Sunday, May 29, 2011

Has this happened to you?

Have you ever 'met' someone/animal that you have never met in person, but there is an instant connection? There is just something extraordinary about them.  

This is Morgan. A few years back I met his owner online on EBay when she bid and won a leather halter and matching lead I had listed. After awhile we became close friends.
She sent me a picture of Morgan not too long after she rescued him from an ignorant, abusive man. The first time I saw this picture I felt there was an instant connection. There was something special about him. 
Everytime I emailed my friend I always asked how Morgan was doing and explained to her that there was a connection to him. She completely understood and didn't think I was crazy. Thank goodness. 
I actually fell in love with this handsome gentleman.  

While we were in the process of moving after losing the house, Morgan passed away and my friend didn't want to tell me because she said I was going through enough grief. After several months of living here in the rental she finally told me about Morgan.  She said he had just laid down and passed away peacefully.
Even as I write this the tears are streaming.

So, have you ever 'met' someone or an animal that you felt a bond? A connection? Even though you never met in person!

Unti next time.........................

Friday, May 27, 2011

Who needs a television when you have........

cats watching chickens or chickens watching cats or.......

cats watching donkeys or donkeys watching cats! 

Until next time...........

Monday, May 23, 2011

More Pics!!!

Ha Ha more pics!!!

The first rose of the season bloomed and this is what it looks like. It is huge! It's long stemmed. And it is very, very fragrant. Too bad I'm allergic to the smell. But it sure is pretty to look at.

There are many, many different types of trees on the property and they are all beautiful. Although this one is my absolute favorite. It is a walnut tree and it is very old. I found a website that has info on how to calculate how old trees are. Well, this one is over 100 years old! Quite possibly closet o 150! If only this old tree could talk, the stories it could share.  

See the area where there are no trees or brush or bushes? There are no stumps to indicate that there were trees at one time.  I have no idea why just that area doesn't have anything on it but grasses. Hmmmm. Maybe one day I will figure it out.

Just a purple Iris that bloomed behind the house.

This little one is suppose to be a Black Frizzle Bantam, but I am seriously wondering what breed he/she really is. There are hardly any feathers. You can't see but the lower neck is bald! I don't know what is wrong with him/ her. I gave him/her the name Troy. Well, Troy eats and drinks and poops just fine. Another hmmmmmm.

Now the Red Frizzles are starting to really frizzle now. What I have read about the breed, it isn't perfected so not all Frizzles will frizzle.  Just can't help but lean towards to unusual chickens.

Keep your fingers crossed for pics on the next posting.

Until next time..............

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Look! Look! Pictures!!!!! Hooray!!!!

This is one of the Red frizzle chicks. They are so very cool! At least I think so anyway.

Another picture!!! Hooray!!!!

This little one is a Black Frizzle Bantam. I ordered 6 red ones, but only got 5 and this cutie. I have no idea who is going to be a hen or rooster. Whoever is a rooster is going to have to go to a new home. I   already have 4 roosters which is 2 too many. I have been trying to find homes for 2 roosters with no luck so far. I don't want to advertise them on Craigslist only because I don't want the roosters to be used for either fighting or bait.

This is a short post only because I am so excited about the pictures uploading today.

Oh, before I forget, thanks for all the suggestions on the odor problem. As soon as I can afford it I will get a humidifier. In the meantime, baking soda in the carpet, coffee in bowls placed around the house, and of course windows open. 

Today is garden planting day. This is what I am going to plant.

German Striped tomato ( heirloom)
Green Zebra tomato (heirloom)
Purple tomato (heirloom)
Early Girl tomato
Sun Gold cherry tomato
Jalapeno pepper
Lemon cucumber
Bell pepper

It is going to be so exciting to actually have a real garden!

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the pictures will continue to upload because there are pics I want to share.

Until next time................ 

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Well, Blogger is not letting me upload pics again. It worked fine when I posted last, but have been trying for several days now and nada! I just don't know what to do about it. I went to Blogger help forum only to find out other bloggers are having the same issues. I sure hope it gets fixed asap. I really wanted to show you my Red Frizzle Bantam chicks. They are really something else.

