm.com

My Internet has not cooperated enough to allow me to watch the entire film yet, (so I ordered the DVD) but I have seen parts while in town and at home, enough to get extremely excited about the concept. This man uses Wood Chips as mulch in his garden.

The concept is that the ground is covered, the wood chips are not mixed in, and this keeps the moisture in the soil, and suffocates the weeds. There are a lot of beautiful spiritual applications as well, and he has studied nature and how the natural world grows trees in the forests, etc., without formal irrigation, etc., and he has implemented these concepts into his garden and has amazing results. 

I know it’s not a new concept to lay down a mulch in a garden, but wood chips are more permanent, don’t blow away with the wind, and take years to beak down. When they do start to begin to break down, the soil becomes beautiful, light, and from the looks of this man’s garden, and his pH test results, the soil will grow anything with success and vigor.

I was already devising ways to stop the weeds before they grew this year, and had bought a whole lot of straw bales to lay straw down all over the garden area. But now, I’m going to lay down some chips.

I didn’t waste any time going to the local lumber yard to secure a small load of wood chips in my trailer.

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They actually didn’t want to sell me any of this pile because it is what they use to burn and create energy, and their supply is low right now.  But since my trailer was so small, they charged me $10 and filled it up.

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These are not the pretty kind used in playgrounds and landscaping.  That stuff costs $100/ton.  But they are what I wanted…ground up branches, leaves, basic organic material from all different types of sources.

 

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The dumpster (what is that thing he’s driving?) driver piled it as high as he could.  By the time I got home, it was a couple of inches below the edge of the trailer from all the jiggling as we traveled over the road.

I can’t wait to get started.  We’re initially going to lay down newspaper on a dormant bed, 4×46 ft long, that we don’t plan to plant this year, and mulch it with these chips.  I can’t wait to see what the ground is like next summer after all the snow, rain, and worms do their magic.

I also plan to put some in my pathways and around some of the vegetables that come up in the garden beds.  It should be a fun experiment.  I am mostly eager to see the weeds be suffocated.  Let’s hope it works, at least, for that!!

Bobby Gets a Haircut

Bobby was looking a little scraggly.

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All his hairs had little wispy ends on them.

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So I took him to the groomer to get a little “trim”. They cut him a little shorter than what I was thinking, but hair grows back, and on Cavachons, it grows back fast! I still think he’s as cute as ever!

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Brothers

I hate to admit that I have 8 month old “puppies” that still need a forever home. I have not said a word about them since they were 4 months old because “Buddy” had a Cherry Eye, and needed surgery to fix it, and I just didn’t have time to deal with it, so I just let them be dogs, and they spent the winter in our straw play yard.

Don’t worry, they stayed plenty warm and played like crazy every single day!

I finally took Buddy to the vet this week and had him neutered and had his eye fixed. He looks quite the sight with his “Cone of Shame”. He kept rubbing his eye so we had to protect him from himself and put on the cone.

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He WILL be darling and cute like his brother as soon as his hair grows out around his eye. His tail still works and he has no idea he has any “special needs”, and plays so hard, we have to separate him so his stitches can all safely heal.

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Brother just went to the groomer today and will visit the vet next week to get his little jewels chopped off as well.

Despite the fact that they haven’t had a lot of different experiences in life, both pups are very happy, tail wagging, and easy going. They need some basic training and individual attention, and they need to be potty trained, but I don’t think it will take much to turn them into great little dogs.

Because they are so old, we are placing them in their new homes for just $300 each which covers their vet expenses and vaccinations, including their Rabies shot.

We are actively crate training them and they are ready for their new homes now. Buddy would need to stay local as he has some follow up care scheduled with our vet.

If you or someone you know might be interested in a wonderful Shichon (ShihTzu/Bichon Frise mix) teenager, fully vaccinated, and already altered, please let me know. For some, getting an older puppy makes life a lot easier because they can “hold it” a lot longer than a brand new 8 week old puppy!

Dusty Desktop

We had a friend over for supper tonight and after we ate, she shared a blog post with me about a simple filing system. My ears perked right up because my office is in terrible order and I don’t think I’ve filed a paper properly for over a year or more! Moving day is coming and I need to feel somewhat organized, so I attacked my desk and the top drawer of my filing cabinet and shredded like a mad woman all the papers that were stealing my spaces. What was left was dust, dust, dust on my desktop. I plan to attack the dust tomorrow. At least I can see surface area now! It’s not perfect, but it’s a great start!

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Downsizing

Our family and SPK will be moving in August. After much thought and careful consideration, we have decided to be a Cavachon only breeder. This means we are looking to re-home all of our Shihtzu breeder dogs.

