MY RANCHEROOO WITH LOTS TO DO! UPDATE…






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MY RANCHEROOO WITH LOTS TO DO!

Do you ever just put a favorite song on autoloop, light a candle and just relax while working?  That is exactly what I’m doing now.  Sometimes I listen to nature sounds but today my GOTO is KD Lang’s HALLELUJAH.  I just love it.  I even looked up the story of the song writer.  My other GOTO for getting excited is Edwin Hawkin’s OH HAPPY DAY.  They played that during the movie ‘Secretariat’ and I almost stood in my seat!

Anyway…

Oh and I lit a ‘Suede Blanc’ Voluspa candle.  Yum!  One of my very favs.

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RAYWOOD ASH!

OK, well, to solve the mystery of yesterday, my lovely (I think it is lovely) mystery tree is a Raywood Ash!  Thank you, Lesley, for nailing that one!

What was even more great was that my local Lowe’s has one, a very large but smaller tree, in their garden section.  It isn’t in a bucket, it is in a big, wooden box.   I saw no tags or any information but I knew it was the same tree, just younger!  So, I asked the Garden Guy the price and he had no idea but he did take me to the store manager on duty.

She had no idea the cost or name of the tree, since she had never worked in Garden.  The manager asked me, “What do you want to pay?”  I almost answered her (giggle) but instead I said, “Why don’t we look on your website.”  So, we did – and advertised was a Raywood Ash tree  in a 9 gallon bucket for $54.00.  Hmmmm.  This particular mystery tree (again) was in a much larger container.  But, the manager said that she had no other skew… so $54 it was!

“Do you want it?”

OK, here is where the devil/angel thing happens.  I don’t really have any extra money right now… but how could I pass up an 8′ (gorgeous) SHADE tree for $54?!  So I snapped it up!  A little gift from the Lowesgods.  I’m going to need my neighbor to bring over her forklift to get it out of my truck, but I think it will have been money well spent!

This was Lowe's website ad.

This was Lowe’s website ad.  Wohoo!

WRIGLEY CAME HOME…

I was very sad when my new, enthusiastic, Cal Poly horse trainer called and said that she was not a good match for Wrig.

It was my big idea that bringing Wrig into a ranching environment might bring out newfound skills, but alas, he was just too high strung.  Too much of a showy show horse and our young trainer felt too out of her element.  She said that he is very quick, energetic and willing, but that he refused to pay attention to her.  He would work sometimes and other times, he’d check out.  And, he seemed to forget what he learned the day before.

I’m actually happy that she figured this out after only two weeks – instead of trying to push through it or take the training money and not actually train him (as we all know how that works…).

So, he’s back.

My heart is heavy because he was so happy to be back… he ran right up to me and put his head in my chest.  But the other horses treated him horribly.  Finn and BG drove him off.  So heartbreaking.  He has lived with them for 6 years!  When Wrig came back from his last training excursion, he was gone for 5 months and Finn accepted him.  But this time, no.

Right now, Wrig has no friends.  Gwen (his older sis) is tolerating him.

Poor Wrig.  I wish I knew how to use his ceaseless energy.

Wrig eats all the time and he is still skinny. So. Much. Excess. Energy.

Wrig eats all the time and he is still skinny. So. Much. Excess. Energy.

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CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY THIS TREE? Oh please tell me you know what it is!






(As an aside, because of my quest to identify this tree, I found LEAFSNAP for iPhone.  I also downloaded the Garden Answers Plant Identification app.  So far, no identification.)

I’m preparing for my Mother’s birthday tomorrow (July 25th) and part of that preparedness was knowing what kind of trees were surrounding the new house.

So, I got out my California book of trees – and could not identify any part of this tree.  Not the leaves, the bark or the fruit/seeds.

Can you?

I just love this tree.  We have two of them.  And, if they are easy to grow, I plan on planting a few more.

So, THANK YOU in advance if you know this tree!  Please email me the answer!

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Here is a leaf.

Here is a leaf.

 

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!

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