Monday, July 6, 2009

Photo of the week













I'm at the farm..... playing in the mud...

don't you love my cute little booties?

Whew....what a workout trying to figure out how to access my computer from here and how to find a picture to use...on my sister's computer. Her own pics are toooooo big... huge files.... and I can't figure out how to get to my own picture files on my computer..so... next best thing is a pic available from the internet..... this little guy. Well, how could I resist?

The past few days it has been HOT and dry... over 100 F... but, overnight some rain blew in and today it is cool, wet and lovely. She lives on a parched hillside and even with us watering sparingly (because she is on a low recovery well...we had it gurgling yesterday) .... the lawn is dying....so we are almost giddy that there is natural moisture today.

I'm scooping poop, picking weeds, turning over compost, getting sweaty and filthy, petting, grooming and feeding her two horses... in general, getting my farm fix for the year.....

Mickey (her quarter horse) gashed his leg months ago... I thought it was higher on his leg from her description, but it is right where the hoof meets the leg... oh, and it was horrible to begin with...both the artery and the vein were severed.... the cut was up to the vet's second knuckle... he didn't hold out much hope... .it is still a bit ugly but, the vet is really impressed with what they have been able to accomplish with Vikki's diligence. He only comes every week or so to check how she is doing with his instructions. There still may be some cutting and resectioning of the healing tissue if they can't get the rest of the edges to meet properly.... ..but, mostly, it is healing well,....and hopefully.... can get more healing yet. Mickey is such a trooper... lets her do what she has to do with his hoof.... no complaints and no fuss... what a horse. She is still washing his hay and feeds him some holistic mash and he hardly coughs anymore either. I haven't heard it at all since I've been here. The vet can hardly believe he is the same horse that he diagnosed with emphysema two years ago and suggested putting down.... so far, so good. If Vikki ever needs a job...I'm sure veterinary assistant would be an easy row to hoe after all the cats, dogs and horses that she has nursed back to health and kept for more years than any animal usually lives.

Okay...off to visit a blog or two. We are playing in the house today because of the rain. Laundry, vacuuming, washing floors... baking..and scalloped potatoes so far... oh, and some ironing, and playing with cats..... that's always fun....

17 comments:

Abi said...

Sounds like you are having a grand time!! wouldn't mind being there meself!
My horse cut himself in what sounds like the same location, did extensive damage and had to stay at the hospital for what seemed ages (this was some years back) he got caught on barbed wire. Nasty stuff. Anyway, hope you continue to enjoy scooping poop in the hot sun!
Cute pig BTW!!
take it easy! :O)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Vee,

That is such a cute pig in the gumboots.

Glad you are having fun down on the farm ~ enjoy yourself!
About the horse with the gash in his leg, head on over to my blog.
I have a post about maunka honey that might help to heal the poor horses leg.

Hugs
Carolyn

JudiA said...

I LOVE this story - you sister must be an amazing woman. It's cooler here today too. Isn't the rain refreshing after a week of scorching weather?

Serena said...

great to hear that mickey's recovery is progressing well. your sis must have the healing touch.

sounds like you are having a great time in the country. enjoy the rain!

btw, i love the cute pic you posted! :)

Dolores said...

Whew! I got tired just reading about all you've been up to on the farm. Sounds like Vikki works her magic with love and hard work.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Sounds like your sister is an amazing woman. Two amazing women can do amazing lot of work. Trust you to come up with a funny photo. I love it.

Silke said...

Wow, what a grand time you are having playing on the farm! I'm so glad your sister's horse is on the mend!! :) Silke

Daisy said...

Gosh, I sure hope Mickey continues to improve!

That's an adorable piggie photo. When my Mommie is traveling and wants to edit or resize photos, she uses Picnik.com. You don't even have to sign up for an account! Just upload your photo and you can do lots of quick and easy fixes including resizing.

Michelle Eaton said...

Such a cute little piggy!

Glad you are having a good time on the farm getting your hands dirty. Hope the horse makes a full recovery.

For the love of a teddy bear said...

I love farms! I wish I could come join in the fun....that poor horse, I hope he heals up all the way real soon...Have a great time! hugs, Jennifer

Kerry said...

Glad to hear that Micky is doing well and that you are having a great time!! yum, scallop potatoes!

Sandy said...

ha, cute pig pic. Wow, that horse is a miracle horse, may it continue to do well!!

Carla said...

The pig is hilarious! Scooping poop sounds like fun.

HElen said...

I was sure I left comment but it looks like - not :(

Pig picture is hilarious!

How is Mickey doing now?

Maria said...

Hello Vee,
I'm back from spending a few days with my parents. I also got my hands dirty working on their vegetable patches.
Glad to hear you took some time off to visit with your sister and are enjoying yourself. I'm also glad that Mickey is hanging in there and getting better all the time.

A cute picture of the piggy.

Have fun.
Maria

For the love of a teddy bear said...

Hi Vee! I have a blog award for you! please come by and pick it up....Have a beautiful day! hugs, Jennifer : )

Linda Fleming said...

How fun that you are getting to visit your sister on her farm, Waaaa...I wanna sister! Hope you're having a great time, Vee.