As we turned to walk up the barn drive we could see plumes of black smoke through the back door of the barn.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022
We had another beautiful cool morning for our walk. On the dam road Joan went ahead of us to knock down spider webs.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
It was deliciously cool this morning, only 59 degrees what a pleasant surprise. That made it easy to get the chores done and have the car over to mom's in time for the walk without being wet with sweat. We met Joan coming up the hill from her place. I quit my walk at mom's as I was down to stay with mom until 1:00 pm. Anna showed up before lunch to clean so I felt free to run to TSC to pick up 10 of those 50 pound bags of grain and 1 40 pound bag of black oil sunflower seeds. The sunflower seed bag was for mom's house. I drove straight to mom's and unloaded the seeds then went to work making lunch for the both of us. A lot of Spark and Rhonda's grand children were here swimming and Berlica, Braelyn, Taegan and Kensley were quick to join them.
Mom and I went out on the balcony to watch them playing in the water.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Jury's colt didn't make it, his lungs were just not developed enough. Last night he was still belly breathing but I thought it was a little better but I was wrong. Thankfully he just laid down flat, closed his eyes, took his last breath and died peacefully. It is sure hard to lose a foal we had been waiting for over 11 months. This has been such a hard year for Horsemeister. Jury wouldn't leave his body and was getting very agitated when I tried to take her away from him. It was kinder to leave him with her and let her grieve. When I got home from Berean she was willing to walk away without a fuss. She was put in with Oksana, both of these mares lost their foals this year and both need to be bred back so at least they can be together. I didn't have time to go out to Middle Grove to pick up Indy and her colt but got Jury's colt buried before I needed to be at mom's to relieve Beth. Beth and I took mom to the Berean office this morning and it was good to be there. Mom is put to work on stamping the return address on the envelopes then putting the folded studies in with a self addressed business reply envelope for when we send the next group of studies to the prisoner. If you would like to read about our morning at that office click HERE. We dropped off the 2 boxes of Bibles at the Hanna City post office on our way home. Mom was not hungry for lunch because of the pie so after Beth left we had a late lunch of chicken with fresh tomatoes on grilled Hawaiian rolls, and chips while watching Little House on the Prairie. When Karin arrived she ask Joan and Berlica if they would like to come play games so the next few hours were spent playing Carbols. Joan and I won one game and Karin and Berlica won the other. Dan arrived to check out mom's car. On the way to the Berean office it sounded funny. Dan found that one of the brakes was not working right. That will need to go to Zane's for repair. When Mark got home tonight we drove up to the 5th wheel to put on a new door lock and left the new key in the lock for the renter. He actually contacted me asking if he could stay longer but someone else booked the 5th wheel the day he is moving out. I contacted the lady moving in to see if she would be willing to stay in the Salem bhsk but she hasn't responded yet.
Monday, August 8, 2022
I didn't sleep well, maybe just took a few too many steps and bendovers yesterday. Because of that it was hard to roll out of bed on time and I didn't but was up before 6:00 am. Mark went out early to shut off the barn lights. Our airbnb guest for the 5th wheel didn't arrive until 10:40 pm so the light was left on all night. He was very satisfied with his accommodations. Speaking of very satisfied another really nice review came in from the couple that stayed Friday and Saturday night. This is a wonderful retreat at a great value! Whether you have events in Peoria to tend to, or just want a quiet writer's retreat in the wilderness, Judy's property is well-located yet remote. You are surrounded by nature -- including gorgeous and friendly horses abound -- but also have great WiFi. My wife, puppy, and I all had a great time. Do yourself a favor and book this property post haste! He also sent the note below: “Hi, Judy. As you know, we loved your place. Thanks for everything. Hope to get back down there soonest.” It makes me very happy when people really enjoy themselves here. Diane, Ruth, Joan and I walked. The man that rented the Wildwood brought it back just as we were walking down Joan's drive. We waited while that was parked but that gave us plenty of time to talk about the weekend. Joan's trip to Branson was wonderful, Diane had a very nice time at Middle Grove on the lake, I told about our Sceggel vacation and Ruth told us about Fedi's sister Csilla who is in St. Francis in intensive care with a brain bleed. Prayers are appreciated for her. Right after the walk I headed down to the Peoria post office to pick up the Berean mail then from there to Sam's club to pick up some items for mom's house and a pie for the volunteers tomorrow at Berean. On the way home Mark called and needed me to bring his phone down to the shop. I stopped at Phil and Anna's and picked up Braelyn, Taegan and Kensley took them to my house to unload groceries then up to the barn to hook up the trailer to the truck. We took some grain with us in our pockets, two halters and two leadropes then headed to Middle Grove to pick up some mares and foals. We first drove the truck and trailer back to the big field but no horses were in sight so went back to the gate parked the truck and started that long hike up the hill. They were all spread out grazing. Lily, the black mare with the big belly to the left on the picture below (she had colic surgery years ago) was obviously missing Mika. Her filly was playing with Irish's colt. At least I think it was her filly, I didn't check as I was looking for the two new foals.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Mike went to Middle Grove this afternoon and discovered Jury had a foal by her side. He said he thinks it is a colt and he is a beautiful silver color which the picture below doesn't show.