Thursday, October 8, 2009

This is Barney. He is a lazy rat terrier. As you can see he has protected his chewies. Barney is my side kick in the house and Fred is my outside/trail riding dog. The neighbors and us share Fred. They call him Muttly when he's up there. Any time we are gone camping or whatever he goes to the neighbors and comes home when we do. The neighbors have two of his puppies and once in a while he brings them down to visit.
Barney is a different story. He had never been outside when we got him 6 or 7 years ago. He was 1 1/2 years old when we got and VERY distrustful. But we have been socializing him through camping and he is blossoming into a social butterfly but after he has visited he's ready to get back on the couch in the trailer and nap.
Barney is the wimpy one and Fred is the protector. Nice to have these guys when hubby is gone working away from home during the week. Love my animals!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Hello everyone!!! Today is my 50 something birthday. I am trying to talk hubby into going for a short ride today but we've had a lot of rain this last week so I imagine the trails will be slick in places. I'll have to use my 4 mule drive!!! Now attached are my granddaughters first exposure to riding. I say she's ready to meet the mules!! Doesn't she look like she's having a blast. Imagine her and Eve in 5 years!!!!!!!! Wooo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great day everyone!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

This week's rides with Jeanie

I have been feeling a bit down here lately and I thank God every day for the blessings I have in my life. One big blessing is having a wonderful friend like Jeanie. She allows me to ride her personal mule whenever we get together. Her mule is a blast to ride. BIG mule. She just bulldozes through whatever you ask. Be careful what you ask!! We took a few pictures Thursday when we rode and Jeanie got some shots of me that were very different from most pose and shoot deals. I also got a picture of the bridge in the background. That is how close we ride to the highway and no one ever knows we are out there. Very nice relaxing rides. Every once in a while we'll get a little wild on our rides but we feel like we need either Bill or Tom to guide us. If they fall into a hole we won't go that way. But the guys are much more adventuresome. When we rode last Sunday the trail was muddy and slippery but Thursday's ride was great. Of course there were a few mud holes but the mules just plodded right through. Hope you all have a great weekend and those of you that ride I hope you get a chance to ride. We're suppose to go to a fun show on Sunday and that's my birthday. We'll see.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Next cowgirl in our family

Kiara's mom has said she can ride mules when she gets big enough. I am encouraging her to bring her out to meet the mules and get use to those big ole' ears. I have an 18 year old jenny donkey that I will start teaching her to lead animals with. The jenny is very respectful and will not get into your space unless asked. She's a great teacher with my young mules and I believe she will help the young kids to feel safe around equine. Lot of teaching to be done there but I've already started 3 other granddaughters. Don't have any grandsons that are interested in riding.

I babysit Kiara every Tuesday so her mom can get a break and earn a few more dollars and I can let Kiara know about her crazy mule loving Noni. Please pray for Kiara. he he he
If you look closely you'll see her new teeth on the bottom. She is 7 months old. She is a beautiful girl. Can't you just see her in those bling bling blouses in the lead line???????????

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mocassin's debut

This was Mocassin's debut. She had a big class to contend with but she was a very good girl. She is one of twins that were born while we were at the Iowa Horse Fair in April. The mare was 357 days gestation and we just knew she would foal while we were gone. Well she did and she had twins. The other foal was stillborn and quite a bit smaller than Mocassin. At birth she was the smallest colt we've had at 35". She was fun to get started. Bill is having a hard time chosing between her and Jane.

This is a recent picture of Jane. She has such a wonderful personality and is very respectful. She is a full sister to Angel. The mix between our jack and their mother is a good one. We've had three colts from this mix and they are exceptional mules. Very loving animals.
Sooooo..... which one do you like better?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Greystone's Crystal Angel

AKA "Angel" won the 3 year old futurity at the IDMS State Show. Sue White of Rockn S Mules trained and showed her this year. We foaled and raised this mule out of our jack Greystone and a Scotch Bar Time mare. It has been a joy watching her grow. She won the weanling futurity in 2006 and the three year old futurity this year. I don't think that happens very often so we are very proud of her and she will end up being my primary mount once we get ourselves on the same page. In the one picture of just Sue and Angel you can see the two of them were having a discussion over who the boss was.

We went to 24th annual Clark County Mule Festival in Kahoka, MO this last weekend. Pictures to be coming in the future but we had a blast and were exhausted when we got home.

I am babysitting my granddaughter today so I'll check back later when she gives me some extra time. She is 7 months old and beginning to move around some. Gotta keep a close eye one her. She will be my next COWGIRL!!!!!! Yee haw.

