Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Ok, so we were home Sunday night, but least now I'm back to posting. The week went well, as for exercise...well..I had plenty..I was the one unloading nearly everything heavy..talk about weight lifting. *L* Thank goodness we bought our daughter a dolly for Christmas, it got a lot of use!
She did pretty good, she got a few 9th places (out of 21 ponies) in Driving with Ty (her buckskin) at the National Shetland Show, and a 3rd place (beating out the current World Shetland Champion), and was told by 2 judges that she deserved Grand or Reserve Grand in that class because the one who won actually didn't pick up his/her legs as high as Sue (our daughters pony); and the one who got Reserve was "hocking" in the back (her "knee" area was hitting together as she trotted). But, hey, it's a learning experience.
I'm so proud of her, she got a 7th with Sue, too, out of 18 I believe it was, and a 5th with her other mare, Mercedes, out of 12. And a bunch of other ribbons too. It was 96 when we got out there Monday and very humid. We had to walk nearly 1/2 mile to get to the arena 4/5 if not more times a day (thus my walking exercise); and it was fast paced, because we were trying to prepare for classes, etc.
Eating was tough to do, but I tried to keep in line there, too, and think I did pretty good. My husband and I are going up to the trailer Friday morning, yep gone for yet another weekend, but hopefully one of these weekends we'll be able to stay home. I have a feeling it's not going to be until mid-0ctober. NOooooooooooooooooooooooo. *L*
Anyway, hope everyone's been well, I'll talk to you tomorrow!
Sue aka Superstition of Brush Creek & Brande
Ty aka Country's Next Big Thing & Brande
Mercedes aka SCS's Flirtin' With Disaster & Brande
Sunday, July 07, 2013
This weekend was so much fun, went fishing, watched fireworks while up on the Mississippi at the trailer, had a great time with friends, arrived home...and it went downhill...
Our daughter, who is supposed to be showing ponies, had hurt her back..now it's not sure she's going to be able to show and she's paid a LOT to do it. Plus, she's the only one who can drive the truck hauling the trailer full of ponies, 6 hours, to Des Moines. Not good at all. I'm praying she is healed by tomorrow, but it's not looking good. If she isn't , I don't know what we're going to do. We can't get our money back, not for hotel, not for the show, not for anything, I feel so bad for her, she's been waiting so long for this. Not to mention I'll be the only one who'll have to unload everything, and she has like HUGE hay bails, and a trunk that is HEAVY and her cart that needs to be taken off the back of the truck. there's no way I can do that alone, so I have no idea what we'll do. Please, if you believe in God, pray she is feeling better tomorrow, I am. My aunt is going, maybe, but she has arthritis in her hands, and there's no way she can help. What a thing to come home to.
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful week.
This is just one photo of one of the mudslides near where the trailer is on the Mississippi, Hwy 35. A lot of large boulders had made it on the road, denting the railing on the river side, and in one area, there was still one lane when we went up Friday. The roads were still closed only to local traffic, when we came home Sunday.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Ok, now starts our big weekend, and the last day I'll be here. I'm going to start my exercise later, because that's when I'll be running all over the place, for now I'm cleaning and getting things ready, packing, etc. Fun, fun, fun.
My sister, as usual, invited us over to her place around 5-530, but my husband never wants to go on the 4th, because we go down to the beer tent in Milton; its where we always see friends we know and listen to a band (I went to school with most of them), and watch the softball tourny, then the fireworks. It's always been tradition for my immediate family.
I realized, sitting here last night, that this year is the first year my Dad's youngest sister isn't going to be here. She lives in Colorado and she used to visit every year since as far back as I can remember. She is just like my Dad, and because he passed away, she'd told me last year, that she probably wouldn't return. I'm going to miss her, she was the only one that reminded me so much of him. I doubt I'll be seeing her again, she lives so far away and if she's not traveling here again....well..it's kind of sad.
I really looked forward to seeing her, but I would imagine it's hard for her to come back and not be able to see her big brother anymore. And her other brothers family (he passed away before Dad did) has basically disowned her because she took care of my Dad's (and hers) mother, and when grandma died, she was given nearly everything my Grandma owned, and rightfully so. She had to really do everything for her, but my uncles family felt they deserved something...which they really didn't because they really didn't do anything for Grandma. I and my brother/sister and my Dad never felt they deserved nor wanted, anything, but my uncle and his family got really mad at my Aunt for getting everything, and I always felt that was so wrong. So they pretty much have held a grudge against her. I wish that wasn't so, but they will never change, and it's so sad. Rosie is such a wonderful person, and they are missing out on so much. I will miss not seeing her every year, I really wish she would change her mind, I always looked forward to seeing her and my uncle Wally.
Well, I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July, and a safe one, and since I'm leaving very early tomorrow morning, I'll see you either Sunday night, or a week from Sunday.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Well now the picnic is going to be at our place, which is fine with me, it's just our kids and us, and daughters bf, so that's not bad, plus we won't have as far to drive to get to the fireworks. Then Friday we head up to the trailer, my brother in law called and said there were still boulders on the highway and that's still closed they're only allowing locals through. (boulders larger than dump trucks which had fallen off the hills which are right next to the highway). They had cleared the mudslides off the road so that's good, the side roads are another story though, they're still covered with mud in spots.
The ditch behind the trailer, which was only about 2' deep, is now down to bare rock and 4-6' deep and a small tree fell behind it, luckily the larger trees didn't fall. The electricity had been off for a while, but that's alright, we never leave it on anyway, but the bar at the end of the trailercourt had been closed for nearly a week because of it. They'd not had any deliveries from the Budweiser company because their trucks can't get through and Miller company had to deliver via pickup truck. Same with some of the food companies, they can only get through because it's one lane.
The highway is closed, and it's the only way to get to the trailer court. The Mississippi is really up high, and normally during the summer it's low, but where (on the dam) it's down below the 3rd step of the wall (there's 4 steps) it's now above the slant of the metal ramp (let me see if I can find a photo of the dam and you'll see the ramp and where it's located)
If you look, the metal ramp is the one with the stairs, the water is waaaay up to the right edge of the photo now, so it's very high, this picture shows where it was last year the same time, and it was lower than it's ever been last year. In fact last year it'd dropped even lower and you could actually walk on the next wall down which goes out 6' from the main wall, normally it's in between the two at this time of year. Such strange weather.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
I have a headache this morning, imagine that! My daughter decided she wanted to leave on Monday because one of her ponies is in a Liberty class on Tuesday evening, which is fine with me, but now when my husband and I get home on Sunday night, I'll be washing some clothes and repacking so I'm ready to leave on Monday early afternoon to get to Des Moines and Monday afternoon...unpack ponies, get them settled in their pens, then head across the road to the hotel and unpack some more. I thank God there is a refrigerator in the hotel and a microwave, we plan on saving money by taking some food of our own to cook and eat in the room, otherwise it'll get way too expensive. I think on this trip it'll be just our daughter and I, even though it was a little nice having her boyfriend; he helped by holding ponies, polishing their hooves, watering and feeding them; and standing in front of the cart when she was driving and coming to a stop. Not to mention packing the trailer and truck and unpacking it. Oh well, I guess we'll do it on our own..fun, fun, fun....and more exercise, I guess. We'll be gone from Monday until Sunday, a lot of time gone from here, but what can I do. Plus I'll be gone from Thursday until Sunday before, so nearly a week and a half I'll be missing.
I don't know how I'll handle that, I'm getting tired of being away from home so much, what I can do.
I hope you all don't miss me, but then I think only one person reads this. *smiles & waves* I'm glad someone does. *LOL*
Have a great day, and I'll see you soon!
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