Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Dusty the Pony turned out to have a sore neck. He has shallow lacerations on both sides. Hard to figure out because his mane is so heavy. We roached his mane and treated his wounds and gave him bute. He is much better. The mystery is what happened to him. It looks like he got caught in something and twisted his neck and scraped himself getting out of it. Can't find where that could have happened, but he's the type who is always pushing the edges. He will open gates, and crawl on his knees under fences, so he must have found something I overlooked.
Moving house has shifted into another phase. Escrow starts Monday. The inspections are done. My brother-in-law has offered to help drive our stuff across the country, and my rancher friend has offered to help haul Brooke in the spring. A girlfriend of mine has offered to come stay in the Cricket Hill house with me this winter while my husband finishes prepping the emptied CA house. I have accumulated a long list of things to give away. Six boxes of fabrics left last week, the chickens go to my sister tomorrow. Road bike, teak patio table, furniture, boxes of books, barbecue .... it seems endless, the things we are not taking. My roots are being dug up and I feel as if I don't exactly live anywhere anymore. Daughter is coming home for Christmas to say goodbye to the house she grew up in. Then it will be time to start really packing.
My husband is clearing out his workshop, forty years of tools and materials, the guy who fixes everything from laptops to roofs. He told me, "this is where I store all my solutions". It isn't an easy thing to do. Of course some is coming with us, but only the bare bones.
It will be not just a change of climate and location but the new house itself will make our lives very different. We have never had a good place for guests, ever. There are already plans for three different groups big enough to fill the house to overflowing next year (I think it will eventually be furnished to accommodate two couples and three single people upstairs, where we do not plan to live ourselves). I'm not very gregarious, but I think it will be very important to us to have friends in the house, especially at first.
Short horse lover