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WHO MOVED THE FURNITURE?! Or more aptly, Pits of Dispair Everywhere!!






As I was driving home this evening, I was wondering what I would write about…

How does that expression go?  “Be careful what you wish for…”.

OMG!

THE BACK(HOE) STORY

First let me share the back story with you.

We are in the process of going solar.  Yay!

The people who design these systems came out and decided that the solar panels would be mounted on the barn and that the crew would dig a 180’ trench to run the electrical wires underground from the barn all the way to the electrical panel in back of the house.  180 feet.  Not in a straight line.  With rocks in between.  Lots and lots of underground rocks.  Oh, and an irrigation system buried there, too.

Suffice it to say that the guys hadn’t gotten very far when I left at around noon today.

OMG!  MY FRONT LAWN IS A GAUNTLET!

When I arrived home in the pitch dark, I could see that things were very wrong.  I could barely make out … Wha?  Caution tape?  And cones?  What are those shapes?…  My brain couldn’t quite decipher what my eyes were seeing.  Or, maybe my brain didn’t want to decipher what my eyes were seeing…

As I drove up, this was all I could see...

Every inch of my yard – from the house to the barn – looked like a Championship Golf Course under construction.  There were flags, wood and iron everywhere.  I saw irrigation upended and grooming tools strewn about.  It had all the markings of a top notch Par 5 with moats, mountains, water traps and sandpits… all spread out before me in a darkened nightmare sort of way.

Who are you and what did you do with my lawn?!

I must comment on the yellow CAUTION tape hanging from everything in a “the house has been TP’d” sort of way, accented with orange cones and colorful barriers.  The bright canary ribbons went ‘this way and that’ in such an ornate pattern that I almost admired the scene for its elegant artistry.  Almost.

The machine responsible for it all was sleeping by my patio

As I stood there, shaking, I could see that the tape was not just protecting the huge, sweeping, wandering moat between the barn and the house, but it was also guarding the little moatlettes that were cut in traverse patterns to divert the rainwater from draining into the new electrical moats.   And the mountains of dirt – oy – I was falling face first into Dirt Mountain every few steps…

Welcome to Dirt Mountain, a new ride on our front lawn!

Finally, I stopped and stood on the only unruffled island of sanity in the sea of upheaval and gazed upon the Armageddon.

It was like an attack by the gopher from Caddyshack – on steroids.

How in the heck was I going to feed?!

A dead piece of irrigation laying split open and twisted

 

MY PLAN

I knew I was in danger walking around out there in the dark.  But I had to feed.  So, I decided to strap every possible portable lighting fixture onto my body.  My little headlamps were no match for the task at hand.  I needed the big guns.

I also needed to have my hands free.  What to do What to do?  I ran upstairs and found some bendy clampy lights that I had bought from Yugster to use in the bathtub while I was reading.  (Don’t you hate using booklights In the bathtub?  They are so heavy and always weigh down the book so you think it will fall in the water.)

My ammo

Anyway, I decided to bend one set of legs to fit over my waistband and another to fit around the front of my bra through my shirt buttons.  I looked ridiculous but I was shining brightly.

My chest lamp high beam

MY LIGHTING RIG

I have to say, my lighting rig worked really well!  The big one I had attached to my chest was like having a headlight smack dab in the middle of my body.  Nice!

The one on my waist had 4 little lightlettes that were bendy.  So, I bent the two outside ones to the outside and the middle ones stayed in the middle.   This really helped me see where I was going.  They lit my path beautifully.  In essence, I had running lights and a high beam.

I could see fairly well!  I was amazed.  And, the best part, I sounded like the telephone repair man.  You know how they always have stuff hanging from their belts so when they walk they kinda schwingy jangle along?  That is how I sounded as I made my way to the barn.

The only problem with my system was that if I held the hay in front of me, I couldn’t see.  So, I had to work with only one flake under my arm at a time which took longer but was probably safer overall.

The bendy snake lights of my belt lamp

OY.  WHY DID YOU GUYS DO THIS TONIGHT OF ALL NIGHTS?!

As I got to Finn’s pasture, I saw that the bad fence repair job I did last month had been kicked apart.  It was clear that any one of them could walk right through the fence and end up in The Maze.  That COULD NOT happen.  What a disaster if those horses were loose in this leg-maim gauntlet.  Yikes!

