What’s New Around Here?

Taking the pressure off myself to write on Bullfrogs and Bulldogs was a great decision. Now, I come back not because I feel like I have to but because I really want to. My heart and soul long to share what’s been going on and I’m finally getting back into some DIY project that I am proud to share :)

When I decided to go back to school last February, I felt like I had to completely drop everything else in my life and just dive into my Nutrition + Wellness Coaching practice. However, I wasn’t practicing what I preach. Not in the slightest bit and was quickly becoming unhappy and felt like something was missing.

One of the things I gave up was working on projects around the house. Even small ones. On our most recent trip to India, Cambodia and Thailand, I got pretty sick and had a lot of time to sit around and think about what I wanted in my life and what I felt was currently missing. What I realized was that when I’m not getting my creative juices flowing, everything else in my life feels stagnate. I’m a creative person and I need to feed that part of myself in order to feel totally fulfilled. This is something I teach my clients.

So much has changed in the (almost) three years that I have had this blog. When I started it I had just moved down to Oregon from Seattle and it was an outlet for me, a way to push myself into this new way of life. Now, things have grown, in many ways.

Our family business, a winery and vineyard called Omero Cellars is picking up steam and my hubs is busier then he ever has been. I started Savoury Soul Wellness, a Nutrition and Wellness Coaching practice and starting your own business is a lot of work. It’s totally worth it but everything, right now, is on me. I teach more throughout the community and friendships have been formed and I feel so much more apart of this community of ours but I still want to dive in deeper and that is what I am doing.

I’ll be sharing more here because that is something I’ve been missing. I’m going to dive back into projects and will be sharing more of that as well. My recipes, if you love those, are going to only be shared on my other blog and coaching website, Savoury Soul Wellness.

Something else that has changed is my style. What I leaned towards before, more of a vintage country no longer gets me excited and what I am loving is more mid-century charm. It should be interesting as I try to incorporate more of that into what we have.

Back in December we had a major water leak in our kitchen which has allowed us to remodel parts, changing our countertops, backsplash and paint color. It’s feeling more like us. I am really excited to finish incorporating a few more things and will be happy to show it to you in a few weeks (waiting on some prints to come). Then I think I am going to start on our main floor bathroom and give it a major facelift as it is still living in the 1980′s.

Oh, and I haven’t shared one of the most exciting things! We have welcomed a new family member. Please give a warm welcome to Bernard, or Bernie as I call him.

Bernard the Llama

If you read my last post from back in November we were having some major Coyote issue and so I got Bernie because they are great at protecting flocks of sheep. I’ll share that story soon.

Anyway, it feels great to be back. I’ve missed being here.

 

 

A Lil’ More About Me

First of all, I’d like to give a big welcome to all my new followers from over the course of the last week and of course, a big hello to all of you who have been following for awhile now!

I would love it if you would follow me on some of my other platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram (under Bullfrogs and Bulldogs). I often post things on these sites that I may or may not post here so I wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything!

Today I thought I’d share a little bit more of me with all of you and have tried to come up with a few things you may or may not know about me. You can always read the ‘about me’ tab to find out more.

To start, this is me and my hubby, David or D as I often refer to him here. Oh, and two of our 14 lambs our sheep birthed this past spring. This is Lily (white) and Money (black). My friends 3 year old daughter Lily named them :) They also happen to be our two favorite because they have personalities as if they were dogs.

And a few things about me:

1. I could eat the same meal day in and day out, never tiring of it…rice, beans, guacamole, and hot sauce.

2. And speaking of  hot sauce, I put the stuff  on everything. The hotter the better. I’m a Tapatio, sometimes Cholula,  girl all the way.

3. A few years back I went to Taiwan to visit a friend and decided (while visiting) to move there…ASAP. I returned home, sold all my belongings, even my car, quite my job and three weeks later was teaching English on the little island off the cost of China.

