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1/27/20 10:55 P

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Joanna- feel better soon!
I'm hoping you have help to get around??

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1/26/20 5:36 P

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Not sure what happened but somehow I pinched a nerve I think and goodness I can barely walk. I am in so much pain trying to get around. I am mostly on my back now with a heating pad trying to get rid of this. It's been four days and as soon as I feel it's getting better bang its back. Right in the lower back.

If I skip a day here or these I am sorry but it just hurts to much to sit in one spot for very long.

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WELLBEING67 Glad to have you back. And I think any good parent would tell you that family comes first. But, again like most of us somehow our pets become family. It's great to be in a barn when others can help you out in time of need. Unfortunately when you happen to own the barn and horse it all falls on you to manage and care for them. At one time I had 102 horses on the farm. I of course did not do it along I had 2 adult helpers and tons of kids that would come and help out along with my grandkids were always there. I can't say I did it alone but I can say that trying to clean pastures and stalls after so many is a chore no matter how healthy you are or how many helpers you have.

I ran a rescue along with a breeding farm. It was my worse nightmare and my greatest joy at the same time. I always noticed when I took a bit of time off...and went back to it, I could feel the pain and aches in my body. They say if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger. I think that is pretty close to fact.

I hope your little one is feeling better. That flu symptoms are going around. I noticed on my face book a lot of young babies have been sick over the last couple of months.

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1/6/20 8:41 P

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I'm so happy this team is "back in action". At the barn this morning my friend and I were on chore duty so we grained, gave a bit of soaked alfalfa cubes to our old guys and then turned every one out in their pastures. Since they were spending the daylight hours outside, we hauled their hay out to the pastures in the wheelbarrows, actually lawn carts because they hold a bale better than the wheelbarrows. The next step was cleaning stalls but my daughter woke up at 2:30am with a stomach flu (lots of vomiting, poor kid) so I headed back home to take care of her. I hate to leave the barn before morning chores are finished. Luckily we had another horse owner scheduled to clean half the stalls because sometimes (but not often...) family comes first. emoticon

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Thank you..sounds like a winner to me. I so miss my babies when I am away but unfortunately the cold weather no longer agrees with me.

Good to see you back and active.

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1/5/20 8:03 P

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So my question does this still put me in the News around the Barn category or not?"

ABSOLUTELY!! It's happening at your barn whether you are there or not. And since they are events happening with your horses = you're the only one who can tell us about it. Thanks for sharing (and I agree, Beautiful horse).

Small news here: I completed a No Stirrups November challenge and received a ribbon for my efforts. Here is the calendar I submitted with a pic of my mount.


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Ok so is this a cheat, I am in Las Vegas for the next few months while all the horses are back in Michigan being taken care of by my granddaughter. We have three two year old colts that are getting put into the training program for next spring. She will be starting on them this winter here in the next couple of weeks. Her routine is slightly different than mine was but I have to bend to her since I am not there offering any help.

She cleans them up, body shaves them down, sticks them into slinkys and blankets to keep the hair from growing back and cleaner than they would be without them. She will be separating them and rotating stalls all winter so they get use to living in different stalls. Makes better show horses. If they are too much attached to theirs they wont do well away from their barns. They will start out being round pen inside the main barn for 15 to 20 minutes a day. Free lunging for a week and then attached to a lunge line. They will get handled daily with all sort of grooming from clipping ears to stretching their legs by hand. They will get their sheath cleaned several times over the winter. It will be a whole new routine for them to have to deal with. By the time I get home they will be ready for me to handle and it will take me about 7 to 10 days only to set them up and get them ready to halter. So I will be doing very little but still I will be involved somewhere down the line.

Oh and yea I get called on to pay for everything she wanted new slinkys for them so I had to produce them. Not a cheap cost either. I went to horse.com and ordered 3 of the following





Not my horse in the photo but he is a beauty.

So my question does this still put me in the News around the Barn category or not?


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1/21/19 5:49 P

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Day 2

I think this is another one of those crazy days. It's cold here and I am not sure I should be out walking around in this damp cold windy day after being sick. I will try to do some things here in the house that keep me moving and motivated. Will let you know what happens later in the day. Rocky start to the week though.

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Day 1----- get out and walk. I will add to this later in the day to let you know what I have accomplished.


End of day - UPDATE Things did not go all that well but I did get out and about for a very few minutes while I got my hair cut. I cut it all off. It is the shortest that I have dealt with in years. I took about 16 inches off the back and 14 off the sides. The rest of the day was quiet and nothing going on. I need to get up to speed for sure.




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Here I am witting again with very little to say for myself over all. Was I even trying to work on my weight problem or am I just trying to defeat myself. I am not helping anyone else with my decisions or my actions, yet I feel it is not all my fault when it comes to trying. I live in a very dysfunctional family when it comes to eating properly.

First I have my sister who is a junk food junkie and eats at least 7 to 10 times a day. She says she just cant help herself. My husband is a fast food and pizza junkie who works hard and wants that pizza at the wrong time of the day or should I say night when he comes in. Then there is me, I try to stay away from all the junk food and I think I am doing pretty good, until I smell that pizza late at night or hear my sister in the kitchen fixing something to eat. Some of the time I let it slide and i am able to pass but there are those times I just jump right in and eat. I know it's wrong but I do it anyway.

Lately I want to blame it on stress which I have an abundance of but that is not the total reason it is just lack of will power to keep it up. So here I sit after struggling with this over a 4 month period I have not gotten anywhere with my weight and I am not feeling all that good to start over. But, I know I have to so here I go again once more I am going to put a plan in place and lets hope I accomplish something this time around.

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Finally got enough clear weather to get in that first cutting of hay. Between 4 of us we managed to cut, flip, rake and bale 1200 bales. They we managed to get it all picked up and transferred to the barn and stored away for fall and winter. Such a good feeling and the feeling would have been so much better if the weather was not tipping 100 degree each day. Now all we have to do is wait for 2nd cutting!




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I have been so busy with so much these last couple of months like always trying to catch up and never enough time for it all. I did make it to the hospital where they removed 7 major Keratitis moles from my hair line. I was so afraid that they were going to shave the complete side of my head but the doctor took very little hair away while using the Laser to melt them down rather than cut them. Strange but it will make such a difference on my head. I hated going to the hair dresser they would always clip them and cause them to bleed, sometimes my hair would wrap around them and they would snag and tear open. Two of them developed so large they came right through my hair line. But now they are gone so I am very happy about that. They call them OLD AGE spots...my butt.

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3/21/18 6:27 P

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Wow, you are really talented!

It's not who you think you are that holds you back...it's who you think you're not...
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I don't know about you guys, but I am going to work on at least two team challenges...one from this team, and one from my Paint Horse Lovers Team. Wish me luck.

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Beautiful artwork!!!

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Thank you so much. I have always loved my time drawing or painting for personal use. Although I use my skills for professional work also. I am a graphic designer - I build websites and design flyers, and logos for a living. I found it helped me make a few dollars after I retired. I work for an internet company owned by my oldest Son. Over the last few years, I have put just a few blogs up and in a couple of them, I included some of my drawings and sketches. As you will see I do a lot of horses because inside and outside of my barn they are my passion.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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Hope you get a chance to take a look if not I certainly understand for we are all so busy with our lives and trying to keep up with what we have going on.

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WOW! WOW! You have quite a gift! Beautiful! Just Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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I am an amateur artist. Thank you...for paying attention to it.



My latest one of my granddaughter!



A gift I did for her to take back with her when she goes.

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That is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you! How do you do that?

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UGH! I have had some crazy uphill gaining thing going on!!! I FINALLY lost 2 lbs and UGH! Gained it!!!! I LOVE Mexican food! I LOVE ALL FOOD! Vegas? I'd have gained the 6 lbs the first week there! You're doing PRETTY WELL!

Yep! Yep! Sounds like you have a plan! Now Let's work our plans n get healthy and fit!!!

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Sorry to hear about your daughter - how old was she when she lost her husband in Desert Storm? I lost my finance on New Year's Eve 1996 when a drunk n stoned driver shoved the van he was driving into a pylon under a bridge. He was killed, the passengers had injuries from being paralyzed to broken shoulder but they lived. I know what she is going through. I really had no will to live. Four years later I met John, he lost his wife suddenly to a blood clot. We hit it off - we had losing someone suddenly in common. We got married. Things are good, not the same, but good.

I'm glad you are able to start having your granddaughter in your life! You're becoming Family! That's great! Ahhhh.... your granddaughter has to share attention... yep... that's always a hard one... Doesn't she realize you have LOTS of LOVE to share? Riding lessons! I'm jealous! What an AWESOME opportunity! But with it - there is the responsibility - care taking!!!!

She has quite a story of her family. Makes me feel pretty blessed at my upbringing. Yikes - it's like a made for TV story! It's fun to treat her with gifts, isn't it? I like it until they no longer appreciate the gifts...

