Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

I took this picture at the Vinton Fall Festival a couple of weeks ago.  This cute little dog dressed up as a koala caught my attention.

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween. 
Looking forward to some trick or treating this evening.
Hope the boys get me some Reeses cups!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cort's Dancing Debut

A couple of weeks ago, Cort had the opportunity to perform with his hip hop instructor at the Vinton Fall Festival.  

Not sure if you can see or not, but the stage was really rustic boarding with some raised nails.

As a result, Cort didn't get to do his breakdancing, which is his strength.

But he still got to do some fun moves.

High five at the end!
He had a great time and can't wait for his next dance performance.
Cort is doing hip hop and ballet this semester.
He sure loves dancing!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Do You Read the Comics?

When I was a kid, I loved to read the comics in the Sunday paper.  My Dad would save them for me.  Now, we save the comics from the paper for Pierce.  He loves to read books and funny stories. 

Picture taken at the Roanoke Farmer's Market

The other day, he told me that his favorite comic was Garfield.  This warmed my heart, because my favorite comic as a kid was Garfield too.  I used to have a stuffed Garfield.

How about you, readers?  Do you read the comics?  Do you have a favorite?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Behind the Fence

Francie, with her oddly twisted ears.
I've asked around, but I never did manage to find someone who had an idea of why her ears are tilted backwards on the tips.

Linked with RunARound Ranch's Good Fences link up. 
A happy 8th birthday today to Pierce!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Reid has a new saying he picked up in kindergarten.  He says it with just the right chirrupy tone at just the right moment, and it makes me smile every time. 
"You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit".  Indeed.
Cort, meanwhile, has had some sayings he brought home that aren't quite so cute.  In particular, I'm not happy with the repeated, "WHAT THE ?!?!" phrase.  He doesn't finish it, but we all know that the sorts of words that "What the _____" can end with are not so nice.  So I'm trying to get him to replace some of his new exclamations with old lady phrases.  He doesn't know they are old lady phrases.  I say them with the right amount of emphasis to make them sound cool.  And hopefully his teacher gets a chuckle when he shows up to school exclaiming "MERCIFUL HEAVENS!". 

Readers, have you heard any good phrases lately?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Francie Gets a New Feeding Paddock

Since Francie is small, and Phoenix is fat, I have to separate them when I feed Francie twice a day.  Phoenix would steal her food otherwise, and he definitely doesn't need extra calories.  For a while I've been tying her up to eat, but this isn't ideal.  I worried I would forget to turn off the power for the electric fence, as the place I was tying her had one electrified strand on top.  I worried I would get distracted by the boys and forget about her.  I worried that she would spook over something and somehow hurt herself.

So the other weekend we set about to create a small feeding paddock for Francie, so she would be safe even if I had to leave her for a bit (and I wouldn't have to worry about the electric fence).

This paddock is really handy too because I can run while she eats and digests, and by the time I get finished and changed into riding clothes, she is ready to go and I don't have to catch her again.  She still continues to be a little tricky to catch.
It would also be a handy place for a horse that needs to be closely monitored or that is recovering from sedation.  It's nice and flat.  And I feel much better about Francie eating in there than when I was having to tie her.

Hoping to complete a few more horse-related projects over the winter months.  I love getting things accomplished!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stick Maze

When we went to the NC Zoo back in August, they had this fabulous maze created from sticks.  The boys really liked it.
I'm not sure how they created this.  But I'm pretty sure we have enough sticks around the place to make one.  Anyone have a few spare hours to come over and make a stick maze?