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.