Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

And So It Goes....

Meshach enjoying some sun and oatgrass

It's been a very difficult two weeks around here but life does go on. Boone has left an enormous hole in my heart and in the life of the little farm. I try not and dwell on it, but the loss does catch me unawares often.

Winter hit with a vengeance during those weeks, and many days it was a battle to cope and try to keep everyone else alive and well. We had several snows and the coldest temps in ten years for a few nights.

Last week it began to warm up and soon all the awful snow was gone, and the ground unfroze enough for me to get my big dog buried. It was a slow process and was finally completed this week. I was very glad for that.

With the warmer weather and the days staying lighter longer, I've slowly been putting things to right around here. When you are in the middle of cold, snow, and aren't home except in the very early a.m. or late p.m. things tend to get thrown here and there and become messy.

I re-worked my wood pile and got the wood boxes in the breezeways refilled (while I'd like to believe winter is over, I'm pretty sure it isn't), dumped and refilled every one's water tubs, gave Ashley a bathe and a good brushing and other odds and ends. I even had my windows open to the house a couple of days.

Today it rained pretty hard for awhile, but the ground needed settling and some of the ick from the snow washed off anyway. Once it warms up the grass should really take off. I worked in the house, cleaning and moving some things around. There might be a special 'arrival' happening here in a few weeks so I have to make room just in case.

I'll be glad for Spring, and I'll be glad that when I think about Boone I can smile instead of cry. He was a great dog and his memories should be looked on with joy in the time we had.

Thank you to everyone who came by to comment and grieve with me in Boone's passing. Many were friends and familiar names, but others were first time commenters, and I appreciate that you all were moved to leave a comment for Boone. You are all special to me, and it helped to know that you care. I plan to print out the comments and add them into Boone's little record book.

It's been hard to compose the 'next' post after losing Boone, but, well, here it is, for what it's worth. I've switched out the header and added this post, so I hope it will be easier for myself to 'visit' my own blog now.

Take care and hope your week is a good one.


Michelle said...

I love your new header photo; such a bunch of healthy, happy kitties! They owe their lives to your tender heart and good care, just as Boone did. You do not love in vain, friend.


Nancy K. said...

I'm proud of you for taking this first step. I know how hard it is. Heck! I'm crying again!

I LOVE the header. What a pretty photo of the cats. I'll be glad when you get a few more posts up so that Boone's not right there making the tears come again...

RIP big guy.

Sandy said...

Dogs named Boone must hold some special quality. I loved reading about yours when mine was no longer around. I now mourn for you cause I know how much you miss him!

Love and hugs!

phylliso said...

Well,you made the first step posting.It should get somewhat easier now.We all miss him for sure.He sure is a huge void to fill.You gave him a happy life & he was lucky to have an angel like you,phylliso

Louise said...

Your new header picture is beautiful. I have always loved your posts about your cats. Your love for all of your critters shines through every word you write.

I've thought about Boone often, lately. From his sad entry into your life, to the love and care he both gave and received while he was with you. You are blessed indeed to have known him.

Christine said...

I just adore the photo of the kitties. Sounds like you're doing the best you can, sometimes that's all we can do.


Star said...

I've only just read your post about Boone and although I knew it was coming, I was still so sad for you. To lose a dog is dreadful but to lose this one is worse because he was sooo special.
Your story of how Boone came to become part of your life will stay with me forever.
I hope you can get through your grieving with the love of all your other animals.
Star x

Tina T-P said...

Oh, that first "next" post is the hardest - moving on, but not forgetting- how could we ever forget such a great character as he was. T.

Vicki Lane said...

What a gorgeous new header! But please put that pic of Boone that was your header into your sidebar -- such a great photo!

Life goes on . . . new adventures, new joys are just around the corner.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I met ftf to face last night with a blogger friend {Sandy} and of course we were talking about our blogging friends. Yes, we spoke about you and Boone and the deep loss. Take care Tammy.

Kathy said...

I agree with everyone else, Tammy. We all have been thinking of you and yours, and how hard it is until time fills the hole in your heart with warm thoughts of good times.
When you have those rough times, just remember, Tammy...your friends are right here/there to help you through them.

Sharon said...

I love your blog and your header picture. I read about your precious Boone and thought what a blessing he was to your life even if it was for a few short years.
The fact that you loved and cared for him to the very end was a blessing for him also. The impact our animals make on our lives is priceless!

I need orange said...

I'm thinking about you.

RiverBend Farm said...

Just to let you know, I'm thinking of you and hoping everything is going well with you.
Take care,

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So sorry about Boone. It's hard. So hard.
I love your cat header. I have 4 cats myself. :-)