Here is BG eating right behind the newly broken fence board

My luck, Hubby is out of town.  I have no way of cutting a new fence board and even less of a way of hammering one on.

But, I remembered some extra broken boards that were left up by the arena.  At the time, I was upset that Hubby left them there, but now I was grateful!  I also knew that I had bought a cordless Makita for myself two Christmases ago just for an occasion like this!

So, I gingerly walked up to the boards and adjusted my handydandy bendy lights to see which one might work.  Then, I meticulously picked my way back around the moats and cones with the unruly fence board dragging behind me.

The old boards from the arena - painted but broken in odd sizes

Hmmm.  I needed the Makita.  So, I very carefully walked back up to the house for the powertool that I had never used before.  Yeah.  That took a while to figure out.

Nevertheless, I was back out within 10 minutes and working my way through the mayhem to the broken fence.  But first to the barn for screws.

Don’t you hate carrying screws in your barncoat pocket?  It never fails that the nail or screw tip works its way through the lining of your pocket.  You end up with a pokey thing in your lining and subsequently your hay knife and little nubby treats end up working their way through the new – and getting larger – hole,  settling deeply into the chasms of your coat lining, never to be found again.

Finally I get to use it! But first I had to figure out how...

THERE, I FIXED IT

I got back to the broken fence where the horses were eating quite happily.

Then I started up the drill…  That was fun!  If I wasn’t concentrating so hard on scratching my head while rubbing my belly (holding up the rail while trying to man the Makita and hold the screw straight), I would have warned them that Momma was going to be making an awful noise.  But, I didn’t and they ran away.

Anyway, the boards got assembled in the best configuration I could figure with the sizes and shapes available.

There, I fixed it.  (Have you ever seen that website?  It is very funny.  Here is the link.)

THERE, I FIXED IT!

I NEED A DRINK AND A CHANGE OF CLOTHES.

After I had fed everyone, fixed the fence and managed to get the dogs up to the house in one piece (I was sure someone would fall into a moat or crash into a piece of machinery), I realized that my shoulders were attached to my jaw.  My neck had compressed into a pancake.  This was all very stressful for me.

I was so drenched with sweat that I felt like I was the bomb diffuser in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE or something…  I was a wreck.  I needed a warm drink and a hot bath.

I made it through...

SOMEONE OUGTTA INVENT A HEADLIGHT FOR YOUR CHEST!

I loved my contraption!  It worked really, really well.

I think someone should invent it.

I think it should wrap around like a bra or maybe like a baby carrier.  But instead of the bra cups or the baby, insert a huge light.  Arms free.  PLEASE SOMEONE, design it.

If you make it, they will buy!  I’ll be first in line!

OK, I cannot draw at all! This is my chestlight design. Someone please construct it! If you make it, they will buy!

 

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March Drop in the Bucket Fund:  THE JUNKYARD 4.
These 4 sad horses were found in miserable condition, 2 pregnant, all starved – yet owned by a hay broker!  To learn all about the Bucket Fund and to donate towards the care of The Junkyard 4, please click on the photo (photo credit, Trish Lowe)

 

RED IS A LITTLE BETTER, TUCKER IS THE SAME, NO GLORY BABY YET! PLEASE HELP THE JUNKYARD 4!


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Deals, Discoveries and Delights! Get a THE BALM sample for yourselves!






FIRST THINGS FIRST… (no affiliation!)

All of you email subscribers cannot see my sidebar, which is a sad thing because in that sidebar is a link to a Special Offer by the people who make the incredible THE BALM.  (This is the stuff I used on my eye.  My Doctor couldn’t believe how well my eye healed!)  I also used it last summer on BG when the flies were eating at her belly wound.

Anyway, EquiSpa is having a “special” on their Cool Muscle Wash Spray and Cool Muscle Gel.  And, if you buy the special, you get a sample of THE BALM!   Actually, you can probably purchase any item from the EquiSpa site and tell them that you would like a sample of THE BALM and they would give you a sample of The Balm.  Or, just buy THE BALM and get a sample of THE BALM as a little ditty for your grooming bag or trailer!

I really love the Peppermint Summer Protection spray as well (fly spray)!  Everything they make is homeopathic.

Here is the write-up about the Spring EquiSpa Special:

Click for the Spring Special and sample of THE BALM!

