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A Nice Day

Today I got to spend some much needed time in the hammock after doing more planting, watering and weeding, painting a few tractor parts and touching some up.  As usual we had our 10 minute battle over who gets the hammock with lil Hallie and I fending off all endeavors to steal the hammock from me.  That finally solved the train roared past and the collies chased it away, strutting proudly once it had rolled away knowing they had put the fear of God into it.

Then, just as peace and quiet ruled, the squirrel arrived!  For the next half hour the collies looked up at and cursed at the chicken squirrel who would not come down.  Then, once that was over a flutterby got chased for about another half hour.  Ginger watched the Hawk circle above us, the garden Robin paid us a visit and hopped around one step in front of the younger collies who tried hard to catch her.

Finally, they took a nap for about ten minutes as I lay there enjoying the quiet.  Then, Ginger and Rutherford tried another attack to get the hammock but I won that round also.  But, I can see they are scheming and plotting so I am sure a new trick will be pulled soon….

 

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Kill the Butterfly!!!

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Come down here you stinking squirrel and quit being a chicken….

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Has anyone ever had Hawk Fricasee and Grits?

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Stay away from the  Hammock, it is Dads!!!

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-Here comes that stinky train… time to show it who is boss!

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Come here little Robin.. all I want is a sniff…..

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Plot? Plot? What plot?  Rutherford, pull your jaw up.. you have to play dumb.. remember?

 

 

Woot! Woot!

Several things to cover today….. first the Liverpool Reds.  They kicked the snot out of Tottenham and finally looked like the team they were last year. Could it be they have finally come together?  Next week is Aston Villa and with the Reds only three points out of first the fever is catching!  With Gerrard punching one in today the collies and I were cheering and dancing for the first time this year.  If they knock out Aston Villa they could be on their way for the hunt.  We shall see…. but they have to beat such teams as Manchester City which last week they failed at.  But, it is early and a lot of changes have been made.   So, time to celebrate!!!

 

 

Onto tractor news.  Finally got old Molly, the 1941 Allis Chalmers WC paint repaired and she looks great!     Old Molly is my most stubborn tractor…. now you are asking how can a tractor be stubborn?  Well, old tractors are like old cars. They have personalities, quirks and seem human much of the time.  Molly is stubborn.  She fights me on everything I do…. but, she grudgingly gives and then when repaired sits there looking like “what’s next human?  Bring it on?”  I’ve threatened to sell her many a time, but she knows better.  If I needed a tractor in an emergency she would be my choice for whatever I needed to move she would do it…. just to prove she could.   Old Allis would faithfully do it, and Annie the Case SC would be all too willing and would get the job done. But, Molly would knock down the walls to do it for she thrives on hard work… the harder the better.

dscf8858- Old Molly in the winter… it’s only -15 out here.. no big deal….

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-Today I changed the transmission fluid and filter in my HHR.  What is the big deal you say?  Well, for those who don;t know it has no dipstick to check the fluid and when you fill it up you have to run it through the gears and leave it running while you remove the overflow drain plug and fill it until it comes out the overflow.  Well, ya know what Chevrolet?  I have a 1949 Case SC that you do the same thing too… and it also has a canister oil filter instead of a spin on just like you!  70 years later  car companies have went back to what tractors were doing 70 years ago… the more things change the more they stay the same….. I also fixed the dash board light by replacing something Ginger called a “cellynoid for the charcoal canister.”  It worked…. so I felt good about that today too.  I also hung up a new light in my garage and can actually see on all sides now in the dark! YAY!!!

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dscf4795-Collies Transport Unit #1 is ready to go and the collies are cheering! Since I fixed the garage door also, now it can get in and out too!

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-So, it has been a productive weekend!  Tomorrow it is all collie day all day except for a hour with the tractors!    The collies want to share something with you that I shared with them…….

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collies 3- Dad told us this and we agree…  “We love old tractors for old tractors have souls.” – Roger Welsch   That they do and we collies were flattered when dad added… “”And so do collies and that is why we love them too.”

 

 

100_0076-Ahhhh… Labot Day Weekend and the Hammock is here….

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sky and dad-1-ah…. Barbee on the Grill too…… mmmmmmmmmmmm

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dscf5213-WE even have fireworks for the Collie Labor Day!  Er… sorry about all that tractor gasoline going up!  Well, grab the hot dog sticks. We might as well make the most of the fire… muwahahahahaha

 

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I Ginger took over the computer again!  This picture here… let me tell you the truth about it….at least my version of the truth! hehehehe

 

you see dad has his arm raised…. well…peeee uuuuuu put your arm down Dad!!! heheheehehehAll the collies are running from the smell… hehehe

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Okay, now if I disappear you will all know who to blame…. Gotta go here comes Dad….. pushing publish….. hehehehehe

What is it like at the Meadow nowadays…. well….  the collies are pretty quiet and pretty much down (they do mourn their dead too, ask anyone with several dogs) and the younger guys are short with each other and tempers are up a bit. Lad has pretty much stopped playing ball and sits next to me now.  I take that as the sign that he is now the Alpha as the other collies seem to act like he is as they come up and lick his face and the other collies seem to act like he is in charge.  

They play for a couple of minutes and then sit around… its like they are remembering.  Hallie and Ginger all of a sudden are buddies and lay next to each other giving the pout their Grandmama was famous for.  Oh, they flare up loudly once in a while, but it is rather subdued for them…..I know time heals but the Meadow seems empty once again after the loss of Smoke.  In time the collies will get over it and one day let loose like they used to. But right now the chemitsry, the balance, the character seems gone… it is like this everytime we lose a collie.

 

Everything is off right now…. the collies feel it, I feel it, the cats even feel it.  Even Ginger seems very serious right now….. now that is scary!

 

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We miss you Smoke……

 

Geniuses!!!

Genius! Ginger is a genius.  She saw the squirrel on top of the fence running and was watching. The other collies ran towards it and it jumped onto a branch and  scooted along it as the collies roared underneath. But, not Ginger she was plotting.  The squirrel picked a branch and down the tree it came to make a leap onto the shed or to scoot under it… but guess who was right where the squirrel was going to go? Her eye glowed and she had that fiendish grin going… “Come here little squirrel!”  But, the squirrel saw her just in the nick of time and went back up the tree to the top to wait it out……Ginger just laid down deciding she would wait…. sigh… geniuses….

-comer down little squeel!!!  Its time for squirrel fricassee……

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A New Plot

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What a wonderful day of frolicking in the sun, running, chasing, barking, jumping, chasing the squirrel, flutterbys and birds!  We love the fun in the sun days!

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Okay everyone…… CHARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!    Ginger dont you dare….

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Well everyone that is all for today… I cant stay and talk for well….. dad will probably wake up soon and it will not be pretty!  So, I have to come up with another plot to distract him… hehehehe

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