Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shopping Haul

As anyone who knows me knows, I don't buy clothes very often.  Let alone new clothes.  But a local clothing factory is going out of business so I thought I would see what they had.  A hour later I came out with a lined jacket, 2 pairs of pants (one is missing from the picture because I am wearing them, they are so comfortable), a lined skirt, 2 men's shirts and 2 long sleeved tee shirts.  All for.........
 $12!  Unbelievable!
 And retail prices were pretty high.   All total $392 retail.
 The only problem was that there were no dressing rooms.  I asked about trying things on and was told even though there were signs saying not to, I could go into the small toilet area.  They were like Sargent Schultz, "I see nothing."  So even though I could try things on there was no mirror so pretty much guess work.  I guess I guessed ok, because stuff looked fine when I got home with it.  Now I think I need to make another trip before it closes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

More Fires and Goat Observation

J mentioned that he didn't like all of the fallen branches on a road we have through a section of woods.  He doesn't like driving the 4 wheeler over them and having them pop up.  So yesterday afternoon I said that I would go pile up some branches.  
 J expanded on the idea and suggested we go ahead and burn them as we went.  We made a total of 3 fires to deal with all of the limbs along this section of road.
 The cows were still in this field.  They were curious but didn't get too close.   J is happier with his newly cleared road now.
On the way back to the house I noticed this nanny with her baby, who is nearly as big as she is.  J said maybe we should have a hundred goats if they can wean their own weight.  I'd like to see a cow do that.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Heifer Trouble

The fall cows are about done calving but there were two heifers left to calve that J has been watching closely.  Sunday morning he was greeted by this heifer presenting two feet and a nose but no longer trying to push.  She was calm enough that J just put the chains on in the field and pulled, but then it got hip locked.  He had to go back to the truck and get the calf jack to finish pulling the calf.  Amazingly, the heifer let him do this all out in the open. 
Then, Sunday afternoon, we went back to make sure the calf was up and nursing.
Which it wasn't.
So we mixed up the powdered colostrum to see if it would nurse.
Which it didn't.  Next up was me tubing it with the esophageal feeder.  J has never liked using that so it has stayed my job.  It is starting to nurse on its own now so hopefully out of the woods on this one.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

In Bloom at the 4R's

This time of year and with the drought, there isn't much going on in the was of flowers.  
 But my zinnia's have been out doing themselves.  I have planted them here for several years now and they seem very happy.
 It also makes me happy every time I come and go because they are right by the garage door.  I just love the pinks and reds and oranges together.
And my hydrangea continues to bloom.   J said we had a frost last week but it must have not been too bad because this is the most tender plant.  Any hint of frost and it usually dies right then.  Looks like we will get to enjoy it for a while longer yet.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Driving Draper

With Draper still too young to ride, I have been trying to come up with other things to expose her to. 
 Yesterday, I decided to start working on line driving.  Since she has had no problem with the hunter saddle, I put the stirrup leathers on with no stirrups and ran the long lines through the leathers.  My biggest challenge with just getting through to her that I wanted her to move forward, away from me.  It didn't take long for her to figure it out and we were walking all around the barn.  Never once did she spook or kick at the ropes.  Such a good girl.
 So while yesterday's lesson was still fresh in her mind, I did some more diving today.  We even ventured outside this time.
 As soon as she knows what to do, she goes on and does it.  Such a joy to work with.
 Then, because J had the stock trailer out, we practiced loading and unloading.
 I think she has this pretty well down pat too.
She even backs off with no drama.  What should I do with her next?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Auction, Tires, and Chairs

Or, Three Random Things.
There was an auction Saturday just up the road from us.  We just drove to the end of the drive and walked because we knew parking would be very limited.  
 While we were there this motorcycle pulled right up to the auction bypassing the barriers.
She was riding on the back of it, with house slippers and pajama pants.  I didn't see them leave but was wondering how they were going to carry the fan and handicap toilet chair she bought.
Our county has a tire cleanup every year but for the last several we have always had something else planned.  Last year we could have done it but when I called they were full and put me on a wait list.  They called this year to say there was an opening and we could bring 100 tires.  One of the farms we bought, the previous owner used tires to set his round bales on.  We brought some of them to the house a few years ago during a drought when we had to buy large square bales and store them outside.  We used the tires to hold down the tarp.  Since then, they have been a constant source of irritation to me.
 Not any more, they are all on the trailer and have been hauled to the county recycling center.
 Had they not limited us to 100, maybe we could have finished cleaning up the other farm too.  Maybe next year.
 I didn't get anything at the auction but went to the State Surplus Store yesterday and found these chairs.
One was priced at $1 and the other $5.  When I was checking out I took the $1 chair up first and said there was a matching one that was priced different.  He asked what they were priced at and said I could have them both for $1 each.  My plan is to recover them in vinyl and use them as porch furniture.  J said, "Won't they rust?"  I said, what did it matter, they were only a dollar.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Integrated and on New Pasture

