Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2017

Two days ago Lake Huron in front of my house by Forestville was frozen quite a ways out. You can see open water way out. Then, voila, this morning the reverse - open water by the shore and for quite a ways out and then ice in the distance. Clicking on photos enlarges them.

The sun rise this morning - and then later, just before noon, the sun was reflecting off sparkling mini-icebergs.

Sunlight makes a huge difference; the animals love basking in the house in the winter sun. Here's I-Ching and Bear.

I don't follow the "rules" with my mother cyclamen plant. I water it just like all my plants; it never stops flowering but does slow down in the summer. That's fine. Who needs flowering plants in the house in the spring, summer, and fall? In the winter it always produces more blooms right on schedule and just when most needed. This plant below is a seedling perhaps from the fourth or fifth generation removed.

And here are Great-Great-Great Grandma on the left and mom.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Icelandic Sheepdogs - Contact Information

I've placed the order for the first printing of my new book "The Icelandic Sheepdog". I'm not sure when the first copies will arrive. I started back in October and it's been a long and pleasant journey to completion. I've enjoyed working with the very helpful, patient, and kind people at the publishing house - especially Jamie, Kirsten, and Brenda. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Front Cover with Korpur

Back Cover
I have placed my first order for books to sell. 
I don't know when they will arrive

If you want to purchase a book -
The cost will be $25.00 USD 
plus $6.00 for Shipping and Handling
Total = $31.00
(Contact Information below.*)

I spent most of the day on Tuesday running back and forth to the post office to find out about shipping costs. It takes me half an hour to drive to Sandusky, which is the capitol of Sanilac County, so most of the morning and early afternoon I was driving. I actually love driving here; there's very little traffic and the roads are usually very good regardless of the weather. However, it is a long trip.

This morning's sunrise

It's been very cold here. Yesterday we had pretty dense fog until noon. The frigid temperatures combined with the fog produced what we used to call hoar frost on the houses, bushes, and trees producing amazing and glorious views.

Contact Information:
James Hansen
7470 Lakeshore Rd. N.
Palms, MI 48465-95608

* - Please keep in mind that any opinions expressed in the book are mine alone. To keep things simple, most of the photos I included are either of my dogs or dogs that I have bred.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Icelandic Sheepdogs - Book

The author's copies of my new 2018 book arrived late this afternoon and surprised me. I was not expecting them for another few weeks.I will proof-read one of my copies for the final time and if there are no changes - which I expect will be the case - I will order copies to sell to interested people. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

I don't know how long it will take to produce the "for sale" copies after I give the last and final  OK to the publishing company.

I will charge $25.00 for a book plus s/h. I will check with the USPS about their shipping fee. I lived in Royal Oak when my last book was published; the post office was two miles from my home and shipping was fairly easy. I now live near Forestville, Michigan. There's a post office in Sandusky, Michigan which is half an hour from me.

My contact information is located in a couple of places on my blog if you scroll back. If you want more information: -

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Years ago Grandma Hansen taught me how to knit. Fishermen "back then" knew how to knit and how to repair fishing nets. I later taught my father, her son, and David how to knit as well.  When I moved, I brought my afghans and sweaters with me. The afghans are "Fishermen's Afghans" with Irish patterns on them. The two sweaters are Icelandic wool and designs and extremely warm on cold days. The multicolored scarves are recent and done while watching The Vikings and Game of Thrones.

Carolyn hadn't heard about them so I told her I would post photos - here they are. I recently repaired the holes in a few of them; others may not be so easy to "fix". The yellow "yard" stick is for size.


Rick just came to plow the drive in and the driveway for the seventh time already this winter. Last winter he plowed only four times for the entire winter. The snow was virtually all gone, done in by warmer weather until this latest snow and cold arrived from the north. I think much of today's snow is lake affect snow - which usually is blown over to Canada. A slight shift in wind direction and voila.

It's often hard to decide which photos to post. I loved how soon after the sun rose, it seemed to disappear again between the clouds - of course we all know that's not how things happen but the look is there.

Then later on in the day there was a gap in the clouds overhead and a sliver of sun brightened a  narrow slice of Lake Huron. In the winter, I'll take what I get!

 Last winter I had many rosy flowers on my bonsai camellia. This winter for some reason the dogs (or a dog?) thought they would taste good. This is the only flower that made it and it barely escaped as tooth marks show. It didn't last long however. Perhaps they need the vitamin D as much as I do? If I remember, next winter I'll put the plant up on a bookshelf where it can get sunlight but be safe from dogs.


I think crows nested in a nearby tree last spring/summer. The dogs don't like them but I do. This one was perching on my Game of Thrones rock enjoying a leftover hot dog roll. Clicking on photos enlarges them.

I see by my calendar that here in Michigan the last two weeks of January are "normally" the coldest days of the year. I don't see how they can be colder and snowier than what we've been having in December and in January so far. The flower catalogs have been coming in and - - -  I don't see anything I want or need. So far.

Just talked with David and Carolyn about important things, thoughtful things. We had watched the two hour Nova special on Black Holes. Wow! Excellent stuff. Amazing brilliant minds. Thoughtful people. We had a wonderful talk about the ideas presented in that program. Bless our scientists and the work they do. That is exactly what I need to be thinking about instead of the orange menace currently living in our White House.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter - It's Frigid and It Snows

Of course it's really cold, it's winter and we just finished up twelve days in a row when the temperatures never got above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It's winter and we've had lots of snow. But I get out and go to the stores, I get out and pick up my mail, I get out and shovel the porches - all five of them, and I feed the birds, and the dogs have potty breaks. It's winter but the freighters are still running - so far. (Clicking on photos enlarges them.)

Freighter - They're still running day and night.

Morning/Mourning Doves

Omnipresent, Ubiquitous Goldfinches

My best winter-friend, Reliable-Rick the snow plow guy

Variegated Calamondin Orange 

This starter bonsai has flowered for me every winter for years. It even produces their small "oranges". If you've never smelled orange blossoms, you don't know what you're missing. I nearly lost it a few years ago but it's making a good comeback. Every year it reminds me of the time when I was a kid and we had to drive down to Florida to settle the estate of a then recently deceased "aunt". Was it Aunt Mabel? I never knew how she fit into the family. No one explained. She wasn't on any genealogy chart I saw, and I've seen them all. Regardless, the smell of citrus flowers and Aunt Mabel are forever linked. She might be glad to be remembered. Notice the snow right outside the window.


 Even in the almost middle of winter, that's technically January 24, there are beautiful things to see and enjoy both inside the house like the Calamondin Orange and outside. This bush above is one of several "wild" or species Viburnums here. It's probably 20 feet tall. I never see one on anyone else's property. I wonder why? Perhaps they cut them down thinking they're weed trees? Silly. Lovely white flowers in the spring and gorgeous Cardinal red berries all fall and winter.


It doesn't turn brown/gray and slushy here which, in my opinion, makes it more desirable, eh? Regardless: Pretty too.

Several years ago I knew a lady named Heather who had just started with Icelandic Sheepdogs. She had imported some really great dogs and even produced some very nice puppies but her life was cut too short. I have been thinking that if the right puppy or puppies came along, I would adopt (in my opinion that's a nicer word than "buy") it or them. Well there are two litters I'm very interested in pursuing. Winter, when the nights are long and the days are short, I get into trouble. The seed and flower catalogs arrive right after the first of the new year and I drool - and buy. This winter I'm feeling the same about Icies. Who knows. Ever. Regardless, I dream and fantasize and hurt no one.