Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday has been missed!

'Cuz I'm not here ....

I'm attempting to use my sister's toally unfamiliar equipment to post something...

Her timing was terrible ...I just got home from visiting her a week ago  and then .. ...  she underwent emergency surgery ... what an ordeal!  But, she is home safe and sound.

And, so.... the city girl is here in the country, ....  feeding and moving Mickey around.  He's her big pet of a horse.  Who can't be allowed to graze on lovely green grass for very long as his system doesn't handle it.. his feet get hot pretty fast... but, we're low on the right type of hay for him.(the farmers in the area are just getting their crops off this week) ...and in between washing some older stuff to get off the dust ...and mixing it with other kinds of low carb hay...and letting him graze on grass for an hour here and there, we are trying to keep him safe and fed.....til this weekend, when we hope to get some better hay.

My invalid can't be up or out for any length of time yet ...so has to instruct and point and fret and try to stand close to help me ..hahhah... yeh..right as if... cuz if she had to move fast there would be a disaster...  but, so far there has only been one close call when a damn horsefly bit poor Mickey.  He leaped into the air and thundered towards the little shelter when I was in there tidying things... I had to leap out at the same moment he came charging into it...whew.....it was a type of pas de deux .. ...  somehow in mid charge, he held up just that split second for me to sprint out of there when Vikki and I both yelled WHOA at the same time and I threw up my hands to "make myself big" as she has instructed me to do many times if I need to get him to stop.. ...   it worked and luckily I managed to dodge out of the little opening.....yeh, WHEW!!  I think my eyes were the size of big saucers... maybe even frisbees...., but, thank you Mickey for stalling a bit when we said Whoa ... .. good BOY!!  He was still jumping around even after he got to his little shelter so that rotten fly must have followed him in there.  We got some fly spray and some tea tree oil and a few bounce sheets for good measure (we try everything)  and when he finally came out looking almost sheepish.. to see if it was safe to go back to munching his hay ... we went in and sprayed and tucked in the sheets near the entrance..in hopes they may help stave off more of the big flies.  There are not many around but, the weather was at that weird 'hot and still' just before a huge thunderstorm...and for some reason..there were some around.  The neighbour's horse had a similar incident about 10 minutes later..and darn near took out a very tiny shed he tried to bolt into and turn around in.. it was not really intended for a big horse....We just got the hay tarped down and got back to the house and thunder crashed; the lightning flashed; and then...the rain pounded down...wow... what a torrent of water was running down the driveway... It filled empty buckets in a matter of minutes... that was a lot of water!
And, then..a pretty rainbow over the whole valley...

So... as you can imagine...there is one event after another here on the acreage... oh, just a minute...I must take a rodent out somewhere away from the house and deposit it onto the top of a fence pole for some bird of prey... ... don't want one of her many cats bringing it inside....ick.... ever the hunters, even the inside cats; they catch them all day, every day, and you know how cats are...they love to bring them as trophies... and present them as gifts .. thank you guys, but no thanks.....

There are lots of fences in the area for photos ...and soon I must get around to a few so I have some fence shots for next week...when I will be back home...

I'm just mentioning the word fences for the Thursday Good Fences group... in case anybody stops by and wonders why there are no photos... I don't have time right now to figure out how to upload a photo..sorry..




7 comments:

Mary Ann said...

OMG...I'm sorry I laughed at you and the horse:) I should talk. I haven't been near a horse in years. I have scars from those horse flies. They take a chunk of flesh when they bite.

I hope your sister mends fast and you survive your stay on the acreage.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Wow - sounds like you're having lots of adventures! Hopefully those pesky rotten horseflies leave poor Mickey (and you!) alone. I think those insects are definitely spawns of the devil.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Vee,

Hope your sister is recovering well and up and about again.
Hope you are enjoying the country life.
hugs
Carolyn

Lin said...

Wow, this sounds a LOT worse than dog-sitting for a week. Criminy. I sure hope your sister gets well soon!

Maria Vaz said...

You are probably back home ... hope your sister has recovered well from her surgery.
Quite the ordeal you experienced with the horse. All ended well :)
Hugs.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Sorry to hear that your sister is not feeling well. Hope she will be up and about soon. Wow that was a lucky escape and glad that Mickey stopped when he did.

pattisjarrett said...

Hope your sister is on the mend! What an adventure. How sweet of you to rush to her aid.