Rainy Tuesday. Bleh.

Yesterday we had a nice break from the rain but it is back again. The river really hasn't had a chance to go down.

We went to the funeral of a relative yesterday and the sun was very much appreciated at the local cementary. I feel so bad for the spouse left behind, they had been together since the 6th grade, both are in their 80's. One thing about living in a small community is the support from family and friends.

I've been up since 3:30 due to a snoring husband, I could have moved into the spare bedroom but I was ready to get up. I have been beading a flat spiral bracelet so after a shower  and a cup of coffee I started back in on that. My last partner is working nights and he and I texted for several hours catching up on each other.

Let four of the horses out into the riding arena and moved the newest one to an open stall. It's too wet to turn them out into the pasture. When I got to the stalls I didn't see Aleena's head,  I went straight to her stall thinking the baby made an early appearance, thankfully not.

I'm alittle concerned about my 22 yo gelding who had his teeth floated last Friday. He looks gaunt and only two piles of manure. I am worried about his fluid and hay intake. He is eating his grain with the antibotics in it, he just doesn't look right but he is acting normal.

Think I will make another pot of coffee and head back out to the barn to finish the morning chores, then come back and work on my bracelet.

I bought a beautiful western show vest off ebay this morning for $20 and free shipping!

Ummm…can you…

First call of the day came from a relative requesting my parmedic skills to retrieve a piece of his hearing aid that broke off in his ear. He added that he had pushed it even farther in by trying to use tweezers, (his wifes no doubt) to grab it. Used my training to refer him to the local ER.

Second call of the day: "Ummm, we have this three week old kitten that only has a rectum. We can't find anything else. He goes pee okay but his mom cleans up the poop so we never see it. He acts normal." Can we bring him down to you so you can look?"  ME: "NO, take him to the vet." THEM: "Aren't you a vet?"  ME: "No, I used to work for a vet 25 years ago, I am a paramedic. Take him to your vet." THEM: "Don't you want to see it?" ME: "NOPE, there is nothing I can do."


I need a job. Oh yea, I have one. May 10th is a long ways off.

Occupational Therapy Appointment and Not Much Else

Went to my OT appointment this morning for the tendon on my ring finger. She says it is healing well which means the tendon has shortened nicely. I don't go back for three weeks and then the plan is to slowly lengthen the tendon. She told me to take some kind of pain medication before I get there. Hmm. She says I will be able to go back to work May 10. Holy Cow! I have to admit, I am totally enjoying this second unexpected medical leave.

I have been busy trying to get my Paramedic National Registry recertication together. I hate them. It is way too many hours and they are very specific. Thankfully I can use my teaching hours (up to 12) and I can use quite a bit of online education. I broke down last year and bought a years subscription to a site that they accept.Between the  two I have it covered but there has been alot of jumbling around trying to make the hours fit in the best spot. I hope to be done by tomorrow night, it has to be mailed by Saturday. Yep, cutting it really close. I stopped by work Tuesday and left feeling depressed. I was listening to all the awesome calls my coworkers have been running and I feel left out. I keep reminding myself there are always more.

Heading out to the barn to clean stalls (yet again) and ride. Yesterday I managed to ride four of them over the course of two hours. I am adjusting to riding with the splint and will probably show my palomino mare in two weeks. Getting on is not pretty. I can't grip at all with my left hand. I have to lead them up to my trail bridge that has a step stool on it.

Need sun. Come on Oregon, give us a break, we need to dry out!

The Hunger Games

I read the series last month not knowing the movie was coming out this month. Initially I didn't think I would go see the movie as I figured it would be too gross. Ashley invited  me to lunch and to an early afternoon showing today. I was pleasantly surprised to find the theather almost empty, something I was not expecting during spring break. I have to say, the movie was awesome! Very well done and almost true to the book. It was not as graphic as it could have been. Now to wait for the second book to come out!

So Much for Best Intentions

I had the best of intentions to blog more but I always find some reason not too.

It's a cold, windy, rainy Oregon day. Max is sleeping after a graveyard. Later this afternoon we are going to town to pick up feed for the store and groceries for us. I really could do this alone but sometimes you just have to make time to be together outside of the daily grind of farm chores and work schedules.


So…where to begin.

