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post #15081 of 29437 Old 01-29-2014, 07:30 PM
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How would you know? A lot of people comment that it looks like a haunted house.

This one even looks spookier. It is abandoned.


Many neat old homesteads just like that up here - Settlers had a hard life and plenty of 'Can-Do' spirit back then! I learned that there was no electricity here until after WWII :)
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post #15082 of 29437 Old 01-29-2014, 07:55 PM
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It was in the 1950's before electricity was available here as well.

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post #15083 of 29437 Old 01-29-2014, 08:02 PM
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Hey everyone!

Celeste, I LOVE your house!

Nicker, how frustrating that your Dad is married to his DW. She sounds like a real winner.

Today was vet check day. Isabella had her annual "check up", shots, and coggins. I asked the vet of he thought Isabella may have ulcers and that was why she wasn't finishing her grain. He didn't think so. He suggested gradually changing her over to senior feed to see if she likes it better. Since we have no idea how old she is, it is probably a good idea. We know she is over 18.

Found out something interesting. Isabella has one canine tooth and I guess that mares don't usually have them. I noticed it a few months ago. She only has one and it is very small. The vet never noted her having one in the past, so don't know if he just missed it or it is just now erupting. Did some reading and some believe that mares that have them have a hormomal imbalance. ( very true in Isabella's case) and that they are dominant mares. ( not true in her case)

She had good gut sounds and I caught her drinking water out of the trough today so hopefully we are done with "colic watch". Doc thinks it may just have been a freak, one time thing. Hopefully changing her feed won't bring on another bout. They are going to do it gradually.

The farrier came out after the vet. Needless to say, it was an expensive day, but a good one!

Happy hump day!
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post #15084 of 29437 Old 01-29-2014, 08:17 PM
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Celeste, that is a gorgeous house. I love old houses with a history. The porch is so lovely. I had the same thought as NM: not haunted? (and you look too young to belong here... )

Roadyy, white stuff down in Florida, Mother Nature is indeed a little confused this winter. Your horses can't be prepared for this kind of weather, so the blankets are a must. Especially for your older one.

TJ: horses adapt within a year. I have friends who buy horses from the states (like, California), bring them to Canada. And the following fall, they grow a healthy winter coat. It has to do with length of days: they shorten faster at the end of summer and it triggers the coat growth.

NorthernStar, I really like your Avatar, peaceful place. Is this where you live?

Since I can't ride, I measured all my horses hooves and ordered some used/new boots. A trimmer that stopped working is selling his whole stack of boots half-price, a very good deal. DH asked if I bought some for his gelding. WHAT? Does he plan to ride? He's an awesome rider, but work is burning all his time and energy these past years. Maybe his recent surgery did some good; time to enjoy what we love now, as we don't know what's waiting around the corner...

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Yesterday was laundry day & I cooked the last of the ham in the crock-pot-it came out so good-DH had two heaping bowls. We put the hay in the semi-open shed-DH leveled it a bit & says he can add doors if that becomes necessary-it will take a lot of work to make it weathertight, but we can do it in steps since our winter is being fairly mild.

Eole-so glad you canceled that lesson and didn't get involved in that accident!

TJ-I should have super strong arms since I have a double-lift w/the manure-into the wheelbarrow, then into the dumpster. I know the raking alone has me peeling layers off-the other day, though w/the wind I kept all the layers on.

Stan-Is hunting season over now? Or are some more trips planned? We are trying to get some floor space in the shed next to the house so we could get a freezer-that would help so much. Then we would have space for something if DH gets the bug to go hunting-he bought reloading equipment a few months ago. And we priced supplies while we were in CA so he could compare w/prices here & online.

NM-glad that you are enjoying the time off & have those contingent days for later. Jay is adorable.
Cacowgirl: Hunting season is all year in NZ for deer, pigs, and goats. There is a season for large birds except turkeys. We only shoot turkeys in the months that don't have an r in them. Some areas put a season on the animals but that is generally self imposed by the hunters to give the game time to settle.

The only thing that interferes with hunting is weather. I have to get my fitness up some more but hope to go again end of February. I have ventured out locally for pigs however in the thick scrub we have, dogs are required. I don't have any pig dogs but its still a nice walk through the bush.

