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Hi, Sue and Hen!

Sue, how great about the clinic! Neat that it is catered to gaited horses since that is what you are riding, now. He surely has been a great horse for you and wonderful that you have someone to ride with!

I agree, Hen, the ads here are getting worse and worse. I have had the whole page ad flash up once, I guess that is Spark's latest tactic to get us to click on them by accident. I wonder if the companies count the clicks to see whether or not they will continue to buy advertising? I think so, because the ads are placed conveniently where it is really easy to click on them accidently which is about all the clicks they get from me!

I have complained to the spark people higher ups about the ads to no avail. I guess the only thing they will understand is when they start losing participants. It is one thing to have ads available if you WANT to click on them, and quite another to place them where they TRICK you into clicking on them. Then, the popups that cover the whole screen are really inexcusable!

I joined our facebook page, and hope to stay in touch that way. Will I get notifications when one of you posts? I am quite ignorant about facebook!

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12/12/14 10:39 A

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That would be great, SJ!!! As far as a name for the group... Maybe something with "Country" in it... We've been using "Country Chatter" in here, so maybe that... Whatever you come up with will be fine with me, I just don't want to lose contact... I realize that SP has to have all these ads plastered all over to pay for their site, but when they pop right over what you're trying to read, it's just gotten to be a bit much.

I'm excited to get the invite to our new country club house!!!


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Good idea, Hen, about a party line on FB.. I'll play around with it and see what I can create. Any name suggestions for the page?

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SJ!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! That will be a blast!!! I really envy you having someone to ride with!!! I'm hoping our new neighbors (that just happen to have two horses) will become good riding partners.

TX ~ You've had your hands full this year, it's no wonder you're not quite ready to put up a tree and decorate!!! Just think, next year, you'll be able to decorate 'til your heart's content!!!

Have you ladies noticed any slowness and annoying popup ads on Spark, that cover your page??? I probably won't be coming on here much anymore, as it's starting to bother me, that I've got to wade through the ads just to visit, and beings as it seems to just be the three of us left, we might could start a private FB group or something, so we could still keep our "party line" kind of visit going... Anybody interested or know how to do that?

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Hen & Chris, I am just giddy with excitement! I am signed up to attend a 5 day clinic in early April with one of the top gaited horse clinicians in the country, Larry Whitesell. And to think a year ago, I didn't even own a gaited horse! My good friend and riding buddy, Carole, will be going too, so that will make it even more fun!



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Yes, Hen, it does! The Retailers always want to push the season! The pretzels sound really good! I have got to start our Christmas baking too, usually we make all kinds of cookies but it is rather hard when working on the house occupies all our time. Not complaining, just wish we had been a little further along with the house at Christmas.

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While we're venting... *LOL* Doesn't it just chap your hiney to see Christmas stuff in the retail stores BEFORE Halloween!!!??? They're getting more ridiculous every year!!!

I've been doing some Christmas baking (cookies so far, as I'm NOT a baker)... Today, I melted some almond bark and dipped pretzels and sprinkled them with red and green sprinkles... That was much more fun!!! Earlier, I ordered some Lock n Lock from QVC and am putting the goodies in them for our friends and neighbors.

Tomorrow, we're passing out commodities at our church... I always enjoy helping out with that.

Have a great coming weekend ladies!!!


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Hen and Sue, of course! Jesus is the Reason for the Season which is why, for 13 years, now, (this will be 14) I have put up with her and her ill manners without saying too much. My daughters are scandalized by her behavior! They are happy that they won't have to put up with her this year, as Matt's family's Christmas and my family's Christmas are on separate days, at different places.

It doesn't seem like Christmas much to me this year, and I think that is because we have been so busy with the house I really am not thinking of anything else. Also, no Christmas tree this year and I haven't even started wrapping Christmas gifts.

I guess we are heading to Tres Rios again on the 21st, to stay into the first part of January. I will have to get busy wrapping gifts before then. We are having a garage sale with the neighbors this weekend, and then, on Monday, the 15th, I am due for another root canal. I have a certain dentist I go to for these, as he makes them painless and quick, and he is good at it as that is about all he does. Not looking forward to spending he money, but it must be done, I know. Have a good week!

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12/11/14 9:51 A

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SJ ~ Yes, I think you're right... Every family tree has a few nuts and bad apples... I like the saying "Simply Christmas ~ Celebrate Christ"... After all He IS the reason for the season.

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Chris, I think most families have a relative like your husband's daughter. My dad's sister used to come to our house for Thanksgiving or Christmas when I was growing up. I don't remember if she brought any food, but I do remember she never lifted a finger to clean up after the meal. My mother would be just furious and make all kinds of comments as she and my sisters washed dishes.

Steve's mom has been in a nursing home since having a stroke just over a year ago. Last year was the first time ever we didn't have a family get together, but this year his sister is organizing a get together back in their mom's home. Her husband drives us all crazy, and I gotta say, I didn't miss not seeing him last year.

I have a decoration that sums it up for me - "Simply Christmas, Celebrate Christ." That sentiment helps me to try harder with those relatives I'd just as soon not deal with!



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Hen, that is what someone else told me to do. I just don't think I can, though! I was raised better than that! Besides, then hubby and his son's girlfriend would be the only ones out there cleaning up. Can't have that!

Hopefully, I won't have to go before Christmas, just Matt will go to prepare the turkey for roasting on Christmas Day. Really not looking forward to this.......

On a lighter note, we finished the last piece of trim in the house today! I still have a bit of painting to do, and a LOT of cleaning! We are having a yard sale though, with our neighbors this weekend so have to go through our stuff and put prices on everything. That may take a while!

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TX ~ I don't blame you for being miffed!!! That would really upset my monkey too!!! I hope you go sit on the sofa after the meal and relax... emoticon

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Yes, we should be into the house by New Years or whenever we return from Tres Rios. We are going there again before Christmas so that we will be closer to Matt's daughter. We are having his side of the family's Christmas there (after Matt asked her to have it) Her response was that she doesn't know how to cook! Now, this woman is nearly 40 and is married and the mother of 2 daughters. She also said that they didn't have enough money to host the dinner for her immediate family though both she and her husband have good jobs. Funny, we hosted the dinner for BOTH sides of the family (his and mine) for the past 13 years, and Matt has been retired for 8 years now. At any rate, Matt sympathized with her and we are providing the turkey and an apple pie and who knows what else? Matt will also be cooking the meal. This is the woman who came to our house and brought her family of 4 for many years and brought maybe rolls or something else. The year we asked her to bring a blueberry pie, she showed up with a blueberry muffin! Also, when we are finished eating, she goes and sits on the couch in the living room and never offers to help clean up or wash dishes. As you can see, I am not happy about this, but try to keep my mouth shut. Meanwhile, my daughter will be hosting Christmas for our side of the family, and is cooking and supplying everything. She hasn't asked me yet what I will bring, but it may be just a pie or something.

Sorry you are losing the maple tree, Sue, I tend to be on the side of your husband, I love trees and think of how many hundreds of years it has stood there! We have probably 50 oak trees here on our property, and before we got rid of the horses, I was just hoping that none of them would eat the leaves. We had a gelding here for many months in a lot with 5 or 6 oaks and he was fine.

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Chris, that's exciting news about your house! I don't envy you the construction cleanup, but the shopping part should be fun.

We began taking down the maple yesterday. It has seven separate trunks, and we took down two, clearing all the smaller limbs and chopping the trunks and stacking for firewood.
Hen, it is a beautiful tree, and I have gone back and forth about taking it down, but have decided to take the "better safe than sorry" route. Steve points out that I've had horses for years and never lost one; I point out that I've been very fortunate, but the fact is those leaves can be lethal.

I'm intrigued by your smoothies, Hen. My go to summer breakfast is a fruit/yogurt smoothie, but so far I haven't done any veggie ones. I agree; you can find anything on the internet!

My Christmas shopping is almost finished too, Chris. Don't know how you and your DHs handle it, but I usually buy what I need and Steve wraps it. I'm getting a new pair of Ariat Heritage Ropers; my old ones are worn out after seven years.

Off to a retired teacher's luncheon, and then a dinner party tonight. Not used to this much excitement in one day! emoticon



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12/9/14 10:24 P

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Holy Cow TX!!! Pace yourself!!!! You've got a LOT going on!!! You gonna be in by Christmas or New Years??? How exciting for you!!!


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Good Evening, Everyone!

Just wanted to say that we are nearly finished with our house! We are in the process of finishing up the utility room trim right now, and then, when all the trim and doors are up and painted, we will clear all the tools out of the house, and begin to clean! There is so much construction dirt and dust in there, It may take a while.

Meanwhile, this coming Friday and Saturday, our neighbors and us are having a yard sale. We have so much stuff to get rid of. Our storage unit has to be empty by the end of this month (so we don't have to pay monthly anymore, we have been paying for 13 months, now!) and there is no room for a lot of stuff here, so if it isn't sold, I will take it all to Goodwill or somewhere and donate it. Soon, we will be taking a trip into Fort Worth to Sam's to buy the two recliners and the mattress, and will also need a new loveseat.

Hope to finish up my Christmas shopping soon! Nearly done but not quite. Take care!
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Morning Ladies!!!

I've got a friend in PA, who also had to cut down a red maple, for the same reason... Too bad they're toxic to horses, as they're so beautiful.

I'm gearing up to start back into my smoothie lifestyle and have been collecting good sounding recipes from FB and the Internet in general... It's mind blowing to me just how much information is out there at our fingertips!!! And there is a group in FB for just about anything you can imagine!!! I'm on a Pressure Cooker group, NuWave & NutriBullet... Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head... Oh, and there's also the one for our church group... Ya just gotta love the Internet!!! *LOL*

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Hi, Sue!

We didn't get the freezing drizzle, thank goodness, and everyone made it to the campout except one couple who were sick. We had a great time as always and there was so much food we ate it for 2 days! I was good, and though there were many pies, I only had my pumpkin pie because I know exactly what is in it and it is the lowest in calories anyway.

We came home to the "ranch" last Thursday, it is good to be home and in the peace and quiet of the countryside again! While we were gone, most of the trees lost their leaves so it is looking like fall around here! Matt got right to work on the utility room and as of last night, the ceiling was painted and we are ready to paint the walls, but need more paint. Matt put doors up on the spare bedroom and 2 of the 3 closets that were yet without doors. That gave me something to do, as the doors and trim must be painted. I got a couple of hours of painting in yesterday and then, my shoulder started to hurt, so I quit for the day and rubbed my shoulder in with "Theragesic" which always really helps!

Sue, I think it was great that you had Thanksgiving in the house you grew up in! How special! We celebrated our first family Thanksgiving in my daughter's house that she bought in January. She has so been looking forward to hosting the holidays in her own home. We will have Christmas there, too, but on the 28th because Zoe has to be at her father's house on Christmas Day.

Too bad you have to cut that red maple, Sue! We have lots of Oak trees on our property and I hear that if horses get to eating the leaves, they can be poisonous. I couldn't bear to cut any of the trees down though. Hope you get your new areana built!

I know that all of us are very busy this time of year, but I so enjoy hearing from everyone! Pitch in here when you get the chance! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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Hen and Chris,
It's always interesting to read about the weather you are experiencing, because a few days later it tends to head east, in a less extreme version!

Sounds like we all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We went to our daughter and SIL's house - which is the house I grew up in. Steve remarked that we had come full circle - we celebrated our first Thanksgiving together there 42 years ago.

We plan to get out today and cut down a red maple in the pasture so I won't worry about the leaves poisoning the horses anymore. Then we are going to stake out where I want my arena to be. My round pen isn't quite big enough for riding Ombre.

Keep warm!

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I know! Ours is worse! 78 degrees today with sunshine, and tomorrow's high in the low 30's! We also have a possibility of freezing drizzle! So glad that we are at the park now, and made the move today, instead of trying to do it tomorrow! A lot of our group say they are coming tomorrow........I surely hope they make it!

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11/29/14 4:04 P

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Holy Buckets Batman!!! I just checked our weather forecast... 63° today, 34° Sunday and only 31° Monday!!! emoticon

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Yes, unfortunately, we're not going to escape the cold coming through. 39° Monday... Oh well, I'll just curl up with a good book and stay inside, except for the "have to" chores... I don't dilly dally doing chores when it's cold. *LOL*

I've been impressed with Lowes' return policy... Also with blinds.

