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9/18/14 9:47 P

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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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9/18/14 7:46 A

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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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9/17/14 10:43 P

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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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Yoo Hoo! Where is everyone? I miss you!

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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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9/11/14 10:12 A

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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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9/11/14 10:01 A

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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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9/2/14 9:40 P

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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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8/30/14 8:06 P

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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.

Watching the Georgia/Clemson game; it's a nail biter!

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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!

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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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TX ~ Glad to hear that your coastal grass is doing so well for you... I've been scattering fescue around, to fill in the bald spots, and it seems to be taking hold really well, with our cooler and more rain kinda summer we're having so far... It's been a great summer!!!

You were right, about the meds used... Dr. B was able to tweak them and I didn't get the least bit nauseous!!! Thank You Lord!!! Both cataract surgeries went well... It's so nice to see clearly again!!!

Pea ~ So good to hear from you!!! How old is a 4-5 year old winter-hearty pecan tree in dog years??? *LOL* Hope it does REALLY well for you!!! I'll for sure, think of you, next time I eat a pecan!!!

My garden has turned into a jungle, but I risk it and check for produce about once a week... The cukes are putting on like gang busters, and we've enjoyed the ripe tomatoes too!!!

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Hello everyone! Long time no visit… so sorry for the absence. Life has been a bit turbulent these past months. :) It’s settling down some so I can finally breathe easier.

How is everyone? Staying busy? How’s the family? Healthy, happy and enjoying prosperity?

Hubby is doing well, as is our youngest daughter, Samantha. They both work at the winery, while I just finished up a database for the same winery about 6 weeks ago. Samantha has a new boyfriend who lives in Zealand (Michigan), so we rarely see her these days. The furbabies are happy and healthy. Finally got our rescues, Sabrina and Bear to eat veggies, mostly lettuce, to balance out their protein intake. Bear turns 9 years old in a week, but he looks and acts like he’s 9 months old! *LOL* Finn and Echo are doing great. OH! This year the 4-legged kids discovered baby bunnies, but have yet to figure out how to out-run them. The bunnies successfully find safety in the overgrown brush, each time Finn runs for them. Finn still chases the birds – I think he likes to watch them fly. *LOL*

My gardens are doing wonderfully, especially since it’s rained more this season than last year. The herbal tea garden is overrun by chamomile, lemon basil, and winter thyme. My sage is not doing well, don’t know why. I planted giant sunflowers (for the seeds) and Vern planted asparagus in there too. The Butterfly/Hummingbird garden is coming along nicely; planted some dianthus and regular sunflowers (non-seed type). The hummingbirds returned for us this year so we’re keeping them well feed.

Due to our harsh winter lost some chokecherry and hibiscus bushes, all my spirelias bushes (4), 1 nut and 1 fruit tree. My strawberries came in mushy due to the excessive ground moisture, so going to move them to a suspended “gutter” system this month.

Did I mention hubby bought a winter-hardy pecan tree for $100? Yes, I said $100!!! I about fell over. Told him it better produce gold the first year! *ROFLOL* Actually, the tree is 4-5 years old, not a seedling like its sister plant (1-2 years old). Reason why the cost is so high and it’s a specialty nut tree, not many farmers have it.

I have 5 gallons of paint to refurbish our outbuildings this summer. Overall, a typical summer for me – busy, busy, busy, busy… just the way I like it.

I missed y'all.... ((((Hugs)))

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Hen, I had never heard of coastal either till we moved here. It is a warm weather grass that is drought resistant and hardy. It puts off long runners which are "jointed" and they grow roots at the joints where the grass hits the ground. It is what almost all of our hay is here. It is too hot for alfalfa (unless you irrigate) Lots of alfalfa is grown and irrigated in the panhandle, but not here. emoticon

Our property (all 16,5 acres) is covered in coastal, we are so fortunate. We also have weeds and sand burrs, but if you don't cut the coastal too short, it stays pretty pure!

