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May. 15th, 2017

Dammit.

Last night, we heard a gunshot. Fairly close to the property. Given that the nearest neighbor we can see, has told us before that they do pistol training/target practice in their backyard, we didn't think too much of it, other than being really close. (And yes, we looked around and didn't see anything.)

Just now, on my way to the mailbox and back again, I had to fight* with both dogs to get them to keep walking past a certain area along the edge of the driveway, where the hayfield meets it.

They shot the damn fox last night and it died there. They mowed the hayfield around him, so I couldn't see it until the dogs beelined for it. (Which makes sense or the resulting mess could mess up the cutter *and* the hay.)

I get trying to keep wildlife from your chickens, what have you. But dammit, you *knew* we walk our dogs along the driveway. Why couldn't you have killed the fox at the pine tree line or something instead.

Now, we get to bury said fox tonight and hope it rains soon to wash away the scent, otherwise, *everytime* we walk the dogs through there until it does, it's going to be a battle with them.

* I literally had to take both by the collars and march them well passed the area, on the opposite side of the driveway.

Calling out the bullshit.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39920676

One of the comments on the Facebook page by the asshole quoted, called me(female Marines) a 'barracks whore'.


One- I am not a damn bird. I do not belong to the avian species. Therefore, I cannot be a 'chick'. I am, however, a US Marine.

Two- I have never been a 'barracks whore'. *Because I refused to be one* is a reason I was given for not being allowed to stay on Okinawa (Camp Henoko/Schwab, where there were maybe a dozen female Marines to tens of thousands of male Marines) for another year, because I settled down with one guy- also a Marine- instead - whom I married and am *still married to, nearly 25 years later*.

Three- Enough with this bullshit 'women don't belong in combat/they don't have the biology for it1!' crap. It's been proven, over and over again, that it's just that- crap. That we can and do hold our own just as well as male Marines.

Four- the female Marine portrayed, is a Capt, a logistics officer who is combat decorated. THAT should be applauded, not degraded.

Semper Fi.
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Jan. 19th, 2017

Adventures in fostering...

It's difficult to weave with a 60lb foster puppy on your feet.

Do you know how difficult it is to weave with a 60lb foster puppy on your feet? Yeah.



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Jan. 17th, 2017

Adventures in fostering, or, my new favorite saying is 'No, Leo.'

Such a pretty big boy at almost 5 months

This is Leo. He's a 5 month old (well, almost) Akita puppy. He's also already 60lbs. Yeah.


Leo

I mean, look at those paws! He's going to be a big boy when he's full grown. A gentle giant, so to speak.


This puppy...

Such a character. I told him to stay and he really wanted off the couch. Heh. This lasted all of 30 seconds. We're working on manners.


Follow the leader

Caena likes him for the most part. The first day, she was all about playing with him. The second, not so much. Today, the third, she's growled at him twice when he tried jumping on her to play. Which made him stop jumping on her immediately. He learns quick, that one. He follows her around, sniffs what she sniffs, if she eats grass, he eats grass. I have two goats now.

The cats, well, that's a work in progress. They're coming around slowly. Though Miss Sassy did not approve of being bathed by him and when he tried it with Morrigan, she hissed at him. So he hasn't done it again. But he wants to be friends oh so badly. We're working on it.


Leo is camped out under my desk. In typical Akita fashion, it took 6 tries to get him to look at me.

In typical Akita fashion, it took 6 tries to get him to look at me for this photo. He is also very much a people dog. He very much wants to be as close to 'his people' as he can get. In fact, right now, he's chewing on the arm of my chair. *sigh*. There's been a lot of 'No, Leo.', ' That's not for you, Leo.', 'That's not a chew toy, Leo.', 'No, down, Leo.' But, once he learns manners and how to co habitat with cats properly, ie, not trying to get them to play or run after them when they leave the room, he'll make someone a wonderful companion.

Hey, at least we got him to stop putting his front paws on the counter in 2 days.

And now, he's chewing on the chair leg.

No, Leo.



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Jan. 12th, 2017

Caena absolutely loves snow.

Flying Akita

Flying Akita is flying.

Too bad the snow is now gone.




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Jan. 9th, 2017

So, we got a wee bit of snow on Sat...

Christmas lights left up just for the snow.


And I was up at 530 am that morning. Yeah. Hey, it was our first snow at Five Oaks and I really wanted to see it. We decided to turn the christmas lights on for awhile, when it was coming down and I got this absolutely stunning photo of our Phoenix, a Red Oak, in all his glory. Just gorgeous.


Snow!

Caena and I walked aways down the driveway, just looking around. It was so eeriely quiet and just beautiful.


Caena is absolutely loving the snow.

She, naturally, absolutely loves the snow.

Bittersweet

The bittersweet vines and berries made for some gorgeous shots too. And it's free food for the birds, who were going nuts at the suet feeders. And still are today.

Sunset on the first snow of the year

After the snow stopped, we had roughly 5". The sun came out and made for a lovely sunset.