Monday, September 21, 2009

55# weight loss in one year

These pictures were taken at the same time of the year. The one with Rosie and I crossing the bridge was last year (2008) at the IDMS State Show and Futurities. The other picture is at the IDMS show this year. I have lost 55# but didn't really notice it that much until I compared these pics.
I am doing some ground work with my three year old and will not be riding her again this year. Rosie and I have some serious trail riding to do. We will have a horse and mule fun show in Ottumwa on 10/04 and we'll go to the Tim Christopher Biannual All Mule Ride in Decorah on Oct. 10. Then Jeanie and I will be going to Eminence, MO the last week in October. That's about it execpt just fun little rides here and there. Winter will be here before we are ever ready for it!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Training mules

Training mules is not for sissies!!!
I had my first and I could only hope last wreck with Angel. As I was just throwing my leg over she stepped away and I stuck her with the spurs hard at the top of her rib cage and rolled right down them like a practiced bull rider. She screamed and lunged forward taking the front of my pelvis into the horn then bucked once and off I went. Down on my knees and then I did have sense enough to tuck and roll. When the dust all settled my hubby had ran to catch the mule so she didn't hurt her mouth with the bit and make all this worse - well he told me to "lay still - assess the damages". The heck with that - my pants came down - underwear down and I'm yelling for hubby to see what's wrong as I felt someone had put kerosene on my private parts and lit them on fire. To make a long story short, I have a nice black bruise on my private parts, a skid mark on my head, and sore places everywhere. But I have learned from the experience!!
Angel is having a training session on standing quietly tied. That is definately not her favorite thing to do but I can't ride her right now. Hubby will ride her later for me and we'll get back to riding again when I get healed.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pictures of Angel

Check out under the first IDMS gallery then go to "Backdrop" and on the 4th page are pics of my 3 year old I am now riding and her trainer Sue White. Sue did an absolutely wonderful job on my mule and we are having the time of our lives. As one of my followers puts it "I will not be able to take pics riding this mule as it takes two hands right now to be sure you can keep them in check." Thanks Val for all your encouragement and knowing you are starting your own helps me to be able to mount this three year old and ride her with "some" confidence and every ride increases that confidence. She did a gigantic leap over a water crossing yesterday. Yee haw. Lived to tell about it though.

This is a whole new chapter in my life and my husband has been so helpful and encouraging as he wants this mule and I to succeed to get a legacy started for our jack. By the way he is one wonderful guy too and I had a talk with him to tell him what his big beautiful daughter is doing and he seemed to smile about that but I was also rubbing his ears!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Riding Angel

I rode Angel again today. She is sweet!!!! She lopes a wonderfully smooth lope and she loves to do it. She can really cover ground and it's just an easy lope for her. She is so gangly right now and sometimes she gets her legs all tangled up. She launched us over a small water crossing today. Gonna have to work on that but I just couldn't do it again today. She was our first mule colt and a beauty at that. She won the 2006 weanling molly futurity and many other classes her weanling and yearling years. We didn't show her at 2. She went to Sue White of Rockn S Mules last fall and got 30 days of basic ground work and taught to respect some. See we wanted this colt so bad that we spoiled her rotten. Sue did a great job taking this out of her but she still tries with Bill and I and we must be firm with her. It's kinda like having a teenager back in the homestead. Lotta work but I believe she'll be way worth it and probably be my last ride. If I'm still riding after she's gone I hope somebody takes over Sue White's job cause I'll need another mule like hers. Of course she is three and some things startle her but she just spins and walks really fast. Sue has taught her a couple different ways to stop her and they have always worked for me. This is one awesome mule and you haven't heard the last of her. She is just getting started and she has siblings that are every bit as good just not as big. If you want to see show photos go to and check out the 3 year old futurity western pleasure and 3 year old trail she's the big brown mule with a light face and her rider is wearing a neon pink top with a black and neon pink blanket. I am in the women's western pleasure and the very first picture is me. There are other pics further back of me and some in mulemanship, barrels, poles, pylon alley, egg and spoon. In the speed events I have on a bright orange sweatshirt. I haven't picked out pictures yet for a CD but I do have to. Also check out the awards catergory to see more pics of Sue and Angel with the saddle on her and me holding the buckle. This is just the beginning for our babies. I am so excited for those who have Greystone babies. They are FUN to ride.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Whew I lived through it!!

