The Farmer Takes A Wife (this one)

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Another Worthless Day of Fishing...

Ok, from the title, you get my point. We got out on the water about 10 am. Fished until 3:30 pm. Nothing! Dad and DH got nibbles, but me- nothing! My "herring" bait looked the same when I took it out as it did when I put it in.

But- I got a few things accomplished sitting in the boat. I can share all but one of them with you right now!

I got some sun. As always, a sunburn on my cheeks and nose- parr for the course my first time out in the sun!

I started a book from page 1 and made it 150 pages into the book. Very interesting. I recently rediscovered Mary Jane Clark. She is the ex-daughter-in-law of Mary Higgins Clark and ex-sister-in-law of Carol Higgins Clark . If you haven't read any of their books, they are all a good read! So go to your local library.

I spent some quality time with my Dad and DH. As usual we talked and laughed. And made up some fish songs...ok, so maybe that was me, but they laughed just the same!

I did some calculating in my head...

After fishing, BTW, it is a 2 hour roundtrip drive :(

So got to my mom and dad's. Tried to pick up baby girl...she didn't want to go home. DH had water to change at 5 pm (it's now 4:45). She helped Nana get dinner ready to cook and Jeni and Boyfriend are there. Nana says she will bring GF home. Great, now I get to help DH change water since I have no child to stay with.

We get home from changing water at 7:45. Put in meatloaf (compliments of my mom) and it has 30 minutes left. I am hungry! Nana brought GF home.

We just put in a movie...Elizabeth Town- 15 minutes into it, and it looks to be stupid! Giving it a few more minutes, then we will stop it if it doesn't start looking up!

BG took a shower, it is 15 minutes until her bedtime! After I eat, I am not far behind her!

Hopefully tomorrow's post will be on a brighter note! Singer 3

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Nashville Star- Matt Mason

God Bless Matt Mason and TiVo! I have been hooked on Nashville Star. I was just browsing the line-up one night and decided this sounded insteresting. So I set TiVo to record all of the episodes. I didn't start watching them until 2 weeks ago or so. Well, I have been addicted! I watched the first 4 episodes in 1 day! This guy is my favorite, along with Chris Tucker. We are always on the lookout for baby names. Since there is already a Matthew in DH's family, I suggested Mason to DH as a middle name. Not only no, but NO NO NO. Ok, we'll see :)

"Touch Me, Turn Me On and Burn Me Down"

"Don't Gim'me No Lines and Keep Your Hands to Yourself"

I say ok to both! JK

NO WAY! They just voted him off! What a RIP!


10 Simple Pleasures

I have been tagged by my Auntie Pam. I suppose I will do this, since I am completely frustrated and temporarily giving up posting my link for "100 Things About Me." A nice reprieve may be in order :)

10 Simple Pleasures
(no order, of course!)
1. Hearing my baby girl call me "Mom Mom." I always loved that my mom called her mom, Mama. That is what I wanted Mac to call me. But she had some speech problems when she was learning to talk. She never quite learned it the way I wanted. Nana finally taught her to say "Mom Mom." She is 7 and still calls me this. I love it now!
2. A long, overdue phone conversation with any of my dear friends.
3. Making cards, quilting, or any craft with my Auntie Pam. Make sure there are some tissues available, and go to the bathroom first!
4. Working in the yard planting flowers with my mom. And recently, with my daughter helping us!
5. Having a facial by my dear friend, Candie. Or any service she does- eyebrows, pedicures, full set of nails. MMMmmm, she is the best esthetician around!
6. Looking at old pictures- brings back so many good memories!
7. Going on a "date" with DH. I love it when he tells me we have been working hard and we have hardly seen eachother. He then "asks" me on a date. It usually goes something like this, "How would you like to go out for a nice dinner and maybe a movie- your choice." I do love him!
8. Fishing with my Daddy! Or helping him in his garden or shop. I love my Dad!
9. Reading a good book.
10. Ditto on my Grandma talking! Makes my heart sing and my eyes cry!
I now challenge Gia to do the same!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Rearranged Collage

Ok, if you know what (or who) you are looking for, here you go. This is the close up version. It was covered and I did not realize it! Sorry! However, I was not able to find my rainbow cousin's pic. I could have swore it was here. It was the pic of our ear piercing in CA.

