Saturday, March 28, 2020


It was my turn to spend the night with mom and she didn't even wake me up. Not once. The only problem was she lost her glasses during the night.  Sarah is going to spend the night with her tonight. She really is doing better and feels we should not worry about making sure there is someone with her and even promised to call if there was a problem.  I ran home around 6:30 pm to find Mark busy burning the sausage. I took over cooked him breakfast, changed, moved mares then headed back to mom's to make her breakfast. After breakfast she had a small grocery list and needed more black oil sunflower seeds for her bird feeders so I drove to Stock and Field in Pekin buying two 40 pound bags for $14.00 plus some grain then over to Aldi's to get the groceries. When I got back Karin and a few others were here working with the stallions. No pictures, I wanted to quickly get a some deviled eggs made for Karin for her birthday which is today. I also bought the ingredients for a big pot of creamy chicken and wild rice soup which was also started before taking the eggs over to mom's to give to Karin. A big storm moved in around 11:00 am and I had Oksana out in the field so grabbed a rain coat and brought her inside. This storm brought 3/4ths of an inch of rain in a very short time.  This afternoon Ruth came over and we played games. Mom got a lot of mail today with lots of birthday cards. Her birthday is Monday March 30th. She opened them and we enjoyed reading them together.
The next big storm arrived at 8:30 pm. The wind is ferocious, Spark's windmill sounds like a jet engine. The rain is slamming into the house. This storm is also lasting a little longer than the last. The thunder is booming.  Maybe a good storm will make Oksana drop her foal. She is now (technically)7 days over due.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Rainy Day

It was raining this morning so no walk. I stayed with mom and was impressed with how well she is doing. After breakfast she first started working on Aunt Emily's pillow case. Now this pillow case is well over 100 years old. Aunt Emily lived until she was 99 and she died over 10 years ago. The case itself is 100% cotton and was falling apart but the hand made lace was still in good shape.
Mom carefully removed the lace then cut up the pillow case to use as rags.
When that was finished she pulled out the baby blanket she is making. Mom makes these blankets for each baby born in the Meister family and in our church family. She keeps VERY busy with this job.
I left to head to the barn to get the stalls cleaned then back to mom's to heat up some of her frozen beef vegetable soup for lunch.  The rain stopped for a while which gave Joan time to come with Faith, Mackenson and Berlica to load up the rest of the wood onto the trailer and haul it back to her house. Mark's trailer holds a lot of wood but with everyone working fast we got it all loaded up in less than an hour.
 Below Joan is driving it over to her house.
 We had to celebrate when the last lot was stacked. The pile behind them is some of this load and the rest was thrown down to be stacked for the downstairs wood burner.
 Below Joan is sweeping off the trailer.
After the tractor and trailer was put away it was time for Mark's hair cut then I packed some clothes and headed back to mom's for the night. We played games this evening. After the games I drove back to the barn to clean up any manure in Oksana's stall then here to work on the blog. Of course as soon as I got back here and turned on the monitor I could see that Oksana left another pile in her stall. I'll head back to the barn to clean that up before heading to mom's to spend the night. We are expecting strong storms tonight and tomorrow. Praying everyone stays SAFE!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bringing Home Ayanna

Mom was able to walk with us past the dumpster and about half way to Diane's house. We thought it was a good start considering she hasn't been able to walk at all since she fell Friday March 13th.
Right after the walk I left for Middle Grove as the rain was suppose to move in by 11:00 am only it actually started raining as I arrived. It wasn't raining hard so I started hiking and hiking and hiking. The herd was not in the winter pasture. The gates were closed so I realized they must be locked in the summer pasture and found them after another half hour.  I didn't take the camera as it was still spitting rain but I pulled out the phone a couple times. That is Rosalie in the picture below and below  her is Sangria enjoying the grass.

 Isla and Irish came running up to greet me. Not the best pictures but I didn't want to take the time to get a decent picture as I was getting wet and tired. 
Ayanna was haltered and we started the long hike back to the trailer but when we got to the bottom gate it was locked with a padlock that wasn't working. The only other way through was to hike back up the hill to the far gate so I was determined to get the padlock open and banging it against the gate a few times it became loose enough to open.  Ayanna was taken to the stall to groom up a bit then into the indoor for a few pictures. By this time the rain was pounding on the metal roof of the indoor arena making quite a racket.
The rain slowed down to a trickle so she was taken over to Evan and teased. She is not in right now and was put in with Hadassah.  Next the weanlings needed a new bale. By the time that was done and I was back in the house it was quite late and my feet were soaking wet and very cold. I sat down in front of the heater, took off my wet socks and was enjoying the heat when Diane called. Her first words were, "what are you doing?" When I answered "sitting in front of the heater trying to get warm" she started laughing. She had to keep jumping in the pool to cool off. It was 81 degrees with bright sunshine in Gulf Shores.  ALMOST makes me want to retire from the horse business. Tonight Ruth, mom and I played a game called Banana Grams then Mexican train. Mom is doing well but still feels she needs that muscle relaxer pill to sleep and is going to take a half of a pill tonight. Joan is going to spend the night with her. At 9:00 pm I headed home to put Oksana in the stall but couldn't find her. She was at the far end of the paddock laying flat in the mud. Of course I panicked thinking she was in labor but when I called she came up to the gate. She was filthy and needed a bath before stalling her. I am so thankful for the hot water right there in the barn and the hose Diane bought last year. Once she was cleaned up and her stall given fresh water and hay it was time for me to head in for the night. What a long day. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Joshua Sold

