Thursday, December 31, 2009

Quick Summary of my NYE

OK here is a quick summary of my day today...
horses and horse manure
hotdogs and saurkraut and really awesome potato salad!
District 9
Color hair
Orphan ok part of Orphan, had to drive Sarah to grandma
Rest of Orphan
Happy new Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hump day musings

Blue, yes that is a nice color to go with my background! Anyhow, how is everyone? Me I'm ok. Woke up with a bit of swelling on my knee. Didn't hurt it in anyway. Dr. says it is tendonitis more than likely and gave me some Celebrex samples.
I missed work for that? Sheesh..
Remember kitten Simba that we go
t in the spring? He went from a scraggly looking kitten to a handsome teen that resembles a Maine Coon cat. A very amazing transformation.

He is only half grown too! His fur is so soft and luxurious. I could bury my face in it all day! You can also see my new haircut.. sort of. I was planning on donating my hair, 12 inches of it, to locks of love. Unfortately I chose to put in in a plastic bag. My daughter picked it up and spun the bag and the hair tie fell off and the pony scattered. Here I am posing with the remains, but it was ruined.

Now that I know my knee isn't injured in anyway, I am going to begin working at the new stable tomorrow. Sarah gets to come and help out by being the "hay girl" and she gets to ride George the fat pony too! Lucky her! I wonder if I get to ride too. Not George of course! I could probably give George a ride! HA!
Going to take the camera and take some snaps tomorrow... Linda

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Good news?

I went out to Sand Hill Farms to see about volunteering and it is a great place! I think I will love it there and the woman I talked to said I can ride too! I'm very excited and looking forward to working there!

Day after Christmas

Twas the day after Christmas and all thru the house, no child was stirring, just me and the spouse.
Yes the kiddos are sleeping off their long day of fun. Playing video games and watching tv all day sure can wear one out. Me, I took a long nap in the afternoon, only interuppted a few times by Sarah moaning about how bored she was.. Imagine that. The dishes still sat in the sink this morning because "It's not my turn" and " I just did them" coulden't be bothered. So I rolled up my sleeves and tackled them with the hubby. I woke up stiff and sore this morning. Stiff neck and aching joints. We had a little freezing rain this morning. Not going to the stables for a few days due to weather and rain. I'm thinking about visiting one a bit further away. They have a more extensive program where they board horses, plus have lessons etc. They also lease horses. Maybe I can volunteer there and work off a partial lease. I don't see riding in my future at the current stables. Not in the winter anyhow. I don't know, won't hurt to check out the other place anyhow.
We had a good Christmas anyhow. I got tons of candy and lots of smell good stuff. Going to visit inlaws tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rich and I at the stables

Naughty little Timon, a gelding. He loves to tease and pull at your jacket and try to steal gloves!
He also loves to pick on his barn mate, Earl by pulling his tail and nipping his butt. He is like a mischievous little boy. Earl half-heartedly kicks at him but Timon just keeps nipping and pulling!

We went out to help at the stables today and we snapped a few quick pics!
Me and Razz ma Tazz a 20+ year old therapy horse!
Here I am out in the pen helping feed the mini horses. Aren't they cute?

Rich bringing out Banjo, one of the mares.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baking week

