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        08-14-2013, 09:13 PM
    Hi all!

    Sorry Stan to hear you are under the weather.

    Speaking of weather, I was going to ride this morning but yikes! The weather was wet and cold!! I spent the better part of the day in jeans and a sweatshirt!!

    Spent day three out at the school. Well...I didn't get out there until noon...I had such a headache, I came home after chores and laid down for a bit.

    Gt stuff done but not enough..too many people were in and stopping in to talk..I'll have to finish next week...which I didn't want to do. School's off limits til Monday.

    I'm a bit peeved....I spend the entire summer recharging my batteries and getting intot the right frame of mind for a new bunch of kiddos...but as soon as I get back tot the building, there is always someone who is a Debbie downer and is negative and makes comments like ' these kids you,have can't focus, or they can't read'..... ya know what? I don't want to start my year off on that foot!!!! Let me do what I do, and ill make my own opinions and fix what I can!!! why are people SO negative? The year hasn't even started!! Ugh! I was in such a good I'm all

    I took a break from prepping and went to a Amish harness shop I just heard about and found a quilted winter blanket for JayJay.. I've attached a picture, what do you guys think? I'm suspecting Jay, being from Oklahoma, won't be acclimated to our NE winters, does anyone know what OK winters are like? I've been keeping tabs of their summers...they are HOT!! We get lake effect here. Brrrrr

    Roaddy, wow, you've been doing some major doctoring, huh?

    Critter, I miss those show days! Next week is the big county fair I used to she at...can't wait to go and watch!. Congrats!

    The next several,days are to be sunny and cool! Hoping to get some saddle time in!!

    Oh notice in the pic how nice Jay ground ties!! Oh ya....we've been working on that!

    Have good night.
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        08-14-2013, 09:19 PM
    Nicker, love the new blanket!! Our teachers had to start back this week and I swear I wonder why some of the grumpy ones even bother to come back. The negativity is such a downer. I call them toxic teachers and try to stay away. Keep your positive will always win out over a negative nelly.

    Critter, glad to see you again.

    Roady...amaziing progress. I use the Corona cream all the time on Isabella. I used it on her lower legs when she got scratches. Healed it right up.

    Alex...the price of your water is ridiculous! Go get 'em!!

    Stan, hope you feel is something just for you! ( even though it is already Thursday in your part of the world)
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        08-14-2013, 09:21 PM
    Oh, I brought the blanket home to show my DH and our doggie was a bit jealous!

    P.s. It's going down into the 40s tonight!! Yikes!!
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        08-14-2013, 09:28 PM
    Our weather was amazing today. Sunny, 75, and not a bit of humidity. Hard to believe that two days ago, I was drenched in sweat just standing around. It is going to be in the 50's tonight. I am ready for Fall
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        08-14-2013, 09:44 PM
    I had to do it.
    Took off work Thursday & Friday, 4 day weekend camping & riding!
    I am going to get some good pics of the weekend.
    Weather in Maryland could not be better, Sunday maybe late rain I'll be home then.

    Hump day is over now!
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        08-14-2013, 11:59 PM
    Nicker, you are in small town US and near the Amish, you are not near Lancaster county PA are you? If so, me too, we should talk about that.

    Stan sorry you are sick, as you are ancient, and I don't want you to croak on us, you can have this much love ><. If you are near croaking stage, then you can have this much > <.

    That's about all I've got. :)
    (get better my friend)

    Farrier came out today to do other horses, he sent me a text asking if I wanted him to look at Lucas. The fronts are glued, the backs are bare right now, he's still a bit sore on the backs, 'pasture sound'. He hopes to be able to put shoes on in 3 weeks.

    When he glued on the fronts, he wanted cash, so I would pay him next time out. Sadly that was today, I was just paid last Thurs, cable, electric, car, insurance, kids football gear $400, back to school supplies $200 - you have to be kidding me. Now my phone is texting wanting to be paid to - does it never end.

    Amusingly, the farrier was doing the drafts at the barn. Both farrier and apprentice were huffing and puffing a lot. I had no idea how much a drafts leg weighs, I couldn't hold it, no way, it was like 400lbs.

