Saturday, May 19, 2007
When we got the farm in 1981, they bought walking horses. The smooth gaits were much easier on the body. But they trained their horses and rode them in horse shows in our area. Melinda even showed in gaited horse shows. A Gaited Horse lifts his legs higher than the non-gaited horse. They arch their necks and are more energetic than other horses. A gaited horse's ride is very smooth. There are special bits and saddles, even a special horseshoe or weights for this unique type of horse riding. I wish I had a photo of her riding that way but I don't. I know she has them and if she sends me a photo I will post it.
I went to many a horse show to see them ride and cheer them on. So did their husbands and parents. Lee, Luke and Jenny saw their share of horse shows too. Lee rode in some shows as a junior rider. He was good at it!
They have some good stories about horseriding. I hope they will email me with some and I will post them.
I was always terrified of riding horses but I secretly wanted to learn and be able to ride horse trails with them. So, in my 30's, Melinda said she had just the right horse for me and she would teach me. And I did! I was able to ride for about 3 years before my Fibromyalgia made it too hard for me to ride. Elaine and Melinda also have FMS and have had to quit riding.
But I did get to go do some mountain trails with them and take some picnics. One time a group of us went on a day long trail ride in the mountains. On the way back down, a terrific thunderstorm came up on us. With lightening, drenching rain, etc! The horses did just fine and we made it back but it was a trip to remember! We were so drenched that we were slushing in the saddle. And we had to ride home like that (3 hour drive) because we hadn't thought to bring dry clothes. We also got to go on a horse riding mini-vacation up at Blowing Rock, NC where we rode some of the trails at Cone Manor. That was a dream come true. We used to ride at the farm all the time. I remember summer twilight rides with so many lightening bugs that it looked like a fairy land. I got to ride in the snow one day (it doesn't snow much in SC) and froze my fanny off! Melinda has gone on beach horse riding trips and got to ride on the beach. That was another dream of mine but I didn't get to do that one.
The three of us riding on the farm in 1993.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Min Pins are called the King/Queen of the Toy Breeds for a reason. They are regal, willful, stubborn. They expect to be obeyed! As the human being you have to watch out for them. They don't know they are so tiny and they can get in big dog situations and not realized they aren't up to it. They need to be kept on leash or in fenced in back yards because they tend to lose all track of where they are if they get out. It's hard to catch them. They are also an indoor dog. They don't have enough fur to insulate them against cold and heat and they need to be watched over. Remember they are the size of a rabbit and so birds of prey (hawks, vultures, owls, etc) or other dogs or animals can mistake them for prey.
Having won Miss CSU, she went on to be in the Miss SC pageant.
We thought she had a good chance of getting in the top 10 at least. She did a wonderful job and never missed a beat. No stumbling on those 5" heels, no cracks in her song, no stutters or dropped questions. But, the girls in the top 10 had years in their talents and did a wonderful job too so she didn't make the top 10 but our family couldn't have been prouder. Her college really backed her up with all the help and even finances that she needed for dresses, hair, makeup, rhinestones, etc. Her family was at every practise, rehearsal and the pageant shows. We weren't going to miss any of it!
She sang "This Is The Moment".
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Yes, this is the boy who has had two broken legs since I've had him. Both cost my husband an arm and a leg to have fixed. Since they have no meat on those leg bones, they don't heal well. Not enough nutrients get to a broken leg. So he had to have surgery to put a metal plate in with screws. Thankfully both breaks were clean breaks. Also, wearing a cast can rub sores on their legs because their skin is so thin it's like peach skin.
The first break was when he tried to jump on my high bed and just missed it and slid down catching his leg in the bed rail. A year later, he and Capo were racing each other around the yard and I think Capo must have run into him because all of a sudden I hear him screaming and I look and he's out in the middle of a flat back yard with nothing else around him but Capo. We are so thankful that we were able to have his legs fixed, even though it was expensive. If he was old and didn't have a chance at a quality of life we might have considered putting him down but when there is 100% chance of complete healing and good health and he's young...we did what we thought was best and spent the money. We love him very much!
Dresden is another dog rescue. His breeder brought him to our local Humane Society saying he was the last of a litter and hadn't sold. He is a little bigger than your regular Iggy...a biggy Iggy! But he still weighs less than 10 lbs. He's all leg and chest. He was so scared at the humane society that he was screaming and thrashing around when they tried to put him in a cage. So, since my sister's do dog rescue and are well known at the humane society, they called my youngest sister, Melinda, and asked her if she knew of someone who could take him. She called me and I raced down there. I picked him up, he nestled into me and that was all she wrote! I adopted him forthwith! He spent the night at the house of one of the workers and the next day they had him neutered and I picked him up.
Dresden is my shy one. He's my quiet one. While Capo is gregarious and friendly and goofy...Drezzy is clingy and shy and quiet. Each of my dogs seems to have a part of my personality. Capo has my sense of humor and Drezzy has my shy, clingy, withdrawn side
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Italian Greyhounds were bred to be a toy breed, a companion dog, and, yet, they were bred to look like their bigger cousins, the Greyhound and the Whippet. So they are a sight hound, gaze hound. They hunt by sight and not by smell. They are built for the swift, the run, to catch the prey. They were bred to be aerodynamic; the ears slick back out of the way; the nose is long to heat and cool the air before it hits their massive lungs; large lungs for the air intake while running; not suppose to have any fat; long legs for reaching; their only muscles are their thighs for that push off; tails out of the way; excellent eye sight. They are FAST! Any sight hound (Greyhounds, Whippets, Afghan Hounds, Borzoi, Pharoah Hound, etc) has these same characteristics. And all sight hounds have to be kept on leash or in a fenced-in backyard because if they see "prey" (a cat, bird, squirrel) they can take off and they don't come back. They are too fast for you to follow them.
