Friday, September 12, 2014


OK I realized that I never even posted that we got another horse...his name was originally Kota but we are calling him Dakota (mostly because I kept calling him Kato because I couldn't for some reason remember Kota).  He is sweet and is fitting in well here with the other two.  Hopefully we will have enough riders to exercise everyone until the bitter cold.

So pretty!  Our little plains pony!  He is 15 years old and has been used for teaching kids barrel racing for the past year.  We are having steering issues and he doesn't stand at the mounting block until the rider is actually settled.  But I think these are fixable and he is a second horse.  He doesn't mind being left behind...calls a little but doesn't get really distressed.


And hopefully he will be happy and content here.

Happy Friday! xo

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hay Time!

First wagonload of hay.  And I'm photographing instead of doing my job.   


OK now I'm working with one hand and my hook...then I drag the bales with my hook thingy
and after every 20 bales, Gary comes up and stacks them.


That was last night and there are two more wagons waiting in the yard for loading.  I'm trying to get my friend's twin boys over to help but haven't been able to get ahold of her yet.  Meanwhile
I have to process some tomatoes with my Victorio and some peaches. And ride at 4:30.  And I don't think a nap is going to work in today.  sigh.  I love my naps but maybe tomorrow.

View from the hay mow last evening...And Kota is now called
Dakota...which I think suits him better!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Finishing the barn

 Building a run-in for the horses so that when I get another horse it will have plenty of space to get out of the bugs and/or cold.  The main aisle is on the left and the new space is on the right.  We haven't opened it up yet but Noah and Gary have been working for days and I had a friend's twin 15yo boys shoveling tons of dirt as well.

All boarded up...

With plenty of room for equipment as well...

Inside the new run-in

We are getting there!  And looked at a horse the other day down by Binghamton, NY.  He was very adorable, sweet, willing, 15 years old and friendly.  So just waiting to hear from his vet.  


Hope everyone's long weekend was wonderful!

Monday, August 25, 2014


I know it has been a while since I wrote...but summer has been extremely busy with horses.  Today we had to put Duke down.  It was peaceful, sad, necessary.  I brought him out and he munched on some grass.  The vet came and gave him a tranquilizer and then she put him down.  He softly lay down and gave a big sigh and it was over.  Django has been calling for him for a couple of hours now though.  Thankfully we have a new boarder to keep Django company while he grieves.  Django would sleep right next to Duke's stall...keeping him company during the night.  We are all so sad.  He was such a patient and kind and calm horse.  We bought him from Camp Treetops in Lake Placid in 2008.  They thought he was about 17 yo.  I think he was glad to get out of there with all the kids hanging on him.  And I don't know who damaged his beautiful face when he was young by leaving a halter on him.  I think his last years were good and his last summer was spent being ridden gently almost every day by a friend of mine, going out to the fields with Django until it became clear that he wasn't rideable anymore.

Rest in Peace, Duke


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fabric Paper Doll House and Django Jumping (sort of)

 Almost finished Ava's present...Just have to run to the store and buy some stencils so I can put her name on it...My workroom is such a mess I can't find the stencils I know I have.  Spent two days sewing and having way too much fun with this one!

 Inside before sewing


 Think I'll put her name over the door...

Just needs a pressing and off to Hawaii!  Hope she likes it!

We have been truly blessed with amazing weather this July!  Perfect for riding early in the morning.  Cool and breezy.  It just doesn't get better than this.


I am in love with my horse. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fabric Paper Dolls...

August 1 is my granddaughter's 2nd birthday.  I think she is a little young for these dolls but I just couldn't resist making them for her.  The clothes snap on and I have to hold myself back from making more and just get them in the mail.  It takes forever to get from here to Kauai.

The dolls and clothes are felt and fabric.  And the original idea is from:

I originally thought that if I backed the dresses with felt they would "stick" on the dolls but it didn't work well enough and I figured Ava would get frustrated.  So everyone has a snap instead.  We'll see.  Hopefully she can have fun with these or my son (Adam) can send them back to me for later!  
Ava at 23 months...


And a very sleepy Django the other morning at 6:30 am.  Time for breakfast so we can ride by 7:30.  I love this horse!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Out and About to a Craft Fair

Well...let me just say that it is too hot for me to actually participate in a craft fair so, with a few friends, I visited one.  Just off the St. Lawrence River, attracting lots of Canadians, but way too hot.  The two women who put it on keep sending me an application but...Do I really want sweaty people trying on scarves and jackets?  Would they even want to???  It was 92 degrees and not a cloud in sight.  I had a headache after two house of visiting old friends and checking out booths.  And this past weekend we put up 200 bales of hay in the stifling heat.  I loaded 125 bales onto the hay elevator and my shoulders feel it now!

I do like the alpacas!

These are yearlings...male

This one was bottle fed as a baby so he was very friendly...

And I love the garden sculptures!

especially this one!  Too expensive for me, though.

Hot people...

So Happy Fourth of July everyone!!