Elbee has quite an opportunity that you are providing for her... I hope she takes advantage of it!!! Hey - if it doesn't work out for her.. wanta adopt me? LOL!!! emoticon

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It's all about trying to get healthy but for me, something went wrong. I do so well then bam...I am out on my butt again doing the wrong thing. I came to Vegas for my winter furlough to get out of the winter cold of Michigan and while here I have gained 6 lbs back. I have to make sure I do things right and get back on the wagon. All this Mexican food and fast food is not doing anything but making me feel bloated and gaining more weight. So today...not tomorrow I am starting fresh. Going to make up a 4-day list of good foods...and try as I can to stick to it for those 4 days.

I am going to do my morning stretching and then get to the gym for at least two of the four days. I will let you know how I did at the end of the fourth day..which will be Friday this week. Wish me luck I am going to need it.

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No, this granddaughter is the youngest child of my youngest daughter. Unfortunately, this was a slightly different situation altogether. My daughter was a beautiful young woman who lost her way. She walked away from her family and turned to drugs to try making it through life. At the time she had a little boy that was turning two. Her husband died during desert storm and well he might have just as well taken her with him. She has never recuperated from the whole ordeal. She was a young attorney with everything to live for and just walked away letting her life go. I ended up taking the young boy to live with me..which I raised he is now 22. I have only seen my daughter a few times over the years when she is desperate and needs help. She had another child 17 years ago and walked away from her too. The father of the child raised it and made sure to keep her away. The girl grew up without knowing this side of the family. My oldest son kind of kept watch throughout the years...and when he found her on facebook he contacted her. When she was 16. They met up and he continued to talk with her until she was ready to meet her brother and me a few months later. It took a while for her to understand that we wanted her in our lives.

Jacob and I finally got to meet her just a little over a year ago. She has had quite a tragic life from both sides but she was raised by her father. We spoke a few times and met up at a public place to talk in person, but her father did not want her to have anything to do with our side of the family. It took quite a while for him to give in and let her come for short visits. Now she comes and goes as she wishes and we are making up for lost time. So when she asked to come and stay with me in Las Vegas it was a win win situation. She has spent time on the farm with me and in my new home but for very short periods. A weekend here a week there but no more. I saw her on the average of a couple of days a month because we lived so far away from each other. She has a few problems that need to be dealt with but we are working on them together and with the help of God we will all overcome this tragedy that struck so many of our lives. All the family has met her and she is slowly getting to know cousins, uncles, aunts, and all of our side.

She loves the horses but my oldest granddaughter is a bit jealous of her showing up out of the blue so is not all that interested in taking her in with open arms. Even her brother is a little obstinate about the whole thing. But, I am her grandmother and I really don't care I will take her in with open arms. Since I do not live on the farm and not able to give her riding lessons on a regular basis I have found the next best thing. While she is here an extended time with me I bought her, jods, boots, gloves and a helmet and signed her up for lessons out here. As soon as the boots arrive she will be taking riding lessons while she is here a couple of times a year. That was when we get back home we can perhaps pick up where she leaves off. I have many horses at home and as long as the granddaughter doesn't have to put in the effort she will not mind her being around. But, this one has to learn to clean stalls, groom horses, and work from the ground up before the other one will reach out. The older one feels you need to earn what you get. I tried to explain that she was not here to be able to earn her way into everything to give her a chance, but unfortunately, the other one is a bit hard headed and maybe a little jealous. My oldest son that found her...he also has a bit of a problem with her and her upbringing. He has one magnificent daughter that has flourished with a wonderful set of parents and that is my youngest granddaughter she also does not want to associate with the middle girl too much. She is civil on family gatherings as they all are but outside of that, they have very little to do with her. Stating that she lives a different life than them and they are not interested in her lifestyle. She does have her flaws.

At 17 she has not attended any school in three years. Her father told the school district that she was homeschooled...but not so.
She smokes marijuana like it was candy stating her father lets her keep her calm because she is bi-polar. ---- which she might be but does not take any legit medication for it.
She grew up very poor and sheltered away from the world to keep us from finding her... which isolated her from society.
She never did anything in her life or lived in a decent home surrounding...so she is on the lazy side.
Her father has made his living out of small lawsuits and living on SSI for years...and she was starting to take suit. She used every little injury to simulate the grounds for a lawsuit.
She flairs off the handle screaming at anything that does not work her way....she has physically fought with teachers, her father, friends, and now her brother. But I warned her there is no reason to show that hostility and if she showed it toward me there would be no turning back. I do not deserve it nor do I need it. I told her I have to set ground rules whether she is 17 or not and if she can not follow them she cannot be around me. So far she has been very cautious of her ways and has shown only respect.

I do not require her to do anything physical so she is still lazy, that is why the oldest granddaughter is on guard. She states that I worked my kids and grandkids she this one should not be allowed to get away with less. I will have her pick up her ways here as we go but it takes time. Like training a good horse you don't need to shout or whisper...you just need repetition and keeping calm.

Elbee never had a mother or much of a father figure as I see it so he was never taught. I will take care of that until I no longer can. I have treated her to things she never has available to her before. Nice clothing, hair salons, and extra personal items that she would not get at her home.

I have learned to give in a bit too through the years. I allow her to continue smoking her marijuana but I do not allow her to smoke in the house, near me or constantly. I agreed she could come to Vegas if she could follow a gentle guideline. She will be here with me until May. So far we took her and got her new glasses which she has not had since she was in 8th grade. She has enrolled in an alternative school here...to work on either her credits or toward a GED, but she has to go to school in order to stay. I agreed to give her riding lessons since she loves the horses if she agrees to get up clean after the dogs and help me walk them twice daily. Our walks consist of about an hour each in different areas of Vegas. Elbee is going to go with me to Planet fitness as long as she agrees to eat a little more and give up this passion for being a rail. She is 5.9 tall and she weighs in at 108lbs nothing there. She needs to gain about 20 lbs give or take to be healthy. I have a housekeeper come in three times away here, but on the off days, Elbee has to make up her bed, pick up her clothes, and do her own washing while here. She is not required to clean after the boys here or myself but yes herself.

For the moment that is all that I am requiring of her to do. If she wants me to continue to help her we need to get her tested for bi=polar and get her on medication so she can handle situations back in Michigan. She is stuck away from me there, and she will require a vehicle to get back and forth I agreed to get her one if she makes her school grades here passable and continues to educate herself back in Michigan. I will pay for the Drivers Training and supply the car and insurance but only while in school. It doesn't matter what she takes up as long as it will further her education toward like I said credits or GED.

So there you have it...complications come in all forms and I can not escape them, they seem to fall in my lap. But, I am a grandmother and I feel I am a good one and can take the bad with the good so I am here as long as I can do something helpful if it comes to a time when I can not be helpful I am strong enough to walk away. I will not burden myself with someone that does not want to be helped such as my daughter. I love her with all my heart but as I see it she is not mine any longer she has given herself to something I am not a part of. I can't cry over spilled milk I can only clean it up.

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You know - Johnny (the husband) used the tractor to try to "scrape" through the barn a year back... yeah resulted in smashing some stalls, denting the front door, crunching the tracks for the garage door in the back.... I wonder if I could get someone out to repair rather than replace...

I hope it doesn't cost too much to fix the car...

So glad to hear your grand daughter is visiting! Yep! They have a way of making the routine - not routine and of course you need to make that midnight run to Walgreens for face cleanser!!!! LOL!

Is this granddaughter a sister to the granddaughter that is watching the ranch?

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Oh I know. The garage door cost me 225.00 which I consider a good thing. I was thinking so much more and they salvaged the actual door just replaced all the rollers and fixed the frame. I still have to get my car into the dealership to get a price on that. But all in all I am still here and the granddaughter is sticking around she likes it here and she is a good traveling companion. Makes me get up and out more. Not that I am so tickled with her outings all that much...it was let me see, shopping, hair salon, one day, medi pedi, more shopping another day, casino sightseeing another with some shopping in there at the gift shops, too many fast food places, a tour of the local dog pound to see if she could volunteer once in a while..(no she can not has to be 18 and she is only 17), more shopping at Walmart, Sallys and Famous Shoes, a midnight run to Walgreens for face cleanser.....hehe like I said she keeps me busy...but we did do some desert sightseeing and a few local places here.


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UGH!!! emoticon

Crap happens! At least you are OK - garages and vehicles can be FIXED!

You had a nice visit with your granddaughter too! THAT'S what life is all about!

When crap happens... remember.... this too will pass! emoticon



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Ok, so yesterday was not my day and today started off with a bang because of it. I was backing out of my garage..duhhh and the door was not quite open all the way so I caught the top of my SUV and well it pulled off the track and put a small dent into the bottom panel of the garage door. My upper rear roof mount that has a light in it…also decided to get caught on the garage door and well it pulled it out of the upper door and it was bent the wrong way. While trying to get the garage door up a bit higher…so I could continue to back my car out…well, more of the panels came off the track and then it all went haywire.

I got the car out the door open but it was more than half off the track and slightly bent up and hanging goodness knows how. I could not get it down to even close the door enough to keep people out until I could call to get it fixed. I had to go into the house wake up my son and well he got it down, but now out of 12 hinges there is only two left and the door is only propped up against the opening. My neighbors most likely think I should not be driving if not them my son does for sure.

