Sunday, February 28, 2010

GI

Katey and I have been working on our store. Lots of cleaning, classifying, storage units and buying. Not so much selling yet. I did sell my pony harness. Why you ask? Because I wanted one that had a little more "bling" and sold the old one for twice what I paid for the new one. Nice!! The photo featured today is of the bridle to the old harness. Now if I can figure out how to get a wagon...

Annie is in her new horsey home and we have been enjoying the indoor arena. I have been ill for over a week now but have still managed to see her a few times. She's doing well, other than having a lazy streak. Took to the indoor arena with no issues. She is rather fond of the mirrors, though, and I have trouble trying to keep her moving rather than stopping and playing with her reflection.

Toby will be moving into his new home tomorrow. He will be living with another pony in a big pen. Hopefully it will work out. If not there is another pen next to the other pony where he can be by himself. Cross your fingers!

As for my illness... it has caused me to be intermittently sick for over a week and unfortunately wreaked havoc on my Hematology class. I will be taking it again next quarter. I did finally go to the doctor yesterday. They are doing a "wait and see" treatment that will be checked on on Monday. Yippee. I just want my insides to work normally again. Bleh.

Morgan has decided she wants to wait on riding horses for a while. She is still pretty freaked out by them. I keep telling her she doesn't have to like them but she seems to like them yet is scared by them at the same time. Hopefully I can get the cart repaired or a wagon so she can continue to drive Toby. She seems to like that. Her Cello lessons are going well, though we all were sick this week and had to skip. She's now bugging me for swimming lessons. Hopefully Cody's high work load keeps up. =/

Other Morgan news is that she has horrible teeth. I took her to the dentist this week and found she had cavities. She did well for the cleaning, even liking it. When we came back in the next day to get the filling done it was a whole different ballgame. She completely lost it. There were eventually three dental assistants and the doctor in the room, a neat little strap down device called a papoose, some spitting, screaming, lots of Nitrous, and me really wanting to use horse restraints on her. I was kicked, and pinched to the point of bruising. The best part? She didn't even realize there was a needle and didn't feel anything. Her biggest complaint?
(This is how our conversation went)

"I couldn't breathe."
"That's because you were hyperventilating, and breathing through your mouth instead of your nose."
"I couldn't breathe through my nose."
"That's because you were screaming."
"Oh. I didn't want to be held down."
"We wouldn't have had to hold you down if you hadn't tried to run away."
"I just wanted to get away."
"Not the right answer."
"I don't think I'll be so scared next time. It didn't even hurt."
"Oh?"
"Well, maybe just the tie down board. It's kind of nice and soft. Like a blanket. But I don't think I'll scream."

Awesome. There are two more teeth we need to do. The Dentist opted to wait for her 6 month check up to do battle again. I'm bringing body armor and rope next time. And maybe I can get a hold of some Propofol. Yah, that's what we needed. I think the Dentist might go for it. He was pretty worn out by the end. And to think his practice is entirely children. Crazy, crazy man.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Untired

Couldn't sleep so I made a video. It is the third in a series of Driver videos. For giggles I will post all three videos... enjoy!

Jason's video

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Beth's video

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Katey's video

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Blood Working

It is snowing today. Lovely snow. Not the blizzard, dump 6 inches in an hour snow that ruins life for a few days but a soft, slow,delicate snow. We've gotten about 2" over the last two days, the temperature is around 28 degrees F and there is no wind. This means you wear a coat and drive around with little trouble. It is the picturesque snow that comes in romanticized winter portraits. It makes me happy.


As for what is happening on the home front: Morgan is still loving her Cello lessons, and is starting to spend more time at the stables. Annie and Toby are moving from Marie's place into other barns. Annie is moving to a place with a huge indoor arena so I can ride her no matter what the weather conditions are. Toby is moving to a place where he will live with another pony, hopefully in harmony.


I am "on leave" from work. Not really by choice but we'll just say that Marie doesn't like it when I stand up for the other drivers in the company. I want to buy the company but as I am not likely to qualify for the business loan needed to do that I will just have to suffer without my carriages until she allows me back. It has been nice spending time with Cody and Morgy, and really nice visiting "the Zona" and the family there, but life is not nearly as happy without my horses, carriages, crew, and stories. *sigh* Any knowledge of business loan qualifications and such would be greatly appreciated. (Katey and I would consider buying it jointly but I don't know if that would help or hinder.)

In other news: Katey (the brave one who rode Bailey so much this last spring) and I are starting a little online store called "Everything But The Horse". When I get it online I will post it. It started with us wanting to do something business-like together and needing to sell a bunch of horse tack. We then discovered we needed to sell a lot of other stuff also. Katey came up with the name, I will be doing the web stuff and voila! Soon we will be in business! Likely we won't make much money but hopefully enough to hit the auction in April to get more stuff to stock the little store with. We are also going to train Annie and her horse Galahad for driving. There should be lots of adventures to write about this spring!


As for the title of this blog, I am taking Hematology this quarter. It has managed to take over my entire life and made me quite grumpy in the process. A seriously @ss-kicking, evil, obnoxious class, I was not passing it until this last week. Finally I have the grade up to a 74% and I am rejoicing and singing praises to God, all the while keeping my offerings to the Hindu, and Pagan Gods coming to keep the passing grade through the end of the class. Daily studying is standard, along with Google searches of strange white blood cell morphs. This class is right up there with Physics in my list of most difficult classes in my long, drawn out school career. *sigh* I keep hearing in my mind "This too shall pass." Thanks for the advice mom!