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So, next on the agenda was selling Flirt.  I haven’t really bonded with the poor girl and she just seems to cause a lot of drama within the herd.  After a month of no serious responses, I tried again by posting her on CL.  Lordy, lordy!  Let’s just say that I decided she should stay right here with me because the good people of Georgia are too stupid to own her, much less any horse!  If I say she needs an experienced rider, then clearly she isn’t going to be kid safe and good for your 7 year old beginner.  And since when do TBs have HYPP?  And no, Impromptu (TB) is NOT related to Impressive!  And no, she won’t stay fat on just pasture year round.  Oy!

Then, reports on Muse came back that she’s “hot and spicy”.  She regularly cuts the pony she shares a pasture with.  Hmmm…  Friesian/TB with possible cow sense?  And she jumps.  She LOVES to jump.  But, after the report of “hot and spicy”, I had planned on selling her in Oregon where the prices are better, rather than transporting her here and basically giving her away and taking a loss on transportation costs.

However…

After the BO where she’s boarded, my friend, my same friend who kept Casey until the shipper could pick up, has avoided contact with me for the last 2 1/2 weeks, after receiving payment for ads for Muse’s sale, and negotiating out a fee for her, I’m ticked off and bringing Muse home.  If you can’t be bothered to post an ad in 2 1/2 weeks, what the heck are you doing?  I’ve been patient.  I’ve sent money.  I’ve respected the fact she’s been busy with show season.  But, she’s only had one show in this time and it’s now 4 days after the show!

I’m really not a high maintenance boarder.  But, if you say you’re going to do something, I expect it to happen.  If I pay for you to do it and it doesn’t happen in a reasonable time frame, I’m gonna be a little hot, feel ignored, and take my business elsewhere.  In this case, she’ll just come home!  I can just as easily do her ground work as well as anybody else.

And while writing this, I got the, “Uh, my phone wasn’t working” excuse.  Really?  It doesn’t work?  The only time I’ve heard of this excuse to cover WEEKS of no contact was with the person I bought Muse from!  It sounds like a load of horse pooey!  It sounds more like, “I just don’t want to deal with you”.  Or, “I’m going to avoid you because I don’t want to tell you something”.  Of course, I should admit I’m still a wee bit grumpy in general.

My chickens have been disappearing.  It’s a fox.  It decided to wake up the house this morning, just about 30′ from my bedroom.  Of course the booger was in the woods and I couldn’t see it.  My pullet total has dropped in half.  I lost 2/3 of my meat birds and one duck.  And it’s been hitting them in broad daylight, out in the open.  I think we’re going to attempt for live trapping over the next couple weeks.  I understand it’s quite tricky, but I don’t want to lose more birds.

BP saw said fox kill a rabbit on the other side of the road this morning.  It would be dead had it been on our side.

This evening, Sloan brought home a baby bunny, carried by the scruff, and unharmed.  It’s currently in a box, in my bathtub (you know, the one I can’t use because there’s no cold water to it?  Yeah, that one!).  If it makes it through the night, I’ll release it in the morning away from the fox/chicken area.

Odd that my best hunter would bring home a baby bunny and cry to let me know he had it!

Lyra is settling in well.  She’s quickly grown larger than Bob and the Aussie boys.  We’ve been mostly teaching her about houses and people and how to be a real dog.  She’s starting to come around enough that she is seeking attention and scritches now.  She seeks play time and is slowly learning about toys.  Paper is still her favorite thing to steal and shred though.

Let me just give you the run down and highlights for the rest of it.

-Dude has summer school.  Contrary to promises, he did not get the help he still needs in Math yet again this year.  He was not able to meet the state standard in Math by just 19 points and will be retesting next month.  Until we get those results, there is no way of knowing if he’ll get grade promotion to 6th grade.  All his other test scores were stellar and in the top percentage.

-School ends tomorrow.  Summer school starts on Monday, Memorial Day.  I have no idea what to expect from the school, but we are already sorely burned out.

– Lost all my veggie starts to an unbelievably warm spring.  Some to sunburn, others to the heat.  So, we scrapped plans for the garden and will be putting in raised beds elsewhere.

– The garden will have some asparagus transplanted out of it that I discovered there.  Then, I’ll probably use it as a goat pen or turkey pen.

-We have an above ground pool.  It just needs to be put up.

-Two thin strays have shown up as of this morning.  I may have inherited 2 new barn cats.  I’m ok with that as long as they don’t hunt my chickens.

*Oh, and since I started writing this, I did hear from my friend with Muse.  The old “my phone isn’t giving me messages and just downloaded a ton” excuse is tiring.  However, she was perfectly pleasant and I got an update.  Muse is learning to pack a snaffle bit and will get the idea of having a saddle on her back, sans person as her knees are still not closed, before she gets on the trailer and heads east.  My friend was completely fine with the change in plan and I know she’ll be more than willing to help the process go smoothly.  I will give her the benefit of the doubt about the phone, but I do still think it’s time for Muse to come home.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print for now!

