Friday, September 2, 2016

I planted this last year and it was small, now it has grown twice the size it was before.

Riding lessons, going great.  It is funny how some days I have great balance and others not so much.  Helen said that everyone should at least try to ride bareback at least a couple of times a week.  I have heard, that you should learn how to ride with a saddle, then bareback.  Some of these clinicians and trainers get you confused about, what is right and what is wrong. Uggggggg!  I have one or two that I like and I take a little bit of knowledge from several different clinicians.  

 Hard to believe that the summer season is just about over and things start to settle down, after Monday's holiday.   Then, everyone is going to be going crazy trying to get things done for winter, like us!   It has been nice having the slightly cooler weather!   Not the 90 degrees and the humidity!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

This was the storm clouds a couple of weeks ago.

Things have been pretty busy.   Along with working, I have been taking riding lessons to regain my confidence and seat.  I am doing a lot of bareback riding.  I tell you, that is hard work!  I stay on pretty good as long as they walk, then they pick up the trot and I do good for about 20 steps then I start to slide off.  It has only been 5 times of lessons.  I am slowly, gaining confidence and getting my seat.  I found the perfect barn, the lady is wonderfully nice, and she is pretty darn good for a lady in her 70's.   I have been learning a lot.  She will come and work with my horse and I, when I am ready to get to that point.  Right now it is I, that needs the practice and work!!

I have pretty much put weaving on the back burner for now, but I really need to get back at it.  I want to do a couple of shows this winter and I really have nothing to sell.  It has been too darn hot to work out in the barn, so I have held off working out there.  We took my air conditioner out and put it in the house.  So, there went my cool air.

Matt was gone for a couple of weeks, he was down in North Carolina.   So, some stuff at the farm was not done and now we have to hurry up and get some things done before the cold weather comes in to stay.  I just wonder, what kind of winter we are going to have this year!

Hope you are doing good, I keep up with most of you on facebook!  Take care and have a wonderful day.

Monday, August 1, 2016


It was a great weekend of relaxation, we didn't do much.  We went Kayaking on Saturday and Saturday night we took the kids to see Spam Alot at the local performing arts theater.  Then Sunday we put up some broccoli, and cauliflower.  Pretty much spent the rest of the day just sitting and relaxing.  The rain put the ca-bosh on doing anything outside.

The lake we went Kayaking on was way too habit-ed,  One side was lined with houses and the other side nothing, and then it was over grown with too many weeds.  Next week, we are hoping to go some where, that don't have houses and more wild life!

Kayaking is the hubby's and my new hobby to do together, where we can spend some quality time together.  If I had two horses that were trust worthy not to pitch someone off, I would love to try to get him to do that.  Alas, I have only one horse that I would trust to not pitch us off.  The hubby says he can't afford to end up in the hospital. (I agree, he makes the big bucks ;=)   )  

Summer is fast approaching its end, that is for sure.  We still have hay to bring in and wood to cut.  It will get done, in the nick of time, that is.

Hope you are having a great summer.

Monday, July 25, 2016


As you all know and experience, the summer has been going pretty fast.  I have been busy, getting used to my job, trying to get Sirocco where I feel safe enough to ride him, doing engine shows, and just doing the normal stuff, that is done during the summer months.

1.  My job is doing great, I got a raise and I will be starting to work all week this week.  I could of stayed as part time, but as everyone knows times are tough and you need to make all the money that is possible to be able to do the fun stuff you want. (like horses and engines)

2.  I have ridden Sirocco a few times, but we have been working a lot from the ground, I have been trying to get Annie back into shape for riding, she is 22 years old and we don't ride her all that much.  So, I decided that until I can get Sirocco where I need him, I will ride Annie and get some major riding time in.  I really need to get her going first, she has lost a lot of muscle, and I have had some trouble trying to keep the weight on her, she seems to have the squirts a lot, and I don't mean diarrhea, her manure seems to be OK, but every so often she squirts and I have started to give her pro-bios, and it seems to work for the most part, but she still has it.  So, I have been doing some ground work to get her back in shape to ride.

3.  The guys did  a couple of engine shows, and they went well, we haven't decided if we will do more this year or not.  We were going to do the fair this year again, but nothing has really been decided on that.  It takes a whole week of missing work, and at this point the hubby has taken all his vacation and, of course, work has been slow and that doesn't help at all.

4. Last but not least, we have been doing the normal things, that need to be done on the farm, and then of course, we go and do fun things.  Like Saturday, the hubby and I went Kayaking and just spent the day to ourselves, the first one in a very long time!  I think next week-end  needs to be another day like that!  The guys worked on repairing my run in shed for the horses and finished it enough so that the horses can use it for now.  It still needs work, but we can now let the horses in it.

Hope you have a great week.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It has been a pretty busy spring and summer.   The guys have been getting engines  up and running for the engine shows this year.  I have been working and trying to get Sirocco and I, so, that we can enjoy our time together without fear and anxiety.   Work is going great, have been busy learning the job.   I have also started going to the gym to work out and try to build up a little muscle.  The last time I lunged Sirocco he pulled the rope out of my hands and I went down to the ground and pulled lots of muscles, that is when I decided that I had to get myself back into shape!  I have been doing way too much sitting.   A job that requires you sitting most of the time doesn't help any!

My sister and mother are coming for a week long visit from Illinois, this week.  I now have to try to get the house clean enough, so that they are comfortable.  I have had my sisters son, (my nephew) out for the last couple of months.  It has been great having him here!   So, needless to say the next week is going to be a busy one.  We are hoping to be able to take out the boat for the first time this weekend.

We repainted our back deck, now we have a great place out back.  The porch and the patio are one of the best features of the whole house!  I think, if I could, I would move outside on the porch.  :)

Hope you are having a great week.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

frog crossing

Kyle, my nephew, is staying with us this summer.  I gave him a few things to do for me to earn some money, one of things was to make a rock climb, so that the frogs can get up into the pond.   I miss not seeing frogs.  We want to get the pond back into the ground, but it is going to take some time.  We have so much other things that need to get done first.

The horse shed needs some repairs, the horses are locked out until it is fixed.  Then we need to get hay done.  Still working on getting engines ready for shows this summer, and we have a leak in the dining room.  We are going to do a patch job for now and think hard about replacing the addition with a new and wider one, so that we can move the kitchen.  I don't think we are really up to spending 50 to 70 grand to replace it though.  Decisions, decisions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

I'm back!

Now that there is a little more going on in my life, I thought it would be a good time to come back to blogging.  Here is one of my favorite things about summer, and that is the hummers!  I love to watch them.  I have four feeders out on the patio. 

My job is going great!  I actually like going to work in the morning, instead of dreading getting up and having to go to work. 

I have a girl that comes and works with Sirocco and I.  I love her, she is a great young lady.  I feel comfortable.  So, she is working with both of us.  I hope to be confident enough to do some trail riding before the end of summer.  I have to work on my riding skills again.  I plan on taking Annie, my 22 year old and do some bareback riding to get my seat back up to par, and plus get her back into shape again. 

We have been doing a lot of work on the back porch and patio.  Looks great and I love to sit and have a glass of wine after work by the pond. (which is now a stock tank that is above ground for now.

Hope you have a great week.