We had an uneventful easy exactly 14 hour drive to mom's condo. Mom called just as we got into Foley and we told her we would pick her up in 20 minutes for breakfast at Waffle House. We made it there in 19. Breakfast was fast and delicious. Our waitress was horrified at how we northerners ate our grits.
Friday, January 29, 2021
I found out at 1:20 pm I would be leaving for Gulf Shores with Joan and within 4 minutes was packed and ready. We are leaving this evening around 5:00 pm and if all goes well should arrive there around 7:00 am. I'm not taking my computer so not sure if there will be any updates until I get home on Feb 5th. This morning I got one more of David's teachings up on youtube, plus made a page just for his teachings. That can be found under the my favorite blog section. Here is the one downloaded today.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
It was a frigid 10 degrees this morning on our walk but Ruth and I were dressed for the cold so it didn't matter. Joan and her family all went skiing and snowboarding with the co-op to Sundown. Sarah sent back a few pictures.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
A cold spell came through and we only had a high around 22 degrees today but right now it is 16 and predicted to bottom out around 10 degrees. Those in Gulf Shores, Rachel, David, Mike, Diane, Beth, Greg and mom are VERY glad to be there right now as they had sunshine and highs in the 70s. Spark and Rhonda got home last night and now have to face this cold like the rest of us here. It snowed again today but very lightly leaving just a film of less than a half inch on the existing snow. Karin and Magda arrived today to work horses.
Tonight Mike Kaisner had the message at church. It really was good to be there, I'm thankful the Bible says forsake not the assembling of the saints. Assembling together with people that we love is such a big part of a believer's life.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The snow looked fluffy but it wasn't, it was crunchy as the flakes were mixed with ice. I took the picture below with my phone as I was heading to the meeting place.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Early this morning I placed a couple ads for Jewel's filly. The person that put down the deposit shortly after she was born first planned on paying for her and picking her up around Thanksgiving. They had been sent pictures, videos, emails, texts and phone calls and I hadn't heard from them so this morning I sent a text that I was relisting her. I placed a couple ads using the video below..
Before leaving I had one response for her asking if we knew anyone that could deliver her to Texas. For the last couple days weather.com has been predicting snow, as much as 5 to 8 inches over the next few days with ice mixed in. At first it was suppose to start Sunday then Monday morning. Yesterday they bumped it back to Monday around noon. So this morning instead of walking I drove down to the Peoria post office early to pick up the Berean mail then to the Berean office to get all the Tuesday work done today. Bill Schick called as he was on his way to Mayo clinic to report the entire parking lot was ice covered already and with the ice and snow predicted to fall later today and tomorrow it would be dangerous, we decided to call off Berean. Anyone who did NOT get the text hopefully will read it here. NO BEREAN TOMORROW. I worked there until after lunch and was able to get all the studies processed and the Bible labels printed out. Bill will be back from Mayo Clinic later this week and will mail out the Bibles and studies as the postage has gone up on those and our meter needs to be changed. As I was finishing up my phone rang and it was the person that had put the deposit down on Jewel's filly. They promised to send money at the end of next week if I would just hold her for them. I agreed. As it wasn't snowing yet I dropped off a bunch of studies to be graded at Jerry and Marie's house then headed to Aldi. When I got home it still wasn't snowing yet so I brought in wood for the wood burner and got the fire started. Mark got home shortly after that. The owner of the colts that were supposed to be picked up today sent an email because of the storm expect the driver to arrive on Thursday so the colts were put out in the paddock.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
The cold has moderated and was 30 degrees this morning which felt like a heat wave. The colts were put back in stalls and the indoor cleaned up. These two boys make quite a mess in the with no supervision. They pulled saddle blankets down and stepped on them, played with Karin's flag and had emptied the garbage can dragging anything in there all over. Mark and I left for church around 9:15 am and it was so good to be there. Many people that had just been doing on-line services came back this week. It was wonderful to see so many and both Mark and I enjoyed visiting both before and after the service. Craig Stickling had a Spirit FILLED message on Joshua's last days then Revelation 5 of the only ONE who is WORTHY to open the book. We stopped at Kroger on the way home to fill up the water jugs. Karin had a group here working with the horses but I didn't go out as I was stir frying vegetables for the dinner tonight. Rhoda and Lee stopped in before supper with 4 darling puppies. They had their dew claws removed and she had taken them to the vet to make sure all was well. The puppies were left at our house for the evening. Tonight we gathered at Phil and Anna's house, all 24 of us plus Ron, Taunya's dad.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
A cold morning and cold afternoon. The colts were moved into the stall while the truck and trailer were taken out of the indoor and put back in place before leaving for Sam's club. I found some bargains at Sams and bought those along with the meal for tomorrow. Mark helped unload the groceries as he had just come in from chain sawing more of the branches down. Karin, Magda and Isaiah were here trail riding with Ripper, Mika and Irish. They had a good ride with Irish doing well to keep up with the geldings. After the ride Mika and Ripper were moved in to the breeding shed paddock while Oksana and Irish were moved into the short shelter as both of those have new round bales in them. We are expecting snow and Mark wanted to get the snow plow on the skid steer so it wouldn't be available to move in bales for a few days. I spent a couple hours chopping vegetables and then chicken for the stir fry tomorrow. We had a bit of a heated discussion this morning. The Wall Street Journal came out with an article that unless we have proof we have had the vaccine we will not be allowed to travel, work or shop. Hmm does this sound like something predicted at the end times? Maybe he will have to do the buying or selling soon. I have already had Covid, it wasn't awful and am very suspicious of our media now. In fact I pretty much don't believe anything they say any more. I had already decided I will not take the vaccine weeks ago and won't be bullied into it. Mark thinks I'm being foolish and stubborn. By the way, I'm not an anti-vaxxer. At least we agree with the stubborn part. God has numbered my days and I'm ok with His number.
