Thursday, January 31, 2013
The temperature was 19 degrees around 6:00am but forecast to drop like a stone hitting below zero by tomorrow morning. After checking weather.com and finding this grim fact, Mark was willing to go out in the cold wind, start the skid steer up and move 2 round bales in, one for the boys and one for Sissy and Star. That just sounds so easy, start the skid steer and move in 2 bales but in this kind of weather there is nothing easy about this job. The gates and feeders are frozen into the ground, the gloves must come off to work the latches causing the fingers to become numb in a matter of seconds, the net wrap must be removed without the bale falling apart before it is securely in the feeder. All in all this job that is maybe a 10 minute job in the summer took over an hour with both of us working. By the time we were back in the house there was a message from Rachel, no walk today, the wind chill factor is -1. What no exercising today? The good news was Marika, Jenis and Zalena are all getting along, no horse was made to stay out of the shelter into the cold. Philip ordered the new printer, today the invoice will be dropped off at TEMCO, hope enough money comes in to pay for this. We couldn't use a cheap printer, we go through 5000 labels about every 3 weeks. After trying to find a better cheaper way we finally all agreed to stay with the expensive dot matrix. At least these printers are pretty much guaranteed to last 15 years.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Today was the day Ayanna, Indy and Killian were going to be introduced to a rider. The school district Karin works for closed early, she arranged to meet Rhoda the rider in the afternoon. The wind was howling, slamming into the barn, the rain soon turned to sleet and then snow and that wasn't very quiet as it was hitting the roof and walls of the indoor arena. Ayanna was the first brought in, not surprisingly she was jumpy and spooky but soon settled down. After a few minutes of round pen reasoning she was saddled and bridled.
No walk today, it was raining and cold. Instead we met for breakfast. Olivia, Jewel's filly is like nothing we have ever had on the farm. She is the youngest foal on the property and yet she is such a Prima donna. The weanling paddock is crowded, until 2 of the foals, Onyx and Oksana are picked up in March, the foals need to get along and all do except...you guessed it, Olivia. When the grain is brought out each morning she is first and demands her own feeder. The others are content to share but not her, she will threaten any that dare step into her space fiercely with her ears back. Today the others were ignoring her, eating out of her feeder, she backed into them and let fly with kick that hit nothing. She was so mad she ran into the shelter and kicked the wall. The picture below is from a few months ago but just seems to show her arrogant attitude.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
No jackets needed this unbelievably warm end of January day. Not knowing what was in-store at work, I was actually looking forward to work. Picking up the huge amount of mail, only made me more anxious to get started on the day. Walking into the office and seeing empty lessons slots...still no problem, just turn on the copier and wait. But then came the crash. The first load of studies were entered into the computer, the print button pushed when the first inkling of trouble loomed. Our 50 year old printer gave up the ghost sometime between Thursday and today. The copier finally warmed up, paper all loaded the start button pushed and that quickly came to a grinding halt. Toner needed to be added and somehow as the cartridge was inserted developed a leak, black toner powder showered the machine, me and the floor. Once the mess was cleaned up and the start button again pushed we heard a clunk. Paper jam was showing but when the door was opened, the hinge broke. That could be jimmied, the jam unjammed, the start button pushed and a notice comes up to CALL FOR REPAIRS. Except I'm the repair person. After a good 10 minutes of taking it apart and cleaning it up it was ready to be tried again except right about then Philip arrived to work on the dead printer and even he, the miracle worker could not bring it back to life. At least the copier quit acting up and behaved the rest of the morning allowing us to copy truly thousands of studies. By 11:45am the mail was opened and copies made but that was about as far as we got. There will be no Bible studies going out this week. Eva Jean has volunteered to call the graders to tell them there will be no Bible studies to grade. Philip and Mark are looking into solutions for this. Please pray for them, they need to come up with something soon. After lunch 12 boxes of Bibles were loaded into Mark's van for the trip down to Skyline for wrapping along with 500 copies of lesson 1 and 500 letters explaining the study to be wrapped with the Bibles. The rain started as I was driving home from this very frustrating day. There is beauty and even some color outside even though the sun is not shining. The mist rising off Mark's pond made for an interesting picture.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Today is Diane's birthday and since mom can no longer go on the walk with us she cooked Diane a birthday breakfast that we all got to come in and share. The bright blue juicy blue berries, the sweet red ripe strawberries and the delicious fresh squeezed orange juice made for a very colorful plate.
