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        08-20-2013, 01:51 PM
    Good morning all!

    Fall is approaching so quickly! The days are noticeably shorter, the air has that fall nip to it, the crops and leaves are beginning to turn a beautiful shade of gold and the wild cranberries and chokecherries look like rubies clustered on their branches. I am also getting anxious to get back to the classroom. On Sunday, I saw a bull moose with a full rack trotting through a wheat field. Beautiful creature! It is incredible they can hold their heads upright with that huge set of antlers! I wish I could have got a picture.

    DD and I are trying to stretch summer by doing as much riding as possible. Cheeky Pony is coming along very nicely and is soon ready for some trail riding. I have also started riding her a bit now. I got out on my old man Sam for a hack with the neighbour on Sunday. He is doing pretty good for 23 and gives most rides his all. I think regular exercise and the glucosamine are helping him. He reminds me of the lyrics in a Toby Keith song - "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was".

    Koolio has been awesome in lessons. Every week, I am impressed with what he can do. Last night we were trotting and cantering over poles to develop more lift. The instructor switched it up so that the middle pole was raised high enough to put a few bouquets of flowers underneath. I thought for sure Koolio would freak out and jump it like it was a VW bug, but he didn't. He kept his kool (pun intended) in spite of me and performed beautifully. I plan to continue hauling in for lessons until the end of September, but need to make some other arrangements for between then and spring. I don't like hauling in the dark, and once October hits, we could have some scary wintery roads.

    I wish everyone who is returning to the classroom a fantastic school year. For those who are caring for children both in and out of school, I hope both you and the kids have a great year as well. Like NickerMaker, I am passionate a out my job. I feel that investing in our youth is one of the most important things we can do for all of our futures. You don't need to be a teacher to have an impact. People like Roadyy and Alex who care for others' children when their parents can't or won't do vitally important work. Others, like tjtalon, whose work brings them in contact with kids and people during the most emergent times are very important too. I guess in the end, it all comes down to doing what you can to nurture human spirit and human potential, no matter what age you are or what job you have.
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        08-20-2013, 02:10 PM
    Nicker you sound like you are a wonderful teacher. The kids are lucky to have you.

    Originally Posted by Roadyy    

    Michelle was able to meet with Jaz's dad, who Fl recognizes as Jessa's dad, and get the POA signed and notarized yesterday as well as a copy given to the DCS case worker, so that is taken care of for now. Next step will depend on Jessica as to whether temp custody is needed.

    Oh good, I thought about something similar this morning and came here to give you a heads up. You need something in writing so you can seek medical treatment should you need to.
    Glad you were already on that.
    And thank you for the kind words about me.
        08-20-2013, 04:37 PM
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    You are so very welcome and deserving, Alex.

    Koolio, you make me jealous even for just one ride. I don't even start looking at the radar here until atleast 2pm to see if there will be too much rain to get a ride in after chores. So far I have not had any luck going on several weeks now. I welcome slightly cooler temps so that I am not completely spent of energy after chores and may just buy some reflective gear for after dark rides if that is what it takes once the needed things are caught up.
        08-20-2013, 04:47 PM
    Hi everyone
    Nice to see you all
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        08-20-2013, 06:42 PM
    Roadyy - trust me, you won't be jealous in the winter when the sun is down at 4:30 pm and its either -20 with a howling wind, or sunny and -40 with 2 feet of snow. I do hope you get some cooler, drier weather and time to ride.
        08-20-2013, 07:38 PM
    Originally Posted by Roadyy    
    That is great that you were able to fly through your class to get it ready. The story of the 8 yr old was very moving and hits close to home.

    Glad you figured out Jay's glitch with the halter. I hope you aren't doing matching nail color on Jay as maybe Rainn will be a better candidate for that session..lmbo

    What Roaddy, you don't think Jay would look good in the periwinkle polish?

    Well...good niece did a fab job on the hair....doggie doo got a stellar report from the vet. He even said he sees a marked change in her neuropathy...for the GOOD! No body can tell me exercise isn't a cure all farrier says three of Jays feet are FREE of thrush! The last one may be a lifelong thing, since he has that cut....but there is a marked improvement.

    My mom got a clear bill of health from our orthopedic surgeon. She thought her hip was going..she has the left....I have the right.....he said NO! Yea!! I was to go too..... but I decided I'm having too much fun on the horses right now....I didn't want potential bad news...although I feel good. SO....I'll wait a bit for my checkup.

    You know what????? We are DANG GOOD people on this thread!! let's keep up the great work!

    Koolio, good luck to you! I too have noticed the night coming sooner.. I had to look up may be really up there!

    Anyone have a full moon last night?

    Stan, why did you get rid of that beautiful horse?

    Alex.....thank you.....

    Now it's time to eat a Delicious meal of fresh corn on the cob, stuffed peppers and sliced tomato!! Yummy!
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        08-20-2013, 08:41 PM
    Kid 4 arrives tomorrow. He's a different kid from the one who had the severe abuse history, apparently I am not getting him now as he county wouldn't agree to the billing terms my agency has - they were a new county to my agency.

    This new kid keeps dropping the N word, and has black foster parents who are kicking him out for it. People are so funny, if I kicked out a kid for calling me the B word, I wouldn't have many kids.
    Obviously racism won't be accepted in my house either, as kids 1 & 3 are black, and it wouldn't be accepted even if we were all white. But I don't think it's kicking out worthy.

    We had the summer picnic at the agency last week. The foster parents and staff won, for the 6th consecutive year against the kids. He's one of the kids I beat - so that's good.
        08-20-2013, 09:14 PM
    Saying the "N" word or the "B" word might not be kick out worthy, but it is evidence that he has no respect for them. It sounds like they just can't do anything with him. It would be like me getting a fresh off the track racehorse and thinking that I was going to turn it into my trail pony. It would run over me pretty quickly. They have no control over the kid, so it is just as well that they move him along.
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        08-20-2013, 09:56 PM
    I hear what you are saying Celeste, but none of the kids are controllable until you get through to them. That's why they are in the program, well 90% of them anyway.
    I am not too terribly worried about that. If the worst he did was call them the N word, I'm thinking it will be ok.

    When I kick out a kid, they've tried to punch me, be harmful to the dogs, or something severe. I wouldn't even class name calling as much more of an event than emailing it in to the office.
        08-20-2013, 10:06 PM
    I peek in, then can't help but post a little...

    Nicker, I'm blessed w/Janice. Wish I could win the lottery; her lil' 10 acre ranch is suffering in these times, but she keeps on going. She's an amazing teacher, a true HorseForce diggiing it out in the what's-left-of-prairie east of MegaDenver.

    Rick, have to laugh @ your response to Lori's confusion on Bree! Actually, Bree belongs to a boarder, Janice owns 5 horses out of 18, but she herself last Monday said "my horses" in referring to them all, then corrected herself. But, they ARE all "hers", she takes care of them every day. Big, big job, plus teaching, & all the committees she's on.

    Me..I went back to work today, w/out enthusiasm. I've lost that somewhere, but did put in a resume posted from Biggies in Admin for "Covenant Enforcement Officer" ( I think it's listed on Craig'sList or Monster). It's to be part of (my) Community Response Dept (have to carry weapon, but no EMT required). Read "Community Nazi" I guess..which I don't care for, but need a change. Hardest part would be dealing w/residents who are angry(i.e in my face,calling me a B..[lol,Alex! Might ask for your advice on that one!]) @ having to abide by the covenant rules/policies, otherwise it would be responding to infractions,looking for infractions,issuing citations,writing letters to infractors,going to court as needed. Well, a thin spaghetti on the wall, but did put it out there. I do need a change.

    Texted Janice yesterday evening, after I saw the work email & adjusted my resume. She said go ahead & apply, & we can work it out on her end; it's Monday-Fridays days.

    All I want this week is a little space to think about my recent lessons, review them in my head so get them into my head. The horse thing is paramount important to me.
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