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Friday, August 8, 2014

Its Been A Long Time

Ever wonder what it takes for life get ahead of you? Take up farming! These are pictures of this years garden taken this spring. We are doing well with our CSA and selling at the farmers market. Not enough to support the family but enough to put food in the pantry and make enough to fund next years garden. We have sold our house in town to live on the farm full time. We have looked at building a home and gotten quotes but to get anything more than a tiny shack we are looking at 200k. I just dont want to take on that kind of debt at this time in our lives. We have decided to remodel the double wide that is here. Stay tuned for pictures and details.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My rescue for 2012

Last year we rescued a calf Clementine. First calf I have ever had .She is doing well fat happy and quite large. Looks like this year its going to be an Arabian mare named Glory. The problem with my rescues is they never seem to find other homes.

A friend of mine called and asked if I wanted her fathers arabian mare. He had fallen ill and could no longer care for her and no one in the family wanted to. I told her no, but I would come look and take pictures and use my horsey connections to help find a home for her.

When I got there the poor horse was very thin and weak. I couldn't in good conscience leave her where she was. The father had been the horses sole care taker and when he got down and couldn't take care of her she went down hill fast. She was in a pasture with a creek but all of the grass was gone. No intentional abuse or neglect just unfortunate circumstances. The family was a bit embarrassed when we loaded Glory on the trailer. They were glad she would be cared for and signed her over to me with no problems.

I got her to the farm and into a clean dry stall. Both eyes are running and I believe she has some dental problems no other obvious health issues. I have the vet coming out this week to check her out. She is getting 3 meals a day of soaked hay cubes and feed and she is perking up. In fact I got to see her beautiful ,floating, arab trot today.

Do you have a plan in place for your animals in case of catastrophic illness? Or death? Might be a good idea. We take care of things for our other loved ones and animals cannot fend for themselves.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lazy blogger

Cannot believe I have not posted since Sept. Must be getting lazy in my old age. Not too much going on just the holidays which were uneventful a new flock of chickens, and mud! Lots of mud.

Took a short break and went camping and fishing in October. It was nice and relaxing until everything at the farm started falling apart and we had to come home.

One of the drawbacks to having animals is the difficulty in leaving for any period of time.

You don't have to leave home to find beauty and relaxation though. Its all around you. You just have to look for it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Facebook Posts

I recently joined a photography group on facebook. I am not a photographer but I enjoy taking pictures and express myself through the camera. I don't have a fancy SLR camera(but I want one)I just use my handy dandy easy to carry point and shoot. The first assignment is to take pictures of posts,poles,or walls. The are supposed to be in black and white and not photoshopped. So off I set into the back pasture with my trusty camera to find some posts.
A couple of gate posts...
A couple of busy bodies...
A few fence posts..

Goats.(sorry easily distracted)Back to the barn..
A few walls..

HAWK..and yes he is eating a chicken.

My final wall post.


The last 2 years have been busy with weddings. I have two sons and now two daughter-in-laws. The did cut me a break and only have one a year. The second one was last weekend the first June 2010. Very hectic and stressful but the end product in both weddings was worth it.

Number one son was married in Ruidoso NM.All we had to do was show up. Not to bad. I do have to say I am glad I had sons it didn't cost me nearly as much as the brides families.

The wedding was simple and beautiful in a beautiful setting. I took my youngest son and his girlfriend (soon to be fiance) with me to the wedding.It was an all around great time 1800 miles from home.

The second wedding was a week ago and I am still recovering. It was right here.Very beautiful. They also chose an outside venue. It rained and rained up until 2 days before the wedding. Stress!!All went well a few mishaps but no major problems.

Its all over now. Whew! I am all out of sons. Of course there is still the 11yo grandaughter who was in her "first wedding ever" and had the time of her life. She soaked up every minute of the wedding and I am sure is planning hers already.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grooming tips from the horses

Tired of those fly away manes?

Burr it!!

Tired of those long pesky forelocks getting in your eyes?

Burr it!!

Burdock not just for Gobo anymore...

The creation of these hair do's took one day in a new pasture.
5 manes and tails will never be the same after the making of this blog post. After many hours of burr picking I have decided that there could be some value to roaching manes. Horses gotta luv em!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beagle Story

Our Beagle is one of those sad,happy,sad stories. She came to us 2yrs ago on the 4th of July. She stayed under the horse trailer. I figured she would go back home after a couple of days and had just ended up at our house because of the fireworks. She didn't. When she finally came out from under the trailer she was dirty,thin,wormy,and it was evident she either had puppies somewhere or was close to having puppies. I fed her and called animal control. I should say tried to call animal control. The animal control in our county is a joke! They don't answer their phone and if you happen to get someone they won't come out. I told the Grandaughter not to get attached we were going to find her a home.We already had 3 dogs and didn't need another.
Before we knew it she had two fuzzy puppies. We did find homes for them but no one wanted an old beagle. I didn't make up my mind to keep her and she was pregnant again in no time and had one Huge fuzzy pup.

We found the puppy a home and decided it was time to make Beagles home with us permanent so we went to the vet. Beagle has been with us 2yrs now this July. She was an old dog when she came to us and very shy like she had been abused. She got a bit fat and lazy but still a sweet happy dog. It has been so hot this summer she just moved from one shady spot to the other. Always at the farm. She dissappeared this past fri. We searched high and low for her.She was there in the morning and then gone in the evening. We miss our Beagle!
I hope where ever she is she has a good home and lots of treats