Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mostly Cool & More Bees


Got up and made breakfast for hubby. He left for work.

I started on the dishes & laundry.

My hand is still pretty much swollen & hurts a lot.

While Ben was trying to sleep on his dog bed in the corner, a bee stung him on his tongue. I immediately gave him an allergy pill. WHAT is the problem with bees this year? There are SO many bees hanging around in the house.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Much Cooler


It was much cooler today. Started out at 50 degrees this morning. Instead of turning on the swamp cooler, we just opened the doors.

Made breakfast for hubby. The rest of the sausage biscuits & gravy. He left and I started doing dishes & laundry.

Watered the pond.

Played with dogs.

 Ben sleeps in library
 Lil Bit puts down his bone in the dog food while he eats
 Ben sleeps on couch
 Ben still sleeping on couch 1 hour later

Refilled deer food.

Hubby stopped at Big R tonight before coming home to get dog food & deer food.

He unloaded the deer food at the front of the house and the dogs ran to see him.

Hubby stayed home the rest of the night.


Made breakfast egg sandwich with sausage patty for hubby.

I did laundry & dishes.

Thawed chicken to bake.

Tried to pick up a half dead bee & it stung me on my left hand, ring finger. It immediately swelled up and went numb. I took 3 allergy pills and put anti-sting on it. Fortunately, I remembered to take off my wedding ring before it swelled too much.

I was pretty much out on the couch for the rest of the day with a hand swollen to twice its size.

Hubby came home and went down to the shop for a while. I made him bbq chicken while he and Isabelle went to the store to get milk & eggs. Bud was down at the shop for a while, but came home. He stopped to get a drink out of the pond before he came up to the door.

I watched a little tv; an awful movie - The Eiger Sanction with hubby before going to bed at 10:00.

Sunday, July 28, 2013



Got up at 7:00. The dogs let us sleep in!

I made more sausage gravy & egg biscuits for hubby; made latte & made eggs for the dogs.

Sausage & Gravy Biscuits with egg

Then we watched Scooby-Doo on TV; hubby worked on the lawn mower, then we got ready to go up to the boat for a while.

Hubby tried working on the riding lawn mower and checked everything he could, but found nothing to fix. He suggested we take it to the repair shop on his next day off.

Drove to the boat with Bud & Ben. Hubby backed the Dodge into the first parking place by the ramp. Hubby went to get ice bags from Ron at the Marina store.

We motored out to our favorite spot, threw out the floaties, Ben got to go swimming with a life vest on. He was glad to get out.

A boat came and anchored out near us. They had a baby Saint Bernard puppy that they took over to the beach. It was whining and our dogs kept popping their heads up on the boat to watch it. Bud was quite concerned and had a serious look on his face each time he would look over at the puppy.

Got out of the water after the sun went behind some clouds. Had lunch. Hubby grilled Brats and I had Asparagus! Yum.

Bud on the boat

Ben on the boat after his swim

The sun kept going behind clouds. After lunch we went back into the water for a while. Because the grille was still too hot, we were unable to use the swim ladder; Hubby almost broke the grille post when he tried to get back into the water and used the post as a hand hold while lowering himself into the water. Around 5:00, we motored back to the Marina.

Packed up and left. Almost nobody at the Marina today.

Came back home and unpacked. Got laundry & dishes going. Hubby baked his potatoes. 

We watched a couple movies; a re-run of The Adjustment Bureau & Inside Man then went to bed.

Friday, July 26, 2013



Slept in until 7AM. Dogs finally forced us to wake up. Got up and made breakfast eggs for hubby & dogs and a latte for hubby.

We took dogs to walk in park. Lots of people there, so we went on a different trail with lots of weeds. I am emailing a complaint to the State Parks dept to make them aware that Farragut does not mow weeds at all on trails or anyplace else.

On the way back, we stopped at the Vet Office and got their toenails trimmed. It was easy because I took one dog in at a time and hubby helped (by sitting in the Excursion with the air conditioning running full blast).

BIT weighs 21 pounds
BUD weighs 110 pounds
BEN weighs 113 pounds
MAGGIE weighs 135 pounds
IZZY weighs 142 pounds

At home, hubby loaded up garbage for the dump. Helped me carry out rugs to power wash. I power washed the rugs. Then he helped me clean out the fish tank (again) because it was totally green with scum. We need a more powerful filtration system!

Then I put away the power washer while he went to the dump. I also put away the boat canvas in the basement.

We were both soaking wet & tired by the time we got done. Noon.

After packing things up, we drove up to Sandpoint with Bud, Ben, and Maggie. Got pizza for hubby at Pizza Hut and burgers for the dogs at McDonalds. While waiting for the pizza & hot wings, we took a walk around the Sandpoint Mall. It was very hot and the dogs drank a lot of water by the time we got back to the Dodge. Hubby turned the A/C on high.

It was late, so we decided to dock sit by the time we got to Garfield Bay & the boat. Hubby ate his pizza and the dogs had burgers. Bud managed to bite a honey bee that was flitting around the boat. We gave him an allergy pill. The neighbors across from us in the houseboat came back and lighted up the stinky tiki lights & cigarettes. Hubby and I tried to play UNO on the back of the boat, but the awful stink drove us to the cabin. We played until 10:00, took the dogs on another beautiful walk around the Marina to see the stars, then went to bed.

Sunset at the Marina


In the morning at 6:00, we woke up to Ben chewing one of the pillows on the boat. He is such a bad dog lately! He chews everything! Maybe baby teething again?

The wind came up VIOLENTLY on the lake and it must have been blowing at 20-25 MPH. The waves were capping on the lake. It looked worse than when we took the boat out the other day and got the rope entangled in the propellers!

So we walked the dogs and then packed everything up. Drove home. Got drinks at Java Bear on the way home.

I made eggs for the dogs and hubby gave them their pills. I also made special sausage gravy & biscuits with egg on top for hubby.

 Biscuits & gravy with egg & cheese

He did not really like the biscuits, so I found another recipe online to try. These biscuits turned out PERFECTLY! So hubby kept eating them all afternoon with Strawberry jelly.

We sat home for the rest of the day just relaxing in the A/C. It got up to about 94.

Deer came to the yard and drank water along with eating deer food. It was nice to see them.

At around 8:00, hubby went to Lil Town Market to get more milk for the morning.

I finally went to bed at 10:00.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Repetitive Week


Got hubby's breakfast ready and made latte for him in morning.

Did laundry & dishes.

Cleaned & vacuumed house.

Hubby worked in shop on Monday & Wednesday nights. Brought home milk & ice cream on Wednesday night.

Wednesday I mowed frontage of property.


Got hubby's breakfast ready and made latte for him in morning.

Did laundry & dishes.

Cleaned & vacuumed house.

Could not mow as lawn mower did not start. Will have hubby look at it to find out what is wrong.

Sunday, July 21, 2013



Got up early at 6:30 and made breakfast & latte. Dogs got their pills, but Isabelle vomited hers up before we left the house.

Took dogs for walk in the park at Farragut; down the Gun Shooting road.

When we came back, hubby hooked up the trailer and got the Roc Bronc ready to go. I sprayed the Excursion with water because it was so filthy and dusty. Hubby filled the riding lawn mower with gas and then he took off for Rathdrum Dayze to compete & help in the Rock Crawl there sponsored by RMOR.

I vacuumed the entire house and cleaned. Washed clothes. Then was exhausted and sat down for a while.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Last Day of a Long Week


Was hot today, so had the swamp cooler on all day.

I was sick all day today. Extreme exhaustion, vomiting, and diarrhea. Maybe something I ate or stomach flu?

Hubby finally got home at 5:30 and sat on the couch for a while. He finally got up to cut the chain off the tree in the back yard and then went out to try to fix the lawn mower.

Went to bed late after watching Charlie's Angels; what a bad movie.


Got up early and took dogs for a walk. By the time we came back at 8:00, the kids were waiting on the deck. Beebo was happy to see us.

Matt left to go spend the day with his brother Addison.

Hubby went down to the shop for 1 hour to unload parts from Dodge. KRN and I went down to Lil Town Market to get snacks & sandwiches.

By the time we got home, hubby was at the house ready to go. We left all the dogs at home. Took the FMF to Garfield Bay. Got drinks at Lil Bear Espresso. Not many people at Garfield Bay.

Cleaned the boat, got ice and then hubby moved the boat down to the gas dock while KRN got the floaties blown up by Ron at the Marina. We helped hubby get gas & then took off to a little cove. Had lunch before we got in the water. Swam around until 3:30; I even swam over to the beach by myself.

Then the wind came up violently. Started white caps & 1-2 foot waves. We decided to go back to the dock.

Unloaded everything and headed up the camp area so that KRN could check out the camp sites. Then we went home. Dogs were happy to see us! Matt got there after a few minutes.

Matt & KRN left to go shopping at Black Sheep (they were closed by 7pm) and then Cabellas. Hubby and I watched a little TV and then went to bed.

Before we got into bed, hubby rubbed a lot of aloe vera on me. I had burnt my face & shoulders quite a bit while we were in the water.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ANOTHER Summer Day


Hubby got up REALLY early this morning. Wish he would learn to sleep until the alarm rings. The dogs got up with him and I slept until the alarm rang.

Bit had peed on the dust ruffle on our bed trying to keep Maggie away, so we had to take that off and clean it. Hubby helped me lift up the mattress.

Then I made breakfast sandwich & latte for hubby. Made eggs for dogs.

Hubby put gasoline in new lawn mower.

I started mowing around 8:00. The lawn mower would not stay running, so hubby will have to look at it.

Came inside and did washing. Did dishes and put them away.

Made chocolate muffins later.

Temperature made it up to 100F degrees again.

Went down to get mail with Bud, but there was nothing there.

Bud was quite out of breath & hot when he returned. He settled down in front of the fan & cooled off. The swamp cooler kept it pretty cool today.

Hubby came home around 6:00 and then went down to the shop to work.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New John Deere Riding Lawnmower


It is pretty hot out already today, even before we get out of bed. Which is pretty nice = a typical summer day.

Got of bed and made hubby breakfast sandwich & latte. Dogs got their eggs & pills.

Did laundry & dishes. Fed the deer, Fed the fish. Cleaned up house a little.

When hubby came home tonight at 6:00, he brought a grilled cheese sandwich that he had gotten at a place called MELTZ in Coeur d'Alene. It was called a Border Patrol which featured Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Jalapeno Bacon, Buttermilk Fried Onions, Roasted Garlic, and Ranch on it along with some house special fried Idaho Russet potato chips with Extreme seasoning blend. A heart attack in the making! But hubby liked it and the Yelp reviews were good.

After hubby had a snack, took Maggie & Lil Bit with us to get our (new) used John Deere riding lawn mower. We drove to Elkhorn Ranch over by Rathdrum. The lawn mower even came with a snow blade & extra battery. Owner had kept it garaged its whole life. The seat is a little cracked, but we can buy another one for about $40.

 John Deere riding lawn mower

The people had two little fat chihuahuas. One looked like a miniature Isabelle. Same waddle.

We came back & unloaded trailer and dogs.

Drove to Sandpoint to go grocery shopping at WalMart.

Came back and unloaded groceries.

Watched a little tv & went to bed.


Woke up this morning when hubby got out of bed at 5:00AM. He came back to bed but could not sleep.

When I woke up, it was already hot & muggy. I could not understand why but finally looked outside & saw that it had rained. I did not bring in dog's bed or the rugs outside, so that stuff is soaking wet. More washing to do...

It stinks outside again. Like more mold.

Made hubby his breakfast sandwich with new whole wheat Cibatta bread that we bought last night. Dogs had their eggs & pills.

I made long grain & wild rice for dinner tonight with chicken.

Dogs napped.

 Ben fast asleep in the sun

Did dog bed laundry & dishes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Doped & Drugged


When we went to bed last night, there were multiple mosquitoes in our bed unbeknownst to us. I was itching and scratching like mad when I finally got out of bed at 12:30!

I took 3 allergy pills and went back to bed hoping that the little bloodsuckers had bit their last! Calming down, I was asleep in another 1/2 hour.

Unfortunately as doped and drugged as I was, I was unable to get up at 6:30 and make hubby breakfast.

I finally dragged myself out of bed after Ben jumped in with me and Maggie put her immense paws next to my head while licking my face!

Laid down on the couch and passed out until Noon.

I had the swamp cooler on for a while, but it was not really that hot so I turned it off.

Washed my hair. Did laundry & dishes.

The dogs are SO soft after their bathes. I just can't quit petting them.

Bit sleeps behind the recliner

Lil Bit is SO soft

Sunday, July 14, 2013




Got up at 7:00 and made banana egg pancakes, cheese ham eggs for dogs & hubby's breakfast sandwich, and latte for hubby.

I had vegetable juice drink for breakfast.

I was REALLY good and resisted the super yummy smelling donuts from Krispy Kreme that hubby had gotten last night.

We went for dog walk in Farragut Park at the shooting range. Was A BEAUTIFUL DAY. Hubby kept singing the song lyric, so on the way out of the park, I had to pull up the tune on YouTube so we could hear it.

Once home, we unloaded dogs and packed up snacks for the boat. Bud & Ben went with us.

We got on the boat by 11:00. Stopped to get lattes at Big Bear Latte. Fortunately the good girl was making drinks. She talked about her allergy to gluten & milk giving her hives on her arm. Said she was going on vacation for 2 weeks with her hubby to Universal Studios & Disneyland.

Almost forgot to untie the boat & took the dock with us when we launched! Silly hubby.

Tried to find a place to anchor by the shoreline, but lots of river debris in the water. Instead we went out to the middle of the lake & let the boat drift while we swam while wearing our life vests.

Had snacks on boat & played a VERY long game of UNO.

Went  back at 4:30. Back to dock by 4:30. Unloaded boat & tied down by 5:00.

Stopped at the office & paid Ron an extra month of Docking rental.

Drove home. Unloaded. Maggie, Bit & Izzy were overjoyed to see us.

Tried to watch movie The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, but hubby fell asleep.

We washed dogs instead. We got soaked!

Hubby grilled chicken for my salads this week.

Brushed Maggie. She sheds lots of hair!!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ben Weighs 101.5


Feeling better and getting out of bed this morning without feeling exhausted. Juice diet is clearing out the poison in my body.

Made latte for hubby and cheese eggs (forgot to thaw the ham!) gave the dogs a few pieces of steak as their early morning snack instead.

Hubby left and I did dishes & laundry.

Paid bills.

I am back to exercising again on the elliptical.

Took Ben to the Vet for a re-check on his ears. Bud rode with us and stayed in the car for the few minutes we were inside. Ben weights 101.5. The left one was still bothering him and had ear yuck in it, so Dr Mike put a little more BNT ointment in his ear.

Ben at the Vet
He will NOT stand still

We came home again. The boys raced into the house thru the garage door entry.

Bud is happy not to be at the Vet

The water is still running in the ponds to filter it out. Might turn it off tonight.

Hubby came home at 6:00 and met with people down at the shop; He finally got home at 6:45 and ate a brief dinner, then took Bud & Izzy down to the shop with him.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Day Before Friday


Still drugging ourselves because we get bit up by mosquitoes every night. I have 4 bites on my scalp and hubby has had his leg eaten during the night when he sticks it out of the covers!

I got up this morning at 6:40, still drugged but feeling better because I only took 2 pills instead of 3. I made breakfast for dogs, egg sandwich & latte for hubby.

Then after hubby left for work, I did dishes and laundry. Put laundry away.

Changed fish filters as they were filthy again. We need to figure out some other way of filtering the fish water that keeps it cleaner.

Dogs were bored again today. Ben is especially missing Lil Bit because he has NOBODY to play with; Maggie refuses to play with him. Bud only randomly plays with him outside.