I had to give my granddaughter a ride today to get her nails done as I promised so of course I left the SUV parked out front rather than inside the garage. About 15 minutes after takeoff today as soon as I got on the freeway that upper back visor panel on my roof decided to just fly…and it went airborne with just a cord holding it. No stopping along a Vegas highway so I had to hope for the best and get off the freeway as soon as I could before it either tore loose and did damage to another vehicle or break my back window from the constant hitting it as I drove. I made it off pulled into a station and well had to do more damage because I literally had to pull the cable holding it out and who knows what that is going to cost me. I opened but the back-lift gate and threw it in the back of the car.

Now I have to wait for a garage repairman to give me a cost of fixing the garage door, and I have to make an appointment for getting my car repaired. As I said not a good day. I did get to take her to FREEMONT St….where we ate lunch and did some walking and sightseeing and of course more shopping. Sheesh! I am so glad I am home and its over…well not over but safe!

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Just read your post to johnny, my DH, he thought the mounted police park cool n he hangs with his friend that lives up there. At the Woodward cruise -They hang out by the Red Coat Tavern? Last year they were accross the street at some irish tavern? His friend had two Fast n Furious cars from the movie. Wow.... small world! The DH has an 66 chrysler imperial he was once upon a time trying to make it into the green hornet car. John's friend also has a couple of green hornet cars.

Funny... John's got a 1977 chevy that also looks like crap but it's the work truck...just had to do like 3 trips to get some hay last week...



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Hi there,

Rouge Park is where they had one set of stables if it is still there. It housed six houses I think and had an outdoor and indoor arena with a small turn out area in the park. I took a quick look and it seems that they are all but gone extinct with just one small stable in the Palmer Park Area....which is right off Woodward Avenue just north of Six Mile Road. The Rough Park is on the west side of Detroit near the western border.

I do remember the joy it brought to me just being around them...better than a boyfriend. And didn't require me to get all dressed up. My hubby too goes to the Dream Cruise each year with one of his vehicles. His hobby is old cars. He has them from 1927 up to 1970. After that, he figures they are not worth his time. We had to buy a building just to store them in. I have not seen the 1927 Ford out in quite a few years, but we take the 1930 Ford to Church every Sunday during the last spring thru fall. My favorite is a 1966 Chevy SS - that has a custom Cherry Red Paint Job he restored for me years ago. I drive that around town to do my shopping and what not, but never take it on the freeway or in the winter. I drive a little Hyundai Sonata Hybrid most of the time it's great on gas. Of course, we have a big 350 Ford Pick Up but I did leave that behind for the horses if needed. The hubby on the other hand on a regular basis drives and older Dodge Hemi 2007 and loves it. Looks like crap but runs fine and he throws crap in the back end all the time anyway. Hahaha


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I think I remember you mentioning Alexandra doing horse shows? It's in her blood!!! emoticon

I agree about the cost of things going up! EVERYTHING is more expensive!!!!

We are a little partial to the Arabians n Quarter Horses ourselves... but like you - I do love them all!!!!!

The husband goes to Detroit at least once a year to the Woodward dream cruise? Is the Mounted Police Stables close? He loves the mounted police stuff - I'll tell him n he will stop by!!! Your love for horses started when you were young -n you were able to make it a part of your life! Lucky us!!!!

OH well - back to tax work... Happy trails!

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Thank you ...I too think it's a beautiful life. I had to work hard to get it there along with my husband but we both know that all good things matter more when they are earned. Alexandra will be fine no matter the steps she takes as she is truly a hard worker. But as I said we managed to build up over the years...and for her...its right there up close and personal. She has a boyfriend that says he wants to help but he has no gusto for the horses. His passion is motorcycles and cars. I am not sure how long he will last doing the hard farm work but we wait and wait as only time will tell. Thankfully she is smart enough not to be straddled with children or committed to a marriage until she makes sure it's the right guy. As far as her....she grew up there...and always had her eye on the farm so best choice even over other grandkids and my own kids was to let her have it.

She has three new foals in the barn...well they are all 8 months old within a week or two of each other. She is excited to get them going...she wants to halter them this coming spring. Cutie pies so I am cutting my Vegas time short to get back home for March rather than staying to May so I can work with her getting them ready. She is waiting for DNA testing to get them registered.

Things cost so much these days...it use to be 15.00 to register a horse now it's 140.00 to register because you have to get the kit for DNA and send it in to be tested before you can register. She raises Arabians. I myself love them all.

Me too along with you would have loved the opportunity to have a job like mucking stalls just to be around horses would have made me happy. Unfortunately, I was born in Detroit....no horses and no money so I did what I could to get out and the rest is history. But, while there I did enjoy living close to the Mounted Police Stables in a local State Park...and I would ride a bike or walk there to watch them train and groom their horses. I would just sit there in the grass and watch from a distance dreaming it was me there doing all that. Hahaha...funny story but true.

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Sounds beautiful and sounds like a lot! The husband & I went on a couple day trip to Florida and arranged a horseback ride on the beach. The young lady working the rides also was working the rides from a farm of her grandfather. She had been doing it for a couple of years and had help from her grandfather and some hired help that lived at the ranch. You have been doing everything for such a long time - you probably don't realize HOW MUCH YOU ACTUALLY DID!!! Like the lady in Florida - I'm hoping Alexandra will come into her own and show you how much she's learned from you!

Anything outside your country home unless it's another country home would seem crowded. I think the same would be for me.

Nice story about Las Vegas too! I'm glad you get to be close to your son! The redecorating sounds sooo cool! I'm hoping to re-decorate our house after tax season... but a bit more on the simple side (spartan but functional - less to have to keep up on).

You are not the only one that I have heard have the Driver's License problem. I have clients that snow bird and they have the same issue. Most of mine just keep the Illinois plates and Illinois Licenses because they spend the most time here. Ahhh.... it's a fun problem!!!!

Like you - animals come first before the house - so in my situation the house has suffered, but that's ok - I'm chipping away at it. As long as I keep trying - IT WILL GET DONE!!!! You are so funny you just say it... younger generation is .... kinda ... LAZY... CRAZY! If I had had such an opportunity growing up... I'd be ALL over it AND get PAID! WooHOO!

Sounds like a win-win-win situation with your sister earning a couple of bucks to help clean the house for Alexandra and that way you also know the house is cared for... Still think it would hurt a bit to live close to the place you love but not LIVE there. BUT you sound VERY MUCH like a STRONG Lady....

The past couple of days have been above 32 degrees... but by the time I leave work #2 - I understand it is supposed to be snowing... YAHOO!

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Yeah, a big change for me to wake up and walk out and not see horses in my back view. I still live in a small country town..with a population of less than 1500 but for some reason, it feels crowded. She grew up on the farm and hopefully can handle all the running of it but so far we have been there every step of the way to help her out. I am still registering her newborn foals. She is a hard worker but it takes a lot to keep it all going and continue to work an outside job as you may well know. The house is large for her also...just her and her boyfriend in a 4000 sq foot home is a lot and to pay the bills that go with it may be more than she needs. The only good thing is she has no house payment. She is saving a bundle by moving in there and she always wanted it for herself. Time will tell....if she can't handle it I guess we will have to take another look at the overall perspective of having it. It was built for a large family.

My youngest son has lived in Vegas for over 12 years he is a Chef here at the major hotels. I have been visiting him on and off two-three times a year since he moved here. A few years ago I decided to buy a home here and save me throwing all the money into hotel bills. I bought a cute home at the base of the mountains...but then after two years there I felt it too small coming from my farm to here...so I sold it last year and bought a 3200 SF home closer to his work and in the inner city. No country here, but a private gated community and just off the strip. A really beautiful place, older but I remodeled it and well it's like stepping back into the 50s Art Deco Era. A single floor ranch type. Not too much of a yard so easy on the maintenance too. This is my fourth year of actually coming here the first week of January and staying until the end of May. They call us snowbirds ... just this week I went to the DMV to get a new plate for my car I bought here last year...and they told me it was not legal to have a car plated here and not in have a driver license here also. I told them I tried to get it plated in Michigan but that Nevada will not issue a title only paperwork and that Michigan will not transfer a title with an actual one. So I am in a catch twenty-two situation. They say if I get stopped and the plate is in my name and an out of state DL I will be ticketed up to 350.00 Are you kidding me...so now I am trying to figure what I can do to get this problem fixed. I can own a home...own a car...have a bank account here but in order for it all to be legal, I also need a DRIVERS License. Lucky me.

I agree with you about good barn help...the younger generation is so lazy. I got lucky with most of that though. I always had grandkids living or staying at the farm for all the chores...and I was able to do them all myself. I had no trouble getting in there and mucking the stalls and grooming dirty horses I actually enjoyed it. I clean after myself also...I don't leave messes. The granddaughter that has the farm Alexandra...she will clean that barn before she cleans the house if it's left up to her. Since both need the work I let her clean the barn...and I send in my sister that needs extra financial help to clean the floors and deep clean the house each week. My sister moved in with me when she could not get a job and kept my house basically clean....I did very little inside unless a family gathering came along. Then I chipped in and cleaned my butt off. Otherwise, I left it to her...she moved with me to the new house and keeps it the same way. But once a week I pay her to go to the farm and help out Alexandra. I am like Alex I would rather see the horses cared for. In this area, they are paying stall cleaners 15.00 an hour and up and still are complaining about how it is not being done right. Kids don't want to work...just sit around getting high and who knows how they are getting their cash these days.