    So I challenged the farrier to climb up on the biggest draft. It was just a comment until I saw him thinking about it, putting his hands above his head on it's back, stretching to the withers. So then I really laid it on. 'no way in heck you can get on that', and on and on. Because I told him he couldn't, he had to try. Perfect!
    His little legs are scrambling up there, trying to find purchase on the horses knee, just working really hard. It took about 5 mins since his feet left the ground, the horse just stood there like an angel.
    When he did get up there, I told him how easy it is to pressure a manly man into something, as they always have to prove he is a mainly man. He's breathing hard at that point, but I think he called me a name that begins with a b and is a name for a dog. I double over laughing, he jumps off and throws something at me. I didn't see it, I was laughing too hard.
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        08-15-2013, 12:24 AM
    Stan - I hope you get feeling better soon. Probably for the best if SWMBO isn't around as you boys tend to get pretty grumpy when you are sick.

    Alex - I feel for you. This is always a very expensive time of year with back to school costs and all the horse- related get ready for winter tune-ups. It would have been a hoot watching the farrier scramble up onto the draft horse.

    Nicker - I love the blanket! I know where your hot weather went. It found its way up to us! It has been in the high 20's here this week (so in the high 80's low 90's in Fahrenheit). The days are getting much shorter though (dark by 9:30 this evening) and both the fields and some of the trees are starting to turn yellow. Hopefully we will have an Indian summer followed by a real fall that lasts beyond Oct 1.

    I didn't get much planning done today but met with a work colleague for tea instead. We talked about getting ready for school, but both agreed it was better to out it off a few more days and enjoy summer. As for those Negative Nancies, just try to stay away, or refocus the conversation. I find it way too easy to get sucked in, so my goal for this year is to avoid the staff room as much as possible and spend as much time as I can with the kids.

    I wasn't completely lazy today as I cleaned out our old mouse infested shed of its pile of junk and old baling twine and took it to the dump. After sweating in heavy old boxes full of mouse turds and icky spiders, I think I spent over an hour in the shower, but it is good to have that job done.

    DH is off tomorrow on a boys weekend motorcycling and I am left alone with the kids. Is not so bad as tomorrow I may be going tractor shopping. Our old riding mower we bought for $100 three years ago just isn't cutting it (pun intended). With winter coming and the new barn to plow around we aren't sure our previous snow removal system is going to make the grade so we are looking into a compact 23 HP Massey Ferguson acreage tractor with front end loader, mower, blade and snowblower. While I don't really want to spend a bunch of money on a tractor, this makes the most sense for us being on the acreage, and I'd rather buy when prices are good and we are not desperate than when we are buried under 3' of snow we cannot move or wading in 2' high grass and weeds. I'll spend another day or two trying to rationalize the decision or talk myself into putting it off for another year.
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        08-15-2013, 12:36 AM
    Koolio, you have already made the change, you can be around negative people, but if you are not, then you will just hear them and brush them off. It's about you and not them. You got this.

    Sorry you need a new tractor, but good idea about getting it now before winter hits. So sad we are all thinking about winter.

    Tonight we have one of the coldest nights in history here, when the kids go to bed, I like to take off my bra - as who the heck enjoys wearing them. I just took my dog out in a tank top. Geez!!! I can't describe what I looked like, but I think you probably understand enough. Brings the meaning home to nippy weather. :)
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        08-15-2013, 04:51 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    You are probably better off going ahead and working when you are sick so that you can save up those sick days for riding.

    That is the norm. I generally chuck a sicky for riding treks if I can't get the time off. After having my heart attack my doctor gives me a medical for a day off any time I mention I need it. Its called a mental day or tests need to be completed 5 minutes for a blood test and I'm riding. However this virus is a bad one and has laid me low. SWMBO gave it to me. Nothing like sharing is there.

    Don't ya just love the women when they share like this.

    They call It man flu, which is twice as bad as women flu, but there is a reason for that. Its due to the fact I am twice the size of SWMBO therefor it stands to reason I have twice the amount of virus running around causing havock. Makes sense to me.

    Cheers all
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        08-15-2013, 05:08 AM
    Green Broke
    I cme back just because Alex requested it.

    No Alex I am not going to croak. I intend to hang around for a bit and annoy you.

    I look forward to the weather changing here and the riding begins, and further more, I'm to mean to croak. That would mean SWMBO would get Bugs, and my Tucker saddle.

    I have been advised of another trek in November at the bay of Islands Northland. This is the riding for the disabled and generally attracts 100 to 150 riders. Folks travel hundreds of miles for this one. I am looking forward this year in particular cause Ill be riding Bugs out to these events for the first time.

    Now back to being grumpy and sick.
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