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August 9, 2009

Two Visitors

This week we had two visitors to Thirsty Boots. Both arrived on Monday.

The first was Joan McDermott, John's mother's good friend who lives in Cape Cod. Joan is remarkable and I hope to be like her when I grow up! At 84, she drives all over to visit the people she loves. She is a great guest and arrives with all sorts of goodies to spoil you.

We fun with Joan. Tuesday we drove to the end of Rt 148 and took the 5 minute ride on the ferry across the Connecticut River to show her Gillette's Castle. It was a gorgeous day and we got there before the crowds.

For those of you not familiar with Gillette's Castle, it was a retirement home built in the early 1900s by the actor William Gillette, famous for creating the Sherlock Holmes character for the stage.

The man loved stone!

William Gillette loved cats. Note the two at the top of "Grand Central Station" where his small train brought weekend guests (who arrived by the boat) up from the river.

We had fun with Joan who returned home after her two-day visit.

Our second "guest" was our first foster pet, Lucky the poodle. A former Emma Willard classmate works for an organization called Safe Pet which places pets in foster care so their owners can get out of abusive situations or can get the medical help they may need. Lucky fits this last category. His elderly owner fell and will require rehabilitative care for a while. Lucky is fourteen, hard of hearing and has cataracts, but he is cute, smart and friendly.

Lucky on his first day here

I swear he's smiling.

Everyone still has their place on the couch.

Lucky continues to delight us. We are discovering the many ways he was spoiled by his owner. He likes human food and is always underfoot when we're preparing food in the kitchen. Well, guess there's nothing new there. So are my dogs, Tucker and Lady. Lucky also likes being hand fed. Hmmm.....we'll work to change that one! And then there is the separation anxiety he has a night. After three nights on the couch in the den, I discovered the miracle of melatonin. Lucky got his first pill last night and slept through the night. The excitement I felt was equal to how I felt when I had babies!

Lucky is a cute little dog. An apartment animal, he is delighting in all the new things here at Thirsty Boots. He discovered swimming pools are not good to walk on (tried to follow me when I got on a float the other day). He walks right on by the chickens as though he has lived with them all his life and has no fear of the horses. I have to watch he doesn't get underfoot. He could care less about Jay Blue, the cat, and he and the dogs are getting along just fine. In fact, Lucky gets along with everyone.

Pistol Practice

This summer we did something a little out of the ordinary for us...we took a gun safety course from a friend of Heather's. Bud Sambrook, a former chief of police, joined us at Thirsty Boots Farm to teach us about pistols, revolvers, single action, and semi-automatic weapons. I must say the course was interesting but the target practice was more fun.

John set up a an old door and Bud brought some targets for us to shoot at.

Five of us took the course.

Our friend, bob, went first.

Julie did well.


John did the best of all of us.

Bud and Heather


We've got some more people who may want to take the course so our poor door may get a few more holes.

August 25, 2009

Duck Update

Two weeks ago our two ducks left us. A third duck showed up and the next thing we knew the three of them were walking in a single line down to the water to swim off. Two or three days later, only Amelia returned. We don't know if that is good news or bad news for Pepper. The two were inseparable so we are worried something has happened to her.

As for Amelia, she continues to come back, plop into the pool while John cleans it, and still swims back to beg a little grain. Tucker chases her and she flies off. When we see her swimming in the pond and we call her, she paddles on over.She is a loyal duck!

Even though they waddle, there really is something graceful about ducks.

Amelia resting on our bank after eating some grain.

We Love Our Wall!

Julie has finished the first section of her wall and we love it!! Take a look...

View front to back

The top

View back to front

Even Mr. Toad seems to like it.

And we really do!

August 28, 2009

Eeking Out Every Last Drop of Summer!

Teacher meetings begin next week for our September 9 start at school, I've been going in periodically to get things ready so that everything is not left to the last week. That doesn't mean I haven't been enjoying the last few good days of August.

This past week concentrated on the beach. Tuesday Heather and Julie joined me at Water's Edge in Westbrook. The day was glorious and hot.


The girls

Heather played with her new camera

Julie played with the sand

People liked her unusual take on the Washington Monument.

The next day I headed south to Larchmont where Marnie and the girls met me at LYC. Again the day was hot and sunny. We all had a blast.

The girls couldn't wait to go down the slide.

Too bad they didn't have fun.....




Marnie had fun swimming with Izzy.

Jonathan came to join us for lunch.

We'll be back next year, hopefully with Lindsay, Alex and Jamie.

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