Now I have a question for all of you. Ever since the irrigation water has been turned on, the house has an odor now. The irrigation canal is about ten feet away from the house and the water is flowing like a creek.  I can't detect a smell from the canal, just inside the house and it is driving me crazy. It is the smell of  old moisture and it is not a pleasant odor. No, there is no water under the house or even directly around it, just in the canal. And the irrigation will run until November 1st.  Oh, the irrigation water is coming straight from the river.

Okay, I do not want to have to smell this odor for that long, so does anyone have any suggestion as to what to use to rid the house of it? I have tried Lysol, Febreeze, etc....  And I really don't want my clothes or furniture having that smell either. 

Starting Monday I start watching Grace full time. Her mom finally landed a job in the deli department at the local country store. Hmmmm, Gracie and me, together all day. Who would have thought at my age I would be watching a baby! I already have a game plan going on in my head so I can still get what I need to get done, done, and make it fun for her. She is really going to be a farm girl by the time I am done! 

Anyway, again, if anyone has a suggestion as to how to get rid of the odor in the house, please share. Yes, there is wall to wall carpeting. 

I have caught up with a few of you on your blogs and am going to catch up with more. 

Thanks in advance for suggestions. 

Until next time................

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Some horse owners need a clue!

Blogger has been down for two days. And a lot has been going on in these last two days! All animal related. Oh, and I believe that Blogger fixed the picture problem! Yay!

On Thursday I looked out one of the big picture windows and saw a Paint horse ON the road! My first thought was, "Shit, Hoody's out on the road". I ran out the door, grabbed a halter and lead rope and bolted for the driveway gate. By the time I reached the gate and looked, I found out it wasn't my was the mare and filly from across the road!

A gentleman in a white truck stopped to prevent the mare and foal from going further down the road. He asked me if they were my horses. Nope. Not mine. Briefly explained that they belonged across the street. If you remember in some of my previous posts, I live on a scenic highway, which means, there is a lot of traffic. The mare wouldn't let me catch her. As I was trying to get the mare and filly back into their pasture, the cars and trucks kept coming. No one else stopped but the gentleman in the white truck. Talk about an adventure trying to dodge vehicles, keep the mare and filly out of harms way while trying to get them back where they belonged. 

After about half an hour I finally got the mare and filly back where they belonged, the owner of the property showed up, I explained what happened,  and that the gate was wide open which is how they got out. I also mentioned that the mare was uncatchable and was told that the only way to catch her is with a bucket of grain! And sometimes that doesn't work! Then the actual owner of the horses shows up, again the explanation, a quick thank you and the horse owner drove off without checking the gate or her horses! Geez! Talk about lack of concern and not teaching your horse how to halter! Ignorant!

Also on Thursday one of the irrigation guys came along and cleaned out the canal of blackberry bushes. The water was going to start running that afternoon! Yay!! Irrigation!! And while the canal was getting cleaned out, a mama possum and her four babies were found dead as well as a young doe also dead. Made me sad. 

Yesterday a fox was dead on the road and I can only hope it wasn't Fabio ( the one I feed). 

Hopefully you can see what is in the picture. Yesterday I was checking the irrigation canal and noticed movement! By gosh it was a crawfish! I know, some of you wouldn't get excited about seeing a crawfish, but I admit it, I got excited.

Oh, before I go, I would like to mention to anyone that watches Top Chef, to please boycott the show. On Monday Top Chef Canada is airing an episode where the contestants cook with horse meat! Now I know Europe and Canada do eat horse meat, but quite honestly, to me eating a horse would be like eating a dog or cat. I and alot of other folks have contacted Food Network and voiced our concerns. Wars have been won on the backs of horses. Countries have been built using horse power. Crops have been planted using horse power. Sorry, but eating a horse is not acceptable in my book. 

Okay, since I am on the subject of horses I have one more thing to say. The State of Nevada is trying to pass a bill that will cut off the water supply to the wild horses and burros in that state! Can you believe that?! Unacceptable on so many levels. If you want, and if you are on Face Book, please go to the Nevada 'like' page and leave your comments for everyone who is thinking of visiting that state letting them know how you feel about water being cut off to the horses and burros. Believe me, the State of Nevada does not like having all the negative comments being left on their 'like' page! 

Alrighty, time to wrap this up. 

Until next time..............................

Monday, May 9, 2011

I have been called a lot of things.....