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Glad you are having some good weather, too! We are supposed to be 77 tomorrow, and then, on Monday, the high is supposed to be 41! A Norther is coming through!

I know, I was so anxious to get those blinds up, too. Oh, well, now will go back to Lowes and exchange them. Thank goodness they never give us any trouble on that.

Is the cold going to hit you too, on Monday? emoticon

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Bummer on the wrong size blinds!!! 60's and sunny here!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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I'm like you, I don't need it bad enough to fight for it! I will shop when things are calmer even if I have to spend more money. I have never witnessed the violence in person but have seen it on TV and that is bad enough.

Looking forward to eating leftovers tonight for dinner! Maybe I can make a bit more room in the refrigerator! We went to Lowe's this morning and got what we wanted, got the stuff all the way out to Deleon and found out that two of the blinds wouldn't fit, so have to go get the next smaller size. So disappointing! I hate going to the store and exchanging things, but will be doing that the week after next.

Have a good weekend and stay warm. It is supposed to be 77 here Sunday! emoticon

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No Black Friday madness for me, thank you very much... I've seen people actually get into fights!!! It just seems to bring out the worst in some people, and I have absolutely no desire to be in the middle of all of that.

I'm with you on the leftovers!!! Sometimes I think they're the best part of Thanksgiving dinner!!! You still get all that great food, with none of the work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Congratulations on everything turning out just right, and on time! I would say you "passed the test!" We did well with our dinner, too.....Matt carved the turkey while my daughter and I finished up the details on the sides. Way too much food as usual, though! Will be eating leftovers for a while, but sure don't mind. Everything was delicious.

Do you go out shopping on Black Friday? We don't usually but are going to Lowe's today to buy some things for the house. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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Had a wonderfully quiet day here at home with just Hubby and I... It was a beautiful day weather wise and I enjoyed being out with the critters, giving them special treats and lovin's... I surprised myself, getting everything to come out good and on time!!! *LOL* It doesn't always happen that way for me!!! Seems like my timing on at least one thing, be it turkey or side, that holds up the whole works... But not today!!! YEA!!! emoticon

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did! The turkey turned out just right, and my DH's stuffing was a hit, as usual! I made Spark People's sweet potato casserole recipe and it was delicious! emoticon

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Oh, yes, Hen.........I figured you were kidding but seriously, you are always welcome in our home, humble as it may be! I can't imagine pulling a horse trailer all the way to Kansas from Alaska! I hope that hubby appreciates everything you went through to get him to where he wants to be!

Sue, how nice that you will be going back to Thanksgiving in your parent's home! How I wish we would be, but the place is sold now, and located in Michigan. I remember one year I took both girls back to Michigan (drove) for Thanksgiving with my parents, and how happy it made them to have all of us together.

Everyone have a good rest of the week......we are moving the "house" (RV) again Monday, and that always makes me nervous. Hen, I hope you get your cell phone fixed! emoticon

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SJ ~ You're using the term "enjoying" pretty loosely, I'd say!!! *LOL* Yeah, it's strange, how this cold weather has covered the whole U.S... Some more than others, to be sure, but it has effected all of us to some degree... Pardon the pun... I swear, it wasn't intentional.

Yes, when DH retired, we moved down here so he could be close to his siblings... It's been quite an adjustment, but I do enjoy the longer "good" weather and the shorter cold... That being said, I did notice, last week, that they were actually warmer up north than we were here in Kansas.

Well, I'm off to see if my cell phone provider can fix my phone... The settings keep changing and it's driving me nuts!!!

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Looks like most of us are "enjoying" some cold temperatures early in the season! Our lowest was 11 degrees early Wednesday. Today is balmy - only down to 26. No snow yet!

I won't be hosting Thanksgiving this year; our daughter and son in law (who have moved into my childhood home) wanted to have it in their house. Seems like only yesterday Steve and I were taking our three little ones over there for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow night we will be going to have Thanksgiving dinner with my mom in her assisted living facility.

Chris, how soon do you think you will move in your house? I know it seems the closer you get to finishing construction, the slower things can go....

Hen, you lived in Alaska? We have a friend who has a house up there; he has offered it to us anytime we want to go visit... our problem is finding someone to care for the critters while we are gone.

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TX ~ I hope you know I was only kidding about coming down with my horses and goaties... On, and by the way... I'm the "old goat". *LOL* Yeah, driving down from Alaska, with 1 horse, 4 cats and 2 dogs was enough for me!!! I can only imagine what an overwhelming trek it would be adding 10 goats and 3 more horses to the mix!!! OYE!!!

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Hen, we are finally warming up again, it has been a cold 10 days! I guess we have set a record for cold for the first half of November! I know we have had weather more common for January and February.

Oh, yes, we have a guest room and you and the "old goat" are welcome! The horses and goats would be a challenge, because though we have the land, we don't have the perimeter fence up yet! We did have a guy out today to look at the fence and what still needs to be done to see if he can finish it. He is busy right now, he will try to give us a quote after Thanksgiving.

Hope to finish the guest room before we leave here Monday to go to Tres Rios again. Having Thanksgiving at my daughter's house in Cleburne. What about you? emoticon

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TX ~ I agree, single digits is too cold for these old bones, but we've been known to get down into the teens BELOW zero, so I'm not going to complain too much about 7° for a few nights, as long as it's above the zero mark.

A guest room in the new place, huh??? Well, now I know where to head, if our weather gets too bad this winter. *LOL* Got room for 4 horses and 10 goats for a month or so??? Oh, and one OLD goat??? emoticon

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Single digits are just WAY too cold! It kind of looks like we are all going to have a long, cold winter! Not a bad thing, necessarily. Our winters have been very mild lately.

Ha Ha! Poor goats! They probably have so much hair its hard for them to move! I can just picture them, looking like the Musk oxen! emoticon

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Hey TX ~ Yes, we got hit by that cold front that came through too... Got a dusting of snow, which is just about gone... Horses and goaties are really haired up!!! They're so cute... They look like miniature musk oxen!!! emoticon That's good, though, as we've gotten down into the single digits a couple of times at night. brrrrrrrrrr... I'm ready for spring!!!