Well it's been a while since I've posted. Sorry it's taken me so long but now I am trying to connect with my 3 year old who just came home from the trainer. We had our IDMS State Show and Futurities last Saturday and Sunday. We got there Wednesday evening and played a little bit in the arena. Then got about six inches of rain in a short time. I hadn't had time to scrub the floors in the living quarters and boy am I glad I didn't. We are both terrrible about just running in, grabbing what we need and going - not bothering to take off our boots. Anyhow Rosie and I played in the arena off and on Thursday. There was a young man driving a beautiful paint pony pulling a two wheeled cart around. Didn't really seem to bother Rosie much as I usually "chase" that type of stuff and make her ride right up to it - but she's also 11 years old!! Sue White of Rockn S Mules of Havelock, Iowa showed up in the afternoon. She has had my 3 year old for 90 days. I helped her tack up then I ponied my colt as Sue has a 4 horse trailer and it's usually full of mules or tack or feed and stuff. Anyhow she decided to ride my 3 year old for a while after I had ponied her quite a while. Well it was sooooo awesome to see what she had done with this wonderful mule. There were several of us playing and practicing in the arena. Ann Taylor ( not the clothing person - the mule person) had set three barrels fairly close together to practice backing through them. Well along the west rail was a manure spreader and tractor, a gator or mule or whatever they call those things. Anyhow the electricity had went out all over Appanoose county so we had no lights in the arena and it was early evening and a little dusky in the arena. Well Sue was on Angel ( my 3 year old "Greystone's Crystal Angel") and had just asked for a lope at the southwest corner of the arena where the manure spreader and such was at. When she got to the end of the 4 wheeler thingey the pony was tied to the rail with the cart still hooked up and reared up just as Angel got to that spot. She shot about 6 foot sideways and Sue's first instinct (mine as well) to grab with her legs/calves and jabbed Angel with the spurs. She kinda crow hopped about two times then did the stiff legged bucking and threw Sue faced first splat to the ground just to the right and about one mule length in front of me. Yeeeee haw!!!! Anyhow sometimes you'll have a strange fluke like that but with a "teenage" animal one needs to be ready for about anything.

Anyhow this wonderful mule won the 2006 Molly Weanling Futurity out of 19 colts. She has maintained her legacy and won the 3 year old futurity which includes western pleasure, trail, and halter. She placed first in western pleasure and trail and 5th in halter as she is so gangly. SHE WON THE 3 YEAR OLD FUTURITY WITH THE TRAINING ANG GUIDANCE OF SUE WHITE. She placed 3rd in the junior mule futurity.

So as you'll find out in the future posts that I will give a lot of credit to Sue White of Rockn S Mules (apprentice to Steve Edwards of Queen Valley Mule Ranch). She is such a wonderful friend and her training abilities are AWESOME. I cried and told her and Bill I just could not make myself ride this mule. I'm gettin' to old and my body hurts even if I haven't fallen blah, blah, blah. Sue had promised to stay Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon and teach me how it use my mule - you know where the buttons are and how she cues her. Well we got a phone call at 5:30 ish Monday morning that Tom and Tammy King Rabideau were having problems - we gave Tom (Bill's cousin) a jack colt out of or jack "Greysone's Numero Uno" or "Uno" for short last year sometime and he had pasture bred Tom's mare. Well the call was the mare was down and trying to birth a breech baby. Our colts are generally VERY long legged so this really worried me. Took off and flew over to his house. Vet was there and trying to get the breech baby - that was already dead - positioned so we could pull them. Long process and the mare was really suffering. As the vet is inside this mare up to his neck he says "uh oh". What's that mean? He says as he's trying to get a chain on the one leg WAY down inside the mare he says he can feel another muzzle. It's twins. Well to make a long story short Sue and I pulled the two dead john and molly babies out of the mare early Monday morning and the mare died just after lunch on Wednesday. But just after Sue and I pulled the john mule out - he was first - I turned and looked at her and told her I was ready to ride my 3 year old now.

