Friday, November 27, 2009

The day after...

Not your "average" deer...

I took this pic of one of the dozen or so free range male elks that reside behind us. This guy is big, probably pushing 600 or more pounds...I'm guessing he is easily five feet or more at the shoulders, quite a magnificant specimen of wildlife! I also was able to get another shot of this guy and his buddy, see my new Windee Acres Farm back drop picture at the top of my blog.

We were blessed to be able to celebrate our Thanksgiving today with our son and his girlfriend. Jan out did herself once again and made an outstanding feast of turkey, green bean casserole, butternut squash, corn pudding (all of which came from our garden..except the turkey :-)), mashed potatoes and stuffing, not to mention her "impossibly easy" pumpkin pie which I plan to sample later tonight!

This year, Jan brined the turkey with hard cider and it was sooooo moist, more so than I can ever remember...Kudo's to Jan for another wonderful dinner!

Life is good!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...



Nitschke Boy

The two-legger taking a break!

The elk are loving the balmy weather...

It's Thanksgiving and it's 39 degrees and "no" snow in sight! Wow, quite a contrast from last year when we already had a good amount of snow fall at this time. Today is overcast, very damp outside and a good day to just sit back, relax and spend the day with family. We are "officially" celebrating our Thanksgiving tomorrow because our son has to work today, so we are looking forward to that.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thanks for stopping by our blog!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nitschke cam...

If you have ever owned a Lab, you know they LOVE to...RETRIEVE! When Nitschke retrieves his favorite ball, he has to dunk it in his water bucket...why? Because he's Nitschke! :-)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Remembering Bucky...

Yesterday marked one month since Bucky's passing and we continue to miss him every day. We know in our hearts that God had a purpose for Bucky and whatever that purpose was, he is much happier now. We hope you enjoy the collection of pictures we posted of him as much as we enjoyed taking all of the pictures and loving him every day we were blessed to have him in our lives.

Social media...

Hi everyone...for those of you who have continued to follow my blog..thank you so much...I know I have not posted much at all and I appreciate you still following me, even in these times of sparse still are kind enough to comment on my posts when I "do post". With winter quickly approaching (even though you couldn't tell by today's temperature) I'm sure I will find more face time with the laptop!

Now onto business at hand...

Since all of you are much more accomplished than I am when it comes to blogging, and the overall world of social media, I would like to ask for your input on how much credence you place on negativity that is posted on blogs, specifically when it comes to products and services.

The reason I ask this is because yesterday, I was alerted to the fact that my company had been unfavorably mentioned on a blog. After quick counsel with my general counsel, my counterpart on the retail side of our business and I telephoned the blogger to ask, how could we help him with his problem? We listened intently to his issues and then we provided a couple solutions to his problem and we came to an amicable agreement, so it was a "win-win" for the both of us.

I wonder...had we not been alerted of this situation, how bad could it have become with his 549 follower's possibly commenting or at a minimum, reading the post and then having a less than favorable perception of our company and products?

I feel we did the right thing by acting with a sense of urgency, and I feel it paid off because unsolicited, he posted a very nice note on his blog about speaking to me and my colleague. But, I wonder how much power someone really has in the social media circle, be it complimenting a product or criticizing it. I'm sure it obviously depends on who is making the claim, if it was Oprah, I'm sure it would could be a huge "Tipping Point" for your product or service. By the way, Tipping Point is a great read, check it out!

Do you as social media experts have an opinion? How much credence do you put into others blogs when it comes to products and services? And, considering the power of technology as it is today, for example, Google Alert allows you to put key word searches into this service and get e-mail alerts when your key words are used on the web, companies have so much power at their fingertips that if they don't defend themselves, does that compound the perception, mostly if the company is cast in an unfavorable fashion?

Hopefully the questions make sense and you can share your insight. Please let me know!

Thanks, R Dean "Slowdog"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bucky's passing...

Bucky's favorite past time, chewin' on sticks!

On Friday, we lost our beloved Bucky to complications associated to a congenital liver condition...he was six months old. We miss him so much, but we know that he is no longer hurting nor suffering anymore, but instead he is running, playing and chewing on sticks, like puppies should be doing, and knowing that helps the grieving process tremendously...but it still hurts...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Has it REALLY been 2 weeks?...

Mornings getting cloudier and "cooooooler"...Fall weather is setting in...FAST! time flies! Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Chelsea's mom (Chelsea, btw, is one of Mollie's offspring, the VERY cute yellow lab who has appeared on our blog on more than one occasion!) asking.."is everything okay? Haven't seen much activity on your blog." Well, everything is okay, thanks for asking Kathy! We have just been so busy with the garden, the dogs, etc., etc.! But I guess in reality, a bit of laziness on my behalf should also be factored in there somewhere as well! :-)

Anyway, just wanted to post something quick and let everyone know that I have NOT forgotten about your blogs...I will be doing some overdue "blog visiting and posting" tonight...promise!

Enjoy your day!

R Dean

Monday, September 14, 2009

Spiderweb and the "Crew"

Find any? No! Not Nah...wait,'s some over here...I located the mother lode of rabbit poop!!!
Molly posin' for the camera...

Checkin' out the "web"...and you didn't think dogs could surf...

Now this is true Mother Nature Art!!!

That would make a cool name for a band!!

Some more pics of what I hold dear in my heart...EXCEPT SPIDERS...I squish them...sorry!!! But, I left this one alone...couldn't find the artist...

R Dean