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Hi, Hen!

So good to hear from you! We are having a cold, early start to winter, too, had a light dusting of snow last night and the temps were in the mid 20's with wind chills in the teens. We are still living in the RV and believe it or not, it is cozy in here with the furnace (propane) and the electric heaters.

Matt has been working hard on the house, all the flooring is down in the living area, the tile is on the floor and wall where the wood stove will set, and also have tile on the floor just inside the utility room door. Getting the utility closet finished, and the master bedroom is totally finished and furniture is in place! Matt is working right now on the spare bedroom and after that, the last room to finish is the utility room. Still have the texturing and painting to do of the walls and ceiling in the spare room, and the floor must go down, then, to finish the closet. Getting anxious to get that done. Still not moving into the house because of all the construction dust and dirt. At any rate, after 11 months, the RV is home.

We still have the leaves on the trees, not sure when they will be falling, but I'll bet it will be soon. They are still green at this point.

I heard it was REALLY cold in Kansas, supposed to be 23 degrees here tonight!

Hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving, we are looking forward to dinner at my daughter's house in Cleburne. Leaving for Tres Rios a week from today, so we will be closer to daughter's house to help her with dinner! Everyone stay warm!
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Hey Ladies!!!

I hope everyone is doing great and staying warm!!! We had our first snow (didn't amount to much) this weekend... OK... I'm officially ready for SPRING!!! *LOL*

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Hen, it WAS interesting! They refinished both the truck and camper in turquoise and white, very pretty! Since there was no awning on the camper, they set up a turquoise (large) umbrella outside with two turquoise chairs under it! I will have to google those old campers, too.

Glad that your temps have cooled down some so that you can ride! I know, fall is gorgeous and the cooler temps are definitely welcome! Stay warm! emoticon

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TX ~ That vintage camper sounds interesting... I'll have to do a Google on it and check it out... Hard to think of something in our generation as being "vintage"... Pass the Geratol, please. *LOL*

Yes, it's cooled down to where riding is comfortable, and the colors are gorgeous!!! Fall could easily be my favorite time of year, if it weren't for the fact that winter follows. *sigh*



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Sue, so glad that you had a good, safe ride with friends, and that no one got hurt! We just arrived home in Deleon today and it looks like the grass needs mowing at least one more time... It was unseasonably warm today, 90 degrees!

We went to church this morning in Glen Rose at the Cowboy Church, then stopped at the downtown Glen Rose where they had a Classic car show. I just love looking at old cars. They also had a vintage camper there called a "Burro", something I had never heard of before. They are tiny and rounded off and the owner said they stopped making them in the 80's. They were towing it with a vintage jeep, both beautifully restored! Also, loved the 61 Corvette that was looking like new and bright red! The man said he found it in awful shape in Massachusetts via the internet, and restored the whole thing to new condition in his garage!

Next campout starts November 9 so going again........Till then, glad that Sue and Hen can ride!

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SJ ~ glad to hear you're able to ride in such good weather. Glad also that it turned out so well.my friend Sandy and I also had a good ride Friday.

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Beautiful fall weather and delightful temperatures will last for one more week before a cold front brings in much cooler weather next weekend. Last Friday, Carole and I were joined by our mutual friend to ride... only she had not been on a horse in over 30 years! We all ride with our helmets, so our heads are protected, but that didn't mean other body parts couldn't get hurt! Myrna's horse decided toward the end of the ride he wanted to head back to the barn, and walked right towards a very low hanging limb, and she was having no luck turning him. Myrna just showed how unflappable she is, not to mention limber, and simple laid back in the saddle until her head was nearly on his rump, and the two of them passed under the tree unscathed. I did breathe a sigh of relief, and thanked God for once again, keeping us safe on our ride.

My DH will be heading to Sampson's Mountain in Illinois next week on a trophy whitetail hunting trip. He has been wanting to do this for many years, so I am glad he is finally getting to go. This week we plan to finish up some gardening - moving some azaleas that don't get enough sun, pruning a few limbs and getting mulch down. The grass will need one more cutting too.

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It will be absolutely gorgeous, Sue! We were hot again this past week but finally have a front coming through tonight, and another one on Sunday night, which are both lowering our temps. The low tonight will be 56 degrees! Ready for that!

Our tractor is a 2005 Kubota which we bought a few years ago, it took me a few years to pay it off! It came with the front end loader, the auger, a blade, a brush hog, and a finish mower. I sold the finish mower and bought a hay loader for it, you know, the kind that "stabs" the round bales and picks them up so you can move them. We LOVE our tractor, use it all the time!

The hummingbird sounds gorgeous! They are so pretty and I love watching them.

Sounds like you really DID have a good harvest on your sweet potatoes! Congratulations! 10 pounds should last the two of you quite a while.

I have a question, has anyone considered or installed solar or wind power? I am looking into the possibility for our new house as we are so far out in the boonies, would be good to have a power source "off the grid"!

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North Georgia is finished with the 90s for this year; our highs have been in the mid to low 80s, and next week, will drop into the 70s. Beautiful riding weather! Good project weather too! Chris, a Kubota is what we got - 2007 model with low hours. The front end loader was a great help to lift Steve up to pressure wash the house! He has replaced and smoothed the dirt near the run in, and the next job is to lift him up to cut some limbs.

I still have a ruby throated hummingbird at one of my feeders, and I've never had one stay past September. Every morning I am surprised to see it outside my kitchen window, but sure am glad it's here.

Dug out my sweet potatoes yesterday. The plants in the straw bales did better than those in the raised beds, so next year I'll plant just in the bales. We got about 10 pounds!

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I know, September was here and gone so fast, my head is still spinning! We were hot today though, it hit 93 degrees which is 10 degrees over "normal" for this time of year. We also had the driest September on record, so now, hoping for a wet winter. Supposed to have a cool front come in tomorrow, I'm ready for it!