 

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In Need Of

Dear Friends from out West,

Please send a couple days of rain to Georgia.  We have not seen any for some weeks.  We would like it to arrive any time Monday through Thursday next week.  K, thanks!

 

Love,

 

OS

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In reference to a horse abuse case showing on Judge Judy tomorrow, I read this following quote online today:

“If it had been my horse…I would have been all over that women like a monkey on a cupcake. She wouldn’t have been mentally or physically available to make it to court or any other appearance. lol.”

I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face!

Monkey on a cupcake…

Only in the South!

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It’s raining cats and dogs here.  I think I might have seen a few monkeys and other exotics as well.  At least we’re getting some much needed rain!  We had 3″ yesterday and they’re calling for 3″ more today.  Supposed to rain all day tomorrow too with tornado warnings on Sunday.  Yay for us!  Ok, that was heavy sarcasm.  I’m under tornado watch now, so I’d best make this short and sweet.  

Enjoy!

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Men’s Age, as determined by a trip to Home Depot

You are in the middle of some kind of project around the house -mowing the lawn, putting in a new fence, painting the living room or whatever. You are hot and sweaty, covered in dust, lawn clippings, dirt or paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit — shorts with the hole in the crotch, old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what and an old pair of tennis shoes.Right in the middle of this great home improvement project you realize you need to run to Home Depot to get something to help complete the job.

Depending on your age you might do the following:

In your 20’s:
Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss and put on clean clothes. Check yourself in the mirror and flex. Add a dab of your favorite cologne because you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout lane. And you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.

In your 30’s:
Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change shoes. You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair. Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it. Add a shot of your favorite cologne to cover the smell. The cute girl running the register is the kid sister to someone you went to school with.

In your 40’s:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts. Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands. Your bottle of Brut cologne is almost empty so you don’t want to waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot. Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing. The hot young thing running the register is your daughter’s age and you feel weird thinking she is spicy.

In your 50’s:
Stop what you are doing. Put on a hat, wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt. Change shoes because you don’t want to get dog doo-doo in your new sports car. Check yourself in the mirror and you swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat. The Cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it. Then you remember the hat you have on is from Bubba’s Bait & Beer Bar and it says, ‘I Got Worms .’

In your 60’s:
Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat anymore. Hose the dog doo-doo off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50’s. You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants. The girl running the register may be cute, but you don’t have your glasses on so you are not sure.

In your 70’s:
Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until the drug store has your prescriptions ready to. Don’t even notice the dog doo-doo on your shoes. The young thing at the register stares at you and you realize you’re hanging out the hole in your crotch.

In your 80’s:
Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again. Now you remember you need to go to Home Depot. Go to Wal-Mart instead and wander around trying to think what it is you are looking for. Fart out loud and you think someone called out your name. You went to school with the old lady who greeted you at the front door.

In your 90’s & beyond:
What’s a home deep hoe? Something for my garden? Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this? Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?

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Rant

I’m going to be up front and say that I AM PISSED OFF!  If that offends you, go away and come back some other day.  Please.  Go now.  I don’t have much patience to wait.

Ok, well, hopefully the easily offended are gone now.  I’ve been in a bitch ass mood all day and it’s not getting any better.  Not at all.  It’s been the kind of day that Mrs. Mom says makes Satan quake in his boots and say, “Oh Shit!  She’s UP!”  Yeah, that kind of day…

And just as I thought it was getting better, I went on Facebook.  Oh, I can hear it now!  Y’all are wondering why the hell I went and did something like that when I’m already in a rank mood.  Because, apparently, I can’t decide if I’m sadistic or masochistic today.

Tosca Reno, a woman I admire, who has really caught the media’s eye with her Eat Clean lifestyle, has pushed me over the edge.  What is it she said, you wonder?  Here, I’ll directly copy and paste her quote from Facebook for you:

“I have opened a can of worms but not with ill will.

I want us to think about what we are eating. It may not be popular for me to express my opinion but if it isn’t food that is making us sick then what is? Miss Deen is in a position through her TV and books to teach people how to eat therefore she has a responsibility to the public to include some awareness about what is healthy to consume daily or not. 

It makes me upset that so many of us are fooled about food. There has never before a crisis of health in our nation as there is right now regarding diabetes, particularly diabetes Type 2, a totally unnecessary disease. We can’t be casual about our approach to food. 

Do you think for one second I don’t enjoy birthday cake with my kids or a glass of wine? I have even tried some of Miss Deen’s recipes. What is missing from this whole situation is the plea for common sense. This means limiting those foods that act like poisons to our body and make us sick. I’m not on a high horse about this. I just think it is a terribly sad situation that people would rather defend the delicious taste of a cookie than their own health. My compassion for people is not to profit from books or seminars but out of a genuine concern for what is happening to us. Look at us. Just look at us. I’m frightened by what I see happening. 

So let me keep hearing from you because I need to know your thoughts on this whole issue. It is very important to me.”

