Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hey! That's me!

So here I am enjoying my morning walk on an absolutely beautiful day...and...THE GOOGLE CAR DRIVES BY! How cool is that?!

That Street View will probably be up for years. But it won't be there forever. So here's a screen capture for posterity.

I *think* that was 24 August 2017. I should have taken notes.

Edited to add:

Yes. It was really hard to be cool and not jump up and down and wave :)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holiday!

I don't celebrate Christmas. But I *do* celebrate my horse at every opportunity!

Monday, December 11, 2017

First snow!

Saturday 9 December was our very first snow of the season.

That's Sammi's stall in the doorway. Biggest horse gets the biggest stall!

Which of course meant Sunday L had her first snow bath of the season!

Barn life is hard in the wintertime. Every season gets worse and while it does have its rewards I just dread it. You just suck it up do it. The manure pile is a real burden in the snow. The manure pile is a 1000 foot trip from the barn. Three trips out and back is a little over a mile. Sometimes the landlord doesn't think plow down to the manure pile. And sometimes he's out of town when it snows.

Normally I use this Gorilla Cart to haul manure. I don't think they have this model anymore.

I can load 7 or 8 cubic feet of manure into that wagon and make 3 to 5 trips on a typical day. I'd rather have a tractor! But it will do. Most of the year.

Not so much in the snow! Oh I've used it in the snow the past 2 years and it's a *real* struggle. It gets better after the first couple of trips. The tires make ruts in the snow that act almost like rails. It's still a real workout.

This year I had an inspired moment!

I got one of these! I got a Jet Sled 1. And, on the occasion of the first snow of the season had a chance to take it for a test drive. We had maybe seven inches of snow. Enough to make using the wagon a challenge.

That's about 10 cubic feet of manure!

And handling it was a breeze. I swear not much more than a walk to the manure pile and back. The tow rope can be a little tough on the hands so I wrapped some foam pipe insulation around the rope and duct taped it.

I am just elated. Hauling manure (and bedding and feed!) is like there's just nothing to it. Winter can be pretty miserable and every little bit helps.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

And stay off!

I've been chasing The Little Bastard off the table for years. Four be exact. He's not stupid. Quite the contrary. He just doesn't care!

Get off the table!

And then there's the counter. Unfortunately watching pots simmer is one of his favorite things to do!

And *get* down off the counter!

And then there's the day he found my bag of bags. What. Doesn't everyone have a bag of bags?

Jackopot! This was tons of fun!

It's a good thing he's so cute. Seriously. How cute is this?!

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