Saturday, July 20, 2019

A Time to Work and a Time to Play

Today was a special gift to me! My children and 10 of the grandchildren came today to work. We got so very much accomplished. Below are a few pictures.

Karin arrived for the Saturday morning trail ride. Israel really wanted to go and was sure he was strong enough to hang on when the riders did the 'death trails' and he did. Karin said they galloped, jumped, crossed creeks, went up very steep hills and nothing could make him fall off. He was pretty proud when they arrived back safe.

 After the ride he was put to work hosing each horse down until they were cool.

After the ride we took a golf cart ride to look for dinosaur tracks as we are almost done with that dinosaur paddock.

 The workers quit around 1:00 pm and came in for lunch. By this time the temperature had risen into the 90's so we all headed to the lake to cool off.
Jessica was there with Julie and Chad's four children Livy, Emma, Mercy and Boone. 
 Diane invited everyone over to her house for dinner tonight. The grand kids went right up into the loft as Diane has that set up with tons of toys.
 We were glad to sit and relax in the air conditioning while Diane and Jenny got the food prepared. 
Diane made the kids a special treat of jello with cool whip along with turkey, vegetables, salad, chips and lots of other goodies. 
 After supper the kids went out to play in Mike and Diane's pond. They had boat races, jumped off the diving board, played in the sprinklers and all had a great time swimming until dark.

IF you would like to see the rest of the pictures from today click HERE.  I took the turkey carcass home to make soup and it is just now ready to de-bone.  Taunya just came in to tell me the 2003 truck had the dome light on and she couldn't turn it off. Well after working for a good 15 minutes on it neither could I. I finally just pried off the cover and removed the light bulb. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Horse Fun on the Farm

Just Diane and I walked this morning. Ruth and mom are still at Eastern Camp and Joan and Heather were up late visiting with their company from Haiti.  Joan has an overflow of company so Diane offered her basement.  Karin arranged to take everyone riding that wanted to ride starting this morning before the real heat of the day.  She sent Faith out as the leader for the first group riding Tori.
 Ellie brought up the rear on Hadassah.
 We followed with a group on the golf cart. Below are the riders of the golf cart checking out the first creek crossing.
 All the mares did well with the crossing.

When they cross the creek and head up the hill we have to turn back as the golf cart doesn't cross water very well. We drove to where they come out of the woods. Below the golf cart group is watching for the horses.
 Karin has safe places the horses are allowed to canter which is always a thrill for riders.

If you would like to see the rest of the pictures of the trail rides click HERE. Our next move was to take the golf cart to where the foals are and introduce each one to the guests.

Each of the horses used for the trails was hosed down well and then fly sprayed. Below is Magda taking care of Hadassah.
 By the time everything was finished Joan had lunch prepared for everyone. I left for Diane's office to balance the dreaded horsemeister check book. Of course I made mistakes but they were all good mistakes. At the end Diane said we were 6 cents off and she didn't quit until she found the 6 cents. She lent me her car for the next job on my list which was to go to Sam's Club for groceries. Diane and Mike are serving lunch in Peoria on Sunday and I was able to pick up some of what she is serving.  You ALL may want to show up in Peoria Sunday. She has some special treats. When I got home the grand children were all playing nicely with the toys Diane found at garage sales.
Unfortunately some of these toys are a bit noisy as Taunya found out.
When Anna brought her girls over they all went to the lake for the rest of the afternoon for swimming. It was 95 degrees out by that time and if one wasn't in the water they had better be in the shade or inside in the airconditioning.

 After swimming they all ended up here for supper but after supper went back to the lake for more swimming. I went out to work again at 8:00 pm as it was starting to cool down by then. Dakota was teased and today she said no. Her owner was called and they will pick her up tomorrow.  Mark worked extra long today and is already in bed. Tomorrow we are having a work day here to finish the dinosaur paddock. When I was showing the grand kids the paddock and telling them about it one of them asked, "grandma, where are you getting the dna?"  What smart kids!
Ruth sent the picture below of Mom with her brother our uncle John, Aunt MaryLou, uncle John's wife and her sister our Aunt Jinny.  There is one more sibling Aunt Sandra but she couldn't come to Eastern Camp.
Aunt Jinny is the oldest at 90 years old, mom comes next at 87 years old and I don't know how old Uncle Johnny is but he probably is in the low 80s.  They are all enjoying Eastern Camp and we are thrilled mom got to go this year.  
Another 5 star review came in from our guests from Germany. Anna writes:  “Besser kann es nicht sein. Wunderbar gastfreundlich, toll für Kinder und alles sehr, sehr herzlich. Super sauber, perfekt ausgestattet und toll gelegen. Wir konnten gar nicht glauben, was uns dort alles tolles erwartete. Pferde, Hunde, ein wunderschöner See (sind sogar Kanu gefahren), Natur pur und viel Ruhe. Wir würden jederzeit wieder kommen und können wirklich nur alles sehr empfehlen.”  “Vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Tage und den gemeinsamen Ausflug zur Giant Goose Ranch! Schöne Grüße an die gesamte Familie. Christin, David, Anna und Alex
"It could not be better. Wonderfully hospitable, great for children and everything was very, very warm. Super clean, perfectly equipped and great location. We could not believe what was waiting for us there. Horses, dogs, a beautiful lake (even canoeing), pure nature and peace. We would always come back and really can highly recommend everything. " Thank you for the wonderful days and trip to the Giant Goose Ranch!  Best regards from our entire family Christin, David, Anna and Alex

