Month: December 2010

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Year in Review

Year in Review

It is hard to believe that another year has gone by and that I am writing my last blog post of 2010. It has certainly been a busy year filled with a lot of wonderful memories and a few sad ones. The year started out right with thegreeting new residents. We welcomed some new faces to the farm this year and that is the best part of this job by far! Over all 2010 has been a year that has brought Jason and I so many things to be thankful for. We can only hope that 2011 can be...

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Blankets Off

The snow from our Snowmageddon that didn’t happen is pretty much gone although some of it has managed to hang around for a few days. A few white patches remained today in shaded areas. Those will be taken care of in the next few days as we are supposed to be in the 50’s and low 60’s with scattered rain showers. This forecast would thrill me except for the part about the scattered showers. I was hoping for 50’s and low 60’s with sunshine. Everybody had their blankets pulled today and of course they all rolled immediately. Anyone visiting...

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White Christmas

Although I was not dreaming of one we had a white Christmas! I just looked up the weather records for Nashville, TN and since 1884 snow has fallen 23 times on Christmas Day, with 9 of those times having measurable snowfall which means at least a tenth of an inch. Needless to say everyone was quite excited about having a white Christmas around here! We were thinking we might have a southern version of Snowmageddon as once again the weather forecasters were going nuts with their predictions. The airport pre-emptively cancelled hundreds of flights. The grand total of our...

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Fun Videos and Merry Christmas

The horses have been very cooperative subjects lately and I’ve had the opportunity to take a lot of fun videos in addition to the pictures. I’m thinking four videos is probably more than enough for one post! I am happy to say I have not made one single trip to a mall or other crowded retail location in order to do my Christmas shopping, however I will be the first to say I don’t do much shopping. My family has never been the type where you feel the pressure to find the perfect gift for each and every person...

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Another Moving Day

Today we moved another group of horses to the new farm. Of course I had been checking the weather forecast every 10 seconds for the last few days trying to make sure we were prepared appropriately for whatever weather might present itself. Well, every 10 seconds we seemed to have a different forecast. 70% chance of rain and a high of only 40 degrees (just under 5 Celsius for our Canadian friends). Then it was 50% chance of rain and a high of about 45 degrees (7C). Then it was a 30% chance of rain and a high of...

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The mares and Cuffie put on a fun show on Friday. I posted a video of some of the mares being silly in the Murphy Dutch, Wiz and Clay Boo, Fuzzy and Clay (and Bella the dog) Justin and Murphy Darby and Ogie Maisie, MyLight and Harmony MyLight, Maisie and Harmony Fuzzy, Alex, B-Rad, Wiz, Murphy and Ogie...

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Strange Weather

Our snow has come and gone. The little bit remaining that had not melted was taken care of by the rain we had yesterday and today. Today was one of those odd weather days where the temperature falls during the day instead of rising. As I was feeding this morning it was almost 55 degrees and sunny. This would be a normal daytime temperature for us at this time of year. After this past week I felt ready to break out my shorts and flip flops. Normally I would find 55 degrees to be cold but today I actually...

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Jason, Good Canadian

As everyone knows Jason is from Canada. Jason has adapted quite well to life in the south and he has even developed a southern accent (much more noticeable than mine, the native southerner). The one area in which Jason fails as a southerner is his response to snow. It must be ingrained in him from all of his years in Canada, because when it snows Jason has to do something. This instantly gives him away as being non-native. Actually as I mentioned in my last post we southerners do something in response to snow – rush to the grocery...

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I have no doubt that school kids all over middle Tennessee are celebrating right now. It is snowing which means schools are closed. In fact since we have anywhere from half an inch to an inch on the ground with up to another half inch still to come I predict that the schools won’t be open again until Wednesday at the earliest, but Thursday might be more realistic. For that matter I’m also relieved that I did my grocery shopping on Thursday as I’m sure that the grocery stores were experiencing their usual pre-snow frenzy yesterday and today. For...

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Frisky Mares

The pastures have been very colorful the last few days as more often than not the horses have had their clothes on this week. To say I have not been a happy camper the last couple of days would be an understatement. Get ready for it folks, the next 90 days are going to chock full of me endlessly whining and complaining about being cold. For me anything under about 45 degrees means it is time to break out the long underwear. I was not happy to be pulling out the long underwear in early December, I should be...

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“I’m sorry I missed your call but I’m probably out riding Gus right now.” I didn’t get it exactly right but that is the voice mail message that Gus’ owner had on her phone. Every horse wishes they were adored that much! Gus is a Hanoverian gelding who found his way into a family of horse lovers a few years ago. Gus had been showing in the adult amateur hunters with a gentleman who was 6’4″, and I thought his current owners summed it up perfectly when they said Gus was probably psyched when he realized he was now...

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Cookie Monsters

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we tend to keep a lot of horse treats on hand. We’re not usually brand or flavor specific, just whatever we happen to pick up at the feed or tack store. I like to keep Mrs. Pasture’s around just because they don’t tend to crumble in my pockets. Jason and I were in the barn last week and for some reason I gave the Mrs. Pastures cookies that I had in my pocket to Mina and Jo, World’s Cutest Fainting Goats. They went nuts! Judging by their response Mrs. Pastures cookies...

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Assembly Fail

Some people really seem to have a knack for building things, repairing things, and do-it-yourself projects. I am not one of those people. In the fall one of my big projects is getting the blankets cleaned, repaired and ready for use. The main thing we need out of a sheet or blanket around here is it needs to be waterproof. We don’t typically blanket just for cold weather (although we do sometimes), that’s what the horses grow winter coats for, and we are in the south here so not known for our harsh winters. We mostly use sheets and...

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I’m still trying to get caught up on my pictures from the last couple of weeks. I was a lazy slacker and got behind on downloading and sorting. Since I need to get back to sorting and downloading so I can move myself out of slacker status I’m going to move right on to some pictures and not waste time trying to come up with something interesting to say! Lexi and Cinnamon hanging out Norman Sparky finishing up a rollWinston and Faune Romeo and Sebastian B-Rad and Alex Dutch Dutch and Boo Levendi and Thomas Tony eating dinner Chance...

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