Saturday, May 28, 2011
Boomer (our horse) has been found. If I could spank him like a child, I would. He gave us all a heart attack. He was in a neighbors pasture. Somehow he went through the fence. His front legs are pretty cut up. Just recently our neighbors changed their horses from one of the pastures to the pasture that butts up to ours. They have a jack donkey and some horses in there and the jack donkey has decided he's in love with our mare Lacey (Which is another story). He's been braying all day long and all night long for her... Well, I'm not sure what happened, but somehow Boomer made it through the fence somewhere and went over to their side. Hubby was out driving and looking for him and saw him in amongst their horses. *sigh*
It's going to be a beautiful day!
Well, I'm out to look at my garden plants and to check on my girls (the chickens) and then off to the Farmers Market we go! Have a great day!
Friday, May 27, 2011
We came home last night and found that one of our horses was missing! My hubby walked the fence line and said there were no breaks... there didn't seem to be tire tracks close to the gates.. and he didn't see him laying out in the pasture anywhere. We hoped this morning that he would show back up... He hasn't. Please pray that he is found! I don't want to give too much information on him being as someone that I know may have him. He is a sorrel quarter horse with three white feet. If you have seen him, or know anything about him, please let me know.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I don't cough with a cold like any normal person does. No really, I don't. Ask my mom. *Giggles* When I was a little girl I would carry on coughing until I was gagging and tears were rolling. My throat would tickle and tickle and tickle. No amount of cough drops, cough medicine or hard candy helped. One of the most interesting things we found that helped a little was being propped up while I slept. My parents would take a cushion off of the sofa and lift the mattress on the bed and put it under the front half. As a kid, the sloping mattress was tons of "fun" to sleep on.. and did seem to help somewhat with the coughing. In later years as an adult I always dreaded any cold that would bring on a coughing fit, especially in the workplace. People would come out of nowhere offering cough drops, candy, suggestions, drinks.. you name it. What they didn't understand is why I wouldn't stop coughing ... after a while I would get annoyed looks from co-workers who thought I could stop coughing if I would just try. No, I couldn't.. about the only thing that would help was spraying something in the back of my throat to numb it. At a doctors appointment several years ago it was discovered that my epiglottis hangs longer than the average person~ and, when I am sick or my throat is irritated it actually swells enough to sweep/touch/tickle my throat! I wasn't crazy after all! Over the years I have just learned how to deal with the issue. I have left in the middle of church to go outside and cough until I gagged on the church steps as an adult... I know the signs to watch for and try to leave before making a scene. It's still the same for me at night... I wake coughing and coughing and have had to get up because it just wouldn't stop. Numbing spray and cough drops along with Vicks Formula 44D (sometimes) works for a while.
When does one become too old to prop their bed mattress up with a couch cushion? Or, perhaps I need to look into surgery for shortening an epiglottis? :-)
Saturday, May 14, 2011
On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of Amanda Jo Bray-Gamache, Senior Airman.
Amanda was only 25. She had lived a good life. She has wonderful parents, grandparents and friends. All truly great people not only the in community, but in heart and soul.
On Friday May 6th Amanada and her husband were both in a one-car accident where they both died.
On Friday May 13 we sat at her funeral after almost a week of major decisions and military protocol. She had been flown back, back to her roots, to the town she was raised in.
After a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps, the flag over her casket was folded with utmost respect and precision and she was laid to rest in her small town cemetery.
I am so grateful that Amanda knew the Lord personally, because today I know she's with our Father in heaven.
Day is done ...
Gone the sun ...
From the lakes ...
From the hills ...
From the sky ...
All is well ...
Safely rest ...
God is nigh...
Fading light ...
Dims the sight ...
And a star ...
Gems the sky...
Gleaming bright ...
Drawing nigh ...
Falls the night ..
Thanks and praise ...
For our days ...
Neath the sun ...
Neath the stars ...
Neath the sky ...
As we go ...
This we know ...
God is nigh ...
Thursday, May 12, 2011
We do need to think about what Jesus would do in some of the circumstances of our lives..but really. we need to think about what Jesus has already done.
He was born of a virgin.
He lived a perfect life.
