Monday, August 20, 2018


Life has been a blur lately. Not even sure where to begin. In the past 11 days, I've had 1 day where we were home in the evening. Otherwise, we've been on the go with family and kid activities. It's a bit hard to squeeze in anything other than standard chores at the Sanctuary. In the next 10 days, I'll be home 1 day without having to do extra running. No wonder I'm exhausted.

I don't want to overdue it either. I had to spend a couple of hours in the ER last Thursday and I don't want a repeat of that. Nothing to worry about but my doctor wanted me to be seen by someone else instead of diagnose me over the phone. I think it was a combination of things, including all the smoke that we've been dealing with. Luckily only Mike and I have been affected by the smoke that seems to be staying in the area from the Canadian fires.

We did go on vacation last week. It was a much needed vacation and is our annual vacation we go on every year.  I've missed it only once in the past few years and that was when my first was born. I think the only other time I missed it was that we as a family decided to head east instead of west (and that'll never happen again). We've been going to the Black Hills every year in August since I was 5. So almost 35 years of tradition and I'm a stickler for tradition. We go because it's tradition (and I need it and love it).

But it does mean a lot of extra work before that. I'll blog about that later because there is a bit of an irritant in me going on any vacation or doing anything "fun" as people seem to see us do.

Besides the constant running, poor health, vacations thrown in with all the extra prep work, I'm switching paying jobs. Even if I wasn't switching jobs, the current job has a huge review that's going to keep me busy until I officially transition at the end of September. But the new job has me hustling already on projects due by the end of this month. So I'm trying to juggle two jobs, taking care of kids, both kids going to school this year (and all their activities), planned vacations that have been on the books for years, and day-to-day care of the horses. Never mind that there's a few things I'd like to be working on but there's no time.

I need to be working on paperwork for the Sanctuary at night but I've been too exhausted in the evenings and if I don't take care of myself right now, I'll find myself back in the ER and then we'll really be in trouble because Mike only knows what needs to be done when I tell him. He went out last night to drop a bale into the drylot because the horses took down the pasture fence. It'll take a solid two hours to get everything repaired but we ran out of time yesterday before the flash flooding and storms rolled through.

I have so much I'd like to share but I can't seem to find the energy right now. Hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll be able to perk up and not have as many stresses. Fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Getting Behind

The last week has flown by. I'll have to recap on our #HappinessHappens later when I'm done catching up with everything else. If you can't wait, check us out on Facebook (at least I'm sorta keeping that up to date).

The paying job is keeping me hopping. I don't expect that to change until the end of September. It makes it difficult to get anything done around the Sanctuary but I guess that's just how life goes.

August is typically a busy month for non Sanctuary related activities. I'm hoping that I can get a few things done even with being under the weather a lot these days. In fact, the other day my back pretty much gave out and I was stuck on the floor. Those old commercials "Help I've fallen and I can't get up". Yup, that was me the other night. I had to have Mike come in and pull me up off the floor because I couldn't move. Oh for the days of being young again.

Everyone is pretty much hanging out and chilling these days. I need to open the very bottom of the pasture at the end of the week. I'm not really looking forward to it because the creek is still full of water. Usually it dries out by this time of year but with the wet summer we've had, it's not going to happen. But it also means that I'll be pulling the Shoo Fly Boots off everyone. I'd rather not have to but if they are going to be walking through a horse length of water that's knee deep, I'd rather not loose those expensive fly boots. We'll see how it goes for the first week or so.

We've been lucky in not having super hot temps and I'm very thankful. I can handle low 80s and the horses dont' seem to mind either. We are definitely having a weird summer. I'm keeping track of fog and going to see if the old wives tale of 90 days from fog is rain/snow. It used to work when we were in an El Nino but now days, that theory doesnt' really work. But I'd rather be prepared than not. I'm already two months behind. I need to start prepping for winter ASAP but every time I think I can, I am sick or the mosquitoes come out in full force. I guess we'll just see what happens.

I can't even push Mike these days to get stuff done. His paying job is pushing him even harder so there's been a lot of outside stress here at the Sanctuary.

