Monday, January 31, 2011


Woke up to a balmy 5 degrees.

The moon was still up....

...and it was too cold to take the pups and kittens to the barn.

The view from the back pasture was breathtaking.

Grained the ponies, set out the hay and started on the stalls.

 Tried to take advantage of the sun.

John (our farrier) arrived at 9:30 and I was ready for him in the grooming/tack room.  No horses live here, but I have two stalls that come in handy when a horse is sick or several of us are grooming or the vet is here.

He started with Abbe.  I don't know what your preference is, but our horses are used to being cross-tied when they get their feet done.  Fortunately they are all quiet and it works well.   Can you see that bright light behind the horse?  Gary used it for painting.   I always turn it on so John can really see what he is doing.  Today he used it to warm his tools and gloves.

Masterpiece was next.  He's the one with the gigantic bum knee.  This spring he will be 32 and just makes do, even tho he is gimpy.  Never acts stressed...even thinks he can canter.  He can hardly bend the leg John is working on, and it always gets trimmed last, up on a stand.  Because he drags that foot, his toe gets very worn down.  He gets 1 gram of bute each morning ....used to give him Devils Claw and he needed more.  The vet said at his age he should just be kept comfortable.  His  face is that of a 10 year old and he is a happy boy.  (Our first horse).

Berlin was last...her usual cooperative self.

This is John's dog....Duncan.

Where John goes, he goes.

A very handsome boy.

Fortunately we did not have snow or a lot of wind.

Ran a couple of errands...trying to get my cards organized for the gallery.  I sign them and put them in acetate sleeves....a lot of busy work.  Then, I went down to the post office to see what it would cost to mail them in a decent padded envelope so I can come up with a shipping price.  I'm trying to make sure I keep track of everything.

Went out to do chores a little before 5.  Monday night dinner with Jen and the boys....had to be down there by 5:45.

When it's cold like this, they are quite happy to go in for the night.

So what did Jen make for dinner?
It must be pasta week!  We had lasagna (the boys had penne).

After dinner we checked out Finn's report card....

Cooper passed out on the couch.  He gets pretty tired on school days.

Finn had gotten a couple of books at the library... he did a little reading and so did we.

I love it when kids pick up a book and want to read on their own (without being asked to do it).

Home a little after that I am finished with this...a very hot shower is in order.

About Wednesday...we are supposed to get 15-22 inches of snow.  Yippppeeeee.

Night all.


Terry said...

We're in the deep freeze here too, if it's any comfort. The prediction for tomorrow's high is 0, and the low is -24. That's actual temp, not wind chill. You are my hero, having a happy 32 year old.

Oak Creek Ranch said...

Wow - 32 yo! Beautiful skies. ...and balmy 5 degrees. You crack me up!

Gayle said...

I'm glad I'm not you. I've had a deep freeze, not I'm a balmy zero and no falling snow to clear. I definitely believe my winters are much easier than your winters... just three months longer!! Hope you survive the storm... and I hope you get a plow soon! :)

Jo said...

What a constructive day, Lori. I'm on Internet now (very slow here in East Africa on the camp) so at least I can visit your divine farm. I love Duncan and good on those Grands of yours they're gorgeous too. Have a great day. Jo

Cheryl Ann said...

Stay warm! You need to come out here to Southern California, girl! Lovely post and photos! My husband makes MEAN penne and lasagne, also a wonderful baked ziti! Wish I could send you some!~~Cheryl Ann~~

Jill said...

I can't wait to see how much snow you are going to get! The storm is actually going to miss us! I am glad and a little disappointed at the same time. That Duncan is a looker. Your cards are beautiful!

Sharon Creech said...

I hope you make that pic of the moon and branches into a card. Beautiful! Also love getting to know the individual horses. Is Masterpiece also called King Mustafa or am I mixed up?