Monday, May 29, 2006

I did it!!! I took Katie and we went to JW Jones to ride! I wanted to so badly, for a long time, but hauling has been so nerve wracking for me that I have chicken out up to now. But...last night Ed hitched the truck up and he kept saying " you can do it"! Well, I used to 'do it', but that was 9 years ago! Anyway, this morning I was on the road by 7:20 and even with the white knuckles and the holding my breath and not driving over 35 mph, it was an uneventful trip. Woo-eee!!!

Katie was a good girl and after she settled down a bit, we had a nice ride. I rode an hour, and we were both hot and sweaty. It was soooo humid. I took her to the wash area and bathed her before we loaded up and headed home. This place is 18 miles, round trip, from our house. It has miles of trails, an indoor arena, camp sites, water and pit toilets. What more could you want? It is open to anyone to enjoy, just sign a waiver so they aren't responsible in case of an accident.
I just might go again soon and try different trails!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Not much of any signifigance to blog about. It seems that everything is pretty ordinary for the moment. So here is an 'ordinary' update:

KJ, our farrier, was here on Saturday. She came at 10:00 and trimmed all three horses. I love the way their feet are shaping up. It has been years since we could find anyone that really knew how to trim a barefoot horse. And their feet are looking good now.
We gave her a couple of dozen eggs. She is raising a 3 year old daughter, by herself. It must be hard, I know it is hard on the children to do that.

E went very early on Saturday morning to pick up a used hay rake that he had bought the week before. He bought a used hay baler about 3 weeks ago. We are going to try to make hay out of the front and back pastures this year, to help out with the hay bill. ( We have had to buy up to 600 bales for the winter). The horses have been on a dry lot for couple of years and we usually just bush hog it off, but will try to bale it this year.
We will have to find someone to cut it for us, then the rest is up to us. I don't relish the idea of hauling 100 bales of hay up that back pasture hill! EEEEK!!

I finally got a couple of plants planted in my garden today. Last fall I put about 18 inches of leaves on it that I had run through the leaf shredder attachement for the riding lawn mower. Well, don't ever do that!! It was waaaaaay too many and didn't have time to rot over the winter. garden has been tooooooo wet to do anything with. I tried to use the roto tiller on it, but it just stirred up the top few inches! Guess I'll have to dig a hole in the leaves and plant in the holes. But the leaves are still about 6 inches deep in places. And it didn't make a whit of a difference in trying to kill the grass out either. The grass just come up through all those leaves! So I do a lot of hand digging. But it doesn't seem to help much.

I'm about to try a new recipe for supper. It is called Vidalia Casserole. Here it is if you want to try it:
2 vidalia onions, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 butter flavored crackers, crushed

Saute onions in butter until tender. Remove from heat and stir
in sour cream. Put in greased casserole, sprinkle with cheese
and then crushed crackers.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

I'll let you know if we like it. I'm going to make Roasted Potatoes to go with it, and yesterdays grilled chicken.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Letter Meme:
I've been invited to play by a friend. I tried to post a link to her blog, but it didn't work and I am not computer literate enough to figure it out. If someone can get the links back onto my page, let me know what you need to do this. So...I'll just play: I was given the letter B. I have studied on this for a couple of days, and didn't think I could come up with anything that started with a B, but now I am on a roll, so look out!!

1. Backseat: I have been accused of being the worlds worst 'backseat driver'! I do attempt to bite my tongue on occasion.

2. Blessed: I am very blessed to have a wonderful man that loves me and he is a good friend too! What more could I ask for?

3. Broccoli: I love it any way you can think to fix it. Love it! Love it!

4. Buttermilk: I love buttermilk. Pour a tall glass of cold buttermilk, sprinkle it with black pepper, stir it in, and enjoy! Wonderful!

5. Bananas: Um, what can I say, I really don't care for anything that is flavored with bananas. I absolutely hate ripe bananas. I can eat them with a bit of green on the stem.

6. Bridle: A bridle is a major piece of my life. I love riding and training horses, and the bridle makes it all possible.

7. Blackberry: I love to pick blackberries and eat every third or fourth one! Is that why I never get my bucket full? Toooo yummmmy!

8. Babysitter: I am a good babysitter. I get down on the floor and play and interact with my babies and they love it.

9. Books: I love to read, have read many kinds of books. They have opened many places to me that I will never have the chance to visit or experience.

10. Bright: I love a bright room with many windows to let in the light. Paint it butter yellow as a bonus!!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Well, my daily life has been very hum drum lately. Nothing to write about. My little boys are doing very well, now that things are more structured. I have one of them going to sleep by himself in the crib, and am still working on the other, and he is getting better.

But they are in for an upheaval next week. Their birth mother, (daddy has full custody) and her mother are getting them for a week and will be taking them to Missouri for the week. She hasn't seen them for 4 months! They don't even know her anymore! What can I do about it, you ask? Nothing! But I can tell you they won't be the same boys when they come back, so I will have to start all over again!!

Ok, enough of that subject. The vet came yesterday to give our three horses their spring shots along with a general exam. He found that Maddie had two 'wolf teeth' located in front of her upper molars and two lower molar caps ( baby teeth) that didn't fall out when they should. He removed the caps. But one of her wolf teeth, ( a useless very small tooth that has nothing to do with chewing) was under the gum and laying sideways. It was making a lump in her gum. He pulled the one that was visible, but had to go in and get the one under the gum. Talk about blood!!! Yuck! He told me before he did it that it would be bloody and that anything done in the mouth makes a lot of blood, and it did!! He said it would take her two weeks to heal up. She is having trouble eating her hay now. I guess her mouth is very sore. These wolf teeth interfer with a bit, and I want to start training her this summer, so getting them out was a good thing I guess, but it wasn't pretty! This is the first horse that I have ever had that had those teeth. Not every one of them does. Guess I got lucky this time, huh??

I got home a little early today, so I mowed some grass until the mower belt fell off. Then I pulled weeds and dug dandelion out of my flower garden, and planted a couple of pots with some flowers that I bought at Lowe's last Saturday.

For supper I made a Greek Bread Salad. I saw it on TV and it looked so good! And you know what, it tasted as good as it looked! I ate most of a whole bowl full! Shame on me!

Our next door neighbors asked if they could borrow our horse trailer because she bought two more horses and wants to pick them up tomorrow. So E. got it out of the shed and aired up the tires and hitched it up to her truck, so she is good to go tomorrow.
Ok, does that get me caught up with everyone?