Sue, glad to hear that you got a ride in, and that your friend could ride, even with broken ribs! Wow, she must have a high pain tolerance or a very smooth gaited horse! Be safe on your drive to TN and back! It should be a beautiful drive. emoticon

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Yeah, I'm still in denial that it's October!!! OYE!!! I mean, What the heck happened to September!!!??? emoticon

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We are enjoying beautiful autumn weather - Carole, my riding buddy and I got in a two hour ride today, and she was riding with broken ribs! She said it would take more than that to keep her from our weekly riding date! She is amazing...
Steve and I will be heading to Maryville, TN in the morning to pick up a new wood stove fireplace insert. We are replacing a Buck stove insert that has been used every winter since 1980.
We bought a new (to us) tractor last week. It has a loader, and are we having fun finding things to use it for!
I heard on the news tonight snow has already fallen in Colorado... forecast for the South is colder and wetter than normal. Not going to dwell on that, and just enjoy autumn!

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I know, Hen! It seems when it is summer, we can't wait till winter! When it is winter, we can't wait for it to warm up! That's the way it goes, I guess.

Susan, so glad that Steve got to get away for a while! I know, there are always a million things to do when you have property. When are you going to ride? That should be beautiful too, this time of year.

Yes, we loved it up there in Hot Springs! It was so cool and beautiful. The RV is not fixed yet, still waiting on the leg that is being made. So, will have to take it in again!

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I took my sister to her orthopedic appointment on Tuesday - all was well, so I packed my bags and was home late that night. She can dress herself, and is going back to work today, and will begin therapy on Monday, so she is staying in Mississippi. DH left a few moments ago for a four day motorcycle trip with some friends in the mountains of North Carolina. I have the trailer hooked up for whatever day I want to go riding.... Deer season (bow hunting) opened last weekend, so the woods that have the wonderful trails behind my house are now full of hunters. Looks like I will be hauling to get in some rides.

I love sitting out in the mornings with my coffee and enjoying the hummingbirds. It won't be long, and they will be headed south. Last night Steve and I were sitting there and talking about all we need to do - some things to get ready for winter, like you, Hen, and other things just projects we have never gotten around to. Don't know how we ever had time to work!

Chris, maybe this repair will be the final one needed on your RV! This sure is a lovely time of year to hit the road and enjoy the season!

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Just busy getting everything ready for winter... Hard to believe summer is drawing to an end... I can't say I'm gonna miss those triple digit temperatures, but I can already hear myself complaining about the cold temperatures to come. UGH!!!

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I used to love seeing and smelling the hay stored in the barn for the winter! Nothing better smelling than that! As a child, used to love climbing on the hay in Grandpa's and Dad's barn.

Sue, glad that you got a ride in, and hope that your sister will come back with you. It will make it so much easier to care for her.

No, the RV is still not fixed. The dealership said that it would take 3 weeks for the rear leg to come in (It needs a new one). We needed it though for a trip with our Good Sam's group, so we took it. Only the front legs work, Matt is putting jacks under the rear legs just to stabilize the RV while sitting. We talked to the dealership about the ongoing problems and how it has impacted our enjoyment of the RV (very much!) Looked at the new ones, and they have a totally different system on them which tells me that this system has proven to be an ongoing problem. We have a plan of attack for getting the system replaced. The dealership is helping us so that is good.

We are in Arkansas, arrived today. The park is on top of a small mountain, we backed in a site so that we could look out over the treetops into a valley. Very beautiful! The clubhouse has a wrap around porch with large windows and gorgeous views. I won't want to leave! emoticon

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SJ ~ Glad to hear you've had such great riding weather!!! We're supposed to help move some cattle that my BIL is taking care of, but not sure just when the guy wants his cattle moved to winter quarters.

Safe travels and hope you can talk your sister into coming back with you... Keep us posted.

Isn't it a good feeling, to have hay for the winter!!! We kept back several large rounds for the horses, and the barn is full of "never in the weather" rounds for the goaties... Makes me smile to see all that beautiful green hay inside... It's so nice to work with, come the winter months, to have the look and smell of fresh hay. *smile*

TX ~ What's the latest on the RV??? Hope they finally get things all straightened out for you... As SJ said, that's GOT to be aggravating for you.

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I haven't been on here in a while... got back in town on Sunday and will be going back to Mississippi tomorrow for about a week. I may try and talk my sister into coming home with me since it looks like her recovery will be a long one.

Chris, it must be incredibly aggravating to have your RV still not fixed right! Not to mention that's it's your home too! Good thing about that lemon law applying to RVs too.

Hen, don't you just love all the information we can get from university research? I found a great report on rye grass, and used that information to choose the seed we planted. As for buffalo burrs, we don't have those here, but we sure do have our share of weeds.

My riding buddy and I were able to do a 2 hour trail ride yesterday in the woods - no flies, and a cloud cover made for a great ride. Looks like I won't be getting another ride in until I get back in town next weekend.

Steve and I did get 80 bales of hay bought and put up. I counted that as my workout yesterday...

Got to run some errands today - tires rotated, tag renewal, horse feed, then home to do some gardening. I did get lettuce, spinach, kale, turnips, mustard planted yesterday. Forecast calls for rain, so hope to see lots of seedlings poking up next week!

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OH! NOW I know what those are! We used to get them coming up in our yard in Cleburne and I would dig them up or spray them with weed killer right away! I HATE those things!

I always keep weed killer around the house to keep weeds from growing up near the outbuildings and under the fence lines. I used to spray it all by hand at Cleburne, but we didn't have as much road frontage there, as we do at our current property.

I don't know the name for our burrs, so can't refer you to any linkss. They grow looking like grass, but then send up sprouts that grow thorny burrs on the ends of them, and they come off on your pants, shoes, and socks. Very annoying and they hurt!

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Here's a link to our Buffalo Bur www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG
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What does yours look like??? I swear, just about every weed we've got around here (and a few trees as well) is thorny. emoticon

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Oh, I know! They say that goats will eat these burrs, too, but they are very sharp! They grow in heavy patches and people with hayfields try to get rid of them. We have them in Deleon, too.

The soil out there is sandy loam, too. Love it out there, though, it is so much cooler than here around the metroplex. There is always a breeze out there! (Oh, and we have LOTS of tall oak trees for shade! emoticon










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Yeah, we've got "Buffalo Burr" here, which is a bane to my existence!!! The burrs are about the size of a marble... They seem to be manageable, if one keeps them mowed... Believe it or not, I've actually seen the goats eat it!!! YEOW!!!

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Glad you got some nice rain! We could use some of that! I mowed today at the house we are working on, he has a whole thick growth of sand burs! I hate those things! I was fortunate enough to only get 2 or 3 on me the whole time, but they were everywhere!

There is a huge hay farm right on the other side of the fence, hope there are no burrs in the hay!
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The worst of the storms stayed just to the south of us. Thank You Lord!!! We did get some nice rain, though.

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Hen, They aren't offering anything at the dealership, I will have to ask if they will put the new system they are now installing on the new Pinnacles on our RV. I hate to have to rely on the Lemon Law but will, if I have to.

Hope you didn't get any severe storms! The rain sounds good, though. Getting ready to go for a walk in the park, and visit some friends! Also, the dog needs walking....... emoticon

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Hey Ladies!!!

Now that my computer is up and running again, maybe I can keep up with everyone...

SJ ~ so sorry to hear about your sister's shoulder surgery... Glad you're able to spend some time with her and help her out... I'm sure she'll enjoy the visit.

TX ~ That would be so frustrating, to have to continually take the RV back for the same problem... Will you be able to get a new one, if they don't get it fixed???

We've been having a run of fantastic weather, but it's about to change Sunday... They're talkin' thunder boomers, lightning, high wind, rain and possibly some hail... We do need the moisture, though, so I'm not going to complain... Well, at least not about the rain. emoticon



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Hi, Sue!

Glad to hear that you got your truck back! I don't know if you heard, but our RV is in the shop yet again, for the same old problem. Leveling system! I'll bet we've had it in the shop 10 times for that leveling system, and they can't seem to cure the problems with it. I am about to Declare it a Lemon! Thank goodness, Texas has a lemon law that applies to vehicles AND RV's!

Sue, we planted rye on our place when we had the horses and it really did help with hay bills! It grew up thick and green and the horses loved it!

Hen, so glad you got rain and less heat! We have had a fairly cool summer for us, with days over 100 being very limited! I feel blessed!

I really missed all of you, Sue, when I didn't hear anything. I love hearing how everyone is, you are like my personal circle of friends! No one is better than country folk!

Sue, so sorry about your sister having those surgeries and now, having a staph infection! That is rough. Hospitals are one of the most likely places to get an infection and I don't like being hospitalized at all anymore. Good of you to go and help your sister!

We were watching the Georgia/Clemson game at the restaurant tonight. Loved the way that one player went right over top of all the line to make that one touchdown! emoticon

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Hi All,
I've been off of here for a while - just busy. We finally got our truck back with its new motor, so I was able to haul Ombre for a ride with my friend last week. Yesterday we over-seeded one acre with annual rye. I read some publications from southern universities recommending winter rye as a great forage to help cut down on hay costs. Now we just need rain!! Today I had to fill up the water trough for the first time in over a year since the "tank" is about to become just a mud hole.

Hen, glad you finally got some rain and cooler temps. This has not been a terribly hot summer in north Georgia.

Chris, I laughed when I read your comment about "what happened to everybody?" You are the best when it comes to keeping up with others and replying to us all!

Looks like I will be heading to Mississippi on Tuesday. My sister had a second shoulder surgery within a month due to a fall, and now has a staph infection. She will be released from the hospital on Tuesday, so I plan to stay with her for a week to help out.

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Glad you have some rolling hills and trees.......Something has to stop the wind or at least slow it down! Take care, Hen! emoticon

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TX ~ Thanks, we're happy with the way the entry gate turned out... Yeah, the angle of the picture makes it look pretty flat and treeless around here, but that's not the case... We've got rolling hills and trees... I really like the area.

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Hi, Hen.........Yes, we are fine, thanks. Sorry you are having computer problems! I don't know what I would do, as I am addicted! LOL!

It has been hot here lately, hit 100 and over the past two days, but is supposed to cool down to the high 90's the rest of the week!! The grass that is kept mowed is starting to turn brown! Can't wait till the rain starts again!

Saw the picture you posted on the team photos of your gateway! Wow, so flat and not a tree in sight! That would take a LOT of getting used to! The gate looked nice, though!

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Hey TX... Sorry... I'm still having issues with my computer and server, so Internet time has been hit and miss to say the least.

I'm not sure about everyone else, but perhaps things will pick up this winter, when things tend to slow down just a bit.

Hope all is well with you.

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What happened to everyone? I kept expecting to see an answer to my post. Hope everyone is OK! emoticon

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Hen, sorry your computer is messing up! Hope you can get it fixed without too much down time!

Good that you are getting to go for a ride! I do miss riding, especially Trail Riding!

Glad you got some rain, now send it down here!

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Hey ladies... My computer is acting up, not wanting to boot up, showing missing files, etc., so if you don't hear from me, it's cause the darn thing is in the shop.

I'm riding again tomorrow!!! Really looking forward to it, and it looks like the temperature will be cooler.

We got over an inch of rain this weekend!!! That was sure welcome!!!

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Hi, Hen and Sue!

So glad that Ombre loaded right up in the trailer, Sue! I kind of thought he would! The two horse trailers scare so many horses, I like the stock type trailers and the slant loads a lot better! Our slant load trailer is a big, open box until we take the partition from against the wall and close it!

Too gad that your truck engine blew up, Sue! That is always so upsetting, major vehicle problems like that! Hopefully the next time you haul Ombre, he will load the same!
Maybe he was happy to be looking out the side of the trailer!

Hen, so glad you got to ride! I haven't ridden in so long......would love to get a calm horse that I can ride, but DH says it is too hard to have horses when we are traveling. I guess that is right since the only one to care for the horse when we aren't there, is the neighbor.

We are HOT here, lately too! We had a heat advisory today for the second day in a row. Hope it cools off soon, for all of us! emoticon

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Hen and Chris, Ombre loaded right up! Leaving here he was whinnying, which he has never done before, and kept it up for a few miles. Don't know if he and Belle are that attached, or he was just saying hi to all the critters he could see out the side. I laughed when I'd look in the side view mirror and see his nose sticking out through the bars.

I've only hauled him that one time, though, because that afternoon, our truck motor blew up. emoticon It only has 120,000 miles, and my husband is a stickler for maintaining our vehicles, so go figure. Good news is that the new motor will have a three year unlimited mileage warranty.

