An amazing day at the Ranch. It was sunny and warm and very little mud!
The greatest part of the day was that the creek crossing got concreted! I love it. It looks amazing, We still need to do some back filling but oh my gosh! The crew was fabulous and sure did make it look easy!
I was out feeding Playboy tonight and we had a nice little chat. first I had to tell him how he hurt my feelings running away from me. It took my over 5 minutes to attempt to catch him (brat) and then I gave up and started treating Rocky's sore foot. I guess he felt I needed to take care of his herd before he could relax and eat!
The horses have been down at the ranch for 2 nights now and all is going well. They seem happy and calm and are getting used to the sights and sounds of FM 973. The first day, the trucks were really making them nervous, especially if they were near the road and one passed. Now they just contentedly graze as rush hour traffic rushes by them.
It stormed pretty bad last night. They were smart and went down on the lower half of the pasture and found a wind break and some trees to get under. I'm going to ask my friends Dana and Sam if they will construct a shelter constructed out of pipe that I had purchased for pipe fencing. something simple and it will only have 2 sides. With this, we should be able to move them around if we need to until we know where we want things to go!
Well, Rocky must have found one of the probably bazillion nails on the property. He is lame. The poor man! It's a good thing I have my favorite farrier, Jeff Smith,on call. He gave me some ichthamol (nasty, smelly, sticky drawing agent) and will come out tomorrow if Rocky doesn't feel better. I found out that it is really hard to hold a flashlight, hold up a hoof to keep it out of the mud, smear gunk, and then ducttape it with not very sticky duct tape! Unfortunately, I know that my work will only last about 15 minutes!
Other than that, the horses have settled in and seem very relaxed here. Tomorrow I am heading to Killeen to pick up some tack that isn't being used from REACH thanks to my friend Larry Barrnett! Hopefully I will be able to ride on Thursday! Keep your fingers crossed that the rain holds out!
(My fellow Texans, am I allowed to say that I am tired of rain yet?)
So I got my Christmas present a week early! The weather broke long enough for me to get the horses down to the Ranch ... FINALLY!
We decided to put in a pasture where Erik S and I had taken down fencing to use across the creek. Oh well! I like doing things two and three times before I get it right! (not)! So John, Nick and I worked on that on Saturday and got enough of it done that I decided we could get the horses moved. Sunday morning Michael Thater, Ashley C and Bobby came down to the ranch to finish off about 50' of fencing. Then Ashley went to get her horse trailer and I went and borrowed Taylor D's horse trailer and we met Leslie and Cindy at the house.
So rain has made me doubt. We need so much rain, but why now?
I am sitting here at the Ranch waiting for Manville Water to come to put the water meter in. I have been waiting for 2 months for this day. I am wondering if it will happen today since it rained so much this weekend. I can't bring the horses here until we get water onto the property and it is frustrating me.
The rain has alos caused major issues with the driveway. Over the weekend, John got the corvette stuck in the mud. It was pretty comical watching the two of us work on getting it unstuck. Go figure, I was bossy and had to take the lead. For those of you who don't know me will question that. For those of you who do know me, will just laugh. Good thing John knows me and could laugh! We will definitely need to get gravel on the driveway before classes begin in a month!
Wow! How is it that it has been 2 months since my last blog?! So much has happened.
First, I am sad! My nephew Bill has started to work 6 days a week so he hasn't been coming on weekends. Worked slowed down a lot when he stopped coming. :(
We are continuing to clear out dead trees and brush. Hopefully next week we will be mulching the branches for the arena footing. Go figure it rained last week so we had to postpone and now the creek crossing is washed out so we had to postpone again. We have it scheduled for next week, but it is supposed to rain again. Now mind you, I am not complaining about the rain that we so desperately need, but REALLY!