I have been doing something I rarely do. Bake. I am a fairly good baker, not great but good. I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and regular chocolate chip cookies this week. Tonight I am trying my hand at pumpkin cranberry/raisin bread. I am going to make two loaves. One with cran and the other with raisin. I hope they are cooked enough. I remember a couple years ago, I entered jalepeno corn bread in the fair and it didn't win a ribbon. I picked it up at the end of fair week and tried a slice and found it wasn't cooked all the way thru and had rotted in the middle. Gross! Good thing I didn't poison any judges. My husband has me a little miffed. While he raved about my oatmeal cookies, he said the chocolate chip ones were just "ok". He said he has had better. I used the recipe from the back of the Hershey bag and everyone else thought they were great. So I brought 2 dozen of my "ok" cookies into Sarah's class party today and they disappeared. I guess the kids thought they were good.
I won't go on about the other things he has me miffed about. I guess there is no sense complaining because he could come up with complaints about me too! Plenty of them. I know being married is not easy. Relationships are not easy. Being a family of 5 is not easy. A blended family is hard. Really hard. It is hard to put up with someone else's kid and their ways. I'm sure it is hard for him as much as it is for me. I love my husband and can't imagine being without him. Well, ok I could but there I would be right back in the same lonely hole that I was in. He is nothing in comparison to my ex. No drinking, name calling or wrecked trees this year.
I mailed my Mommy out a box. I cannot reveal the contents here because she reads this. She will get it hopefully the day after Christmas. I was a little slow getting it in the mail.
I'm hoping to get out to the stables tomorrow. I am starting to get to know the horses and their individual personalities. They are gentle horses and very forgiving to this newbie. There is one horse that I particularly like. His names is Deacon. Short for "Deacon's verse". He is a pinto. There is a big horse called "Little guy". There is a big draft called Razz. Several mini's, two goats, 3 pigs, some chickens. The other horses are Earl and Timon, both greys. There are a few more but I can't remember all the names. The actual riding program isn't going on right now, but the horses still need care. They eat twice a day with hay available at other times. Lots of water. Clean stalls etc..
Well, I will let everyone know how the bread turned out. Linda

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Help! I'm being consumed by Facebook!

It has come to my attention that I have been spending way too much time on Facebook and haven't blogged in nearly 2 months. Shameful! Not that my life is very interesting, but I know my Mom likes to keep up to date on all the trouble I cause!
Lets see... Still married.. so far! Broke my record on that so thats good. Kids are still brats. We are going to have to employ a strong arm technique with them I'm afraid as they still seem to think they are in charge and that video games/television etc.. are a right and not a priveledge. I am going to draft up a plan with hubby that basically cuts them off all together and they will earn the video/tv time by behaving, doing thier homework, going to school, doing chores etc... I also will have to crack down on unemployed son that is 18 and is taking up couch sitting as a career. Winter is here, unofficially or not. It has been very cold the last few days. The pipes almost froze up overnight last night. We had been having sewer trouble for a few months and hopefully have that fixed. The landlord has not been a happy camper and claims we have "abused" his septic so much that the whole thing needed replacing. He claims that in the 2 1/2 years I have lived there, I have done so much laundry that it has ruined the septic. According to the people who replaced the system, it was an old one to begin with and the drywall was cracked and needed to be replaced. The landlord claims that it was covered with a thick black tar like residue from all the detergent. Right after the septic was replaced our line clogged and we had to rent a power snake to clean it out. Hubby was not a happy camper with that. It wasn't expensive, just disgusting.
Lately the kids remind me of a giant grinder. One with a large opening at the top that you pour groceries, electricity, clothes etc.. into the top and all the comes out is garbage at the bottom. Most people seem to enjoy raising children. I hate it. I hate the nastiness, the rudeness, the disrespect, the lying and the laziness. I realize that it is my fault that these kids are this way and it is hard as hell to change them. I want being a parent to be fun. Somedays I just want to run away and never come back. I would never do that of course, but it is tempting. I think Hubby and I are going to have to institute the WWL bootcamp for wayward children. WWL is a combo of our last names. We want to teach them respect, discipline and compassion which they are sorely lacking.
Ok enough bad news... now for the good!
I have started volunteering at a local stable that runs a program called Equiability. It takes kids with disabilities and puts them up on horses for therapy. I have only been over a couple times and am mostly doing barn chores right now. That is ok with me, because that is what I wanted to do. I was looking for a place where I could learn how to take care of horses in the eventual goal of having one of my own. So far, I am learning about feeding, turnout, watering and learned how to measure a horse for a blanket. I will be doing stall cleaning soon enough! There are 18 horses there, so morning barn chores take about 3 hours. I haven't been there long enough for stalls. Maybe the next time I am going to go I should ask her to leave stalls for me until the afternoon. I am hoping that in the spring, after I've been there for a while, she will let me ride a bit. If I do get a horse in the near future or distant future, she takes boarders too! It is only 10 minutes from my house so is ideal and she takes very good care of the horses. I will love to help with the program too when the kids come out!
So thats the news from my neck of the woods... Linda