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post #1741 of 2039 Old 12-12-2018, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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post #1742 of 2039 Old 12-30-2018, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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A time for changes. Our youngest daughter has been seen on this thread often enough on top of Trooper, but the photo below was taken nearly two weeks ago - swearing in, which was followed by a flight to boot camp:



Letters from boot camp (US Air Force) indicate the MTIs - what the Air Force calls drill instructors - are "tough but fair". The letters received thus far all ask how Trooper is doing. It doesn't seem too long ago she was taking lessons on Lilly. Very green on very green, but a gentle and willing horse trying to work with a gentle and willing rider:



And then yesterday:



Son, DIL and the grandkids headed off to California. Last night was the first time in 31.5 years that we didn't have kids in the house (apart from a few days vacation). Lots of work to do on the house. We may take a year to get it fixed up and ready to sell. But it feels strange to both of us.

Last week, our little church (about 40 people) had a kids Christmas pageant. What most of us will remember is a young boy who, given a chance to hold the "Baby Jesus" (a doll, thankfully!), started choking Baby Jesus. Eventually his older brother (Joseph) stepped in and wrestled Baby Jesus away with all the grace of someone stealing a football. The pastor asked the mother afterward what she was going to do when her kids had kids, and the grandkids acted up. "I'm going to hand them to their parents and tell them 'Payback time!'" - a response that got cheers from the congregation.

Yes, grandkids are very different from kids. You can hand them back, although my wife and I tend to just deal with whatever is going on.

Back to horses: I've been sick enough often enough to do almost no riding. Temps have run 15 degrees colder than normal. Had snow a couple of nights ago. Had a few hours of sun yesterday. Went out and looked. All three horses were lying down, enjoying the warmth of the sun. Happily, after a night of freezing rain followed by snow, Cowboy had a dry coat in the morning. That means the other horses have FINALLY let him take shelter. "Hey Little Fat Pony! Get over here and keep us warm!"

Combining horses and grandkids: I continue to be disturbed at how often people talk about being "The Alpha" and "demanding respect". One demands OBEDIENCE. One earns respect. The interchanging of "submission" and "respect" bothers me. We - well, most of us - would never do that with another human, and certainly not our kids or grandkids! Yet how often have I read something like 'Make him move his feet! He needs to show you respect!' A horse who shies away from something isn't disrespectful. He's just being a horse. Ride it out and HELP HIM, for goodness sake! The idea that horses plot out their reactions in an attempt to overthrow Man and take over the world is bizarre. If someone thinks that way, maybe they should as WHY their horse wants them to be out of power! < / rant >
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Congrats to the daughter!! Also, wow, I feel terrible for the mom at church. I am so glad that wasnít me.
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post #1744 of 2039 Old 12-30-2018, 01:36 PM
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As cliched as it is, I guess this new year really is about new beginnings for you all this year at @bsms . I hope the adventures of 2019 are exciting for you and your family!
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When our oldest daughter was 5 or 6, my wife & I were in the Christmas Cantata. Halfway thru, she came rushing up the aisle, screaming, "I gotta pee! I gotta pee!" Another mother in the congregation grabbed her and took her to the restroom. A year earlier, I had confided to a mother that I was certain the folks in church were staring at my kids, wondering why I didn't control them. The mother of six started laughing, and told me, "No, they are far to busy staring at MY 6 kids, wondering why I don't control them!" Comparing notes, it seems most young parents feel that way. With some time, you learn no one is staring. Most of the older folks have been through it themselves!

In a small church, we all know each other and our kids. Things happen, and no one gets upset. Last Sunday, people were laughing. Hard. Our granddaughter was playing Mary. I was just glad she didn't attack the boy. And once she got her "baby" back, she just shrugged her shoulders & smiled...which may mean she will someday be a good mother!

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post #1746 of 2039 Old 12-31-2018, 12:07 PM
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It sounds like a nice church! I donít have the greatest memory, but I want to say I have never seen a kid act up in our church. Not once that I can remember. Sometimes, maybe because of that, I have a really hard time thinking people arenít staring. I seem to struggle in any social situation though with that feeling. Logically I know better, but I still am super nervous and uncomfortable.
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post #1747 of 2039 Old 12-31-2018, 10:30 PM
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If you feed kids lots of cough mixture, they have a better chance of sitting quietly in church.

One of a series of free household hints in the selfless service of the greater community.
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post #1748 of 2039 Old 01-01-2019, 12:44 AM
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Great stories! I hope the big changes go well for everyone in your family, @bsms .

Good to hear Cowboy is getting into the shelter. I feel a little bad because during the day, there are two shelters open for Nala, Hero and Amore. Either shed has plenty of room for two or three horses, but whenever it rains Hero takes one entire shed and Amore takes the other, while Nala stands outside Amore's shelter looking in. All Amore would need to do is scoot over two inches but she never does and Nala won't shove her way in. At least they all have their own shed at night, but I feel like my horses are the "mean" ones when I come by and my horses' rain sheets are dry while Nala is soaking wet.
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All three horses got soaked last night. Maybe they ran around outside the shelter when people used fireworks to celebrate the new year? Don't think horses approve of celebrating things when the celebration consists of explosions...

Still uncommonly cold here. In the military, I too often had to be outside in cold & wet for long hours. Learned that food is critical - one can stand a lot of cold and wet IF one has enough to eat! So when it was light enough for me not to fall, I gave them 150% of their hay pellets, which include some corn and molasses.

Not real deep, of course, and if the forecast is correct, it will melt off by this afternoon. We usually get snow every other year, and usually 3-4 times a year when we get it. Doesn't stick, but we really are not set up well for when we get it. The top picture is of Bandit and Cowboy eating out of their food buckets, which are NOT under the shelter because only two horses will get shelter at a time. Horses are rather mean to each other. We are discussing maybe staying here another year or two. If so, we need to rebuild the shelters. There is a third one, but it is farther away and the third horse rarely agrees to go stand under it alone...but in this case, all three horses managed to get completely soaked. And yes, Bandit being Bandit, he stopped eating to watch me moving around - while the other two were deep into their chow.



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Forecast for today, dated at 0800 this morning: Very clear skies after 9 AM, high of 46. Reality? Haven't seen any blue all day, high this afternoon is 38, and it snowed from 1000-1300. The horses are having a miserable day. I'm inside reading a novel & listening to music. My day is better than theirs.

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