Sunday, we woke up to no hot water. Apparently our tankless water heater decided to die overnight. Hrm. I'd say thank gods for the home warranty, but we still haven't heard back from them as to when a tech will be out to look it over, and we have no idea how much it's going to cost. *sigh* Too bad it didn't wait until tax refund time. At least we still have cold water and a stove to heat it on. Heh.



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Jan. 3rd, 2017

Pictures make a post- highlights from 2016

Last time I'll be here, hopefully.  #nofilter #laundromat #laundry #earlymorning #dantesspirit Fezzik! Our 400+yr old White Oak. What a glorious Tree.  #nofilter  #oak #oaktree #whiteoak #fiveoaks #home #garden #dantesspirit

The Peaks of Otter at sunset.  #nofilter #peaksofotter #blueridgemountains #fiveoaks #latespring #sunset #bedfordcountyva #swva #dantesspirit Early morning.   There's a hay field out there... maybe.  #nofilter  #earlymorning #mountainmorning #mountainfog  #swva #bedfordcountyva #fiveoaks #dantesspirit #latespring

Today, we paint!  #nofilter #handmade #fiveoaks #swva #bedfordcountyva #dantesspirit So a friend, @xiane_threeravens , posted think #ctmonthinthelife challenge over on Facebook. I decided to give it a go. Today's prompt is #workspace , so you get about half of my studio in this shot, complete with the current #workinprogress  on the big #

Walked out to get the mail with Caena. Another thunderstorm is coming in.  #nofilter #thunder #summer #summerstorms #thunderstorms#Akita #akitarescue #akitainu #dogsofinstagram #weather #dog #fiveoaks #swva #bedfordcountyva #dantesspirit Day 26 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #if by @createandthrive  is #insitu ...   This is one of my first #artquilts hanging above the mantle in the bedroom where Dante, Max and Aries reside.   'Icarus Falling ' is #handdyed, #handsewn, #stamped, #embellished wi

Miss Sassy was on a mission. Nose in the air, sniffing the breeze and off she'd go, tail high, prancing across the yard.  It was rather amusing to watch.   #nofilter #catsofinstagram #siamesecat  #cat #siamese #outdoirs #backyardadventures #autumnday #aut Went up to the Apple Valley Festival at Gross'Orchard today. Cane back with a quart of homemade Brunswick stew and a half peck of Gala, Winesap, Arkansas Black, Rome, Granny Smith Stayman-Winesap and York apples.  Can you say apple crisp time?   #nofilter

Miss Sassy is supervising fringe tying.   #nofilter #handmade #catsofinstagram #caneweaving #triloom #triloomweaving #weaversofinstagram #triangleloom #weaving #siamese #siamesecat #divakitty #divakitteh #kitteh #cat #dantesspirit #handwoven Miss Sassy is enjoying this #autumnday before the #rain moves in.   #nofilter #catsofinstagram #siamese #cat #siamesecat #divakitty #kitteh #divakitteh #fiveoaks #dantesspirit

Lazy Sunday.  #nofilter #akita #dogsofinstagram #akitainu #dog #rescuedog #sunday #autumn #fiveoaks #dantesspirit Yesterday was this #sillykitty 's 7th #birthday . Yes, Morrigan is a #Samhain #kitteh.     No, it's not likely her real birthday, but it is the day she showed up in our lives. And never left.    #nofilter #blackcat #formerferal #blackcatsofinstagram #cats

This cute two holiday tree display will be available via the shop later this week.   #nofilter #handmade #decoration #trees #ornament #holidaydecorations #handwork #handwoven #weaving #weaversofinstagram #pinloomweaving #pinloom #zoomloomweaving #zoomloom When little things make your Mom In Law happy. (two pieces of colored yarn).     We're just thankful she's still able to come spend the holidays with us.      #nofilter #alzheimers #earlyonsetalzheimers #alz #family #littlethings #home #thanksgiving #five

The rain stopped and the sun came out.   #nofilter #naturalbeauty #fall #aftertherain #autumnsunshine #sun #siamese #catsofinstagram #siamesecat #backyard #autumn #cat #cats #suchadiva #kitteh #divakitty #beautifulday #swva #southcentralva #bedfordcountyv These three are like the Musketeers. One goes outside, they all have to go outside.   #nofilter #catsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #akita #rescue #siamese #blackcat #siamesecat #dogs #cats #dog #cat #formerferal #adopt #akita #akitainu #americanshorthair #

2 minutes ago, you could see the hay field.   #nofilter #autumnfog #fiveoaks #dantesspirit Despite being so very photogenic, Morrigan actually doesn't like having her photo taken.   #nofilter #blackcat #morrigan #formerferal #catsofinstagram #sillycat #kitteh #adopt #cat #home #fiveoaks #dantesspirit

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And finally...

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Here's to 2017 being just as full of special times, pets and family. As well as better attempts at keeping up with the blog.


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