4. One of my dreams is to write a book. I have a million little  stories running through my head at any given time and even have characters and plots but every time I sit down to write I get that good old writer’s block.

5. I am terrified of snakes yet, also very intrigued by them. We have Gopher snakes on the property and they make my skin crawl but I always find myself having to just go take a look at them, squealing when I see it.

6. I read magazines from back to front. I have no idea why, just always have.

7. I’m a cat girl. I love having dogs but cats hold a very special place in my heart. I volunteered at a Cat Rescue but had to quite because I brought home three, eventually giving one to my parents.

8. My dream job, beside becoming a best selling author, is to own an animal sanctuary and rescue abused/mistreated animals. Even Elephants in Asia who are used pretty much as circus freaks for people to ride. I suppose I’d have to have several sanctuaries all around the world.

9. When I was little I wanted to work at McDonalds when I grew up. Yep, I sure did. I really just wanted to work at the cash register. That was short lived once my parents brought home one for me to play with and that dream died.

10. I’m in the process of getting my Yoga Teaching Certification. It’s been a long process but I only have one assignment left. I love yoga, I love what it had brought to my life, but I’m terrified of teaching it.

11. I have been told I”m very dramatic my whole life but I always wanted to be an actor but was painfully shy.

12. My nickname all through junior high and high school was Chelsea Clinton. I had chubby cheeks, braces, and naturally curly hair I always wore in a ponytail.

13. When I was 24 years old I had two feet of my colon removed because I had a pre-cancerous polyp. Due to an infection from my surgery I had to undergo emergency surgery and have an iliostomy bag for a little under two months. That experience changed me in so many ways, physically, emotionally, and mentally, and all for the better. It’s actually a hereditary things because my older brother, mom, and grandfather have all had colon cancer. And ALL survived!

14. I’m a lark or in other words, a morning person. I love nothing more then to get up at 6am, get my cup of tea and have the first two hours of the day all to myself. I accomplish more before 10AM then I do the rest of the day.

15. I participated in an Olympic distance triathlon three years ago in Hawaii and came in 9th for my age group. I was pretty proud of myself.

16. I started my college education at WSU (Washington State University) in 1999 and finished it at Seattle University with a degree in Psychology in 2006. I majored in Psychology because I wanted to understand people more, not necessarily do anything with it although I think being  forensic psychologist would be fascinating. I wonder if it’s really like all the TV shows?

17. Speaking of those shows, one of my favorites is Criminal Minds. It’s creepy and I love how intense it can be but not how I can’t sleep after. It’s made me quite paranoid.

18. D and I dated briefly when he lived in Seattle and then he moved and we never talked again until one random November evening four years later I got the best facebook message from him (and no, were weren’t even friends on FB) and we’ve talked every single day since.  He’s my best friends.

19. D and I don’t have cable. We got rid of it in March when we got back from Asia and it’s actually quite nice. We do however watch an insane amount of movies and the occasional TV show on hulu when we are lying in bed.

20. Before moving in with D, I had little to no desire for anything DIY or craft related. I loved doing crafts and drawing when I was little, but it wasn’t until about year ago that I really developed a huge interest in it all.

21. I started this blog as a way to write about my transition from city life to country life but it’s seemed to turn into more of a DIY and food blog. I’m hoping to incorporate more about my life here in the boonies moving forward while continuing to share all about the fun things I do to our home and with food.

22. I’ve never broken a bone. Knock on wood.

23. I’m the only girl between  my older brother, Tyler and a younger brother, Nick. I have so much respect for these two guys. I hope they know how much I look up to them and admire who they are.

Nick on left, Tyler on right and my nephew (Tyler’s baby) Henry in the middle.

And here is us when we were little…

24. D and I are considering going to India and Nepal next winter…if you’ve been, we’d love any advice. It terrifies me and thrills me all at the same time.

and last but not least…

25. I’m so grateful to each and everyone of you for reading my blog. I absolutely love sharing with you all and love the feedback I get. So thank you!

