Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weight update

According to the scale at home, I've lost 6 lbs.  Now I'm sure the scale at the Dr. office would say other wise, but for now I will go with the home scale!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall is here

Fall is definitely here in Upstate NY.  The leaves are changing rapidly and some lawns are already covered in a carpet of orange.  I really need to get out and take some pictures of this autumn splendor.  I have been bone tired lately.  My husband tested positive for Mono so I am wondering if I have it too.  One of the symptoms is exhaustion.  I went for a job interview but haven't been called back yet.  I don't think I will be picked, it is a pretty exclusive job.  I've been helping out at the barn a couple days a weeks. I enjoy being around the horses.  They for the most part are all good horses and very friendly.  One had a shoe half off today so I had to call the barn manager and help her with the horse to get the shoe off.  It is a good thing I called because a clip had gotten embedded in the bottom of his hoof and that could lead to an abscess.  I have applied for unemployment but have not received anything yet.  I am looking for jobs but am reluctant to apply, I am afraid I may have a mental relapse.  I had a bad morning today and was on the verge of loosing it in the car.  Hope to post some new pictures soon..  Here is a kitten picture however!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My old teacher

I am going to meet my old 4th grade teacher tonight.  I haven't seen him since 1978, he was my teacher in 1976.  Sarah has him now for math in the middle school.  I did a blog on his father back a while ago and I wanted to re-post it.  Google this man sometime if you have a chance and want to learn some fascinating history!
Here is another article about him that is interesting!  I had the pleasure of caring for Mr. Dart at the nursing home that I worked at.  As far as I know he is still alive and doing pretty good.  God Bless him and for raising such a wonderful son who was my teacher as well as my daughters.  I did make a mistake in my old blog post, it was not the Medal of Honor it was the Congressional Gold Medal.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm getting old

I know I'm getting old.  The way the girls dress these days disgust and shock me... Time for me to apply for my senior discounts I guess..  Seriously tho, she is a pretty girl, but I've seen movies where the hookers portrayed in them wear more clothes!  I wonder if she knows her dress is see through?  Oh and from what I understand this girl is still in high school too.  I can't wait until my daughter is a teen... Oh joy!


Sunday, September 5, 2010

A day at the fair and a day doing nothing..

My oldest child, Travis decided to take the day off.  He has been working like a dog.  This is only his 3rd day off in 40 days that the track has been open.  I think he deserves it.  They are going back onto the regular 8-4:30 weekends off schedule starting Tuesday.  School starts Wednesday and then the kids get Thursday off for Rosh Hashana.  Makes alot of sense doesn't it?  The fair was pleasant.  I had fun watching the different horses going about.  I walked Frostlin, one of the mares for a bit.  She was quite worked up and a bit of a handful, so she really put my skills to the test.  I also got to ride Earl a little bit.  From what I understand he is a Standardbred.  He is broke to ride but is not really a beginners horse.  I found out that the slightest touch of the heel or just a simple kiss will get him off at a rapid trot which had me grasping for the saddle horn and trying to slow him down.  I really need a lot of work on the trot.  My seat gets completely lost, my feet fly all over and my hands come way up in the air.  I don't fall off or come close to it, but I know I look like an idiot trying to stay in the saddle!  The last horse I rode was difficult to get up into a trot but once he did I had the same problem of trying to keep my seat and posture while directing him at the same time.  I'm a wreck!  I think what I need is a large area to practice in where I can trot on a straight way with out having to worry about making turns until I have my seat.  It is hard to learn to ride at the age of 44!  I have a lovely large bruise on my inner thigh that I have no idea how it got there.  Probably from riding.  