We have already found a home for 4 Shihtzus and our two male Maltese. We still have Pearlie Girl, Laeci, R.B., and Sebastian to find homes for. Sebastian could be bred, but the other 3 should go to pet homes.

If you or anyone you know is looking for a little dog, please let me know.

Morning Motion

This morning began early at 5 am. I have Brady and Hallie in the house because Hallie is receiving eye meds 3x daily and Brady is being Accelerated. They were crated together last night and woke me up early.

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Hallie & Brady

Once I got Brady and Hallie pottied on the UGO, I made their space a little bigger so they could play.

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Isn’t Brady so cute?

Then it was bath time for Bobby and an older Shichon puppy. They are both getting neutered this morning. I gave Bobby a bath while Daryl trimmed the hair off the Shichon.

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Bobby after the blow dry. Not a happy camper.

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Prisoner to the dryer:(

Then I gave the Shichon a bath. He is 8 months old and has a cherry eye that will also be fixed today. Sorry the picture is blurry. He did NOT like the bath AT ALL and was trying to escape the whole time.

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A cherry eye is when a flap of skin, the inner eyelid, moves out of position. They will tuck this back under with a couple of stitches and he’ll be good as new!

The puppies always look like wet rats when they get a bath.

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We need a name for this Shichon boy. He’s from Sadie & Sebastian’s previous litter.

My morning has just begun. The blow drier is on the Shichon right now and he is tolerating it quite well. We still have to drive to the vet then come home to do eye meds, feed, clean, and take new puppy pictures.

We are also rehoming 7 adults this week that all need to be wormed! Things are always moving’ at SPK!!

Rainbow

We took a hike yesterday with some church friends. The lake is so low right now we were able to hike out to what is normally an island. It was cold and windy but we had a nice time anyway.

At the very end of the day, we saw a rainbow! I always love rainbows and remembering that they originated with a promise from God.

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This next one is the result of me choosing “clarity” on my Camera+ app. It wasn’t quite this vibrant but playing around with photo enhancements is always fun!

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Four Puppies Go Home

Four puppies have gone to their forever homes this week, one who flew to San Francisco, and three that I delivered today in the Spokane area. They all continued home to the Seattle area.

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I’m a little bummed because the meeting today was rushed and I forgot to take any pictures. I did snap a picture while traveling in the car.

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Little white Malshi girl was bursting with energy the entire almost 2 hour drive. I think she needed to potty the whole time because she promptly took care of business in the drivers seat when we arrived.

We had our “ewww” moment, cleaned it up, and moved on. I have a good relationship with the car dealership in town and have the Explorer detailed twice a year. It needs it badly each time!

I hope the first night goes well for all the pups! We will miss their cuteness!

Green Gables

I need to document this day. The green house is officially ours! Escrow closed today and we have keys!

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This home is just 5 miles from the school my children will attend for the next 7 years. I’m really looking forward to living so close to school, church, and fairly close to town, though not too close!

The new house is cheerful and full of windows! The inside is always bright and sun-shiney! This is going to be good for me during the dreary winter months of the northwest. The weather is going to be more mild at this home, at least I don’t think the snow will fall quite as soon in the fall, and it will melt and stay melted earlier in the springtime.

We were there just yesterday and I failed to take any new photos. The grass is a vibrant emerald green now and spring is so evident at the new house. We were also surprised with a “lake” that we could see just across the road!

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The sounds of birds filled the sky with song. I hope every spring is greeted with this surprise. The picture doesn’t do it any justice. The water was a vibrant blue and it spanned the prairie and was alive with fluttering activity!

Finally, my children will have their own space and my daughter will have some privacy! The boys will share a room and Kaelyn will have her own room. She has been sharing with the boys for the past 5 years, and while that was fine when she was 11, it’s a whole different thing now that she is 15 going on 16!

The house has some really nice features and the kitchen has a dishwasher! I know this is so basic, but after living without one for 5 years, I’m ready for that little kitchen “gadget” to be back in my life. The things I’ve missed most about my home in California were the dishwasher and a room for Kaelyn.

When we were hoping to buy the home, I posted a bunch of pictures HERE.  I’m very thankful everything worked out and we will be moving sometime this summer.  “Silver Hill” has been a nice place to be, and especially while I was homeschooling, but now that the kids are involved in various activities and going to school every day, we simply need to be closer to everything.  We spend so much time driving and it’s quite exhausting day after day.  My friend called the new house “Green Gables”.  I don’t know if it will really stick.  I’d like to think of something a little more original.  I do like the idea of “naming” a home!