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Catching up

Saturday, April 19, 2014

i can't believe how long it's been since I did a blog entry emoticon ! A lot had happened since November!

December was pretty awesome! We spent Christmas through new years at the farm. I think that was the best Christmas ever! And, my office was closed so I didn't have to leave.

I also paid off my truck and got the pay off letter dated Christmas Day! Whahoo! That was pretty awesome!

January was a mixed bag. We got the truck inspected and it failed. My truck was registered in another state. It has a long story but it was a fabulous opportunity and what an awesome deal. We got the repairs done and then got it reinspected and now, we have it all in our name. We actually paid it off a year and a half early.

Tim started getting sick again back in October. He as Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis and had a fungus ball they call aspergilloma (this was a new one to us). Anyway, he was taking his meds as prescribed and I swear we'd think he was getting better and then, wham, he was worse. He coughed so much he cracked ribs and he was just so miserable. It was heart wrenching for me to watch all this go on.

Tim carried on through his every day activities even though his illness was wrecking havoc on his sleep and his physical well being and returned to his doctor who told him this would be something that he'd have to live with and that maybe he should seek surgery.

Tim wanted nothing to do with surgery. He left the doctors office feeling depleted and frustrated. A week later, he was laying on his side coughing so bad, he had tears streaming down his face. It broke my heart. I told him he needed to go back to the pulmonologist and see if they could give him something else to help with the discomfort.

His dr wasn't available but he saw someone else and Tim had just had an x-ray. So, that doctor highly recommended surgery. There was no getting around it. And sent him for a C-scan and a referral for a surgeon.

We went to the surgeon Feb 28th and Tim was scheduled for surgery on the 19 of March. What a long couple weeks!

Surgery was long. It was 7 hours and they were unable to remove all of the aspergilloma. There was some in his left shoulder area that they had to leave for fear that he would lose some of the mobility in his arm. So, they called Tim's Pulmonologist and a highly recommended Infectious disease doctor to consult.

They removed the left top lobe of his lung and as much of the aspergilloma (fungus ball) that they could.

Tim spent 6 days in the hospital! Almost had a 7th when the chest tube incision wouldn't stop leaking as we were trying to leave. Fortunately, it wasn't too worrisome t the doctor...but sent us home with lots of medical supplies for me to keep his incision covered and clean.

I got pretty good at caring for the patient. emoticon

But then, I had another patient, too! Right before Tim's surgery, Frankie (my 21 year old TB) came down with a sinus infection, we thought. Turns out it's a tooth that the vet had hoped would fall out on it's own, but...it didn't and then the day before Tim came home, Poppy (our almost 7 yr old TB) had an abscess in both his hind feet. Thank goodness the farm owners called the vet stayed and waited for the vet for me.

The first week Tim was home were the hardest. They got easier as time passed.

Since we run the horse care, I was out to the farm evernight and getting home late. I have to say, I want more than ever to move closer to the farm. I'd rather commute to work and be right near the horses...priorities, right emoticon

So, Today is Tim's one month anniversary after surgery. He's doing really good. He's driving and he did walk the dogs yesterday by himself (first time) and he did the farm chores by himself (for the first time) because he wanted to give me a much deserved rest.

These last couple days he's been pushing to do more but he still gets winded and he has a lot of weight to gain.

But that's what we've been up to and where I've been.

I track my calories on my phone and my fitbit tracks my fitness. I workout every morning even tho some mornings I really don't want to.

Thank you everyone that sent goodies and pm's. It was so nice to be though of.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/29/2014 1:24AM

    Glad you had a nice time at the farm. But, sorry your husband was so ill. Never heard of such a thing either! Good he is so much better...hope it continues with no more problems. Thanks for thinking of me and sending a goodie. I am slowly catching up after our 2 week vacation. I posted a pic blog of our time off, if you want to stop by it.
Keep in touch when you can. Keep sparking and moving right along! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 4/20/2014 12:40AM

    Wow, Celeste! So glad that Tim had the surgery and is now on the other side of it, recovering well. He is doing amazingly for only being 1 month post op! So good to read your blog and hear what you've been up to. Glad that you had a wonderful Christmas at the farm! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/19/2014 6:29PM

    So great to hear from you again. I hope evey thing is calming down now.