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TX ~ Never heard of Coastal grass... Must be a regional thing... A lot of people plant Buffalo grass around the lagoons around here, as it's drought resistant and stays short, so you don't have to mow it... I'm thinking of seeding some into my "lawn" (I use the term loosely), as it also fills in nicely.

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Hen, yes, we were lucky too in that I had the plastic pan they gave me in my lap! I knew that I was prone to vomiting after anesthesia. Hope that you don't get sick!

I know, our coastal grass is growing like crazy and spreading well, too. It has almost covered the large area where the septic was put in this spring, and I thought it may take a year or so! All the rain this spring really helped! emoticon

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I just figure I'll let him know, and let him decide what needs tweaked or not... The main thing is, I don't want to be sick, and injure the surgery eye.

Yeah, there's something about the motion of the car, that can sure enough bring on vomiting... My husband had the same thing happen to him several years ago... Fortunately, I requested a barf bag (well, it was one of those little plastic things, back then) so we were ready.

Boy, with all this moisture we've had this spring, things are so green!!! The grass is actually starting to fill in my weed lawn.



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Hen, that's good you don't remember anything, but sorry you were nauseated when you were waking up! He should be able to tweak things a bit, but if he changes the drug, that may make things worse! Hope that isn't the case, and that all goes well. After my surgery last September, I felt good till we got in the car to go home. Then, halfway home, I began to vomit, and that wasn't fun! I was OK once I got "it" out of my system! emoticon

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TX ~ I'd make a lousy junkie, cause I'm so sensitive to that sort of thing... I told the Doc that it made me sick, so he added something to it... I don't remember anything after he added it to my IV, but when I started coming out of the sedation, I was nauseous... Never did get sick, though, so that was good..,. Maybe he can tweak it a little, next time, so I'm not even nauseous... That would be perfect.

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Hen, so glad to hear that your surgery went well! I hope no nausea from the Versed.........I am assuming that is what they gave you, it is the common sedation for that type of surgery. It is supposed to leave you conscious enough to follow orders but make you forget everything that happened. I remember a few snippets of things from my cataract removals, mostly them telling me to keep my hands down! LOL!

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I just did a little self test, and I can actually see better out of my new lens!!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon

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I just did a little self test, and I can actually see better out of my new lens!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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SJ ~ Yepper, the first surgery went very well... Took longer for the pre-op than the actual surgery... I'm already seeing quite well from the eye, and have pretty much quit wearing my glasses, as they were making my equilibrium whacko, with two different visions... At least that's what I'm blaming it on. *LOL* Looking forward to having the other eye done.

Have you and Ombre been hitting the trails??? I won't be able to ride for awhile, as I can't jar that eye, and about the time it'll be ok, then I'll start all over again with the other one.

Grass envy, huh??? *LOL* Well, I'm having riding envy, hearing of your enjoyable rides. emoticon

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Hen, you are recuperating from your first surgery - praying all went well and the recovery will be quick! I had a case of grass envy when you described all your pastures! emoticon Since my DH isn't likely to pick up and move to Kansas, I am content and grateful for the acres we do have in pasture.


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Thanks for your prayers, SJ... I really appreciate them.

I sure like the new photos of you and Ombre.

Ya know, I've also heard of that intensive rotational grazing... Keep us posted as to how it works for you... Right now, we have the winter pasture, where we keep the horses in the winter months... It's about 6 acres, with a run in shed for protection from the weather... There's also a front pasture, maybe 5 acres, that we can open a gate to, to let them out into it, but they can still come back through to the run in shed and water... Then there's the north 40 (more like 60) that we hay, and then turn the horses out to graze it, until the pond freezes... There's also the south east pasture, that we hay, but don't graze it, as it's not cross fenced. Yet. *LOL* Ours is all in prairie grass.

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Hen, I'll be praying for successful and easy surgeries for you. How wonderful it would be to get rid of glasses! I don't have cataracts, but astigmatism and can't read a thing without glasses.

