It's official! We have found a new farm! Kind of. By "farm", I mean we found a house that we can live in and build a farm on. The house is way bigger than what we wanted, but it passed the building inspection (mostly) and it's situated on 10 acres of cleared, flat land that … Continue reading Finally!
The East Coast is currently experiencing a heat wave. This makes working the horses difficult, but not impossible. We're doing short sessions, mostly ground work. By "we", I mean my daughter and I. At 11 years old, she's really becoming an accomplished equestrian in her own right. She argues with me incessantly and throws melodramatic … Continue reading Heat Waves and Needy Horses
I'm not sure if this was a thing in other parts of the world, but in the late 2000s alpaca farms became the "get rich quick scheme" du jour in NJ. I have no idea how this was supposed to work, as I know nothing about alpacas. Were you supposed to eat them? Use their … Continue reading House Hunters: The Alpacalypse
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
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
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: