Saturday, April 12, 2014

Skin Tags Removed

Clydes's skin tags were successfully removed. He had two spots taken out, the one on his hip (the grub chrysalis) and the one on his underside (the deformed nipple).

Everything went very well.

The doctor said even his blood work was excellent, which is good news since we can't give him the DHLLP vaccination. He's allergic to that and gets a terrible case of hives and paw and facial swelling. His face looks somewhat like a sharpei.

In any case he's doing very well and we can get the stitches removed on Monday!  :-)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Joke

Clyde has a couple of strange skin tags. He's had them for several years but they were not really that noticeable. Lately, however, one in particular has been bothering him a bit and he bites at it and it swells up. I used to joke that it was another nipple coming out of his hip.

Now it looks like some kind of grub chrysalis.

Gross.

Another of Clyde's skin tags is on his belly area. 

This one looks cancerous to me. It has gotten a little bigger too, but not at the same rate as the chrysalis. Clyde has an appointment on Thursday to get them hacked off. And any others they might find while he's there. (Like maybe that other little black spot in the upper right of the picture.)

Today I did a quick exam of Clyde to see if there were any other skin tags that maybe we missed. 

Yup, there was a lump on his neck under his collar. 

Yet there was something suspiciously familiar about that particular mass. I put my glasses on and got a flashlight and ~YIKES~ it was a TICK!!!

I wasn't going to wait for his doctor appointment and gathered the materials necessary to do the tick removal procedure. Alcohol, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, flashlight, and reading glasses. Alcohol swabbed tweezers on the tick as close as possible to Clyde's skin, then pull firmly straight out. Drop the tick into a tiny container of alcohol to show the doctor, and swab the giant hole left behind with more alcohol and then the ointment. 

The operation was successful. There were no pieces left behind.

YUCK!! 

Who knows how long that thing was on him. We do have ticks around here but mostly just on the deer. We had visited our friends in Roseburg a couple weeks ago. Did he pick it up then? 

In any case, you can see how deeply it had imbedded itself. Those are not wings, that's hair that came along when I pulled the tick out by the head.

So, Thursday Clyde gets his other growths removed. Later this month Ollie will get her annual shave. This is the month of the animals I guess.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs!

With the (slightly) warmer and longer days the chickens have started laying eggs like crazy.

I'm getting about 9 to 13 eggs a day. All the breeds are laying now, even the little Sultans (they are laying the smaller white eggs shown). 

So, when I got all these hens just what was I thinking? 

A coworker is buying a lot of my eggs, but he's on vacation this week. I'm looking forward to when he returns so I can offload my egg glut.

Meanwhile there's omelets, quiche, crepes, hardboiled, fried eggs, pancakes, deviled, egg salad, breakfast burritos, poached, eggs benedict...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Glass Buttes

Not long after we moved here we found a book called "Bend, Overall" by Scott Cook.  It's a great book for exploring the multitude of things to see in Central Oregon. It has great descriptions, pictures, and directions.

On my last days off we decided to visit #9 in the book, Glass Buttes. It's an area full of obsidian that people are allowed to collect, unlike in the Newberry Caldera's obsidian flow where it is stricktly illegal to collect obsidian.

The directions were right on, advising that the turn off is a road at the 77 mile marker of Highway 20. At the road we found it marked with a giant wooden arrow. (If you look closely in the background of the picture you can see the 77 mile post marker under the back end of the arrow head where it joins the shaft.)

2.2 miles down the road is a campground, where we were surprised to find had quite a few campers. They looked like "permanent" campers. Anyway, as the book described at the campground we took a sharp left until the road split. Right there we parked and started looking around.

The road was actually sparkly from the obsidian bits. I tried to get a good picture but it just didn't show up.

The ground was littered with bits of obsidian, some bigger than others.


We had our hammers, gloves, and eye protection and went to banging on rocks.

Here is a piece I split. You can see how it just looks like a dark rock until it it is split, then the shiny glassiness  shows through.

I guess these ones with the reddish brown in them are called mahogany obsidian.

Here's a shard that was broken off. Look at how you can see my finger on the other side.

This was not staged! We actually found this wildflower poking up next to a shiny piece of obsidian.

We gathered some interesting pieces and I found a good sized chunk of unbroken obsidian to take home. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vicki's Afghan

My last afghan I made was another of the "Crocheted Shades". I made this one for my friend Vicki who recently bought a new house at the beach. Coincidentally it is also her birthday at the end of this week. 

I asked her what colors her new house was going to be and the answer was blues.

Just for a little contrast I added one shade of dark tan. It's Red Heart "Cafe Latte".

Though it looks in the photos like there are two blacks in reality there is a black and a dark blue with a shimmer. If you enlarge this picture you might see a little of that shimmer.

Anyway, Vicki loved the afghan and sent me this picture of it in her new house. You can see the colors are very close to the chair colors and she's got the blue samples going on the wall behind.

Maybe one of these days I'll actually be able to have enough time off to go in person and see it in her house.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sahalie Falls and Clear Lake

The final two stops on our trip home were Sahalie Falls and Clear Lake.

First was Sahalie Falls.

This one was so full of water I had to be very careful with my camera. The mist was very heavy. If you were to stand in one spot too long you would soon be wet! 

Here's a couple views from the top. 




Getting to this point made me a little nervous. 

It wouldn't be hard to get a little closer and accidentally fall or slip. And then it would be all over! Over the top of the falls, that is.

After that we stopped at Clear Lake, just a few short yards up the McKenzie Highway from Sahalie Falls.

Hard to tell here, but that is a Barrow's Golden Eye Duck.

There he is in the middle of the lake, I'm sure enjoying the view, as we are. 

A big covered picnic area. There is a fireplace and two large tables inside.

A plaque in the fireplace I believe has a 1937 date on it. It's rather worn and faded and next to impossible to read.

When the weather gets a little warmer we'll have to revisit the area for a real picnic. 

I'm looking forward to it!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Carmen Reservoir and Koosah Falls

After checking out the Smith Reservoir, Smith River, Trail Bridge Reservoir, and the Trail Bridge Power Plant we continued on our journey and pulled over just a little further up. We went to the Carmen Reservoir.

This photo was taken from the bridge going over the McKenzie River from upstream.

And here is the tiny Carmen Reservoir. You can see the river inlet at the left. This reservoir is only about 32 acres.

After snapping a few pictures we headed back out onto the McKenzie Highway and took the next turn to see the Koosah Falls.

From the parking lot was a nice trail that headed into the forest towards the falls. It was only a short walk and there it was. Here are a couple pictures from the top of the falls.  


 You can see how full the river is now.

Can you just imagine the power rushing by?

The top of the falls is to the right, not visible in this shot looking downstream. You can barely see the mist generated by the falls.

From the top we followed the trail to get a good vantage point of the whole falls.

See the rainbow?

I tried using a couple of different speed settings on my camera but to be honest I can't really tell a big difference. 


This is the trail to the landing to get the best view of the falls.


Here I tried to get a good picture of the rainbow in the mist.

This is a good map of the various reservoirs and falls along this stretch of the road. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good picture of it.