Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monk's E-Collar!!!!!!!

Poor Monk looks so pathetic. BUT he has two hot spots that he won't leave alone and I haven't been able to find anything that will work to keep him from licking and biting them.
So I sent for the "Comfy Cone". The biggest size they have. An XX-Large and it just barely fit him on the last velcro closure.

He's not happy!
The edge is reflective. That's why it's all lit up with the flash!!!
See his new hot spot on his upper back leg.

It looks comfy . . .

Monk says, "Yea Right!!! Phooooooey."

Rocky is just glad it's not for him!

Friday, March 30, 2012

CrockPot Pantry Chicken Stew

I linked this recipe with Foodie Friday.

I got this recipe, as you see, from the Kraft Food site. It's healthy and delicious.

Everything goes in the pot except the cream cheese and the frozen peas.
I let mine cook on low for 8 hours because I like my carrots to be done and not crunchy and they take forever!! I should've cut them smaller.

You add the cream cheese and peas the last 30 minutes.

I served mine over brown rice but it would be good over thick noodles too.

The mushrooms I used were fresh Baby Portabellas.

This recipe makes a lot and I froze some.
The change I would make is maybe add the whole tub of cream cheese instead of half. I wanted to taste it more. But still wonderful!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm Going For the Amenities

Yes, Amentities!

Clean, clean, clean and NO COBWEBS!!!!
Huge arena with no dust, deep footing.
12x12 windowed stalls with deep bedding done daily, 7 days/week.
Horses fed 4 x day.
Large wash bay with warm & cold water.

I have always dreamed of having my own farm with a great little barn and some land for my horses. However as time goes on, I have begun to realize that maybe this isn't going to happen. I've had horses for about 10 years and have always boarded them. During that time I have been at 3 different barns. I've always paid full board but always have ended up doing some share of the work. Sometimes because I just wanted to and sometimes out of necessity. There has been good and bad things at each boarding barn mostly because "no one would do it the way you would if you had your own place". I'm really not that picky.
However, I have reached a time in my life when I want the amenities. I don't want to have to muck stalls anymore or clean and fill water buckets, clean food bowls or break ice in the water buckets in the winter and fret about wet stalls. . . while still paying full board mind you!!!  I don't want to breath dust or have my horses breath it. I don't want everything that's there covered with a layer of dust. I'm so over that!!
I know I'll always have horses in my life and it's time to be able to go to the barn, get my horses out and just groom and ride them or play with them. It's the same distance for me and half the distance for my daughter. We'll be able to just ride together again; after all, that's what we got horses for in the first place. We'll have a warm place to go sit and have coffee or lunch and watch the horses or riders in the arena. A place with a trainer and teacher and an assistant trainer and teacher who have a great reputation and have the same thoughts about horses as we do and on top of everything else, a group of horse people that are really nice, down to earth and friendly!!
No Drama!

Lounge/viewing room.

Tack room with washer and dryer.
Here's the way I see it.
For an extra $100/mo. per horse, you get: an immaculate barn (NO COBWEBS!!!!!), a huge lighted wash bay with warm and cold water, a huge arena with deep, no dust footing, a big comfortable viewing room that over looks the arena with chairs and tables like a lunch room, couch and other soft chairs, a huge heated tack room with a washer and dryer!!, private client lockers, an outdoor arena, 20 acres of pasture, about 6 inches of bedding in each 12 x 12 stall with windows, and the horses can see each other stall to stall, stalls completely cleaned daily, heated water buckets in winter and fans in summer, an indoor, nice clean heated bathroom, horses get fed 4 X day, great feed and quality hay, turn out except in mud and your horse is blanketed when needed (no extra$), worming and vaccines done by barn if you want and you are just charged for the product.
Is it worth an extra $100/mo./horse. I'd say so!!!!!!!!!!
I'm moving the first week in April!
Did I mention, NO COBWEBS!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shampoo Day for Monk

Today was shampoo and grooming day for Monk.
I can't take pictures during the process because if he sees me he won't behave and just wants to come with me. The owner of the barn where I have my horses for another week also grooms dogs and has a big area where she can do a big huge dog like Monk.
He knows Carol and is comfortable there.
He's all fluffy now, so soft and smells good.

(That's a hot spot on his back foot we are trying to heal if he'd just let it alone! Vetericyn spray 3 times a day seems to be working the best.)

What a handsome boy!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Coop Progress

First I have to show off my beautiful forsythia bush in the front garden. This is looking out my library window.

Same bush from outside. I wanted to get a picture because it's supposed to storm tonight and might knock all the blooms off.

The Building of the Coop

Well here is my chicken coop so far. I will have to do some painting and decorating when it's done : )) It's coming along nicely except my carpenter friend is building it like it was an extension room on my house!!! He can't help himself he says, he's a carpenter!
The door will have a window in it with hardware wire so there is good ventilation and there's window in there opposite the door. The openings all along the top are also hardware wire.

See my little nesting boxes.

