Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back At It

The art show Wrangler has been invited to is just next week. (At The Artful Lawyer)  I was hoping he would at least get mentioned in the program but I guess the human artists are more important. Anyway, in anticipation of demand for his artwork to increase Wrangler has started painting again.  
 It took him a few minutes to get back into the swing of things.  Then he finished up by swiping his nose across the right side of the paper.
It would really be cool if one of these ever sells.

Monday, August 24, 2015

New Tack Boxes

We have 3 new 4-Her's going to the State Horse Show next month so we needed 3 new tack boxes for them.  When V and E went for the first time the club leader made the tack boxes and gave them to us. 
 Guess I'm continuing the tradition.  Our local Saddle Club has a riding for charity class in all of it's shows.  Last fall our 4-H club was the charity.  I had enough money from that donation for the lumber and hardware for the boxes.
 I had been tormenting for some time about having to cut the plywood but discovered Lowes would make unlimited cuts at no charge, so off to Lowes it was.
Construction after that was pretty easy, just needing my circular saw, drill and dremel.  Plus, it was nice having the shop to work in.  Now it's up to the 4-Her's to pick them up and add some paint and a shelf if they want.

Friday, August 21, 2015

In Bloom At The 4R's

Late summer is a tough time for things to be blooming, but we've had a good season this year with plenty of rain. 
 The zinnias are taking center stage next to the garage door this year.  I've tried several things in this spot but I think I like these best so far.  (and they are pink which is always good)
 They also took over the spot in front of the wood stove too  The pencil hollies didn't do well so I had to pull them up this spring.  The zinnias here got off to a rough start with the Japanese beetles, but they finally pulled through.
 I can always count on the black-eyed-Susans to be pretty this time of year.
 And surprisingly, the crape myrtle have finally come into their own.  I had given up on them a few years ago and pulled up the 2 on the far end but that just seemed to stimulate them to try harder.  Even though I had pulled them up by the roots they still came back.  This is the prettiest they have ever been.
And lastly, this cute miniature rose.  This was a thank you gift from a client that I had to go in on emergency to euthanize their 18 year old cat.  They thanked my for my 'compassion and competence'.  Sort of a sad thing to be good at, but a nice gesture that I can remember when the next one complains about me.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Moving Out, Sort Of

This was E's last morning to enjoy in her chair. (yes, it is summer here despite the evidence to the contrary) 
 Today, J helped move her into her new dorm room at Tech.
 She had the car loaded.
 She'll be on the second floor of the honors dorm, 2 to a room, 2 rooms to a suite, 1 bathroom per suite.
 Her friend Jackson volunteered to help her move in.  That left J only having to make one trip carrying things from the car.  He said  they parked right at the door, easy peasy.
I guess we are on our way to being empty nesters.  But we do have V to look forward to next month.  She is having to work at a bank branch closer to home so she will be spending September here, YAY!  And E will still be coming home for holidays and summers.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Final Push

The Iron Mountain Jubilee (http://ironmountainjubilee.com/) endurance ride is coming up in just 2 short weeks.  I've been struggling over what horse to take if any.  J is riding Jessica again.  I really didn't want to sit out for a second year but Hank has just gotten too old and I dreaded doing that much trotting on him, he is sooo rough.  Pep with her slowness and tender feet was out of the question and Otoelene, having finally recovered from her year long struggle with white line disease is still being babied.  That left Wrangler and Brother to chose from.  Wrangler has been doing well but I'm still a little leery about going full tilt for 30 miles on him.  Since E was going to show Brother at the State show I was a little worried about something happening to him on the ride since the show is just 12 days later.
 Well, after the show at Ivanhoe (HERE) last month, E has decided to not take Brother to State.  This means writing a letter to the State office explaining why we want a substitution and a $50 check.  The only problem is that she wants to take Pep and I had had her shoes pulled after E had picked Brother and was on her way to college next week, and Pep is so iffy on those tender abscessed prone feet and now the farrier can't come until next week.  So until we get shoes and make sure Pep is ok it looks like Hank is hanging around in the background for potential back up at State.   Got all that.
 It just means that I get to take Brother on the endurance ride in 2 weeks.  J and I rode the 8 mile Horse Heaven loop in 1 hr 40 mins on Saturday.  There were a few obstacles, some down trees,
 this rattle snake someone got to before we did,
 and herds of these hateful horse flies.  Brother really hates those.
J has done a great job slowing Jessica down.and Brother has sped up some so they are making a good pair so far.  Anyone want to crew for us in a couple of weeks?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Naming Help Needed

V was able to dig up her old camera for me to use while I'm trying to decide what replacement I want.  Her's is a canon power shot 7.1 MP that takes (sucks all the energy very quickly from) 2 AA batteries.  Anyway, it works so I guess I'm back in business with the blog as long as my supply of AA batteries holds out. 
So this is the painting Wrangler is donating to the Silent Auction fundraiser for the State 4-H Horse Show next month.  (Thank you C for the donation of the great frame and mat) Now I need a catchy name for it, maybe something incorporating 4-H or horse activities.  Tell me what you've got!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wrangler Can Paint in Print

Look who made this month's issue of The Quarter Horse Journal...
Yes, that's Wrangler in the lower right corner of the Snapshots page.  I had originally sent his picture to the America's Horse magazine for the Readers Write page since I don't get the Journal.  Imagine my sister's surprise when she got her Journal and opened it up to see Wrangler's picture there.  We might just make him famous yet.
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