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    07-02-2012, 08:39 AM
  #3791
dee
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Morning all! Lots of drama at our house, lately. Older daughter went with us on vacation. She and her hubby set off on their own when we headed home. They had a grand time - went to the petrified forest, the grand canyon, Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

They were eating at a truck stop outside of Moab, Utah when they looked up in time to see a semi truck sideswipe their camper. They weren't close enough to get a tag number, and the trailer didn't have any markings on it that they could see. Damage appeared to be fairly minimal - their awning was what got hit, and it was bent up pretty badly. They filled out the accident report and went on their merry way, figuring to repair the awning when they got back home.

They were parked at a Walmart in Grand Junction, Colorado. They had just installed a new house battery, as theirs had a couple of dry cells, rendering it useless. Daughter was inside, making sure that the fridge came on (it did.) She waited a few more minutes to make sure the fridge was operating normally (cooling off - and it was), when her hubby started screaming at her from outside to get out of the trailer. Seems it caught fire (possibly due to damage to the electrical system from the hit by the semi).

The trailer was a total loss. Worse, daughter has Lupus, and all of her meds were in the trailer. If her insurance company won't cut her any slack, they'll have to refill her perscriptions at their own expense (they had just refilled them before they left for vacation.) The estimated monthly cost of daughter's meds is in the neighborhood of $3,000 - $3,500.

Being my daughter, she decided to make the best of a bad situation. They went to the Royal Gorge before heading back home. They should be home sometime this afternoon.

To add to the drama, younger daughter's husband's kids (who live with us) have been visiting their mother for the last couple of weeks. They'be been complaining of being bored and wanting to come home. However, it seems that she has suddenly decided to try to keep the kids (after years of saying she doesn't want them because they "cramp her style"). Now we have to go through the hassle required to force her to return the kids. We know where they are - it's just getting her to let them come home that's the problem. Just more drama. I could sure use some boredom!
     
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    07-02-2012, 10:42 AM
  #3792
Yearling
Dee, God love you all, you do have the drama for sure! That is too bad. As far as daughter's insurance goes, I think under the circumstances the insurance company can make an exception. Have her pursue with the Medical Director of the insurance company, and use language like "complaint" and "grievance" or "appeal" -- that gets their attention and they are required to follow-up. Also, there is the State Insurance Commission to which she can file a complaint if she doesn't get what she needs from the insurance company. That takes a bit longer to get results but it's good to know, especially if she has to pay out of pocket to get the drugs refilled, maybe they will reimburse her if they change their mind about the appeal.

Cacowgirl, I can't imagine dealing with free range animals wandering over my property. I think I like the advice from Stan - here in the midwest it usually applies to coyotes and dog packs - shoot, shovel, and shut up.

Artemis, it was good to read the re-intro. I'd forgotten about your new horse and cow horse games....I've dabbled in cowhorse clinics with my TWH mare and my young QH gelding. I love it... It's the perfect challenge of being able to read the cattle and skill in moving the horse just so...and encouraging the horse to be brave and problem-solving. I really enjoy it! We need pictures!

This week is my birthday week and I've taken a week of vacation from work. Plan to get the house organized and get caught up on the garden. DH has been an outstanding gardener this year, despite being slowed down with his medical issues, and we are running over with green beans. I picked about 2 dozen ears of sweet corn yesterday, plus approximately 15 gallons of green beans of 3 different varieties - blue lake, 'contender', and 'Roma". Today I'll try to snap and freeze them. On Wed-Thursday there's an annual Amish auction about 1 1/2 hours from here, in Jamesport, Missouri. They hold it every year for funding their Amish school. Needless to say, it's a huge crowd with Amish from all over the US attending, plus all us horsie types who the Amish call "the English". I have my taste buds set to buy a nice Meadowbrook cart, if they have one. DH says I need to sell the 2 carts I have, first, to have the $ to spend on the new one....so I have those on a Facebook horse & tack group. We shall see. Not sure what my strategy should be on this. Stan would say that I am "she who must be obeyed" in my family and that is that. Not sure if that will work here.... Otherwise, we'll just have to be very, very good and see if birthday week gets me some special treatment! LOL

We let the old man PC out to his pasture yesterday, as he is doing fine after his mild colic scare. He's on electrolytes and a jolt of table salt to keep him thirsty. He's one tough old rascal!

It's high 90's to 100 here this week, so riding is going to be early AM tomorrow and the 4th. We missed the nice rain that fell all around us on Saturday night, so our pastures are crunchy and I swear we'll have to take care not to get a horse leg caught in the cracks in the soil.
     
    07-02-2012, 12:59 PM
  #3793
Trained
Good morning all Dee I hope your daughter gets her medication paid for
And I pray that it goes well with the other kids
     
    07-02-2012, 01:03 PM
  #3794
Yearling
OK....let's see if I remember everyone.

Dee: It sounds like your daughter and family are lucky they were not injured or worse. I hope everything else works itself out quickly.

Artemis: Congratulations and I love those kinds of events myself! I am looking forward to hearing about your progress.
Ladytrails: Happy birthday week to you!! Don't do anything I wouldn't do. I am glad the old man has recovered from the earlier scare.

Caco: Sounds like some good old defense of the homestead is in order.

I haven't done any riding it's too dang hot today. I joined that Pinterest and saw something cool. I had to try so here you go..