Heat and humidity are settling in here in north Georgia. I was outside "poop picking" for about an hour and the sweat was just dripping off me. We have had rain every day except one for the past ten days. Just last night I was riding and after only 10 minutes, it started thundering and looking pretty ominous. Wouldn't you know, as soon as I quit and turned Ombre loose, the storm moved south of us.

Since we only have about 3 1/2 - 4 acres in grass, I rotate the horses from one side to the other. I read an interesting article published by a university in NC about a method called "intensive rotational grazing," which divides your pasture into smaller sections and you rotate the horses every 3-5 days or so. According to the article, the method yields the highest amount of forage. As soon as you remove the horses from one section, drag to break up the manure and cut the grass to 4". ( I wish my all our grass would reach 4"! )

Anyway, I'm thinking about doing a second cross fence that would section the pasture into three parts and giving it a try. The article also recommended planting winter grasses such as rye to cut hay costs and providing more forage during winter. One section of our pasture has very poor grass, so I think I'll overseed it late in the summer.

Going to head out and cut grass since I'm already hot and sweaty!



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The first one is the 23rd of this month, and the second one will be July 7th.
Yeah, the sedation makes me very nauseous, so I was told to be sure and let the anesthesiologist know, so he can mix some special concoction into the drug, to help prevent sickness... Sure hope it works!!!


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When is the surgery, Hen? They don't put you out all the way, they give you Versed, a drug which causes "conscious sedation" in that you are still able to follow commands, but when you wake up you don't remember anything, or aren't supposed to. I still do remember bits and pieces of my surgery, each successive time they used the versed on me, I remembered more!

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TX ~ It's amazing, how many of my friends have had cataract surgery.... And every one of them have said what a huge improvement it was!!! Thanks for your prayers!!!

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Hen, I don't like snakes either. In the years I've been in Texas (33) I have only seen 5 or 6 snakes. Only 2 were venomous, both were Copperheads. I really am careful when I am out cleaning around the oak trees! Sure don't want to get bitten. I went out today and mowed around a couple of trees, then went back with my hedge trimmers and cut down what the mower couldn't reach. Really looks nice!

Glad that you are getting your cataract surgery! I had mine 9 years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did. The improvement in my vision was amazing! I have always had great vision, but at the time I went in for the surgery, I was blind in my left eye and had only half vision left in my right. My fault, totally, as I knew what it was but hated to give up and go into the doctor.

I had the crystallens implants in both eyes, but not the one that helps you read up close, I would have had to pay $3,000 extra for that, so opted to use reading glasses, and my vision has been great ever since surgery! I will pray that your surgery goes as well as mine!

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Hey Gals...

You guys are freaking me out with all your snake stories!!! Be careful!!! We have little garden snakes, and bull snakes around our place, but not far from here, in the more rocky areas, there are rattlers... Being an Alaska transplant, I don't do snakes!!! emoticon

The main thistles we're spraying, are the Musk Thistle... They're considered a noxious weed, here in our area... But, that being said, we spray all thistles we see in the field.

Finally got my appointments for my two up and coming cataract surgeries... I can hardly wait!!! No more glasses, and I'll be able to not only have 20/20 vision, but will be able to drive at night again!!! emoticon

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Oh, Wow Sue! How scary with the cottonmouth! I know that Copperheads hang out under the oak trees,, of which we have several, so know that we aren't getting rid of them......Just will have to watch out. The neighbor says don't wear sandals or go barefoot at night, he won't have to tell me twice!
I thought cottonmouths hung out around water, or maybe that is water moccasins? After seeing Lonesome Dove, I don't want to be crossing any Texas rivers on horseback!

We are getting more rain this evening, in fact, we are under a severe thunderstorm watch. There are severe storms around Abilene heading this direction, but maybe the severe ones will miss us and we will just get the rain. I can hope!

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Chris,
Copperheads in Texas, too? We have seen and killed them for years here, and finally decided to tear out a cross tie retaining wall last year, where we always saw them. So far this year, zero copperheads. A week or so ago, when I pulled into my driveway, a large dark snake was in the road, so after grabbing the mail, I went to shoo him out of harm's way. Instead of retreating, he coiled up facing me in an aggressive stance. Odd I thought. Came home and googled it - it was a cottonmouth - described as the most venomous snake in Georgia. A day or two later, the same snake had been run over back on our side of the road. Not sorry to see it go!