The weather is nice here in the 60s for walking and getting around Love it.

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Wow! It must have been very hard to be away from the farm. It's been in your blood for so many years! From what you have said it is a big farm and from what you have said about it....beautiful. Probably a bit overwhelming for your grand daughter?

What made you snowbird? How did you pick las vegas? For the first time the hubby n i took a 3 day getaway n 5 day getaway last year.

The bad part about living is that others around us pass on... sorry very much for your losses. How old were they? I'll bet great memories!

Hopefully your grandaughter will use what you have shared with her and carry on what you have established on your farm. Its hard to get good help around here too. They want to get paid even if they don't do the work!!! When we had someone watch the horses when we were gone, he got paid to feed, let the horses out, feed n let back in... for what i thought was pretty generous money! I'd do it! The hubby was afraid to ask him to clean stalls!!! Ugh! N when it was just sprinkling... called n didn't let the hoses out!!! Sometimes it seems that if you want something done right....

Weather here is finally supposed to get above freezing tomorrow!! Enjoy your walks with your pup!

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OMGosh I know just how cold it is. I bought a home in a little town and let my granddaughter move onto the farm. She is having such a hard time it seems like I never left as I am or my husband is right now there every day helping her. I myself took the snowbird flight to Las Vegas for the winter and will not go back until spring. We lost two horses last year to old age, another one sliced open her leg and we had to put her down. We did produce three new colts that are looking strong so far. I guess like us when the old move out new is always there to take their place. I am not going to give her the farm quite yet unless I can see she will be able to hand the entire place. Lots of work there...and as much as I love her the newer generation does not work as hard as our older one. Hehehe!!!!!! I am hoping the weather gives here shortly.

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It has been sooo cold here in Illinois - we go to Farm & Fleet n Rural King for Timothy or Alfalfa pellets for the horses at night and they are sold out! Looking forward to spring!

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I finally am out of the cold Michigan weather and in Las Vegas. It’s not hot here but weather in the 60’s does nothing to hinder my outings. I have been walking the dog along with starting my planet fitness schedule. I am taking small trips with my dog to discover different areas of this city. So much going on here I should be able to keep busy. I had a great Christmas and am looking forward to my return to Michigan but not before the weather changes.

I did not make any resolutions for they always get left behind anyway. I am just trying to keep a good mind set to get in a healthier routine for myself.

Hope you are all enjoying your January…welcome t0 2018

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My sisters youngest daughter just had her first baby. Her and her husband are coming in from Florida for the weekend. I thought it would be nice if they could spend the time with her at the new house so I am planning on going to the lake house for the weekend so that they can stay here and visit. I do plan to see them and the new baby of course.

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It's raining and cold today...down to 50's which for Michigan should be Okay but the rain puts a chill in the air and my old bones. I think I might head to the farm today to work inside the barn. There is always something to do there....not that I can't find stuff here to do...it's never ending but I am drawn to the barn so I might as well admit it's just in my to be there. I will be nice and text Alexandra so she knows I am heading there. She works and well I don't want her to worry that someone might have been poking around that shouldn't be there.

I will check back in later to let you know what I accomplished if anything.

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I don't know why but my poor horses always get burrs this time of year. I have dug out the bushes, burned them over the years and goodness knows they keep coming back. I have cleaned manes and tails until my fingers are raw and they get them right back again if I let them out. Any suggestions on what I can do???????

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Scarlet sounds like the perfect follow up. We all hope our kids will be our back ups but unfortunately in my case it skipped a generation. Although all of them love the horses and country life none of them really wanted to be there full time. A visit and a quick ride here and there was all that they offered. But, to my pleasure my oldest granddaughter and my youngest got the passion for them from me Both want to eat and drink up the country l life with horses.

My oldest granddaughter just turned 30 and well she is moving into the farm as I am moving out. I bought a home in Las Vegas for my winter get away and a nice small town home where I have plenty of room for everyone to visit. I decided to hand over the reins to Alexandra so it has taken us a year to actually put it all in motion. By the end of summer I will be moved into another home while she gets settled back in here. A few changes along the way but over all the same place she grew up in.

We are off to South Dakota this weekend to purchase three brand new colts.....that she has had her eye on to start a brand new breeding program. Arabians of course. She is so excited to be head of the house here and I am twice as excited to give it up at my age. Although it will be bitter sweet to step down after all these years. I can always come back for the visit right. (hehe)


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I remember as kid being quite happy with the small field I had with my pony just getting out brushing him was good enough. The teen years and early 20's I loved long all day ridges exploring. My youngest kid is 4 she and the middle boy seem to follow my foot steps when it comes to the love of critters and I am hoping to get them out riding this year while I walk along trying to get to a size I feel comfortable for the horses. The weather here is beautiful and warm today. The last few days crazy rain wind and cold at night. The ice in my area has been gone for quite awhile. It feels so good just to feel the warmth of the sun and see the ground drying out. The old horse is doing her usually laying flat in the field soaking up the rays, causing me to do a double take and stare until I see her breath. Silly old horse I think she likes scaring me sometimes I call her name and she doesn't move like she knows and when I get closer she picks her head up like what? other times she hears the door of the house and she picks looks up right away. It is nice to see her enjoy the weather too.


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Oh my goodness a friendly face. They are not coming as often as I would like but they are well appreciated when they get here. I am back in Michigan now that getting ready for the first horse show of the season. The weather is great, a bit too cold when I first got here..but now its perfect horse weather. Being outside is wonderful. Alexandra (my granddaughter) started giving baths already.

Each day brings new beauty to the land around me. The trees are filling in, the grass is getting greener, and flowers are blooming. All the ice is melted from the creek, the riverbed, and the lake so things are evolving and moving right along.

I have been so busy since I got home just trying to pick up the pieces that seem to drift away when I am gone for any extended time. I am missing Vegas and my dogs there, but I do have my dogs here and my wonderful 4 legged giants to keep me busy. Not to mention that one old pain in the butt goat. I hope everyone is getting ready for riding season this spring...even just getting on and taking a light ride around your grounds can be fun.

Have a safe and happy Saturday...and for all you Mothers out there….Happy Mothers Day.

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wow what a find, I wish I had something like that in my area. We do have a park that has horse trails but you need a trailer and the tails are not great year round with the rain we get. I wish I was a teen again with summers and weekends free to ride all day.

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I decided to update the team photo once again. I hope you all like it.

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I was out looking for a new place for my dog and me to explore when I happen upon a park out near the mountains. I stopped and took out what I needed and set out on foot since there were restrictions no vehicles of any sort including off road ones.

withing a few feet I noticed some strange things and then it hit me...it was a horse park...for trail riders and anyone wanted to get their horse out for the real deal. Over 4000 acres of great desert trails with hills and valleys. A huge round pen for letting your horses take a break...and watering areas. A few tie ups where you can get off your saddle and attend to your own business or just sit for a while in one of the several covered areas. I was excited and astonished at the same time. Excited for the great find and astonished that I did not see one horse there taking advantage of it. I did see a few remains of previous use but not one live equine there. I so wish Michigan has something this grand and at a FREE cost to boot.

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It would seem if I don't say something in here no one will...so here goes. It's time...at least for me to get ready for show season. Time to trim up, clean up and exercise the horses that are going to be showing this year. Ooops I just have to get back home to Michigan to do that, still in Vegas enjoying the warmer weather.

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Actually its been a really light winter so far in Michigan. For now it seems like it might be an early spring...so no time like the present to start getting ready for spring. I am going to start my barn horses out with grooming on a regular basis to shed them out.

The horses were all wormed Saturday....now comes exercising time. We really get excited this time of year..when the horses can go back into a routine.

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Well I had a productive day today. Cleaned the house really well. Picked up my son from work and dropped him off at the Lasik Surgery Center then picked him up. I managed to get the insurance for the new house called and had all the utilities changed over to the new house. The moving boxes I ordered for packing came today. So I guess the next step is to start packing things up and labeling them.

Just 5 days until I am in the new house...I am excited to get in it.

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Just before cold weather I was able to get the flooring of all the stalls redone....nice new wood floors with matting. Replaced all damaged doors...and wood around the top of stalls. Added some metal stripping so there would be no more chewing. Put up 2300 bales of Hay to last over the winter until first cutting.

Sad news one of my favorite breeding mares somehow cut her leg ....it was so bad we had to put her down. Poor girl.

Now I am away in Vegas letting the grand daughters run the farm for a while....lets see how it works out.