These are all won by my daughter or I on horses trained by me and they were in the closet. I saw the ribbons in a jar and thought it was cool, so I also hung up all the others..


     
    07-02-2012, 01:20 PM
  #3795
Yearling
Wow Dee what a crazy thing to have happened to your daughter, that is a lot of drama! If the med insurance won't help cover her meds, perhaps the camper insurance will since it was lost in the accident? Hope that works out ok for her...and that getting the kids back home goes smoothly without incident.

Ladytrails - happy birthday week! Hope your new cart dreams come true! Glad to hear PC is doing well and back out to pasture.

Susan - love the ribbon display, so much fun to see!

Well its gloomy out again today, they say summer is coming by next week so fingers crossed. Woke up this morning with my arthritis flaring up, so won't be riding today. Will go and lunge her today and most likely tomorrow, and perhaps my trainer can work her for me. But, my new show saddle is scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon, so am praying I feel good on Wednesday and can go ride in it, it's so gorgeous and is going to look so good on her, I hope.
     
    07-02-2012, 01:36 PM
  #3796
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Originally Posted by Stan    
Big Rifle, silencer, shovel, large hole, quick hands the remains in the hole. Evidence gone, no witness. We will all come for the BBQ and this forum in on it equals silence. My miss spent youth is showing. They don't call Dargaville the wild west for nothing.
We call that SSS - shoot, shovel, shut up!
     
    07-02-2012, 01:37 PM
  #3797
Yearling
Good morning all, just came in from taking care of the horses and running a few errands, grateful that the temps have cooled off slightly here.

Corgi, so sorry to hear that you got caught up in that mess of a storm system on the east coast. The heat is bad enough without bad storms making things worse!

Dee, sorry to hear about the drama surge. Doesn't it seem that when there is drama, it is never just one issue, or small? Sigh. Courage!

Foxhunter, now that I am on my home computer, am able to send the correct link for the Gila Wilderness:

Gila National Forest - About the Forest

As I said, you will be able to find me where that wolf came from
The location you mentioned having seen on television could be Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
I also plan on traveling the western states later. I know California well, but that is about it.

WGrace and Susan, yes I love our new barn. The covered arena is adjacent to the outside one, and the barn is very nice for those that stall their horses. My mare is in a small pasture with four other mares and two weanling colts, two gates from the main area. My colt is in a fairly large paddock with another yearling colt until his pastern wound heals (see "Pastern wounds" thread in Horse Health if you are interested), then they will be turned out with a larger herd again. All of the women at the new place ride English and are very accomplished riders. The other morning a couple of them were in the outside arena on Clydesdales with the cows to desensitize their horses who had never been around cattle before. I joined them and we had a great time moving the cows around. They were telling me later how fun it was, and so I said that I could always use a new sorting partner! I am really enjoying having people to ride with, as at the old place I was the only boarder who rode (and really one of only 4 boarders) and it was a training barn so everyone there was always working.
Some pics of the new place... outside arena, covered arena (outside arena is directly behind), looking out to the paddocks/pens (outside arena on left in this photo). The pasture behind the outside arena is where we grow coastal.



Need to get on with a looooooong list of things to do today.
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    07-02-2012, 01:48 PM
  #3798
Green Broke
Ok wow. Where to begin. On our way back from Merritt now. It's a 3 hour drive and I have spent half of it reading this thread. So didn't win lotto but no one did so next Friday. Have to be Canadian to buy ticket. Fox hunter if you cross the pOnd you must come to Canada. Love the pictures Stan my dream it to go there. Just hoping to get home soon so I can go check hunters staPles. Dee so sorry about your daughter just glad no one was hurt.
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    07-02-2012, 01:51 PM
  #3799
dee
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With Grace - you aren't going to believe this. Daughter had contacted their automotive insurance company as soon as the fire was out. They said sure - the trailer was covered, as it was being towed by the truck. The agent told them to contact a certain tow company to have the trailer towed to a salvage yard. They were following the tow truck out to the salvage yard so they could sign off on the final paperwork when the agent call them back. Seems that since they had disconnected the truck from the trailer when the fire broke out, it was no longer "in tow," and was NOT covered by their insurance after all!!!!!

Guess they were supposed to let the brand new truck just burn, too. Go figure. Glad I don't have that insurance company!!!

At any rate, she and her hubby should be home this afternoon. I just spoke with her a few minutes ago, and they are both worn to a frazzle and ready to get home.
     
    07-02-2012, 02:07 PM
  #3800
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dee    
With Grace - you aren't going to believe this. Daughter had contacted their automotive insurance company as soon as the fire was out. They said sure - the trailer was covered, as it was being towed by the truck. The agent told them to contact a certain tow company to have the trailer towed to a salvage yard. They were following the tow truck out to the salvage yard so they could sign off on the final paperwork when the agent call them back. Seems that since they had disconnected the truck from the trailer when the fire broke out, it was no longer "in tow," and was NOT covered by their insurance after all!!!!!

Guess they were supposed to let the brand new truck just burn, too. Go figure. Glad I don't have that insurance company!!!

At any rate, she and her hubby should be home this afternoon. I just spoke with her a few minutes ago, and they are both worn to a frazzle and ready to get home.
WHAT! I would be fighting that one for sure. The truck was attached when the fire started. That's crazy
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