Spring Warm Up EQUISPA

8 OZ TUBE OF ‘COOL MUSCLE GEL?AND 32 OZ BOTTLE OF COOL MUSCLE WASH SPRAY

(Also included is a tester of THE BALM!)

Getting ready for Spring Show Season can be stressful to muscles and joints of horses who have enjoyed a long winter vacation. This can cause discomfort for both horse and rider. Cool Muscle Wash Spray is highly praised as an excellent all over body brace before and after a ride. Helps relax and relieve tight muscles and stiff joints. I use it to stretch out my horse before a work out or showing for maximum full motion and fluid movement. Cool Muscle Gel has the same fragrant and refreshing ingredients as Cool Muscle Wash Spray, blended in to a base of organic Aloe Vera Gel. I use it for spot massage and for local topical pain relief.

EQUI-SPA NOW OFFERS FLAT RATE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS FROM THE SITE.  ORDER AS MUCH AS YOU WANT AND IT SHIPS FOR $6.95

I love this stuff! It is a big jar and only $14! Click to read about/order it

 

Click here if you’d for the Spring Special.  Or, click here for any other product info.  Or click her for the fly spray ($22) or THE BALM ($14)!

I love these products!  And, my eye loves the Balm!

 

THESE THREE VIDEOS TOTALLY DELIGHTED ME!

1)  The first one is about a deer and a dog.  It is short and edited well.  Click on the image below.

Click image to watch a sweet video about a deer and a dog!

 

2)  This video was really sweet to watch.  This little girl has been training and loving this wonderful pony for 7 years.  It shows… What a lovely bond.

 

She trained him the only way she knew how... through love and play! Click the image to watch

 

3)  This third video is amazing and kinda sad in a good way.  This man raised a gorilla and then released him 5 years previously.  In this video, he documents going back and trying to find his buddy – who is now a huge gorilla!

 

Click here to watch this bittersweet and incredible story!

 

THINGS THEY SHOULD INVENT…

1)  Gonna Bash! Hood Warning System: This handy device would attach gently to your visor, brimmed hat or hoodie and alert you when you are about to bash into a branch or any other object which is obscured by the visor, brimmed hat or hoodie.

Whenever I wear a visor or bearded hoodie (the kind with eskimo fluff), I always smack into something low hanging.

If I could see through the visor or hoodie, I’d be fine.  But, since I cannot, they either need to invent the transparent visor or hoodie – or come up with the warning device.  Gawd knows I cannot walk around here by myself and not whack my ‘protected’ head.  Sheesh.  I may be keeping off rain but I’m slamming into objects!

2)  The “I’m happy with my own,  thank you very much” Equine Sprinkle Dust:  This product is very easy to administer and it will last for 30 minutes.  All you have to do is flick some in the direction of your equine and for half of an hour, your horse will not be interested in anyone else’s food.

I am so tired of trying to administer special supplements to individuals in my herd, only to have the higher ups take it away from them.  I knowIknow, I should separate them.  But, that takes time and space.  I’d much rather just sprinkle some fairy dust and take the desire away.

Actually,  if they made it for Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, I’d take some myself!

UPDATE ON THE SICK BUCKET FUND HORSES. 

Donate $10 or more and I'll send you one of these ballcaps that have exactly the right slope to the visor part!

 

 

 

 

 

Red is getting better but he still has very loose stools.  Tucker is no worse but no better either.  His bloodwork is not good so he is being continuously treated.  The mini-mare, Glory, has not foaled yet.  This is good since every day helps her gain strength.  To donate, click here.

If anyone donates $10 or more, I have these really nice (well constructed) OMEGA ALPHA ballcaps!  Just pick a color and I’ll send you one.  I have 9.  Navy, pink, black, royal and powder blue.  Omega Alpha is the company with all the wonderful herbal supplements including ANTI-FLAM which I love!

Not a pretty picture. Red and his looseness…

 

Don’t forget to Order your EquiSpa Special (or any wonderful product) and get a free sample of The Balm! Just tell them I said you’d get some free Balm!

 

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March Drop in the Bucket Fund:  THE JUNKYARD 4.
These 4 sad horses were found in miserable condition, 2 pregnant, all starved – yet owned by a hay broker!  To learn all about the Bucket Fund and to donate towards the care of The Junkyard 4, please click on the photo (photo credit, Trish Lowe)

Please help our sick Tucker and Red...

 


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