I am off work for 8-10 weeks on medical leave after dislocating my ring finger thanks to some stupidity on my part. I was too lazy to put a halter on a horse I was doctoring thinking she would just stand for an easy application of some topical solution. After a brief tug-of-war hanging onto her blanket, she won as  she bolted to the left and was gone, tossing her head on the way out. I drove myself to the ER where a dislocation was confirmed and my finger was splinted.


As circumstances would have it, the timing was pretty good as I was already out on a planned 6 week medical leave for capal tunnel surgery. I was cleared back to work for both injuries however with my paramedic job it became obivious the tendon that runs over the top of my finger was not doing it's job and would never heal with all the lifting I do. I worked for a month, then went back my othro guy who sent me to occuptional therapy where I was put into a finger splint.

I am off duty to the beginning of May, this time with no back up earned well or sick pay. Thank goodness for a nice tax return, so I am not sweating too bad about the loss wages. It really helps to have a couple of home businesses.

My youngest son and his wife are expecting their first child the end of June. It's a girl! They are very excited. This will be our third grandchild. My daugher (and her husband) have a girl (almost 3 yo) and boy(1 1/2 yo). My oldest son and his wife are not planning on kids. We love being grandparents. Cuddle and spoil them, give them back. My granddaugher loves horses and has been in two leadline classes so far.

Last year we put in a 96' x 120' "Equine Facility". I now have a riding arena that is enclosed on three sides. The stall area has the potential for 19 stalls (with #20 being the opening to the riding arena). Two stalls were converted into a keyless entry tack room, two are grooming stalls, one is a wash stall. We have 10-12 x 12 stalls of which 5 are filled with my horses.

Here is my horse breakdown:

Koda: Soon to be 23 yo purebred Arabian gelding.  We have had him since he was 6 months old. Very sound and very crabby.


Tuffy: 17 yo breeding stock paint. Kids horse, anyone can ride. He has developed osteoarthritis and navicular on this left front. He has had one steroid injection which has helped. Just the sweetest horse, great for the grandkids.


Aleena: 15 yo purebred very typy Arabian mare. Due to foal in 4 weeks. Bred to a quarter horse, the foal will be registered Half Arabian. This will be horse #6. This mare was given to me. She has been show and has many wins under her belt both English and Western.


Khate: Gorgeous Half Arabian palomino mare, 10 yo. HIghly traIned in English and Western with many, many wins, both regional and national.

Johnnee: 11 yo Half Arabian/Safflebred (double registered as a National Show Horse and can also be registered as a Pinto). Another kids horse, very sweet. He has been shown extensively as a hunter. This horse was given to me as he was sitting at my trainer's barn. He has not been ridden much the last year. My trainer asked if I knew anyone who was interested in purchasing him for $2500.00. I jokingly said I would take him for free. Next thing I knew, he was mine.

So yea, kinda hard to ride with a splinted finger but I am figuring it out.


I've been doing a lot of crafting for the upcoming craft fair the end of April. I just started playing with polymer clay and making beads. Mostly I like to create pendants with resin. I have been trying to create gemstones by mixing resin and acryllic paint. The last couple of days I have been trying to make sea glass. Just before the resin hardens I shape it and use a clay stamp to inprint a design so it looks like actual bottle glass.

It is dumping rain and snow is predicted once again. I have a two day class coming up at work Thursday and Friday. I really need these hours to recert the Paramedic National Registry. I keep thinking about dropping the National Registry cert as it is such a pain to maintain, besides my Oregon cert. It will be good to use my brain again. I miss the ambulance but on the other hand it is nice break too.

Max and I, along with my youngest son and his wife, spent a week in Panama City, Florida in December, AWe took a two day trip to New Orleans which was so much fun. We geocached our way both directions.

Late October we have a family vacation planned for Disneyland with all the kids, spouses, and grandkids.

Think I will take a look around DD and see what is up.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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More Picture Catch Up

 

Riding Arena Plan

 

Have to include my ribbons. I am still in shock that I did so well. I haven’t show Western in almost 40 years. I didn’t go to Show #1 as I didn’t know about it and I hadn’t bought Khate yet.

 

Ribbons from April 3, 2011 Show #2

 

 

Ribbons from May 8th, 2011 Show #3

 

 

For those curious about my the vending I do, here are a few pictures

 

Vending Stock:  

 

Resin Pendants

I LOVE making these pendants. I mix resin and put stickers and anything else that I think might look cute like candy and beads. I make the necklace part and sell them for $3.00. I hang them low where the kids can see them.