Hen, so glad you got that ride in! I hear you about the lighter weight saddles. My Tex Tan roper sits unused since I bought a much lighter weight trail saddle.

We named our cat Lucy.... her antics make us laugh like Lucille Ball, and she is partly a "redhead." Noah, our dog, is not thrilled at all that she is a member of the family!

My friend is on her way with her horse, so I'm off to saddle Ombre. Low 90s later today, but overcast and 70s for our trail ride.

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SJ~ Great picture of your truck and trailer... Nice looking outfit!!! How does Ombre do, loading and hauling in it?

Have you come up with a name for your little calico girl? We have two calico cats - Cali and Molly.

A friend from church invited me to go riding with her last Saturday, and I could hardly walk for two days!!! *LOL* It was soooo worth it though... Had a blast... Next time, I'm using my Aussie, instead of my roping saddle... It doesn't sore me up like the roper, and it's a WHOLE lot lighter to lift up on the horse!!! This old woman has to think about those things, don't cha know. *LOL*

TX~ Hey gal... Good to see your post... Hope your summer is going well... We are SOoooo dry... Even the weeds are starting to look a little droopy.

Yes, we finished the entryway project... I posted a photo on our team photo page... Of course, it's not quite as easy to get to as it used to be.

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Congratulations, Sue! Glad that your daughter's house sold so soon! That is a great accomplishment, I'll bet she's excited! When is closing?

What a great bonus, those floors you uncovered in your parent's house! That is a dream come true these days for renovations! Is your daughter moving to that house?

I hope that Ombre loaded well into his new trailer! You will have to let us know!

Hen, I hear you about the heat! Did you build a new entryway into your ranch?


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SJ ~ That sounds like fun!!! I swear, between the heat and all our projects, I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever get to ride this year!!! It is nice, however, to have the horses more secure, with the entry gate project completed... Yesterday, we restrung the hotwire, so as soon as we put in a new gate, so the horses can get to their run-in shed and the stock tank, we'll turn them out into the back pasture.

So glad to hear that your daughter's house sold!!! emoticon

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In an hour I'll be loading Ombre for the first time in my new trailer - at least that is the plan! Low humidity and highs in the mid 80s for Georgia for the next few days, so perfect riding weather! We slept with the windows open, and it is in the 60s this morning - more like mid September.

My daughter's house sold, so the next two weeks will be a whirlwind. I'll either keep my grandson so she can get things done, or help her on her off days when he is at preschool.

We pulled up all the old carpet in my parents' house, and found 2" pine boards throughout most of the house - boards that have been covered since the house was built in 1953.
Sanding and putting a coat of polyurethane on them, and they should look great.

Teachers went back yesterday here - so glad to be retired! emoticon

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Hi, Hen and Sue!

Yes, Sue, we have both had cataracts removed. Mine were kind of hereditary, my mother had cataracts removed when she was only 42 but that was before they did the implants and she had to wear Coke Bottle glasses!

We have an entry gate back from the road, too, our fence angles in to accomodate truck and trailer on either side of the fence. Really nice, ours is utilitarian, too!

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SJ ~ The front entry gate is more utilitarian than fancy... We needed something we could close at night, to secure the horses, in the event that a deer went through their single hot wire... We've never had a problem, but it's always worried us... We also wanted the gate itself, to be set in far enough, to allow for a truck and trailer to pull in, off the road, before the gate was opened... I'll put a photo on our team photo page.

The hay is all stacked and ready for winter feeding, and I've got the goatie hay in the barn!!! That's a good feeling... We were blessed, and got it up before it got rained on.

Our temps have been up and down, but today is going to be HOT!!! 105° UGH!!!

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Hen, entry gate? Did you do something fancy or more utilitarian. I've always loved the look of entry gates to farms. Would have one myself, but I'm not sure our 20 acres would really qualify as a farm.

Chris and Hen, so both of you had surgery due to cataracts? I would love Lasik, but don't have cataracts, and so I don't think insurance would pay anything. I can't read a thing without my glasses, and spend a good part of each day looking for one of several pairs around the house!

Our local animal shelter took in over 350 dogs/puppies from a terrible puppy mill situation, so they were having free cat adoptions this past week - I guess to free up space and manpower. I got a one year old calico female. I'd been wanting a cat for some time. Noah, our dog is not so sure what to do with her, but she is settling right in. Only problem is she is using our sofa for a scratching post. I do have a cardboard one for her, but guess I need to get some catnip to encourage her to use it. Suggestions?

Off to take my grandson to swimming lessons, and then go paint in my parents' house, the house my daughter will be moving to soon - if her sale becomes final.

Looking forward to lower temps/humidity next week to try out my new trailer and go riding.


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Yeah, TX... Our weather is getting back to normal this coming week, with 102° Monday... That's "findin' somethin' to do INSIDE", weather!!! Sure glad our front entry gate project is finished!!! I don't do well in that kind of heat!!! emoticon

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Ha Ha, Hen! You are so funny! Don't harass the poor bunnies too much! Cleaning is much easier here in the RV with only a little less than 400 square feet to clean! Boy when we get in the house I will have a job, with all the construction dust all over everything. Sanding the drywall down makes lots and lots of fine white dust that gets on EVERYTHING!! No sense in me trying to clean it now. I will wait till he's done and then clean it.

We are getting hotter too! Today was 92 and tomorrow is supposed to be 97! Up to 100 by this next weekend, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were sooner! emoticon

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Tx ~ I don't mind the baling being delayed one bit... We're enjoying this cooler summer!!! Looking at the forecast, however, it looks like that may be about to change. *sigh* Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Yeah, when the dust bunnies start tripping me, then I break down and harass them with the vacuum... Pesky little monsters!!! emoticon

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Hen, sorry about the hay being delayed! We are really appreciating the cool and the rain here, though! Today set a record for the coolest high temperature we have ever had on this day! 79 degrees!

Ha Ha on the dirt and dust bunnies! Pretty soon, it will get TO you and you will clean it up, you can't help yourself! emoticon

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TX ~ Yes, we too, got that Polar front that moved through... We're trying to get hay up this week, and it's taking an extra couple of days before we can bale it... Doesn't dry nearly as fast at 85°, as it does at 105°!!! One year, we were able to cut and bale the same day!!! That was a HOT summer, though!!! UGH!!!