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Farm sitting is enjoyable work

Friday, November 22, 2013

We left the condo on Sunday the 11th to house/farm sit for the couple that own the farm we board. We also provide the full care part of the farm care. Well, Tim really does. I do a couple days but Tim does it. We generally get Saturdays's off when the owner is home. But to us, the horses aren't work, but we do enjoy the concessional off day to do something different like, go rafting or hit a winery or just chill out at home.

So, the last two weeks have been incredible. They have a wonderful home. My condo would fit in there about 4 times. And the kitchen was amazing. We discovered tho, that's a lot of house to clean and to walk around. My fitbit would report almost 1000 steps just from my morning ritual from walking back and forth to the kitchen to the bedroom to the slider a couple times to let their dog out. It was a big house.

Then, I realized, working out was a dog walk because the driveway alone was 7 flights of stairs and close to 3k steps and I did that a couple times a day.

Then, I got to spend time with the horses. Gosh, it was super uplifting to see them every morning and evening. It's like a reminder of why you get up every morning to go to work and do what you do and put up with people that are sometimes not pleasant. It was just the best and guess what, it was exercise.

Sunday was a really long ride, Poppy did two hours in the park. I've got a lot of work to do with him, still but he's really getting there. He's only been in trailing a year and with my accident, he missed a lot of time but I have to say he did pretty good.

I did break down and order hoof boots for his front feet. He'll have sneakers. Horse shoes are just so barbaric to me and the terrain in the park really isn't conducive to metal shoes. I'm waiting for them to come but I can't wait to get them.

Poppy has tiny feet. Most horses are a 6, even the little mare has a large foot, but poppy has a 3. And his feet are just so tender. Hoping the boots do the trick.

We spent a lot of time at the park. Even got a 5 mike hike in there carrying my little Zoe. That wasn't my choice but their dog knows the park really well and got me in there and I got so lost, I had to call Tim, who then tracked my phone (thank god for GPS Technology) who then told me where I was and then I trekked to the main highway, so that my husband could pick me up.

I logged 5 miles and 31 flights of stairs in 2 hours. I was supposed to ride, but my back was so sore. I was going to at least go up and do some ring work but, one of our boarders came up to the house to chat.

Eating was pretty good because we planned our meals really well because civilization was a drive. Not like at the condo. You can almost walk to everything here. And Tim really enjoyed their gourmet kitchen.

Even tho, we had to go to work, it really was like a vacation.

We returned to reality yesterday. And what amazes me is, they appreciated us staying there probably just as much as we enjoyed staying. We've gotten several emails from them thanking us for staying there and taking care of things for them.

What a side hustle that was. I can't wait to do it again.

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TXGRANDMA 11/22/2013 9:17PM

    I like housesitting too! We did that for our friends who have a bunch of horses. It was last fall that we did it, for a month in September. Fed and took care of 7 horses, dogs, cats, and chickens........Really was beautiful too, they have a huge house on a private lake and an indoor swimming pool. I love having my horse right out my back door! Allows you to really bind with them! Loved the photo of Tim in the kitchen! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 11/22/2013 6:34AM

    That is awesome!!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/22/2013 5:42AM

    I'm glad you had a good time.. :)

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The life of a horse care taker....

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's been a busy few weeks.

For the last couple months my boss has just been increasingly grumpy. I honestly can't stand it. No one in my office is happy. Some of which I can understand but some of it is just self inflicted.

My horse has a bowed tendon. It was looking really good a little over a week ago and he re-injured it when we brought the new horse in. Horses will be horses....We really should have made him come in....but I wasn't thinking. I had just drove to Virginia to get the new horse and...well...sigh. I could kick myself.

My husband and I are supposed to be going on vacation next week to visit his mom and I already wasn't really wanting to go and now that Frank is injured....I really don't have the desire to go. My husband thinks Frank's bow will be better by then, but....honestly....it still needs to be wrapped and checked on and since he's more active in the stall being separated from his friends, I have to modify his wraps so he can stay out in the field.

God love the inventor of Duct Tape!

So, we've had the new boarder a week and turns out her horse is very stud-ish and since having a small farm with a field of geldings and mares. The new guy didn't work out. We tried integration all weekend and it was just so....exhausting and frustrating. He charged at my 21 year old Frank and really gave Poppy a run for the money. Poppy is a big baby and wouldn't stand up for himself. Both boys stood behind the little mare in the picture who took on the big bully. I wish I'd of had that on video. The new horse decided he was going to take on ownership of the other mare and really made her life miserable all weekend. We finally had to tell our new boarder it wasn't going to work out.