This sunflower is in my front yard.  It is beautiful.  We had a helicopter flying over in loops for over an hour near our house last night.  Turns out there was a break in at a house a country block over.  They did eventually catch the guy but I wonder if a helicopter was really necessary.  I suppose the pilots need flight hours under their belts.
Today was a pretty uneventful day.  I slept in until 10:30 AM which was a miracle.  I really needed it.  We went to the mall and ordered Karl some glasses.  I hope he doesn't "loose" them this year.  The insurance he has only allows new glasses every two years.  I'm sure it is a matter of time before Sarah gets glasses unless she gets her father's vision.  I have begun to realize that I really need a new eye exam and I've needed new glasses for a long time.  I think I am going to need reading glasses soon as small print is becoming more difficult and I need to remove my glasses to read under certain circumstances.  I have had glasses since I was 12 or 13.  We also went to Petsmart and Sarah got a algae eater for her fish tank.  We also stopped at Aeropostale and she got a $5 t-shirt.  Now that she likes the more expensive brands, I found that to be quite a bargain.  She wanted to see what the big stink was (literally) about Abercrombie and Fitch so we stopped in there.  The clothes were cute and all very small of course.  I looked at a little pink camisole and got sticker shock when I saw it was marked at $30!  You can buy one at Walmart for a fraction of the price!  The store reeked of perfume and it was quite overwhelming with the loud rock music blaring and the bright colored lights shining around.  I'm getting old.  I did not however see any shirtless young men which would of made the experience much nicer.  We left the mall and went home where I took another nap.  I am tired again and it is only 8 PM.  How sad..  :)
Here are some pictures from the Fonda fair.. mostly animals because that is all I had time to see.  I spent most of the time at the booth for the horse rescue.
 Rich and Karl check out Frostlin
 Earl and Frostlin

Momma mini with her surprise mini-mule foal!

We got some baked goods from this Amish family, we caught them on the way home as they were packing up to leave.  The mini mare had surprised her human family on Sept. 1st with a foal.  They did not even know she was pregnant.  The father was quite apparent as the foal is a mule!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fonda fair

Today we are going to the Fonda Fair.  It is actually the Montgomery County fair but it is known as the Fonda fair.  Charlie Daniels is playing tonight.  I think I mentioned that in my last post.  Unfortunately we won't be seeing him.  The kids will get to go on some rides and I'll do a little sightseeing.  Then I get to booth sit for 4 hours for the horse rescue.  The weather is much cooler today and sunny.  We had a period of cloudiness yesterday due to Hurricane Earl but just a sprinkle of rain.  We really could use some rain right now however.  
I read in the paper yesterday that apple season has started early.  I very rarely go apple picking.  The price of the apples at the store are much cheaper and come from the same farms.  I realize that apple picking is an "event" and something to enjoy but I am such a cheapskate that all I can see is money flying away.  I will drive by the orchard and enjoy looking at the apples instead.  I hope to have some pictures to post later today from the fair!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Almost school time!

Yes, I am looking forward to the kids going back to school.  It means we will have to start getting up at 6 AM instead of 7 AM but to have those nice, long, quiet days are something to look forward to.  I am going to be working 3 days a week at the horse barn starting Wednesday for a couple hours a day to pay for lessons.  I am about to loose my real job at Wesley.  I have been out still on disability.  The anxiety has been unrelenting and nothing seems to really work except Zanax.  I don't want to take too much of it, it can be addicting.  I will be eligible for unemployment on the 14th of this month.  I am hoping that I will be able to work after all.  Finding work probably won't be a problem due to my type of work but I'm not sure if I can do that anymore due to the stress.  Physically it will be difficult too.  I really need to start cutting back on what I eat and get more exercise.  I am really getting fat and out of shape.  
I am doing a few volunteer hours tomorrow at the Fonda fair.  I did 4 hours on Tuesday and will do 4 more tomorrow.  Charlie Daniels is supposed to be doing a concert, but I won't be able to go see him.  Not enough money and the kids would be "bored".  The volunteer work is for Easy Street horse rescue.  They are a great organization with some really nice horses there.  I wish I could afford to adopt a horse.  Just being around them is enough for now though.  Here are some pictures from the past week.
 The pictures were all taken at the Washington County Fair.