Horse Show Accident

The last circuit show of the year didn’t go so well.  Showing was going okay but when my daughter asked for a canter, the pony said no.  She did a little jump, planted her front feet and let out a buck. My daughter went over her, landed on her head and then flipped over.  She’s okay but it was very scary!

Thankfully, we have a great group of people in our horse project. One of the moms is an emergency room nurse and she was there in a flash helping my daughter.  One of our young alumnis is also a nurse so she came right away too. They were so good and kept everyone calm until the paramedics got there.  Other people came and helped with the horses. 

Another thing I was grateful for was that Flash has gotten so good at loading into a trailer that it was no problem for our friends to load him up to get him home. While they waited for our friend to get there, the 4-H kids all made sure he had everything he needed. 

We were only at the hospital for a couple hours while they did a few tests to make sure nothing was broken. She had a mild concussion and a headache to go with it but that was it.  She’s very sore today but we’ll take it!  It could’ve been so much worse!!

Finally Home From Fair

Our county fair was a huge success this year!!  The last couple of years have been trying and I was dreading it for a number of reasons.  Certain people, weather, decorating the barn, and all the gear that you need for horse and human are just a few.  It seems that the older I get, the harder it gets to pull it all together.

The First Day of Fair

Moving in was smooth.  We put the camper up and then got the horse.  He loaded right up so I knew things were going to be okay.  His stall was waiting for him the minute we got there.  My daughter was showing a friend’s horse also and they were there waiting for us too.  We spent about an hour moving everything from the trailer to the tack stall and didn’t worry about it being a mess or not.  It was in there and we had the rest of the day for organizing.  Both horses were doing great.

The Show Days

The next couple of days were for showing.  On Friday, before noon, my daughter had qualified for the state show with our horse so the pressure was off! We could relax the rest of the time but she really wasn’t into the whole relaxing thing.  She was still giving 100% and thankfully won the Pony Championship in English Pleasure!  Yay!  It was a great day for her and the pony (and the pony’s owner!)

Last Day of Fair

The last day of fair was a fun day for everyone.  The kids participated in an extreme trail class, a costume contest, and a fun gymkhana type show.  After spending three days being all dressed up prim and proper, they could ride in the trail obstacle course and the fun show however they wanted.  The only requirements were jeans, boots, helmet, and short sleeve shirt.  They could ride bareback or with a saddle, english or western, english bridle with a western saddle, etc.  It was just for fun, making new friends, and creating great memories.

The Few Things that Didn’t Go Well

Cleaning up didn’t go so great but I still didn’t let it bother me.  It took us a long time to get everything packed into the trailer.  Thankfully, both horses loaded right up.  We didn’t get home until almost 10:30 p.m. and thankfully I took off today.  It really helped a lot!

The weather was pretty rough.  It was hot and incredibly humid.  When it’s that humid, you feel damp and sticky all the time and there’s no way to get out of it.  It’s everywhere.  Sitting makes the sweat run down your back.  Cleaning out stalls makes sweat run down everywhere.

Parking can be a challenge too.  Once in awhile I needed to run home and getting back into the fairgrounds was tricky because there were lines.  After we got in, the people directing the traffic didn’t understand the whole camping thing and would try to direct us to other places. It was frustrating trying to get back to the camping spot.

Last but not least, I’m just getting old.  I can’t bend my right elbow.  I’m not sure if it has something to do with the IV that I had on Monday or something else but it’s stuck.  I have bruises all over my arm from the tech who couldn’t get the IV in but I don’t know if that would cause this.  Also, when we got back to the barn, our horse was hungry by then and practically ran us over to get out of the trailer and back inside his home.  He stepped on my foot and I was not wearing boots.  Of course, my baby toe is swollen, bruised, and hurts like heck today.

It was a GREAT fair

I shouldn’t complain at all because it was a great fair.  The kids and parents were all awesome this year.  We met a lot of new people and everyone stayed safe.  Only one girl fell off of her horse the entire week.  One of the judge’s was telling us that she debated about not coming because at the last county fair she went to, they had to call an ambulance 4 times on one day because the kids were just terrible riders.  She said that our kids are all very very good riders and we should be proud of all 35 of them. It makes me feel good to know that as 4-H leaders, we’re all doing a great job getting the kids ready for showing.

