More rain today, imagine that! This has been the wettest June on record. Karin arrived and instead of riding taught 2 girls how to round pen Valiant. After finishing with him we backed the truck and trailer into the indoor to get out of the rain, loaded up 3 mares and 3 foals and took them to Middle Grove. It was pouring earlier but when we arrived just sprinkling. We just let them go at the gate and took off. No pictures because of the rain. When I got back I teased Rosaleigh and when she said no, moved her into the pond pasture with Madiera and her colt. Madiera needed to be teased but she was across the dam on the far side of the pond pasture. I started walking over but there was so much rain and mud it was really slippery on the dam. I decided not to chance a fall as my arm is still very sore. Madiera didn't get teased or covered today. Hopefully she is already out. The weather report sounds really good. The rain is supposed to be over tonight and no rain is predicted for the next full week. That will be such a nice break. I will need to bring a few horses back from Middle Grove. Both Mayberry and Jewel's 2020 filly need to come back and of course I need to bring Indy back. Indy is our last mare due for 2021. She was bred to Evan and her foals by Evan are always spectacular. Below is a video of the full sibling to the expected foal.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
We were able to walk almost one round before the rain started up. By the time we were turning the corner at Diane's the rain started and we were rushing mom home arriving before we all got soaked. We decided to take Joan home on the golf cart and that was done in the rain. I went in to change and get ready for Berean when I heard the weirdest thunder I'd ever heard. It was a series of Crack Crack Crack about 10-15 cracks each less than a second apart then a huge BOOM. It turned out not to be thunder, another branch fell off the tree.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Right after cooking breakfast for Mark I went out to tease mares before the heat. Rosaleigh is still in and covered by Evan and Madiera was also still in and covered by Valiant. It started raining as I was driving the golf cart over to mom's for the walk but had stopped by walking time. After the walk I left to drive in to Peoria for the Berean mail. Anna was here cleaning the apartment while the girls were over swimming until low booms of thunder started up. Anna took the girls home and we had more rain. At 12:30 pm I went over to mom's. Karin and Jackie were there so we enjoyed visiting and playing together for an hour. The sun came out so I left to get pictures of foals for their owners. Rosaleigh and her colt were taken in the indoor arena first to get a hosing off. Her colt was so funny with the hose but even more funny when I took them outside. He was using his mom as a scratching post.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Today we had no rain. Most unusual as rain was predicted. I got up early and started the Sunday meal prep around 5:30 The oven was turned on to preheat while getting 2 pans of brownies ready for that. 14 eggs were put on the stove to boil then I started cutting up chicken breasts then drizzling olive oil on the pieces and then covered the pieces in parmesan cheese. Next came the green, red, yellow and orange peppers also cut up and drizzled with olive oil then covered in parmesan cheese. The water melon was cut up and placed in the fridge in two different containers. When the eggs had boiled for 10 minutes they were cooled down in the sink, peeled and made into 28 deviled eggs also put in 2 containers and put in the fridge. After all that breakfast was made for the both of us. After breakfast Mark took the garbage over while I cleaned up the kitchen and bathroom. He set up the small table for the kids and swept the living room floor and THEN we got ready for church. I'm so thankful for the time we get to spend in that building with our church family. During the lunch hour I noticed a bunch of facebook messages all of people wanting to come today to see the trailer posted yesterday. I didn't answer any of them until after the afternoon service. We drove home, changed and then moved the trailer next to the barn so it could be plugged in, the fridge and air conditioner turned on. One couple was coming at 2:00 pm and the other wanted to come around 6:00 pm to see it and the 3rd didn't set a time. I sent Joan a text just to make sure it wasn't posted on RV Share before selling it and the answer came back pretty quickly, "DON'T SELL, it is renting like crazy. I had to call and cancel the 2:00 pm people right away and then sent messages to the other 2 and was able to let them all know not to come. The ad was removed. The kids came after church. Israel showed up before the 3:30 ride time so got to go on the trail ride with the group. He got to ride Cookie.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Finally Madiera is showing and was covered BUT because I needed Evan for Rosaleigh, Valiant was used. I really like what Madiera produces when bred to Evan but I loved the movement and height she threw on her foals when bred to Valiant so it really wasn't too hard to make that decision
Friday, June 25, 2021
Rosaleigh is in her foal heat and was covered this morning after making breakfast for Mark. She and her colt were turned out in the pasture next to Evan to graze then I left for the walk. This morning was cool and not raining, the rain came later. We had new guests coming for the barn apartment so the barn was cleaned and the cookies pulled out of the freezer for them. Jamie sent a picture of her Valiant daughter Legacy that needs to be posted here. She is just gorgeous.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Rain was threatening but didn't start until after our walk. We did one round with mom, who made it half way to Joan's all of mine and all of Diane's before heading inside. The second round was to take Joan home. By the time I got home Taunya and Abe were here. As today is Taunya's birthday Abe and I went to Dollar General so Abe could pick out a birthday gift for his mom. First though we looked at cards and Abe found the perfect card. It had a dog on the front and he said his mom likes dogs so he thought we should buy 2 of them. I talked him into just the 1 card then started looking for the 'gift'. BTW the card was for a man, inside it made some kind of reference to the what a swell GUY he was. Abe saw some tiny little cups and right away said, "my mom NEEDS these." and the next thing he found were cheeto's he wanted to buy 2 bags of those as he was sure that they were his mom's favorites. We finished out the shopping with some party favors then went home to wrap the presents. As soon as Taunya took a break Abe brought her the gifts. We had to laugh. Below Abe is playing with the tiny cups he was sure his mom needed.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
We lost Emma today. We had rain during the night, she got up and out the dog door by herself but then couldn't seem to get back inside and Mark found her out in the rain all wet. She was losing ground quickly and at 4:48 pm went to sleep and didn't wake up. I'm thankful the end was peaceful. She was a good dog and we will miss her. Taunya came today with Abe so Abe came with me to Stock & Field to buy grain for the horses. That 4 year old boy is strong.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Well Emma made it through the night but didn't want to move this morning. She was given water, offered food and I tried to get her up to go to the bathroom but she just was too tired. She may have actually gone on her own though as she was laying in the family room by the dog door. I went out at 6:45 am to meet the airbnb guests who were in the stall barn admiring Rosaleigh's 5 day old colt. I introduced them to the horses, took them over to the cabin to meet the riding horses then gave them the golf cart and left for the walk. Joan made it to the dumpster before the rest of us could get there. Mom did one round then once she was back in the house Ruth, Diane and I walked Joan home. I picked up mom a little early as we wanted to stop at Casey's for donuts again for Berean. We didn't end up buying any in Hanna City but if you would like to find out where we bought them you will have to read the Berean blog by clicking HERE. After dropping the Bibles off at the Bartonville post office we headed home making it home before noon. I was hoping Emma was still alive and she was but in the very same position and place when I left her this morning. She was given water, drank and then I called Hoerr Vet clinic to find out if there was something I could give her and was told I could give her 1.8 cc's of Banimine IM so that was given at 12:30 pm. Taunya and Abe were here. Taunya was working so once Emma was resting comfortably Abe and I took a golf cart ride. We saw an Eagle first then a big deer jumped out of the woods very close to the golf cart and took off across the field in front of us. No picture but Abe was very impressed. We got back in time before Taunya needed to leave to pick up the other kids. Emma was given another shot at 2:30 pm then I headed over to mom's and spent some time with Karin, Jackie, Ruth and mom. Karin had a big group here trail riding earlier and sent this picture of Jared with Ripper.