I have been called a lot of things in my life, but today was a first.
The irrigation guy came along to clean out the irrigation canal. As we were talking he was telling me about one of the past owners who turned this property into a junk yard. He said there was junk everywhere one looked.
He mentioned how nice the place looks now.
I responded that one has to respect the earth and all living beings on it. And that we have been finding garbage and junk everywhere and how sad it is.  
He then looks right at me and says, " Oh, you're a Wiccan"!
A Wiccan! Um, no. Just someone who cares.

The job hunting is still going on. And in answer to some questions about what type of work I am looking for, well, just about anything. Although I really do have to draw the line and crawling under houses! My skills are working with animals, retail, sales. With school letting out shortly, the hunt will be that much tougher.

 On Saturday I helped my youngest move out of the dorm and into my oldest daughters house. My youngest lived on the fourth floor which you know what that means. Four flights of stairs up and down. I brought the dolly to get the fridge and microwave down to the truck. Which worked just fine, but yesterday and today I can feel it in my shoulders of carefully, step by step, getting that stuff down. My youngest kept asking me if I needed help and being who I am, I said no. She said she didn't want me to break a hip. Geeez, I am not ancient! So shhhhhh, don't tell that I am sore!

Still haven't been able to get the garden in due to the temps and rain. Soon though, soon.

How the heck have all of you been?

Until next time................

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What's been going on.

Tried uploading pics yet once again and still unable to. I will figure this out eventually. But have to admit it is over the top frustrating.

So much going on lately.

I have been job hunting, but no success as of yet. As much as I hate to admit it, my age is against me. Especially with the younger generation also pounding the pavement. And now with school letting out soon the competition is more fierce. The unemployment rate here in the county I live in is 13%. It was 14%. The only thing I can keep doing is trying.

A wild critter got one of my hens right smack during the day! All I found was a bunch of feathers so don't know if a bird of prey came down or something come off one of the hills behind the house.

Little Inger and all 18 of her chicks are doing great. Those Americana's grow so fast!

The other night I couldn't find one of my indoor/outdoor kitties. Another search began, but alas, nothing. Nothing that is until the next morning!! Out he came from one of the closets here in the house! Little booger! Cats really know how to hide! I had to give up the search for Goat kitty. The only thing I can hope is she went quickly.

AJ, our Mustang, came down with laminitis.....again! This time it was pretty bad. When I went out to the pasture to get her into the medical area I set up, she wouldn't move. Not that I blame her because laminitis makes the feet very sore and tender. As I was trying to get her into the medical area, a neighbor stopped and asked if I needed help with my horse. I explained the situation, thanked her and said I could manage. After I explained the situation she started to cry! Oh man, here it is I am standing there with AJ and trying to comfort the neighbor ( no, not the ignorant horse neighbor). After calming down the neighbor I was able to get AJ into the area she needed to be in. Laminitis can sometimes come on so fast. Basically overnight! As I type this, AJ is comfortable, on meds, and will be fine in time.

And one of the indoor cats came down the a urinary tract infection and had to go to the vet. I had to buy a different bag of cat food which caused the infection. Thankfully my oldest daughter is a vet tech so she has the Trashman is at her house until he recovers.

My one brother and sister who live close by have been coming over more and more. It is always nice to see them.

Grace is three months old now and is cracking me up with all the new things she learns everyday.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, there is a lot more traffic on the highway. Some of it due to all the wineries close by. And there are quite a few motorcycles now. The other day I was outside, heard what I call 'crotch rockets', which are sports bikes, come flying down the highway. And I do mean flying! I do believe it is only a matter of time before there is an accident. Something I really do not want to see. 

And get this one! On a different day I hear one of those small passenger planes coming through the valley here. And it was low to the ground! I watched it bank to the left, then to the right and so on. At the end of the valley there are hills. Just as it looked like the plane was going to hit one of them, it banked to the left and came back this way. And the jerk who was flying buzzed the pasture where my horses and donkeys are! Thank goodness they didn't spook! If I had my wits about me I should have thrown a rock! Yes, it really was that close to the ground. 

Since moving out here my allergies have taken a turn for the worse. Ugh! I have tried several allergies meds with no luck. I am going to look into a natural way of dealing with them since I really don't like taking meds, even aspirin.

Okay, I won't bore you with anymore of what has been going on. Without pics it isn't much fun to read!

Until next time.......................