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.
I have been weaving for 24 years and selling for almost as long! I have slowed down my weaving since my cancer diagnosis and subsequent Whipple surgery but still weave on and off during the day when I have the energy! I currently sell my work on www.barefootweaver.etsy.com.
I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December, 2009. Had Whipple surgery in January 2010 and have had clear CT scans since! We are hopeful for a long and happy life!
As an update...I had a valve replacement in May 2016 and apologize for not answering comments or blogging! I am off to NYC February 15, 2017 for surgery on the 16th to remove a little spot of lung cancer. Hopefully recovery will be uneventful and I will be back at weaving soon!