Want a fantastic buy? Jill the owner of Kenzie born March 17th, 2011 has just placed her for sale for ONLY $6500.00!!! This is an unbelievable price on a purebred Friesian filly that can be soon started and bred as early as next year. Below is a picture of Kenzie at 18 months.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The weather report was horrible for today, as soon as it was light enough to see I headed out to see which paddocks needed hay. We only moved in one bale into Jenis' paddock, the boys are low but have enough for a couple of days and the breeding shed should also be fine for 2 days. Good thing I went in and checked their hay supply, I found their waterer was running over. usually this can be fixed by pushing the bladder up to stop the flow but today that didn't work. Mike will probably need to order new parts. The snow was suppose to start by 9:00am then turn to ice, lots of ice. Spark, Rhonda, Marvin and Gale were suppose to leave today for their mission trip to Alabama, rebuilding after the tornado destruction, but decided the forecast was so awful they left around 4:30am. As Mike and Diane were serving lunch we planned on arriving early to help fill trays. Diane had lots of help, not needing ours which gave us the opportunity to go down to the praise singing then David's class. Tim Funk had the morning service, David Obergfel had the afternoon...need I say more. What a blessing it is to be in Peoria on a Sunday! We exited church just before 2:00pm only to find no snow and no ice, just rain. The roads were fine until we hit the long farm driveway, heading to mom's the car started sliding. Arriving at the farm house ice had formed under puddles of water making for an interesting slippery walk just to get into the house. Why oh why don't we keep our ice shoe grippers in the car?
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Well maybe nearly perfect is an exaggeration, but after the 3rd try with the temperatures hovering in the teens it was close enough. Emily's dress was too long and each time she stepped backward she would step on the dress. Below Karin has tucked the dress up for Emily:
Rhoda spent the night and offered to hold Olivia for a few pictures. It is just so cold outside none of us could stay out long. So cold Olivia was willing to wear Rhoda's hat.
Friday, January 25, 2013
It didn't work out well with the boys meeting Killian. Valiant and Killian spent the night together, no problem, Evan was put in the pasture next to them and all seemed to be going well, then on the walk we heard a crash. We arrived to find the stallion gate completely smashed, Killian standing next to the weanling paddock and Valiant hung up over the gate in the breeding shed paddock. His front legs on one side of the gate and his back legs on the other. Star was busy flirting with him. It took Diane to keep Star and Sissy out of that paddock, Rachel to hold Valiant while Mike worked on the gate. I grabbed Killian, put him in the paddock then moved a new heavy duty gate in front of the smashed gate. Killian is now with the weanlings and the boys back together. Steven arrived to check over Killian and help teach Olivia how to lead when he noticed that Helen had a swollen back ankle. She has a small cut that has become infected. I was not sure how blind Helen would do with hosing and treating her wound but she surprised me. What a sensible trusting filly. She hesitated going from the sunshine into the barn so I know she can see at least light and shadow but once she stepped in she was willing to follow where ever we asked. She even stood quietly for hosing. She was taken outside for a few pictures. Helen is HUGE, she won't be a year old for a couple of months.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The call came from Hoerr vet clinic that the Horsemeister farm was first on the list. Out I went to start bringing in the mares to make things go efficiently for Dr. Hoerr. The mares were moved inside, then Jewel and her filly Olivia were led to the stall barn, Jewel went in, Olivia ran off. Jewel had to be taken out to find her wayward independent filly, finally she followed her mom into Jenis and Zalena's paddock. When Dr. Hoerr arrived he took blood first from Olivia then the other 3 foals who all were done with just a lead rope around there neck, over to the boys paddock where they both stood great and finally into the big barn to do Ribbon and the gang. When it came time for Jewel's preg check, Dr. Hoerr led Olivia while I encouraged her from behind and this time success. Jewel is pregnant by Evan and due Aug 19th, 2013. Jenis did not settle, we will start teasing her and hopefully have an early foal for 2014. Steven arrived to groom Lily. He helped load Jewel then came along for the trip to Middle Grove. The horses saw us coming and came running. Indy and Killian were loaded up within 10 minutes of arriving and home we headed. Killian was introduced to Valiant and Evan. We brought both boys into the stall barn then put Killian in a foaling stall. He first met Evan and then Valiant. That went so well, he and Valiant were put together into a small paddock and fed. Again we were very pleasantly surprised at how well Valiant behaved. They were both put in the stallion paddock and after watching them for an hour we felt very comfortable leaving those 2 together for the night. Evan was left in a stall and not at all happy. Tomorrow it will be his turn, sure hope he will be as well behaved as Valiant. Karin arrived to work mares, but only got 3 worked before it was time to drive in to Peoria to pick up Mark for the family dinner scheduled for 5:00pm at Logans. That was actually surprisingly good, the food plus the specials were worth trying. Two complete meals for $13.99. Below is Addyson and Braelyn so happy to see each other at Logans.