Photo Shoot With Bryan Rupp Photography

A couple of weeks ago we had a photo shoot with a genius photographer names Bryan Rupp, an engagement and wedding photographer located here in Newberg, OR. These photos were taken for our new and updated website for our family vineyard and winery, Omero Cellars, that will hopefully be going live very soon!

This was his first time shooting a vineyard and I have to say, he captured every wonderful thing about this property in such an incredible way. D and I are actually having him take our post wedding photos in July and after seeing his work of the property, I can hardly wait.

It was so much fun working with him on this project and especially fun witnessing him realize how awesome sheep really are. He had a grin on his face from ear to ear the whole time. Here are just a few of his final shots. We couldn’t believe how many perfect frames he got and we are so very happy with his work! Thank you so much Bryan!

Who knew opening a barn door could look so sexy :)

My personal favorite and now my desktop picture…

There are SO many more. I will try to do another post with some of the others. Hope you all enjoy!

Stay tuned… on Tuesday I’ll be revealing the outcome of our brand new tasting room!

Missing in Action and Some Big News!

Life has been rather crazy the last few weeks. Beside planning a destination wedding, getting our starts ready and planted in our raised beds, our seven sheep ALL having twins, and actually leaving this coming Tuesday for our wedding in Las Vegas, we also have some other amazing news!

About two weeks ago we leased a tasting room for our family winery, Omero Cellars! This is extremely big and we are so excited! Plans are to build one on our property but for the foreseeable future, Omero Cellars will open shop in the little town of Carlton, OR, a destination known for tasting rooms.  If you are not familiar with Oregon Wine Country, here are a couple of good resources for you to read up on it if you are curious. Click Oregon Wine and The Willamette Valley Oregon.

Well, my plans for revamping our living room have been put on hold and my latest project has been revamping the new tasting room. As Memorial Day Weekend is one of the biggest weekend in the valley for wine tasting and wine releases, we are open to the public on Friday, May 25th. Throw in a week in Las Vegas for our wedding and you have us running like crazy trying to get all sorts of last minute details done. Going crazy is an understatement!

So, I bet you are dying to see some of the before pictures, huh?

As far as what we are doing, well, I want that to be a bit of a surprise! Hey, you only have to wait two weeks to see it finished!

Here is a picture of our 2010 labels:

And here are some of the before pictures of the tasting room. There isn’t a lot and the shots are the best but at least you’ll get an idea! I’m looking forward to showing you all when we are finished!

Hope you all have a great weekend! You know what I’ll be doing!

Amanda Had A Little Lamb, Little Lamb, Little Lamb…

About five months ago we introduced Goober Jr (or the sperm donor as seen in this post) to our seven ewes and he successfully did his job because on Thursday our first mama delivered the first of his babes! All I have to say is way to go Goobs!

D an I are new to lambing (obviously) and for the last few weeks we have eagerly been awaiting the first of many new additions to our little farm we have going here. We thought Big Mama was going into labor about two weeks ago when D’s parents were in town …but she wasn’t. Ms. White was and she produced not one but TWO beautiful baby girls, Snowflake and Spot. (Snowflake was ALL D pick out. He has such a sweet and sensitive side)

Big Mama

Ms. White

Snowflake

Spot

(because she has a spot on her head and neck)

If you are curious how the delivery went well, she popped them out like the champ she is. I have to admit, I have been so incredibly nervous about the deliveries even going as far as buying shoulder length rubber gloves in case I have to ‘go in’ and assist. Yep, that’s right, I could quite possibly have to become a labor and delivery nurse and I’ve been reading up on what to do. Although I’m not the best under pressure and stress and tend to panic. Anyway, so far no help from mid wife Amanda has really been needed other then to cut the umbilical cord, dip it in iodine and dock the tails. Yes, you read that right. Most sheep aren’t born with that short stubby tail, only certain breeds. When they are right around three days old (and definitely before seven) the Shepard (that’s D and I) has to apply a fairly tight rubber band about one inch down the lambs tail. This shuts off blood supply to the end of the tail and within a week it falls off. We also have to use the same method to castrate the males which has so far only been one…thank God.

