Monday, April 30, 2012
After church about 30 of the Meister clan met at a bar (yes really) to meet the guide that was to take us to Rocky Glen. Not that we needed a guide, mom and dad hiked to Rocky Glen when they were engaged, then took us kids numerous times. Rocky Glen has been closed for years, the hike up to it has been blocked with no trespassing signs. Mom read an article in the newspaper about special guided tours, Rachel called and arranged for a private tour for yesterday. It was rain or shine and unfortunately it was pouring rain by the time we got out of church. Some of us older more decrepit decided not to go but mom went with a good turnout of brave souls willing to get drenched by a cold driving rain to be with her. Karin even brought Nancy. Nancy had a great time telling everyone with her huge smile, "mom made me hike in the rain, just look at my clothes!"
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Spark had the fire engine in place, Jay Brenner got on the ladder and was lifted way into the air to start removing limbs from the huge tree that needed to come down.
Mastiffs are not known for the brains but some have a bit of reasoning power in their gray matter and some do not. Emma unfortunately is one that we are even wondering if she has any gray matter in that thick skull of hers. She has a tough time remembering who even belongs in this family and who might be a stranger but worse if something has been moved she is sure it must be alive and a threat. Last night she and Darcy were inside while we were moving manure, once we were finished the dump trailer was parked in the middle of the circle drive. When the dogs were put out to prepare for bed, Emma gets a glimpse of the trailer and that sets her off barking. She forgot she was suppose to empty her bladder because something big and black was staring at her. Once I walked outside over to the trailer she was embarrassed. This morning Jay Brenner, Spark's son-in-law is taking down a tree in the farm house lawn. Spark pulled the fire engine out of the indoor arena and parked it by the tree so Jay could use the ladder. Emma walks into the barn and realizes something is not the same, she stares intently then lets loose with tremendously loud barking at the empty slot! Since we can't check her tiny little brain, perhaps we need to get her eyes checked. We would like to stop this behavior but are not sure exactly how. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix a dog with no brain? Airiah has left for her new home. We will keep her on the website for the new owners as they want to sell the baby but keep Airiah.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Steven was giving a lesson to Emily on Ella when Karin arrived. She was all enthused over what she had learned at the Midwest Horse Fair last weekend and wanted to try some of the techniques out on one of the boys. Steven was going to work Evan so Karin chose Valiant.
Finally after 11:30pm the benefit dinner dessert's second layer was on and in the fridge. The bed felt wonderful and almost instantly I fell asleep only to be rudely awakened at 1:20am by the alarm clock. Groping around in the pitch dark to find the right button to turn off the screeching beep beep beep sound was so frustrating that finally the cord was ripped out of the wall. At 2:00am Emma desperately needed to go outside. That was my fault, yesterday was so busy I forgot to fill the water bucket, both dogs drank deeply at 11:30pm of the fresh clean water. Darcy should have been made to go out at 2:00am because at 4:00am she needed to go out, 6:00am came way too early. I'm tired today! The hauler for Izadora called and hopes to be here between 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Hope he isn't too late, we need to make a trip out to the fellowship hall after work to lay the carpet protector in the garage hallway, take the 4 foot folding table and the 2 coolers we borrowed from the Old School center. The coolers need to be cleaned up a bit first and should have been power washed when they were dropped off at Meisters. Today it is freezing outside. They are so big, they don't fit on the counter, they are too tall on the table to reach inside easy and it is too hard to bend and scrub if they are on the floor with a stiff hip. We can either haul them back in to Meisters or Mark can power wash them here once he gets home. The boys dragged both of their feeders into the paddock this morning. They are so destructive and the feeders had to be rescued or the boys would play around with both of them until they are in pieces. We know this by past experience. The vet's office needed to be called, we got charged twice for Izadora's coggins. Funny how little things can irritate when one hasn't had enough sleep.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Today was busy, Mark's truck had just enough gas to get to Sam's for dog food, Walmart for the ingredients needed for the benefit dinner dessert and Rhoda's work to drop off Addyson's present. Today is the day for her birthday party. I didn't think there would be enough time in the day to go but wanted to send the gift. Once home making the dessert didn't take as long as I thought and instead of cleaning up the mess headed to Bloomington, IL to at least see the birthday girl. I arrived about the same time as Sarah and had about an hour to play with Jack and Addyson. Below is Jack first crawling.
Mark left at 5:00am for Elgin, IL and won't be home until Friday. He took my car leaving his truck, sure hope there is gas in that. I must get dog food today! Mike showed up early to start the repairs on the boys paddock. He finished it in about 20 minutes even electrifying the top wire. The boys tested the fence with shocking results and it couldn't have happened at a better time to better bad boys. Instead of the battery powered electric fence charger, Mike hooked up a plug in type with a much stronger charge. We will need to warn any visitors not to touch the fence, by the boy's reactions it must be a good strong charge. Before Mike left for work, Jazz was covered by Raven. The manager at Circle Double D was called to let him know she is ready to be picked up. She didn't stand as well and is obviously going out. Tomorrow Izadora will be picked up for her long trip to North Carolina and Saturday Airiah is leaving for her new home in Galesburg, IL. This will open up room to bring Ribbon back for Karin. Her vaulting team is going to start back up in May.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The mares were turned out into the field. While they were busy grazing I went inside to finish cleaning the apartment. All of a sudden the sound of screaming started, loud angry screaming. Running outside to see, there are Evan and Valiant in the pasture behind Raven's trying to fight with him over the fence. What was worse was Raven was ready to take them on and trying to get over the fence to do so. The picture below explains how they escaped their paddock.
Our Anni, that is Ruth and Fede's daughter was asked to make a rhubarb pie for a young group function. Wanting to make the best, wanting to perhaps impress some of the members of the young group, Anni asked her mom for a tried and true recipe. Ruth responded with, "you should call grandma, she probably has an old heirloom recipe from her mom." I was with mom when the phone call came, mom's response was, "Anni, why don't you just google it." Yep, that's our 80 year old very hip mom, now called the google grandma. My day didn't start out very well. It was kind of dark in our bedroom when dressing this morning and as usual going out to feed is always done at full speed or at least a very fast walk. The sweat pants that were put on early were threatening to fall down with each step. Finally I stopped, put the bucket down, to tighten the draw strings only to find out the pants were put on backward. They were held up with one hand while the horses were fed, then into the apartment to fix this problem. This is not an easy fix, I didn't want to take my shoe off, the one Mark so graciously helped put on this morning, so figured out a way to get the pant legs off the shoe without too much bending, got the pants turned around, started to put them on when I realize they are not my pants but Mark's. The scary thing about all of this is it was after 2 cups of coffee. There was no excuse other than I was in a hurry. We had a good time on the walk this morning. Diane showed us her new tree she bought and planted. Mom looked at that and want's one for herself. We think she is just trying to keep up with the Joneses (Honeggers).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
After the TAG function mom and I met Mark, Philip and Dan at Denny's then headed back to the shop to unload the 10 boxes of labels Gail Hodel found for the ministry for FREE. We picked up a deposit slip then headed to Bartonville bank to deposit the quarters from the apartment machines. There was exactly $400.00 in mom's coffee can and the teller wanted to know if we had done that on purpose. I didn't reach the farm until after 1:00pm, the sun was shining and the mares were begging to go out. They were turned loose in the big field and the golf cart taken out so I could watch them in comfort. Even Lily and Helen were turned out with them.
The walk was cut short in order to enlist Mike's help with Jazz, although she stood very well for Raven. When the horse does not belong to us, I don't want to be alone just in case the mare would start kicking or pulling back. For Raven's sake and mine. The new hip is still in the healing stage and shouldn't be stressed. Sure wouldn't want it to pop out of the socket. Mom is willing to drive her car in to Peoria today. After our TAG group we need to be at Meister's by 11:30am to meet with Dan. He is bringing the big coolers in from the Old School Center for the benefit dinner. Once they are loaded we will take off for Denny's for our usual Tuesday lunch.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Ebby came running up for the walk carrying this: