Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ride 6

Ride 6 and it was better than the last one. She finally got to moving around the round pen without Bob having to go in front of her.

Flexing her neck. That is not her best side.

She was so good.

After we rode for a little while I put her in her pen to rest for about 15 minutes and then we worked on loading in the trailer. She did not want to be sent in but walked right in when I went with her. We put Pepper in first. I was so proud of her. As usual of course.

We had quite a storm this afternoon. The thunder boomed and the lightening wasn't far behind it. Even though I don't like thunder and lightening I love how the air smells. It went on a couple of hours.

Happy last day of August.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Another Weekend Away

This is a group of pictures for sure. We went to Nikki's on Friday and came home today (Monday). We went to attend a picnic lunch for my other uncles 95Th. birthday. He is not quite as frail as my other 95 year old uncle. He lives on his own and drives a little. More pictures on down.

This picture is at Banks Lake. We have had family camp outs there and one of thing that has brought us there is the wonderful beach. For some reason, unknown to us, the have sucked the lake half dry and the swimming beach is dry. I am glad we did not plan one this year.

Going through Seattle on I5. One view of the Space Needle.

Uncle George in front of his house. He was born in the very bedroom he sleeps in now.

He and I. He is who walked me down the aisle when Bob and I got married almost 54 years ago. My father died when I was 17. He is my father's youngest brother.

That evening we went to Bob's cousin Tim's for a BBQ. We had a great time. This is Isaac on the tire swing.

And Lane fishing for catfish. He brings them home and puts them into a little plastic pool that he has in the backyard.

This actually pumps their water. When the wind does not blow it has a motor. Loved it.

A friend of Tim and Theresa's young daughter Kelly. She and Isaac are eating smores. She was so much neater than him. But I did not see her when she had finished.

Lane and his giant smore.

Nikki and her lap of puppies.

Making ice cream

Nathaniel. Isn't that a sweet smile.


A big pile of wheat outside the elevator in Creston. That is a small town about 45 minutes from here. They pile the wheat up like that when the elevator gets full.

When we got home we found 4 kittens. Actually Katie had found them. We put them in the tack room. They sure are cute.

My first tomato. I will eat it tomorrow.

That pretty much is our weekend. I am tired. I have to have blood work done in the morning. I am tired of this every 6 weeks, they never find much and I guess that is a good thing.


Thursday, August 25, 2011


I had not ridden for almost a week and today I rode unleashed. I had a little trouble getting her to lead without being led but that will come.

She is flexing both ways easily. To the left is best. I am so proud of her. I had to really beg Bob to let us go without the lunge line and we did it. I was so happy. I think we rode alone for about 15 minutes. Not going far nor fast and that is a good thing.

Mt. Rainer from the top of the Vantage grade. It always makes my heart skip when I see it. I grew up looking at it out the kitchen window.

Today I went and had my hair trimmed and a pedicure. I would have one every other week if I could afford it. When I came home I mowed most of the lawn. For some reason I got a blister on my right hand. So Bob took it over and finished. We have a very large yard and it takes a while. Even with the riding mower.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Lest you think I have skipped the country, I haven't. I worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a horse show in Yakima. It was very hot, in fact 98 on Sunday and not a drop of shade to be found for the most part. I drove straight home after the show was over and collapsed into a warm bath and went to bed. I had a hard time making it through Monday without sinking into the nearest chair all day.

Yesterday our youngest daughter had surgery and we were at the hospital most of the day. In the evening I had to go to Couer d'Alene to a friends home and put together baskets for a silent auction at the Panhandle Back Country Horsemen clinic we are doing September 10 at Farragut State Park. The clinic is called "From Spooky to Calm". There will be, besides the silent auction, a despooking clinic, a trail obstacle clinic, an inspection of horse trailers, a trail ride, a packing demo, a leave no trace discussion, horse first aid and a mounted shooting demo by Bob Peters. If you choose to just come and watch the fee will be $15.00 If you bring your horse It is $25.00. And if there is more in your family that want to come the fee is $65.00 which covers 3 or more with horses. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent and must wear a helmet when mounted on a horse. Lunch will be offered for $5.oo per person. For questions you can call me 994 9829 or Karen at 208 772 2434.

I have only had time to love on Sage a little and groom her today. I did umteen loads of laundry and I am still working on my craft/sewing room. It was so awful but I am getting there slowly.

Maybe tomorrow I will get on her again.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I really rode her today, not attached to the hit rail. Bob started out leading her around outside the round pen and then he led us into the round pen and let out the lunge line. He could not let me go completely on my own. I rode her around and reversed and figure 8's for better part of an hour. I backed her and bent her head both ways. To the left is not so good but easily to the right. Tomorrow I swear I am going to make him let go of me.
I wanted to shout but know better than that. A slow comfy walk was all we did and she was very relaxed.

Wrangler and Liberty. I sat on the ground to get the picture I wanted and was attacked by ants. I thought I was going to have to strip out there in the pasture. Didn't, but could feel them crawling even after they were gone.

Miss Liberty.


Abby. Her tail is growing back quite nicely. Better than Wranglers but his is growing too. Silly horses to chew each others tails off.

A load of hay. We have about 3/4 of our hay in. Bob is mowing for the guy to pay for most of it. That is a relief.

Bob and I will be heading for town shortly. We have to make a trip to Aslin Finch and then to Couer d'Alene to our Back Country Horsemen meeting this evening. Its been a super day.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Last Night's Moon

Just a series of pictures I took of the moon last night. I thought it was particularly pretty last night.

Today I worked in the house most all day. I am trying really hard to get my craft/sewing/stuff room organized and cleaned. It is a challenge for sure. I need to get rid of a bunch of just stuff.

Tomorrow for sure I am going to get outside and work with horses. This break to get things done in the house has come to an end. I need to work in here but need to work outside too. I did pick raspberries today but nothing else and my garden is a jungle. My horses miss me too.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

O Happy Day

This was the view coming home from the wedding last night.
Our dinner today. Oh was it wonderful. It smelled great, and tasted better.

I took a long nap today, did not sleep much last night., Slept clear through the Mariners game. Woke up as the last person for Boston struck out. M's won. That was a good thing.

Tomorrow, out of my lethargia and get going.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Katies Wedding - Lots of pictures

It was a beautiful day, a beautiful wedding, a beautiful bride and a handsome groom. There are a lot of pictures, if you aren't interested that's OK. It was special to us.

Mr and Mrs. Cameron C. Collins

and me

and Bob

She and her daddy dance.

She and Cam

Cam and his Mom

A beautiful bride

Grandpa Bob and the Dollar Dance

This picture should have been near the top but it would not move there no matter what I did.

Alicia who caught the bouquet.

Off into the sunset and on to their honeymoon.

I am off to bed. A long day.

Special blessings to Katie and Cam and to you all too.