Made potato boats for hubby when he came home at 6:30.
Potato Boats

Bud & Isabelle went down to the shop with hubby to work. Isabelle stayed in the truck while Bud came home about an hour later. He drank a lot of water out of the ponds in the circle driveway and brought his wet footprints up onto the deck where he "stamped" his paw prints!

Bud Paw Stamps

Bud on the deck

Ben is adorable on the couch!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wed Hump Day


Woke up from being drugged again with Benadryl. Felt like I had a hangover. SO depressed.

Made latte & egg sandwich for hubby. Eggs for dogs & they got their pills.

Took a nap on the couch. Difficult to wake up.

Deer in the yard.

Deer in yard

Kid came to mow dog back yard.

High of 98 degrees today.

Hubby came home at 6:30.

Hubby went down to shop to work.

Watched REALLY BORING new show - The Bridge. I hate it. Acting is stilted. Plot is slow moving. Unexplained events. Why is the lead actress acting like she is Autistic? Too much spanish which I don't want to hear. Show seems slanted towards sympathy to illegals. Never watching it again.

Went out to dog backyard to pick up poo.

Squirrel in backyard coming up on back deck to eat bird food.

Sunday, July 07, 2013


My new Dooney & Bourke 4th of July purse

Hubby piloting the Bark Ark

 Kids riding the Jet Ski we rented for Matt

KRN bobbing in the water on a tube

Matt on Jet Ski

Dinner at Dover Bay Cafe; I have NEVER tasted food this GOOD! I had the chicken breast, hubby had the brisket steak burger. My asparagus was perfectly cooked. The flavors on the chicken breast were divine!

 Lime Chili Chicken Breast, Strawberry Salsa, Sweet Mango Sauce, Cilantro Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes, Veggies (asparagus)

Ground Brisket Steak Burger, Pepper Jack, Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Red Onion, Red Chili Aioli, Crispy Fries  


 Red, White & Blue lights on boat

Pancake Breakfast $5 with orange juice for BANG in the BAY

Little boy on the dock wearing our pirate hat & eye patch!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013



Made latte & egg sandwich for hubby. Dogs got their pills & eggs.

Closed the house up quickly and turned on the swamp cooler. It started getting really hot really soon.

I did laundry & washed all the bedding; then did a little vacuuming around the place. Repeatedly got fresh water for the dogs all day.

Started the water in the lower pond so the deer have fresh water and added bleach to the upper pond. When hubby came home, I put the hose in the upper pond.

104 degrees at 5:00PM.

95 degrees at 6:30PM.

Hubby was home long enough to have a snack & water, watch a little Seinfeld reruns and then he took Isabelle & Bud with him to Post Falls to pick up a truck.

Hubby brought home Pizza Hut pizza flatbread when he got back home at 7:30.

Still pretty hot.

Watch a little tv, deer came to eat food and hang out.

Went to bed at 11:00.


Slept late. Hubby's first day off of the holiday.

I got up and made latte & egg sandwich for hubby. Eggs for the puppies.

We took dogs for a walk at Farragut Park. Hubby took garbage to dump.

Ran around town doing stuff for RMOR; Left all the dogs at home because it was too hot to leave them in the truck.

Called Bottle Bay to reserve Jet Ski for Matt on July 4 as a way to say Congratulations on his promotion.

Hubby made burritos when we got home, balled melon, sandwiches for the boat.

Kids came over tonight. 

Monday, July 01, 2013

Hot Hot Hot


We had set the A/C to come on at 5AM. By 10:00 it is already 80 degrees outside. Supposed to reach 100 today.

Made latte & egg sandwich with sausage for hubby. Dogs got their pills and huggies. Then they went outside on the deck to say goodbye to hubby.

Watching daddy leave for work

Dogs patiently watching daddy leave

Hubby forgot to get dog food last night, so I have to run into Lil Town Market sometime today to get some.

It still stinks outside. Mold and wet and there is just too much rain this year. Hope it stays warm & sunny for a while.

Dogs are staying inside and sleeping to keep cool.