Friday, March 27, 2009
Here she modeled her tack for everyone: "Today I am wearing a black Proffesional's Choice Air Ride saddle pad covered by an awesome Billy Cook barrel racing saddle with basketweave trim. On my face is a blue nylon one-ear headstall paired with stunning blue contesting reins." Ugh. I wouldn't mind a new headstall, that's for sure!
This picture kinda freaks me out. Looks like she has a saddle horn growing from her head. She doesn't, really, just in case you were wondering.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tessa. I like Tessa. Travis doesn't. I'm going to go recite my prayer...
Saturday, March 21, 2009
1. If there is somewhere you need to be, of COURSE the horse will not go into the trailer upon command. Or without resistance. Duh.
2. Respect, Respect, Respect. Attention, Attention, Attention. Respect, Respect, Respect.
3. And it takes Time, Time, Time.
4. Michigan will always vote against me. Whether the dadgum weather here (SNOW today? HELLO! Spring began at 7:44am yesterday people!) or the U of M (the only friggin college to ruin my perfect streak on the opening day of March Madness, which has sent my score into a downward spiral ever since).
5. Secure the Child. Adalynn was definately not the problem, but with a misbehaving horse, SNOW, and more misbehaving horse, she also wasn't contributing to the solution. Or my guilt and stress level, or Kelsey's attention and anxiety. Ya know, all the important stuff.
Dadgum horses. Can't live with 'em, Can't live without 'em.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Yesterday I experienced a magnificent St. Patrick's Day. Not because it was St. Paddy's, and no, I did not partake in consuming Green Beer (for obvious reasons). But more because my mother-in-law watched Adalynn for couple hours extra, and Trav gave me the green light to "do whatever will make me happy". I contemplated getting a full body massage, taking up the nunnery, or holing up in a coffee shop...but in the end I settled on scouring the clearance racks at Target (score!) and then torturing Kelsey.
Kelsey....where do I start? I love this mare. But, I have a confession: When I bought her, loaded her up, and brought her home - rocking the trailer around every turn - and then unloaded her, a doubt popped into my head. I tried to ignore it, but it was there...."What have I done?" I hadn't had a horse in a couple of years, and here's this mare pushing me around the barnyard. I knew that only a very kid-safe, non-anxious horse would probably be the next bet for our family. But here's this mare, she's anxious, I'm just a 'lil anxious...not a winning combination. We pushed through, and over the winter and nasty weather we have bonded.
BuT, pushy mare is as pushy mare does, and she still pushes me around on the ground. Not nearly as bad as the first day, but enough for me to want to nip it in the bud - especially for Adalynn and 'lil Britches sake. On Saturday, with Adalynn in the Kelty back carrier and Kelsey on her lead rope, traipsing through the VanPutten's lawn to the barn, Kelsey could have been a little more patient. Instead of pulling at the lead, looking intently at the barn while I'm stumbling over the rocks and mud.
The other piece? I'm contemplating taking her to a fun show the end of April. Just for fun. But I would probably only show in Halter and Showmanship...the ground activities...as I'm not 100% sure how she'll do around numerous other horses (although I suspect she'll be just fine). It would look pretty funny to have Kelsey leading me around the Showmanship pattern rather than the other way around. And I can bet that her pattern is NOT the same as the judges. Just a thought.
Anyway, so the name Clinton Anderson has frequented google when I type in "Ground Training, Horse" and "Respect, Horse". Evidently he's some cowboy transplant from Australia, is big stuff right now in the horse training world, and some people think he's the answer to everything. I'm not quite so in-awe and groupie like, but I am pretty impressed with this video of him and his horse, Mindy so I wanted to share it. That's what Kelsey and I will look like by the end of April, for sure.
Back to my great day, at the barn I decided to implement some of the groundwork exercises that I saw online and Kelsey took it really well. For once, she was calmly jogging beaut-i-fully on the lunge line instead of fast, choppy, stressful trotting strides and a broken canter. I'm sure Deb, her former owner, knows her capability and says, "Duh. Just have to do this...". But Kels and I are still learning together. And it was a very successful lesson yesterday. While I'm sure this ground training, respect, trust, and Kelsey's full-on puppy-dog adoration of me will take time and hard work, I need to maximize the time I have with her. But this is a good start.
Ahhh....and then a shower and I actually blow-dried my hair and put on some makeup? Tif, I almost felt good enough for a belly pic. Really. I thought about it. Travis actually thought that I got my hair cut...hmmm...no honey, I just took care of it. (how sad is that? really, I'm embarrassed). The cherry on top was a great Italian dinner - Shrimp Scampi Capellini (NUM!) and a foot massage. I felt seriously pampered and wonderful. So thanks, to Travis and Rennae, for allowing this fab day to happen.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Probably my main concern with Hannah is it's popularity. I'm ok with it, only because I've never known a mean Hannah. And I want my child to have a nice name, so that she can turn out to be a nice person. It all starts with the name, I'm convinced.
I also like Keely. I thought that Trav might like it too, what with keels being a part on a boat and all. And it's Irish. (and it means "slender", just in case you were wondering.) Trav isn't sold on it. What do you think?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I retrieved my trusty $5 food processor (who cares if it only processes 2 cups worth at a time?) and set to work. According to "Homemade", pour the peanuts into the food processor and add about 1tablespoon of Safflower Oil. Process, then add 1teaspoon as needed to make the consistency desired.
