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Saturday, May 21st, 2016 | Filed under Updates

(It is Saturday night and I’m sitting at Starbucks writing to you all.  Our internet goes in this week…  Hubby is back in Grass Valley.  He needed to finish installing the new floors upstairs for our renters – whenever we get a renter.  And, Hubby agreed to feed for me, so that was very helpful.  Scouty is in Grass Valley, guarding the house, so she was very happy to see Hubby.  She loves him so much.)


So I’ve been at the new house for two days now, supervising the fence construction.

As a producer, let me tell you that I’ve been standing on my hands and biting my tongue for the entire time.  I’ve forced myself to not look out the window or try to understand why things are happening (or not happening) in the order I think they should be happening.

Instead, I’ve been driving myself crazy with paint colors for the living room.

The guys arrive!

The guys arrive!


I’ve finally had to admit to myself that I cannot come up with a great paint color design for the living room… I know that the light is different throughout the day and that it is a small room so I need lighter colors… but my ‘envisioning’ spidey sense is eluding me.  Basically, I know what I like once it has been chosen for me… but picking out colors myself… forgeddaboudit.

Hence, welcome to my day of $.99 color samples at Lowe’s.  The fact that all color samples were $.99 opened the door to major swatch paint meltdown mayhem!   Lowe’s is the closest store to the new house so I have to pass it on every single errand I run – What a perfect excuse to try a new color!

The biggest color issue here is that Hubby and I cannot agree on the main color.  I think it should be taupes or neutrals with red/pink undertones to work with the fireplace.  Hubby has his heart set on yellow.  Sunny yellow. Egg Yellow.  Mustard Yellow… it doesn’t matter.   He just wants yellow.

I keep trying to incorporate yellow… but then I get sidetracked and well… you know…

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I keep buying the $.99 color samples at Lowe’s… I cannot help myself since I pass by Lowe’s on all of my errands! I want neutrals and Hubby wants YELLOW.

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Here I’m trying browny/yellowy taupes and YELLOW!


The guys are all very nice.

Now remember, I had two fence companies not show up for our scheduled appointments. Since I was running out of time to have pastures for the horses, I asked the guys at the high-end (as high end as it gets here…) lumber store for their best recommendation on a fence guy.  That is how I found out about Juan.  And, he showed up early for our first appointment!  Bonus.

Anyway, Juan is doing this as a side job.  HIs main job is working for a fencing and landscaping company during the week.  I found out today that Juan is a foreman in the landscaping area and is branching out into fencing.

That’s fine.  He hired two of the fence guys from his weekday job, and they are here doing their best as well.  But, it is going more slowly than I had anticipated.  So far, the work that is done, is done very well.  Everything is straight and level.  And for that, I am thankful.

Piles are placed... time to start the big work.

Piles are placed… time to start the big work.


I have been going outside every few hours (on my way to Lowe’s) to stroll around and pretend I’m taking photos.  I didn’t want to appear to breathe down their necks (well, yes I did, actually… but I didn’t want to ‘appear’ that way) so I would casually walk around and take pics or walk Kent’s foster dog (long story for another post).

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This was one of the lumber guys delivering the materials. He was terrific with that huge trailer!

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My first little load of hay. Prices are the same here. Bummer. Anyway, I have no where to store it so I put it here and hope that if I need to, I can cover it with a tarp for the time being.

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My lesson on the different types of nail gun nails… another trip to Lowe’s.

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The end of Day 1. We have post holes in all the right places.

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This is Niles. He is Hubby’s foster dog from the Central Coast Herding Dog Rescue. Niles was horribly treated and is a psychological mess. Hubby wanted to help him. Niles has a few parasites and other ailments so the poor guy needs lots of help. Here I’m walking him. In two weeks, he has yet to wag his tail. Poor guy. And, he is sick, too… Hopefully, he will recover from all of his ordeals.  Hubby isn’t ready for a dog, but wanted to help.  We’ll see…

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Our first package!

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Day 2… the posts go up!

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Here I am at the top of the larger pasture. I think the Mustangs will be in this pasture… they will have the best view!

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MAY BUCKET FUND:  THE HUNG HORSES!  These lucky surviving horses are very much alive and would greatly benefit from our support during their long recover!  See a new pic of Cider below – he was the only horse found HANGING that survived!  He is coming around… and that face is one of jealousy because another mare is being groomed instead of him!  Click here to read their storyClick here to donate!

This is beautiful Cider...pouting because another horse is being groomed. Doesn't he look great?!

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Update on MR. WRIGLEY: Look who done got rode today!

Just a little over a week ago, my friend Bonnie and I did our best, in a rainstorm, to load Wrigley and take him to training.

After 2 hours (and extreme saturation), we decided to put Finn in first.  Of course, that worked like a dream and both trailered off, soaking wet, to the trainer.  Finn came back home with me.

Today, I took my lunch break out at the trainer’s.  I figure that it does no good for Wrig to be trained without my participation…  I need to understand him and myself with him.  So, I went.

When I got there, he was tied. I hadn't told her that he didn't know how... He looked so tall!

When I got there, he was tied. I hadn’t told her that he didn’t know how… and now he does.


Jerily is a solid, kind (not soft) trainer who has no issue with getting on colts.  Wrig, of course, is no colt.  He is a 7 year-old gelding.  But, he may as well be a colt because he has done just about nothing other than ground work for his entire life.

Jerily is the perfect first trainer for him.  She will take all the time she needs and will have no fear when putting up with the Wrigley Squiglies.  He is very upheaded and evasive when insecure.

And, she tells it like it is.

I know that I will have a solid evaluation after he’s been trained.

Her first comment was, “He’s not afraid… he looks like he is afraid when he gets really upheaded, but he isn’t afraid.  He’s insecure.  In fact, he surprises me what he’s not afraid of… he isn’t afraid of just about anything.  He is very desensitized.  But, he is insecure about new surroundings.  New places upset him.  And, he likes company.  He doesn’t like to be alone.”

All true.

Jerily had him saddled and did all kinds of ground work with him... and then she said, He's ready!

Jerily had him saddled and did all kinds of ground work with him… and then she said, He’s ready!  I was aghast that she was going to step up – but very excited, too!  I pulled out my camera!

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SO SHE DID THIS AND THAT (yields and turns…)… AND THEN SHE SWUNG HER LEG OVER!!!  She said, “I think he’s ready.”  AMAZING.

We chatted as she worked him.  I watched her train him to not lean into her for security – he does that a lot.  He went right and left on the long line.  He moved his haunches and sidepassed.  Progress!

All the while, he’d glance over at me.  “If you’re here, I’m guessing this is all legit.”

Jerily told me that Wrig was secure in the round pen, so they went in there.

After about 45 minutes of grooming, saddling and messing with him, she took off her spurs and got on him.  Just.  Like. That.

And he WAS ready!  In fact, he was very proud of himself afterwards.   I swear he looked right at me and said, “Look at what I just did!  I have a job!”

Wrig looked sated, maybe even relaxed.   I could see it in his eyes.  For the very first time, I think he felt contented.  He finally knew that he was a horse, like all the others.  And, he was there to learn how to do what all the other horses could do.  He understood that it was his time – finally.

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She was onboard!

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Turning with all that weight was odd for him.

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But he started to get it…

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And the other way…

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Wahoo! Look at them! Wrig got into it – he felt so proud! Look at his face! He knew that he finally had a job! I cannot wait to watch his development!


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