Friday, February 1, 2019

Quick Update


Rosie & Blue on one of the warmer days without blankets
It’s February 1st and there’s not a whole lot happening at the farm with the horses.  They continue to have lots of warm mashes because of the cold weather we’ve been having and basically hanging around the hay baskets chowing down all day. We haven't been riding or working them at all, it's just too cold.  The indoor feels like walking into a meat locker!

"Ginger" in her favorite spot at the end of the day

Ginger had four seizures within 24 hours at the end of January.  She seems to have them every 28-30 days.  Her vet suggested I take her to a neurologist. Yes, there are actually doggie neurologists. I was surprised too. After her evaluation he prescribed an additional medication. So it will be wait and see how she does this month.  Fingers crossed she won’t have any more.
"Big Red" staring me down through the window

His friends watching the show.

I don’t know if you remember back to December but the cardinal that has been tapping my windows is still here.  He’s actually tapping the window now and it’s very annoying.  Seems every time I turn my chair back to the desk he flies into the window and gives it a tap with his beak.  There is plenty of food outside and he knows where it is.  I don’t know if he wants to come in or what his agenda is.  He’s even brought some friends with him on occasion. Or maybe they’re just watching the show he puts on or are waiting for someone to come with a net. Personally, I think he might be a little bit “special”.

Our weather has been beyond ridiculous.  Temperatures below freezing, an ice storm, swirling snow squalls with very windy conditions and a few inches of snow once in a while.  I feel sorry for the folks in the parts of the country that are experiencing dangerously cold temperatures.  We have family and friends in Chicago and they say it is brutal. 

Got this in an email today...A sign from God?

Stay safe and warm. 

Quote for Today 
 No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.


No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland
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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/winter

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Hal Borland
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/winter

18 comments:

  1. Hope you get Ginger sorted with her seizures. That sounds scary... Re the Big Red - could it be that's he is seeing his reflection in the window and challenging it? I've seen that happen around here before. He looks like a studly cardinal for sure. ;D

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    1. I guess he could be seeing his reflection but truth to tell my windows aren't all that shiny after this winter. He also follows me from room to room and keeps the tapping up no matter where I am. Maybe he's bored and this is a good winter game.

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  2. I hope that the medicine works for Ginger. It’s been terrible weather, especially for those in the path of the polar vortex. I would have no idea how to deal with -60 windchills

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    1. Thanks Teresa, I hope it works too. We were lucky with the temps compared to others. Not that -8 still isn't cold but nothing like the extreme temps others are dealing with.

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  3. 😂😂😂 that’s a pissed off sky. I hope the new medicine works for Ginger! We are laying low, too. It’s too icy to take a risk. There will be plenty of time for that when winter passes. Actually, the bad weather has given me some great opportunities with Tumbleweed. We’ve had a lot of tying lessons. Yesterday, he tried to roll while tied! I’d never seen that before. 😱 It didn’t work out very well and he quickly corrected.

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  4. Thanks Linda. It's too icy to do anything so better safe than sorry I'd say. I never have seen a horse try to roll while tied but they always surprise you. I did once have my horse Erik (when he was very young) try and lay down while he was being ridden in a lesson. He was tired and wanted to go to bed. He was a real character.

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  5. Who knew there are dog neurologists, not me. Poor sweet Ginger :( I truly hope the new medication helps. Must be so scary for her & all of you too. I can't believe your cuckoo bird, 'er I mean cardinal, is still following you around tapping at his reflection and on multiple windows. It's not even breeding season, that's coming tho. You could try one of the many suggested remedy's via google, but they are likely a hassle and may not even work. We had similar weather as Chicago. I love winter, but that wasn't my idea of fun. Our horses are so happy to be outside again.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look on google and see if anything sounds doable. I was wondering how you and the gang were faring out there. I love winter too but this isn't my idea of fun either. I'm sure your horses are glad to be out again too. It was just too cold to put them out in those temps they would have been frozen horse-cicles!

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  6. I think you have a fan at your windows! I’m embarrassed to say that our temps today on through next Friday are 60s and 70s with sunshine all but one day. I am so so happy! And have my new additional farm helper today mucking for me and spreading so I can do some seeding before the rain hits next. The only way I could be happier is if I were riding Keil Bay - but I have a cold so while I don’t feel terrible I’m not quite up to riding. I send Ginger my best thoughts and hope the new medication does the trick for her.

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    1. Sounds like you're having great weather and getting things done. That's a good feeling. Believe it or not we're supposed to warm up next week into the 50's. This is such crazy weather, never knowing what's coming keeps us on our toes. Thanks for the thoughts for Ginger. We're all hoping the meds work.

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  7. Birds fly into our garage each time we open a bay. I think they like the warmth. I have a rabbit that keeps hopping into my tack room when I open the door too. Cardinals are usually quite shy. Ours fly away at the slightest movement. My daughter just moved to Wisconsin and her luggage is stuck in Chicago. I'm sending good thoughts for Ginger.

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    1. Thanks for the good thoughts for Ginger. I was wondering how your dogs are doing? I know they had some health issues too. This particular cardinal isn't shy at all, I think he really wants to come in. I feel sorry for your daughter, being stuck somewhere you weren't expecting to be is never a good situation. Hope she gets a flight out soon.

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  8. Oh my, that sign in the clouds is too funny! Great excuse to skip out on work. :) Oh my hasn't the weather in some places been just crazy???? We have absolutely nothing to complain about! Very mild winter so far with lots of crisp, sunny days and some rainy, foggy days here and there. Yesterday for the first time this season, our hills were dusted with snow - so pretty! In our yard, for a few hours, we even had a very light dusting...gone before noon. It remains at or below freezing overnight lately. I'm loving it! "Your" bird sounds very special. :)
    So very sorry to hear about Ginger...hope this new medication helps her.

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  9. I thought that picture was pretty funny and sort of sums up some days around here. Luckily we've had some much warmer temps but now its getting a little colder. We're all hoping the medication helps her too thanks.

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  10. Hoping Ginger has improved on her new meds!

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    1. Thanks! So far so good. Fingers crossed they work.

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    2. I stopped by to ask about Ginger, so happy to see things are going well!!

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    3. Thanks aurora! The new meds seem to be working so far. I'm optimistically hopeful.

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