We finally separated the four from the new guy last night. And Patti has a couple leads on a couple new farms.

It was so disappointing. We've been trying to fill the barn since May. And we really like Patti and I can tell she's just really disappointed. I'm not a huggy kind of gal and I just wanted to give her a hug. And it's not a people thing at all. It's just her horse needs to go some place where they segregate the mares from the geldings. And I had to tell her and myself, sometimes things happen for a reason. And people come into our lives for a purpose. And I told her that I really hope she does stay in touch.

I spent all day with her a week ago when I traveled to Front Royal Virginia to pick up her horse. We had a wonderful breakfast at this little tiny diner in the middle of no where off Rte 66.

So, now back to the drawing board for a new boarder to fill our last stall. emoticon

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GLC2009 10/23/2013 3:21AM

    i only have 2 horses, but, my mini horse has laminitis this week and i have to medicate him and keep him confined. so, i put up the fence rails for his stall, and those horses, they have chewed and dismantled them every night, although they are both where they are supposed to be when i go out. so i fix the fence again and painted the rails with hot pepper sauce and will see what is happening tomorrow.
yeah, horses, we love 'em don't we? emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 10/22/2013 10:55PM

    Sorry that the new horse didn't work out, since the new owner seemed like such a perfect fit.....That is always sad. So sorry Frank's tendon is bowed, hope that he is better soon. Are you going to Vermont with Tim or staying home? I know that you will make the right call for everyone concerned. Soon, that perfect horse and owner will come along to fill the open slot! emoticon

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LASARRE 10/22/2013 9:09PM

    Things happen. We have the same thing happen where my horse is. Some of them just don't fit in....

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GRACEOMALLEY 10/22/2013 1:22PM

    Yupp - things happen for a reason. You've made a new friend and learned more about what will and won't work in terms of a boarding horse, so you know better what you want next time. Maybe narrowing it down will help get you the boarder that's right for your barn? You handled it with intelligence and caring and respect for the animals and their needs. Not everyone could have done as well. I hope Frank's tendon heals up beautifully and that all goes well for you. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 10/22/2013 9:12AM

    Best of luck on filling the stall. I know you are disapointed.

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JUST_BRENDA 10/22/2013 8:41AM

    Beautiful horses! They are probably very good company.

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CELEST 10/22/2013 8:12AM

    We owned and ran stables for years, spelling race horses and keeping boarders...so I know first hand the dramas that happen around horses. I had to fold it all many many years ago and miss it to this day, especially riding...oh I really miss that. Lucky you.

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GOLFGMA 10/22/2013 8:02AM

    Great blog. Hope you find the new boarded soon! emoticon

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    You sound like a very busy person, very involved and very caring. You haven't said anything in this blog about how your weight loss and fitness programs are going. Perhaps the next blog???

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UFEDAK85 10/22/2013 7:44AM

    The horses are so beautiful. Again, so jealous of what you do! :) I know it's a lot of work emotionally and physically but isn't it so worth it in the end?

I hope you find a new boarder soon!

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ELRIDDICK 10/22/2013 7:00AM

  Thanks for sharing

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DMEYER4 10/22/2013 6:59AM

  the horses are beautiful. Horses are my favorite pet. I had one when I was little but I no longer do. I still go to riding stables to ride. I hope Frank is better soon. Have a great day

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DARJR50 10/22/2013 6:56AM

  Great job

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Catching up!

Monday, October 07, 2013

This is why horse chores become exercise! LOL.

My back is healing well. I've been getting a ride in every week, sometimes 2 rides. What's weird is riding is far easier on my back than walking long distances. This past weekend, we went to the power boat show here in Annapolis and wow, the pain I endured after that, I wasn't quite sure I'd be able to get in my Sunday Ride.

Poppy and I went for an hour and 40 min trail ride yesterday with our friends. I would call it a very advanced trail ride. Even more advanced when we got a little lost. Poppy isn't very comfortable going down hill and steep hills are very new. Falling leaves really call for lots of laughter on my part. It's as if he things the sky is falling and then he doesn't want to hurt them when he's prancing on them....They just don't have all this on the race track's evenly dispersed dirt on a flat surface that is groomed daily. But I have to give him credit. He's doing really good in his new career as a pleasure horse, minus the jiggin' and being a nervous TB at times.

