Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Christmas is a special time here at the Meadow and the collies play a large role in it… This was a card from one year that featured big Hallie. For those that remember Hallie she was the collie who thought she was human.  She was absolutely brilliant and always has something up her sleeve.  She could plot and scheme, but her plots and schemes were funny and mischievously brilliant in a way that both would amaze, stun and make you laugh.   She was beautiful and had no fear. She loved adventure and while she never tried to dump the Christmas tree over, it is well known that she instigated a few actions that led to it…. on purpose of course… then she would tell on the culprit… LOL…. She was the most photogenic collie we ever knew and would pose up a storm at Christmas time next to the tree, which of course made her a favorite Christmas topic…..HALLIE 12-13-07

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Dad reads us this story every year and we collies listen intently.  This year we surprised him with a picture taken at the birth of Jesus! He loved the picture and we collies are posting it here with the story of the birth of Jesus!

God Bless You!

The Collies of the Meadow


Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son,
and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Here is the recently uncovered picture of the Manger with Joseph, Mary, Jesus and the Shepherd and the Wise Men!

  Photo taken by the Texas Collie and Sheltie Rescue.


We Collies post this song for this is the Old Guy’s favorite song and we love it also;

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Those who have been reading for years know who Hallie was and Trevor Forevr….Hallie and Trevor were sister and brother and we had tons of adventures.  This is one that made me laugh…. I miss them both so much and those who have been here for years and shared the joys and tears of their lives and deaths will know that at one time these two were the stars of this blog…. its hard to believe Trevor is heading towards being gone for three years and how each day so many of you would come to find out how he was doing as he slowly slid to his end here on earth.  The kindness from those who were here when Hallie dies so tragically was amazing….  so, since it is Thanksgiving lets bring them back for an encore….


years ago when I was walking Trevor and big Hallie we were going along a trail enjoying the quiet and the beauty of the forest.  Suddenly, there was a bunch of noise and several feet in front of us a Turkey took off in flight and flew a hundred feet or so and landed in the woods behind some brush.  We froze and Trevor and Hallie watched the Turkey fly with interest.

Then, on the floor of the woods more noise and off ran a turkey across the leaves and ground.  Now as you know Turkeys are some of the ugliest birds one can see and this big bird was no exception.  As it ran it swayed side to side and its eyes were huge, its red and blue bald head sticking out like a sore thumb and the gizzard and its wattle and snood flopping from side to side as its stride made it look like a clown on stilts trying to run.

Now, it was absolutely one of the most ridiculous things I had ever seen.  I had to laugh….. and then I looked down at Trevor and he was looking on with his mouth dropped open and his eyes then turned to me and he looked like he was laughing.  Hallie, however, was miss expression. She looked at that Turkey running and then looked up at me with her eyes wide and she rolled them and then gave me a look of “now that was the stupidest thing I have ever seen!”  I laughed so hard at her expression that I had to sit down on a nearby stump.  She was right…. it was rather dumb looking…..

Hallie; Did you see that?  It is the most ridiculous thing I ever saw!






We see a lot of Turkeys  on our walks.  Another memory of Trevor and Hallie and seeing Turkeys came along another trail.  We came up on a big group of Turkeys crossing the trail going into to a low wallow on the other side that was full of short ferns.  As they crossed we kept walking and the collies watched them as we came closer and closer as they crossed.  It was a large group and they finally all made it into the wallow as we came within ten feet.  Then… up popped another turkey and and was on the left side of us moving up the trail so it could cross further away from us.  However, it looked strange…. it was hopping and then it came up on the trail and I saw it had only one leg… and was hopping trying to catch up with the other turkeys. So, we stopped and let it cross and it hopped down into the wallow and disappeared with its friends.

We took off again and Trevor sort of watched with interest but Hallie, like normal was intrigued.  So, when we came up whee they had crossed she stopped and looked into the wallow and I could see her moving her head looking.  So, I looked and as I watched I could see the Turkeys hunkered under the ferns I could see their heads moving as they all hunkered down and were looking between the leaves up at us to make sure we werent coming it after them…

I clicked and said ‘Hup” which is the word we use to let the collies know they need to move and off we went.  However, Hallie kept looking back to see them and was all eyes after that looking for more and for her favorite thing to see.. squirrels! 🙂  So, those are a couple of great memories of the wild turkeys we saw on the trail.


Hallie:  Eee gads.. turkeys are sure ugly!

Trevor- wow!  I never saw anything so funny…. hey turkey you need to grow some feathers to cover up that face…. eeeeewwww!

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Wow!  -18 degrees here yesterday!!!   What is this the North Pole?


North Pole? Isn’t that where Santa Claus lives?


Wait, if there is Santa Claus…. that means its Christmas and that means….


Collie Indoor Plumbings so we don’t have to go out in -18!!!!


We WANT!! WE WANT!! WE WANT!! WE WANT!!!! We demand Collie Indoor Plumbing!!  -18 is too cold to have to go outside!  We want collie indoor plumbing…. What? No!!!  We will  organize and strike… this is it WE WANT COLLIE INDOOR PLUMBING!!! NOW!!


