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post #4021 of 4704 Old 12-07-2018, 10:12 AM
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We got about 4 inches of rain in the past 48 hours. My paddocks are a mushy slippery mess. I spent some time after work yesterday between raindrops, shoveling and scrapping, trying to make a pathway for water to drain. We have a dip in front of the stall that collects water. The dip is from the horses coming in and out of their stall to their paddock. My husband is going to get some gravel and fill it in as soon as everything dries out as we think it will be a wet winter.

My daughter will be home for Christmas break, so I will head up the coast to Santa Barbara on Monday to pick up her horse and take him to a pasture in the Santa Ynez valley, where he will spend the next 12 weeks. My daughter is doubling her classes for winter quarter and won't have much time to ride. I would bring him home but I don't have a the extra stall at the moment. So he will get to enjoy his time off in a beautiful irrigated pasture.
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post #4022 of 4704 Old 12-08-2018, 11:50 AM
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@Rod - Whenever you post photos from your neighborhood, I get the urge to travel. I can smell the sage and dusty, and feel the wind unique to your region.

@regal Charm - Interesting video.

It's December. Used to be pretty dark here by four, and fully dark minutes later. This week I'm still seeing light in the western sky after 5. Weirdness.

A couple townie co-workers laughed when I mentioned this a few years ago. But they run. Miles a day. They see it, too, now.

Always interested in weather and the environment I guess I made some comments during an online discussion. A reporter for a business newspaper saw them and tracked me down for an interview. 6 years of college and I get notice for folksy "wisdom.". . I don't know if any of my brilliance will make it to print, but it is amusing anyway.
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post #4023 of 4704 Old 12-10-2018, 09:57 AM
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@boots My mother and sisters and I are always interested in the weather and environment and I think it goes back to our Kansas farmer roots. Since I have come back to trail riding this past year I am noticing a few different animals on the trails ie: bobcats and foxes. We have an abundance of sightings of these two animals. I've lived in this area for 30 years and this is the most I have seen of them. Makes me wonder what has changed in my little world that is helping these two types of animals thrive. I have seen the coyote population go way down. From huge packs of 10+, to occasional sightings of a single coyote with severe mange. One year we had so many rattle snake encounters on the trail that I called it the year of the snake. It has never been like that since. I am always curious as to what makes these changes. Our weather has done the usual cycle between drought for several years, then two years of significant rain, mudslides and fire. But all of us old timers have noticed that the mountains no longer have a deep thick blanket of snow from January to March. Some years no snow at all. In childhood photos especially at Christmas the mountains are thick with snow. We never see that much anymore. I think it is because when we get moisture, it is warmer and not cold enough to create snow that sticks for more than a day. Well off to work. Happy Monday all!
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post #4024 of 4704 Old 12-16-2018, 10:11 PM
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A little update on how the chiropractor ( on me) thing went.

So after being told by another person who works with horse rehab that I needed it. She suggested it was why my personal horse wouldn't canter on the right lead, I went.

Of course the chiro made the alignment of my back seem hopelessly messed up. But, it only took two adjustments to straighten me back out. Good old gelding absolutely floats at the canter now. Both leads.

We're getting real mild weather lately. I've been getting some very enjoyable rides in. I'm soaking it up while it lasts.
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post #4025 of 4704 Old 12-17-2018, 01:34 AM
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@boots My mother and sisters and I are always interested in the weather and environment and I think it goes back to our Kansas farmer roots. Since I have come back to trail riding this past year I am noticing a few different animals on the trails ie: bobcats and foxes. We have an abundance of sightings of these two animals. I've lived in this area for 30 years and this is the most I have seen of them. Makes me wonder what has changed in my little world that is helping these two types of animals thrive. I have seen the coyote population go way down. From huge packs of 10+, to occasional sightings of a single coyote with severe mange. One year we had so many rattle snake encounters on the trail that I called it the year of the snake. It has never been like that since. I am always curious as to what makes these changes. Our weather has done the usual cycle between drought for several years, then two years of significant rain, mudslides and fire. But all of us old timers have noticed that the mountains no longer have a deep thick blanket of snow from January to March. Some years no snow at all. In childhood photos especially at Christmas the mountains are thick with snow. We never see that much anymore. I think it is because when we get moisture, it is warmer and not cold enough to create snow that sticks for more than a day. Well off to work. Happy Monday all!

oh, this got me thinking. There are SOOOOO many things that are not the same anymore. crossing the mountain passes meant you'd better have some chains in your car. there were long lines of people pulled off to put the chains on. The mountains in the distance were snowcovered until July. We skied often in late May.


Summers were never hot until AFTER the 4th. we reveled in a few hot days. Now, we flee inside to AC conditioning, and those without, sweat until the evening. Now, there is not the same green moss cover in the rain forest; there is dried moss.


Now you hardly hear frogs in spring, hardly see bats in summer, fewer deer wander the edges of the freeway, we don't see half the bird species we used to.


The world is changing right before our eyes, but silently. If you don't look, don't keep account of things, you won't really be able to know HOW much different now is to even 10 years ago. Please keep track, because we need to know.
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post #4026 of 4704 Old 12-19-2018, 08:37 PM
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OMG. No I am not dead, or disappeared from the face of the earth!
I got locked out month's ago - could not get back in. Could not get a response to reset my password. Created a new ID, couldn't get into that either and gave up.
Today I thought I'd give it a shot again and it worked. WEEEDlady-it's the new me.

I'll never be able to get caught up on everything- but I'm glad to be back!
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post #4027 of 4704 Old 12-19-2018, 11:31 PM
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Weed! A Foal again; you've been Reborn Good to have you back.
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post #4028 of 4704 Old 12-20-2018, 12:10 AM
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@weeedlady - welcome back!

I've been riding in the indoor arena lately because I don't get to the horses until late. Last couple nights a Great Horned owl has joined me in there. That thing is, or the ones that have come in, are, huge!

I spook. The horses don't.
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post #4029 of 4704 Old 12-20-2018, 09:07 PM
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Maybe they are flying in for the dinner buffet after the lights go out. Have you found any owl pellets and opened them up to see what bones are in them.
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post #4030 of 4704 Old 12-20-2018, 09:31 PM
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Maybe they are flying in for the dinner buffet after the lights go out. Have you found any owl pellets and opened them up to see what bones are in them.
I haven't found any droppings yet and will check them out if I do.
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