He'll have to put a strip of wood at the bottom the the boxes so the eggs don't roll out!

This will be the coop chicken door out to the run. It makes me laugh that he puts those things in front of it. I don't know what that would keep out? : ))
He's going to put linoleum on the floor to make it easier to clean.
I have to find him some pictures of some roost poles so he knows what I'm talking about.
It's coming along isn't it? My chicks aren't coming till the middle of May and then won't get to be out here to near July so we have plenty of time.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

So Frustrating!!

I hate when something doesn't work right on my computer!!!
I haven't been on it all day and when I got on at super time, I hadn't received any emails since 10 this morning and there's an ! next to my "inbox".
I have a Mac and usually if you restart, it fixes things but this time no. I don't know how to fix this. I will have to call my cable company tomorrow to see if they have the answer. Obviously something is screwed up in my preferences for "incoming mail". But it is greyed out and I couldn't fix it even if I knew how.
OHHHHH, the pain of it!!!!

Only good thing is, I can send emails : ))
And I can read new emails on my iPhone; just not my computer!

I hate when things don't work right!!


Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

I'm linking this recipe up with "Foodie Friday"

This soup is really delicious. I printed it out from somewhere online but I'm not sure where, so I hope it's not someone's recipe from here in the last couple weeks!


2 TBSP butter
1/2 C chopped onion
1 C finely chopped carrot
1 stalk finely chopped celery
1-2 cloves of smashed and minced garlic
4 C chicken broth (Best to use low sodium)
2 baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 TBSP flour mixed into 1/2 C water
2/3 C milk
2 C chopped broccoli
2 heaping C shredded cheddar cheese

Melt butter in a large pot. Add onions, carrots and celery and saute over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and cook 1-2 additional minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Add flour and water mixture and simmer until soup is slightly thickened. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt and serve.
I'll certainly be making this again!

Oh, I found where I got this recipe. I got it on Pinterest from here:

I want to give her credit because I think she said it was a family recipe.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Warm St. Patrick's Day!

They say it's the warmest St Patrick's Day here on record!!
I was half afraid to put up my spring header for fear winter will return!
Michele and I went out to the new barn that we'll be going to the first week of April. No one was there as they are away at a big meeting of the Arabian assoc. So it was just us and the barn manager. I'll put my blog on all about our new barn maybe ext week. I'm putting it together.
Michele brought her camera equipment to take some photos.
I think that tomorrow or in the next few days I'll give my horses their spring baths. It is certainly warm enough, and my guys sure need it!

Michele is taking pictures of the horses turned out in the arena.

They were curious and kept sticking their heads in the window!

"Jerry" is a pretty little arab.

When I got home, I found this lone little crocus that had bloomed in the middle of my backyard. All by itself!

It had strayed from the pack!

New blooms everyday.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

June in March!!

It's not even the middle of March yet, (well, almost), and it was in the 70's and is supposed to be that warm for the next week at least!!
The dogs were out most of the day except when my coop builder man was using his nail gun. They are such "chickens"!! They just tremble and want in the house!
And ROCKY, you're a gun dog!!!!
Here Rocky is keeping an eye on the road.

He also lets Ellie bully him! She's is herding him away!

Some more progress on my coop today. We have two wall structures and a doorway and the start of insulation. I think my coop builder left to go play golf!

Rocky wants to know when the chickens are coming!!

I took a walk around the yard and everything is popping up fast!

My ferns never did lose their color and die back this winter!

Daffodils about to open. I love Spring!

This little spruce is in my front garden and isn't a good place for it. I've either got to have someone move it for me or maybe it will be next year's Christmas tree. It's about 4 ft. tall.

Here's Ellie keeping watch out front.
Hope you are having nice spring days where you are too.
Tomorrow I go to the barn.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Progress in the Chicken Department

I'm linking up with "Outdoor Wednesday"
Because what could be more outdoorsy than chickens!!!

I Took The Plunge!

I've ordered my chicks from MyPetChicken.
Being a novice, I didn't realize that I should've ordered earlier for the breeds I wanted so my chicks won't get here till the week of May 21st! They probably won't start laying till late fall!
These are the breeds I got.

2 Buff Orpingtons (brown eggs)

2 Easter Eggers that lay blue or green eggs.

1 Barred PlymouthRock (brown eggs)

And 1 Silver laced Wyandotte. (brown eggs)
6 little chicks in all
Here's praying that they will all be hens!

I'm buying chicken supplies a little at a time since I have till May.
Here's what I got so far. Feeder and waterer, a heat lamp for the brooder that I've got to make yet and a thermometer to make sure the chicks are warm enough.

Steve, a friend of ours who just happens to be a carpenter, is building my coop for me. I decided to put it inside my garage.

This is the progress as of today. The floor is double and is insulated as will the walls be.
Steve has never built a chicken coop before so this will be an interesting journey!
I have provided him with lots of educational material!!
Lucky he's such a good sport and laughs a lot!!
: ))
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