Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fuzzy Ponies

My dirty little Beretta...


The boys...
They are faring well. So far the weather has been pretty darn decent around here (fingers crossed) and everyone is at just about the right weight.

Jet...
Still hasn't made it to the trainer. At this point, I think I might as well wait until February or March to send him. I'm hoping to have my round pen set up and sand hauled in by the end of this week, so if the weather holds up, I will probably start his ground-work myself. It will make his time at the trainer's more effective and he can focus on getting him rode rather than having to start from scratch.

Other than that, the only two I am keeping my focus on at this time are Moon...


And Spooks...
I am really only spending time riding around the neighborhood. A small effort to keeping them in some sort of condition. Moon enjoys strolling around and Spooks needs to learn how to move o.u.t....not so up and down.

I can't keep up with the whole bunch this time of year, so the others will just have to wait their turn. ;-)

Speaking of....the sun is out and it has warmed up...I'm off for my afternoon ride.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Knock, Knock...Helloooo????

OMG-What a terrible time to not have internet for over a week! Thanks to the holiday, today was the earliest we could get our phone/internet service turned on at the new house.

Hopefully everyone got to enjoy a lovely long weekend, filled with family, friends and good food. A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I'm off to see what all of you have been up too.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sneak Peek

Moving is such a joy!!

You would think that moving a mere 1/2 mile would make this moving business not such a pain in the butt.

Yes and No.

Yes in the fact that it is really nice to be able to load up a few things, haul them to the new house and put them exactly where they need to go. None of the usual, box everything up, load everything up, haul it to new house, unload and have to unpack everything. Nope, my moving boxes number exactly 4. I fill them up, take them to the new house, put everything away and repeat.

But it is still a pain in the butt to move. I don't care how you do it. Moving the big stuff is always easy. The first bit of little stuff is also always easy. But then when you get down to the odds and ends...

Ugghhhh!

Why are there always soooooo many odds and ends?

The new house turned out beautiful. Sorry, I thought I had a picture of the hardwood floor completely refinished, but I guess all I have is this one...
I had to sand out a few spots and reapply sealer. This is my first time refinishing a hardwood floor, so it was a bit of Oops, I have to fix that! LOL

It's not as hard as I had heard it was. But I contribute that to the invention of rotary sanders vs those big old belt sanders. Those belt sanders were known to put some pretty hefty dips in your hardwood if you didn't know how to use them properly. These newer rotary sanders are much more 'beginner' friendly. Applying the sealer ended up being the most intricate part of the whole process. I tried to be exceedingly careful but still ended up with a fair number of runs and drips. No problem though...Just sand them out and do it over. The varnish over the top was easy. I did that and then took off for Arizona. Hah hah...see there is a method to my madness. ;-) Perfect way to let the floor 'cure'.

The 1st living room (I call it the sitting room)...
I was actually afraid that I would have to replace the carpet in this room. It was in the worst shape-matted and heavily soiled. Considering I had been able to save the rest of the carpets, Thanks entirely to the purchase of a Bissell ProHeat Carpet Cleaner, I didn't think that having to replace one room was that bad of a deal. I had to clean it twice, but the carpet looks darned near brand new. That Bissell was definitely worth $149.

We are ready to start staying at the new house now. Ninety percent of everything is there. I have to tell you all this...My Honey sure wasn't every enthusiastic about moving. He likes 'his' house. I don't blame him for that. Home is where your stuff is. But, after we moved in the rest of the furniture and started getting things set up, MH is absolutely thrilled to be moving into the new house. That makes everything it took to get this place whipped out worth it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sometimes 40% Is Pretty Good Odds

(Sigh)...I guess it's time to dig out the winter apparel...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's Like Christmas...

Whenever my brother sends a package with one of his latest creations...It's like Christmas around here.

Not too long ago he made this custom motorcycle seat for My Honey...
(Sorry, for some odd reason blogger keeps turning the picture sideways) Anyway, this neat little seat will be the 'show' seat for the bike that MH is building. The lettering is VNV/LV (abbreviation for Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets...MH is a club member).

I've been waiting for this tooled photograph album for awhile...
It's all hand-tooled and hand-stitched. The inside is lined with butter soft suede...
Everyone else in the family got their photo albums, but my brother got busy with custom orders and mine got put on hold. It was definitely worth the wait...

But the ultimate surprise and the new love of my purse collection...
Isn't this an amazing purse?
I have never seen a 'chap' purse before. I cannot wait to show it off at the NFR.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It Took A Few Miles

When I left on Friday, I looked like this...


A hundred miles down the road...beautiful scenery and some fun music...




And I was looking like this...


I have a ton of beautiful scenery photos to sort through. The drive between Colorado and Phx is beautiful country. It's all scenic, but I took the long scenic route. Coming and going-LOL.

It was soooooo good to catch up with some of my friends again. I'm really sorry, but I stuck my camera in my center console out of sight...apparently out of mind as well...once I got to Phx and I don't have any pics of the people I visited. Mikey has a pic of us though. I'm sure she will post it when she updates.

Getting away was just what the doctor ordered and it's a shame that I had to get so furious before I got in the truck and headed such a short way to visit dear friends. I did not get to see everyone I wanted to, but I plan on heading back down that way after Christmas for a longer stay and will then have the time to make my way all the way around the city to visit everyone.

Amazingly enough, when I pulled into my friend, Angie's place and stepped out of the pick-up, it sure didn't feel like it had been 2-1/2 years since I have been there. From the very first time we (the whole family) went to Phx, back in 2002, it has always felt like I belonged there. I have a very strong affinity to that area.

In the meantime...It's back to the grind here. I have a couple of minor things yet to do to the house-install shades, install the new dishwasher (won't be me doing that-LOL) and putting the baseboards back up and we are ready to move in. I thought there was going to be some moving going on this weekend while I was gone...that didn't happen and the 'new' me is just shrugging my shoulders. All I have to move over is my and Megan's personal items. The rest of it...(taking my cue from Chelsi..."gives blank stare and blinks").

Remember what I said about the weather?

Sure enough...rain/snow showers and decidedly cooler temps for the rest of this week. Lovely.

So anyway...I'm back and back to normal...whatever that is...and life goes on.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Can I Blame It On The Moon?

I'm taking a weekend to myself.

I am just worn down, pissed off and totally depressed over a bunch of stuff.

I need to get away...

So I decided I am going to Arizona this weekend by MYSELF and catch up with friends.

They're Still Here

It's been an absolutely beautiful fall...


Not that I have actually had any time to ride my horses. What do you want to bet that after I spent the last month busting my butt to get the new house finished and will finally have time for my horses again, that the weather will turn crappy?

Not that the horses have cared about the lack of riding time. The the only thing they have missed is their evening grain. They don't really need it if they aren't being ridden and a couple of weeks off of their supplements won't hurt. I kept up with it as long as I could. But bringing everyone in and out every day got to be a little much on top of everything else. Everyone who showed Insulin Resistance symptoms had already recovered before I laid off.

Moon grew a butt this year...
Time off has probably been good for him. A little time to unwind. He and I will get back into the swing of things though.

Turk has been traveling increasingly better...
Constant turn-out has been good for him. Now that his feet are balanced and his injured foot has had constant support, I can see that he is traveling straighter and truer in the body. He's at about the best body weight I have ever seen him. I sure don't want him to lose any more weight, but not packing around extra weight sure has to help his feet out and definitely limbers him up.

Behind Turk, in the distance is Spooks. The black horse is s.o.u.n.d! Yayyyy! A shoeing, a month of IR supplementation and a couple of weeks of constant turnout and one day I noticed he seems to be moving pretty darned good. I haven't noticed a single gimpy step in a couple of weeks now.

The most dramatic difference, thanks to recognizing and supplementing for IR has come from Frosty...
He's lost all of his blubber, fatty deposits and is traveling out free and easy again. Much like he did when he was a 3 and 4 y/o. I'm really anxious to get back to riding this guy. I hope his sudden desire to buck like he was earlier this year left with all of the other symptoms.

This is the last week I am taking away from riding though. The house is mostly done and the few things that need to be finished up can be done as I can fit them in around the horses. I just keep hoping the weather holds up. Would it be too much to ask for a mild winter this year?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I'll Trade Ya

They don't look much like 'killers' do they?...
All racked out on their personal fuzzy blankie, on their personal couch.

Their daily offerings beg to differ...
It's a fair trade right?