TJ, welcome. You're in good company here.
Nvr2many, Loved the pictures of the Oregon beach, the scenery was lovely, your horse is gorgeous and you looked great on your horse! It was clear that you were having a great time!
Hunter, I love the Vancouver area. For my son's senior year vacation (before he graduated) we went to BC and Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. I'd been there for a business trip and knew they would love it. The kids loved Robson district (did I get that right?) as well as the ferry rides and trail rides and white water rafting near Whistler. Orca watches topped it off. It was one of our best vacations ever.
Today is May 2nd, we have a major winter storm brewing. 30 mph winds from almost due north, with rain (freezing and sleet in some parts of the metro area) and this afternoon turning to snow. Accumulations of an inch already and another 2 due before afternoon tomorrow. Needless to say, my horses finally shed out last weekend and they were all shivering when I got home from work to check on them. DH had put the pony and the oldest horse in the barn for their feedings (routine) and brought the sheep into the barn and was just waiting to see what I wanted to do with the others. I whistled up the other horses and checked them out to decide who needed to come in to the barn as we can only bring in a total of 4 of the 6. The 2 oldest and the youngest plus the pony are indoors tonight with the ewes. I love the sounds and smells of the barn when it's crammed with animals happily munching their hay.
I always think of it as Noah's ark. However, I felt bad that I didn't realize we were going to have so much 'wet' with the drizzle before the snow. I've only seen a horse shiver once in my life before, and I had 3 of the 4 just shaking when I got them up. Poor babies. DH has one of the 10x10 areas of the barn fitted out with hinged fence panels instead of stall fronts. They fold back against the wall of the barn out of the way when not needed, and unfold and fasten together to make a 10x10 short-walled pen for lambing when needed. Since we have no lambs at the present, this makes a dandy little pony stall. He seems to be fine in there, and it gives us an extra 'spot' to accommodate another animal. The sheep take up the equivalent of another 2 stalls combined in one large stall, plus the 3 with the 'big horses'. I do love my barn, and every time the "ark" is filled up I have to brag on DH for how he built it for me. The design is so flexible that we can accommodate lots of different configurations. Anyway, I digress.
Enjoy the weekend! We'll be off to bluegrass music festival tomorrow, followed by a visit to the National Cattledog Finals in mid-Missouri. First time for that. We watch those well-trained border collies and come back to our 3 little rescues...
WGrace, love the bling - it will be awesome under the arena lights and sunlight! Good luck!