Glad you are getting rain. I'm beginning to feel moldy behind the ears! Yesterday I did manage to mow down some weeds between showers.

Hen, we have thistles growing on the roadsides here - don't know if they are the same variety you have. The county used to keep the sides mowed, but they don't come through as much since the recession!

I had to go to town yesterday so I went into Belks to see if I could find some good deals on clothes. I only shop the clearance racks! Ended up with five pieces for $55, saving $164 off the regular price.
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That should hold me until cold weather!

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Hen, hope your spraying went well......That is something I haven't done except to clean out weeds from under the fence lines. What I spray, kills everything! I can't stand for weeds to grow up under the fences.

Seems like I find more and more cactus! I hate those things! Yesterday, I picked up dead branches from under 7 or 8 oak trees so that I could mow the prickly vines down under them, along with the tall grass. It looks a lot better but still have lots more to do.

Good news! It is raining again tonight! It was hot and humid all day, Matt and I took the day and headed to Granbury, 63 miles away. We bought some commercial grade paint for the walls and ceilings in the house. We also found the stove I had been wanting on sale at Home Depot! So excited to get it and get it hooked up so that I can start using it.

On another note, came home today and the dog was sniffing something on the ground. It was a dead snake, a Copperhead! They are poisonous snakes that hang around under oak leaves and wood, which is the reason I take a shovel with me when I go out to pick up branches under the trees! It was a baby copperhead, but glad it was dead! emoticon

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Mornin' Ladies!!!

Just thought I'd check in, before I head out... I'll be helping friends spray one of their fields for thistles today... I'll really have to watch where I'm driving, as I'm not familiar with that field, and I sure don't want to get myself in trouble... I'm really enjoying the whole process, and driving my Ranger sure gives me a good upper body workout!!! No wonder they offer "Power Steering" on them!!! OYE!!! *LOL*

SJ ~ I wouldn't say I'm an expert on spraying thistles, but I'm sure enough getting a lot of experience with it!!!

After that last 3 inches of rain, I can't even get IN my garden, but everything is growing like weeds... Especially the WEEDS!!! emoticon

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You girls are quite the cactus and thistle eradication experts! I don't have to contend with those, thank goodness! We did spray our pasture with 2 4 D, and now that most of the weeds have died, are hoping the grass will grow better. We only have about 3 1/2 acres in grass, so I rotate the two horses from one side to the other - supposed to result in more grass overall. I just switched them this past weekend, so while it would be a great time to bush hog the empty side, my husband is so busy at work I don't want to bother him with it. He won't let me drive the tractor - it's ancient, and the brakes aren't too good, so I think I'll just go through it with the lawn tractor.

I have lots of green tomatoes, and small zucchini and yellow squash growing. Maybe by this weekend I can have some fresh veggies to eat. For Georgia, we've been getting a lot of rain - almost every day, so I haven't had to water but once over the past week.

I've been enjoying the wildlife - saw a mother turkey and her poults out trail riding the other day. A pair of red shouldered hawks are nesting nearby - constantly see and here them when I'm outside. Bluebirds have just hatched in one of the houses - great time of year if you're a birder!

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Yes, you can see the cactus, when it gets big enough! I like to find them though, when they are small!
I dug up 3 more today, little ones that I found while mowing. Matt found some more too, he said, I will go out in the field tomorrow to dig those up! I take a bucket with me and throw them in there and then, dump them on the burn pile for burning at a later time. I think we are under another burn ban here, but it is supposed to rain tomorrow night, so hopefully it will be lifted.

