We had a very easy morning as all the food was cooked yesterday. Today after the horses were fed Mark and I got on Facebook live and watched Gregg Rumbold have the Thanksgiving service for church. The best gift today was sent by email from our elder Tim Funk. EVERYONE is invited to church on Sunday. There are NO restrictions and we don't have to sign up to reserve a seat. They are also holding Sunday school and Spanish church. Now if they would just go back to two services on Sundays it would almost be like in days before. Before Covid that is. Mark helped load the car with everything for the big thanksgiving meal. Rhoda and Lee were hosting and even though the dinner wasn't until 5:00 pm everyone was invited to come and spend the afternoon at the pool. The kids had a ball.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Today was the big cooking day. We couldn't walk again as it was still raining and it rained most of the day. The stuffing was made first, then the turkey stuffed and baked. While that was baking the sweet potatoes were wrapped in aluminum foil and 15 pounds of russet potatoes peeled and quartered and put on the stove to boil. The potatoes were mashed and put aside. Around 1:30 the turkey was taken out of the oven, the heat put up to 400 and the sweet potatoes put in. While those were cooking the pies were made and put in the oven to start baking. I made 2 pumpkin and 1 pecan. The turkey was sliced and deboned then the gravy started. A sampling of the stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey all dribbled with gravy was taken over to mom's to make sure it all tasted ok. I still don't have all my smell and taste back. Mom tasted it and declared it all good. Mark stopped at Kroger to pick up salad stuff and a couple avocados. He was given a sample of everything for supper and even a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. He ate everything on his plate and reported it was delicious. We are ready for tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
We couldn't walk today, it was raining and a cold rain at that as it was only 34 degrees this morning. I had a good morning at the Berean office. There it didn't matter that the rain was coming down. Inside was warm and of course plenty to do. We got 70 Bibles mailed out today and almost 200 studies. I drove mom to Peoria Tire to pick up her car which was getting an oil change. From there I drove to Pekin to buy grain at Stock and Field and also picked up 2 bags of sunflower seeds and 1 case of suet for mom's bird feeders. Aldi is right next door so I stopped there to pick up a few more items for our Thanksgiving dinner. When I got home and as soon as I opened the door I started gagging. Emma had vomited all over the family room floor. I had removed the doggy door when the weather turned cold and was gone too long today. Obviously Emma had gotten into the entrails of the deer carcass, gorged herself, then when it started rotting in her stomach deposited that all over the floor. The floor was cleaned up, scrubbed, sprayed down then fabreezed but that wasn't enough. All the doors were left open to air the house out, more scrubbing and more disinfectant spraying before I quit. Mark walked in a little later and he could STILL smell something bad. Talk about discouraging. Hunters really really need to do a better job of disposing of the offal. The grain still needed to be unloaded so I went outside in the fresh air to work.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Well Joan couldn't walk today, she wasn't feeling well and had a doctors appointment to be tested for Covid so was isolating until that happened. Mom, Ruth and I walked to the barn and back. Right after the walk I left for the Peoria post office to pick up the Berean mail then to Sam's club to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. Today was the FIRST day I'm out of quarantine! I bought a turkey, fruit, lots of vegetables, and a pecan pie for tomorrow's Berean helpers. From Sam's I went to Berean and worked there until noon. Bill Schick stopped in and needed the office but can't be around anyone yet so I left. There is plenty of work for anyone wanting to help tomorrow. As soon as I got home I started a big pot of creamy chicken and wild rice soup. At 2:00 pm the fire under the pot was turned off and I took the golf cart up to the barn, grabbed Jewel's filly, loaded her and left for Hoerr Vet clinic where she had a 2:45 pm appointment to get her blood drawn for her coggins test.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Diane sent the most beautiful picture of the sunrise this morning from her balcony in Gulf Shores.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
The weanlings were moved into the middle paddock today. Their bale was almost gone in the other paddock and now that Isla has gone to her new home that paddock had almost a full bale of the good stuff. PLUS it has 3 shelters just in case the weather starts to turn bad. I had to put a halter on Maddalen and Jewel's filly to move them. Karin led Maddalen and was very impressed with how well she leads now. I worked with Jewel's filly and she is getting it. She still doesn't LIKE me very well but is tolerating me. Thankfully she loves her grain. Kayla and Magda came today to work with the stallions. I was busy with the weanlings while they worked with Valiant but I heard later he put on a big show of bucking in place. Evan was a sweet heart. Karin snapped the picture below of Magda sitting on him.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Fedi had his second hip replacement this morning so Ruth wasn't here to walk. Mom and I walked to Joan's then she joined us all the way to the barn and back to mom's house. Mom quit and Joan was given a ride back to her house on the golf cart. I had a good night without too much coughing and was feeling better this morning. Well enough to bring Isla out for a good groom before she left for Oregon.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
We had a warm but windy day. Ruth, mom and I walked to Joan's house. She joined us for a short part then had to head back. Diane called from Gulf Shores, AL. The weather there has been beautiful, one sunny warm day after the next. Day after day of warmth and sunshine. The paper work is all finished now for Isla and Maddalen. Isla is leaving us tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
It has been a whole week of quarantine for Mark and I and yet it seems like a month. We don't have it as bad as some others, we can both breath although that breath comes with a lot of coughing sometimes. This morning Ruth, Joan, Faith and I joined mom on the walk. Joan and Faith tested negative so they walked with mom. Ruth hung back as her test results weren't back yet and I hung way back as I'm positive. We discussed Hannah's wedding plans in the midst of this pandemic. Later today Rhoda who also tested positive stopped by for some vet wrap. She is getting supplies together for Rosie's pending puppy delivery. Spark, (another positive person) dropped by to drop off some tools. The company transporting Isla called today, they will be picking her up on Friday afternoon. Hoerr vet clinic was called again to get an update on the Coggins and health certificates. Not sure what has been holding them up, Dr. Hoerr came out on Nov 5th to draw blood for the coggins. They are on line but not yet signed so the hold up is at the lab end not our end. Probably everyone is short handed due to Covid. Ruth finally got her test results and she is also negative. She has been holed up in her room for days waiting for the results. Fede is going to have his hip replaced and she needed to make sure she was negative if she wanted to go with him. She hasn't even been petting her dog! Now that is true love.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
It was another really cold morning. Evan needed a bale but it was below freezing and I wanted to wait until it was above freezing before starting the tractor so Evan was turn out into the field. His bale feeder was moved then I went inside to warm up by the fire. Both of us are still coughing. Today each time I cough my abdominal muscles yell. When the bale was moved in Evan came galloping up to be put away looking forward to his treat I always leave in his bucket. He has sure become a sweet gentle stallion. Laundry was done today but other than fixing breakfast and lunch no cooking. Rhoda ordered us a meal from Gils and hired Leah to deliver it.
Monday, November 16, 2020
I walked today, about 10 steps behind mom and Joan but enough we could visit for a while. Joan was going to Aldi today and she picked up some groceries for us. I made a big pot of chili for lunch then froze a 3 quarts of that. Isla was given her vaccines and a picture taken of the package and sent to her owner.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
We have finished day 3 of our quarantine. The days are dragging along. We are both on the mend but sure missed out today on church and our family get together. Church is down to just 1 service on Sundays which made me feel a little cheated. I'm thankful for AC Central which allows plenty of options for the second service. So far mom had not contracted the virus. We heard that Nancy has come down with it. They are taking care of her and she is doing ok. Joan's test came back negative. Ruth was suppose to hear today but we haven't heard her results yet. We think all of us positive people aught to hold a positive party with all kinds of exotic foods since we can't smell or taste. Karin dropped off a loaf of her fresh baked bread and Amy brought some of her delicious beef vegetable soup. We had both for supper. It was really windy today with sustained 20-30 mph and gusts 40-50 mph. It was cold enough we kept the fire going all day and spend most in the family room by the fire place.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
No new bleeding the rest of the day. I skipped taking the baby aspirin today and probably will tomorrow. Rain was predicted to move in by 8:00 am and I didn't want to leave the weanlings outside so Mark helped bring them into stalls and the monitors turned on. Below is the view from one camera. That is Maddalen in that stall, across the aisle toward the back is Irish, Kyro is across the aisle toward the front. Maddalen could see both of them. She could hear the others but not see them and she was content.
After last night I'm with Mark on the will thing. We must find and update the will. If we don't make it all of our children have to go live with David and I don't think Stephanie is going to like that very much. We think the last time we did anything with the will David was around 17 years old and he was such a responsible child we thought he could handle the other 4 and we didn't want them split up. We went to bed before 10:00 pm but Mark soon got up to sleep with his head more elevated and ended up on the couch. Around midnight I awoke and realized my arm was cold. I went to pull it under the cover and realized my left arm was cold because it was wet. AT that point I thought Mark must have spilled something and felt my arm to find it all sticky. My brain is telling me this is wrong, enough that I woke up, got up, and turn the lights on. With that action I was horrified. There was blood all over the bed, the pillow, all over my arm and all over my left side dripping on to the floor. Some of the spots on the bed had dripped all the way through the flannel sheets and through the mattress pad and were congealing like black blobs. There was thick drips of blood on the floor also starting to congeal. Believing I must be cut somewhere on my side I made it to the bathroom and started scrubbing my body only to find no cuts at all. Then I started on my arm cleaning off lots of dried and fresh blood. There were two very tiny pinpricks that were welling up blood. One I got stopped the other would not. I sat on the tub holding tissues with pressure to stop the bleeding but each time I let go blood would well up and out again. I finally got a bandaid and put that on tight then tried to clean up the bed and floor at least getting the clots out but ended up throwing a big red towel over the whole area knowing I'll have to soak everything in cold water in the morning. I climbed back into bed but a few minutes later realized that tiny pin prick was again bleeding through, this time seeping out from the skin at the edges of the bandaid and running down my arm. This is such a tiny little pin prick I can't believe the amount of blood welling up. I spent the next half hour sitting with a wad of tissue held against the arm then found some horse wrap and wrapped that around the tissue. That worked. Now I know why the doctor asked if I had any bleeding or bruising. No one told us about this side effect. This virus sure acts like a weapon that wants to kill the host. Hmmm do you think it was created and let loose on the world to reduce the population? All the crazy theories come out of my brain in the middle of the night. Could we be in the last days? Will we have to live through the tribulation, is this one of the seven seals? Nope because the pale horse (death) comes after the White horse (to conquer), the Red Horse (kill one another) and the Black Horse (famine). Hope our Saturday goes a bit better and sure hope we start to clear the virus.
Friday, November 13, 2020
I was sick yesterday, laying on the couch with chills, coughing and a back ache. The fever broke in the middle of the night but by morning Mark who had been coughing for a few days decided we must go in to be tested for Covid 19. He called the doctor office first and just talked to the nurse. She explained the office didn't open until 9:00 am and they may not have any time to take us in for testing so the best thing to do was to drive to the civic center. I got the feeding done and 3 of the 4 stalls cleaned before we left. We arrived there around 9:00 am and the line stretched all the way through the parking lot and down the road. We got in line and the estimate was 3 hours. After about an hour we turned into the parking lot. A man met us then and told us to do this QR code thing on our phone but we are not phone literate and finally found the play store and downloaded it but were still struggling to figure out what was next when the doctor office called to report they could take us if we would come right away. We got out of that line and drove straight to the doctor office. Now Mark says he is not pessimistic but is a realist and was so sure he would test positive that yesterday he gave away a coat and then told me, it might be his last charitable act. He also decided to go to the bank to look for our will, just in case, you know. We must be prepared. When we got to the doctor office we had to wait until everyone was suited up like those pandemic movies. As they don't do a lot of testing there, three of the office workers wanted to be there to help and learn. We were scanned first for a fever. Both of us were a little below normal at 97.6, our blood pressure was just fine and then came the SWAB, Mark was done first and he made terrible face and made them wait to do the next nostril as he was going to sneeze. They took his swab out to run and came at my nose. Now remember I had been cleaning stalls and had not sneezed all morning. EVERYONE that clean stalls knows what comes out of one's nose after that job. I think they were all shocked. They rushed out of the room with that very black looking swab quickly. I thought they were probably afraid of losing their breakfast in my presence. The nurse came in to tell Mark that his test was inconclusive and they would need to do it again on him. Not long after they left the room for the second time Dr. Bevill came in to tell me that I was positive and he would be back in a bit once they knew Mark's results. We waited another 15 minutes but when the nurse came back in they still had no results. They were surprised about Mark's AND my results as they said, "we didn't think the test would work with that much debris." I quickly explained I WAS cleaning stalls this morning. I didn't want them to think I was a bad house keeper. Dr. Bevill checked our lungs which were both good and then told us what to watch for and let us slide out the back door to go home with instructions to quarantine for 10-12 days as long as no fever comes back. Even though Mark did not test positive, he must be quarantined with me as he lives with me. My only regret was not getting a few photos for the blog. I just didn't think to pull out my phone. Rachel sent a text that she was stopping at Kroger after work today and did we need anything, then dropped off our order at the door. I LOVE living out here in this neighborhood.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I didn't get to walk today instead as soon as mom got her hair brushed I drove to the Peoria post office to pick up the Berean mail then back to mom's to pick her up. We had a lot of mail at that office today and needed lots of hands to get everything needed done. On the way to the Berean office we stopped at Sam's club to buy coffee cups, coffee and pie. IF you would like to read about our morning there click HERE. The Bibles and studies were loaded into the car. Mom and I went first to the Peoria post office to drop off the non for profit studies of which we had over 260 then to the Bartonville post office to drop off the 60 Bibles. The reason I hit both is the non for profit MUST go to the Peoria post office but that post office doesn't have a good way to drop off the heavy boxes of Bibles. The Bartonville post office has a loading dock and carts to put the boxes on so we go to both. Mom was taken home then I had to drive to Diane's office to do the bank reconciling. We had 2 months waiting and between the two of us got that done. Mike and Diane are leaving early in the morning for Gulf Shores and will be working from there. I drove straight up to the barn and took care of the weanlings as it was almost 3:30 by that time. The weanlings are doing well. The colts were very glad to see me and both wanted attention. Hadassah's filly was glad to see me but Jewel's filly was a little standoffish and didn't want me to pet her. I didn't push that today as a big storm was moving in. By the time I got to the house we were having tornado warnings for Hanna City. The wind was shocking, the rain came down in sheets but we had no hail and no tornado. The temperature dropped from 75 degrees to 47 and is predicted to go even lower. That 47 degrees feels like 30 with the wind. Our Indian summer is officially over and it feels like winter has arrived with a vengeance. I'm glad to weanlings are warm and secure inside the stall barn.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Amy arrived in time to go on the second round of the walk. She offered to help make a video of Kyro IF I would cook her breakfast. That was a great trade. We actually took both Kyro and his half brother Moonlight out to the field and made the video for Kyro's owner and Moonlight's owner. Kyro's dam is our Andalusian mare Madiera and his sire is Evan. Moonlight's dam is Rosaleigh and his sire is Evan. Check out the amazing movement on these two colts. Kyro is the dark bay and Moonlight is the black. I also took a few pictures for the website.