– Tosca Reno, Facebook, 1/17/2012 @ 10:30 pm EST

And this was my response to her comment:

 “I’m sick of this ‘blame someone else for our problems / let’s all find a scapegoat garbage’ going around. Look, Paula Deen never made anyone eat her cooking, or cook her recipes, or buy her books or even watch her on TV. Trust me, I’ve turned her off plenty of times. Enthusiastic southern women just kind hit a nerve (and I live in the South). Has nothing to do with them, that’s MY deal.

You want someone to blame, let’s blame the fact that we’ve had 100 years of corporate interests advertising worse and worse things for us to eat. Blame a goverment system that has completely failed the greater good of it’s citizens. Want to blame someone? Blame Monsanto. Blame General Mills. Blame everybody who voted in a politician that appointed a bureaucrat who sold out our children for the expediency of corporate funded health studies paid for by the people trying to sell Americans the crap they claim is healthy.

WE did this. Our Parents did this. Their Parents did this. Paula Deen did not do this! She is not shoving food in OUR faces making little airplane noises or loading OUR grocery carts! She does not force us to buy her cookbooks, eat at her restaurant, cook the things she makes, or force us to watch her shows.

We don’t fix this by blaming a woman who has books and a tv show about regional cooking…we fix this by addressing the REAL problem. WE need to take responsibility for OURSELVES.

-This comment brought to you by Americans sick of everybody finding a new horse to beat to death and then try to ride.”

Now, to be fair and give credit where credit is due, Bad Pants listened to my inarticulate rage and watched me storm around his office absolutely fuming, then took what I said and put it together for me.  Which I deeply appreciate, because, we all know Satan and His minions were cowering in some far corner of Hades, trembling in fear of my wrath.

So, Paula Deen is a spokesman for the Danish diabetes medication company, Novo Nordisk, and apparently that also has Tosca Reno upset.  Well, she’s no more directly responsible for the diabetes of America than Nell Carter or Wilfred Brimley, and they were also spokespeople for diabetes medications!  Or, Patti LaBelle, because she has diabetes and wrote a cookbook for diabetics!  I know!  How about holding any famous person responsible that represented Firestone responsible for the death and accidents that happened before and during Firestorm?  Doesn’t that make as much sense?   The whole thing is utterly ridiculous!

WE are each individually responsible for what we put in our bodies and allow our children to put into their bodies.  No one is forcing us to eat crap!  It’s time people took responsibility for THEIR OWN ACTIONS!  Quit blaming everyone else, America!  It’s each our very own individual fucking fault if what we’re eating is making us unhealthy!  Not some celebrity!

WAKE UP!  We all have free will!  We get to choose what we eat or don’t eat, what we do or don’t do!  BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!

Oh, and Ms. Reno, that agave nectar you’re so fond of in your cookbooks?  Yeah, it’s about as natural and “clean” as margarine.  It’s also “processed” and animals won’t touch it in the wild.  What makes YOU think it’s so great for the rest of us to consume?  Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

(see herehere, and here.  Oh, and here.)

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Had no idea my former Yard Guys had talent beyond tying down loads!  Great job, guys!

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All ponies boarded out here in Georgia are home!  This occurred on Saturday, when Casey and Molly arrived from Molly’s previous owner’s place.  The moment Casey stepped off the trailer and I took his lead, the last bit of stress and anxiety in my body left.  My life is complete with him home, where I can see him every time I look out the window and can touch him often.

With the arrival of the ponies, my point about the builder’s paddock being too small for 4 horses really came home.  Bad Pants and I spent several hours on Sunday and Monday expanding it, so now they have the better part of 2 acres to move about on.  I am happier and they are happier.

Now that there is more space, the horses seem to be working out the last of their herd dynamic issues and have joined up into a lovely little band.  Peace reigns within the herd.  No drama.  Just happy, munching horses!

I’ve found decent hay for a reasonable price really close to us.  In addition, we met a local farmer who will disc the cleared area for us when we’re ready, and who can give us basic advise while we learn about farming in a climate still fairly new to us.

I’ve stacked a lot of hay in the cottage and started some general cleaning of it.  In the next few weeks I’ll get a sheet of plywood so Bad Pants can re-side the open side where the cottage caught on fire.  While we have plans to move the cottage later, I might as well make it function for my needs now, right?  Right!  That starts with bird proofing it asap.

Next up, we will begin to prepare for the arrival of a flock of chicks at the end of the month!  The peeps will live in the garage where I can monitor them closely for the first few weFeeks.  No pets, pests, or critters will be able to harm them there.  And, I should be able to hear any distress peeps that come out of them in the middle of the night as the master is right above.

February will see me starting cool crop seeds indoors and really prepping the garden.  If it stays mild as it has been, I will likely take the chance to start the garden earlier than our zone would suggest, but will have row covers on hand if necessary.

Later in the spring we will be adding guineas, turkeys and goats to our farm.  I want guineas because they’re great at eating ticks and garden bugs while leaving the produce alone.  And, well, turkeys are just awesome in general.  I’m hoping we’ll be adding at least two dwarf goats (breed undetermined at this time) to our farm with hopes of producing some of our own dairy later on.  I’ll have to see what comes available when we’re closer to ready.

That’s about it for now.  What are your plans for the coming spring?

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