We had a good walk today with all 5 of us attending and used the time to rehash the wedding. After the walk the 2 horse trailer was unhooked from the 2015 truck, the 2003 truck moved away from the 2006 horse trailer and the 2015 truck hooked up to that trailer. The trailer was taken to East Peoria Tire and Vulcanizing where 4 new tires were installed. I'm so thankful for that business, they really know their tires and each time I take a trailer there I'm pleased. Not just with the new tires also the price. For such a big business, they are very reasonable. I placed an ad on Facebook market place selling the 2006 Exiss horse trailer now that it has 4 brand new tires and within an hour had someone asking for more information. This trailer has been so handy for us but we just don't need so many horse trailers any more so this one is now for sale.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
We had a VERY good morning at church. It was wonderful to see everyone before the service. Tim Roecker had the message and no one was in a hurry to leave after the service. What a blessing it is to be able to worship our Lord Jesus together in person. We are thankful for AC Central and Facebook live but it just isn't the same as actually being in church. After church we played games at mom's. As it was just Mark and I for supper we had lobster bisque and grilled cheese for our meal and that was delicious. Maybe by next week will be back to our normal Sunday dinners but today was really relaxing. Amy called to see if the artist that is working with Bella can come out to get a picture on one of the Friesians. He has been out in the past and had a turn on Jenis but now Jenis is at her new home. We will probably need to use Valiant for these pictures. The artist wants to hire Rachel to take the pictures Amy posted the picture below of her Andalusian mare Bella during a sculpture session:This is Bella, she is modeling for an artist in our area for a sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt as a rough rider. The over life size sculpture will be put on Grandview Drive in Peoria IL. It is clay now but will be finished in bronze. I realized this morning since quarantine is over that a mask is no longer required for those of us that have had Covid and survived. We cannot spread this virus and can't catch it from anyone (at least for 3 more months but probably longer) and should be issued some kind of badge or sign we can wear in place of a mask. There are a LOT of us survivors around, enough that we need our own section in church or perhaps special shopping hours for people that no longer require masks. This would help so much when walking around in public. As soon as someone starts glaring at us we could whip out that sign. We are NOT a risk to the public so why not start flaunting that.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
What a beautiful day for a wedding. We had sunshine AND 50 degrees today. That is amazing for the 28th, day of November. This morning the weanlings were moved into the far paddock. That had a bale and that paddock wasn't muddy. Jewel's filly let me walk right up to her and put the short lead rope on. They were given grain then it was time to head inside and make breakfast for Mark and I. After breakfast and after a shower I picked up mom, Faith, Mackenson and Berlica and drove to the church. We needed to be there by 9:30 to be inside and in the alcove before the wedding guests arrived. It has been a week since Joan was diagnosed with Covid. As mother of the bride it was very important for her to come to the wedding. When there is a will there will always be a way and in this family we are sure to find that way. Check out the picture of Joan with her new son-in-law Jacob and her daughter Hannah on Hannah's wedding day.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Well I didn't shop but thankfully had daughters that were willing to do that job and now have all of my Christmas shopping done. Ruth, Joan, Mom and I walked this morning. It was cold but no wind so very tolerable. We had to discuss our Covid Thanksgivings and all of us had a gripe or two. Joan was able to watch her family from the return air vent up in the ceiling. Ruth is going to have her family Thanksgiving later once all of her kids can come and we were missing family members at ours. Mom ate her Thanksgiving dinner at Joan's house where 13 year old Faith did the cooking. She did a very good job. Joan was able to direct her from the ceiling vent. Mackenson did the heavy lifting and even Berlica helped. Hannah, Jacob and Sarah joined them for this meal. Karin came today with Isaiah and his cousin Elias to work with both of the stallions. I didn't get to the barn until they had finished with Evan and were riding Valiant. Karin rode him first just to make sure he was going to listen.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
