Archive for February, 2011

Snow Day with the Horses

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I know I said last weekend was cold and clear, but this weekend started out even colder. Our low overnight was 15 degrees. The ‘warmer’ weather returned quickly though and know it’s hovering around freezing while it dumps snow on us.

It’s only 7 miles to the barn, all on back roads. I may let snow stop me from going into town, but I don’t let it stop me from going to the barn. The snowflakes are enormous. Easily half inch by half inch.

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Zi-zi in the indoor arena. “Whatcha doing Mom, got anything for me?” “No, but you could eat lunch off your back.”

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After I worked with her I thought I’d try and get some photos where she’s not right next to me. But of course I got, “hey Mom, whatcha doin’ now?”

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Until she realized she didn’t want to be snowed on! Here’s the start of the head toss:

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Followed by a snort, a tail flip, and trotting back to the barn.

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I went to check on Blondie and JJ. I asked them why they were standing outside in the snow. Didn’t get an answer.

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And then I headed back home!

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It’s still snowing like crazy. Last time I checked we had 3 inches, probably a little more than that now.

Two Hour Scarf and a WIP

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This week I knit my first ever fun fur scarf. I was kind of dreading it, but it was so quick and easy that I almost wanted to do a second one right away. Almost.

This is actually Fancy Fur by Lion Brand in a color way called ‘Stain Glass Black’. My Grandma Glenda gave me the yarn at Christmas and these skeins are her favorite colors. Needless to say this scarf is going to her. It’s all garter stitch, cast on 10 stitches, knit until your 2 skeins of yarn run out.

2 Hour Scarf

2 Hour Scarf

The brown socks are coming along nicely. They are 80 stitches around. I am so jealous of people who can knit socks at 60 stitches around! And who don’t have size 9.5 feet. At least this pair isn’t for me, I think these are supposed to be size 7 or 7.5.

Socks

Over the course of the next 3 weeks I have 2 tests and a final exam in organic chemistry so these socks may be on the needles for a couple more weeks.

Winter Day with the Horses

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

This weekend was cold and clear. The wind was not welcome, but the sun was out to counter it both days. High temp today was 43 degrees, low was 21. The water buckets had some ice in them.

Blondie always looks like a large pony with her fuzzy Winter coat. She started shedding a week ago. Spring must be on it’s way.

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The mountains were gorgeous.

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Zaina is also shedding. She’s so itchy, the poor baby. However I am taking advantage of her itchiness in that it makes her enjoy being groomed. So we stand at the hitching post and I scratch her back, chest, neck, and belly.

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Love the girls tails. Even though the genetics behind their coat colors are totally different they do complement each other nicely. Zi is a bit of a pest to Pepper. She just walked right into her head on yesterday and backed her into her stall!

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Continuing to learn about dogs…she was very curious about Sophie today.

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When she’s feeling insecure she’ll touch me with her nose. It’s pretty cute. I’ve only ever given her a treat one time so I don’t think it’s that she’s looking for treats. And at her age I don’t want her searching my pockets for treats – that would only encourage biting.

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I think she’s starting to recognize me too! Though it could be that she’s friendly with everyone. 😉

Kind of a WIP Post

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since February 3rd!

I’ve been spending lots of time working with Zaina. She has settled in now and caught up on her rest. I say that because she is FULL OF IT. 😉 Just normal baby behavior.

I’ve been doing lots of homework. It’s organic chemistry if anyone’s wondering.

Homework

I’ve continued to eat healthy. Most days I have a huge salad for lunch with lots of veggies and 1-2 proteins. Some days it’s chicken, other days black beans or garbanzos. This dinner should be called “whatever veggies I had in the fridge” plus tempeh.

Food

Spinach with tomatoes, kalamata olives, yellow bell pepper, garbanzos, and my homemade cashew dressing.

Food

Spinach with red bell peppers, tomato, garbanzos, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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Romaine lettuce with tomato, onion, turkey burger, black beans, and guacamole for dressing. Yum!

Food

Then I had a minor surgery. So I spent a few days recovering from that. It will take another week or so before my energy level is back to normal.

My Mom got me a couple of things for my recovery and Valentine’s Day. I loved this issue of Knitscene so I was so excited that my Mom picked it up. The cover ‘chiton pullover’ by Melissa Wehrle, all of Debbie O’Neill’s patterns, and the ‘eternalism vest’ by Talitha Kuomi are all things that will end up in my future knitting queue.

Magazine

Magazine

Magazine

And this lovely skein of sock yarn. This is HandPaintedKnittingYarns.com Sock Superwash in colorway Lohengrin Light. My Mom suggested I make it into a Lacy Baktus, but I’m still considering a new pair of socks for me.

Magazine

Magazine

Finally, I do have one work-in-progress on the needles:

Socks

“Your Little Pony”

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Zaina may not have a barn name yet, but Richard has dubbed her “your little pony.” I like her registered name, but it is a bit of a mouthful as the pronunciation is Greek – ‘zi -eena’ like hyena.

My Mom, Paul, and Richard came to see Zaina on Sunday. Thanks to Paul for all the wonderful photos! Here is R, saying hi to her for the first time. Gee, I don’t think she likes him at all! He scratched her all over her neck and back, and found some itchy spots that she really enjoyed.

Zaina

Zaina

Zaina

This was her first venture out and around the farm. Everything is still new to her, but she takes it all in stride. She is much more curious than fearful which is wonderful. It will be my job over the next year to introduce her to new things and teach her that she can trust me. Of course, this training will continue throughout her life, but now – at this age – when she is too young to be ridden it is the perfect time to do lots of groundwork.

Zaina

Zaina

Here she is meeting JJ and Blondie for the first time. They were very curious about her. There were no squeals or foot stamping. Somehow I think they know that she is part of the family, different than if she belonged to any old person at the barn.

Zaina

Zaina

Zaina

Zaina, the Day I Met Her

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

A couple weeks ago Lou and Kris were talking about this Awwali filly, an Appy/Arab cross that was big. I didn’t think much of it because I thought she had already been sold. As it turns out, Zaina hadn’t been sold – she had gone to her foster mom’s and her foster mom was looking to find her a good home. I gave it a lot of thought and decided I wanted to meet her. Over the last 2 years I’ve weighed the pros and cons of various horse options. At one point I thought I’d go warmblood (cost became a huge negative factor), then I thought I’d go Thoroughbred (though I was scared of soundness issues from being trained so young to run on the track). Arabians and Morgans were on my mind too. The latter two tend to have strong feet, good bone, they’re very tuned in to people, and they are almost always easy keepers.

This is the day I met Zaina. The day she kicked me. The day I still said “YES” I want to buy her (I couldn’t really blame her for kicking me). The first three photos are courtesy of Lou Fitch.

Zaina

Zaina

Zaina

Here she is arriving at L&R Ranch. She’s looking over the arena fence at her new pasture mate, Pepper. Thanks to Patty Kemp for taking this photo! It was a grey and rainy day, pretty tough to get good pictures. The two girls got to meet in the arena before being turned out into their pasture.

Zaina

Zaina

Zaina

Pepper is really good with the youngsters! She loves people and isn’t at all spooky. I’m very thankful Zaina has such a nice mare to look up to her as her ‘big sister’. (They are actually related, but they aren’t sisters.)

After this I have one more batch of photos in which Zaina meets Richard and gets to walk around the farm for the first time.