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Weekend Construction

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

My amazing husband spent his weekend working on Rosie’s permanent shelter. Of course I was out there helping him the whole time, with the exception of the last hour on Sunday when I stopped to scrub water buckets and pick manure.

Day 1:

This is a good shot of Rosie’s temporary quarters.

Weekend

The new stall will be 9 x 12. Eventually it will have a stall door that goes to the interior of the barn for ease of feeding and caring for horses in bad weather.

Weekend

Weekend

Day 2:

Who knew that I had the most entertaining horse toys already in the barn for free? Blondie and Zi spent about an hour chewing on the blue baling twine that is securing Rosie’s shelter.

Weekend

Weekend

We had just wrapped up work for the day. This was as close as Zi would get to the new structure. However, shortly after we went in the house I had to run back down to the barn for something – I couldn’t see any horses anywhere. They were both right up against this gate, checking things out.

Weekend

Weekend

Weekend

We got a lot done, but there is another good day of work to make it usable. The roof needs to be finished, the enclosures on both ends need to be finished, the floor backfilled with gravel, leveled, and matted. That will make it safe and dry. Later on we will add a light, cut a doorway from the inside of the barn out to the new space, add trimwork, and paint.

The weather is supposed to be nice again this weekend so you know what we’ll be doing!

Summer

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

There actually are 2 bucks hanging out together in our neighborhood. These two photos may be of the same one – I can’t tell them apart or catch them in a single photo together.

We had a heat wave last weekend. Temps in the 90’s which is WAY too hot for us. Blondie looks like she’s ready for a nap, not a ride.

Does this look like a bratty 3 year old face? It does to me. She is a true 15 hands now, an inch taller than Blondie. This is a good thing. Everyone tells me she should make 15.2 which would be wonderful.

Munching grass above the garden. The nice thing about our pasture is that the horses have shade somewhere all day long.

My rock graveyard. This area is going to get a makeover soon.

A Whole Month!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Where does the time go? I’ve been working with the horses, test knitting, putting together a website for a friend, and starting to look for a new horse property. My biggest challenge is photos because it didn’t happen if there aren’t any photos, right?

As far as test knits go, one will be revealed within the next week (it’s in the spoiler thread on Ravelry now) and the other not for another month.

We had 2 weekends with gloriously warm weather for February and another weekend that was clear and cold. On the nice weekend days I ride Blondie and pony Zi around the neighborhood. I really need to get photos – there are kids, kids on bikes, kids toys, barking dogs, and scary propane trucks. Going on trails is going to be easy compared to this!

Now we’re experiencing what is hopefully the last snowfall of the season. Last night at 9 pm we had 6 inches. That melted down a bit overnight and it was warm enough for the snow to fall off the trees. Now it’s been snowing steadily since 6:30 am so the trees are white again and where the snow was sliding off the barn roof has all filled in again.

Snow

Snow

Snow

Finally, we are looking for another property. It’s a slow process – there simply aren’t that many properties on the market that meet our criteria If already developed it must have a covered arena in good condition and a tear down house, at least 10 acres. If raw land then we want a minimum of 20 acres.

My Lil’ Troublemaker

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Who me?

Zaina

She has made a habit of going through the fence into the next pasture. This time something went wrong – I suspect she got tangled in a hot wire, got shocked, panicked, and tried to go back to where she’s supposed to be. The only problem is there was a t-post in the way.

Zaina

Her back legs are pretty banged up. No one saw her do it so we don’t know exactly when it happened, but I got a call Tuesday from the stall cleaner that she was injured. She said it did not appear to be an emergency, just that some attention to her injuries would be recommended. Thank goodness Amber noticed and called me – I am very grateful that she did. When I got to the barn that evening she was backed into the corner of her stall. Her back legs were completely stocked up (much worse than this photo) and hot. So I began cold hosing her legs and I gave her some bute (aspirin for horses). She’s doing much better now – swelling and heat are almost gone.

Zaina

The good thing is R and I have been working our butts off at home, getting the pasture and barn ready for the horses to come home. Lil’ Troublemaker won’t be able to go through the fencing here. We’ve been pulling weeds, weed eating around the fence line, digging post holes, and planting a new section of lawn.

Zaina

I have the next week off work so I’m hoping to get a lot more done.

Zaina

Snow Update

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Looks like about 4 inches on the patio table. It’s been falling all day, though a good portion of it has been little tiny flakes.

November Snow

I’m working from home today, but tomorrow I’ll have to go to campus for my chemistry exam. At some point this afternoon I also want to make the trek up to the boarding stable to check on Blondie and JJ.

It’s Not Even Thanksgiving…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

and the ground is turning white. We’re not supposed to get much accumulation (considering this has been coming down since noon it really isn’t accumulating). As far as I’m concerned it can stop anytime!

November Snow

November Snow

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Mine grows rather slowly. I can accept that though. I didn’t think we’d have a garden at all this year, but at the last minute and with the help of friends and DH it came together. Now I’m already thinking of starting more peas and salad greens later on for a second harvest of them.

Garden

I purchased the plants you see here – 4 tomatoes (I think they are Sweet 100’s) and mixed salad greens. Carrots and green onions were planted in the ground a few days ago.

Garden

Eventually we plan to extend the garden all along this stretch between the retaining wall and fence. I do think I’ll swap the mesh fence for electric fence, the idea being that you can turn the electric off and reach through to harvest things. It’s funny how I thought this stretch would be plenty of room, but I’m already thinking we’ll have to expand somewhere else on the property.

Garden

Garden

See my little green house? Thanks for this Terese! I’ve added 3 more containers of start since this photo. The leeks are coming up nicely and one of the peas, but there’s not much sign of anything else yet. My latest starts, planted yesterday, are sage, zucchini and more peas.

Barn Progress, Part 4

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Not a lot to say about these – we need to order the metal roofing from dallas roofers and start putting up trim. The siding will be fake board and batt. At some point will get back to finishing the fencing. In the meantime, Miss Blondie is perfectly happy at her boarding stable.

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn Progress, Part 3

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Warning: picture heavy post ahead! As an extra bonus, something you don’t see on my blog very often: dogs.

We are having a very mild Winter here in Washington. It’s still been very rainy so we take advantage of every sunny day we get. This weekend (and days on each side of the weekend) we’ve had gloriously sunny weather with a high in the 50’s and lows around freezing.

Saturday started with evening up the truss ends and building the lookouts (all of these things create the eves on the outer walls of your building), attaching fascia board, and finally sheeting half of the roof. At the end of the day the crew moved around to the opposite side of the building and got the fascia on, as well as the lookouts. With the prep done, it only took half a day Sunday to sheet the back side. After that it was quick work to roll out the tar paper.

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

Barn

All this work was done with an all volunteer crew of family, friends, and neighbors. I don’t help much with the building aspect, but later on R will help with projects at all of their houses (as he has also done in the past). My main job for the weekend was fetching food/drink, and keeping an eye on the dogs. Shown above is Logan who is 3 years old and Ziva who is 5 months. Logan is *really* gentle, but he’s big so it took an hour before Ziva was comfortable playing with him.

Barn Progress, Part 2

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

At the time of our last update the concrete was done and the lumber package had been delivered. Very quickly after lumber arriving the walls were up and the trusses were stacked. The building has taken shape!

Barn

Barn

Barn

Next we will be working on sheeting the roof and getting it dry inside. When that’s done it’ll be the walls. The roof will be metal; I’m not sure when the metal sheets will be delivered. I have no idea what type of stall door hardware I want or what type of flooring in the stalls! Guess I need to get busy!