Life is good here. A little exhausting and sometimes the budget is tight but we're making do with everything.

We're into fall and boy it's been hot these last few days but the cooler weather is coming back on Tuesday! Come on cooler weather.

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ELIZABETH5268 10/7/2013 2:28PM

    Sounds relaxing! Glad things are going well for you

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BIGPAWSUP 10/7/2013 10:33AM

    What a cute boy! Congrats and enjoy the fall. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better!

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CELEST 10/7/2013 7:47AM

    Ditto Cat609....I REALLY miss riding when I read anyones blogs that still are riding. Ugh it was a wonderful time of my life, horses are magical creatures, warm and loving. You lucky woman.

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CAT609 10/7/2013 7:36AM

    I love riding. I miss it. I am like you, I would do it even if it hurt! Good luck with your back!

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ELRIDDICK 10/7/2013 6:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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And Update and a Thank You!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Wow! The last time I posted in my blog was May 26. That was over 2 months ago....

As I mentioned in my last blog, I had been going to the indoor pool down the street from my home. Bad news is, I had a reaction to the chlorine and got really ill. I tried to heal myself thinking it was just a cold. Well, after 2 or 3 week of not being able to speak and having a hard time breathing, I decided it was time to visit the doctor who gave me some antibiotics, steroids and simple instructions for my inhaler.

This led me to really look into some things in life. One thing was how much processed foods I was eating and were they really good for me. I started reading books and blogs about chemicals in our food and every day products that we use to clean.

Needless to say, there's been a lot of changing going on here in our world and the good news is, I'm better. I can breath and since changing our diet to a more natural whole foods, I've actually been able to breath and Tim has put on a few pounds (Remember, Tim is skinny, fighting to gain weight).

We started making our own cleaning and cleansing products out of natural ingredients. I shouldn't lie. Tim, makes these. He's the experimental one. I'm the one that critiques and complains.

We also started juicing, hitting the farmers market and making smarter food choices all the way around. We've been purchasing grass fed meats and milk from grass fed cows.

We're also working on creating less trash. Which means we've been purchasing food at Whole Foods or Moms in the bulk isle and bringing our own containers, which saves on trash.

One thing we've noticed since the change in eating is I haven't had to use my inhaler. I still carry it around but it's been over a month and a half since I last took a puff from it and I can walk up the stairs without being winded.

I've really gotten back into my workouts over the last month or so and really working on increasing my strength since my accident in April. I've really made some great strides, increasing my stability and strength. I still have a way to go but the improvements are incredibly noticeable And i have to thank each and everyone one of my apark friends for all the encouragement. I really don't know if I could have done it without you.

It's times when your chips are down where you learn who your friends are and who will motivate you when things really stink.

Thank you everyone!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/8/2013 9:39PM

    It is so good to hear from you. I'm going to focus on the wonderful changes you have made in your life. emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 8/8/2013 12:43PM

    That's terrible you had that reaction to the chlorine! Happy that all the changes you are making are helping! You sound you like you are feeling much better after your accident too! Thanks for the update! Keep sparking and moving right along!

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LAMOURA 8/8/2013 2:12AM

    Awesome Celeste!! emoticon emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 8/7/2013 10:03PM

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NEWFLABULESS 8/7/2013 2:23PM

    I'm glad you have found ways to eat healthy and use less trash. We all need to make a better effort to preserve our planet for generations to come. Sounds like you are well on your way to reaching your goals.

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CELEST 8/7/2013 1:19PM

    Good for you with all the beneficial changes. You will only benefit yourself by making some changes. Congrats.

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LASARRE 8/7/2013 1:08PM

    You are doing fantastic!

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UFEDAK85 8/7/2013 1:06PM

    I love this and all the changes you are making! I seriously wish I could live near you cause everything you're doing sounds so great!

It's amazing what whole unprocessed food will do for the body! I'm glad that the changes are having a positive effect!

You can do anything that you put your mind to and the fact that you have such a supportive husband makes it even more possible! You keep doing what you are doing cause you are doing great! emoticon

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JLEMUS1 8/7/2013 10:48AM

    Amen, Awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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