So I am now riding this WONDERFUL mule who is an absolute joy to ride. If you ever want to start a young one because you are too afraid or whatever to start your own please contact this wonderful trainer. She makes them safe and fun. Ok that's all for right now - but I have some pictures coming from this years show and I will post some as time goes by but I also want to compare with some from last year so you can see how much both me and my red mule have improved and the 55 # wt. loss. Adios.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mocassin's first "ride"

We are getting ready for the Iowa Donkey and Mule Society State Show and Futurities. Bill took Mocassin for a pony tonight for the first time. She obviously didn't like it at first but she got better as we went. We'll try again tomorrow night and I think that will help her a lot. She will be shown in the 2009 Molly Futurity this year. I believe she will be Bill's next mule.
Then I will show Rosie in a few things. We usually either do walk trot or Women's Western Pleasure, then I'll try the mulemanship, trail and I think that's it on Saturday. Then Sunday are all the games. Now know that Rosie and I are not real fast but we are precise and we did place in last years games - I think I placed twice in the pantyhose race and once in the relay race. This year we'll do whatever we are eligible for. Egg and spoon, barrels, poles, keyhole or pylon alley or whatever they call it, pantyhose race, relay race. I think that's it. I'll be dog tired after that.
Our nearly 15 year old granddaughter will be riding Eve her tusty mount. She usually does walk trot and sometimes western pleasure, pantyhose race, egg and spoon, maybe pylon alley but she is a bit shy and she doesn't want to try the other games because she doesn't understand how they work. She wants to do the surf board race but Papa refused to pull her and if I had tried we'd still be trying to get Rosie to stop. I'm gonna have Tom work on that this winter. The grandkids for the most part will take Rosie and Eve - I am getting ready to get my 3 year old back from the trainer. She won the 2006 Molly Futurity out of 19 colts. I sent her to a wonderful trainer who is likely to win herself a trophy saddle this year with her in the three year old futurity or the junior (5 & under mules) mule. I am so excited about this colt as this is one we raised. I really hate to go from an 11 year old WELL broke mule to a three year old but I truely believe the traine has her about as well broke as any 3 year old can be. She has been showing her all over in Northern Iowa and Southern and Central Minnesota and winning right and left. Won a western pleasure class at a horse show and the trainer was the only one with mules there. She won a timed trail class earlier this week. Anyhow as you can see I am really proud of this mule. I chose not to train this mule as I am not as good a rider as I was at 14-18 or so. I raised a family and could not afford to have equine as I was a single mom. So I took about 35 years where I only rode a few times. It doesn't take much to scare me out. My first mule was an idiot and she did several things to me but the worst for me was the run off. That was it with that mule and that's how I got Eve then eventually Rosie.
Holy cow MJ. I didn't aim to write a book but I guess you can tell that I do love my mules. A few years ago I never thought I would say those words but "try it you'll like it!!!!".
Wish me luck and hopefully I'll have some pics to post after the show.

Getting ready for the big show

Boy this has been a busy week and next week will be even worse. We went to Des Moines today to pick up my layaway of my silver and black glittery rail shirt and boots. Ended up getting Bill a new pair of boots. He wears his cowboy boots all the time and I can never keep a pair we might even be able to call them "good" boots. But he truely wears his out. Anyhow by the time we left Hawkeye Tack and Western Wear we spent another $320 (counting the boots - expensive!!) with EZ All body wash, the little razors you use by hand, moisturizer for Mocassin's coat blah blah blah. Now I am exhausted and I really wanted to ride Rosie today. Maybe I'll take a quick nap then take a quick ride. Sounds good - see ya later!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mules and Rain

These are pictures taken off my front porch this morning as it was pouring down rain. Jane has backed herself into the hostas and I'm not sure how she figured that would help. She is such an independent little gal. You'll always find her with the big mules and her momma no where in sight. Had our mares ultrasounded last week. We have one mare of two that settled and we have a mare that belongs to Sue White that settled. She is a big quarter mare - bay roan. Can't wait to see what she has. Well the next babies are growing and next spring we'll just have one to mess with and it should be an awesome baby by the time it has to leave. Sorry to those of you who cannot step out the door and see their equine friends. Great therapy!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Jeanie and I fit in two riding sessions this week but the trail was too slppery on top to run through it. I also took the time to snap a shot of the Des Moines River looking north. Sometimes we ride north of this spot and get on the sand bar and actually into the river a little bit. This is always a great ride and it can be made quite challenging if a person wanted too. But my point is how fitting for Jeanie and I to ride this week as we are both banging around inside our heads for the same reason - losing a loved one. We definately needed to be together and she is just beginning to start sharing with me some of what she went through losing her husband. We will support one another through this and find that it's OK if we have some fun as we are greiving. What a concept huh? Who would think riding a mule would be better than a month of weekly visits to the psych doc. Hey you guys have a great weekend. I'm gonna ride my own mule sometime today and maybe I'll get some pics on that ride.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Working on mental health

