Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year - January 2013


 Having had a very pleasant autumn and early winter, weather-wise, with the advent of January 2013 we have hit by the full blast of winter.

today at 3:00 pm - most of the world is cold, gray and white
Most days lately our high daily temperatures have been in the mid-20's to mid 30's. Many mornings before going to school the skies here at home were clear, but by the time I get home the fog has moved in and we have another gray and frosty day, as the picture above shows. This past week the fog and freeze did dissipate on Monday afternoon and evening, giving the horses and I a view like the two below. Out my back door I have a view of the mountains to the east, and off the front porch I have a view of the Walla Walla River Valley to the west.

Looking to the east upriver at 4:30 pm
Looking to the west at 5:00 pm
Tuesday morning we had a dose of sunshine, before the fog came in for the balance of this week.
One thing I have noticed since December, is our days are getting longer. Around Christmas I was feeding my horses at 4:50 p.m. in the dark. Now about a month later, I can feed at 5:15 and with natural light I can easily find my way around. 

Another neat thing that happened on Monday this past week, was I got to sing along with a coyote. I have had these guys coming and going through the pastures behind my home usually on the run / move, but Monday I had one to stop, sing, and lounge around for awhile.

It was mid-day, I was at home and looking out my office window when I noticed this guy standing around and howling. His howls were bouncing off the hill on the other side of the river, and it appeared he was talking to himself.

So I stepped out the backdoor and started taking pictures and howling with him. This was a good thing, and I had fun singing with him. Life with such simple pleasures.

After our singing fest the coyote just laid down and stuck around for awhile.

Today is the last day of my month long treatment of using Fluorouracil to scald my face most days. This has really been a tough regiment to undergo, as most days my face has felt scalded, dry, and itch so bad that I could have almost clawed the skin off. This treatment has been to remove the UV damaged and per-cancerous skin from my face. From here on in, I shall religiously use sunscreen and wear a wide brim hat when spending much time outdoors. Make a note - baseball caps are worthless.

Looking forward to it clearing up now. Doctor says when my face clears from the medication, it should be as soft and smooth as a baby's butt.

Other than singing with Mr. Wile E this week, most days this year are much the same... with wildlife viewing,  a.m. school bus run, a.m. horse feeding, mid-day horse feeding, p.m. school bus run, p.m. horse feeding, reloading the feeding stations twice a week with a ½ ton of hay, and just puttering around the house in the meantime.

Last Saturday I treated myself with an outing to visit the BIG screen in Walla Walla to see The Hobbit. I really enjoyed the show, and found myself jumping around in my chair a few times. I think the movie(s) will be almost as good as the book which I read 40+ years ago.

 Last Sunday I did prepare a smoked venison dinner for a school bus driver buddy, Randy who gave me the venison to smoke, that was a good meal. Other than the above daily routines, I will just say that the girls, boys and I are wintering along well in the Oregon Territory.

Peace be with you.

Monday, December 31, 2012

December 2012, and life goes on, past 12-21-12


12-31 hugging Red
12-31 hugging Sonny
 I am looking over my shoulder again  here at the month of December. It was a good month, with the exception of Christmas day, and that day's weather, spoiled my plans to visit the family in Gibbon.
              C'est la vie.
To put the topping on 2012, we got out of school on Dec. 20 and will be out until January 7, 2013. I have no plans for doing anything during this time, except hang out with my horses, go see the Hobbit on Christmas Eve, pay all the tax deductible bills that I can by 31 December.During this time I planned to just stay home, relax, and enjoy my horses, the Season and the backyard wildlife.


Pictures of the season looked like this...

12-31 10:00 am before everything becomes covered with fog

video
12-31 after everyone had breakfast I put the electric tape gate across the end of the driveway
and for the rest of the New Year weekend, I let the colts out to play with me.
~ You can use FULL screen option on video ~

12-31 a few p.m. deer gathering in the backyard
Goldie joins the deer grazing 12-30
then Goldie decides she will chase deer for awhile 12-30
she and Summer had a lot of fun chasing deer that day
very entertaining in a simple way

12-29 finally a Ringneck touched down and didn't run around, so I got a few shots
of him, with my camera, this at about 150 yards out





12-29 Sonny and Red... waiting for their next meal


12-29 view from my office window, Misty and the foot of Lincton Mtn
on the other side of the river


12-28 another beautiful December sunrise 
12-27 a colorful sunset - view to the west from the porch





Christmas sunrise
 Plans for Christmas day was to go to Lois and Lynn's for the afternoon and evening. All looked well until about noon, then it started snowing. No snow was sticking but the snowfall started getting heavier and heavier, to the point it did start sticking, and my plans were dashed. Thinking this situation was not looking good, I called Lynn and told him that I was going to have to opt out of our get together since I felt uneasy about driving back home in the dark, the fog, and snowfall. C'est la vie.
my mares having had their Christmas morning molasses muffins... me thinks they want more

Christmas afternoon snowfall


The week before Christmas I wore my Santa's cap everyday, had lots of fun comments offered to me
12-24 I was thinking about going to see The Hobbit this afternoon
but staying home out of the cold sounded better. Plans to go to Gibbon tomorrow.
12-24 salmon on the smoker - a gift from cousin Lynn
Thank You, Cuz
Sorry I missed the Christmas feast
12-24 salmon smoking is done - out of this
I got about 2 lbs of smoked salmon pate to take to cousins Lois and Lynn
+ 6 big steaks for tonight's dinner and some dinners later
Good stuff ~ one can not buy fish like this ~ a simple pleasure


English china of fly fishing motif on my dining room wall
Mary helped me decorate while she was here in September

Mary gave me a Christmas present - of another plate for the wall

and Mary gave me another Christmas present - a plate for the wall
Thank You Mary

12-16 Winter is heading this way, and my horses are looking like mud puppies.
December 9 - our first heavy snowfall. Maybe ½" accumulation for the day.
 The biggest excitement in December was...
an Internet connection via Hughesnet satellite service.
Since I moved into my new home on April 14-16, I have been trying to get connected to the WWW. I tried with five ISP's and none could reach me including Hughesnet. Either I was too far off their lines or the satellites were full and they were not taking new subscribers. So I enjoyed the balance of spring, summer, and fall offline spending lots of time with me horses, working around the house, with the hope that bythe time the snow blew across the territory, I might be connected. The last week in November I received a postcard in my US Mailbox announcing that Hughesnet had a new, improved, and faster satellite in the sky and that they could provide my area with WWW service. So on 3 December I became reconnected, with everyone on the other side of my computer monitor.

 Now with December said and done... no one I know was wiped out on 12-21. We missed another bullet... "The End of the World is coming" via the Mayan calendar.
12-21-12 came and went... here we are
So this is how my December shaped up as we head into the Winter 2012-2013. Burrrrr, my wild rags, double Mac wool, and goose down coats sure feel good now. Looking forward to spring.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Between McKuster Ranch, and DBM Horse Ranch colts are born

With the help of my friends Dale and Cheri Cosper, we pulled my horses out of McKuster Ranch in May and June of 2011. Goldie and Kootenai were pregnant and both were to foal in June. Misty, Summer and Rusty had to wait until we were prepared to make a move with them to greener pastures. They too had been neglected and abused at what was McKuster Ranch.

Goldie gave birth to "Sonny" get of Adrenaline Rush on June 4th. Sonny is full brother to me filly Summer.












Kootenai gave birth to "Red" get of Adrenaline Rush on June 23. Red is half brother to my filly Summer.