We live WAY out in the country, but we don't have any animals any more. Hopefully, soon, we will be able to get 2 or 3 calves to raise. We did get our beef that we ordered though from the packing house in Dublin, and it is delicious! I cooked a roast yesterday in the crock pot and put fresh vegetables around it that I bought from a local farmer. YUM YUM! emoticon

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If I had to have one of them, I think I'd rather have the cactus than thistles. At least the cactus is a bit easier to see. We had cactus start up on the farm because of some hay that I had gotten that had them in the bales. The horses didn't eat them and they started growing out where I hayed that Winter. Can't kill the darn things unless you dig them up and burn them or let the garbage man take them away. I think we still have a few here. I'm glad we do our own hay now. At least I know what's in it.

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TX ~ You're doing battle with your Prickly Pear Cactus, and I've declared war on the !@#$% Thistles!!! *LOL*

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Thought I would drop in and say Hi to everyone! I wrote a blog on the progress of our house if anyone is interested. Once it is finished I will be busy planting a flower garden in front of it! I heard on Facebook that you could take clippings of your rosebushes, stick them in potatoes and then, into the ground.............Supposed to grow roots on the clippings, the potatoes support the plant and I guess give them nutrition while the roots are forming.

I have been walking all over my property, digging up prickly pear cactus! I can't stand cactus and want to get rid of every bit of it. I dug up a bunch and already burned it, but then, found some more and now, that has to be burned, too. Lots of work but worth it to me to have clear property where you can walk without worrying about cactus!

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Yes, that was my point. You have to go back to the team page every day in order to see if someone has posted photos. I barely have time to go through my sparkmail and visit the threads on my teams. I seldom go to the team page. I miss all the info they use to put on the right side of the page. Like they still have on the "My Sparkpoints" page.

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Just under the team name, there's a button that says back to team's main page, or something like that... Give that a try. ~ Hen

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Ok, I'm dense. What page am I suppose to be on? My own Sparkpage? I know how to put pictures on my Sparkpage. I was talking about putting them on the team pages. There use to be a section on the right side of the page here where you could put photos. That's gone now.

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Thanks for the pictures, Linda!!!

To post pictures:

In the upper right hand corner, click "Edit Spark Page"
In the new window, click "Edit Photo Page"

Hope that helps. ~ Hen

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Good Morning everyone. Looks like we've got one more storm system heading our way and then, hopefully, we're done for a few days. This storm is coming from exactly the opposite direction of everything we've had for the last 4 days. Strange.

Farrier is suppose to come this morning to do a few donkeys. Can't do it if it is raining. Not a problem with the donkeys. A problem with the guy's truck and all his tools in the back getting wet. My son is watching the weather very closely. He's the donkey holder. They like to lean on him while the farrier is working on their feet. Better him than the farrier.

I'll post some pictures of the donkeys, hen. Where do I post them? They took the sidebar off the team message page. Do I have to go to the team page to put the pictures up? They never seem to make anything easier, do they?

Anyway, here's the links to a few of my blogs where I introduced all the donkeys. I need to get back to doing my blogs and finish with the rest of my zoo.

Here's 3 of the boys.

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Here's my barn and Oops.

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Here's Kaley and her mom, Genza

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Have a great week, everyone, Linda

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Mornin' Everyone!!!

We've been doing battle with the thistles around here... I'm getting ready to fill up the sprayer unit on the back of the side by side and hit them again today... Hubby will be working on a friend's motorcycle today, so I'll be on my own... Should be a good day to spray, as it'll be warm, sunny and very low breeze.

Linda ~ How about posting some pictures of your donkey critters... We LOVE pictures, don't we girls? emoticon

Have a great weekend girls!!! ~ Hen

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I've been working in my garden shed for the last 3 days trying to rescue it from all the spiders and their cobwebs. It's been raining on and off for the last few days so it's been too wet to work outside. Almost finished, now if the rain would just let up for a week or so.

At least the hay fields are loving this rain. It looks like the grasses have grown a foot already. We had to bushhog the fields since it was too wet for the first cutting.

I've got 11 donkeys; 6 jennies, 4 geldings and my jack. They are like having 11 big dogs that stay out in the barn, not like the 9 real dogs I've got that stay in the house.

