Friday, June 30, 2023

Thankful for Friday

 Today certainly doesn’t feel like our typical Yesteryear Acres Fri-YAY. Instead I have been trying to focus on all the things that I am incredibly grateful and thankful for. 
I’m thankful for never having an empty lap
Comfort is always found among 4 paws 
I’m grateful to find peace in nature
It reminds me that even in our darker days, life can still bloom 
But most of all, I’m thankful for my family. For my sweet daughter Hazel who brings me eternal sunshine and happiness. For my furry family, for our Yesteryear Acres family. 
Thank you for all your love and kindness. 
I’m extremely grateful. 

Thursday, June 29, 2023

A Walk in the Woods: For My Grandpa

 As some of you may know, Yesteryear Acres has been especially busy lately due to a family emergency. We have been trying so hard to place our available puppies to wonderful homes quite quickly as my Grandfather had taken quite ill very suddenly. We appreciate so much your help in spreading the word about our sweet loving dogs so that we could spend more time with our family. It is with sadness that I have to write about last night’s passing of J. Richard 'Dick' Emens- my Grandpa.
My Grandpa was a man who loved the outdoors. There wasn't a tree, flower, plant, or bird that he couldn't identify. My fondest memories will always be our summer walk in the woods in Michigan. On what seemed like the LONGEST walk to the lake as a child- he filled that with magical stories of the trees as we passed. What kind they were, how each leaf told a story, what the different kinds of bark meant, and how we could learn from the woods around us. My grandpa was a walking bird guidebook and made each outing an amazing adventure. He always said 'Yes' every time I asked "Grandpa do you want to go in the lake with me?" and even taught me how to sail his sunfish sailboat with all the right lingo- making me feel like the coolest kid ever. He made summer feel like a never-ending field trip, complete with the most magical bedtime stories. I learned so much about him over the years as he wrote interesting "Stories of his Life" to help us learn little 'life lessons' as we grew up. 
My Grandpa was a firm believer in academic learning as well as learning through exploration. He made sure we had incredible opportunities growing up to learn about the big world around us- urging us and helping us travel any chance we could get. I will forever be grateful for the places I have been and the memories we got to share.
My Grandpa was an advisor to many, but a Grandpa to just a lucky few of us. I am grateful that he is no longer suffering or in any pain. May you have an endless wilderness to explore, with more lady slipper flowers, monarch butterflies, Petoskey stones, and beech trees than you can count. 
You will be missed by many.
I will forever be thankful for our last big family dinner together
Cheers Grandpa- You are missed
~Our daily blogs and updates from Yesteryear Acres most likely will be short or sparse in the next few weeks as we help my Grandma with the loss of my Grandpa. We appreciate your support and understanding. We still have puppies available that we would love to have the perfect home. Ideally, we would love to have them find new homes as soon as possible as that would be ideal for both our family and our little paws. If you or someone you know is looking for a four-legged companion, please let us know. We would truly love that at this time. Thank you.~

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Story time and Naps

 Everyone knows that doing anything is better when you have company to share it with! So when Mister Scooby Doo collar boy asked to join story time with Hazel today, who was I to to say no?!
Hi Hazel! Can I join story time?
OF COURSE! We love puppies! Don’t we Mommy?!
Yay! Because we love babies! Don’t we Amelia?!
Oh yes we do! I love both of you!
Time for a Sandra Boynton book!
Oh Scooby you will like this one, it’s the one with the funny dinosaurs
Oh you are right Hazel!! This IS a good book!
Do you think you can read it one more time?
Pleeeeeeease. I YAM cute after all
Okay one more time you two!
Ahhh our favorite part!
*A captivated audience*
That dinosaur is STRONG
Maybe I will keep this book close by and she will read it again…
What do you think Hazel? Cute enough for her to pick it up and read to us again?
Oh for sure Scooby! My Mama can’t say no to us!
Mister Scooby Doo boy is looking to be the fur baby in your family!
Until then… nap time!
I hope my PAWrents find me soon!
Waiting FUR love- one super sweet boy!
We hope you find your dream family soon!
We love you Scooby Doo!

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Blueberry Season is Here!

 It is Blueberry time!!!!  Just when I was ready to mourn the end of picking red ripe juicy strawberries from our Strawberry patch.....
Blueberries are ready for picking!!!!
It looks like it is going to be a great blueberry season
Now what to make first????
The beginning of a delicious blueberry crisp
Just need to top it with a oatmeal/butter crumble and into the oven it goes!
Blueberries always need a best friend
Unanimous vote for buttermilk biscuits
Half with pecan pralines, half plain
Fresh blueberry jam almost done!
I have a feeling no one will be feeling blue tonight!!!!

Monday, June 26, 2023

One Little Guy

 We have just one little Goldendoodle boy looking for his new home! All the other puppies are happily living with their new PAWrents and soaking up endless love and happiness!!!! We are so happy for our puppies and for their new FURever families.  This little guy is looking for his happily ever after...
Mr. Scooby Doo Collar Boy
Happiest Little Guy
Will always have a big smile to greet you
and follow you wherever you go
Tail Wagging Devotion
waiting for his FURever family!

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Sandhill Sling Bag at Y Acres Studio

 Last week I made a new bag for the Y Acres Studio.  The pattern is not one of mine but looked so adorable, I had to try it. I mean who doesn't love a great sling bag????
Time to get started on the Sandhill Sling bag by Noodlehead
The hardest part in starting a bag is narrowing down all the awesome choices!!! I love bright fabrics for bags. 
Design choice made.
Time to put this bag together!
I am in love!!!!
Perfect for when you already have your hands full
A Large Zipper compartment is
big enough to hold lots of stuff!
And smaller outer zipper compartment
The outer pocket is a perfect size for a cell phone plus a few extras
Happy Sling Day from Y Acres Studio!