We had a very easy morning as all the food was cooked yesterday. Today after the horses were fed Mark and I got on Facebook live and watched Gregg Rumbold have the Thanksgiving service for church. The best gift today was sent by email from our elder Tim Funk. EVERYONE is invited to church on Sunday. There are NO restrictions and we don't have to sign up to reserve a seat. They are also holding Sunday school and Spanish church. Now if they would just go back to two services on Sundays it would almost be like in days before. Before Covid that is. Mark helped load the car with everything for the big thanksgiving meal. Rhoda and Lee were hosting and even though the dinner wasn't until 5:00 pm everyone was invited to come and spend the afternoon at the pool. The kids had a ball.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Today was the big cooking day. We couldn't walk again as it was still raining and it rained most of the day. The stuffing was made first, then the turkey stuffed and baked. While that was baking the sweet potatoes were wrapped in aluminum foil and 15 pounds of russet potatoes peeled and quartered and put on the stove to boil. The potatoes were mashed and put aside. Around 1:30 the turkey was taken out of the oven, the heat put up to 400 and the sweet potatoes put in. While those were cooking the pies were made and put in the oven to start baking. I made 2 pumpkin and 1 pecan. The turkey was sliced and deboned then the gravy started. A sampling of the stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey all dribbled with gravy was taken over to mom's to make sure it all tasted ok. I still don't have all my smell and taste back. Mom tasted it and declared it all good. Mark stopped at Kroger to pick up salad stuff and a couple avocados. He was given a sample of everything for supper and even a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. He ate everything on his plate and reported it was delicious. We are ready for tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
We couldn't walk today, it was raining and a cold rain at that as it was only 34 degrees this morning. I had a good morning at the Berean office. There it didn't matter that the rain was coming down. Inside was warm and of course plenty to do. We got 70 Bibles mailed out today and almost 200 studies. I drove mom to Peoria Tire to pick up her car which was getting an oil change. From there I drove to Pekin to buy grain at Stock and Field and also picked up 2 bags of sunflower seeds and 1 case of suet for mom's bird feeders. Aldi is right next door so I stopped there to pick up a few more items for our Thanksgiving dinner. When I got home and as soon as I opened the door I started gagging. Emma had vomited all over the family room floor. I had removed the doggy door when the weather turned cold and was gone too long today. Obviously Emma had gotten into the entrails of the deer carcass, gorged herself, then when it started rotting in her stomach deposited that all over the floor. The floor was cleaned up, scrubbed, sprayed down then fabreezed but that wasn't enough. All the doors were left open to air the house out, more scrubbing and more disinfectant spraying before I quit. Mark walked in a little later and he could STILL smell something bad. Talk about discouraging. Hunters really really need to do a better job of disposing of the offal. The grain still needed to be unloaded so I went outside in the fresh air to work.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Well Joan couldn't walk today, she wasn't feeling well and had a doctors appointment to be tested for Covid so was isolating until that happened. Mom, Ruth and I walked to the barn and back. Right after the walk I left for the Peoria post office to pick up the Berean mail then to Sam's club to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. Today was the FIRST day I'm out of quarantine! I bought a turkey, fruit, lots of vegetables, and a pecan pie for tomorrow's Berean helpers. From Sam's I went to Berean and worked there until noon. Bill Schick stopped in and needed the office but can't be around anyone yet so I left. There is plenty of work for anyone wanting to help tomorrow. As soon as I got home I started a big pot of creamy chicken and wild rice soup. At 2:00 pm the fire under the pot was turned off and I took the golf cart up to the barn, grabbed Jewel's filly, loaded her and left for Hoerr Vet clinic where she had a 2:45 pm appointment to get her blood drawn for her coggins test.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Diane sent the most beautiful picture of the sunrise this morning from her balcony in Gulf Shores.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
The weanlings were moved into the middle paddock today. Their bale was almost gone in the other paddock and now that Isla has gone to her new home that paddock had almost a full bale of the good stuff. PLUS it has 3 shelters just in case the weather starts to turn bad. I had to put a halter on Maddalen and Jewel's filly to move them. Karin led Maddalen and was very impressed with how well she leads now. I worked with Jewel's filly and she is getting it. She still doesn't LIKE me very well but is tolerating me. Thankfully she loves her grain. Kayla and Magda came today to work with the stallions. I was busy with the weanlings while they worked with Valiant but I heard later he put on a big show of bucking in place. Evan was a sweet heart. Karin snapped the picture below of Magda sitting on him.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Fedi had his second hip replacement this morning so Ruth wasn't here to walk. Mom and I walked to Joan's then she joined us all the way to the barn and back to mom's house. Mom quit and Joan was given a ride back to her house on the golf cart. I had a good night without too much coughing and was feeling better this morning. Well enough to bring Isla out for a good groom before she left for Oregon.