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Saturday, December 22, 2012

I know I been saying I was going to do a blog for a while now, but as most things it just gets slipped to the back burner. Today it’s almost 7am I have been up all night working, and I have an early appointment at 10, I think if I went to sleep I might not wake up so I am trying to stay awake. Great time to blog…and keep myself busy while the house is quiet.

Let’s see….. I wanted to share my greenhouse with you all…I love it. I can’t wait to put it to good use. Also the Christmas Forest Fund Raiser…where we raise funds for the horse we take in. We finally got a little snow this morning…so I managed to get some good pictures that I can share with you all. Hmmm what else…let me think a minute? Oh, my trip with my son and his family…the cruise. His birthday this year was 12.12.12 so he bought us tickets to go on a Caribbean Cruise. I have a couple of pictures from that also. A few extras to share with you and that will be it for my blog….whoopee!

First is First…The cruise!

This is me enjoying the beach at Freeport in the Bahamas

The granddaughter Savanna at Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Picture of the Stateroom on Board

Another of the Stateroom...I loved this Cabin

Final one for the inside of the stateroom.

This is the extended deck...which you could just lie out on and enjoy the ocean breeze.

My hair getting braided up.

Ooops...that's all I can find on this computer...I will have to get some from my daughter in law.

On to my greenhouse - I love this thing.

Made out of windows and doors.

The inside rafters....where I am going to hang all my chimes. I have so many of them and all horse themed

Some trinkets I am going to use to decorate with.

This is one of the windows...that I put some etching in...of horses figures.

Full view with sliding double doors.

I am throwing this photo in just because I love this 20 year old Chevy. I tore up the front end three years ago...when I went airborne over a tree that fell across the road. It took my hubby that long to fix it. He just finished it and got it running again. The motor on this tank is awesome...I love it. Better than any new car.

Ok, on with the Christmas Forest. This was a project that took almost three weeks to complete with over a dozen volunteers and many hours of work. It takes just about the same time taking it down as it did putting it up. This fund raiser helps pay for the feed over the winter for the 54 rescue horses we have in right now. We have a total of 71 but 17 of them are our personal horses that belong to the family. We feed them ourselves....and most of the others too. It cost over 70,000 a year to house and feed the rescue animals....we raise about 45,000 this year to help with the cost. We have no government or private grants helping us.

Welcome to our Christmas Forest.

The hubby getting getting out and playing host.

The house this morning when I first went feed the animals. Burrrrr all in one day.

It's always beautiful but this time of year even more so.

It takes about 45 minutes to get all around the property. It's really a nice ride or even a walk if you care to walk it.

A light layer of snow just set the scene to perfect for us.

A quiet spot by the river to sit and think.

Getting ready for evening rides...we need to make it fun for everyone. All three sleds get to go out at the same time.

Ok, enough I know you are getting bored...and want to get on to better things so I will shorten this with just a few more photos..I wanted to share with you.

Merry Christmas and this is not Santa's Reindeer it's Chester our friendly gelding.

This is Mindy...she is our Hostess of the Petting Zoo...we have. She loves the attention of the children and they love her.

Meet Bint Mon Sufi - This is my granddaughters mare that she is in the process of breaking and will be showing next spring. This mare is 3 years old ...and an Arabian word meaning Daughter....she is the Daughter of Mon Sufi....he was our Top Stallion until he passed two years ago. We are really looking forward to this mare and seeing how well she does in the next few years.

This is Beaver having a bad hair day.

This is Gary down by the river...wondering how he might get across.

Now for some not so good photos...Remember I mention the horses I had to take in through a court order. They were removed because of abuse. Now it is our job to make sure they get healthy and adopted into good homes. ..Well the photo I am gong to show not a pretty sight and it will give you an example of how difficult this job can be at times.

Right now I am just going to call him lucky for he is very lucky to be alive. I am not sure what we will name him but I am sure the girls will come up with something cute and clever.