Yeah, I hear ya on seeing the dirt... I'm noticing dust bunnies that I didn't see before either!!! *LOL* That's not to say that I'm doing anything about them... Just that I can see them now. emoticon

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Ha Ha Hen! I know just how you feel! I saw all the dirt I had been missing in the house too, because I couldn't see it with the cataracts! Also, could suddenly see to drive at night again. I had never stopped, but wasn't seeing things well. Praise the Lord for saving me from any accidents during that time! We had a cool front come through, which is greatly welcome! Did you get it too?

Supposed to have a lot of rain starting late tonight and lasting through till morning. That will be nice, never happens in July! emoticon

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TX ~ Yes, it's wonderful to SEE again!!! It's funny, I was taking a break from chores the other day, sitting out in the shop area with my feet propped up... I had to laugh, and commented to my husband, "I can see the stitching on my boots"!!! *LOL*

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Pea, So glad to see you back here! We have missed you! Sue is new since you have been gone, she lives in Georgia and just bought a new horse, Ombre, that she rides quite often.....Just when I had to give mine up.....Well, maybe one day I will have another one.

Sue, we have fed coastal hay to our horses ever since I have been in Texas without one problem! The fine stems are what horses need, not coarse stems like is in some alfalfa you buy.

Hen, so glad that your cataract surgeries are over and that you didn't have the nausea problem with this last surgery! Isn't it great to be able to see again?

My ankle has been swollen and painful for the past week, don't know what I did to it but it is finally getting better, and I am glad!

We got our kitchen cabinets delivered and installed last Wednesday and they are beautiful! I took a bunch of pictures but couldn't get them to download on my camera. I did manage to post some from my phone on facebook and will keep trying to send them to my computer though I haven't had any luck! The kitchen is now finished, the floor down, the backsplash tile up and the sink hooked up! I just love it and can't wait to start using it every day. We don't have all the drywall up yet, by a longshot, so it will be a while before we move in. Anyway, the house is coming right along! Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!
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Hello everyone!

Thursday has arrived. I'm amazed how quickly the week has flown by. I am debating whether to mow the lawn or weed the herb garden - both need work badly as the constant rains have aided in their growth. Well, the day is young, one or the other will get done today.

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Hen: A 4-5 year old tree in dog years is about… 1 year old? *LOL* Yea, that pecan you eat may have cost the grower $100 per tree! *ROFLOL*

Hubby planted only squash and tomatoes this year. Also planted 2 new rhubarb varieties (sweeter); Chipman’s Canadian Red and Valentine. Some of our red potatoes were sprouting in the cabinet so he planted those yesterday – maybe they’ll grow. *shrugging* He can grow the weirdest things.

WOW! Two cataract surgeries… so glad all went well for you. So… do you have x-ray vision now? Or can you see great distances. *LOL*


SJ: Hello! Nice to meet you.

My furbabies are Toy Fox Terriers; canines. :) I like them to eat green veggies because over the winter they don’t have access to grass for upset tummies or nutrients greens give them. So the fact that Sabrina (13 yrs old) and Bear (9 yrs old) eat lettuce is a comfort, while Finn and Echo (both soon to be 8 yrs old) love their stringed beans. I also am owned by 2 finches, Lumi and Fumi and 1 cat, Leo.

Are you growing cooking herbs or tea herbs? I’m growing tea herbs: Chamomile, Winter Thyme, Cinnamon and Lemon Basil, Sage, and Lavender. I also have a Sochi Tea Tree in a container that comes inside every winter. A friend just gave me some Hibiscus Tea Trees and amaranth too, “Love Lies Bleeding”, for my tea making adventure.

I adore refinishing furniture – it’s therapeutic. I have several dressers needing a facelift, but that will have to wait. :) With the odorless paints, varnishes, and strippers today I can do furniture refinishing during the winter months.

TX: How ya doing? I’ll have to check your SP page for updated photos of your home project. :)

Hmmm… Buffalo grass remains short and takes over an area nicely… hmmmmm… I have those 4 acres out back that need a deep penetrating grass that can break up clay soil. I’ll have to let hubby know about Buffalo grass. The back acreage is almost ready for planting; just needs one more mow and spray for bramble, and then next spring I’ll be making holes and planting hazel nut bushes. Woo-Hoo!

Hope everyone’s day goes well – Happy Hump Day!


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SJ ~ What a treasure, to have your parents' solid walnut buffet/hutch... I'm sure there are some wonderful memories that come with it.

That's wonderful, that Ombre is starting to neck rein... Sure makes things a lot easier, when you've got that option.

Prayers said for the sale of your daughter's house.

I'm not planting the tall fescue for feed, just to fill in the lawn... We've got the prairie grass that does so well here, that we cut and bale... Alfalfa also does really well, but I don't use it... I just don't want to take the chance of one of my babies eating a blister beetle... My BIL has lost horses at various times, due to blister beetles in the alfalfa.

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Happy Wednesday, all!

PJ - Just what kind of furbabies do you have? Feeding lettuce has me confused - I'm thinking they can't be dogs.... rabbits maybe?

Hen - Yes, I have been getting in some rides on Ombre, but I have to ride either early morning or late afternoon - it's just too hot during the day! He's learning to neck rein really well.

Chris - Coastal bermuda is what we buy in square bales. Fescue is available here too, but the horses prefer the coastal. Some people worry that they coastal stems are too small and can cause impaction; I've never had a problem with it.

Raised beds are doing well - enjoying zuchinni, yellow squash, peppers, herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers. The sweet potato vines are looking good - including the ones I'm growing in the straw bales. Our blueberry crop is only about 20% of normal yields; a late freeze is to blame there.

I'm still cleaning out my parents' house - hopefully my daughter's house will sell, (prayers appreciated!) and she can move in there. My DH and SIL brought a HEAVY solid walnut buffet/hutch from my parents' house to ours. Written underneath we found the date it was built - March of 1971, two months before I graduated from high school. It's sitting in the middle of our dining room until I get the walls repainted and we wrestle in into place. The trestle table is being refinished, and then it will come home too.





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