So much to do, so little energy
A big thanks to everybody for checking in on me and keeping me in your thoughts.
I've been under so much stress the past few months, mentally and physically.
1). I HATE the new DS! I haven't had the time, energy and patience to figure it out! And, where are our photos?
2). Tim... Everyone know about him falling off of the ladder. Well, before he was back to normal, fruits and veggies started coming in, ergo canning and freezing time! That's a lot of work. Two of our dogs were snake bit, Lizzie and Allie, while they were following Tim blackberry picking. Luckily, the snakes were copperheads, so they lived to tell the tales.
3). I got sick about the time I canned the tomatoes. Stayed sick for 6 weeks. Swollen tonsils with big yellow streaks, swollen lymph nodes, tremendous head congestion ........ 3 trips to the dr. Did no good. I just had to ride it out.
4) Family that we hadn't seen in many years came to visit Labor Day weekend ....... Much cooking and eating and talking. You may think it's weird, but we visited cemeteries. They wanted to put flowers on the graves of my uncle (died in '09) and grandmother died in '69). It's an Eastern Kentucky mountain folk thing. Great visit..... loved seeing them again! Here's a story for ya: one of the visitor's was my mother's cousin, who is only 5 years older than me., and was raised in a city. She used to come down with her family and visit every summer when we were kids. I had a sorrell roan horse back then, gentle as a kitten. Cousin wanted to ride my horse. So, my dad went to the barn, saddled the horse and brought her to the house. When the cousin went to mount the horse, she put the wrong foot in the stirrup. Ta da! The cousin wound up sitting on the horse backwards. We were too busy laughing to help her! True story! I introduced this cousin to Tim as the city girl who rode Dusty Cloud, aka "Cloudy", backwards.
5). My daughter's horse is now foundered - very lame, much trouble walking. She can barely walk and is in much pain. We have a ferried coming tomorrow to work on her and bring some meds. My daughter lives about 35 miles away, so I'm checking on the horse. The horse is in a pasture with my niece's pony, as well as my brother's and my dad's cows. They be some doggone mean cows in the mix, and some young baby calves, so I have to be extremely cautious when I tend to the horse. The horse is staying up on top of the hill under a big sycamore tree. The pond is a bad walk downhill for a foundered horse, so I am very much afraid she is not getting enough water, if any at all. After the cows wandered away last night, I took buckets of water up to the horse - killer walk --- 200+ yards to the top of the hill. Gonna do it again today if it kills me! Belle Starr ( the horse) is 21 years old, now. My daughter had her hands all over her as soon as she was born. Rachel towel dried her.
the reason the horse is foundered: When a horse gets too much lush, green grass and clover for a long period of time, it will founder the horse. We had a historically wet summer this year, so everything stayed spring green through this past week! Also, Belle Starr has white hooves. White hooves are softer than dark ones and wet weather makes them even softer.
That is a very condensed summary of what I've been up to. I'm tired. I'm hurting physically. But, I'm still going. 2 or 3 years ago, I wouldn't have been physically able to take care of Tim and Belle Starr, so I guess I'm doing okay. Just got too much on my plate! "Hi" to every body. Don't give up on me. When things calm down and I recover, I'll start catching up on hugs!