Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tough Day

Checotah, Dan, Me and Reno after riding at one of the state parks.

We lost our Reno this morning.  I met him the day Dan and I had our first date.  He graciously let this girl who hadn't been on a horse in many years ride him that night and he never did me wrong.  We had an understanding--I wouldn't work him too hard and would let him even grab a bit of grass here and there as we rode and he wouldn't trip and fall as I rode him. 

Reno wandering (on a mission it seems--probably to find some good food)

Reno in the Gloaming--sparkling snow and a sparkling Reno!
A drawing I did based on Reno--I know he doesn't really look like that (especially in the face), but Reno always had great angles when he moved--fun for capturing in a drawing.

Another drawing based on Reno--what a superstar--he could have modeled on a catwalk (well, except he startled pretty easily with flashing bulbs and also didn't like lots of loud noise--he also didn't like to hear the sound of his own hooves on pavement--such a country horse)
Sweet Reno, I'll miss you so . . .

Sweet Reno, I'm really going to miss you and the way we could hear you coming (even in the dark)--he had this certain way he blew air through his nose.  I'll miss you practically falling asleep as we trimmed your hooves--such heavy hooves--you really liked to be rooted to the ground--you would never have made a good jumping horse.  I'll miss your stumbling feet.  I'll miss your excitement at the sight of grain (or any food really, especially treats).  I'll miss your sad, old eyes. 

Alrighty, I have to stop here--I'll start crying to hard.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Two female (umm . . . scratch that--6:30 in the morning eyes apparently are blind--they're boys, but they're such cuties that they should be wrapped in bows and snuggled!) puppies this morning around 6:30 near our home. 

Here's the one of the cuties sniffing for more food--don't worry he was well fed this morning, but he is a growing puppy after all . . .
They're movers and shakers (as you can tell by this blurry picture! silly little guy)
Dan found these little guys on his way to work this morning.  He brought them home and I gave them food and water and put down an old blanket for them to lay on for the time being.  We've called the local sheriff's office just in case someone reports them missing, but for now they are staying in our shop.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Long time no write

Hope you've all been having a good new year (you know, now that its March and all).  Here are some pic's to update you on stuff going on since my last post in November (yeah, I'm bad--like I say to Dan a lot when I don't get something done that I meant to do--"It's because I'm a terrible person.")

Ummm . . . big thing, I guess--we went to Mexico with my brother and sister-in-law back in the beginning of December)

Us in Tepic

Dan and our family's old exchange student, Michele in Tepic

With my brother and his wife on his birthday!
The street in front of our hotel
Me in the water on Stone Island
Restaurants on Stone Island
Olas Altas Bay--from our hotel room balcony
Fun was had by all (and we left on the day of a snow storm and arrived back . . . ummm . . . two days later than expected due to the snowstorm that took down the Metrodome roof)

But--we do like the snow--we love the snow!

Sooo . . . snowy wintery scenes around the farm . . .

Tinkerbell and Rowdy eating in the snow
Rowdy eating in the feed bunk
Dan added this divider so that the cows could no longer stand in the feed bunk to eat--while it makes an adorable picture, it causes quite a mess (as cows don't care where they do their business) and we weren't quite sure if the bunk's 2 x 12 boards were really able to handle pregnant cows day after day!

Sleeping out in the snow--Dan and his cousin slept out one Friday evening in early Feb.  Meanwhile, I stayed in the house and watched a movie and some old episodes of Bewitched with my sister-in-law.  Woohoo--sorry, Dan, I know that couples should do things together, but sleeping out on the frozen ground is not on my agenda--love camping--I've even camped out in well below freezing temps, but that was in a Teepee.
Wheat in the field where Dan and his cousin slept--would this be considered winter wheat?

Me last week in front of a mongo drift that formed in front of one of our old buildings.

A last look at the cows on a snowy, foggy day!
 Well, hope that catches you all up!