Can you see it here too? I do love you more than words could ever express! YAM! GMTA! Forever!

Bulletin Board Collages

Remember the bulletin boards I wrote about in my last blog? Well I took a picture of each of them! This one is mine. If you look real close, you might recognize someone, maybe evn yourself! I just realized something, there are not any pics of DH on here! Oh, wait...I see him. Just above the pic of Alan & Jeni at gpa's funeral there is a shot that was taken at DH's bday last year. Honky-Tonk Homicide; boy was that fun! I think we may do another one this year. I look at this collage every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to bed. If for some reason I am having a bad day, I go lie on the bed and look at all of these wonderful people who have made my life so awesome and it makes me feel better! This is DH's bulletin board. Like I said, not much on it. But he does have some artwork that GF drew for him. And a honeymoon pic from Maui Aquarium. Oh, and a pic of Mac from Halloween.

This would be GF's board. She has pics of her and Uncle Boyfriend, her cousins, her dad, her grandparents, herself, Papa, Nana, and postcards that are sent to "her." Below a map of the US to track where her dad is. A Bratz doll calendar. And to the side a calendar from Hawaii.

Special Card

I have almost been married 5 months! Yes, I know that sounds silly...but, what can I say? I never thought I would be married again. I thought I was bound to be the lonely, divorced, single mother who lived her life through her daughter. I would die an old lonely spinster. Seriously, I had visions of this! But God must have had another plan for me! Anyway, this all (well, not my spinster story- but remembering the 5 month mark) came about when I went to the freezer to pull something out for dinner. On the top shelf staring right at me was the box that houses our wedding cake top. I got to thinking and remembering how yucky my last wedding cake tasted at 10 months. So, I have been devising a plan. I think for our 6 month mark I am going to have a nice dinner and have the cake dethawed and give hubby this card. I am a card person, what can I say? I don't find it hard to tell people how I feel- I do often. But I love giving homemade cards that have some of my love in them! I have made several cards for DH. He even has them posted on his corkboard on his side of the bed (hung on the wall). Each of us (Me, Mac, and Wayne) has one hung in the bedroom. This is a way to hang things, i.e. newspaper clippings, report cards, pictures, cards, etc., that are important to us. Mine is mostly filled with pictures of the most important people in my life. Baby girl's has pictures and some artwork (I haven't glanced at it lately, don't know if she has changed it). DH's has my cards and then pictures of fish! Go figure, shows what's important! LOL! Anyway, back to this card. I have had these metal tags in my stash for a long time. You know when you buy something you just have to have? Well I knew I had to have these, but was waiting for something special to use them on. Guess I finally found that something special!
There is a sticker at the top of the first row of tags. The camera did not pick it up very well...but...The sticker says "Eternal Love." The first row of metal tags read (from l. to r.) hope, love, magic. Under the ribbon (l. to r.) cherish, joy, believe. I attached the ribbon on each side with staples. I have been seeing staples used a lot lately and I think it's pretty cute! So I decided to try something new. I wish you could see the detail of the brads (oops, I mean "chads") that I used to adhere the metal tags with. They each have a different design. On the rows I used (l. to r.) pink, red, pink and I alternated solid, polka dots, spiral, and striped. It is way too cute! I can't wait to give it to him- but I know he won't be nearly as excited as I was to make it or give it. Oh well- it's a girl thing I guess! I love my DH very much and am so thankful to be in his life, and him in mine. It is my hope and prayer that our love is indeed "Eternal."

