Monday, July 28, 2014

On the Road Again

The big news today was the golf cart miraculously WORKED! Dan is not taking any credit for fixing it, in fact he was sure it was not fixed when he left. Well I guess sometimes miracles happen. This morning Karin and I quit after the first round of the walk so we could load Ayanna, her filly, Marika, her filly and Emma. They had a 9:00 am appointment with Dr. Hoerr for sonagrams. ALL 3 of these mares are now confirmed in foal! Ayanna was bred to Evan and is due June 22nd, 2015, Marika was bred to Valiant and is due June 23rd, 2015 and Emma was bred to Evan and is due May 26th, 2015.
As soon as I arrived back with the horses and they were unloaded Mark showed up to start moving bales off the neighbor's field. He had me drive in front of him for safety sake. I needed to be on the road by 12:30 pm to take the truck and trailer to Bloomington for Rhoda and Emily who so kindly are driving up to Chicago to pick up a new mare so Sarah took my place helping her dad with the bales.  I just heard from them their estimated time of arrival is around midnight. They said the mare is really nice. She is a 17.2 hand gray 7 year old  Percheron. She should be a great cross with Valiant.
I arrived home from Bloomington at 2:40 pm, Karin was already out on the 'death trails' with a couple of volunteers from Rainbow Riders. While I was waiting for them to make it back I snapped the pictures below of the 5 foals in the pond pasture.
 Above is Ella's colt by Evan and below is Jewel's filly by Evan 

 Above is Lola's colt by Valiant and below is Marika's filly by Evan
Below is Ayanna's filly by Evan
Tomorrow after work we will start hauling the mares and foals out to Middle Grove. 
Below are a few pictures of Kelsey, Kierston and Karin.


Jewel was over teasing Evan so when Karin, Kelsey and Kierston finished the trails they helped get her covered by Evan. Next Karin pulled Ribbon out to give them a vaulting lesson. Can you tell they were having a great time? 

After the company left I started moving the new round bales into the barn. One was taken over to the cabin field, one was given to the short shelter paddock and Evan's paddock got one. These bales are 2nd cutting alfalfa and will help put the weight on the nursing mares and the hard working stallions. I finished up around 8:30 pm, fed the horses and came inside for the evening. I'm ready to crash and will not be able to stay up waiting for Emily and Rhoda to make it home. 
Just one more thing to write about. Emily came over this weekend and opened her mail. Just look what she got from ICC!
She is the 3rd red head from this neighborhood to be on the presidents deans list. Rhoda and Jessica also received one.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blessed Wonderful Sunday

What a wonderful day we had at church today, lots of visitors and visiting ministers. Mark and I went early to help mom and Spark & Rhonda as they were serving lunch today in Peoria. It was my turn for Nancy so Spark's daughter Molly brought her to church for us.  The church was full and the singing today was just beautiful. The morning service was by a visitor from Morris North and the afternoon was by a visitor from Morton. During the baptism service I actually got shivers, feeling the Holy Spirit was descending covering the sanctuary with holiness. Surely God was pleased to see over 800 people worshiping and praising our Lord and Savior Jesus.
Mom took Nancy home with her for a few hours. I picked her up at 4:30 and brought her to our house for supper then drove her home. Mark and I worked on the golf cart tonight and actually got it to take a charge so hopefully tomorrow it will run, wouldn't that be a miracle!
Diane and mom arrived on Diane's golf cart as I was feeding and gave me a ride back to the barn with the buckets then over to mom's where we sat on her deck rehashing the wonderful day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wonderful Day

We had a wonderful ending to our wonderful day. The day started overcast and warm and stayed overcast for most of today which helped keep the high temperatures cooler than predicted. Karin's youth group were up early, Mark and I walked over when Karin was cooking bacon over the fire for breakfast and helped ourselves to a couple of Krispy Creme donuts someone had so generously donated.
Emily and her company came for breakfast here and while we were eating we saw Karin taking a group out trail riding. Karin ended up taking 2 more groups out today then leaving some of the horses tacked up for Emily's company. Emily took her company, Leigha from Burn, KS and Risa from Morris, MN to see the foals. The mares were so glad to see Emily they all came up for attention.
Jewel was especially glad to have Emily home.

 When Karin's youth group got back, Leigha, and Risa took Sally and Missy out on the trails.

Mark picked Nic up and those 2 went out to string wire along the back of the big field.
When Leigha and Risa got back they switched horses, Leigha got on Jenis while Risa had Emily give her a lesson on Indy.
After that fun they took the horses swimming across the lake to help cool them off.

Brother Dan and Greg showed up to work on the golf cart.
But to my disappointment they were not able to diagnose the problem, oh how I miss that machine. 
Rhoda picked up Emily and took her for the night, Leigha and Risa swam for a bit in Diane's pond. Diane's company and Karin's company both left at the same time.
We left for church at 6:20 pm and walked in to noise, lots of happy voices all talking. Peoria had testimonies tonight and all 4 were so good to listen to. Each one talked and talked. They had us laughing and weeping. It was so good to be there. We just got home and are more than ready for bed.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Rain! A Wonderful Rain

No walk today it was just starting to sprinkle and then for the next few hours we got a softly falling ground soaking 4 tenths of an inch of so needed rain. The pastures will bounce back quickly now.
This morning Karin and I worked on the script for the August 16th show. Hope it will work, we will only be able to hold one practice before that day.
Today was a good day to drive to Pekin to visit  Big R and Aldi. I filled the car with beet pulp for horses and people groceries but when I arrived home it was raining enough that only the groceries were unloaded. When the rain stopped a few hours later the rest was unloaded and taken to the feed stall. With Emily out of commission with a broken wrist Karin stepped in to help get Jewel and Lola covered. Lola may be going out, she kicked at Valiant after the deed was done. When Mark got home from work we put the road grader on the Kubota and off he went grooming the miles of driveways.
The Methodist youth group from Mcquon was scheduled to arrive this evening for a camp out. Below are a few pictures of the evening.





Karin took 7 horses at a time and had to take numerous trips. I only got pictures of the first group out as it got too dark to get good pictures. They just finished up with the last group a little bit ago, we could see Cookie's white markings, the rest of the group faded into the darkness. She had a big group of over 20 people who came to camp and enjoy the facilities here. They enjoyed swimming, boating, horse back riding, hiking and cooking over the fire.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pleasant Pastures

The weather today was just about as perfect as it could be, low humidity and temps hovering around 78 degrees with bright sunshine. For the first time all 7 mares and 7 foals were let out into the field together to graze. The big kids (Zalena and Eliza's foals) were very curious about the little kids.
 In the picture above Eliza and Zalena are down in a dip, most of the foals are laying down resting in the soft thick grass while their mom's are busy chomping away at the delicious sweet fresh greens.

Lola and Jewel both showed today. As Emily is gone with a broken wrist Diane stepped in to help with the breedings. Lola was covered by Valiant while Jewel was covered by Evan. Their babies are just 1 day apart, if they both get pregnant on this heat the next 2 should also come around the same time.
Diane and Mike have 4 guests staying at their house for a few days. Mike is busy saddling up Sally, Jenis, Cookie and Missy for an evening trail ride.
Mark is out weed whacking the fenceline. Sarah's car was repaired by Jacob Meister, it turns out her alternator was bad.
Karin took Ribbon to over to the Rainbow Rider camp today where she taught 16 kids and 1 counselor how to canter. Karin said, "Ribbon is worth her weight in gold!" Makes me wonder exactly how much would 2000 pounds worth of gold be?
The handy dandy golf cart died this evening. It won't even accept a charge so something must have been knocked loose. I'll have to see about asking Dan to stop in. The feeding was done tonight by carrying the heavy grain buckets.
A few pictures came in today from Mikayla Cooksey of her Raven daughter Avalon and Avalon's son by Evan.



There is a funny story about Avalon's son by Evan. When Alicia brought Avalon over to breed to Evan she told us right away, "the foal is named Trailer!" They decided even before conception this foal must be sold to replace their old trailer. So Avalon delivers that gorgeous boy in the 2 pictures above and I never see any ads that they are trying to sell him. The next time I saw Alicia I asked her if they had any ads out and guess what? She cannot bring herself to sell him. She told me he is just amazing and they would probably never be able to afford to buy something of his quality so she can't part with him. I don't think they even kept the name trailer!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Videos

Rhoda arrived this morning willing to help with pictures and videos of the foals. We started with Ella's colt by Evan.
and of course after the video a few cute pictures of this cute colt.


Next we brought out Jewel and her filly also by Evan. She is still pretty young to take a video but we gave her a haltering lesson along with taking a few pictures.

Marika was the next mare out, her filly was born June 29th. We were hoping she would show off her big trot but she was content to mostly just canter.


Lola's colt is also too young to video, we didn't even bother bringing him out, he doesn't need any handling, he is so tame he will follow us around begging for attention. Ayanna and Violet were brought out last.

 Violet is such a show off and such a fancy mover.
These four foals are for sale and each is considered a bargain in the horse world. Check out the Horsemeister website for more information. While I was posting the videos on the website I received a call from Mark to say that Sarah's car had broken down on interstate 474. This was just before 4:00 pm so I drove the 20 minutes to give her car a jump, but as soon as we removed the jumper cables the car died. We were letting it charge up a bit and had called AAA to get a tow when a police man arrived. We tried the car one more time and one more time it started but wouldn't accelerate. The tow company was suppose to arrive in an hour and a half but the police man (who knew Spark and Eddie) didn't want us to wait on the side of the interstate. He called the towing company directly and told them to tow the car to Meister's we would be waiting for them there. That was actually a relief. Mark brought my church clothes and a key to Meisters. We gave Sarah Mark's truck and the key to lock back up the business then left for church. Craig Stickling had the service. After church Sarah was called to find out if the broken down car had ever made it to Meisters. She only had to wait there 3 hours. The tow truck driver told her she was 4th in line. I"m so glad we didn't have to wait on the side of the interstate that long.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mystery

We had an extremely busy day at Meisters. There were 9 volunteers all hard at work when Ken Hoerr walked in to see how and what we actually do. Spark took him down to the warehouse to show him our old cramped office. Mom, Diane, David, Kathy and Dakota worked right through lunch, they finished up the letters and were just leaving for the post office as we were pulling in from lunch. Rhoda, Eva Jean and I stayed until the studies were finished and the rest of the Bibles loaded into my car.
It was very hot outside by the time I arrived home. I put the 3 mares with the 3 youngest foals in the stall barn. When Mark got home from work it had cooled down a bit, he wanted to fill the weed sprayer and spray around the barns and house while I went to let the mares out of the barn. Ayanna and Marika were not in the pond pasture, they were standing in the indoor arena with both of their foals sound asleep on the arena floor. All the gates were checked and all of them were still shut and locked. How those 2 mares and those 2 foals ended up out of the pasture and in the barn is a mystery.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Unproductive Trip to Middle Grove

There were 10 people and 3 dogs on the walk this morning. We actually got done a little earlier than usual, it must have been all the competition.
After the walk I drove down to TEMCO to pick up the mail then Meister's to process the mail. I didn't get a chance to finish, Mark came in around 10:30 to ask me to drive him  home, he didn't feel well. We think he got food poisoning. As soon as he was situated in the house the gooseneck trailer was unhooked from the truck and the stock trailer hooked up. I needed to make a trip to Middle Grove to pick up Hadassah for her ultrasound scheduled for Wednesday and Sally for the company coming here on Wednesday. The big gate going into the Middle Grove pasture fell off the hinge as it was being opened. Luckily no horses were in sight. The truck was driven in and the gate tied shut with a lead rope. I was able to take the truck and trailer to the top of the hill and could see the horses across the 5 acre lake. They heard the truck and came galloping up. I thought this was going to be so easy, Hadassah was the first one to greet me but when I went to put a halter on her she took off. I took the time to look over each of the horses there and ran my hands all over Promise and Rhiannon. Promise is huge. She is probably going to be taller than her mom Sangria. I didn't take the camera with me but had the video camera. For the next 3 hours in the hot sun I spent trying to catch naughty Hadassah. She let me pet her twice but when it came time to put the halter on she would take off running.  I would have persevered except a doe came bounding across the field and Hadassah decided to leave the herd and follow the deer, running into the woods and out of sight.

I finally just decided to take Sally and cancel the ultrasound. By the time I was on 116 I was so hot and thirsty I had to stop at Bee's for an ice cream cone and a big glass of water. By the time I got home it was after 3:00 pm. 
Mom had invited 11 people for dinner and wanted to served marinated chicken breasts. The marinade was made and taken over to her then Mark was driven back down to Meisters as his van was left there. 
Lola and Jewel's foals are too young to stay outside in this heat while the sun is beating down so those mares and foals were brought inside. 
Jamie Stone came over for a visit and of course I had to play the piano for her. She traded me the piano for a stud fee to Valiant. She is trying to find a black Arabian mare she can buy to use the stud fee on so if anyone knows of one please let us know. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Party Time

Church was great Tim Funk had the morning service reading first in Job and then in James. We were reminded that wisdom comes from fearing God.  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. 
The men are now helping serve at the lunch tables and I must say what a great idea this is. They are doing a great job and gives some of us a bit of a break.
Mike Rieker had the afternoon service reading in Genesis of Joseph, what men meant for evil God meant for good.
We barely made it home from church before we loaded up and headed to the fellowship hall for Ashley Christ's graduation open house. That was amazing, Carol and her family had the fellowship hall decorated beautifully and all kinds of goodies were served. We left there and drove straight to Dave and Kathy's for Kathy's surprise 60th, birthday party and she WAS surprised. Amazing to think probably over a hundred people were invited and no one spilled the beans. When we finally arrived home for good, Karin had already had the horses tacked for Sarah Reinhard's company.
Horses used were Cookie, Jenis, Indy, Anna, Missy and Ribbon. Anna was bored with the ride, either that or she is laughing at Hannah. Click on the picture above to see Anna (the horse) laughing.




 Below are the riders all back safe and sound.
Pictured below is Dirk's wife Karen. Dirk and Karen are visiting from Haiti until Tuesday.
The playground was filled with volley ball players and dogs.



Besides dogs playing on the playground there was a funny group on the tramp

 Mike and Diane made it back from Middle Grove with this nice Crappie. Braelyn was fascinated by it. Sarah Reinhard cleaned it and cooked it for her company.
 Check out the picture below, that is 3 year old Braelyn driving the golf cart. She didn't even run into anything but all of us watchers were all gasping each time she would miss an obstacle.
The young group got back from their trip to the Creation Museum. Fede was the bus driver, Ruth arrived at the playground and told us it was a great trip. We sure appreciate Fede having his CDL license and driving the bus for church trips. Braelyn and Taegan are spending the night at the apartment with Sarah tonight. They will be coming down for breakfast in the morning. They play so hard they should sleep well.