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Here are some BARN MANNERS


I won't pull all of the hay out of the feeder and dump it on the ground before eating it
I will not immediately crib on the anti-cribbing surface that Mom just spent 4 hours installing.
I will not go up to the newly soaped wooden ledge (favorite cribbing spot), crib on it despite the half inch of Orvus, and then blow soap bubbles in my clean water bucket.
I will not run over my owner when that person tries to open my stall door and let me out. Further, I will then only go through the gate leading to the pasture, not the one opening into the road. I do not want my owner to resort to putting my halter on just to turn me out, as if I were a silly foal.
We will not tear off each others' halter fuzzies in play and then pass them down the shed row to our neighbors several stalls away. Further, we will not tear off chunks of each others' noses.
I will no longer get overexcited every time the foal or the miniature horse is led by my stall.
I will not take my mommy's fly mask off and stomp on it and shake it till I've killed it and then carry it to the other end of the pasture and drop it in the farthest, farthest corner where my human has to really hike to get it back.
I will not dance in the cross-ties while mom's got her new dressage saddle resting on my back (not yet girthed up), causing it to slip back, which causes me to spook and dump the saddle upside down in the gravel :)
I promise not to chew on everything that comes within 12 inches of my nose to see if it's dead so that Mommy won't get hurt if it attacks.
I will not jump the fence when I go out to play and Mommy doesn't stay even though she tells me she will be ok (I worry about her).
When you put a water heater in my water tub, I will NOT pull it out and try to burn the barn down!
I will not dig my way to Australia before I roll. 8 inches of shavings should be enough for anyone.
I will not assume that because my person fits between the rails on the post and rail fencing, I will. (This was very humiliating, I couldn't get my head and leg back and had to wait for her to do it.)
I will not throw my haynet over the stable wall, then complain 'cos I can't get it back. (I've got a small holed haylage net, I'd rather have hay on the floor)
I will not throw my rubber feed tub at my person. She says it hurts.
I will not crib the instant my cribbing collar is taken off.
I will not get jealous when my person is riding, grooming or playing with any other animal or person.
I will let Merlot into the run-in shed in bad weather.
I will learn to appreciate my stall, it is warm and clean and soft.
I promise not to go into my brother Stoney's stall when Mom lets me in from the paddock just 'coz I like to see Stoney get all worked up. I know which stall is mine and will *always* go into my stall from now on.
I will not turn around and threaten to bite anyone this summer when they cinch me up, especially my favorite person or the other workers.
I will not not NOT try to open the windows to other horse's stalls when Mom turns me out in the dry lot behind the barn while she cleans my stall.
I will not throw fits and run around and kick my heels up past the top fence rail when Mom turns me out in the dry lot without Lady.
I will NEVER EVER EVER again squeal and pace circles in my stall when Mom brings me in and leaves Lady outside so that Mom has to come in with the whip and move me around until I pay attention to her instead of trying to look out the window at Lady.
I will not jump over the automatic waterer in my field and run the fenceline because I can't figure out how to get back to my pasture.
Once I get in the other field, I WILL NOT rip off all the plywood on the back of their shed in a raging blizzard!
I will not roll *right* next to the fence so I get cast. Especially at the far side of a muddy field when my She doesn't have her rubber boots with her.
I will not remove my brand new tail bag so that my She has to go slog through the mud again to rescue it
I WILL NOT jump over the door and out of my stall from a standing start, giving everybody in the barn a heart attack.
I will not make a shot for the pasture when mom opens my stall door.
I *Will* *Not* have an attitude problem. I won't I won't I won't.
I will not get cranky just because we don't go home when I'm ready.
I Am NOT required to mouth everything I can find
I will not bite or kick everything within range.
I will not dance around at the end of my lead rope whilst fly spray is being applied for my own good, even though it tickles like mad.
I *will* behave when my teats are being cleaned.
I will not accost anyone carrying a: bucket, bowl, pan, sack ect. to determine if there is anything for me in it.
I won't step in dog doo on the way to the barn to be groomed.
I will not try to dig a hole to China in the aisle when I get restless.
I will not jerk my leg back and forth making impossible to get my feet picked.
I will not chew on things that don't belong to me.
I will not swat at imaginary flies.
I will not shake my head uncontrolably for no reason.
I will not make my slave come and get me in the mud, I will come when called.
I will not take my stable bandages off in the night so they serve no purpose but for pillows.
I will not try to get out of my hood.
I will no longer kick 15' in the air when a horsefly lands on my back (even if it is a Giant Mutant horsefly). I understand it will not carry me off to feed to its' young.
Water/mud/flyspray will not dissolve me.
I will no longer rip the boards off the fence with my lead line when I am tied to it and somthing spooks me.
I will not pull my fly sheet off over my head and grind it into the dirt.
I will not lie in the mud when I have a perfectly nice shed with clean shavings.
I will not turn right around in the crossties when the shoer is trying to shoe me, just so I can see where Mom is.
I will not pull my new shoes off the next day just to prove I can still do it.
I will not roll in the mud when it is thirty degrees out and come in cold.
I will not give the other slave a hard time when its time for dinner... I will go directly to my stall and not run through the barn at warp speed screaming my head off.
I will not roll 10 minutes before Emma gets home from school and wants to ride out with friends.
If I have to roll I will try to do it in a nice grassy area, not in the dustbowl bit.
I am neither a beaver or a carpenter. I promise I won't eat or remodel the barn or the fences.

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Good Afternoon Sparkers

It’s been a while since I was on but to be honest I have been way too busy to find time to sit down to the computer to exchange thoughts or information.
I am back in Las Vegas and even though I am here there are big changes happening. As most of you know I bought a house here a couple of years back. Unfortunately, it did not turn out to be the perfect place for me. Well I have just sold that house and signed papers on a new home. Now this will be the home of my dreams or at least the dreams of being in Vegas. It’s in the perfect neighborhood, bigger than the last and all on one level. I so tired climbing up and down the steps of the previous house. I close on it the 28th of February….and I think I got a good deal on it. But who knows when it comes to things I don’t always make the right decision on financial cost.
The bad news is that my furniture which I spent a fortune on is not fitted for the new home and as I hate to take a big loss…I am going to get the hubby out here to take it across the states back to Michigan and put it in storage out there to go into one of the homes there. I just haven’t told him that yet (hehe). He is back home renovating the lake house. We gutted it down to the 2/4s … new drywall and everything else. Just the windows were so expensive. It cost me a little over 40,000 just for the dang windows. This hopefully will be the last renovation I will go through in my life time.
I have decided to move out of the farm…not sell it but move out and let the grand-daughter move in. It’s time I turn over the horses to the younger generation. The hubby and I need to finally get a break and just enjoy life a bit as we get older. Not that he will do that since he is a work acholic. I plan to stay on the lake during the spring and summer months…of course I will continue to go to the horse shows and visit the farm then during the cold winter months I will come here to Vegas and spend the time here with my son.
I am going to get into a good walking routine here in Vegas…before the weather gets to hot. It’s perfect right now to get out and get things done…and I do have a walking buddy. A little dog we adopted here last year. She was so excited to see me when I got back…she peeeeeed all over the place. But now she is back to normal and just won’t leave my sight.

I went out and bought a car here too…I was renting one and I feel for that much I could buy a used car to get around in. I picked up a Dodge Durango….not a small car but I really like it and it gives me plenty of room to shop and take the dog with me.

I have not been doing too well with my weight but as least I am not gaining. I need to get on a routine and keep on trying.

Have a great day and I will try to continue to get on here.

Joanna


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Here it is a brand new year...are you ready to make the best of it. Things are not always as they seem. For most of us life is just not all that American dream as we wanted, but there are ways to cope with it and make the best. I am going to list a few things I am going to do...if you feel they can help you...by all means take advantage. I have read so much but unfortunately my life style and goals are not always in sync. Here goes

!. Make only short term plans

2. Make time and stick with a limited amount of exercise ( I am going to do the band routine to start)

3. Not take things so seriously that they cause me distress if they go wrong.

4. Take a little time each day for just me.

5. Get in a little activity with my pets (Horses & Dogs)- make sure I set more quality time for them.

6. Want a little less when it comes to material things this year.

7. Cut back on my spending and put some aside for a rainy day (personal use)

8. Cut back on unhealthy eating...(not stop totally but cut way back)

9. Work to getting off some of my meds. ( I think they become a crutch for me to not try hard enough)

10. Be a better person this year than last. Do something once a month for others not in my family.

Ok...so there is my start list. I am also going to go back and do an old fashion diary or journal as they say. Hand write all my thoughts and movements down. I think I spend too much time on the computer and not enough time actually writing.

Happy New Year...and Welcome to 2017

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Yes Christmas is a fun time of year for us here. We do a lot with the locals and our horses. I am kind of glad Christmas is over...I am getting older and I tire so much quicker these days.

Looking forward to 2017 and what it brings. I don't know if I had to clean up debris I might be waiting until spring, burn a lot of it...and start from there. Let me know how your project goes.

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Thank you or the Christmas wishes HYATTI1 ! These past few days the weather has been just wonderful - 60F yesterday and 50F today. I believe we have a easement behind our house, so I am planning to spread the manure out there. Now, I just have to figure out a way to access that area. It seems that the previous owner was throwing the fallen branches over the fence so it is quite a mess back there. Sounds like a great project for tomorrow emoticon Hope you are enjoying the last week of 2016!

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You know I knew of a local lady that was in the same situation as you...just over two acres with 3 horses. She got the local waste management to leave a dumpster at her place and her husband built her a ram to take it up and dump it. They came once a month or every other month to haul it away.