Finally got hubby to go for a ride after having mares ultrasounded on Saturday. We had family only visitation at 4 PM then came home and had 3 mares ultrasounded. One is open but she is an old mare and I think we're getting down to where she can only conceive every other year. So one of our mares settled and Sue White's big bay roan mare settled. Sue has my 3 year old and she has made her an awesome western pleasure mule. Took 2nd in walk trot at the Minnesota Donkey and Mule Club state show and 1st place in western pleasure at an all horse show. She will show her at Bloomfield the end of this month in the three year old futurity which is halter, western pleasure, and trail. She won the molly futurity in 2006 against 19 nice molly mules.
Anyhow I snuck up on hubby putting on his spurs. Then we grabbed a couple of pics along the road as we got too much rain the last couple of days to get too near the river. I was ridin' so I wasn't complainin' bout where we rode!! These mules are much better than any mental health professional no offense ment!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Riding again

Jeanie and I rode again on Thursday. We got pretty wild for a couple of older chicks and ran through the timber with her chasing me. I was the bad guy with the red shirt (above) and her and Jenny had to catch us. We yelled and screamed and ran and played like 10 year old kids. WHAT A BLAST!!! You can always count on Jeanie for a good time. Now tell me what the back of this shirt says. Have a great day and watch for rainbows - that will be my father-in-law saying "Hi.".

Friday, August 7, 2009

In Memory of Willis R. Garman

Bill is with the Lord now. I am sure he is so happy to be there. He has been talking to him for 77 years and he's finally received the honor of meeting him. This tired marine is now sleeping the eternal rest. Pray for his children and his widow. Thank you all.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

These are some of the last pictures taken of Bill's dad. One was taken at the 2009 Garman reunion and the other two pictures were at Bill and Rita's home while the boys worked on the roof. Paul and Margie (my Bill's sister) are with Bill and I in the one picture at their home and the other picture is Margie with her dad.
I am certainly glad I bought a digital camera this year as I have taken more pictures then I have ever taken in my life. I keep telling Bill we need to document the things we do especially with the mules because our grandchildren will want those some day.
Bill's dad is still with us but slowly drifting away. He's working on getting his wings.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Bill's dad is heavily sedated in the Comfort Hospice House. He has periods when he just doesn't breath for several seconds but he is one tough dude and his heart is still strong but eventually he will just stop breathing and we will all be grateful. The family is getting closer every day to letting him go. This process just sucks and that's all I can say. This family is pulling closer for the most part. It's kind of a lesson on what really is important. Definately makes you take a look at priorities. When this tired Marine passes we will all be so sad but grateful that he no longer suffers. Soon we hope. Thanks to all for listening to the rambling of the crazy mule lady. This last year and a half have been so tough. Mom had heart bypass surgery on 2/14/08 the day after her 72 birthday then we got 1" of ice and I couldn't get to her until 5 days later (I should have just stayed - hindsight's 20/20) several clots in her right leg which dislogded and ended up in her lungs. The cavity around her lungs filled with fluid (2100 ml altogether) and we nearly lost her. Then my mother in law had heart bypass surgery one year ago today and had to have anesthesia and open heart surgery twice as she was bleeding somewhere into her chest and they had to open her chest again to stop the bleed. We just began to get her back on her feet and moving again when Bill's dad began passing blood in his urine somewhere around October or November and to make a long story short he had his bladder and prostate removed with prostate cancer that had spread to his pelivc bone and right hip and femor. He had radiation treatments but it didn't affect any of the tumors and during all that he had a pathological fracture to his pelvic bone that he and the docs decided would not be operated on and the rest has already been told. Please say a prayer that he will be taken home soon. Thanks a lot!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Daddy's and their girls

I have been pretty busy with work and Bill's dad is now at the Comfort House Hospice house to get his pain and nausea under control. I don't know that he'll come home from there but we are all aware that it is nearly time for him to go home. We will all greatly miss him and I am so blessed to have been able to have him for a small part of my life. I lost my father 24 years ago and I was definately "daddy's girl". My father-in-law has been like a father to me for the last 17 years and this is just like loosing dad again. So anyhow I thought I would attach a picture of our youngest granddaughter who is also a "daddy's girl". Thank God for her. Her daddy (our youngest son) thought he could never be a good dad. Imagine that!! God bless you all and I pray that my daddy comes and brings my father-in-law home soon. Tammy I want you to know I'm also thinking about you losing your "daddy".