 

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Feed Bag

I haven’t found the time to make more of these, but these are made from feed bags. The bags have to be a certain type and have interesting pictures. I have a few that have Race for the Cure logos on them. I am not selling them yet as I hate to sew and they aren’t perfect. Believe it or not, Max sewed several of them, he remembered how to sew from High School!

 

Beadeding

Bracelets

I haven’t been able to bead as much as I would like to but here is abit of what I have.

 

Necklaces: From left to right-amulet bags, thimble holders (a lantern, a cow, a bee), 3 lariat necklaces,

and two spiral necklaces.

 

I haven’t started my Saturday Market vending yet. I didn’t sign up until July, mostly because it is too cold and rainy on the coast and I can’t stand being there unless I am making some good money. I may sign up for Memorial Day Weekend if the weather looks promising. This is a picture from a local Seafood and Wine Festival I did with my daughter in law, Skye. I sold Italian Charms, Friendship Bracelets, Handmade Beaded items, Wineglass Lanyards, Mardi Gras Beads, Peace Sign and Crab Beads (those were all premade and ordered), European Beads (like Pandora). Skye sold handmade hairclips, crocheted hats, Tutu’s and Wings. Between the two of us we pulled in over $1400 in thee days. It was a blast but a lot of work.

 

Vending Booth

 

Whew….lots of work on the picture entries. That's enough for this one.

 

 

 

Three Day Weekend with Nothin’ to Do

Well, almost nothing. But for the most part I don't plan on leaving the farm unless it is by horseback. Max is sleeping from his graveyard last night and I am hoping to entice him to a ride this evening if the weather cooperates.

Tomorrow a friend is coming down with an excavator and is going to finish clearing the land for the riding arena/horse barn. I have worked a deal out with his boss where I will teach his 18 employees CPR/First Aid as a trade. Tuesday the construction company is going to have the lumber delivered and work will begin! I am so excited, this is a dream come true. There is still a great deal of  wood left from the spruce tree we had to take down as had a dead top. The tree was 80-100 feet, just huge. I will post a series of pictures from start to finish later on.

We had an easy day at work yesterday. It was much appreciated after Wednesday's shift. I am still trying to shake off the horrible trauma call, I am thinking about it less, I know from experience it will just take time. I found out the patient had planned to retire July 1st and was only 60 years old. And then due to a mistake, it is all gone. His life ended within 30 minutes of the accident and he didn't even get a chance to give us any message for his loved ones. No time.  He lost consciousness and the last face he saw was mine sitting in the airway seat getting ready to intubate.


It can all go away very quickly and unpleasantly.

 

Pictures, Second Attempt

Let me try reposting this entry on a different day. DD hiccupped and made three entries out of one….I tried to tweak it so just one showed but I don't think it worked.

 

Alrighty…hopefully I can remember how to add pictures the first time. Sorry if they are too big.

 

May 8, 2011 Horse show

Max captured this great shot of my surprise and delight when my number was called for 1st Place in the Western Pleasure Open Class. I found out after I left the ring that a big  trainer was in the class, she took second.

 

 

By the photographer

 

 

Bella and Ashley

 

 

 

Aleena's Glamour Shot.

 

 

Quarter horse stallion Vanilla Zip that I am breeding her too. Hopefully the second AI works.  The foal will be registered half Arabian and since the stallion is a cremallo, she will throw either a palomino or buckskin.

 

 

 

Okay, that will have to do it for now. I'll do some family pictures next. I can't believe Hamipics still had all my pictures. Wow.

 

I'm getting ready to go to work. We have a EMT Basic rider today which means it will be a quiet day. He will have the "white cloud syndrome". I had one hell of a shift yesterday. Our first patient had flash pulmonary edema and we had to intubate him. Later in the shift we had a very nasty trauma call at a local mill. The patient didn't survive, it was awful. I can't stop thinking about him. Four of us worked frantically on him but his injuries were too severe and despite our efforts and the use of LifeFlight, there wasn't anything we could do but watch him go from talking into cardiac arrest.  Too much trauma…too much blood loss. It is a very helpless feeling when you know nothing is going to help such severe injuries. The scene keeps replaying in my mind.