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Roxanne Pregnant

News came this morning that Alpine, one of the Goose Ranch mares, had her foal this morning at 9:45 am.  A beautiful buckskin colt.

He is a strong fellow and Alpine is being a good mom. The sire is Valiant.
I had help from the walkers this morning to load Roxanne, Star and her filly for their trip to the vet clinic in Morton, IL. They were ready for us and Roxanne was put in the stocks first.
 It took Dr. Hoerr just a few minutes to find the embryonic vesicle and declare her pregnant.
 With Star is wasn't as easy. He could not find a pregnancy but she is not in season and has not ovulated any time soon.  She has good uterine tone though which is a sign of pregnancy.
 As soon as we were back at the farm I teased her again but she is absolutely sure she is not interested in any of the stallions.  It is exactly 21 days since her last cover so she should either be in season or pregnant. We will keep teasing her and have the vet coming again on Monday so if she doesn't come in we will need to have her sonagrammed again.  Joan's family was all here weeding so I asked Faith if she would come help me get some new pictures and a video of Ivan before he was hauled back out.

This colt really does have good movement.
If you would like to see the rest of the pictures from today click HERE. As soon as we were done we loaded up Roxanne and Ivan and took them to Middle Grove. They were happy to graze on that lush green grass.
Mom called today, she is having a great time at Eastern Camp.  She is going to be bringing home cd's of all the action.  
We got word yesterday that Rhonda's dad Dick Haefli had fallen and was taken to the hospital. He was put on Hopsice and today got word that he had passed into eternity. We do not yet know any of the arrangements. 
Sarah sold 2 puppies today and one of them is one of her Whoodle puppies. Whoodle puppies are completelly hypo allergenic and wonderful snuggle bugs. Congratulations Tricia.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Two More Puppies SOLD

Sarah and Nolan sold TWO puppies today. 
These are both out of Rizzy's litter and now there are only 2 left out of the 7 puppies pictured below.
Left to right are Hermione (sold), Ginny (available), Harry (sold), George (sold), Luna (sold), Fred (available) and Max (sold).
IF you are worried about running out of Cavapoo puppies, Sarah still has some of Arrieta's available, just check her puppy facebook page called Gardner Lane Puppies.
On the walk today I got a call from someone wanting to come see Ivan, Tatiana's 2018 colt by Valiant. That meant a trip to Middle Grove to pick him up and as long as I was going Roxanne needed to be brought in as tomorrow is will be 21 days since her last cover and she can be sonagrammed tomorrow along with Star.  Ellie came with me and we were able to drive up to the round pen but there were no horses in sight. We both started hiking, Ellie one direction and me the other.  I saw something brown moving from the woods toward the salt blocks and thought it might be Mika but that was not who came out. Instead it was a big buck.

Both Ellie and I hiked the entire 200 acres until I found the far double gates going to the winter pasture wide open.  At that point I hiked back to the truck and trailer, called for Ellie and we drove into the winter pasture and found them pretty quickly.  Ivan and Roxanne loaded up pretty quickly but both of us were hot and tired. We stopped for an ice cream cone at Bs before heading home. 
Mom and Ruth are having a very good time at Eastern Camp.  They are staying with Aunt Jinny and her daughter Janet.  Janet sent the picture below of the men's choir.
She also sent a video clip of their beautiful singing by text. A storm moved in this afternoon and dropped a nice soft rain as we were getting ready to head to church. Mike Rieker had the message. We had the Bradley ICC young group in Peoria tonight and after church they all headed to Joan's for an invite.  Mark and I stopped at mom's to let Molly out as Sarah is going to be late tonight.