Monday, July 27, 2009

These are pictures of the Drakesville Mule Show. Top left is Tom Rabideau jumping Chesney. Top right is me on the rail with the turquiose blouse and Tammy Rabieau on the right on Chesney. Second row left is the line up in Walk Trot. Last picture is Rosie and I. We had sooo much fun. We're not all that fast but we have just as much fun as the ones who are fast. I love riding my mule so I really don't care what we do whether it's riding or showing but I would MUCH rather trail ride. That's where we both have the most fun and confidence.

Bill however decided - or I guess Nellie decided - to show he could do an 8 second ride. He put a tie down on her and pulled it WAY down. When he got to the arena he asked her for a lope and when she got to the end of the tiedown and it pinched her nose she went into a full out bucking mode. Spectators say all 4 of her feet were above the arena fence. As his family jewels are taking a severe beating he decided he was going to have to jump off. Got one foot caught in the stirrup and did the splits. I reckon he's pulled EVERY groin muscle along with bruising his testicles. Then later he decides he'll do the surf board race. Riding Nellie again and not sure if she'll just run off or not he only dallied twice around the saddle horn. When he got to the east end he started to loose the rope and it was burning his hands so he let it go. Well there was a small knot on the end of the lariat and it spun around VERY QUICKLY and snapped him in the belly. He has a welt 6" by 2" there.

Then I stepped of my mule and rolled over my right anklle on a rock. Could barely walk but got my mule untacked and fed then went to bed myself. Gonna have to stop having so much fun!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jeanie's camp over weekend

Dave and Judy Sumpter

Bill Garman talking with Steve Weller. Bill's riding "Nervous Nellie".

Yippeee!!! Me on the night ride and my new cap that reflects light. We figured this picture would just be a yellow blur.

Bill watching the sun set over the Des Moines River just as we came out of the timber.

Jeanie with Count, Jan Murphy with Jenny, Tom Rabideau with Scooby, and Tammy Rabideau with Chesney getting ready for the "night ride".

We had a great time at Jeanie's this weekend camping and all. Rode Saturday afternoon then had a potluck with some of Jeanie's family and their friends, then about 9:00 PM we took off and rode the trail again in the dark. That is really fun. Then ate dutch oven casserole for breakfast and took off and rode again. Down to the sandbar and all. Was a blast!!!! I guess I didn't take any pics of us down on the sand bar. That's always fun. We played stay away from 4 wheelers all weekend, but they were very respectful and turned off their motors as we passed.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Busy weekend coming

We have a show in Winterset, Iowa tomorrow then we will go to Jeanie's and camp and ride Saturday night dark ride and Sunday ride. Potluck supper tomorrow evening with Jeanie and some of her family. Always a good time. We'll have meatloaf in the dutch oven tomorrow night and breakfast casserole in the dutch oven for Sunday breakfast. We will probably be trying to do some ditch diving. I guess we'll see. I'll try to get some pictures but I never seem to be able to get the good ditch dives as I'm usually right in the middle of it all and I'm a hangin' on!!!! Look for future pictures. Have a great weekend all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Selling baby mules

See how mad Rosie is at me for messing with the colts?

Got a call yesterday from an old friend of my dad's. He's looking for his first mule and wants one of our colts. He fell in love with Mocassin who is very friendly and repectful - well as respectful as a three month old can be. I am attaching pics of this two as you guys haven't seen them for a few months/weeks. They are growing and becoming wonderful little girls. Mocassin begs for attention but then Rosie gets upset as she likes attention and kisses too. Enjoy attached pics!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lazy day

It's overcast here today and threatening rain and I am so lazy all I've gotten done was fed the equine, the dog, the cats, and myself. I think I'll grab a book I started last time I took mom for a carotid ultrasound. It's a mystery and I have a hard time putting them down once I start. I usually don't read much in the summer but this has been a wet, rainy summer so why not read. May even take a nap. Of course Barney (my rat terrier) will nap with me and make sure the boogie man doesn't get me. He's stuck to me like a siamese twin. No wonder my left hip hurts. Have a great day everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Raining again

I got a BIG pickup load of newly baled alfalfa hay and guess what it decides to do - RAIN!!! So attached are the redneck pictures of how I am trying to save my wonderful hay. Also attached is a picture of Rosie wondering "what is she doing now?". Love my big red mule!!! Notice how she has one ear heading back my way to see if I'm going to tell her something - kinda like the kids - I'm paying attention!!!!! My husband is working out of state and has been for over a month so I just come up with whatever it takes to get through - I guess that's something my parents taught me. Use what you have.