Despite the few negatives, I think this was the best fair that we’ve had in a number of years.  I can’t wait for the board meeting next week so I can go and tell them all the positive things I heard people saying.  I hope everyone had as good of a time as I did!


Pots and Pans Fill the Cupboards

When I was about 12 years old, I spent my summer babysitting for a little boy up the street.  We didn’t normally cook food but on one particular day, the mom gave me something to cook.  I had to ask the little boy where they kept the pots and pans.  At my house, we had about 10 different frying pans to choose from, a bunch of the quart size ones, and about 20 in between sizes.  There was no shortage of pots and pans.  Small ones and big ones.  Nice ones and well used ones.  I thought everyone had that many pots and pans.  It was normal to me.

He told me which cabinet they were in.  Cabinet?  Just one cabinet?  I opened it up and there was only one pan of each size.  I remember the day very vividly even though it was a long time ago.  It was strange to not have so many choices, almost confusing to me. I asked him where the rest were and he told me that was all they had.  Searching through the rest of the cabinets, I was panicking a little bit.  When I asked him why they didn’t have more, he asked why they needed more.  We cooked a lot more after that and it was nice to know that even though there were only a few pots and pans, it was enough.  We didn’t need anymore.

Pots and Pans Everywhere

I remembered this tonight as I looked around my kitchen at all the pots and pans everywhere.  Why do we have so many?  A lot of them even have teflon flaking off and they should be thrown away.  If we only had a couple, there would only be a couple to wash.  There wouldn’t be stacks of them.  I would be able to put them away instead having to leave them out because they don’t fit in a cabinet.

What about you?  Do you have lots of pots and pans?  Or just a few? I’m curious to know which is more common.

A Great Summer Full of Short Trips

I’ve had some opportunities to travel a little bit this summer.  It hasn’t been much but it’s gotten me out of the house and given my brain a chance to recharge.

The First Trip was to Chicago

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.  It was great!  The zoo is free which is wonderful but parking is another story.  We walked there so we wouldn’t have to pay for the parking.  We were supposed to take Ubers but it didn’t seem like it was that far away.  It was 1.5 miles.  Big mistake to walk. Next time, I would go with the Ubers.  Our feet didn’t fare so well because the zoo is huge too and also involves a lot of walking.  It’s a beautiful zoo.

The next thing in my daughter’s plan was going to Molly’s Cupcakes.  I had a Caramel Butterscotch cupcake and I can honestly say that it was the best cupcake that I’ve ever had in my life.  It was delicious. Molly’s Cupcakes was on Cupcake Wars and won the season finale.  I can see why!  They’re the best. Delicious!  Sorry, I forgot to take pictures because I was exhausted by this point.

Second Trip was to the Middle of Nowhere

The second trip was to northern Wisconsin.  Not  much here but family!  Beautiful scenic area though.  Very relaxing and right on a lake.  Their cottage is gorgeous.

These trips have been complete opposites but they’ve been the same amount of fun and relaxing.  I liked Chicago a lot more than I thought I would.  It seems every time I go there, I have a problem with traffic which is why I was kind of dreading this trip.  My anxiety over it was really high and my stomach was killing me.  So here’s what we did to make it a little easier, we got there at 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning.  While there was still a lot of traffic, it wasn’t unbearable.  My son-in-law was ready and waiting to take our car to a parking spot  when we got there.  Then he went and got it for us when we were ready to head home.  That helped a lot with the stress of this trip.

Speedy Stormy Unproductive Day

It was a very productive yet unproductive day.  I woke up and it was time to leave for work.  Weird.  I usually have time to sit and watch the news a little bit but my second alarm was blaring at me before I even finished ironing my clothes.  A half hour later I was at work and before I knew it, I was heading out the door to the dentist.  Six hours flew by like 10 minutes.  The 45 minutes I spent at the dentist having a tooth pulled seemed like 15 minutes.  The day was flying by.

After resting for awhile at home, I decided it was time to get a few things done.  I went to the post office and the convenience store and that was enough.  While I was out, most of the numbing agents starting wearing off and I hadn’t taken any pain killers yet.  Big mistake.  I was in a lot of pain after that and decided to do nothing else the rest of the night.

