I'm still trying to get caught up on my pictures from the last couple of weeks. I was a lazy slacker and got behind on downloading and sorting. Since I need to get back to sorting and downloading so I can move myself out of slacker status I'm going to move right on to some pictures and not waste time trying to come up with something interesting to say!
It was nice to have a long "weekend" of sorts. Of course Jason and I don't really get a break from the day to day work, all of the horse care goes on as usual. However I've ignored my e-mail for the most part for the last few days and my cell phone has pretty much been turned off. I'll confess that my cell phone spends more time sitting in the barn wherever I've set it down and forgotten it than actually on my person anyway.
Yeah, I'm one of those people who is constantly having to call their phone to find it. I don't like to have it with me when I'm feeding horses or doing a lot of hands on horse stuff simply because the darn thing is guaranteed to ring at exactly the wrong time and spook a horse or make someone jerk their head up just as I was about to successfully slip on a halter on after chasing them around for a few minutes. (moral of the story here people is that if you need to reach me quickly e-mail is your best bet because I can't even find my phone half the time so I'm completely unaware that you've called five times and I'm never in the house to answer the home phone. On the other hand I've not yet managed to misplace my computer!)
I do love Thanksgiving food and I especially love cornbread dressing. I don't particularly like stuffing though, or whatever you call it when you cook it actually in the bird. I come from a long line of cornbread dressing eaters and we'll fight over the stuff at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also don't like pumpkin pie (yes, yes I know I am weird and in the minority) so my mom usually makes a cherry pie and/or a pecan pie (made with Karo syrup of course) in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie.
The weather was really nice through Thanksgiving Day (upper 70's and sunny) but then we had a cold front come through late Thursday evening. After reading Kate's blog over at A Year With Horses I feel guilty about not riding the last couple of days. Yesterday was in the low 50's and today was in the high 50's. Jason asked me yesterday why I didn't ride and I said I was too cold. I'm fervently hoping that fall will continue on until March and we'll just skip December, January and February. A girl can dream. Of course then you wouldn't get to listen to me whine and complain about being cold all the time.
The next couple of posts will be picture heavy and I'm sure I'll have no complaints. I've been camera happy the last 10 days or so and the pictures have piled up!
I pretty much take this picture of the Big Boys every Thanksgiving. They all must go into a food coma or something. The nappers are Levendi, Leo, Trigger and Hemi (in dead horse position). Elfin and Apollo are grazing and Ivan, Thomas and Homer are hanging out.
I couldn't get all of the nappers in one picture - this is Baby and Chance (with Hemi napping behind them) and they were just off to the right of the picture above.
A closer picture of Levendi, Leo and Trigger
Chance went down into dead horse position
Baby in the front with Leo, Levendi and Trigger behind him Hemi napping with Thomas and Ivan hanging out behind him
Tiny with Toledo and Rocky behind him
Alex, Fuzzy and Clay
Winston and Chimano
Faune and Asterik
I had to get a closer picture of Faune to capture the drooping lower lip
Sebastian and Faune
Dutch went streaking across the pasture. All of the horses had moved to a different area of the pasture and he was intently grazing, then he looked up and found himself alone. Off he went!
Another run-in shed was completed today. The final touch was adding the cupola and that was done today. My cupolas on everything drive Jason crazy, he sees them as nothing but more work and added expense. I don't really care though, I'm rather partial to them!
Other than that things have been pretty routine the last couple of days. Although now that I think about it starting and finishing construction projects are a pretty routine part of our lives these days. I always read that one of the hardest tests for a marriage is building a house. Let me tell you, building one house would seem like a cakewalk at this point. We're still facing more barns, run-ins and thousands of feet of fences, water lines, electrical lines, etc. I guess this means Jason and I have a pretty strong marriage, or maybe we're just crazy. I could argue it either way!
The new run-in is the one in front of the barn. This picture was taken yesterday before the cupola was added today.
Just for comparison here are two pictures that show what the view above used to look like. These pictures were taken in early April of this year.
Adding the cupola to the run-in this morning
Wiz was feeling frisky
Murphy showing off his trot
Dutch was showing off as well
Mina and The Don hanging out in the flower bed behind the barn
Jo and Bubba were also in the flower bed. This is the only flower bed that doesn't have goat proof fencing around it. Note that almost nothing is left growing in it.
Tiny and Rampal grazing
Lucky, Teddy, and O'Reilly
Sebastian, Winston and Gus
Romeo and Sebastian
Noble and Lightening
Faune hanging out while Chimano napped hard nearby