The chronicles of a Friesian mare who happened upon an owner who lives outside the show ring....

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Summer on the farm

Yes, summer.  In May.  Not spring, but full-on summer.

I just wrapped up a weeks vacation and every day was hazy, hot and humid!  Very much like July it made working outside challenging (one day I went through a 2 liter bottle of water in a few hours!).

My week off from office-rot was spent trail cutting, manure pile moving, chicken coop foundation building, horse back riding and general do-whatever-the-hell-I-feel like doing bliss.  I could very easily be retired now and never have a dull or boring moment.  Working for a living is such a buzz-kill.  Anway....

We started off by getting new iPhones. :)  Just the 5s, but coming from the 4, it's a pretty substantial jump in technology!  I discovered the "pano" camera setting.

The view from the back of the property
The view from the manure pile
Turn around and you see this.........40 loads and I'm only about 1/2 way through.  I cannot wait to have the money for a proper tractor!

I took the horse out twice, once to Bradley Palmer State Park and another to the fire trails in Auburn.  Fabulous rides, very relaxing, just the way we like it.
Bradley Palmer
More at Bradley Palmer
I got a new pair of brown boots for the August cubbing season, so I thought these rides would be a good time to break them in.  I remember now why I hate new boots.  They are so much work to ride in! 

So much time has gone by since my last post......our well pump died, so we had to have a new one put in.  Add a well cap extension and new pressure tank to that and there goes $3,000.00.  So much for showing this year! 
There goes my show season.....but we have water!
It's ok though.  I was really stressing out about how the heck I was going to have time to ride and school for dressage amidst all the yard and house work that needs tending.  Plus I want to get her driving and I don't have time for that *and* riding!

Hubby helping with a lining/drag pulling session
The last lining session ended with me putting her between the shafts of my cart.  She honestly could care less.  I'm still going forward with a few more in-between steps (breeching training and training shafts) but I really thing she'll be just fine. 

On top of everything else, I've been maintaining my lifting schedule of every-other-day for about an hour.  I've been taking progress pics.  Here's the start back in December 2014:
December 2014
And now:
May 2015

Which reminds me....I haven't lifted yet today and I'm running out of day!  Gotta go lift, then make dinner then it's unfortunately back to the office-rot tomorrow!

Till next post.....