Proverbs 31:10-31
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Ephesians 5:21-27
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.
"For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Good, Good, Bad, Bad

A picture of my first strawberry of the season! I recently decided to move these out of my kitchen window and put them outside. I left them (6) in their pots and moved them into the flowerbed by the deck. This way they are a bit more protected from the cold during the night. We have still been having pretty good freezes. The average has been about 20 degrees at night. And then during the day it gets almost 70 degrees. The last few days we have not had much wind, which is really odd for here. Alas, the wind returned today.
As promised, Mac and I went to feed these two big boys. We took about 8 apples and a half a bag of baby carrots. We fed all of the apples to Mick and Ford (yes, the names are right, we checked). Then we went to find the other horses in another pen, and they had been moved. So we returned to M & F and fed them the rest of the stash. They were so gentle. Sometimes when one feeds livestock (cows or horses) the animal will nudge or butt with the head when they want more or are competing with another animal. That was not the case with these gentle giants. They took turns and were pleasant, polite, and showed their good manners- their mother would be proud! Let's see if I can get this right- Mick is the all black one (minus his stockings on the feet) and he is 10 years old. Ford is the one with the white blaze and he is 11 years old. I think they are brothers. FIL took them down to the livestock scale at our feedlot and wieghed them. They are both right at 1800 pounds! Two hundred more pounds (each) and that would be a ton! Until Sunday they only had one owner. FIL bought them at an auction in Sisters, OR for workhouses and antique horse stuff (not really sure what that is called). They are both very docile animals. They have competed in pulling contests and won hands down over hundreds of other teams. The max weight they have ever pulled is 11,000 pounds. I guess the standard is about 8,000 pounds- so these guys are awesome! They are not saddle broke (meaning they have never had a saddle on them before) but they will allow a bareback rider. So I think FIL is going to work on this. But it is a good idea to have the horse (any horse) a while before attempting any such feat- the rider and the animal should be familiar with one another. FIL and MIL want to get the wagon fixed up and have the horses pull it in the local parade with all the grandkids in the back (10 of them). The bigger ones could ride the other horses. We would put all of our logos on the wagon, horses, and of course wear our clothing advertising the different ranches and farms. We'll just have to see if this actually takes place now. Mac was getting all excited. So I hope she understands if it doesn't happen! Remember I said earlier that I felt like I got some stuff done because of the dishes and sweeping/mopping? I then did dinner too. Well, after water changing this is what I walked into the kitchen and saw! GRRR! This is the small pile in the middle of the kitchen floor.
And here is the rather large pile right at the doorway. See those boots in the pic? They are mine, and notice that they are clean? We have an outside faucet right outside of the door. I always hose mine off. Do you think DH and DD do the same? Heck no, that's asking too much. Especially this time of year when I get to do all of the cleaning! Don't get me wrong, DH will help in the winter when it is his off season, but now that he is working 15 hour days, he doesn't do many chores around the house. I can't imagine I would want to either- but still! GRRR!


Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List some neat facts, some births and some deaths in your journal. Explain why you picked them.

December 14th


1819 - Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state. (weird because of my ties to AL because of exH) Star

1947 - The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida. (because of my grandpa and my exH I am a NASCAR fan, even went to a few races in the South. Go Mark Martin and Roush Racing!) Checkered Flag

1962 - The Mona Lisa is assessed at US$100 million, the highest insurance valuance for a painting in history. (I found this interesting and remember learning this fact. I took 2 years of Art History in college. Mike Wonser is the most AWESOME Prof. I just took the class because I needed some electives; never did I imagine that I would grow to love the art and history!) Painter


1503 - Nostradamus, French astrologer (d. 1566) (My Dad has always been interested in this man; personally I do not know much)


1542 - King James V of Scotland (b. 1512) (because I am Scottish) Scotland

1799 - George Washington, first President of the United States (b. 1732) (Just thought this was interesting- after all, I am an American) Flag 3

1985 - Roger Maris, baseball player (b. 1934) (don't know much about him, but I answered his name to a question on Trivial Pursuit and got it right!) Baseball Head

Ok, so I am bored. I don't feel well today. Despite being under the weather, I still managed to go to town 2 times for DH today. I also did the dishes and swept/mopped the kitchen floor- or should I say "kitchen hill." I feel like I have a cold- sore throat, runny/plugged nose, itchy/watery eyes, cooughing, sneezing, headache, etc. But I think it's just allergies. Last night I was at M & D's and walked under a tree- afterward I had yellow pollen all over me, so I know different things are in season right now. Wayne felt bad yesterday and Mac on Monday. But I am pretty sure neither one of them was this bad off. I took a nap for about 1.5 hours. I feel a bit better, but still groggy. I need to run girl is going to get off the bus in a few!