Friday, January 22, 2021
It was really cold this morning and stayed cold all day, with a high of only 22 degrees. At least the sun was shining. Ruth and I were the only human walkers but for a little bit we had 4 dogs. Ruth brought Farkosh (not sure how they spell that) Emma quit early, Kabur and Leo both only joined us the second half of the walk. After the walk I had to run to the post office to pick up a package then to the money center 24 to deposit a few checks. Today was trailer training for Madolin (Tori's colt) and Moonlight (Rosaleigh's colt). Right after the walk the trailer was backed into the indoor arena and the arena doors shut. Then it was time to bring in the boys. I went out into their paddock with two halters and to my surprise Jewel's filly came right up and practically stuck her nose into the halter and even stood quietly while it was buckled on. Jewel's filly has been the only foal that has always been leery of me so this was very unexpected. I quickly put a halter on Irish's filly and brought both of those fillies into the indoor and tied them up. Next was Moonlight, he was also led into the indoor and tied. The last two were Mayberry (Sheena's filly) and Madolin and both were led into a stall and grained. That kept them busy while Jewel's filly (her registered name is Dana's Crown Jewel) was handled, led around, given a treat then put back in the paddock with Irish's filly (registered name Genevieve Grace). Next Madolin was brought inside and tied then Mayberry led out to the paddock. I'm really thrilled with how well all the foals are doing with leading and tying. Finally I was ready to start the trailer training. A purple halter was put on Tori's colt
Thursday, January 21, 2021
We had another cold start to the day but it warmed up into the 40s and had lots of melting going on. This melting made lots of mud and this afternoon Evan needed a new bale. That meant my shoes got caked as he was being taken out of his paddock and let into the field. Mark was working on the downed fence but Evan was glad to get out, run and roll and left him alone. Mackenson came over to help with the branches from the silver maple piling them up in the pasture. As soon as the bale was moved Evan was called back in with his grain. I tried a new recipe for supper, pineapple chicken in the crock pot. It was ok but not something I will make for Sunday dinners. It would be good served over rice. There was enough to freeze a quart and 2 pints for later. The weanlings broke another bucket while playing around. One really weird thing happened today. I have been banned from messaging anyone on Facebook market place. I thought it must be my computer and tried turning it off then back on but I'm still banned. Oh well I probably shouldn't be spending any money right now until we see what is going to happen with the economy.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
It was still too dark at 6:45 am for Mark to walk down to the mail boxes. He went late afternoon yesterday and the mail had not yet been delivered. There was still too much ice on the driveways for him to walk in the dark. Around 7:00 am it was light enough. At 7:10 I was at the dumpster waiting for Ruth when I saw this streak in the sky.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The dogs on the walk this morning were slip sliding all over. Poor Emma gave up as soon as Diane arrived with no goodies. It was just too icy for her to walk. Ruth's dog and Joan's dogs tried to run but their back legs kept slipping out from under them. This ice is thick and very hard right now. Even with our ice tracks on we had to keep to the sides. The ice is so hard the tracks can't dig in. I could only do one round as I needed to leave early to drive down to the Peoria post office to pick up the mail. That went well and I made it to the Berean office by 8:45 am quickly followed by Chuck Hemmer and Ron Rumbold. Chuck mentioned he had breakfast with David and Stephanie yesterday. We had a good morning working together with the other volunteers at the Berean office. If you would like to read about that click HERE. Cousin Skip showed up to help now that Berean has been banned from the jails and prisons because of Covid. Skip is also a board member at Berean and we were very glad to have a board member join us to see exactly what we do there. We put him right to work reading letters as we are very short of letter readers.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Mayberry did very well during the night for her first night away from her mom. There were no spilled water buckets, no broken buckets and it was obvious that both of the fillies had laid down to sleep. They were glad to see me, very glad for their grain and were given a couple fresh buckets of water and a wheelbarrow load of hay before leaving on the walk this morning. Can you guess what we are doing in the picture below about half way into our walk? :
Sunday, January 17, 2021
It was lightly snowing again this morning. Only a little is accumulating each day and each day most of the snow melts off. We left for church around 9:15 am. David had the message. If you would like to hear the message you can listen to it below.