Okay….gotta let horses out of the barn and take a shower. Coffee is on. Chin up.

Pictures

Alrighty…hopefully I can remember how to add pictures the first time. Sorry if they are too big.

 

May 8, 2011 Horse show

Max captured this great shot of my surprise and delight when my number was called for 1st Place in the Western Pleasure Open Class. I found out after I left the ring that a big  trainer was in the class, she took second.

 

 

By the photographer

 

 

Bella and Ashley

 

 

 

Aleena's Glamour Shot.

 

 

Quarter horse stallion Vanilla Zip that I am breeding her too. Hopefully the second AI works.  The foal will be registered half Arabian and since the stallion is a cremallo, she will throw either a palomino or buckskin.

 

 

 

Okay, that will have to do it for now. I'll do some family pictures next. I can't believe Hamipics still had all my pictures. Wow.

Horse Show

I had a great Mother’s Day. Max and I headed to the fairgrounds with my 17 year old riding student at 7 am. Chrissy was dragging as her dad delivered her at midnight after her prom was over. Loaded up Khate (pronouced Kate) and we were off for a day of showing.

Chrissy rode in a Western Pleasure Walk-Trot class. She took a second place. She also entered a Hobby Horse Pattern class that didn’t go as well but she had fun. It was her first time showing and to get a second place was darn good.

Bella did the lead line class. She was the youngest. I led Khate and Ashley walked by her side. She got a blue ribbon (they all did) and a package of M & M’s. Brice and his wife bought her flowers. She was so stinking cute. Khate was a perfect babysitter.

As for me, I had a great day! I rode in four classes and took 3 Firsts, 1 Third and I received the High Point Award for my age group for the series of three shows. I only made it to two.

Not sure why we only got a third in the one class as I thought we did well. It’s funny because I am riding such an awesome mare that I am really getting used to hearing my number called first and I LIKE IT! The best win of the day was the Open Western Pleasure that I took a first in and found out later I beat a trainer who took second. When I was in the line up the judge made her way to me and told me “I love, love, love your horse and I would take her in an instant”. Turns out she knows my trainer and remembered Khate from some of the Arabian shows she has judged and shown in. She asked if I was going to show in any of the Class A shows and I told her I was working my way towards one in September. She said she is showing in that one too.

I think one of the best memories I will take away is when Max came up to me after a class with what can only be describe as a look of pride and said “Do you know you beat a trainer in that class?”

And of course there are other wonderful moments such as the three generation lead line class, and seeing Chrissy get her first ribbon.

All day I kept thinking about my mom and how proud she would have been of us. It is only because of her that I have this awesome mare.

Got up at 6 am and trampled down to the barn in my pjs and boots to let the horses out. It’s looking like it will be a decent day, hopefully dry. At 9:30 I am loading Aleena up and hauling her to the vet to have her ultrasounded and hopefully her pregnancy will be confirmed. That would be the easy route. Otherwise I may have to leave her for a second AI breeding. On the way I am picking my friend Joan up. She is 82 and used to show several breeds in her younger years. Then one more stop to pick up Barb, the lady who gave Aleena to me. She is still very involved with Aleena. We are the same age and have become fast friends. Last year we trekked all trail riding. We have a four day camping trip planned so the Sisters area in August with our husbands.

Hopefully I will be home by 3 pm.

My vacation is going too fast. It’s back to work on Wednesday and Thursday, but then I have my usual three off.

I have been doing Weight Watchers since last October and finally starting to lose again. I am down 52 pounds. There is a story about what finally got me motivated to lose weight, but that is for another entry.

For MeanDonnaJean2 regarding the breeding cost: She is being bred to a quarter horse stallion named Vanilla Zip. Her foal will be registered half Arabian. Vanilla Zip is Khate’s sire which is how I heard about him. The breeding fee was only $800 but there are some added costs which makes is $1175. Then there is a $700 vet bill for the AI and boarding. I think today’s ultrasound is included. I would say when it is all said and done I will have put out $2000 if I add fuel and some other hidden costs. We have already had two people inquire about buying the baby but I am not breeding her for that reason.

Okay, gotta get stalls cleaned and try for another cup of coffee. Keep your fingers crossed and think PINK!!