In all honesty, if it wasn’t for sanitary reasons we wouldn’t dock the tails and if it wasn’t for the fact that D and I aren’t butchering (for obvious reasons) and we can’t have an un-castarated male running around (for other obvious reasons) D and I wouldn’t do so either. This aspect of farm life is pretty hard on the both of us but we had to remove the emotional aspect and think about what is actually best for the animals in the long run and what their primary purpose is for us. Since we are vegan we no longer plan to butcher but rather use the sheep in the vineyard to ‘mow’ the cover crop and fertilize the soil so to speak. And let’s be honest here, I plan on having a huge flock of sheep as my little pets :)

So back to the delivery. For the past week or so D and I have been doing nightly check ups on the girl which requires us to set an alarm and get up during the middle of the night to go check on the mamas. Since we heard that sheep tend to deliver in the middle of the night because it’s less risky as a prey animal, we just figured ours were like every one else.

Thursday morning I woke early and headed out to the barn around 6am. Usually the girls are still laying around on the hay but this particular morning they were no where to be seen but I thought nothing more of it as we have a pretty big pasture for them to roam. As I was walking back to I spotted the flock off in the distance grazing on the crest of a small hills in the the middle of the pasture and I headed inside.

About fifteen minutes later as I was doing some dishes in the sink I looked out into the distance and notice that I could only see six of the gals. This is somewhat unusual as sheep tend to always stay together as they are prey animals and it’s safer in a group. Unless they are about to deliver and then they usually go off by themselves to do so. I got a strange feeling in my gut and I yelled up to D that I could only see six of the girls out in the pasture. D put on his boots and headed out to the barn to see if the missing one had found her way back there. I on the other hand ran out to the pasture where the others were. As I approached and realized it was Ms. White who was missing, I noticed her off to the left about 30 feet away. I breathed a sign of relief but suddenly noticed she look a lot skinnier then the day before. That’s when she turned her backside to me and I realized what had happened. Without getting too graphic, it was obvious she had delivered her babe and right as I put two and two together, I saw a little head pop up and my heart dropped into my stomach.

D and I had been preparing for this moment for a long time but the reality of the situation was unlike anything I expected. I was filled with mixed emotions of excitement and fear and as I jumped over the electric fence careful not to scare Ms. White, I called out to D across the field in the barn to get up here now! This wasn’t the ideal situation for lambing. Ms. White had given birth out in the pasture and we needed to get her and the lamb back into the barn into a pen where mother and lamb are suppose to stay for several days to ensure they bond. The only way to do so is carry the lamb back and hope the mom follows. Easy, right?

As D approached the mama got freaked. She was attempting to clean her baby, the beginning of the bonding process, when here comes a predator to snatch up her baby and take it away. D picked up the baby and slowly, making sure Ms. White saw where her baby was going, lead her back down to the barn. This wasn’t as easy as I’m making it out to be of course. A couple times D had to put the lamb down so the Ms. White could run over to it and lick it and make sure it was safe.

Eventually Ms. White and baby were safe and sound in their pen and D left for a very important meeting and I was left with Joel, D’s cousin to watch the mama and baby to ensure that they do in fact bond and that the baby was eating. Sometime after nine-thirty I noticed that Ms. White was starting to act funny. She was pawing at the ground a lot, pointing her nose in the air and grinding her teeth and seemed rather uncomfortable. Remember something I read in one of my sheep books, I realized that Ms. White was having contractions. She was going into labor AGAIN!

Once when I was twenty-two I was invited to be in the room when a close friend of mine was giving birth. I thought hey, why not! This would be a pretty cool thing to witness. Right about the time the head started coming out I ran out of the room with tears in my eyes and called my mom sobbing into the phone that I was never having kids. Well, somehow right as the hooves were coming out of Ms. White I realized there was something in the house that I needed to go get and left Joel to make sure the delivery went okay. (I may have to rethink who will actually be wearing those shoulder length rubber gloves if need be…Mid-Wife Joel?)

Almost three hours after her first baby was born Ms. White gave birth to another little girl! TWINS Snowflake and Spot were brought into this world!

Now D and I knew for sure that it was game time and I cancelled my impending trip to Seattle because I knew that I couldn’t leave during such an incredible time as this. That night we set our alarm clock for two-thirty in the morning and when we went out to the barn, there were no visible signs that any of the other six were going into labor. When I woke again at about six, I threw on my muck boots and headed out there to check again. As I approached the opening of the barn I saw through the wire of the feeder, two little black legs jumping up and down. WHAT?!?! Before I even checked on the mom I ran back inside to get D. He jumped out of bed and we both ran back out to the barn. As I entered the main resting area for the sheep I noticed one of our Jacobs, Doris, lying there with not one baby but TWO! Holy Moly! Two sets of adorable twins! And even more impressive, they were already standing, running around and feeding, and completely cleaned off. She must have gone into labor right after we left in the middle of the night. Amazing.

And without further adue…

Doris

Mimi

and Roger

So, it’s been two days and no sign of the others going into labor. Other then the fact that I seriously can’t imagine how they could get any bigger. They are HUGE! So the countdown is on. Could we get more twins? Triplets? Will I have to assist or will I faint and D or Joel have to jump in and take over. The excitement is almost unbearable!

Who will go next?

To be continued…

Basic H2 Giveaway Winners Are…

Good Morning Everyone! Hope you had a great Easter weekend! We sure did! The weather was AMAZING and I even had the chance to get outside and get my hands dirty weeding. It was heaven!

If you happen to have a moment to jump on over to facebook and give up a good ol’ ‘like,’ we’d be forever happy :) And if you also want to follow us on Twitter that would be pretty heavenly as well.

Before I announce those who will be getting their very own sample of Basic H2,

I have some photos I snapped this weekend when we went on a walk around the property. Spring is making it’s presence (finally) and everything was soaking up the sun, especially us!

D’s mom and dad were in town and we took the puppies on a walk around the family vineyard, Omero Cellars. It’s hard not to feel proud when we take a walk around the property as a lot of blood, sweat, tears, joy and happiness has gone into this beautiful place. Nothing is better then enjoying it on a sunny day! We even thought one of our sheep was going into labor. Turns out not quite yet but soon. Very very soon!

And if this vineyard was here in 1960, this is what it’d look like.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and the sun was shinning for you as well!

And here we are…

The recipients of a sample of Basic H2 are…

Elizabeth Hammett

Shaye

Tammy Morlan

Teri Capalby

Please email me your address at bullfrogsandbulldogs (dot) com so we can get you your samples! Happy Cleaning Ladies!

it’s go time…time to harvest!

It’s been rather busy around here as we are right in the middle of harvest. D’s family was in town this past weekend for the start of harvest which is always wonderful. Last Friday we began picking a few of the blocks which is a section of rows in the vineyard. ‘We’ didn’t actually pick anything. People come in and do it for us and I have to say, I have never seen anything like it before. Really, I haven’t because this is my first year on the vineyard and all of this is new to me.

Imagine if you will, about twenty people scrambling up and down rows clipping the gape clusters as they go. When both of their big white buckets are full, they run, not walk,  to the collection bin dumping both buckets simultaneously.  Someone else is watching at the collection bin to sort through the grapes looking for damaged grape clusters that need to be discarded. They get paid per bucket full so the faster they work, the more they make.

I was out in the vineyard with my camera when they were picking and captured some of their impressive work.

From here the grapes are taken to a facility where they are sorted once more and then the magic happens.  And then we wait and wait and wait.