Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy birthday, Roo!

Yes, today is my horse Roo's 11th birthday, but first...

...these two CRACK ME UP! Emerson and Saul just love each other and they are both so snuggly! What a pair.

And yes, my Quarterhorse Roo has a birthday today!

(Photo by Deborah Wilson)

We've had so much fun together the past two years! 

Here we are on MY birthday in January, which was the last time I rode before my concussion. But as of last Sunday...

...I am back in the saddle again! Woo hoo! It felt so great to go on a trail ride. We didn't go any faster than a walk but it was fantastic. (And my shirt says "Motivated by Cats and Caffeine" ... I got it from one of my fav Etsy shops, RC Tees!)

Gordon and I went out with our friends Debbie and Luc. The woods are greening up nicely and it was a beautiful ride. We trailered Roo and Sandy over to Luc and Debbie's place, and left from there. They have beautiful trails right by their property.

Here's Roo with his girlfriend Ella, waiting for the stock tank to fill. I love my big goofy horses. He'll get a treat later today.

The cats are all hanging in there.

Last weekend some friends of Russian heritage visited from Ottawa and brought these delicious homemade Russian marshmallows, flavoured with apples and cranberries. Alex wanted some but I would not share!

Missy gave us a bit of scare the other week...

She disappeared in the barn somewhere for about 24 hours. We finally found here hiding behind the hay bales. She had somehow injured her foot and wasn't putting weight on it, so off to the vet she went. He couldn't find anything obviously wrong.  It might have been a tiny ligament tear. She came in the house for a few days to get medication and rest (and hated every minute of her time in Gordon's office!) but she healed quickly and is back to her normal, chatty self. Phew!

And here's the reason(s) my front porch is a muddy mess littered with chewed-up cardboard...

Dodger, Mootie and Gigi look very proud of themselves.

On another note, I wrote a piece for the Ontario Beekeepers' Association's journal, for their "Meet a Beekeeper" column. It was just published, with my photos!

So nice to see my writing in print!

And if you're in our area, we are having an Open House and fundraiser on June 17th:

I am off to give my horses some carrots! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May already!

It's May, but it mostly hasn't felt like May because it has been cold, wet and damp. It was our anniversary the other day and it was actually snowing for the first time that I can remember!!

We made it to #24!  We went out for a nice supper at Sheep's Head Bistro the day before, because Gordon was out of town on business the actual day of our anniversary... which wasn't such a great day, because besides dealing with snow, and cat pee in my front hall, I went down to the goat house in the afternoon to find Ninja lying on side, dead.

Here is Ninja after we adopted him in March, with his sister Cindy. They are about three years old, which is young for goats.

This is the first time I have lost a goat, and I was so shocked and sad. We can't figure out what happened... they were a bit thin when they arrived here but the goats are dewormed and Ninja wasn't showing signs of a severe infestation. He has no visible injuries; it looked like he just keeled over very suddenly. The goats get along well so I have no reason to think Kevin rammed him to death, but who knows, maybe he took a hit that did internal damage? I just couldn't find any signs of anything having gone awry.

I talked to a goatkeeper friend of mine who said she has lost a couple of goats that way to a twisted bowel... I don't know. We didn't send him for an autopsy, so I will never know for sure, but it is very upsetting.

Last Thursday, he and Cindy were out and about playing with Buttercup... 

Monday morning, Ninja was lively and eating. Monday afternoon, he was gone. It really sucks... and not only will we miss him, but so will his sister Cindy. She seems to be coping okay. Vet is coming next week to do everyone's annual vaccines.

RIP dear Ninja. You were a lovely boy and I am so sorry I couldn't have given you a longer life here. :(

On a (literally) brighter note, the sun made an appearance yesterday and everyone got to go out on pasture for a bit...

Everybody here was happy to see the sun, including me. The grey weather has really been getting me down.

But Millicent is thrilled with life!

She has now come out of Gordon's office for good and is fearlessly roaming the house.

In fact, she has become a bit of a pain in the butt when I am trying to work, because she always wants attention and loves to roll on my keyboard and block my computer screen!

Or doze off in front of it.

That's her opinion of the graphic design work I was doing for Gordon!

All the other animals are doing well. Emerson loves to hang with the goats...

He is Cat King of Goat Mountain!

Butter cup is Queen. :)

Surveying his domain.

The friendship between the barn cats and goats is very sweet!

And Annabelle is a bit bossy:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Insert dog here

I know some of you miss the cats when I don't post about them, soooo...

Here is Keaton on his lofty perch in the barn! He is boss of the barn cats.


Yes, the shy gal has finally decided she wants to join "gen pop"!

Only one cat seems to be offended by her, and it's not Alex!

Alex quite likes Millicent!

Nope, it's sweet little Honey who hisses at Mill! And chased her out of the kitchen this morning.
Millicent is so cute... she goes up to all the cats and offers the top of her head for them to wash. Most of them oblige!


Dodger was having a blast out in the fields the other day.

Back to cats... here's Alex:

Our vet says his whiskers are in the top 1%. I have to agree.

And here Buttercup looks all innocent, but...

...she had just done this to my neatly-organized horse-grooming box!

And she wasn't sorry at all.

She tried to blame it on Missy, but no luck!

My friend Deb commented on how white Missy is. She does keep herself very clean! She too is a sweetheart of a cat.


...Daisy was pissed off she didn't get the mouse pizza she ordered.

And here's Millicent the Adventure Cat this morning..

That look!

So glad she is finally out and about. 

And this is not a cat...

I gave Roo a good grooming on Friday. I can't wait until I can ride him again. June 1st! My concussion symptoms are almost all gone... I still have tinnitus (I have always had it, but it worsened after I hit my head) and headaches but overall, I'd say I'm 99% better. Back to normal activities apart from, sob, riding my horse...

The weather is cold and icky here today. It was 27C the other day (too hot for April) and today it's supposed to be 6C with torrential rain. Ugh...  but we are off to the Stormont Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA for their volunteer luncheon! Gordon and I both volunteer there and we are looking forward to seeing everyone down at the animal centre (from where we adopt most of our animals.) Enjoy your Sunday, whatever the weather!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mud season

Saul and I are both completely fed up with mud.

Poor Sandy will be swallowed up soon! The paddock is a mess. Every time it starts to dry out, we get more rain! The equines all come into the barn at night so they can dry out their hooves.

Monty stays surprisingly white. He really is a self-cleaning dog.

And what's this?

Ella the boarder loves Buttercup! I caught her grooming the cat the other day. It was really sweet!

Buttercup loved it!

We have another cute interspecies friendship right here! :)

Gordon got out Sandy this weekend. I have five weeks until I can ride again (after my concussion.)

And the cats were being weird again...

Daisy, Mootie and Archie

Mootie always looks cranky but she's actually very sweet and good-natured. Very cuddly!

 And I got the cats a bunk bed...

I bid on it in an online auction to support a local rescue group. Brought it home and put it on the kitchen counter and ended up leaving it there for two days, because it was never free of cats! Finally I dumped them off and put it in my office.

The most I have seen in it so far is six cats!

And here is tripod kitty Alex, playing with tissue paper. We have had him for almost ten years now. Our vet says his whiskers are in the top 1%. Magnificent!

Dodger continues to spend vast quantities of time on our bed.

But Gigi...

...has started agility classes, and she LOVES them!

There is Gordon taking her over the bridge. We go to Shannoncourt, a great facility ten minutes from our farm. They bought the old elementary school in Martintown and offer a full range of services there!

Gigi is always a little sleepy after class!

Have a great week. I am finishing up my taxes today. :P