He showed us the way of Salvation.
He rose again.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your horse is comfortable in hot weather.
1. You still have to deworm your horse in the summer. Talk to your vet about which dewormer is appropriate in your area during the summer months. Cut down on worms and flies by picking up piles of manure in your horse’s field and placing them on a pile.
2. Don’t roach (clip off) your horse’s mane in the summer. She needs her mane to swish away flies. The same goes for her tail. Don’t cut it any shorter than her hocks. She needs it for fly protection.
3. If your horse sweats a lot in the field, bring her into the barn a few times a week and give her a quick shower with the hose to wash off the dirt and sweat on her body. Dried sweat attracts flies and you don’t want them “bugging” your horse.
4. Horses with white markings on their faces can get sunburn—especially around their noses and muzzles. The white markings peel and get sore. Prevent sunburn before it happens by using human sun lotion with a high UV protection rating. Protect white markings around the eyes by putting a dark fly mask on your horse.
5. Check your horse’s water trough every day to make sure she’s drinking water. When it’s hot, she needs to drink lots of water to stay healthy.
If you don’t think she’s drinking enough water, put electrolytes (minerals that encourage a horse to drink) in her feed and make sure the water trough is full. You can buy electrolytes at a feed store. They usually come in powder form and mix easily into feed. Remember to read the instructions on the tub.
6. If your horse is barefoot, her hooves may split during the dry summer months. If her feet look bad, schedule your farrier more frequently so she can trim the hoof and rasp smooth any cracks.
7. Always keep a salt block in the field so your horse can lick it when she wants. Salt encourages a horse to drink more water and should be available in her field all year round.
8. Does your favorite horse have enough shade in her field? If she doesn’t have any trees to stand under, you should have a run-in shed where she can go to escape the sun.
9. Many people bring their horses inside during the day in the summer to protect them from flies. Before you trap your horse in a stall all day, put a flysheet on her and see how she copes with the flies. She’d much rather be outside wandering around, nibbling on grass, than stuck in a stall for eight hours.
10. If your horse’s eyes get really gunky during the summer, wipe them clean every day with a damp sponge and put a fly mask on your horse during the day. Take the mask off every night so it never has the chance to rub her. Some masks have ear covers, too. If your horse manages to escape her mask (as many do!) on a regular basis, use roll-on fly repellent around her eyes.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This past week we received news that a young lady that had been in our youth group years ago died in a terrible car wreck. Her and her husband both. Her family has been through so much heartache in the past 5 years. Seemingly more than the average person could handle.
This whole family from grandparents down to children to grandchildren are all Christians. I can't imagine how people who do not know Jesus handle such loss. Even with Him, it's hard enough. Yet, His mercy and grace somehow sustains us in the midst of it all.
The family wasn't notified until approx 12 hours after the wreck. This young woman and her husband were stationed at a military base several states from here. From what I understand, notification of the family came in a terrible way... and then news was confirmed when the military and police ended up at their front door at about midnight several days ago.
Please be praying for this family as they say goodbye to their daughter on Friday. We are going back to our hometown for the funeral.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I have almost always been the truthful type. It hasn't won me any awards, in fact, quite the opposite at times.
When we tell the truth we don't have to remember what we have said... or who we said it to.
Why do we avoid the truth?
We may not want others to know what we have said or done and are embarassed to take claim.
We may be afraid that others will see the inside part of us that no one else sees.
And, as we all know, it's much easier to believe a "wonderful" wild story when the truth is just so plain and simple~ Or, is it?
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8 slices white or whole-wheat sandwich bread
6 slices bacon
6 large eggs
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups. With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly and, with a 4 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds. Cut each round in half, then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly and making sure bread comes up to edge of cup. Use extra bread to patch any gaps. Brush bread with remaining butter.
2.In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Lay 1 bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts. Serve immediately.
Monday, May 2, 2011
The wedding of my son has been called off. Due to circumstances beyond his control things could not continue. Even though he has made a decision, his ex-fiance has asked him to give her a final answer today. We believe he has made the right one with everything that has evolved over the weekend. Please be praying that he continues to make the right decision and not base it on emotions and feelings.