I Love My Family!

"Where you go, I go; and where you live, I'll live. Your people are my people, your God is my God; where you die, I'll die, and that's where I'll be buried, so help me GOD-not even death itself is going to come between us!" Ruth 1:16-17

The Newest Tractor Driver

Here's my tractor driving baby girl! You go girl!

Mom, how am I going to get down?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Busy Day!

Here is a pic of my new toy. Wayne unloaded it for me tonight. With the exception of backing it down the ramps, I was the first person to drive it! Mac and I drove around the farm tonight and helped Wayne with water. It drives much smoother than the other 2, you can sure tell it's new!

Late afternoon I had to take DH something to eat. He did not have anything to eat or drink all day. He called at about 5:15 pm and asked me to bring some to the shop. Took Mac and Ginger. Here is Ginger being a "ruff tough coco puff!" She chased the cows all over. Whenever she tried to chase the horses, she got scared- I think they were too big and intimidated her! Funny dog!

MacKenzie looking into the horse coral.

MacKenzie and cousin Matthew doing some "horse talk." Grandpa taught him to ride at a young age and he enjoys riding. So he talks to Mac a lot about horses and how to take care of them, etc.

FIL bought some new toys this week too. These horses are called Shires. Chub (FIL) has always had the dream of having a team of draft horses. What for, I have no idea! Last year he bought an old wagon (like off of Little House on the Prairie) but it's still sitting in the equipment shed. Now that he has the horses maybe he will do something with the wagon? It may give him the little extra incentive. Anyway, the one here with the blaze is Ford. I couldn't get a very good shot, he was not willing to come closer to the fence.

This is the other guy. His name is Mick (we think- parents are out of town). Isn't he beautiful? He was quite the poser. He stood there and kept letting me snap shots of him. Tomorrow I promised Mac that we would take some apples to the horses and feed them. I will probably have to go buy some more when I am in town. It isn't fair to feed some of them and not all of them (even though these big fellows are in their own pasture). All together there are 9 horses (I think?).

Ok. I have a ton of stuff I could write about, but it has been a busy day. Hubby had a rough day and is just getting out of shower. He asked me to come back to the bedroom instead of working in the living room on puter. I know he will be ready to sleep, so I must go for now!

PS- here is a little background on the Shire:
The shire horse is a breed of draft horse. It is the tallest of the modern draft breeds, and a stallion may stand 18 or more hands(~180 cm) high and weigh a ton. The Shire horse has a dense rounded body, a broad back, strong loins, powerful hind-quarters, and long legs with dense bones. It can be black, brown, bay, or gray and has distinctive long silky hair (often white) on the lower parts of its legs.

Down & Dirty w/ Nana

Girlfriend and Nana planting Pumpkin and Squash seeds in the greenhouse

A trip to Bend saw that the two gardener girls got new gardening shoes. These can be washed off/out with a hose and they are all rubber so they will dry fast! Whose foot is which?

If you look closely, you can see the tattoo on my big toe!

Monday, April 24, 2006

My Very Own!

Today I was in the bedroom watching some tv. DH came in and asked me what color 4-wheeler I would like; red, green or blue. With purple and blue being my favorite colors, I said blue! He said, "This is ridiculous. We have 3 farms, and only (2) 4-wheelers. We need 1 at each property and today I could have used your help, but didn't have an extra 4-wheeler." I was like, ok?! Wayne left the bedroom and called the dealer in Bend and told them what he wanted. A few minutes later he came back into the bedroom and said they only had red and yellow in stock. Well, I was disappointed! I finally get a brand new 4-wheeler of my very own (yes, I do have t share, and probably won't get to ride it as much, unless I want to do the work...but) and I can't have the color I want?! That stinks! Well, (jerk) bro-in-law just got a yellow one, and it's not too cute. And I am not fond of red either (has to do with ex-H), but those are my only choices. Can they order a blue one? Yeah, but wee will have to wait 3 weeks and we need it now. Well, then I guess my hands are tied. Red it is. Hubby wanted it to seem like I got to make the choice, but I know if I would have said yellow, he would have said no way. So I am driving to Bend tomorrow to pick it up at 11. I have to write a farm check and then fill out the title and registration paperwork. Then they will load it for me! After that, off to lunch with my dear friend, Suzette. Every chance I get I eat at Quizno's. I have a return to make at Ross' and there is a brand new Q's in the complex. I am happy to get to see Suz. We have been trying to eat lunch once a month since graduation, marriage, jobs, etc; but it doesn't always happen that way! Anyway, it will be a good day tomorrow. Looking forward to it! Girlfriends are so much better than husbands! At least about 80% of the time! Not that I don't love and adore my hubby- but it is farm season again, don't see him much and when I do, he is crabby! Hatchet

Friday, April 21, 2006

Our New Driveway

Here is the culvert DH placed in the bottom section of the field where the water accumulates. He says he needs to bring in about 6 truckloads of rock (that we picked out of the field- good thing it comes in handy) to build up the driveway enough. Then once it is built in, we will bring in some dirt and then "professional" gravel. This is the first thing we need to get done before we can build.

Here is the driveway all the way down (or up, I should say). We need to get the driveway done, a permit to pave the first 10 feet off the road, septic in, water line down the lane, power up the lane, and telephone line up the lane. Then the builders will have all they need to get going. Who knows how long all this will take?!

One of My New Fave Songs

So, I had plenty of time to listen to the radio Mon-Wed. Normally I don't listen to the radio much, not even in my car. But driving tractor all day tends to get quite monotonous, so I turned on the radio. I heard this song several times by one of my favorite artists, Gary Allan. I wanted to look up the lyrics and post them. I can really relate to this from all I have been through in the last 5 years. I sure agree with the title, life may not always be beautiful; but hopefully at the end you can look back and say it was a beautiful ride~
This guy is hot too, in addition to his nice voice! He has a deep, rich, sultry, sexy voice! MMM, I could listen to him all day long!

Gary Allan : Life Ain't Always Beautiful

Life ain't always beautiful
Sometimes it's just plain hard
Life can knock you down
It can break your heart

Life ain't always beautiful
You think you're on your way
And it's just a dead end road
At the end of the day

But the struggles make you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has it's own way
Of takin' it's sweet time

No, life aint always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life aint always beautiful
But it's a beautiful ride

Life aint always beautiful:
Some days, I miss your smile.
I get tired of walkin' all,
These lonely miles.

And I wish for just one minute
I could see your pretty face
Guess I can dream
But life dont work that way

But the struggles make me stronger
And the changes make me wise
And happiness has it's own way
Of takin' it's sweet time

No, life aint always beautiful
But I know I'll be fine
Hey, life ain't always beautiful
But it's a beautiful ride
What a beautiful ride

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Daddy, Mac, Ginger, & Lucky

Oops! I forgot to finish my entry before I posted! Anyway...After I planted, I came inside and cleaned the kitchen, finally did the dishes! Then I had to run DH back and forth picking up/dropping off equipment. Came home did a load of laundry. Then had to drive the pipe trailer over to the other farm. DH had loaded a culvert (pipe) that is going to go under our driveway. The middle of our driveway is in a lower (level wise) section of a field and water has a problem collecting there. So hubby ordered a 10" culvert to go there. Swift Steel delivered it today. Drove over to the other farm and hubby had decided to cut the driveway! He had made 3 passes and was doing a good job! How nice it is to have our own equipment to do these things ourself, instead of contracting out; who knows how much $ that would be! Now he knows how long (wide) the base of the driveway will be, so he will order a longer section and probably a little wider of a culvert for that. I will try to go over tomorrow and take pictures of what he got done. It sure looks nice, and I am pleasantly surprised- as he did not tell me he ordered that. He wanted to surprise me! And he did! Construction Barrier Picked up GF from school, took her to ballet, went to Bi-Mart. Since they had potting soil on sale I got 6 more bags (they were $1.50 each, couldn't pass it up- I know I'll use it all easily). GF got her report card- what a smart little girl! After dance, as a treat we went to Dairy Queen and bought cheeseburgers, french fries, and buster bars. DH wanted burgers BBQ'd on grill for dinner, but when I left home the burger was still frozen. So as a treat to them both we did DQ. He wanted burgers and I promised her ice cream for the job well done. She got E +'s (exceeds standards) in all subjects and on the breakdown of all the tasks, she got O's (outstanding). It is Thursday and Survivor is on now. I need to go as I have a hot date with my daughter!