Have a great weekend, everyone.
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Hi girls! Hope you're all having a great day. It was beautiful here. I got a few more strawberry plants planted in my bed and planted some parsley. I also planted a few flower seeds and weeded part of the flower bed. Isn't it just wonderful to be able to work outside?

Linda, sounds like you've been busy in the garden too. How many donkeys do you have? I've not had any experience with them, but they sound nice.

Hope everyone has a great evening!

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Good morning everyone! We're expecting rain today so I need to get my butt in gear and get out in my garden to finish the last little bit on a project I've been working on all weekend. No big thing, just moving some plants around. It takes me forever to do anything any more, have to sit down and rest my back every 15 minutes or so. The spirit is willing, the body, not so much.

Hey Susan. Donkeys are kind of a mix between horses and dogs. Their home is in the barn but they think you should be out with them all the time. They are quite different than horses in that they are not such a flight animal. If something strange shows up, they will stand there and study it, then decide to either kill it or leave it. Strange dogs are definitely a kill item if the dog is stupid enough to stand there. I've seen them run strange dogs right to the fence. Once they know the dog, then they're fine with them. Deer, cats, armadillos, they don't worry about. And it not just that. This thinking mode carries through in everything they do. That's probably why some people don't like them and consider them stubborn. It's not that they are stubborn about doing something, they just want to make sure they understand what you want them to do. However, once they trust you, just about anything goes. They sure love their hugs!

See, once you get me talking about my donkeys, I tend to write a book. Have a great day, all!
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Good morning girls! How is everybody? I've been gone for so long and have so much catching up to do with everyone! I've missed hearing about your lives. I've been so busy with my spring challenge and other things that I've just taken a break. Probably not the best choice, but the one I made nonetheless. I see we have some new posters, so welcome!

We've been working out in the garden all weekend. I'm so happy to finally be able to be outside doing all of that stuff again. I need to get my pepper plants put out for the day. Has everyone else got a garden in this year?

Well, not much else going on this morning. I'm watching the neighbors little girl today, so keeping two little girls happy will be my venture for the morning. Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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Hey Ladies!!!

We've been getting some much needed moisture!!! Thank You Lord!!! Yesterday afternoon, we got 1/2 an inch in 1/2 an hour!!! It was really coming down... I ran out and closed up the barn and henhouse... Of course, then it let up for a bit... But then last night, we got another inch on top of the 1/2, so it was all good!!! This morning, during the Memorial Day service at the cemetery, where I mow, the sun was shining!!! It was a perfect service.

Kinda of a lazy day for us, here at the Hen House... Hubby is gonna do a couple of chickens (nobody I know) on the rotisserie, and I'm fixin' to make up a batch of Pico de Gallo.

SJ ~ Glad to hear that Ombre is working well for you, and that the Myler bit is working out... I know my girls sure do well with the one I use for them.

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Silver - welcome to the forum; you won't find any friendlier folks than the good ones here!

Linda,
So good to hear from you. What is having donkeys like? Most people I talk to that have had experience with them either adore them or say don't get one! I laughed at your comment about "riding" one! I tend to think it would be great fun to have one. Sorry to hear that you lost your horse. I know it must be an adjustment.

Hen - thanks for that Clinton Anderson link! I sure will take a look. Trailed him to Garland Mt. with a friend's horse Thursday. We rode two and a half hours, and he was so much better. We took turns swapping out leading, and he just seemed so much more relaxed and responsive. I'm riding with the Myler HBT 36 bit, and it is working out well.

Chris, that house is really coming along! It's probably just as well you don't have a horse to ride right now; I find that I tend to spend most of my time in the pasture or riding so the house stuff doesn't always get done like it should.

After church today I'll be housecleaning and cooking dinner for some friends who are coming over tonight. Entertaining is one method that forces me inside to get my house clean!





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Mornin' Ladies!!!

I'm already flyin' low this mornin', but wanted to pop in and say Howdy!!!

SJ ~ Here's the Clinton Anderson method for buddy sour horses I was trying to find for you.
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Welcome, Silver! So glad to have you join us!

