According to the calendar, spring is 2 days away, but the weather in Colebrook the past few days has us believing that we just might see an early spring this year! :)
Lilly disappeared from our yard Friday evening while we were having a cook-out. The four dogs were patiently waiting for their steak bone when we realized that Scamp and Lilly weren't sitting there staring at us. After several frantic minutes of calling out and searching the immediate area, Scamp showed up with tail wagging. We figured Lilly would be close behind... not the case. We scoured the woods until well after dark and spent most of the night camped out in the screen house calling out and waiting for her return. Saturday morning dawned and still no Lilly. We canvased the neighborhood. No one had seen her. Two Jahova Witnesses showed up at the house and Bill told them about Lilly. They took our number and passed word on to the people they ran into. They called Saturday evening reporting that they didn't spot her in their travels. Members of my Colebrook_Critters group and NorthwestCTAnimals group also put out calls of help for us, to no avail. A couple even came out with bisquits in hand to aid in the search.
Surprisingly, neighbors don't think she is the victim of a predator. Small wildlife is very abundant here this year which leads everyone to feel that the bobcats have left the area, and there has been no sign of coyote or wild dog packs this year. The rabbit population is doing very well, the yards are filled with them. Whatever was killing them is gone now.
There was a lot of "camping" activity at the Ukranian camp over the weekend, and tons of strange vehicles going up and down the road all hours of the day and night. At the grocery store today, there were 4 "missing dog" notices posted just since I went shopping on Friday. It makes me think that there may have been a massive dognapping spree this weekend. The media has been giving out warnings to pet owners to keep their pets in tow as people are going to all extremes to make a quick dollar these days. I'm asking all who read this to keep an eye out for our little girl. Someone may post a small white mixed breed female for sale or adoption on the internet or newspaper. People who frequent the camps in this area travel here from CT, MA and NY, so the sale or adoption could be posted from any state.
Description: 4 year old Female - Spayed
Size: Petite - under 16#
Mixed Breed: Rat Terrier/Chihuahua/Mini Schnauzer
No distinguishing marks... no tags
Last seen: 54 Fritz Road, Colebrook, CT
Lilly enjoys riding in the car. Is very "Yippy" when she sees bicycle riders, 18 wheelers, motorcycles, small children and other dogs. She always has to have the last word and will mumble under her breath to get that point across.
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If you are reading this and you have our Lilly, please drop her off at the driveway or where you picked her up so that she can find her way home... No questions will be asked. We just want her back, safe and sound.
We were pleased to see that Johnny's rose bush survived the winter... and even more thrilled to see it's first blossom. The 30 plus days of rain and varying temps that we've had over the past month have caused most of our plants, annuals and perennials to turn yellow from over-watering and lack of sunshine. This miniature rose bush sports rich green leaves and two beautiful buds.
The critters came to an abrupt halt this morning when they hit the foot of snow outside our back door. Scamp was the first one out and it took him a minute or two to adjust, then he was off like a deer prancing and leaping in the snow. This is the only good shot I got. Bear and Lily are shorter than Scamp, and they didn't stand still long enough to get a clean picture. They spent more time in the air trying to avoid the snow than on the ground attending to business. Later trips outside were much more pleasant after "Dad" cleared the snow. Everyone in this household is impatiently waiting for warmer, snowless weather.
While Bill attended to the snow matters outside, I pampered my still very sore broken toe, accomplished some light cleaning and enjoyed a hot cup of coffee in our warm kitchen.
Our 1920 circa drop leaf table looked nice but it was a bit too wobbly. We found this nice little set that opens up to seat 6 during one of our outings. We love the remodeled kitchen and can't wait for warmer weather to get here so that we can start renovations to the computer/living room. The kitchen came out so well, we are inspired to make more drastic changes to the rest of the house. Like the kitchen, we have an overall idea of what we want to do. I'm sure the finished product will be a pleasant surprise to both of us, as plans and ideas change frequently.