Final Photos...are of beautiful Husky that went missing a week ago. We are trying everything we can think of to find her...I am just praying that she is alive and with someone that is caring for her. As most of you know she is an epileptic and goes into seizures, so she is on medication daily. She has now been without it for 7 days...and it just takes a couple for her to start her seizures.

Talk to you all soon....have a wonderful weekend...and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Come to my property armed and you will see what you get.


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    Such a beautiful blog.
    I just love the Christmas forest.
    I love horses so much.I collect ceramic and plastic ones.
    Did you get your greenhouse in a kit or design it yourself?

    1846 days ago
    I loved your update...and your pictures...and the pony with the "bad hair day" sad for Lucky's injury...and amazing how well animals recover in a loving environment. The lights and positive atmosphere of your home is delightfull..Wishing you the happiest of New Year's.
    1849 days ago
    So very glad you got Snow home with you where she belongs! Thanks for the great pictures! Merry Chrsitmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. emoticon
    1853 days ago
    1855 days ago
    I had no idea you had that many horses. A true animal lover!! They are beautiful horses. What happened to poor Lucky? I really feel for animals that are abused. Thank heavens he is with you now. Your house is beautiful. I sure hope you find your dog. emoticon
    p.s. Love your green house. We used to have a small one, but the snow caved in the top of it so my Hubby just took it down.
    1855 days ago
    Beautiful pics. Thank goodness for people like you. Horses are such magnificient animals.

    I hope you raise lots of money and especially that you find your dog.

    1855 days ago
    Joanna, thank you for such a wonderful blog!! I enjoyed it very much. I just love Bint-what a beautiful animal...and Beaver looks like me on most days :)
    Still praying for Snow--what a sweet dog.

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year for you and yours!! Noel
    1856 days ago
    Merry Christmas. Thanks for sharing.
    1856 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Joanna, I really enjoyed your blog and the pictures are all so wonderful and self explaining. I can't believe how awful the injury looks to the horse that was abused. God Bless You for helping these poor horses who otherwise wouldn't have a good life and heal well. Your property is just beautiful and I also would love to take a carriage ride. You sure go all out with the colorful lights on the trees. Your going to have many hours of pleasure working on your art work and anything else to escape and have some quiet time for yourself. If I ever take a cruise I want a Stateroom as the tiny room we had on my cruise was like a big closet and no space in even turn around. I hope your precious Snow is being well taken care of. I'm still praying for his safe return home to you. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the Best in 2013.

    Hugs & Love,

    1856 days ago
    Thank you, Joanna, for sharing your wonderful pictures with us. I would love to be able to take a tour of your property. It looks absolutely wonderful!! What an awesome adventure that would be! Your greenhouse, too, is really nice. Love the etching of the horses in some of the glass. You are truly talented to be able to do that yourself. So sorry for that poor horse. I hope he will be OK and the people responsible will be punished. No animal deserves to be treated like that. I also hope that you are able to find Snow. What a beautiful husky! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year! Hugs coming your way!!
    1856 days ago
    Great pictures. I would love to go on that ride...and how beautiful in the snow!

    But that poor mistreated horse! Injury looks horrendus! Will he recover? emoticon How did that occur..he's sliced open down his whole side!?

    Bint Mon Sufi is gorgeous! A really beautiful horse.

    Thanks for sharing.
    1856 days ago
    Oh, Joanna! The Christmas Forrest is absolutely gorgeous! Wish I was closer so that I could tour it, too! There is something like that here in East Texas but it is over 2 hours away. I was there when the girls were young, and of course it was wonderful then!
    I loved the photos of "Beaver" having a "bad hair day"! That should be in a magazine somewhere.
    "Snow" is absolutely gorgeous! It is heartbreaking that she has gone missing.

    What a unique and beautiful greenhouse! If you hang the chimes in there, though, there won't be a breeze to keep them chiming, will there? Or maybe it has an air circulation system to keep the air moving?

    Stay warm and snug, and have a very Merry Christmas! emoticon
    1856 days ago
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