What I've been up too......

Well....if you are seeing the one that just posted that is clearly incomplete I apologize. I hit enter instead of shift.......so it goes. What have I been up to? Besides knitting and work and teasing my friend about her birthday present?
Well clearly from the first few photos I've been torturing my dogs by taking their pictures. Quintus, above, refuses to look towards me but clearly he is giving me the stink eye, as is Gabby below because I was right in her face. The only thing holding them there was the sun, otherwise the picture would be a blur. Cleary, where food will not work anymore I can count on the sun.
The picture below of Gabby is my latest favorite. It's her ball, which she loves above all things. I believe food is next on her list, followed by Dale, Mr. Brown, and then me. She has to include me on the list because I am her primary feeder, and every once in a while I can be called upon to throw that nasty little ball she loves so much.


















Ahh yes, I also went home to Minnesota for a week with Dale. This is a hydrangea in my mothers yard, and if she was home right now she would be answering her phone to tell me what variety it is, however she is out and about and unavailable to educate all of us this fine Saturday morning.
It is lovely though, isn't it?
This is mom's orchard, where she also grows, beets, pumpkins, beans, squash and........Heirloom Tomatoes, by the bushel.

Ahh, yes I did do some fancy black and white pictures of the yard as well. This is a white hydrangea in her yard, that also has a special name. Again, mom's not home to answer her phone.......














This is the best sign in her yard, mostly because it's true. If the dogs don't know you, they tend to bite. Ask Dale, Jake would sleep with him the first time he visited but would bite him during the day. A warm body at night becomes chicken flavored delight in the morning.












Some of the harvest...This is at the end of the road by mom's place on Lake Minnetonka, they put a dock section out to place the harvest on and a jar to collect money to donate to the local food bank, when I left they were up over $300.00 so far, unfortunately someone in the area has decided to start stealing the money jar, I suggested wiring it for shock but then no one would put money in either.


Lake Minnetonak in the early afternoon......

View of the lake from mom's grass garden, I've decided that next year, I'm going to rip out nearly everything around my pond and put in a grass garden. It's really pretty......I apologize again that mom's not home to answer her phone otherwise I could tell you all what variety of grasses she has in there......













This is Dale enjoying the stone chair.....
The 15 foot sun flowers that she has growing in the orchard among the 8 foot tall tomato plants....
This next photo was taken with my phone so it's hard to make out the figures on the deck but that is my husband, Dale and my brothers oldest son fishing in the evening.
This is the stone chair that mom found in Sedona, Arizona. It is seriously the most comfortable chair you'll ever sit in. I love it. It's a nice place to sit to. It's situated in the grass garden on the point right by the shore, so in the mornings you'll hear the Loons calling, the lake slapping the shore, and the fishing boats trolling by.
And, the newest member of our family........Rupert. My younger brother adopted Rupert while I was home. Isn't he fantastic! He has the softest black nose you'll ever want to touch and the sweetest demeanor, laid back and full of love.

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