We are truly blessed. I don't question how or why. I will tell you though that each night before I fall to sleep I thank the Lord for all that he has provided.
Last spring we placed an ad at Craigslist and Connecticut Garage Sales looking to purchase an older model Wheel Horse Tractor in any condition. Within days a Colebrook resident offered a non-working tractor on freecycle. We responded and picked it up. After a couple of hours of general maintenance and the installation of a gas filter, the tractor was up and running. Bill uses it for everything that has to be done outside... hauling wood, trips to the cabins, moving trailers around, blazing new trails, you name it.
Before the holidays I posted an ad on Craiglslist and Connecticut Garage Sales looking for a snow blower or thrower attachment for it. We found one a few weeks ago in Ludlow, MA that Bill picked up for $100. It is in bad shape, and would cost close to $500 to fix up, and we'd still have an old piece of equipment. We crossed our fingers and posted another ad last week looking for a snow blower in any condition as long as it was repairable. A fellow from Torrington saw our ad and connected us up with a buddy of his that had a snow blower for sale that he previously had on a 1972 Wheel Horse. The fellow lives in New Hartford. We took a ride out Friday night to see if it was anything that we could use. It was exactly what we were looking for and I for one was willing to pay a good price for it just so that we could end our search and move onto our next project. Arrangements were made to pick it up the following day and no dollar amount was established. The tractor that it had been attached to needed repair and Bill offered to repair the tractor to cut down on the cost of the snow blower. Used, it is worth at least $500 to the seller. Saturday afternoon found us back in New Hartford with trailer in tow. After we got it loaded on the trailer Bill inquired again about the price. The owner looked at Bill and said..."You're a Nam Vet right?" Bill responded... "Unfortunately, yes." The fellow looked at him and said... "Take it, it's yours. It was in my way." From now on when someone asks Bill if he is a Nam Vet he's going to respond.... "FORTUNATELY yes!."
I have no exact monetary value that I can put on the tractor/snow blower, but looking at the prices of other yard tractors in the store, and from my personal experience buying large lawn equipment, I'd say that we are looking at a piece of equipment that would run a minimum of $5,000. (We have the 42" mower attachment that goes with it, but no use for it.) All of this was "gifted" to us and as of now our out of pocket cost to get it running was $5 for the gas filter, a couple of pins that we had laying around and $$ for gas to run it. Like I said... We truly are blessed.
Memories of childhood Valentine’s Days came to mind as I decorated our window for the upcoming holiday. In grade school we decorated shoe boxes or lunch bags with paper hearts, ribbons and lace which when finished were placed on a table or counter in the classroom. Each day we’d peek inside our box to see what cards or wrapped candies had been added since the day before and sad to say… waged odds on the boy and girl in the class who would end up with the largest number of cards/gifts in their box come Valentine’s Day.
At home, we made cards for family members. On them we would share a quality about the individual that we loved the most and offer a gift/task that showed our love for them. Mom and Dad were easy. Doing the dishes or ironing for Mom put you in good graces for a week… and making macaroons, rolling pennies or washing the car for Dad made him happy.
It seems that Valentine’s Day always fell on Monday through Friday back then. I remember waiting for Dad to come home from work. He’d always walk into the house with one hand behind his back. I wonder now how he managed to carry a dozen roses and a huge heart shaped box of chocolates for Mom and three smaller heart shaped boxes for us kids without dropping one or crushing the roses. Mom always cooked his favorite dinner… fried liver and onions with mashed potatoes and roasted peppers. After the dinner dishes were done, Dad would start humming a tune, take Mom by the hand and they’d waltz in the middle of the kitchen. When the dance ended Mom would grab brother Ron and Dad would grab me and sister Barb and we’d all dance. I stood in the center of that same kitchen recently and couldn’t imagine how the five of us used to dance in it. Granted us kids were smaller then, and my parents were smaller than I am now; but as a child dancing with Dad, the room was a grand ballroom.