I encountered a couple of problems: 1. My food processor simply isn't big enough for 4 cups of peanuts at once. So I made 4 batches. The first batch turned out coarse and tasted like ground peanuts. On the second batch, I processed a little more, added a little more oil and a touch of organic sugar. Improving....on the third batch I processed the heck out of it (really, probably 3-4minutes?) and realized that the longer the peanuts are processed the less oil is needed. Makes sense, looking back.
The fourth batch I had to make like the third...my food processor was starting to reek of burnt metal and couldn't tolerate anymore tampering. Oops. I can't wait for Mother's Day. My Wish List consists of a bigger, better quality food processor (our current model was an impulse buy during the Christmas season, what, like 5 years ago? it's lived a good life.) and a 50mm 1.8 camera lens. Just in case you were wondering.
Despite the problems, our homemade Peanut Butter was a success. I like it, and Adalynn chowed down yesterday on a PB&J that her daddy made her for lunch. It's a little different consistency, and it's not Jif, but I also know all of the ingredients and it was a super easy cooking task. And Adalynn had a hoot of a time helping shell the peanuts. What more could I ask for?
FYI, dear: T-POSTS ARE NOT LANDSCAPING STAKES.
But thank you, I know your heart was in the right place.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And out of this, Travis says that he wins. Go figure. (recall, he promoted Melissa in the first place).
So, next, we will evaluate the name "Hannah". This is one name that both Travis and I are throwing around and actually like. And it sounds pretty darn good with Adalynn. So that when I yell, "Adalynn Reeves, Hannah _____, GET YOUR BUTTS INSIDE, NOW!" we sound good and harmonious. Because that is very important.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
2 recent notes though:
1. I interviewed last week for a position with Mary Free Bed's Assistive Tech program. At only 10hours a week, it will supplement Community Caregivers and will make me learn new skills. I'll be working with another OT (the manager) and a Biomedical Engineer out of UofM (but I won't hold it against him), addressing EADL and computer adaptation needs. Very exciting stuff for an OT. Oh, and out of 3 other candidates I was offered the position and I am to start April 2.
2. Baby had her 20-21wk appointment yesterday and we actually got in to see our doctor! She said that the ultrasound looked good, all looks healthy. The ultrasound did show a Choroid Plexus Cyst on the 'lil babe's Choroid Plexus (the area of the brain that makes spinal fluid). She assured me that it does not cause developmental delays or affect development in any way, and most often they fade away unnoticed. They occur in 1-3% of babies between 16-24wks of development, but they won't follow up on it because other than that our child looked fabulous, healthy, and very cute. (tell us something we didn't know!) (every once in a while this type of cyst is associated with Trisomy 18, but our doc said that our baby isn't at risk because everything else (limbs, hands, heart, etc) were intact and thriving. Thank God!) Oh, and she said that it looks like a girl to her as well. So guess we're going to prepare for a little chica. Bring it on, girl!
"What, there's hay?"
"Hay, really? That's one of my favorites! How did you know?"
"I'm just psychic like that, Kels."
"And I'm going to beat Patches. Na-na-na-na-na.""But I'm a good horse, I'll share."
"Seriously, woman, I'm done. Go mess with someone else."
Between Kelsey, Banks, and Rocky, who needs cable TV?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
So on to the new poll, another T Fave...Melissa Masselink....too many Ms? Figure we should start on girl's names since it looks like the 'lil Peanut wants to be a Miss.
Monday, March 2, 2009
And did I mention that our baby is cute? Very Cute? Takes after the big 'Sis.
And even is clearing the path for a thumb-sucking future.
And running...fast...Isn't that 'lil Leg so adorable?
Now child, if only you would move out of my pelvis. And turn non-breech...that would be great too. I'm not asking too much, am I, kiddo? Love you! We can't wait to meet you!
In retrospect, where the scene is always in 20/20 vision, so many more things could have gone wrong that night. Leading up until this point Banks and Rocky were crated all day without release, a couple more hours than normal. It was rainy out so they couldn't play for long outside. Adalynn refused to nap and her nerves were wearing thin. And the list goes on. So when Banks and Adalynn were "playing" we were preparing to get her in bed, and when she gets tired she tends to bite. Based on the bite, Banks, who is generally tolerant with Adalynn, appeared to open his mouth quite wide and just pinched her above the eye. When Adalynn is tired she also tends to lean forward and nuzzle what she is up against with her face...so our bet is that the cards came together in the wrong order and as Banks opened his mouth to warn her away she leaned forward, and the rest is history.
Even though it looks ugly, Adalynn suffered scratches and only one puncture...covered now by glumpy glue. It doesn't bother her, but of course this is just in time for Alison's wedding this weekend. Hopefully, the 10days will be full of healing.It's already started, under close supervision.
Then he snuggled in close for a good night kiss.
Put the tounge away, Banks...really!
And Adalynn decided to make nice back.
Trav and I have talked about Banks, and the role that he should partake in our lives from this point on. On one side is our conservative angel (me) saying that if this happens again it could (a) be worse and (b) that our house is not going to get quieter or less chaotic from this point on...this could be the start of something not so good. But, on the other side, Travis has argued that Adalynn provoked him (very true) and what dog wouldn't have responded similar when pulled in and nipped on the nose (true as well). Also, that if we take control of the environmental factors (outside time, fatigue, etc.) the chances of this happening again are slim-to-none. And I guess that is where we are right now...watching for any negative signals and possibly leasing out Banks to family for extended vacations if our house grows too hectic.