I DO miss having a horse around here. I miss feeding them, and looking at them, and grooming and overall fussing with a horse. I had one for 52 years straight, and now, all of a sudden, no horse around! Maybe one of these days we will find a quiet trail riding horse which is what I would want.

We are waiting to buy the cattle because the prices are crazy right now! A baby calf just off his mamma is going for $500, one person told us! If the drought continues here, they should come down in price this fall and maybe we can pick up a couple then. We'll see!

On another note, the house is coming along. We got the siding up on the exposed areas of the utility room and it looks great! I am in the process of painting it now. We put the back porch light up yesterday, after I painted all around where it was to be mounted. It really looks nice! DH has had these porch lights for years, and they are probably suited for a much larger house, but I told him since he had them, we were using them! LOL!

Got the estimate on the custom cabinets yesterday and the cabinetmaker will build, finish and install them for less than we could buy prefab ones for (and they aren't even all wood!) These will be solid wood, probably oak. Will keep you updated as time goes by!

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Yea, the little ones are so cute. I've got dogs bigger than some of my donkeys. Temperament wise, they are like dogs. At least mine are. Love their hugs! Kind of hard to ride, tho. Stand up and they walk right out from under you.



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Hey Linda!!!

We're practically neighbors ~ We're just over here in Kansas.

Sorry about your losing your last horse... Our neighbor has mini horses, mini donkeys and mini cattle (Zebu)... They're so stinkin' cute!!!

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Hi everyone! I've been a member for a little while and thought I'd just stop by and say hello. I love hearing how others are riding their horses even tho I don't ride any more. I lost my last horse a couple of years ago and just have my little donkeys now. It's the first time in almost 40 years that I haven't had a horse in my barn. Very strange feeling.

Hope everyone has a great day, Linda

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Hey Ladies!!!

Just finished mowing the cemetery this afternoon... Geez, it was none too warm today, with that wind blowing!!! Good thing I dressed in layers!!!

Silver ~ Good luck with all those hatching eggs and chicks!!! They're sure fun to watch.

TX ~ I bet you're lovin' it, living on your property!!! Bet you're really missin' havin' a horse there now.

SJ ~ You'll like that Mylar bit... Mine is the D-ring snaffle, with a copper roller in it... The horses seem to like it, and do well with it.



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I have definitely been busy ...my sister and I are now home schooling 5/8 kids ( mine started this year, we added hers recently due to a bad bullying issue at the elementary school ) , we had 10 babies hatch, bought about a dozen at a local swap, have a broody hen on day 2 with 2 eggs we gave her ( will see how it goes. She is a teenager ) , 14 eggs in the bator, a small garden in the backyard that might or might not make it,... I work hard every day but I am loving it !!!! I will check in when I can have a good one !!!

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Hen, we are hoping to be in our house by the end of the year. Work goes slowly (but steadily) when doing it yourself. A minor setback is the cabinets we were going to buy from McCoy's (Texas building supplier) are no longer available so DH wants to look into getting custom cabinets from a cabinet maker. I picked out (from McCoys) the simple pine cabinets with what they call the "bead wood" doors. That is, the doors had vertical grooves in them from top to bottom.

Sue, we are looking into Dish TV. I had Direct at the other house, and got tired of their tactics to keep you on contract, so fired them when we moved into the RV because they said they couldn't provide service for us in an RV. What it is, they don't trust you. They are afaid of installing THEIR equipment on an RV because they are afraid you will take off with it. Dish said the same thing, so we will have to buy a satellite receiver and box now. They are available at Camping World. There is also a company that caters to RV'ers who want traveling satellite TV so we are going to call them, too.

It is a beautiful day here, today, cool, sunny, and breezy! I need to get moving, DH's son and his girlfriend are coming out today and Matt is cooking his son (and us) a steak as his birthday present! We bought a package of beef from the packing house in Dublin, TX, and also ordered a rear quarter of beef from them. They are supposed to have the best beef around! I will let you know! emoticon

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