Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's New

 Julep ... we are still waiting for her pathology report.
 Derby ... always close to food!
 We left the westies at home in the comfort of the a/c while
we went to Annapolis to look at slabs of granite.
 We headed to the production area of 'In Home Stone' and started
looking.  The granite above is a Level or Tier 1.  It is what the
professionals [in the business] call 'no movement'.  We considered
this slab for a few minutes, then moved on since it was flat.
 We quickly jumped from a Level or Tier 1 to a Level 3.  This
is not a great picture of the slab we 'tagged' but it has nice
'movement' within the piece.  We will get one last chance to
make a change when we go back and work on the placement
of the templates.  Also note that this big brown spot which
happens to look at a westies head is not a westie head!  It is the
reflection of the big slab moving machine that was parked
in front of this ... thus ... the reason for not getting a great photo.
Our new bed!  We ordered this two weeks ago and it's already
in.  Now if we wanted it that soon it would have been delayed
for weeks on end ... but since we don't need it until October
it's here and sitting at Higgins and Spencer until then.
... and the house upgrades and renovations are still
moving along.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Members Show: Academy Art

 Yearly the Academy Art Museum in Easton has a
"Member's Show".  Wilson likes to participate and this year
he decided on placing a beach photo from our Duck trip.
His is the top picture of the sand dune and fence.
 There are so many talented people in Talbot County
it's freaky!  Here are a few samples of art displayed.

 Not our westie ... but a westie in need of a good hair cut!

 After the reception was over we walked to
  Scossa's for dinner.  A nice Italian restaurant
we should go to more often.
Thanks for stopping in and 'cheers' to you.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Julep at the vet's office

 Checking out the smells of others before her.
We are still waiting for the punch skin test results
from pathology.  They were sent out Fed-X so
we are hoping to know exactly what the lump is
by Friday.  Fingers crossed it's nothing but an age
related growth.  Seems age 7 is the age all these
things start happening.
 If I hide under the bench seat maybe Dr. C won't find me.
Julep acted as if nothing happened and continues to act
like this now.  We have done everything right with our westies
meaning ... feeding a 'species appropriate' food {that means
a raw diet not some processed kibble full of carbs which dogs do not need}
 ... supplements from probiotics, omega 3 oil, and a list of others to long to list here
... to stopping all unnecessary vaccines, but in doing all this we 
simply can not change our DNA makeup.  Until then
keep Julep in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Sleepy Time

 Julep just finished dinner and is taking a post-meal nap.
 I just found a lump on the back of Julep's front leg.  We have a
9:30a.m Saturday vet appointment to determine what this is.
The lump appeared within 24 hours - I know this because 
I brushed her completely yesterday and it wasn't there.
I am hoping it's either a wart or she just scratched her skin and
it's crusted over.  If that's the case I'm worried about a
secondary infection.  If it was a tick it would have fallen
off but in any event we will know what's going on tomorrow.
It's always something with these little white dogs!

 The lump which is the size smaller than a penny is above the upper 
knee joint which is a hard place to scratch or bite.  
Sleeping Josie
Josie loves her quilt as you can see.  She is the young lady
aspiring to be a pastry chef.  Josie sent me a box
full of chocolate chip cookies she made and I admit they
are better than mine.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Longwood Gardens: Part Two

Enjoy the simple beauty and variety presented 
in the Orchid Room at Longwood Gardens. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Longwood Gardens: Part One

 Yesterday we left the westies in the care of Rebecca who
spent the night while we drove to Longwood Gardens in Kennett
Square, Pennsylvania.  It's under 3 hours from St. Michaels.
 Our first stop was lunch at Longwood's formal restaurant
1906.  Wilson ordered a bowl of mushroom soup because [if you didn't 
know] Kennett Square is the 'mushroom capital of the world'.
Here's the 'poop' on how Kennett Square got this title:

Here's an astonishing fact: 
Half of America's mushrooms are grown in one tiny corner of southeastern
 Pennsylvania, near the town of Kennett Square.

But why? It's not as though this place has some special advantage of 
climate or soil, the kind of thing that led to strawberry fields in Watsonville, Calif., or 
peach orchards in Georgia. Mushrooms can grow indoors. 
They could come from anywhere.

No, what turned Kennett Square into the Mushroom Capital of the World
 was nothing more than historical accident, combined with the presence
 of some very industrious Quakers, Italians and Mexicans.

The story starts with the Quakers.

Sometime around 1885, according to local lore, two Quaker flower growers 
from Kennett Square were bothered by wasted space under the carnation
 beds in their greenhouses, and they thought of growing mushrooms there. 
So they steamed off to Europe, where people were already farming 
mushrooms, and brought back some spores.

They were Kennett Square's original mushroom farmers. 
A few Quakers — or their descendants — are still in the business today.

 The first flower we saw.
 This ranks up there with the strangest plant we saw.
It looks like something from outer space.
 Love the color but didn't get the name of this plant.
 It was an overcast day which Wilson said was excellent for
taking outside pictures.  After lunch we headed right to the
waterlily displays and starting taking pictures.  I took about
150 pictures and Wilson took more!
 The Lotus ... my favorite plant.

 Doesn't this look creepy?  Reminds me of the movie "The Fly".

 The Dragonfly 
Without the sun you can't see his copper colored wings.

 The Lotus Seed Pod

 Remember my little dragonfly friend from the picture above?
Here is the 'case' he emerged from.  I overhead one of the
volunteers saying this is very unusual to actually see a case
still attached to a flower.  They will remove this and
place it in a jar to show children.
 I also overhead another volunteer saying that in early spring
they start this type of waterlily from a seed.  It takes 4 individuals
to move this plant from the growing room into the outdoor displays.
The 'pads' or 'leaves' you are seeing here are at half size.
That's it for today's selection.  
Hope you enjoyed the pictures.