Since getting Draper last November she has been in fields by herself or with cattle.  Then this summer she has been with Otoelene.  I finally decided to go ahead and put all the horses together.  I started by adding Brother to the field with Draper and Otoelene.  Then after a few days I added Hank and Jessica.
 Then yesterday, I took Draper and walked her around the new field that had Little Girl and Pep left in it.  I let the others back in and there was a tremendous amount of running around.  No pictures of that because I was trying to keep hold of Draper.  Once things settled down some I let her loose.  She was really good about trying to stay with Otoelene.
 Little Girl had to assert her dominance several times.
 There was a little more running around
 but nothing to scary.
Then the excitement was over.  It won't be as convenient to catch and work with her now, but they won't be in the way of the gates at the barn or house anymore either.  Always some pros and cons.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Yet Another Outing

Looks like we are making up for lost time.  I didn't get to do much riding this summer.  But after the farrier was here Monday and I got shoes on Otoelene again, I suggested to J that we go trail riding Tuesday.  And guess what, he agreed. 
 We drove about 30 minutes to a local camp site and headed out with Brother and Otoelene.
 Brother was on good behavior to start with.
 Then we met two riders that didn't seem to know where they were.  They were back tracking because the trail stopped at a gate and they didn't know they could go through.  This is still part of the trail system and is about 1500 open acres referred to as The Range Lands.  We told them if they wanted to ride with us we were going the way they were wanting to go.   They were very thankful to be able to make a loop instead of back tracking the way they had come.   One was from New York and the other from Vermont.  They had both lived here about a year but as far as I could tell only ridden this trail system once with someone else guiding.
 The only problem was Brother didn't seem to appreciate the company.  He got pretty worked up over the situation but J was able to ride him through it.  Otoelene, on the other hand, was a super star.
J wanted to take my picture at the end of the 3 1/2 hour ride.  I think I might change my Facebook profile picture now.  (In all fairness, there was a better one but it wouldn't be as funny)

Monday, September 25, 2017

New Trail Partner

V said she hadn't been trail riding in a long time and wanted to go on one Sunday.  Looking back at old pictures, it was April, 2014 when she last rode on a trail with me.  
 Sunday, only Hank and Jessica had shoes on so they were the lucky two.
 V was a ray of sunshine to ride with.  Jessica bowed up and started bucking some when V first got on but she was so unconcerned that she just though Jessica was kicking at a fly.  (Jessica was V's hunter show pony back when she was in 4-H)
 Jessica took her usual position out front for most of the ride.
 Sometimes she was way out front.  Hank didn't seem to mind lagging behind.
Since J didn't have a horse to ride he just dropped us off and came back 3 hours later to pick us back up.  It was a very nice afternoon with beautiful weather and wonderful company.
By the way, I will have to share that V was promoted to loan officer at the bank where she works, with a nice raise and an extra week of vacation.  We are very proud of all her accomplishments.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wild Pony Sale

J and I went to the Grayson Highland Festival on Saturday.
 There was bluegrass music,
 arts and crafts vendors,
 and Hobo pies. (apple butter between two slices of bread then fried over a fire)
 But the main attraction is always the "wild" pony sale.  These are ponies that live in the park and are rounded up each year and the offspring sold as a fund raiser to help continue to care for the herd.  I say "wild" because hikers are always feeding and petting them.
 And despite signs posted all around the sale pens,
 people just acted like it was a big petting zoo.  I don't think the ponies minded at all.
Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and a large turnout for the sale.  I think they averaged well over $400 each and they had 22 to sell.  The high seller went for $875.  To keep me from getting caught up and bidding, J reminded me that was much more than I paid for Draper. So sadly, no little new pony at the 4R's.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saddling Draper

Draper has had a pretty easy summer.  I've done some grooming, lunging, hoof care, and I even ponied her off of Otoelene, but nothing too taxing for a yearling.  I decided yesterday to see if she was big enough to wear my cheap old hunter saddle.  And guess what, she was.  
 I was afraid the girth would be too long but with it on the higher notches and with the saddle pad it was fine.  She really acted like it was no big deal.  Of course, with Sweetwater as a comparison, Draper is a dream.  I'm pretty sure the saddle hit the ground at least 30 times when I was trying to get Sweetwater use to it.  So far zero times after 2 days with  Draper.
 Yesterday, when I asked her to trot she did throw in a couple of bucks but they weren't much and she stopped and went on with no more drama.
Today, I asked her to canter and she threw in another buck for good measure.  I couldn't ask for a better 1 1/2 year old.
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