Wow! A Spontaneous Revolution!!!  Now to harness it and ride to to my world domination!!!!  Let me see…. all that reading has to help me with this….Beer Hall Putsh… nope, that was a failure plus I dont want to wear some funny little moustache… hmmm….. could try the sit-down strikes like in France… wait that was a failure.. let me see… all that reading…. ah.. yes… Lenin with Peace, Land and Bread… wait.. collies dont like bread and who wants peace?  Hmmm… oh.. Trotsky and the theory of Permanent Revolution with all power to the soviets… but lets make that .. “All Power to the Collie Councils” which of course will be run by me.. muwahahahahah!!!      Look Out Old Guy, first indoor collie plumbing then the world!!!   “ALL POWER TO THE COLLIE COUNCILS!!!!  COLLIES OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!!”

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1247Advent is here!!!  The church is beautiful!!!  Candles in the windows during nightime advent services….


It is snowing and very, very cold…..


The stove is warming up for Squirrel fricasee…


Dad is reading us Christmas stories…


We collies are singing carols!!!

But there is only one thing missing…



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We wish you a  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!



Throught he years we’ve always heard.. “how do you tell those collies part? They all look alike?”  So when I began these trivia posts I wasn’t sure what to expect.   But, you all sure know which collie is which! 🙂  Our first poll featured this little girl…


And you knew who she was! Lil Hallie!!!

Our winners are;

The cute little girl we love to read about and if she ever came to our state Dad would have another fur baby for he would dognap her… at least temporarily… heheheh  That is Cupcake!!!!!  Her wonderful blog about her and her book writing mom who writes some mighty fine books is CUPCAKE SPEAKS.  A truly informative, fun, cute, witty and beautiful blog that we urge you to visit is at:


Stop by and read and say hi to our friends!

Another friend of ours who picked lil Hallie was:

Sherman and Dog Dad at KEY WEST COLLIES!!!!  Our friends have a beautiful blog that is full of a lot of fun, wit, humor, love and like us tragedy and sadness at times.  They recently lost beautiful Essex who was one wonderful collie.  This well written blog will bring smiles, laughter and tears as you read it.  Do stop by and say hello.  These friends, like so many of our friends we just don’t write to enough and we feel bad, but dad is working on sitting down when he feels better, (yes he is still sick) and writing a good email to them and all our friends.  So, visit these wonderful friends at:


Our final winner and friends are writes of one of the most unique and we find fun blog friends ever.  A blog that is not about dogs…. but a family of witty, funny, loving and very intelligent and interesting Guinea Pigs… or Piggys as they call themselves!  Their unique way of seeing things, their unique spelling and use of the English language… or pigenglish as Dad calls it is wonderful and fun to read. This blog will make you laugh… go awwwwww…. smile, cry, brighten your day and gererally be a bright spot in your blog visiting.  Wheeee luv the piggys and urge you to visit them and say hallo at their wonderful blog HUTCH A GOOD LIFE at;





Be sure to visit our second post today also……… 🙂

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dscf4899My last chance to get a tan…. tonight into the 20’s and tomorrow into the teens!  Brrrrrrrrrr…..

Well you know what that means… snow is on its way….. that means the old guy will put a bunch of music on by this guy…


Bing Crosby!!!


Good luck at finding one of those CD’s old guy.. I made them disappear… muwahahaha

… what… oh no…. You Tube…. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..  Sorry foks I tried to save us from this agony…

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dscf6137The leaves are falling and turning pretty colors!!!

100_0372Yeah, the nights are getting cooler and it is only going to get colder!

dscf4999You know what that means!!!!

dscf5203We sure do know what it means.. it will soon be time for…

100_2723Collie Indoor Plumbing!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!

We dedicate this song to Dad…. hehehehehe  _love the Collies… snicker



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I Mick say Happy New Year!!!!


Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!


Happy New Year from me… Lil Hallie… now I’m off to enforce some rules!!!


As you all remember during the summer Dad built a small shed out of skids and old wood.  Here it is before the snow flew.  It holds equipment such as lawn mowers, roto-tillers and other things.  So far it hasn’t leaked or let the snow in….  Getting this done made his new year a lot easier….


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People ask me what Christmas is like here…. well… here is a story from Branwen’s point of  view… she can be a bit cranky when she is woke up… LOL

'Twas the night before Christmas, Branwen laying under the holly,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a collie;

The stinky stockings were hung way up in the air,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The collies were nestled all snug in their blanket beds,

While visions of dog bones danced in their heads;

And Hallie in her blankie, and Trevor on his master's lap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

Branwen sprang to her feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window she flew like a flash,

Tore down the drapes and looked out and gasped.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave lustre to Branwen's fur as she looked down below,

When, what to her angry eyes should appear,

But a gaudy sleigh, and eight stinkin reindeer,

With a little fat driver, moving way too quietly and quick,

She knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than horses his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

Branwen licked her chops imagining a reindeer fry,

How good they would taste with bacon on the side,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and that stinking St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, she heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

She then bared her teeth and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his fat head to his foot,

And this slob's clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a thief just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry.... yummy!

His crooked little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the fur on his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the stinky smoke it circled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a sloppy fat belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly... yummy.

He was chubby and plump, a evilly happy stinky old elf,

And Branwen growled when she saw him, she wanted to bite this elf;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon Branwen wanted to bite him dead;

she wanted to sleep, but couldn't because of this jerk,

he filled all the stockings; then turned done with his work,

As Branwen bit him on the side of his nose,

screaming out loud, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But Branwen laid down to sleep as he drove out of sight,

That will teach that stupid elf to disturb me at night.

Santa needs to come in the daytime when I am -
in a better mood!!!

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