Capo is my funny boy. When he gets real happy and excited he gets in my lap and goes to honking on my nose! It looks like he's biting my face but I know better. That is his way of being goofy! Here he is trying to help my husband fix the kitchen sink. He tends to think Daddy needs his help. He is wearing his emergency diaper. I had to wrap a dish towel around his waist and pin with a safety pin. He is very attached to Stan and likes men. His original owner must have been a man. (He is a rescue we adopted.)
I buy belly bands from a supplier on ebay who makes them to fit. They also have elastic. You see these little guys have the tiniest waists and with their slick fur, it's easy for the diapers to slide off. I also fill them with the largest Serenity pads to help take up room and to wrap all the way around them because their diapers twist around. Both boys need diapers as they aren't potty trained.
Italian Greyhounds, I.G.'s or Iggies, are a fragile breed and they don't have much fur so they are cold intolerant. They need coats if the weather is cold or you keep the house temps cool. Even in the sunshine, they need a tshirt to keep them from getting sunburned. These dogs are not outside dogs and cannot be left outside all the time. They are an indoor dog although they need to go out for fun and exercise every day.
Because they are cold intolerant, they are cuddle muffins. They snuggle up under the covers, they sleep with you. Both boys like to get up under my shirt or night gown when I'm sitting watching TV or on the computer. It's like having my own hot water bottles. By the way, a lot of toy breeds were bred for that reason. They were bred to snuggle up to their human and provide warmth in the days before electricity and electric blankets or heating pads. These companion dogs were not just fun for an invalid to have but provided warmth for aching bones.
They can break one of those little legs too easily. Capo's brother, Dresden, has broken both his front legs. That's another story.
These are important things to have on hand. Keep them together and easy to hand. Keep in mind if you had to get out of the house ASAP, where would these papers be and how easy are they to grab-n-go! You might want to store them in a handled accordion folder in a closet or cabinet by the back door. Or a handled document safe in the same place.
Divorce papers, if any
property deeds (home, vacation house, even cemetery plots)
house insurance or renter's insurance
photos, video, or other record of house contents
list of important phone numbers (doctors, family, etc)
list of credit card #'s & phone #'s to reach each company
bank account #'s, any other investment info
copy of drivers license or state ID
copy of passport, if you have one
pet's rabies certificates, recent photo of each pet
recent photo of each family member (front and profile), their fingerprints, a lock of hair
backup of your important files on the computer
Keep these things updated regularly. Don't let them get out of date. Every 6 months or so make sure you have the most current information.
10 lbs Stew Beef
5 lbs Pork Chunks
1 Stick Butter
1 Bottle Worcestershire Sauce
8 lbs Chopped Onions
Pepper (if you like a peppery taste, add a lot of pepper)
Saute chopped onions in large skillet in butter. Choose a large pot and add beef, pork, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper and at least 1/3 of the onions. Bring to a boil and then let simmer. Cook a couple of hours. When meat begins to cook down, skim the fat off the top. Add remaining onions. Keep simmering 4-5 hours.
It may not look so appetizing but it is delicious. When you cook the meat down it turns this putty color. You have to drain it a little when you are ready to serve and it tends to make your hamburger buns soggy but, gosh!, it's good! He cooks it down to where it's mush. Some people don't cook it that long and they add BBQ sauce. I don't care for a dry hash. They call it chopped or shredded hash. For our family, we add a little tang by putting BBQ slaw on top.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
2 cups sugar
1 lb margarine or butter
3 cups plain flour, sifted
1 can Eagle Brand canned milk
1 Tbsp lemon flavoring
1 tsp vanilla
Cream the sugar and margarine (or butter) together. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Add flavorings. Add sifted flour and milk alternatley ending with flour. Pour into greased tube pan and bake on 325 for a little over an hour. Begin checking it to see when it will be done as different ovens may cook a little differently.
1/2 stick margarine (or butter)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp lemon flavoring
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
Beat with mixer and pour over cake while it's still warm so that it melts into it.
Source: Wilma "Sister" Prince Robertson
Take 1 cup of vinegar and warm water into a large glass and use to rinse your hair afteryou shampoo. Vinegar adds highlights to brunette hair, restores the acid mantel, and removes soap film and sebum oil.
Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar to bath water.
Fight dandruff, by rinsing with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, after shampooing.
Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow.
Use apple cider vinegar and hot water to soak your feet in.
For aches and pains, add a couple of cups of apple cider vinegar to a hot bath and soak in it.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Unfortunately, so far this year I haven't had time to spend out there. There was the tax season, then spring cleaning, my niece graduating, and I've been sick a lot. But I'm hoping now to be able spend time out there. I love our swings and it's so pleasant to sit out there and read, watch TV and listen to the fountains.
2 cups boiling water (to kill bacteria and allow to last for weeks)
2 Tbsp baby bath
2 Tbsp baby lotion
½ roll of Brawny paper towels
Mix and put in round container (Rubbermaid 10 cup) and place ½ roll of paper towels, invert to allow even distribution. Take out cardboard and unroll from center.
2 lbs sliced yellow Summer Squash
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 beaten Eggs
1 cup Mayonnaise
Cook squash until tender and drain well. Combine remaining ingredients and add to squash. Pour into 1 ½ quart casserole. Cover with bread crumbs and dot with butter. Bake 25 minutes at 350.
Source: 9th Annual Holiday Gift Guide, Tryon Daily Bulletin, submitted by Sarah West.
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