I still have not managed to tell SWMBO of my plan to go to New Caledonia on a hunting safaris for a week and I notice no advice coming from the horse people on how to get around her.

And no I have not forgotten Bugs

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post #15086 of 29437 Old 01-30-2014, 05:05 AM
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What a delema

I have a problem of monumental proportions. The sheep got into the garden and sampled the tomatoes.

Roslyn has given me an ultimatum, she left me a note. It read. The sheep go or I go.

What do I do. Does she really expect me to get rid of Bugs mates

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I'll miss her, for a time.

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post #15087 of 29437 Old 01-30-2014, 10:08 AM
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The goats don't talk back, complain if you spend time with others, stay out all night with your friends, have more than one join you for long walks on the beach and couldn't care less if you spent a week hunting on New Caledonia.



Celeste, that is a beautiful home and I know the issues that come with the older drafty homes like that.

We were given yesterday off and told not to come in til 12 today. I leave for a board retreat tomorrow after work and won't be back til Sunday afternoon. Spent yesterday in freezing temps working with the horses and yard work with my daughter.

temps are still freezing, but will be back up in the 70s this weekend. Limbo


Will see y'all more this evening and tomorrow.
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post #15088 of 29437 Old 01-30-2014, 10:26 AM
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Wow Celeste what a beautiful home. They certainly don't build them like that any more.

So I decided to trade my Aussie saddle in for another one the same but wider tree. If I happen to win the lottery any time soon, I will buy that western one.
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post #15089 of 29437 Old 01-30-2014, 07:07 PM
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Have thought about this, Stan: so...go hunting in New Caledonia, just go; the ticker has only so many beats. Your option seems to be a week of new notes. Life is short, so do what Stan needs. The wife needs to do what she needs to do. Guess that sounds brutal, but you said you hadn't gotten input (except w/Rick's one today) so this is mine. You've talked about the existing estrangement; will not doing what you need to do make that hard situation any better? As for the "goats or me" note, sounds like, from a woman's point of view, like a woman picking a thread to argue about from the end of some rope of hers. Yup, having the tomatoes destroyed is an issue, but there's other ways around it besides ultimatums. Besides, Bugs needs his buddies & the tomatoes will grow back. Apologies if my opinion causes offense, I sure don't mean to do so.

This is being a difficult winter all 'round. Nasty storm moving in here tonight (oh,yay,work 2p-10p tomorrow, so will be in the thick of it & not likin' it! Grateful for job grateful for job...) Good to hear warmer weather finally moving into Florida, hope it lasts. I'm taking next Tues-Wed-Thurs off for vacation days, made my tax appt for Thurs. Need to get stuff done @ home. Monday may not be likely for Janice's place, but will see. If not, maybe can get out there Tues or Wed. Told her we need to talk, so playing all this by seat-of-pants.

Later.....
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post #15090 of 29437 Old 01-30-2014, 07:37 PM
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Celeste, that is a gorgeous house. I love old houses with a history. The porch is so lovely. I had the same thought as NM: not haunted? (and you look too young to belong here... )

Roadyy, white stuff down in Florida, Mother Nature is indeed a little confused this winter. Your horses can't be prepared for this kind of weather, so the blankets are a must. Especially for your older one.

TJ: horses adapt within a year. I have friends who buy horses from the states (like, California), bring them to Canada. And the following fall, they grow a healthy winter coat. It has to do with length of days: they shorten faster at the end of summer and it triggers the coat growth.

NorthernStar, I really like your Avatar, peaceful place. Is this where you live?

Since I can't ride, I measured all my horses hooves and ordered some used/new boots. A trimmer that stopped working is selling his whole stack of boots half-price, a very good deal. DH asked if I bought some for his gelding. WHAT? Does he plan to ride? He's an awesome rider, but work is burning all his time and energy these past years. Maybe his recent surgery did some good; time to enjoy what we love now, as we don't know what's waiting around the corner...
I agree with your knowledge of winter coat growth and adaptability - blanketing would be the very last ever resort here, and only if Vet recommended... Thank you, and yes, this is where we live, and we love our life here! A piece of land in the very midst of the Nat'l Forest @ 1,400'-a 360 view of nothing but just that- a quiet existence except the occasional call of a hawk or an eagle :)
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