Then it started to storm.  It looked terrible on the radar but didn’t seem too bad.  After the sirens started going off, we collected all the animals and took them to the basement with us.  It was more of a practice than anything because it didn’t get bad at all.  Not sure what the sirens were about.  It’s actually thundering and lightening more now than it was then.

Hopefully tomorrow goes a little smoother!  Have a great day!

I Need Some Opinions

Even if you know nothing about horses or horse trailers, could you please offer an opinion or suggestions on places to post a horse trailer for sale?

Here’s the situation. I’ve been trying to sell my old horse trailer for close to six months. In all that time, I’ve gotten 3 emails, none of which panned out.  I’ve had it listed on Craigslist and various Facebook groups, including the marketplace. I had a friend put it on a Farm Buys website.  I think that’s it.

I NEED to sell this trailer. It’s nice. It has new tires, a huge tack room and there’s hardly any rust. My new trailer that I paid quite a bit more for than what I’m asking for this one has a lot more rust.

So, is it the Price ($2,700), Condition (not bad), Color (pink), or some other reason that people aren’t interested?  I don’t get it. I thought if I was patient, a buyer would come along eventually but it’s just not happening.

One of my friends is insisting it’s the pink and she’s offered to help me paint it. Do you think that could be all it is?  Should I take her up on the offer?

It’s all gone downhill since Saturday night

The trip to Tennessee was great. Everything was really nice right up until 10 p.m. Saturday, the night before we were leaving. When I woke up that morning, I went and sat out on the front porch, like I had every other morning, but something was different. The winds had changed. Things felt strange and the birds seemed to be singing a different tune. It was like a Mary Poppins moment.

The rest of the day went okay and I had forgotten how strange the wind had felt that morning. We went and met their neighbors’ family and spent a little time at their house. It was nice. But as soon as we went back to the house, that’s when all the strange unfortunate things started happening.

The first was the accountant calling. For years, my taxes have always seemed to work out. Pay a little federal and then get a state return or vice versa. It just never changed much. Well, this year, we owe thousands of dollars. I still don’t know how that even happens. So here it was 10 p.m. on the night before the day we’re leaving at 6:00 in the morning and I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to be in bed by 10 but who could sleep after hearing that kind of news? I was a wreck and that’s when I started feeling a little cruddy.

The drive home the next day wasn’t too bad. The GPS took us a different way home than we had gone. It involved going down a mountain (or really huge hill) and my ears were (or weren’t) popping. They filled up but didn’t actually pop for over an hour. I could hardly hear a thing. It was painful! I thought I was going to have a brain aneurysm or something. There was so much pressure in my head and to top it off, I still wasn’t feeling well in general. We made it home okay though.

On Monday, my son, his wife and their new baby were taking a vacation two hours away. I took my mom and the twins to go see them because my mom hasn’t gotten a chance to see the baby yet. The drive there was fine. The truck was doing something a little strange at one point but I ignored it because it was still driving okay. It just felt a little funny. We got home later that afternoon and I took my daughter out to do some riding. The temp dropped 20 degrees and I was freezing and feeling worse by the minute.

On the way home, we decided to stop at the store. We pulled into the parking lot and the truck started making all kinds of crazy noises. Every time I went over 10 mph, it got much worse. I knew it had to do with the bearings.  So, it took forever to get home but we made it. I still can’t believe that we made it home from both trips without anything happening! I guess that I can truly thank God for that one!

Still, the truck wouldn’t have been an awful thing by itself because it has a warranty but that’s not how things work around here. Of course, my son had his driving test in the morning at 8:30 a.m. I tried to borrow my mom’s car but her brake light was on. Can’t take the test if any lights are on. So, we had to use our other vehicle which is a smaller truck that has lots wrong with it, but no lights on.

He didn’t pass. The way everything was going, I wasn’t surprised. I took him to school and since then, I’ve been feeling worse and worse all day. I need to feel better but I keep feeling worse. I have a terrible sore throat and headache. And just now, my friend texted me and said that her husband just went to the ER because he’s having chest pains.

A whole bunch of smaller things happened too but these are some of the biggies. I hope the wind changes again soon!

Homestead Heritage Museum in Tennessee

It’s like visiting the Little House on the Prairie.  It’s just a small little cobblestone house with a few rooms and a few items in each room.  It wasn’t really much of a museum but it was cute and I got some nice pictures.