Add to it that we are a bit on pins and needs with our beloved Farley dog. We thought he had a stroke last week but treated him for a severe ear infection. We have hope that it's an ear infection but I think our vets are a bit more guarded. But it means that we have to keep a super close eye on Farley. He's gone from an outside farm dog, to an inside lapdog in about 12 hours. But if he does have a stroke and it's super hot out, we can't leave him out there so now he's become a big fuzzy shedding black lab. Everything is covered in fur these days but I guess I will let it go. He's 3 months shy of being 15 years old and he's been our loyal companion for 13 of those years. You don't throw away 13 years of loyalty and love over a little bit of hair.

So back to the paying job to try and keep my head above water. Check out our Facebook page. I'm trying to keep the #HappinessHappens days updated there and I'll have to come back later and update it on here. So far behind. Anyone want to help so I'm not as far behind?

Friday, August 3, 2018

Happiness Happens Day 3

#Happiness Happens Day 3. I am happy to walk out to the pasture and be able to call the herd in for the night. I'm also happy that they each want to see me in the morning before they head back out to the pasture. It's such an amazing feeling to know that they each want to say hi before heading out for their day of grazing. Warms my heart and makes me happy.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Feeling Nostalgic

I'm feeling nostalgic. Maybe it's the upcoming loss of Farley (on the heals of losing Junior), but sometimes doing the Throwback Thursdays is painful for me. It's about the end of August or first of September that we lost Thor (and Queen). That was about five years ago. Thor adored Queen and they both went down hill about the same time.

When I look at this picture I remember Thor, but I also remember and realize that this the date/timestamp on the picture indicates the day we lost Joe. Joe was Thor's friend and companion from the time they were rescued at auction by another rescue. Hard to believe that Joe has been gone for eight years already.

There's been so many losses to the Sanctuary but that's what a Sanctuary for senior horses has to face on an almost daily basis. What is the life quality of each living being? Are they having more good days than bad? Although we have a Board of Directors, the final decision comes down to me.

Sometimes I feel like the angel of death. But I know that if I didn't step in, no one else would. But it's still difficult some days.

So today's Throwback Thursday is to days gone by. Remember to hug your loved ones, tell them you love them, and spend an extra five minutes with them. Life if hectic but remember to take time out to spend time with your loved ones because one day, they won't be around.

Happiness Happens Day 2

#HappinessHappens Day 2: Today's Happiness Happens is for fly masks. I dug out about half of what we need for fly masks Monday night. The flies have been bad all year but now that it's August, they get visious knowing that the end is near. I want to make sure the horses are as comfortable as possible.

Now to find the other half dozen that we need to keep the entire herd comfortable (and to remember to always remove them at night so that Maverick doesn't pull EVERY fly mask off  and stomp on them. I guess he was jealous that he didn't get a fly mask).

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wishlist Wednesday - Small Squares of Hay

Today's Wishlist Wednesday is for small squares of hay.

We typically use big rounds of hay but small squares of hay are a necessity. We use small squares when there's a blizzard and all the horses are stalled. We use small squares when we can't get the big rounds in right away. We also use small squares for the ponies when their "pasture" runs out and we need to move them but don't have time.

We are always in need of small squares and would love a trailer load full to make sure that we have happy horses this winter.

Happiness Happens Day 1

Today's #HappinessHappens is our happiness to be teaming up with KatDog Fashion.

For the month of August, KatDog Fashion is donating $1 for every item you purchase from them. They have some AMAZING items for sale not just for yourself but for your loved ones (both two-legged and four-legged).

Don't know what to get that hard-to-get person for Christmas or birthday? Check out KatDog Fashion and see what they have. It's always a great feeling to have your Christmas shopping done long before the snow flies and the cold sets in.

Funds from KatDog Fashion will go towards buying grain (mostly senior feed) for Jim to keep him fat and happy. Lets keep an old man happy and content this winter with a full belly of grain!

Super Happy on this first day of #HappinessHappens!