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        01-28-2014, 07:49 PM
    It is so interesting to see the differences in how weather affects people in different regions.
    Nothing shuts down here due to weather! In almost 20 years of teaching, I have never had a late start and have had maybe a half dozen "inclement weather" days where although some students didn't go to school because buses weren't running, all staff had to be there. I guess we are used to winter. Last year the consultants and central office staff were allowed to go home a half hour early one day because of a tornado warning. Kids and teachers were held in the schools until the extreme weather passed.

    It is also strange for me to hear everyone's blanketing stories at what we consider relatively mild temperatures. My boarded horses get blankets so they grown less of a winter coat and don't take as long to dry off after riding indoors. This is more of a convenience for us than it is to keep them warm. If they are at home, they don't get blankets in the winter except for my daughters mare who doesn't grow enough of a winter coat and is hard to keep weight on. If we get a day that hovers around the freezing mark, I take the blankets off, as this is a very warm winter day? My old man Sam is as fuzzy as can be. I ran my hand through his cost and almost lost my whole arm! When it's warm, he lays out in the snow to cool off. In summer, we blanket everybody to give them a break from the mosquitoes.

    For reference, here is Sam sporting his winter coat. He's woollier than a polar bear!
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        01-28-2014, 08:05 PM
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    Well.... They passed out our paycuts today at work... I guess mine is better than some but... It's hard to swallow.

    "Hey, you work so hard for us, we are going to add more work to your plate and take away your pay. Be proud to work for us!"....

    I know... be happy to have a job....
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        01-28-2014, 08:07 PM
    Sounds like it is time to surf the web for a new job.
        01-28-2014, 08:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Snow has exceeded 4' on our property, -30 W Chill, and the 3 woolly mammoths I have out back still insist on dining outside of their barns! (ample hay inside if they choose of course) Heading out now for the night's feed. I agree with Koolio that it's so interesting the diversity of our weather, and how we in the North wouldn't bat an eye @ what many find alarming. It has made for interesting conversation this season for sure! :)
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        01-28-2014, 08:10 PM
    Tjtalon - Don't give up!! I believe that where there is a will, there is a way to connect with the things you love. Have you talked to Janice yet? Maybe there are some other stables in the area that would be willing to trade some mucking for lessons (with a clear written agreement). Are there any horse clubs in your area that you could join or that could connect you with someone willing to exchange some labour for horse time?

    I have had many times in my life when I couldn't have a horse so I found other means of being with horses? I spent some time volunteering for a handicapped riding association walking kids around on a lead line, volunteered at an historic park where I learned to ride sidesaddle and drive Clydesdales, and when in college, I found a horse at a stable where my brother in law worked that just needed exercising. When DH and I were first married, we rented / were caretakers of a farm with horses. We fed, did chores, mucked and rode in exchange for reduced rent. I didn't have a ton of experience during these times, but I sure learned a lot! They got me through to where I could ride more regularly and eventually have a horse of my own again.

    Don't give up. There is a way to fuel your passion and you will find it!
        01-28-2014, 08:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    well.... They passed out our paycuts today at work... I guess mine is better than some but... It's hard to swallow.

    "Hey, you work so hard for us, we are going to add more work to your plate and take away your pay. Be proud to work for us!"....

    I know... be happy to have a job....
    That has been the motto of my husband and 100's in his field for the past few years... 'Happy to have their jobs!', and they are. Know that you're not alone! :)
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        01-28-2014, 08:15 PM
    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    well.... They passed out our paycuts today at work... I guess mine is better than some but... It's hard to swallow.

    "Hey, you work so hard for us, we are going to add more work to your plate and take away your pay. Be proud to work for us!"....

    I know... be happy to have a job....
    This happened to me last year when I was "surplussed" due to cutbacks. I lost over 15% of my salary and gained an extra 10 hours a week of working in an environment that is a total mismatch to the skill set I have worked for 29 years to develop. I just keep telling myself, "this too shall pass"...
        01-28-2014, 08:18 PM
    Northernstar - I think the horses somehow feel safer with their buts toward a raging wind than behind any kind of shelter. Mine eat the food in their sheds last and reluctantly. Think the only time I have seen them run for cover in bad weather was the second time we got golf ball sized hail. The first time they stood out in the middle of the field getting whacked.
        01-28-2014, 08:19 PM
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    I've been a contractor for 20 years and it's the first time I actually took a hit so I can't really complain and of the 4 girls in our office, 2 are going home w/out jobs so... Wine as I may.... I have a job.... Several people took a 50% reduction in pay. Mine wasn't that bad and I really think I can eat it...

    I will look for another job but I really love what I do. I really enjoy being a part of it and it's close to home and even with the paycut I think the money is good for what I do....It is sad though when the customer cares more about the worker than the company does... then again, the company doesn't know us. They are based 50 miles away and have nothing to do with us. We work on site, I've been there 10 years myself, they've never met us, they bought us from another company.... They don't even know what we do because they don't have a need to know so... it is what it is....

    Koolio, how come I can't like your post?
        01-28-2014, 09:12 PM
    Stan, I like your sense of humor. I'm sharing your joke...
    Roadyy, now I understand you need your fireplace once every 25 years when the snow comes down to Florida? But for ambiance and mood, nothing beats cuddling in front of the fireplace.

    TJ: keep the flame alive. You have a passion for horses, I'm sure you'll find a way to get it fulfilled somehow.

    Koolio: Sam is so cute! I had the same reflexion about dealing with snow, cold and blanketing. Perspectives change depending where we live, and what is "normal" to us really isn't to the next guy.

    Remember yesterday, I mentioned cancelling my riding lesson because of weather? Well, there was a monster 40-something cars pile-up on the highway exactly where and when I was supposed to travel if I hadn't cancelled. And I thought I was a "sissy" to cancel.. Over 60 victims, 7 in critical condition, one death. Tonight, I'm grateful to be safely home.
    article about it:
    64 injured in huge Quebec chain-reaction crash

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