When we first got there, a couple was leaving the house.  We had seen a car from Massachusetts so we thought that’s where they were from.  It turns out that it’s just a rental car.  They’re actually from Wisconsin too! They weren’t from the exact same area but not too far away.  What a small world it is!

I wasn’t really planning on doing much sightseeing on this trip since I don’t really have any extra money but I guess it’s hard for me to just sit around doing nothing.  I already have too much planned for tomorrow!

Here’s a few pictures of the museum!

Visiting Tennessee Made Possible By Selling My Clutter

We’re in Tennessee!

Tennessee vacation

I decided less than 2 weeks ago that I was in desperate need of a vacation.  When I was a kid, my grandparents lived in Georgia so my mom would take us there every couple of years.  Sometimes we drove and sometimes we travelled by airplane.  I loved flying because I loved the whole airport experience.  Traveling was so exciting for me that I planned to take my kids all over the place.

Well, the twins are 17 now and they haven’t been out of Wisconsin more than a handful of times.  They’ve never flown.  The only reason my older kids have been to Disney is because they went on school trips.  We haven’t had time or money to go anywhere.  So, I just decided, we needed to visit family in Tennessee.  All I needed was money for a little food on the way and gas because once we got here, we would be well taken care of. Thankfully, I got a last minute bid on something I was selling on eBay that gave me just enough money to make the trip.

So, here we are in Tennessee today.  It’s absolutely gorgeous.  They even have SUN today.  Wisconsin hasn’t seen more than a couple of days of sun in the last month or two and when it was out, I was at work.  It would get cloudy the minute I walked out the door.  It’s also green here with splashes of color everywhere instead of gloomy depressing brown.

It’s Beautiful in Tennessee!

I don’t know what we’re doing today.  If we do nothing, I will be perfectly happy with that.  Sitting on the front porch in the sun all day sounds like a grand idea to me.  I might take the kids and check out the town a little bit but I don’t think that will take very long.  The population here is only about 10,000 so I don’t imagine it’s a very huge place but I could be wrong! I’m sure they would at least have a little downtown area with some shops we could visit or maybe a nice park.

Cats and Clutter Don’t Go Well Together

I always thought I would have dogs in my adult life.  I love dogs.  I’m a dog person, or so I’ve always thought.  But I didn’t have dogs like I thought I would.  A family member with dog allergies meant no dog for me ever again.  My kids wouldn’t get to benefit from all the joy a dog can bring.

Then, about six years ago, something happened.  I found a cat or maybe I should say that the cat found me.  He was in a terrible situation and begged me to help him.  I didn’t know what to do because I never had a cat.  My friend’s cats always hid when I was around so I never actually had any contact with cats.  I was a little terrified of them but I love animals so I helped him.



This is Stalker.  He’s the cat that I saved.  As you can see, he’s a very intelligent cat.  I called him Stalker because he followed me around the house all day long.  I didn’t know what he wanted but then I saw the grateful look in his eyes and knew he was just trying to thank me for saving him.  He’s been a joy since the day I brought him home.  I don’t think there’s another cat in the world who would have been a better first cat.



Next came Patches.  She’s a fun loving, friendly, I want to meet everyone kind of cat.  She is happy being the center of attention.  The reason we got Patches is kind of silly too.  Stalker seemed to like the girls in the family and the boys were feeling left out.  So, they went and got a little girl kitty and she loves the boys!  It all worked out perfectly.



This is Oskar, our newest addition.  He’s so much fun.  Even though he’s super shy around strangers and scared of tiny noises, he makes me laugh every day.  You could also say that I finally got my dog.  He plays fetch better than most dogs I know, even gets in a few flips here and there.  He growls at strangers walking up to the door and he tries to bark by saying “Woof!”.  He’s great.

Cats and Clutter

I don’t think cats like having clutter around and I’m glad that we didn’t have dogs or cats when our house was at it’s worst.  I think that would have been miserable for all of us.  My cats love it when they can roam around without having to climb through mounds of stuff.  They look less stressed and are much happier.  Sometimes things pile up but as soon as I move a few things, they come along and sleep in the cleared out spots.  When I see that, I know that the clutter affects them and I get motivated to do more.