Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Last night after leaving the hospital we stopped in at Riverplex and stayed long enough to watch Team 2 Meister win the first game then headed to Logan's Steak House for dinner. Team 1 Meister is all girls where as Team 2 is mixed. Players on Team 1 are Kari Bates, Karin Meister, Rachel Sauder, Jessica Sauder, Anni Davidovics and Rhoda Sceggel. Team 2 players are David Sceggel, Rhoda Sceggel, Caleb Sauder, Brian Schwind, Abigail Meister and Joseph Kummer. Logan's was crowded, in fact every resturant around that area had full parking lots. Weird to see so many people eating out on a Tuesday night with a recession going on. Below are a few pictures once we were finished with our delicious meals.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Taegan Rae Sceggel was born this morning at 6:46am. She weighed in at 7 pounds and 4 ounces and is 19 inches long. All is WELL! Below is little Taegan getting her temperature taken.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The hard frost of the morning took quite a while to melt today. It just didn't warm up until afternoon. The farm house kitchen had to be given 2 coats of paint. Mom came over to check out the first coat and talked me into painting the second coat. Dr. Hoerr arrived to check Jenis over. He did an ultrasound to make sure she was really in season, then took a culture of her uterus, finishing with infusing her uterus with antibiotic. If the culture is clean we won't need the next step. We will know if a few days if it grows anything. Steven Marchal and Karin Meister showed up to work horses just as the second coat of paint was started. Not that it was rushed or anything but I wanted to finish up in time to watch the trainers work their magic. Steven started in the indoor arena with Jenis, giving Emily a lesson on her while Karin took Eliza to the outdoor.
On Saturday Rhoda pulled Bonnie out to work on her canter. Bonnie was a driving pony before we bought her. Driving ponies do not know how to canter, they are not allowed to canter. Rhoda was having a ball as Bonnie worked unsuccessfully trying to get Rhoda off.
Judy, Dave and I took Lily’s Kiera to Springfield Friday night to have Dave’s racehorse trainer teach her to pull a cart for a month. They got her out Saturday morning and said she was trotting all around like it was nothing! I am so proud of her! She is such a good looking filly and has the best personality! Jill
Sunday, October 28, 2012
There were a few times during the wedding service the minister had the crowd chuckling and a few times deep in thought. It is very good for every married couple to sit through a wedding service even after 35 years. After the service we headed home to find that Emma had pulled down and scarfed all the left over treats from the costume party. On the way to the reception we stopped at Katy and Justin's house to see their brand new baby boy Crosby. The reception was held at the fellowship hall. Monica is such a beautiful bride.
Karin's dog Studly is a very energetic happy dog who is in love with Emma. They are best friends but he wears her out with his puppyplay. Karin posted the 2 pictures below of her beloved dog and we are all wondering if he was off visiting a morgue or digging for bones in the cemetery. Obviously his rider didn't help control his digging. Probably because the rider can't see.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Today was the annual Sauder costume party. We all worked most of the day on our costumes...that may not be true for some of us. Our day started early, Mark installed all of the grips and towel bars in the farmhouse bathrooms plus one here in the apartment. We are now all ready to have more joints replaced if needed. This house is SO set up for us old handicapped. Stacy came over from the cabin to spend some time with Ciera. She took her to the outdoor arena for some instructions. She is asking her to move sideways below.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Rhoda arrived shortly after 10:00am to help Stacy with Ciera finishing up with a bow. Rhoda needed the truck to haul sticks to the fellowship hall for Monica's wedding tomorrow. The living quarter trailer was hooked up to the truck, as no one was around to help unhook it, Rhoda just pulled the whole rig out to the fellowship hall. The decorators must have wondered if she was bringing horses for the decorations, everyone knows how much Monica loves horses! Stacy wanted to see Ciera's mom Lily, who is at the Middle Grove farm. After walking to mom's for a quick visit, mom decided to come with us to Middle Grove. We traveled the country side today giving Stacy the grand tour. On the way we stopped in Farmington, IL where Dan gave us a quick tour of the Old School Center, then stopped at the Herman Lake in Norris, IL where Beth gave us a tour of their new facility and a ride to the VIP dock to feed the fish. From there Middle Grove. The horses were not in sight but we were prepared to walk and walk we did. We found them at the top of a hill spread out grazing. They were all far too lazy to come running, after-all we didn't bring a trailer with us so why bother. The Friesians were the only horses interested in attention. Indy & Killian were first up in our faces with Ayanna a quick 3rd. Lily and Helen were right behind her. The rest of the horses were too busy grazing on the thick knee high green grass to bother with people. We headed back to Hanna City around 2:30pm for a late lunch at one of the 2 restaurants but both closed at 2:00pm. It worked out better anyway to come home for lunch, Steven was here working the boys and Stacy really wanted to watch him. Karin showed up to work the mares right after Steven was finished. Mark arrived home with hooks, towel bars, and grab bars for the farm house bathrooms and after supper headed down to start installing them.
Time to turn the heat on or start a fire. It's cold today after yesterday's warmth the weather seems downright cruel. We got dumped on again last night now there are puddles and mud everywhere. We had a lady named Stacy fly in from Colorado yesterday but her plane got delayed in the Chicago O'Hare airport. All flights were shut down, seems president Obama flew in and out of there. She didn't arrive her until almost 9:00pm stopped in to get acquainted with Ciera then we took her over to the cabin for the night. Speaking of Ciera, what a brat. She didn't want to be stalled and let us know. Bonnie pony was brought in to treat her eye and Ciera decided she didn't like Bonnie and tried to attack her over the stall wall in front of Stacy. What was weird about that is Bonnie and Ciera are good friends. I just finished telling Stacy, "Ciera will never hurt you, she doesn't bite or kick," when Ciera reached over and tried to nip. What was up with that,? Our usual sweet girl is acting like a big bad stud! We are standing in her stall and she is following us around the stall in our faces asking for attention then starts licking my leg. What a pest. She is probably still mad that all the other mares got to go out in the big field yesterday while she had a bath.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Levi ran over his kitten. Dan, Levi's dad is video taping Levi driving the car when the cat runs in front. Watch this tragic accident. The best part was "No cats were harmed in the filming of this video" the kitten is fine. Below is Dan and Abram shooting a potato launcher, Levi works hard to catch the umbrella. Holly was teased but today screamed and struck out at the boys so hopefully she was in and now out. Our bad news is Jenis is back in season. A call was put in for Dr. Hoerr for ideas on what could be going on with her but he hasn't called back yet. The morning was warm, it was just too tempting to work outside with the horses instead of in the house cleaning. Steven arrived to work the boys, another excuse to stay outside, the video camera was grabbed and hopefully a video of Steven riding Valiant can be made once the program is back on the computer. Just as he was finishing up the breeze went from warm to a blast of cold arctic air. Our gorgeous Indian summer vanished in the space of 15 seconds. Now there is no excuse to stay outside and the cleaning must be done.
Cally Matherly made the video below. FPS hired her to fly over to the Netherlands for this. Cally owned Raven's half brother named Scout who died way too soon. This is what she writes:I started doing equine photography when my stallion died, and it has taken a life of it's own. I asked God to make his loss a positive thing and He surely has. I now travel all over the world doing mainly Friesians, and absolutely love it. Now am into farm promotional video and sale horse videos as well and growing every day in knowledge and skill in this 2nd profession. Cally is now considered the most talented Friesian photographer in the United States. So now it is posted as proof for everybody out that that keeps emailing the link to this video saying, "you have to see this!" It is only a bit more than 4 minutes long and Friesians are so beautiful, take the time to watch if you haven't yet. Mark left at 4:45am for St. Louis, Mike and Diane left at 5:00am with Andrew to pick up a bucket truck 7 hours away. This day is going to be busy!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Linda contacted me about Arial Downs, a well laid out horse property for sale. All of her contact information is below, if interested please contact Linda directly. Located on Ariel lane in Canton this horse property is a little over 11 acres, 2-62x100 barns on property, one with indoor arena and 10x20 foaling stalls, all oak, with drop down grills. tack room, feed room, grooming / locker room. indoor arena is shredded rubber. Also an outdoor vinyl arena, listed for 179900.00, reduced to 160000.00 firm. all equip. can be purchased separably, 60 ft. galvanized steel round pen with walk through door, and paddock panels made of same steel. 5 amish made shelters with windows,new, 9x15. 6, solar tanks. tractor, and all quick hitch attachments, property also has a huge sawdust box 30x60. contact Linda at 309-647-1150 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.