We let ours compost...and offer it to local farmers for their corps. We also spread a good portion on our crops...but unfortunately no one wants fresh manure...it can destroy the crops. Too strong it has to set at least a year...with land we are able to let it set in sections and get to it the following year.

Let me know what you end up doing curious.

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Hey Joanna - It sounds like you are quite busy this holiday season! Our horses are getting settled in to their new home. Phineus is such a sweet horse! He is a Thorobred, retired race horse, 7 years old. He is so sweet - I am wondering if he is happy to have a family of his own. He is quite happy to let our first horse Frankie be the alpha horse. I am getting more acquainted with horse care and barn management. Right now I am trying to figure out the best way to manage/remove/compost the horse poo -- any suggestions? We have 2 acres of land.

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Update....I am feeling better at least I am out of my sluggish feeling. I managed to get to the doctors office and they prescribed a new medication that should help me. I also got a new cpap machine (my old one sucked and I refused to continue to use it). I am still working on getting a heated hose for it. I don't know why it's so hard to just give me one but there are so many steps to climb to get what you actually want.

A winter storm is coming in today...making the driving slippery and bad so I hopefully will not have to go out in it. I am trying to make sure I have everything I need before it hits.

Last week before the Hubby is off to a warm sunny Thailand with my son and his family. Lucky guys spending Christmas in a warm climate. I really don't think Christmas will be anything without some white snow anyway. I will be here for the rest of the family and friends.

I am about to go out and work on grooming a couple of the horses...burrrrr but I did manage to get the heater hooked up in the barn so I should be fine.


Have a wonderful weekend...and stay safe.

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Here I am Monday morning and my schedule is so busy from the get go. I have to not only do my daily chores...I have to fit in time to pick up my sister from the hospital...(she had her left lung and lymph nodes removed last week) she will need some extra help this week. That is at one side of my state...then I have to be in another city to make it to the Doctors offices for myself. I also have to be 40 miles north sometime today to check on the progress of work being done in a home I purchased over the summer. And guess what we had a snow storm come in last night....it came pretty intense for a while but I think it will mostly melt today. Giving me at least a better highway to drive on.



Things are all set for the holidays...as usual we are all decorated up and have our annual celebration with the horses and all. I am trying my hand at making fresh donuts each weekend for our clients and friends that show up. We serve cider and hot donuts.....yummy I smell them and want to down them myself but I do try to refrain from it. Still it's tempting.



The hubby restored an old sleigh over the summer that we managed to pick up at an estate sale a couple of years ago...It is absolutely beautiful. We are going to hook it up for the first time this weekend...to actually put it to use. We have test drove it but no one has actually sat in it through the woods yet. I am so looking forward to showing it off. We do have two other sleighs that are in good working order...but the new one is special to me. We also have the hay wagons just in case a lot of people show up we can take them through our enchanted forest in larger numbers. The boys (my son and grandsons) show up each weekend for a few hours a day to help out.



HO HO HO Merry Christmas Everyone



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I just order all new blankets for the horses....I don't know why...they had perfectly good ones....but for some unknown reason I just had to spend the money and get new blankets. I need to rethink my spending choices.

Anyway going out to clean the stalls and the barn then I am going to groom up a couple of the horses and pick up around the yard. I have a lot of branches and limbs that came down during a wind storm. They could cause a fall if I don't get them up. At least it's not too cold out there and I should be able to get a good bit of work in.

Hope you all enjoy your Saturday with your horses.

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12/1/16 12:43 P

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Annie I hope you are all settled in and getting your feet use to the new place. Glad to hear that so far things are great.

It's cold here in Michigan....finally I the warm weather is behind us...I am not sure I like the sound of that but it is inevitable. The good news is that Xmas is right around the corner time to get going on that project. I am looking forward to the excitement it brings around here...which started back in October for us at least. Our horses are all ready and waiting on the weekends...so they have a job of pulling hay wagons and sleighs around full of people that come to visit us each year. Things get exciting here on the farm....with all the decorations and the visitors...all the horses have been groomed up for showing off and they love the attention they get all weekend long. Last year over 4000 people showed up we are expecting to at least make that and hopefully hit the 6000 mark this year.

I am tired but over all I am ready.
Happy Holiday Season to everyone.

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11/27/16 9:37 A

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That is wonderful and so exciting!! What breed are your boys? I'm guessing you are home now, how do you like the newest member?

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Quick update for all of you - Frankie has been doing just great on his own, but yesterday we adopted a retired racehorse, Phineus. I am away on a business trip so I was not there for the introduction, but all reports reported that Frankie was very happy to see another horse in the field with him. Can't wait to get home to meet the new family member :)

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10/9/16 7:53 A

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Hello Team! We made the move to the new house - well, new for us. There are still boxes everywhere as we try to figure out where things should belong in the new house. Today is the day that Frankie the horse comes to live with us! My daughter is sooooo excited! The trainer says that Frankie will be okay on his own, but we plan to get a second horse real soon. This will be quite the learning experience for me. Yes, I did get to ride a horse during "Bring Your Family to the Barn Day". I think I could really enjoy getting to know a horse.

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Range is basically a mustang.

My name is Melissa

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must but take the step.


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10/3/16 9:37 A

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Awe, sounds like a wonderful place. I don't have any experience with minis but they are so beautiful. Wow. 7h - 17 hands means you have the full spectrum of horses, and with foals on the way too!

My 12 year old daughter and I have 2 horses:
Slate is my 14 year old TB. He stands 16*1
Sunny is my daughters 16 year old Arabian. He stands 13*3

Just wondering, what is a range horse? I'm guessing its a mixed breed of uncertainty.

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My husband and I have a small farm in Eastern Oregon with various animals.Horses we own the following 8.

Rocky is a 36 inch miniature black gelding. He is a 7 years old and trained to ride and pull cart.

Sammy is a 28 inch miniature Chestnut Pinto stallion. He is currently being trained to pull cart.

Sassy is a 36 inch miniature black mare. She is 7 years old. She is trained to ride. She is expecting to foal this spring.

Luna is a 36 inch miniature white mare. She is 7 years old. She has been trained to pull cart, but was whipped by previous owner, so we are working on trust issues. She is expecting to foal this spring.

Toot is a mustang quarter horse mixed gelding. He is a strawberry roan and 14 years old. He measures in at 17 hands, He is trained to ride. My husband has owned him for 12 years.

Shammy is a quarter horse gelding. He is a Chestnut. He is 10 years old. He is 16 hands. He was my mother in laws horse tell she sold him to us a year ago. We just started him.

Trixie is a range horse mare. She is a bay and 4 years old. She is 14 hands. We are just starting to get her 30 rides in.

Wildfire is a range horse. She is a palomino, and 4 years old. She is 14 hands. She had a bad injury last fall. She ripped her chest open. As a result we just barely introducing her to the saddle.


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9/26/16 9:08 A

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Good morning,

Geeze Melissa, I do hope you can find some peace and motivation soon. Sorry to hear about your loss of Muse, but good to hear that you have 3 year olds getting ready to start. I haven't read back in this thread very far, so I don't know what kind of horses you have. Sounds like you are on the right path to fixing the saddle issues for Toot and I'm sure he will be happier with the adjustments. I'm the only one in my family and friends who have a horse passion, so I don't share the same criticisms as many others. Do you normally ride with your MIL - or does she just live close by and nit-pick? Are you a lucky one who shares your horse love with your spouse? I am lucky enough though - my daughter is as crazy about horses as I am.

I say go ahead and enjoy your horses today - even if it just a little grooming. They are a great cure for depression!

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I haven't posted in forever it seems. I been so depressed. Life has been so crazy..I am working part time now at a recovery center, and also I am trying to get this place ready for winter.

Haven't been able to ride or drive in forever. Muse died 2 years ago. My 3 year olds are almost ready, and Toot's saddle keeps slipping. We went to the tack store, and hopefully we got that issue taken care of with a new blanket, and we need to also measure the roll bars. Might need a new saddle. Currently, the weather is not cooperating with ideal riding weather. I also don,t want to listen to my mother in law complain or nag that I not doing something right with my riding. This Spring we should be getting two new additions to our mini herd.

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9/7/16 8:52 A

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Good morning Anne,

Thanks for setting me straight on chat lingo emoticon
This move must be so exciting for you and your DD. In all my life, I've only heard of Texas being "horse country" - until recently. Someone from DC was talking to my DH and learned we lived west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and said "Ah, you live in horse country". I thought that was strange just because I've never northern VA being referred to that way.

Soooo, how'd your barn day go?? Did you get to ride?

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9/3/16 6:36 A

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MGOOD4x4 Thank you for your reply. Yes, we do plan on getting two horses, possibly three. We will be moving to "horse country". The new house will be down the road (walking distance) to horse trails. We have two neighbors close by who also have horses. DD does stand for Dear Daughter -- something I just picked up from the discussion boards. Today my daughter's barn is having - bring your parents to the barn day. They plan to get me up on a horse today - should be fun :) Enjoy a wonderful day everyone!!

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8/30/16 9:46 A

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Good morning and Welcome to the team! emoticon

I'm not very familiar with all the chat lingo so I'm guessing DD = Dear Daughter?? Dumb Dogs can have trainers but normally do not ride horses, so please tell me I'm correct emoticon

Congrats on the move - sounds very exciting! I would like to suggest that you choose 2 horses (or at least 1 AND a goat, pony, mini, etc as a herd mate). Some horses can live alone, but most develop issues or vices if they don't belong to a herd. Do you have places to ride at your new home? When you have questions (and you will) just ask. I'm sure we can find you an answer.

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8/30/16 5:31 A

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Hello Team! I am new here. I am currently a barn Mom - my DD rides. In 19 days, we will be moving from the city to the rural county so that we have a barn and 2 acres of land. The plan is to bring a horse or two into the family. My DD's trainer is going to help us get the barn ready for the horses and get us up to speed on horse care. DD can't wait! Any tips would be welcome :)

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8/16/16 12:01 P

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I have not hit that 13000 again nor have I hit the 10000 but I do come close. I just try to do what I can and that is always pushing myself. I am just thankful that I can walk. They were thinking at one time I would not be able too at all. There is a lot of rain right now makes for some swelling and pain but I will manage to get through it. I am back riding my horse so it's been worth the battle for me at least. I even sold one of my Mares yesterday. I want to size down to just a hand full of horses.

I hope you are doing ok....and that the weather lets you get out and about a bit.

Joanna

PS...I forgot ...I have the fitbit flex.

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6/8/16 7:15 A

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WTG on the steps!!! I try to push my self a little further every day. Sometimes it is really hard when I can't get outside. What fitbit do you have? The horses look happy to be out there.

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6/7/16 8:56 P

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Yesterday I was so excited to know that I walked 13,221 steps...that is over 3000.00 of my daily goal. I am keeping track with the fitbit wrist band. The one think I have noticed is that having it on all the time makes me aware of trying to keep up. So I park a bit further away now..even though I have handicap parking. I also always walk with the basket rather than sit in the cart and shop. Doing all my own stalls each morning was so hard the first couple of weeks when I got back from Las Vegas, but now I am getting my upper body strength back and I feel really good doing it. In fact I laid off the hired help and took over the barn myself for the summer. What I feel bad about is that I have laid off a couple of good barn employees and if they are not here come winter to help out I might be stuck, but that's another topic.

My horses are all groomed up and looking pretty good...I turned a few of them into one of the big pastures this morning a little further from the barn and they are loving it.





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5/16/16 8:39 P

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Another all day barn chores for me today. I started at 9 am and finished at 8:15 I did take two small 30 minute breaks to eat...and another to sit and catch my breath but over all busy busy busy all day long. I cleaned out the medicine cabinet in the barn....leaned up all the tack racks...and let me tell you there is a ton of tack...I could hold a used tack sale and make a small bundle. I am thinking I might size down now that I want to winter in Las Vegas each year...will be better in the long run with less horses. So no more breeding or buying hehehe...I hope anyway.

We had our first show the same week I came home....it was not too bad...and we have another one coming up this weekend. Busy season.....and I have not yet bathed the horses. Our ritual is to take them to the lake and swim and wash but it's been too cold so far this year...we are behind schedule about 3 weeks. The are looking better just with some TLC grooming and clipping through.

I better get this done and get off here and take a good shower...I stink like horses.

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5/15/16 10:47 A

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I got back home in Michigan last Monday and for the life of me I have not stopped for even a light break. I have been grooming horses...gutting the barn.....handling mail....replenishing the much needed items in the house and barn....(way to much shopping) and on top of that I have been handling trying to visit with everyone that is coming by all the time. Now I have an afternoon baby shower to attend for my great granddaughter Olivia. I think I might have messed up there. I was not here to see the invitation so I did not know she had a list at a local store....of things they wanted. I instead went on Etsy and order a bunch of cute little outfits for 0 to 3 mos with her name printed on them...and then started a collection of baby books that will come in handy sooner or later. Oh well they will just have to deal with it. My first grandsons...baby how sweet is that.

On a sour note I woke up this morning to my Stallion...sick. He was shaking and wanting to buckle and lie down. Not a good sign. I put him on BUTE and a shot of antibiotics. Hope it will hold until I get back. I think this weather is getting to him...he has a runny nose. I hope it isn't to much more. He is a young boy and pretty strong. I will keep tabs on him...and I have a vet coming out on Tuesday so I will have him checked out then. Time to float some teeth...and pull some wolf teeth. Plus I kneed hock shots for one of my show horses. Other than that things seem to be alright for the moment.

I want to wish everyone well and hope you all have a great Sunday.

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5/13/16 9:16 A

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I was up and out early this morning...down at the barn. I am feeling pretty good I got a head start yesterday when I had the barn gutted....and all the mats power washed. I so love the smell of fresh wood chips. This morning I feed and watered all my horses....and paid my little homage to each one of them. I missed them so much.

Unfortunately my farrier informed me a couple of days ago that one of my favorite horses had a severe case of thrush. My number one concern now that I am back. I was a bit upset with my grandson since he was the elected stall keeper during my absence....and its not like he did it out of the kindness of his heart I paid him a good wage to make sure it was done right. (NOT)

Oh well I guess I have to suck it up and get back to the issues at hand. Shedding them out and getting them all ready for spring baths. I have only 3 left to finish up on and then I am on to the bath house with them. I am hoping for just a bit of warmer weather first..but either way I am up for the job.

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5/11/16 9:35 P

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I have been away in warm weather for the last 4 months...and now I am back home in Michigan and it's time to spruce up the barn and get the horses cleaned up and ready for spring and summer Everyday I am in the barn combing out tangles and clipping manes. Not quite ready for bath time.

While there I am tackling one chore daily for the barn. I think in two weeks I will be all up to par and ready for show season. I did attend one show my first weekend back....at MSU....with the grand-daughter. Not a smash hit but not too shabby either.

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1/31/16 8:18 A

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I have a 2 1/2 year old miniature gelding (we had him gelded last April at two) who still bites. Does anyone know of a way to cure him of this bad habit? I plan on selling him this summer.



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I am waiting on NV Energy to show up and install a new thermostat. One that I can track on my phone and computer when I am away and out and about. It’s a free upgrade program they are offering residents of Nevada.

I did something very foolish last night. I went to Netflix…which I don’t have back in Michigan and while searching I found….Vampire Diaries …. I started on season one….I have six seasons…before I am up to date on this years….season 7. The next thing I noticed is that it’s not a normal season…there are 22 episodes of just season 1. I am not on episode 8….I let it hook me in line and sinker. I am in for a long drawn out mess of TV watching. I knew there was a reason I refused to watch it on regular cable, but here I am stuck on it.

Ok the NV guy just showed up so gotta run.

Hugs all and have a great Monday evening.


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Here is it Sunday evening in Las Vegas….I cleaned the house, hung up window drapes and my wall pictures that I painted. Horses of course. My son was not that happy with the on start but now that they are hung with his help (so much taller than I am) he is happy with them. “I don’t know why I even say anything to you mom” he stated “when it comes to horses”. He is so right. So the new house is finally becoming a home where I will enjoy and get to relax. He bought some nice patio furniture that does on the deck and around the pool. I was so looking forward to the pool when I was thinking about coming out, but unfortunately once I was here the weather is a bit chilly for me to actually get in and enjoy the water so I just enjoy looking at it for the moment.

This week I am going to go around looking for a new car…or a very nice used one I am not sure which yet. Right now I am renting from Enterprise and it’s costing me 1100 a month….not going to let that happen a second month. That right there could be three months payments. So with two weeks to go I better get on the ball and check things out.

I see that the storm is over on the east coast…and hopefully all our sparkers have managed well during it. I said a prayer for those out there, and the ones that didn’t my heart goes out to them. Talk about a winter wonderland….now all you have to do is wait to get around in it.

I smell food cooking so I asked my son what he is cooking tonight …he replied Salmon Salad ???? What is that? I am not that great of a sea food person and here he is experimenting on me once again. He so wants me to eat healthy which I think I can do but Salmon is not really my cut of tea.

Going to call it an early night so I can watch a little TV before it’s too late.
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Good Monday Morning to Everyone……I am not sure where you are all at or if you are checking in or not but thought I would just drop in and let you all know what I have planned for the day and maybe into the week. I have two concerns today….first let’s get the good one out of the way and then I will venture into the awful one. It’s bright and sunny here in Las Vegas….I did some more shopping yesterday and found a great bargain on a new refrigerator and some small appliances that I need here. I also finished the spare bedroom so that I have a place for guest that might want to visit me while I am here. I know I am only spending 3 to 4 months a year here but I do want it to be a nice place to come to and in the long run it will save me money from all the hotel bills like the ones I have paid in the past. I bought a small 3 bedroom house with no family room so…..there lies the problem out of space already. My son agreed to park his car outside and give me the garage to set up my painting studio and a small work out area. Which is working excellent so far. I have my easel and paints there……and have started to supply it with exercise equipment and a small sofa to sit and rest when I need to. Well the sofa is really just a futon in leather but hey it works. So with that said…I have been taking daily walks since I got here…my son has arranged my diet since he is a (chef) and the rest is up to me. That’s the good news…now for the bad.

