The weather in NJ is officially on my shit list. March is always a rotten month, but this particular March was a disaster. 70 degree days that turned into 20 degree nights, rain, sleet, hail, and wind, wind, wind. We're in extremely flat farm country which also has extremely sandy soil, so when the wind … Continue reading March Comes In Like A Lion, And Out Like A Rabid Weasel
I've been sick for pretty much the entire month of February. I think I was sick for most of January, too. I can't really remember January. I take immune suppressant drugs to treat my autoimmune disease. It keeps my disease under control, but the major side effect is that I get every single virus I'm … Continue reading In Sickness and In Health
Newboy's birthday was today, he turned 9. We always have little parties for the horses on their birthdays, complete with party hats. Newboy hasn't been with us very long, so he was not really sure about the hat business. Luckily, Jack is always down to wear a hat, so he wore the party hat instead. … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Newboy!
Yesterday, around 2pm, my neighbor calls me up. "Did you know there's a skunk in your front yard?" There was, in fact, a skunk in my front yard. Which raises the next question, what do I do about the skunk in my front yard? A normal person would probably think, "Oh, no! Rabies!", and get … Continue reading A Funky Road Trip.
This month has been.... interesting. Frequent fluctuations between 50 degree rain storms and well below freezing means that just about everything is breaking. On top of fixing broken things, every chore just takes longer in the cold. Our current temperatures are in the teens, and when it gets this cold any tiny drop of water … Continue reading Go Home, January. You Are Drunk
On Friday I went to my local feed store to find out which mills produced what so I could get a new feed that was not produced in the same mill as the TC feed. It was an illuminating conversation, to say the least. Autocorrect kept trying to make “illuminating” into “Illuminati”. I hadn't bothered … Continue reading Food Woes Update
If you own horses, you likely know how infuriatingly difficult it can be to find the right feed. I'm feeding 4 horses with wildly different needs. Newboy is prone to ulcers and becomes food aggressive when his stomach hurts. Jack is huge and a hard keeper. Beau is 28 and has all the digestive issues … Continue reading Food Woes
I'm going to have to start coming up with more clever titles for these. The week started with cleaning things, as it usually does. In this case, I was cleaning water tubs. Usually Jack, my massive(-ly in the way) Thoroughbred "helps" with tub cleaning, but he was off annoying the other horses and I was … Continue reading This Week In Pictures
I missed last Wednesday, because we drove down to the Florida Keys for a week. It was lovely, but when you own a farm leaving for a week is a logistical nightmare. I hire a really good farm sitter, but I never expect anyone to come in and be able to care for the place … Continue reading First Wednesday Of The New Year
I was sick most of the last week: double ear infection, sinus infection and bronchitis. Because I take immune suppressant drugs to keep my Crohn's disease under control, when I get sick I go all out. In short, it wasn't a very productive week. My symptoms have mostly subsided, thanks to a round of prednisone, … Continue reading Wednesday Photo Dump: