Monday, December 31, 2012
Emails and texts have been coming in about the website problems. Now Forbidden comes up when typing in horsemeister.com. This is so frustrating, enough so I'm ready to start over but don't want to lose the website name. I'm really tired this morning and yet the work that must be done is mounting up. I'll have to cut the walk short to get in early, there are copies to make, studies to open and process, Bibles that must be hauled to the home for wrapping and then shopping for the New Year's Eve party. And to top it all off the car is out of gas. Once home from that work, the horse work will start. Mark has agreed to help fix the paddock fences. It is pathetic how bad the broken boards look and pathetic to see my attempts to fix them with no tools except bailing twine. The 2 new mares need work, they are afraid of people and someone needs to start spending time gentling them. We were told they haven't been handled much for SIX years! They had a good start so it shouldn't be too hard or take too long. I'm really missing my horse whisperers Karin and Rhoda! The weanlings will need a new bale soon but I want them moved to another paddock to start preparing theirs for when we bring the mares home.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Introducing Sissy and Star:
The dog mission in this small farm house opened last night to take in all the homeless dogs (well the dogs with no owners home). Heidi was the last to ask to come inside. She left during the evening and showed up here around 3:00am with a quiet bark. She decided she needed warmth and companionship after spending the long dark cold evening guarding mom's car. Mark just decided this dog mission is closed for the day. It is all of 12 degrees here but the wind has stopped so Heidi and Studly were let out and told to go home. We will need to come straight home after church today, our 2 new mares are suppose to be delivered this afternoon. These are both gaited mares, a black TN Walker and a double registered black and white Spotted Saddle horse. Both of these mares ride but haven't been worked for a couple of years, I'll have to see if mom wants to break them out for us. That's a joke mom, a joke!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
This very necessary job wasn't begun until after lunch but once started went well. Below is Mark just as we were getting started.
Do animals scheme? Evan for the last 2 days was stepping into the round bale feeder up against the gate then standing there until someone would rescue him. For the rescue grain is grabbed, then the gate opened and once he is free, he gallops around then comes running back for the grain. This has gone on for the last 2 days. Why does he insist on going right back to the corner and stepping into the bale feeder? Perhaps he has been rescued so many times with a good run up and down the drive, then a sweet treat, while Valiant stands inside the paddock watching, it was worth standing in a corner until rescue? Then there is Emma. Emma will not go outside by her self at night, she stands at the door and whines but is too afraid to walk out the door until Darcy goes first. For the second night in a row she has stood at our bedroom door whining around 1:30am until I get out of bed, wake Darcy, make Darcy go out whether she needs to or not and only then will Emma hobble outside, walk a few steps to the grass, squat for just a few seconds then want right back in. As soon as the door is opened she hops quickly over to Darcy's bed, the bed nearest the wood burner, flops down and stretches out. Meanwhile I'm standing at the door freezing waiting for Darcy to come back. So who's the dumb one now? I'm starting to feel manipulated by animals. Last night Spark and Rhonda invited us over to watch the Christian comedian Mark Lowry on their big screen. We walk in and Spark has his wood burner fireplace insert going full blast.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Emma's vet visit went well, that is she was very well behaved. Dr. Hoerr poked and prodded, bent and straightened, moving her leg this way and that all without sedation and she didn't even let out a whimper. She even stayed still for the x-rays.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
What to do about Emma. I pretty much know what the problem is, she slipped on the ice while running and more than likely tore her ACL. She now has a vet appointment at 2:30pm instead of first thing this today. But..will we like what the vet is going to say? If the dog is under 30 pounds, limit exercise and it will heal but a big dog they recommend surgery, very very expensive surgery. Is it right to put that much money into a dog when there is so much need in the world? The problem with not doing the surgery (according to vet and the internet) is too much strain is placed on the good leg and it can cause that ACL to tear and if that happens the dog must be put down. So we have some praying to do, 8 weeks of praying. Emma spends most of the day laying around anyway, that's what Mastiffs do, they lay around shedding dog hair and slobber. I'm heading in to Meisters today to work on Bible studies and have to do this without Eva Jean. She can only come in on Tuesdays.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
After church yesterday Phil, Anna, Brealyn, Taegan, Anna's brother Ashley and Sarah came over to install the gift the kids gave us, the Wilson Phone Booster. They didn't quite have time to finish the installation before the steak dinner over at mom's was done and of course broke for that. Who wants a cold steak dinner? After we all finished eating it was time for games, we played the new game and Rook although Phil and Mark left to keep working on the phone booster. Ruth & Fede came to pick up mom right on time for their long drive down to Gulf Shores, AL. Their 8 passenger van only had 5 in it for the trip leaving plenty of room to take Nancy home, just a short 5 minutes out of their way. By the time we came back to the farm house the booster was up and running and working! The phones work, I can now get phone calls, answer phone calls, get my messages and all without leaving the warmth of the house and standing outside. I found I had a lot of unheard messages. Mike and Diane spent the afternoon at the cottage in Middle Grove. They took the pictures below.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Christmas Morning! The day we celebrate the best gift mankind ever received.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Mike drove out to Middle Grove to move a few more round bales in and found blood in the snow, 4 places, not a huge amount but still blood. He started looking over the horses searching for a wound but all seem well. He kind of looked at tails to see if there was any matted blood in any of the tails in case of a miscarriage but lost track of which horse was checked and gave up not finding any reason for the blood. Who ever it was will probably have to wait for help until after Christmas. There really is no one to ask to check them out, Karin and Rhoda left last night for Gulf Shores, AL driving through the night to reach the warmth of the gulf. Mom and Ruth's entire family are heading down to the gulf tomorrow right after Christmas dinner. The Sceggel's are serving Christmas dinner at mom's tomorrow with Mark grilling steak over the fire. We will also be in charge of taking Nancy home. Mike moved the International Harvester tractor over with the log splitter which will really help Mark with the wood pile. After lunch a new bale was moved in for the boys. They weren't out but would be tomorrow and it was more convenient to move in today. We went out without our gloves and really paid the price with frozen fingers. Emma got hurt today, she cannot put any weight on her left hind. Her whining is so pathetic sounding when she tries to stand. She is another animal that will need to wait until after Christmas to get checked out. What is it with animals getting hurt when the vets office is closed for the Christmas holiday?
Each year the Meister Christmas party is held in Farmington, IL at the Old School Center on the 23rd of December. Thank goodness for the school there is no way to fit our growing family into a house. We start with a meal and the meal last night was probably the best Christmas meal ever. The meat came from a brother in Eureka who donated 20 pounds of pulled pork at the Skyline auction. Mom bid on it and won, then when Diane went to pick up the meat he insisted 20 pounds wasn't enough for our family and threw in another 20 pounds refusing any extra pay! What a gift and it really was some of the best flavored easily the most tender and delicious pulled pork ever! After the meal we gather into the library for the most anticipated part of the evening and no it is not the presents or even the visit from Santa. More on that a bit later. Below are a few of the girl cousins waiting for the evening to begin.
Ciera's owner Stacy sent a picture update last night.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
These pictures were taken yesterday morning. Below is Ella all drowsy in the sunshine.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I couldn't resist and drove out to Middle Grove to snap a few pictures of the trail riders.