Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tennessee in March

I promised some pictures from our hike in TN, so here are a few. The hike was only supposed to be about 3 miles round trip. But, they had the road closed that led back to the starting point of this particular trail. We had already decided this is the trail we wanted (because of the waterfall) so we decided to walk to the trail. I don't know exactly, but I'd say that added a couple of miles to the trail, then a couple of miles back to the truck.  So all-in-all I think it was around a 6-8 mile hike. I carried Addie to the start of the trail (which was straight up hill, a STEEP hill) Ben offered to carry her, but he was already carrying a 30 pound pack with our lunch, water, and first aid items just in case. So, I felt like I should carry something... and Addie only weighed 15-16 pounds compared to 30 so I picked her=) After we got to the top of the hill though I needed a break. So Ben carried her and the pack through the entire trail, then most of the way back down the hill. I took her back without the carrier and just held her for the rest of the way down the hill. She was tired and hungry and I was trying to console her till we got back to the truck where I could feed her. Up until that point she seemed to thoroughly enjoy the hike.
We saw all kinds of different animal tracks... including a bear track. I took a pick of it next to my foot for size comparison. That was pretty cool. And the trees were huge. The scenery was beautiful. I would say that the turkey sandwiches we packed for lunch was the best food we had there, just because I was so hungry by the time we ate. We sat in the shade while we ate though and I got chilled. SO we ate fast then got back on the trail. We hope to go back and take all the kids sometime. It would be fun to go hiking with them. We'll just have to wait till they're a little older though.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nursing Cover

Let's face it there are tons of people who make and sell nursing covers all over etsy and such. But... none of them go all the way around. They're all just a rectangle of material with a loop on one side to hang it around your neck. Don't misunderstand me I have nothing wrong with this design, and it seems to work for most people... it just didn't work for me. I don't know, maybe I'm just clumsy when I nurse. But I didn't feel comfortable unless I was covered all the way around. So, I made a cover for myself. I don't have any pictures of my original. It wasn't very good any way. It was my first attempt at trying to make that particular image that was in my head. A couple of years later a friend of mine had a baby, and like me, she wanted more coverage, and asked me to make her a cover. So, I did. Here are the pics.

I would be willing to sell these if anyone was interested. If so, just leave me a comment=)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because I Needed More Responsibility=)

We got a new puppy. She is a Great Pyrenees. We named her Elsie. And I love her.

We intend on getting chickens and goats next year. (We were supposed to get them this year, but it was a little too much on our plate, with having baby number five and getting the house painted and such) So's we wait till next year. If our plan works out and we do get said chickens and goats, we'll need a "herd" dog. And a Great Pyrenees really fit the bill.

But, if I'm honest with ya, I really just wanted a Pyrenees=) I had one before, his name was Humphrey. And before him I HATED dogs. But there was just something about him that I loved to death. Then one day, Ben went out to feed him in the morning and he was fine, then later that afternoon when I went to check the mail, he was already stiff. I think he was poisoned or snake bitten. I am the one who found him and it really bothered me. I sometimes wish Ben had found him and just told me about it cause I feel like it wouldn't have bothered me as bad that way.

This is Humphrey:

Anyway, back to Elsie. I bought her from a craigslist seller. I'm not going to say for certain that they were running a puppy mill, but it sure wouldn't surprise me. I wish I had the room and money to have got her brother and sister as well, but I really don't need three Great Pyrenees. They told me that she was only 6 weeks old and that they had weaned her the week before. Red flag right there, but once I took her to the vet he said he thought she was more like 8 or 9 weeks old. So, I could relax a little there. The night we bought her, Ben and I stayed up till 3am hand picking fleas off of her. She was COVERED. I noticed there was some bald spots on her and knew it was probably mange, but hoped it was just a flea allergy. After taking her to the vet the next day, mange was confirmed. She also had a pretty rough case of round worms and toxemia. Doc said she wouldn't have lasted much longer. Another red flag was the fact that all Ben had to pay for her were $20 bills, which meant we needed fifteen dollars in change. Instead of just letting us have five dollars off the man went into his house to count out $5 in literal CHANGE. We also didn't get to see the parents because he claimed it was too dark. Nor could he show me a receipt to prove that he had the shots he claimed to give her.

We've had her for a few weeks now. I took her back for a checkup the other day and she is doing much better. she is stained yellow from the lime-sulfur dips I've had to give her for mange.  The hair is growing back in on her paws, although she still looks like she has a possum tail. The vet said it may take some time for it to grow back in. She has already grown a ton since we got her.

We are in the process of building her a doghouse so that we can get her out of the makeshift "kennel" we have her in. (It's a baby gate in front of the walkway to the garage door) We let her out to play with the kids every couple of days. She is good with them, unless it's possible to lick someone to death.

*update* since it has literally been months since I originally wrote this post lots of things have changed. Not long after this was written we let her out to run around as she pleased, and she did all winter. but as Pyrenees tend to do she started roaming and was tearing things up that didn't belong to us and getting in the neighbors horse field, and leaving land mines EVERYWHERE. So recently we've put her on a chain. It is finally warming up outside so we can get out and train her. I would love to train her to go poo in a generalized area but we shall see. I would be grateful for any tips in that area=)

And the reason I waited so long to post this in the first place is because I wanted a picture of her with the kiddos but that's just not gonna happen right now so here's a couple of just her. Yes she is filthy... through the winter she constantly laid n the red mud at the corner of the porch. And there was no way I was going to give her a bath with the temps as low as they were. I'll let the kids bathe her as soon as the weather is warm enough=) I always had fun giving dogs a bath as a kid!