Monday, January 22, 2018

Horse Fair News

The organizers are hard at work and the schedule for the fair is almost finished. I'm always in awe of how hard it is to schedule so many quality acts and clinicians. Mark down on your calendars March 2nd, 3rd and 4th if you would like to come.  The ticket prices for ALL 3 days can be purchased in advance for only $26.50 OR if you are just coming for one day the price is ONLY $13.50. What a bargain! BUT wait, that's not all. If you are a senior like me or a child 6-12 years old the 3 day passes purchased in advance are only $16.50, daily rate is $8.50.  The entertainment value is so much greater than the cost, Why this is ALL day entertainment and horse education, plus the kids and adults LOVE the giveaways the horse owners put out. We have some wonderful gifts this year to give out.  If you would like to purchase tickets in advance click HERE for more information.  The Horsemeister riders had a ball last year. The crowds loved getting up close and personal with the Friesians.
This year we are bringing down something special. Darla gets to come! Since she will just be 5 months old she will still be nursing and since Oksana is coming so is her daughter. Darla loves people and can't WAIT to meet everyone.
Interesting fact BOTH of Darla's parents will be at the horse fair this year. Evan is her sire!
We know Friday's schedule and some of Saturdays.  It looks like the Horsemeister play will be in barn 13 at 3:45 pm on Friday. Evan and Shaeya will be in the outdoor covered arena on Friday at 5:00 pm performing right before the Wagon Obstacle.
Saturday the Horsemeister play will be in the outdoor covered arena at 1:00 pm. I'm not sure about Evan and Shaeya but they probably will again be right before the Wagon Obstacle again in the outdoor covered arena.
We had a beautiful 60 degree few hours and then the storms rolled in bringing lightning, thunder, cold air and a beautiful rainbow. Joan sent the pictures below with the statement I ought to start looking for the pot of gold. I couldn't figure out why she said that until I downloaded the pictures.
Why the rainbow ends at OUR house!
Rhoda came today and picked up Ruby. We are now down to a 1 dog family. We enjoyed Ruby and Emma will miss her. Karin came and worked horses. She was able to work Evan in the outdoor arena until the storm came and chased her inside. The others all had to be worked inside. I didn't get any pictures I was inside the house working on the Berean lunch and didn't even know Karin had arrived.

Daylight Damage

I was going to post the pictures of the accident site taken this morning on a new blog post but decided to just add them to last night's post. To see them click HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the page. OR just go to yesterday's blog post.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Car Accident

We had another good day in church. Thankful for Sunday.
Tim Roecker gave the morning message and David Obergfel had the afternoon message. Tim read in 2 Chronicles, of Solomon getting all the supplies to build the temple which is exactly where I am in my reading at home. Mark and I have been contemplating building another barn and of course my first thought is OK Lord what are you trying to tell me? Am I suppose to be like David and just work on providing the supplies for a son to build the barn or maybe the barn is suppose to be BIG.
We had a quiet afternoon, all the kids were busy today. Rhoda and Lee made it back from Hawaii this evening so we will be losing Ruby tomorrow.
We were just getting ready for bed around 10:00 pm when we heard a big BANG then another and another then dead silence. At first we thought it might be a truck and trailer hitting something on the road but the dead silence was concerning. We each got a flashlight and started hiking down the drive believing someone had hit the mailboxes again but there was no sign of any crash there. The flashlights hardly seemed to be making a dent in the darkness. By the time we got to the bottom of the drive the fog and blackness was eerie and just before we reached Glasford road I saw a red tail light down by the creek. Mark and I started hiking down while dialing 911 and kept them on the line as we reached the crash site. There was a lady inside not moving at all but she became conscious as we were speaking to her. She was very disoriented and not moving much. We didn't see any wounds until she turned her face towards us which revealed a big gash in her forehead. Mark walked up to the road with the flashlight to let the ambulance know where to stop and I stayed with the lady trying to keep her calm. She was able to tell me her name but kept trying to climb out of the car which was not a good idea. First to arrive were the police with a fireman right behind him. She for sure needed help.
It didn't take long for the ambulance, more police cars and a couple fire trucks to arrive. They needed a lot of help to get her out of the ditch and up to the road. The hill was slippery since this big thaw and those carrying the stretcher were finding it hard to keep their footing on the slope. In the picture below they have just carried her up on a stretcher, laid her down on the road and were working on her.
The last picture was as we were walking back up our hill of the lights through the foggy woods. The car she was driving had to have been airborne for quite a while. She must have been going a good rate of speed to have flown so far into the woods. She took out the hidden entrance sign first, crossed our driveway probably with a big bounce and ended up down by the creek. 
We were both thankful that she was alive. Her windows had been shattered but the glass had not fallen out so we didn't know what we were going to find when we opened the car door. Then to see a body laying across the seat not moving made our hearts skip a beat. When her hand moved the relief was enough to make our knees go weak. The car is totaled.
After the walk this morning I drove the golf cart down to check out the accident site. The car came to rest against that tree with the bark torn off, the front of the car is left in this picture. There were lots of car parts scattered for well over 200 feet. All that dark debris is the underside of the front of the car. It is just a miracle that the tree stopped the car. That tree is right on the edge of the ravine.  It is a steep 15 feet almost straight down to the creek and if the tree hadn't stopped and held the car it would have flipped upside down landing in the creek. I don't know if the driver would have been able to survive that.
 This tree more than likely saved the driver's life. 
 The picture below was taken from Glasford road, the skid marks off to the right of the picture was where the car hit before bouncing and coming to rest against the tree. The 2 skid marks in front of the tree was where the tow truck was able to drag the car away. 
 The picture below shows the flattened sign post. The rest of the hidden entrance sign actually ended up inside the car. Where my golf cart is, is our driveway. The driver hit the sign and lost all kinds of car parts, the passenger side door must have swung open at that point as the remains of what was inside her cooler which was in the front passenger side were scattered along the hillside. Some how she missed our address signs, hit about where the golf cart is located and went airborne at that point. 
Checking over the damage in the daylight I'm thankful the driver survived!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

9 Clean Tails

We had a big thaw today which made MUD and now lots more thawing will be taking place in the next few days creating more mud. As the thermometer was going to climb into the 40s today Karin, Shaeya, Kayla and I decided today would be perfect for getting the tails washed, conditioned, braided and stuffed into tail bags. Karin picked up Shaeya and brought her straight to the house first to try on the modified dress. We still need to add shoulder straps and had to have her try it on to figure out exactly how and where these should go.
While we were working on that we discussed how we should proceed with the tail washing and decided Evan should be worked first in the  indoor, then he would be taken to the outdoor round pen to see how he would react with Shaeya when a mare was standing next to the round pen and only then the hot water heater brought out and his tail worked on. That plan went great.

 Of course Evan had to show off for the mare but Shaeya was able to get his attention right back on her. Evan really is a magnificent Friesian stallion, check out that neck carriage. 
 Evan's braids were taken out so both his mane and his tail could be washed and conditioned.
 Braiding that mane took forEVER! Just ask Karin, Kayla and Shaeya. Their arms were exhausted by the time that was done. 
 As soon as Evan was put away Karin brought in who she calls the 4 fatties, Rosalie, Ayanna, Indy and Anna. We had an assembly line going, I held the hot water while Karin brought each mare up for the tail wetting down then Shaeya would take that mare, tie her and start scrubbing with shampoo water on the tails while Kayla brought us another mare. Below Kayla is brushing out Rosalie's tail. 
 Below is Ayanna all finished. 
 Below Indy's tail is washed and brushed and is just needing braiding while Ayanna is finished and ready to go back out. 
 As soon as we finished the first 5, Evan, Rosalie, Ayanna, Indy and Anna we took a lunch break. We were pretty cold, wet and tired and after sitting down in a warm house with food, it sure was hard to go back outside to do the last 4 mares.  The last 4 were Galena, Jenis, Zalena and Oksana. Nolan and Sarah arrived just as we were braiding the last of the tails. They decided it was nice enough to take the horses on the trails so Karin saddled up Jenis for her, Zalena for Shaeya and Nolan saddled up Galena for his mount. Below they are heading out to the trails.
 They reported that the creeks still had a solid layer of ice over them.  At the first creek they got off and led their horse across and they were surprised that the horses did not break through the ice. Nolan said he just rode Galena across the second creek crossing and even then the ice did not break.  Sarah brought Zion inside. She was so funny, when that camera comes out her eyes open wide.
 Trying to coax a smile grandma makes all kinds of silly faces. Zion smiled then looked over at her mom as if to say, "did you see what silly grandma is did?"

Mark got both of the cars washed today, getting all that road salt off and even cleaning the inside getting all the rocks, sand and gravel out. He also refilled the wood pile on the porch and restacked the wood in the lean to. We will be ready to start splitting and refilling that as the weather improves.  Mark has a fire going now in the fire place and is enjoying the warmth while reading. We will have an early night tonight. What a productive good day. A special thanks to Karin for all her help.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Beth's Hospital Visit

We had a scare this morning, Beth Herman was taken to Graham hospital in Canton in a lot of pain, there they discovered she had a 1.6 cm kidney stone. This was much too big for them to handle and they took her by ambulance to Methodist. Diane went down to the hospital to stay with Beth and Greg and kept us informed. They did emergency surgery on her but at this time just put in a stent and moved the stone. They will schedule removal surgery soon but the surgeon told them it is a complicated surgery and Beth will be in the hospital 3-5 days at that time. Honestly she was in terrible pain, the medicine the hospital was giving her wasn't working. Diane said it was awful to see Beth groaning. Diane said once people woke up, read the messages and started praying her pain subsided. Beth is thankful for the prayers.
We could tell as soon as we awoke that it was warmer than usual. That 22 degrees actually felt warm.  I even let Ruby go on the walk today but then forgot she was on the walk and when she started following Joan home at the last round I was glad when Joan called telling me to call Ruby. She came running through the fields as fast as those little legs go.
After the walk I worked on the dress for Shaeya while waiting updates on Beth. Shaeya is coming tomorrow to help bath tails and will try it on then. While I was working on the dress, Emma and Ruby were playing with a stuffed rabbit. They were playing tug-a-war.

 Emma let Ruby win!
 Ruby took it over to Ebby, dropped the rabbit to see if Ebby would play with her. 
 As soon as Emma saw Ruby drop the rabbit she grabbed it back. 
After lunch it was so nice outside I decided to work with the weanlings, moving them into the far paddock again now that the water is open. I moved in a 4th cutting round bale for them. These growing foals get the very best hay we have. Oksana's filly, Darla also got played with. I was amazed at her thick long curly coat. She is very friendly and will make someone's dream come true if we sell her and if we don't she will be our dream come true. She really is 'that nice'.

No updated pictures of her though I really went out to work not take pictures. 
We must keep telling ourselves, "don't get attached to the inventory!" In her case I really do hope she goes to a show home. Once EasterBonnet, EllaSkye and Envy were settled back in their old paddock a bale was taken over to the middle paddock, wrapped in the hog panel then just left to wait for Mark to come home to help move it in.  Ayanna and Rosalie were moved into the paddock next to Evan's so they can finish up that round bale.  Jenis and Zalena were grained.  We now just have Oksana, Darla, Galena, Anna and Indy in the middle paddock. Mark was home by the time I got back down to the house and was more than willing to go back up to the barns to move the bale into the middle paddock.
Phil, Anna & girls along with Nolan, Sarah and Zion came for dinner tonight. Nolan and Sarah also brought their dogs Rizzy and Ari. After dinner Kensley played with a few of the horses.

 Ruby and Rizzy played and played. 
 Kensley found a dress up cape and was twirling with it. 
 Braelyn tried on Shaeya's dress and was thrilled when it fit. 
 She had fun modeling that beautiful dress. 

 Of course Taegan needed a turn to. All little girls love to dress up, especially when the dress is 'that gorgeous!'

Kensley was busy drawing with Braelyn. They used all the flashlights they could find to have plenty of light for their book projects. 

 Taegan wasn't interested in making a book, she was more interested in playing with the dogs. 

 Below is baby Zion. She slept almost all the way through supper then smiled so sweetly but I was holding her and not the camera at that point. She is 3 and a half months old now. Sarah and Nolan sure have a cutie.
Mom made supper for Ruth and Fedi tonight serving them wiener schnitzel. Diane went over later for games. Joan came after she finished cleaning the shop. Tomorrow Joan, Sarah and Hannah will be driving to Ohio to see Delores, Joan's mother-in-law. She is on hospice and not doing very well.
Beth got home from the hospital this afternoon. She is resting comfortably. At least we are hoping she is resting, Beth doesn't know the meaning of that word.