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Should Be

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This is as it should be. The horses are peacefully enjoying the fresh green pasture. Simply idyllic.

I am very happy to report that the horses have been very calm about moving through the gate to the pasture when I open it. They have also been self-policing their minutes on the field. When my timer has gone off reminding me to usher them back to the confines of the paddocks the last two days, I have found they had already returned on their own.

Yesterday they were all willing participants in receiving their spring dose of dewormer medication. By all indications, they have become well adjusted and are at peace with the accommodations we are providing. It is interesting to think back to how they presented in the early days after their arrival a little over one year ago.

It’s been rewarding to witness the slow changes as they began to grow more comfortable with us and their surroundings with the passing of each month. They are beginning to take on a look that says they agree that this is exactly where they should be at this point in their lives.

They must be happy that the close calls with severe weather recently have all turned out well for us. There was nothing visible yesterday morning to indicate a big windy thunderstorm rolled over us the night before. At least, in terms of trees and branches that is. There were plenty of hints we had experienced a flash flood.

The diagonal line through the field in the image above is where the runoff flattened the grass on the way to the drainage ditch along our southern property border. We really need to find our rain gauges and get those set up again. I prefer knowing how much rain falls from big storms.

Cyndie recalls storing one of them last fall in a very smart place where we would be able to find it again in spring. So far, no luck.

Her new milestone of knee replacement recovery for yesterday (just over 3 weeks out) was, taking her first walk on a trail through our woods. She did it without a cane or any supporting devices. She’s not pain free yet, but she is definitely making good progress on using that leg more and more. The machine providing compression and icing is a godsend that really helps the rest periods between all the exercise she is getting.

I think I would like one of those fancy machines with a sleeve that fits over my whole body. I suppose I could always take an ice bath.

Okay, that just changed my mind. I don’t want to take an ice bath.

Although, yesterday’s heat and humidity was rather oppressive…



Dangerous Beauty

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IMG_2071eThe spring weather has been one storm after another this year. I think the last two have overlapped each other. Sunday turned into a day-long rainstorm, with temperatures hovering just below freezing. That meant ice buildup on tree branches and surfaces.

In the middle of the afternoon, I tried stepping out to see how our trees were holding up. Unfortunately, it was very windy, which had to have been putting extra strain on the branches that were getting heavy with ice. At the time, there were only small branches that had begun to accumulate on the ground, but the ones still in the air were definitely becoming shimmering beauties.

I almost didn’t get our front door to open against the ice that had formed along the bottom. The handle was covered, and dripping icicles. Luckily, though the rain seemed to be pouring down, the icing of limbs didn’t appear to growing at an equivalent rate. I can only hope that our luck endures through the end of this weather event.

Written by johnwhays

April 15, 2013 at 7:00 am