the farm...

  I love having a farm.  For me it has been a time of peace and healing.  I love that we are surrounded by farms. It never gets old to me. I have to point out every animal to whomever is in the car with me at the time, and I moo at every cow I see.  Yes, I know I am fifty two and I have been doing this since my oldest daughters were little, but I can't help it!  My poor 13 year old daughter gets embarrassed every time I do it.  Although I love animals, I absolutely detest the way they smell. Don't get me wrong, I did my share of cleaning up horse and pig - hum what's a nice way of saying poop?  However, I had to have some wine first, because it kind of dulls your senses. After a few glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, the animals don't smell so bad. Which brings me to our dog Charlie...

Charlie is our Chocolate Lab, otherwise known as Grandpa, whom I love to death. He is twelve years old, and has arthritis in his back legs, which is very common in Labradors. He is a little on the chubby side, so he's forever on a diet. He loves watermelon, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.  He ate almost all of them out of the garden last year.  We couldn't keep him out. Fortunately, now that we have a pool he swims a lot, which is really good exercise for him.

Charlie is the best dog we have ever had. He is so amazing.   Each day we have with him is a gift.   I talk to Charlie a lot, and give him way too many snacks.  I am constantly trying to move a way from him because he is so slobbery, and loves to lick us.  When he gets out of the pool and shakes, it's a mess. I am sure you can imagine.  Still he brings so much joy to our home.

He is very protective over Chloe.  The second she jumps into the pool, he barks to let me know. I think he also misses the farm.  He loved all of the other animals, especially the chickens.

When you are a city girl from Orange County, you have to drink wine on your farm.

This is Oppie. She was known for busting out of all the fences, and running down the street every time she was in heat. Hmm.. Another reason wine is good on the farm. You never know when you are going to have to chase a pig down the street!  Actually, looking back, I think Oppie was Charlie's favorite.  We were constantly keeping them apart so we didn't have pogs!

Look at that face! Chloe's kind of cute, too ;)

So what am I getting at...Farm + Wine = Happiness!