Monday, May 10, 2010

A Special Surprise from New Mexico!

Today I am taking a deep breath before the day starts. Saturday was quite a day. Waves of happiness mixed with swells of sadness. Excitement and angst swirled together. Sunday was a mass of activity. Here and there and baking for Mom. Monday will be back to the grind. Volunteering at the humane society and work.

On Saturday, R picked up Kinsey will no incident, but I hate my horses not being in my control. I have taken care of my own horses since I was 16. Every time I board I just get a little worried. Not that I don't trust the people who are caring for my horses, but I have had a lot of bad experiences boarding. I know that Kinsey is safe and she will be happy with R but I think part of this angst is wondering if I will be selling this mare or making a partner. I drove over behind R so I could take her off the trailer. The great thing about R is his attitude was, "What every makes you happy." Honestly I just wanted to make sure she didn't think she was sold.

When I got home I drove my mother down to IL to pick up something she ordered. Not much to say other than it was a long drive. When we got back a special package from Lisa (Laughing Orca Ranch) was in my mail box. Some of you may remember a while back Lisa had a contest to give a caption to a completely hilarious picture of a hunt rider on a dachshund on her blog Laughing Orca Ranch. She chose me as the "weinner."

Let me tell you it really brightened my day! First of all she enclose a book I have really been wanting to read Michael Korda's Horse People: Scenes from the Riding Life. A key chain that says: New Mexico, just in time to replace my broken key chain and I will think of her every time I see it. Finally seeds. . . . ohhhh . . tomatoes, winter squash, and swiss chard. And these aren't just any seeds, no these are survival seeds from These are seeds that are 100% non-hybrid, 100% non-GMO. Unlike the hybrid seeds that we often get from seed companies, I can save these seeds from year to year and they will grow true. Woo Hoo! You can learn more about these seeds on my other blog: Straw Bale Garden.

Later I found April in the beginning of kidding. Since I have had such bad luck with kidding this year, the moment I thought it was taking too long I took her to the vets. It turns out everything was find and she had the little darling that you have previously seen posted. It was sweet though. I was sitting in a stall at the vets office and talking to the vet on call. I was planning on going home for a few hours and maybe coming back later. April laid down next to me and started having contractions. She pushed and out came the little legs, nose, and finally all of May.

Sunday I just ran, from going to visit Kinsey to making sure May was nursing almost every hour, to making breakfast, cake, and dinner for my mom, it was a rush. I had a great shot on my camera of Kinsey touching plastic bags. . . you read that right. But I was fiddling with the camera and deleted the shots on accident. So you will have to take my word for it that Kinsey, on her own, walked up and touched a while plastic bag!

Today should just be darn relaxing compared to the past two!


  1. I know what you mean about putting your horses in someone else's care - it's very hard and I've had bad experiences in the past as well.

    Sounds like a fun care package you got!

  2. Sounds like Lisa sent you a bunch of great stuff. Glad you had a nice Mother's Day even if it was hectic. Too bad you lost the picture. Take a breath and relax for the rest of the week.

  3. Good thing I now see Lisa has probably read that book. I have it and was going to add it into her pay it forward box oops! It's a great, funny book.

  4. I'm sure the boarding will go just fine. :P I've always boarded, since we haven't been fortunate enough to have our own farm, and it's always gone very smoothly. :)
    Looks like you've got some things to occupy you now! Have fun with the book and the seeds. :)
    Plastic bags! I know it must sound silly to non-horsey people, but to us it's a big accomplishment, isn't it? :P

  5. Yay! I'm so glad your package arrived safe and sound. I just knew you'd appreciate those special seeds. Cool!
    Yes, that book made me grin many times while reading it. It's funny, but also a wonderful window into the past and a different lifestyle, too. I really enjoyed it and I know you will, too. :)

    I hope the boarding goes well. I know how you feel. I would feel the same way and I've never even boarded before or had any bad experiences. But I'm sure the feeling is the same as if you sent your kids off to camp to be take care of by others.

    I'm glad that the kidding went well. Whew. I bet you were just a tad bit stressed.

    Yes, you do deserve a day of me! After driving 6 hours round trip to southern NM to drop my twinlings off at homeschool camp for the week, I'm wiped out today. bleh!



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