I have been waking up the last few days with small bites …here and there on my ankles…arms and butt of course. It’s kind of hard to walk around when you have to scratch your butt all the time. I was thinking I might have hit a batch of nates or something while walking but that does not seem to be the facts as of this morning. I only use solid white bedding never colored….so this morning I noticed on the sheet something was moving the size of a pin head….but it was moving. I played with it for a couple of seconds turning it from side to side then picked it up between my fingers to squash it. Poor thing but hey it was biting me. Pay back is extreme. Now I spent the next couple of hours looking up information on bedbugs…where they come from….how the exist….how to get rid of them. In all my years of traveling and going and coming I have never been a victim of bedbugs. Until now! So I have a plan but its costly and time consuming….and my cost me a bundle ..since all my bedding is brand new and expensive….I am hoping to salvage the mattress and furniture…..but who knows….and maybe I have to look into all three bedrooms. My son said it could have been brought in on the mattresses that we just bought for the spare bedroom… OH MY GOSH….that an ordeal I am facing. At least I think I am getting it early since the buggers are so tiny….I hear they grow up to a ¼ inch in side and this is barely noticeable. If it was on dark bedding I would never have seen it.
If anyone has any suggestions now is the time to share.

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Am I crazy or what….I have no idea what I just did over the last week. I thought I the ideal was to get on line and order a few things for Christmas gifts, kind of last minute stocking stuffers. Me….I must have been thinking of myself. What really gets me is the prices I spent all on myself. I went on a binge of buying. I bought over 300.00 worth of lord knows what (some kind of cream to help the wrinkles) another 100.00 on a fitbit flex – then a ton on colored bands for it to match, and let’s not forget a TruBioTrim regimen of pills to help get healthy and slim (haha) that is a monthly supply of 90.00 and I have been buying for my dog….SNOW a Husky. She is all that I have left now that we had to put down our third dog for the year. My husband’s beloved boxer had cancer and it ruptured and he was bleeding internally. It’s been a hard year…but that was the worst of it. They were inseparable, went everywhere together. The old man would take two keys so he could keep the truck running to keep Diesel warm on chilly days and air condition running on hot days. That dog followed him everywhere and anywhere. Anyway we put the poor boy in his grave in a nice box the hubby built the night he died. We brought him home from the vet in a body bag….he brought him into the house took him out of the body bag and put him on his bed…covered him in a blanket turned on the music and got drunk crying and building that box for him boy. Meanwhile I went on a spending spree buying up all kind of new stuff for my girl that is now the last of our group of rescues. I blew over a thousand dollars on junk for me and my dog (lol). I am so short of Christmas gifts I am not sure what I can do at this late date except try to weather the storm and go out and do one shopping in public. I hate that, the crowds and lines of standing waiting to pay for items that might be just taken back.

Have a Merry Christmas….and forget that Happy Holidays crap….Keep the CHRIST in Christmas alive.

Love you all.

Joanna








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12/14/15 9:38 P

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Crazynnyssa : congratulations on your foal. What a wonderful gift for the holidays. You have cold weather already and me…I am still in the 50’s strange as it may seem for Michigan weather. I too have been over busy doing things and getting ready for cold.

Wellbeing67: you are more than welcome. Yep we know who we are when it comes to the barn. I have been in there so much …but I do so enjoy it once I get in there. These days I am not all hip on going there but once there I am lost for time and can spend all day.

I had to put down another dog today….my poor boxer that was my hubbys side kick developed a tumor we never knew he had and it ruptured. He was far too gone to do anything for him. He did live a wonderful happy life for the past 12 years with us so for a boxer that was time well spent. I still could not hold back the tears and I am not sure which hurt more seeing my boy go or my husband crying and holding him when they put him down. We brought him home to bury in our pet cemetery with the rest of our clan. I counted that we have had 9 dog’s umpteen cats and 16 horses buried in there. A wonderful place to go and just sit while I think. I’ve lost 3 dogs in this house that did not make it to the cemetery, they just came up missing. A lot for 25 years of living in this place.

Hope everyone is getting ready for the Christmas and the Holidays.

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Joanna -

Thank you for your "at the barn" posting. It speaks to my own upbringing. When other kids were watching TV after school, I was at the barn, letting the horses out to pasture, cleaning stalls (yup, I can drive a tractor and use a manure spreader), putting down bedding (I can tell straw from hay at a great distance) and putting out feed. At one time the horses were watered from our pond and in the freezing winter it meant a trek up the back field with an ax to chop a hole in the ice at the water's edge. All good memories and a feeling of confidence in being capable come from those days "at the barn".

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It December! Sorry I haven't posted in forever. It is very cold here we have been in the teens lately. Dealing with frozen water, making sure everyone has shelter, and night time feeding in the dark is not my favorite part of winter. We are worried our 24 year old llama not going to make it through this winter. Last night he didn't want to stand. He was shivering, so I put 2 horse blankets on him. As soon as the sun comes up I will head out to feed, and see how he is doing. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and getting ready for Christmas. I got my gift a little early. She is a 36 inch coal black mini mare we named Sassy.

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A beautiful day out today to get things accomplished. I thought I was doing just that when I scheduled an appointment to get my piano tuned. I had to move it out of the room when I put in a new floor….while moving it…the boys of course did not worry about the things and boy did it get out of tune. Well it seems to be a NO SHOW. I worked all night…laid down, put the alarm set for 1.5 hours got up and have been waiting ever since.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner…I know we all have things to be thankful for. Just to sit and ponder them from time to time is important so we can clarify how lucky we actually are. I know we all have some negative things going on too but now is not a time for negativity it’s a time to rejoice in the good things.

I’ve been away so long I have to get use to reading all the updates, and recognize new names.

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Here it is Friday, the end of the week…well at least for me. I did payroll, paid bills and made it to Market. I am trying to think what I accomplished that was healthy and beneficial this week. I did go to the Doctor this morning. Nothing important…just a blood test and a minor check up to keep up with my heavier medication. Strange after all these years…that just this year….I have had to start doing Urine and Blood test to see what medications are in my system…and how much of it there is. I suppose this is a good thing on one hand…to make sure I am not over taking anything, but on the other hand…it’s a pain in my butt. I have to drive an hour one way just to get there….and then the time in there waiting to see the doctor…you might as well say it can take a whole morning or afternoon.

The hubby just finished my front room….he took my music room, that got turned into a bedroom, and reinvented it into a home office for me. I am loving it. I also got one of those rising desk…that will allow you to sit or stand while working with the push of a button. Love that…and then for the fun of it …I invested 400.00 into a board and a mat….to tinker with while I stand and work. It’s called fluidstance…kind of a skate board looking object that you can move on while standing that forces you to use your balance. What the heck I thought I would give it a shot….I am so sick of sitting all day long while on the computer.

Now all that’s left for me to do is move my computer and office equipment in on the new desk and wa-la I will be ready to go.

Note: A bad thing today…the doctor said I gained a little over 3lbs back. Sheeesh….lucky me. Well I am back on the wagon so hopefully I will nick it in the buns before it goes any further.

Have a great weekend.

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At The Barn

Horse people and their families are more than familiar with the phrase "at the barn." This morning as I drove laps on the tractor, working the arena in the still air at the barn, I got to thinking about how much of my life I have spent "at the barn" and what that phrase insinuates for horse "lifers" like us. "At the barn" means I can run a tractor and a shovel and a pitchfork. I am familiar with PVC and pipe glue and a sundry tools. It means I can wrestle a hay bale, manage a wheelbarrow full of poop, and drive a water truck. "At the barn" says I work in the heat without melting, bundle up against the cold without complaint, and invest hours upon hours in the management of an entire world outside of my house. I take on great responsibility "at the barn" because there are animals there that depend on me and my work ethic and dedication to their well being, health and fitness. Because I spend so much time "at the barn", I must be tougher than most and more grounded than some because I work in the elements day in and day out taking care of the animals that feed my soul. I know that regardless of how hard real life can be, there is always refuge "at the barn" where there are the soft sounds of crunching hay, the smell of shavings, the breath of horses, and responsibilities that create sense of peace, stability, and simplicity.

"At the barn" means that my house isn't always clean and that dinner is sometimes comprised of grilled cheese or cereal. "At the barn" means I might gone 10 minutes or several hours depending on what chores call out to me or how much quiet time I need to myself. Often times it is dark "at the barn" because the responsibilities that demand my attention happen before the sun comes up or long after it has fallen below the horizon, but that's ok because we wouldn't have it any other way. My children are learning the value of "at the barn", which means they work hard and have responsibilities other kids don't. Horses can't be stored in a closet like baseball bats or soccer balls. The world "at the barn" doesn't stop because they are tired or lazy or sick or would rather be on vacation or because the calendar says it is a holiday. "At the barn" is a priority that cannot be overlooked because living breathing animals await our arrival and attention.

Some days we cuss "at the barn" because we would like to be at the house or at the lake or even just in front of the TV, but despite those days, we know that we could never live without "at the barn." Those of us who have spent our lives "at the barn" know that the barn and everything that happens there is an irrevocable part of who we are; it is a special kind of DNA that cannot be denied or altered. Undaunted by heat or cold or damp or dirt or fatigue, we know that the one thing that could actually do us in would be the inability to be "at the barn."




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