Hot Date w/ Nana

These are the extra flowers I have left over after planting the pots that I have at home. Over the weekend Mac and I have a hot date with my mom in the greenhouse. We are going to make some hanging baskets and bags...and whatever else happens! Someone asked what dianthus are, they are in the flat all the way to the right, they are pink/white mixture. They are part of the carnation family, but much cuter (as I don't care for carns at all!).

It's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood!

Well today I actually enjoyed myself! Took Girlfriend to school and then went to Curves. I have been trying to go (3 times a week) and everyday this week- but since I had to drive tractor 3 days this week, that only leaves 2 days that Curves is left open. Oh well. I will go tomorrow; that's the best I can do. After the gym, I went to Bi-Mart and bought $40 worth of flowers. Last night my mom saw that Bi-Mart had 1/2 flats on sale for $4.99. So I bought 8 of them = 4 full flats. Ok, I know that sounds like a lot, since there are 50 flowers per flat, but we are sharing them, ok? I bought 1 flat of allysum, 1 flat of lobelia, 1 flat of dianthus, 1/2 flat of purple wave petunias, 1/2 flat of purple pansies. Yesterday when I was there running an errand for Wayne, I bought 2 bags of potting soil to finish the flowers I still had left from last week, and was hoping it would be enough to get me by with these flowers, but no! So I will have to go buy some more when I take Mac to ballet. After flowers, then I had to go to Thompson Pump to get some irrigation parts for Wayne. Thanks for talking to me on the phone mom, when I then had time to realize when I was at Safeway, I had to turn around and go all the way back- but at least I discovered it before I made it home! I then came home and got to work. I had enough soil to do 4 pots. I finished off the flowers left from last week in 2 pots and then I planted a few new ones into 2 other pots. I will try to get out and get some pics to put with this post.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Poor Ginger

Just a quick note, baby puppy had to go to the vet today. Last Friday we noticed she was scratching at her ears. So we looked in them and they were NASTY!! So we bathed her, making sure to get her ears wet. Then we poured a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water into them. It helped clean them out, but not enough. And they smelled bad. We have been keeping a close eye on her- and it has not gotten any better. So we made a vet appt for today. Mac and I took Ginger in to see Dr. Jerud (first name- yes spelled right). He is awesome and loves Ginger and his job- it's very obvious. Anyway...he took a look. He says, "well it doesn't look too comfortable to be Ginger right now." Turns out, our puppy has allergies, just like people get. From pollen and all that good stuff we are right in the middle of in farm country. Her inner ears were all filled with yuck, and swollen so much, the inner canal was barely recognizable. The outer ear (still inside but not down in the canal) was covered with red spots and some scabs. Turns out this is a form of a yeast infection. So he says he will give her a shot of anti-inflamatory to start helping her ears immediately. Then he says he is going to give us 2 rx's. One is an earwash that we will use 2 x day for 1 week. And the other is a cream to put in her ears 30 mins after washing them 2 x day for 7 days. Then we will have to use this stuff 1 time a week for the rest of her life to prevent flare ups. And when/if she gets this again, then we will have to do the strict regiment again. Labs are notorious for bad ears; especially chocolate ones for some reason. This is also very heritable; Dutch (daddy) too has bad ears and always has. So, yay for us. We got a free dog, but she is costing us serious money! We have had a few emergency visits to the vet, the routine care, and then today. Wayne told me he thought today's visit would be about $80. I told him that was too much. Nope, not enough! It was $115.81. But what was I going to say? NO? The poor girl needed all that he gave her. He said if we did not bring her in this would have gotten worse. In 3-5 months she would have gone deaf from all the fluid filling up in her ears. And then what's worse, it would have began to destroy the structure of the brain and eating away at it! Yuck! Glad we spent the money today. We just want a happy, healthy puppy! She is a good girl- even if she thinks she is human! We love her sooo much! Frisbee

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