Friday, December 17, 2010
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Farewell, Scott Reed, you are missed!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Update: It's Wednesday and I managed to get a few coats of regular paint on the 'hard to reach' areas so that I could stand her up and work some more. Here is her current condition
The top shelves will be open and thus I will be priming and painting them as well, but I can do that with her off my dining room table! I am excited I can get this done and ready for Thanksgiving, even if I am not having people over!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Aside from measuring the opening and buying the glass the following are the steps:
Step one: remove the old glazing, broken glass and glazing points. (this is not fun, easy or necessarily without potential for injury) Step two: Put new glass in. This involves Glazing points (aka Push points) and
Now it needs painted and some tidying up. It's an older window and the new glazing points with 'tips' (which are easier) to use are sort of visible under the glazing compound from inside, which isn't ideal, but I learned how to do it and when the time comes to do another window, and in my old house it will, I will be better and no less proud of doing it myself.
Monday, November 1, 2010
I made myself commit to doing a few clinics with my trainer, Mary and riding a certain amount each week before a show. All of it added up to alot of work. I had moments when I didn't think it would happen. Losing my farrier over the summer, a blown engine in my husband's car and other such incidents conspired to make it a difficulty, but I prevailed.Chai and I prepping at home
Phase one of a Combined Test-Dressage
Phase 2- Stadium Jumping
Chai was a superstar and we scored lower middle of the pack in MY first ever dressage test. Next year I know what to do different to get a better score. She went completely clear in stadium and after a summer of basically being off she just soared. I love that mare!
Overall, we are proud girls and ready to do it again next year.
So, have to get a new resolution, I guess.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
his name is Woodman's Star, his barn name is Woody and he is awesome. He stood like a champ for the farrier yesterday, has ridden like a dream for me that last few days and is going trail riding Friday.
For those of you who are horse people and have watched any of the World Equestrian Games this year in Lexington, there were several OTTBs in the eventing section. Upper level horses who may or may not have been great at racing but are awesome at their second careers.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Summer pretty much came and went, Duncan turned 12 and went back to school. I had my 36th Birthday this week and lots of 'blogworthy' stuff happened, but I just got out of the habit and haven't been here. I post today in hopes that it will be a restart for it. I went on my birthday and bought some dollar store vinyl signs for my house and put them up yesterday...I will take pics and share.
I am hoping to show my horse in a few weeks at the Octoberfest charity show.
Monday, July 19, 2010
However, he has decided to test my resolve this week. I was on my way home from a long day at work Saturday and DH calls to say "Duncan cut his foot, bring home some bandage stuff". I stop at the little local store and pay dearly for some gauze and tape. I pop in the door at the house and into the bathroom where they are sequestered and lo and behold Duncan has a moon shaped lacerating that is almost 4cm. So I say Well we can cover it up with this, but we are going to the ER.
So we spent three or four hours at the ER, luckily had a very nice doc, a nurse that was okay with my neurosis about nosocomial infection and cleansing of the wound and Duncan was as good as could be expected.
I resisted the urge to laugh at the doctor when he said take the bandage off and let it get air after two days. While I agree with the method, I don't see Duncan leaving those sutures alone or keeping it clean so I will have to make a covering that gets some air while protecting sutures from his little hands and from dirt.
So...let's hope he is well enough to go to the zoo and party for his birthday!
Sorry no gorey injury picture!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I am still determined this will be a good day. I will it to be so...then I find I might have to take my new foster horse before the horse I am babysitting leaves and thus have FIVE where four works better.
It is STILL gonna be a better day?
Monday, July 12, 2010
I am more sorry today that I am posting for this reason.
Saturday morning I was informed that Friday July 9th, my farrier (horseshoer) passed away. To many, this would seem like an unlikely reason to be overly sad, but he was a fantastic man. His name was Wayland Arney and he was also my friend.
I will share my memories of him here:
Wayland was so respectful of clients that most are shocked when I tell them he smoked, because he didn't in front of them. He loved my son, not in spite of his disability, but as if there was none. He told me a mere 10 days before he died "Life is short, do what you want". He smiled often, and the smile lines around his eyes, said it wasn't a new thing. He couldn't say enough good things about his daughters and family. He was loyal to those he loved, to the point of being willing to fight for them. He helped me to get a truck and trailer and in a way, made it so that now that he is gone I can find a new farrier even if I have to haul to them. He was loyal to a fault, even when my horse was a difficult case, there was drama or whatever, he came when he was needed. I believe that there are just people with whom we click, and because of who Wayland was, he was that person to alot of people. He didn't talk constantly and wasn't verbose, but when he spoke he was truthful and what he said mattered, well unless it was a joke and he was harrassing you!
I will find someone to shoe my horse, I hope they will do a good job, but my horse will never be as good without him and I will never forget him. Like all the too short relationships in our lives, he changed me forever. In his case for the good!
Goodbye Wayland...you were truly awesome!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It has been a tumultuous week filled with dying vehicles, human drama, computer cord death and miscellanious annoyances, as well as some hope-inducing moments and fresh doses of laughter.
A few nights ago as I complained about having no decent internet at home. I caught myself saying-
"I never regret living where the stars are bright"....but I would like stars AND internet! So...the STARS...I am thankful for them. My farm happens to have this section of open sky that is like my personal window to heaven. It is the time of year I lay on the sunporch and look at the sky, lay by the fire and look at the sky....so...Thank God for stars and Thank God I live someplace I can see those stars. Let tonight be a starry one so that I may be thankful more!
By the way...I think the cottage may have just gotten it's motto. "May we never regret living where the stars are bright". I have been toying with Bright Star Farm anyway....hmmm?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today I am thankful that I have a job/career/schedule that allows me to juggle. Duncan's school is taking him on a little lunch field trip and I like to go because he does better and a good experience builds on for the next such experience.
I am also thankful this week that Duncan was such a trooper for his 11YO shots. He got three, didn't cry and didn't melt down...he earned himself a shake from Rally's....mom got one too, because she had to drive in construction traffic, deal with stupid forms at the doctors office and didn't cry either! :D
What are you thankful for?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I have also found a couple of good dumpster treasures and haven't photo'd them either. So....tonight I will grab my camera from the barn and put it back in my car where it belongs and then you might not miss me so much!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
So with all the hardship...>DUNCAN....that's what I'm thankful for!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I had a moment where I felt kind of bad...then I realized. If NOT kissing him today was noteworthy I must kiss him EVERY single day without even thinking about it. I put him on the bus and kiss my boy, routine and RIGHT. I know we have had rough mornings where I didn't feel good, he didn't feel good or both...but ...I kiss that little face. I realize with all his delays and doctors and special schools all the hard work there is that....those hundred kisses each day. So without even being thankful Thursday I thank God for that!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I am mostly Thankful for the feeling that Spring is actually here and here to stay.
Go out today and enjoy your day of Fools!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This is Spring Break week with Duncan so my blog-time may be limited.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I have pulled my back, learned that some people don't come when you call for help and learned that even new tires find nails and corode away their valve stems. However, in all this I had my Dad come to my rescue, a friend from church stop to see if we were okay, my good and true friends calling to check on my back and my hubby picking up teh slack at home.
The silver lining is there, when I look.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
So it is SPRING, Friends, Horses, trails and just general WOO HOO!
Monday, March 15, 2010
I have had TWO very wonderful compliments by visitors to my home. My neighbor's young(18YO) daughter said "I love your house, it feels so welcoming" and yetserday my farrier said "You have a very nice house".
Having taken our house from "Not ours and okay" to notable makes me happy. I can see all the thigns that need work, the trim needing replaced, those hollow core doors...but it is HOME...and the fact that outsiders notice immediately that it is 'home'...makes me happy. After all, isn't that was Cottage Style is....? It isn't a paint color or a theme...it is a FEELING! I have acheived it and I am proud!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Look even chickens know things are more fun together! :D
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Well, technically he is a LEAP BABY so he doesn't get one this year, but I let him 'party' anyway. Duncan and I left the house early, letting Jay sleep in about two hours. Now THAT is a gift. Then we brought home donuts for him. For lunch we went to our fave Mexican restaurant and Jay enjoyed and Duncan thought it was HIS party! :D
We got someone to hang out at our house while Duncan slept and went to see WOLFMAN, the movie and ate popcorn. Overall it was a carb-heavy, restful day for Jay...I hope he liked it.
Happy Birthday Honey!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
my horse. She turns 18 this year. She has problem hooves, she is a red-head and she isn't a 'snuggler'. Those are things I would NOT change for the world....b/c look at her. She and I had ridden five miles and I come home and she happily excepts pony ride time for Duncan. She is a very sensitive girl. If you were to womp her in the sides she would likely gallop off, but for Duncan....she lets him do it all day and ONLY breaks into a trot when I say so. Even if he is yelling 'trot trot' at the top of his lungs, as he is likely to do often. :D
She is a great mare and I am blessed to have her.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Anyway, on to the PROGRESS....
I literally walked into the shop...snapped this picture and tried to not be too ashamed. :D I the got to work, sweeping and picking up. Here is one of those 'dead' windows...note...the cardboard held in by scrap wood...what workmanship I have! :D I took this picture, because tonight I have getting four new table tops from a guy who does table advertising. I will be building my potting bench here and intend to have the sun shining on me when I do....picture it....
- It is mine!
- That SUNOCO blue workbench was made with the time-worn hands of my Grandfather over 30 years ago...and he happened to WORK for Sunoco! He also WIRED it...which means it is plugged in and has a plug in for my tools...GO PAPA! :D
- My windows overlook my horse pasture
- The barn is OLD
- and behind that old blue workbench, I have my free trelis pieces that are pretty..and a great place to hang my hammers etc... Sadly I didn't get the hammer in the picture.
- I am making it mine with my own sweat and blood.
It is a workshop in progress, to be sure, but I made a dent...and feel more like getting out there and working...if only it would get WARM!
Oh yes...vote for my makeover here! :D I forgot I wast joining a linky!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Last week I asked, no TOLD you it was over between us. You seem to have ignored the discussion. Not only did you stay....you brought more of your 'things' to my house. We have officially had enough snow. Our COUNTY has even broken up with you...running out of salt to get rid of your mess. I hate to insist, but you need to leave. You are messing up my plans!
Now that I have had my winter rant...I have to consider tomorrow's Thankful Thursday....and what shall we post...and you?