Karin and mom were sound asleep when it came time for our walk. We didn't wake them but stopped in after. Mom had a decent night's sleep but was a little discouraged by how long it is taking for her ribs to heal.
Once mom had a good breakfast Karin came over to work horses, starting with Valiant. 

She let me ride after she was done.

Valiant is a lot of fun to ride. He is so very talented.  Next out was Evan.

Evan was asked to work on his tricks and was completely bored.

When Karin was finished I had a job for Evan. Indy is in season and ready to be covered but she is very protective of her colt so this time I wanted help. I twitched Indy while Karin brought Evan up but we had to change places as Evan would not mount with Karin handling him. These stallions know their jobs and when Karin handles him he is not allowed to even notice the mares and yet when I handle him he knows his job and does it quickly. Indy was successfully covered. Evan was put away and Hadassah brought out. Karin is working on a relaxing technique with her.

 It worked when Hadassah lowered her head quietly.
When Karin left Anna showed up with the girls and Pax for a hike on the death trails. They hiked and hiked, saw lots of footprints of different animals and crossed creeks of which some were pretty deep. By the time they got to the big field I met them with the golf cart to bring them home the last part of the journey. They were tired but after a snack of cereal were ready for more adventures.
 They rode their bikes over to Joan's house and Berlica and Faith joined them riding their bikes back over here. 
As today was sunny and 57 degrees it was time to clean Joshua up for pictures. We had someone waiting to see conformation pictures. Faith was willing to help with those. He was given a bath using my nice warm water.

He was taken to the outdoor arena where he immediately dropped and rolled.
 He bounded up and tore around the arena having a ball bucking and galloping.

The pictures were posted and the colt sold. He will be going to Arizona. David and Stephanie arrived with Israel, Elisabet and Rizzy. Israel was taken over to join the others playing on the dam.
 David, Stephanie and Anna sat out on mom's balcony watching the kids playing across the lake. Mom came out for a visit.  When it was time to start dinner, they walked back to my house.
 I took the golf cart over to pick up kids when Kensley came up carrying a cat. Joan said it was Rhonda's cat so we loaded the cat on the golf cart too and headed over to Rhonda's to take the cat back.
 But when we got to Rhonda's there was Rhonda's cat sitting on her flower box. So the cat Kensley was holding was not Rhonda's cat unless Rhonda has 2 cats.
 We left the cat at her house, if it is Rachel's cat it will walk home. The girls rode back on their bikes.
 Elisabet decided she would stay inside and help her mom cook dinner instead of coming out to the barn to ride Oksana.
 Oksana was brought inside and Israel helped groom her before we saddled her up.
Israel was able to steer Oksana all by himself and was able to keep her in a trot circle all the way around the arena.  

We quit when David and Stephanie told us supper was done. They served a delicious fried chicken, salad and cheesy macaroni with cookies and ice cream for dessert. Tonight Mike Kaisner had church right from his house on Facebook live speaking on Daniel. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Physical Education

Mom had (in her words) a wonderful night. It was the best night sleep since she fell March 13th. Isn't it amazing what drugs can do? Ruth spent the night last night and Karin is spending the night tonight. I'm not helping at all since I have that scratchy throat which is feeling much better today so perhaps it was nothing.  Anna and the girls rode their bikes here all around the neighborhood today. It is nice to have neighbors, especially grandchildren come here for their physical education.  We had cookies and milk before heading out for PE class.
 Braelyn wore her Horsemeister shirt and was ready for work.
 Our first job was to clean up the stall barn.

When we finished that Oksana was brought into the nice clean stall and given a good groom. 
 She is such a patient mare and loves to have her belly groomed.

 She is careful not to move a muscle while the children care for her. 
 Braelyn got lots of hair off of Oksana.
 The arena was watered then Oksana brought into the indoor arena, tacked up and then each girl got a lesson on how to steer, go and stop. Once they were sure they could do that they were allowed to trot. 

 Even Kensley trotted.
 After the lessons were done Oksana was put away and by that time Mark was home from work so dinner started. It was a good day.  Oksana was stalled again tonight and on the monitor. She does not act like she is in labor.