Monday, February 17, 2014

New Bathroom

We are building a new bathroom. We need it in our new house.

Living room

We are actually pretty close to the end of the project. It has taken years. The longest time was getting the permit from Santa Clara County. Nothing like working with a government employee who is making it difficult for you just because they can. Most are not like that, but we had one who was.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Far away

hi again. I have been far away in mind if not in body. The latest is that I put my computer away for Christmas house guests. I wanted to be able to use the dining table!n Then....rabbits ate the cord and I had to order a new one. and wow, I was out fo the habit of being on the computer and I didn't want to go near it! Maybe I am getting over it and  maybe not.

Yesterday though, I had a great time at the Bunny Bee sewing stuff for The Rabbit Haven Rescue. I haven't sewn in years, really, and I forgot how much I liked it.

Ever Since my Father had surgery in December 2010 and Janow's illness and death, the acquisition of Maggie and her colic and surgery and then death, the purchase of Yndi sight unseen from the internet and her problems and rehab and training, the death of my mother, followed by the death of my mother in law 6 weeks later and all the funeral stuff..... Plus Lydia the dog came to our house and is wonderful.

Four years of loss. I can continue with my life, these are normal things. It's been a hard four years, but basically, I am happy. A good Husband in Dave. A son that appears to be growing into a functional adult much of the time. Pepper Lee and Yndi, the wonder ponies. Silver and Pierre, bunnies supreme. Whiskers the kitty and maybe Mary Shelley who is still a little strange. Wow.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kokovoko Pepper Lee

I have not posted in a long long time. There is a reason for this, but I won't trouble you with that. But know now: Kokovoko Pepper Lee has joined Skansend Yndi at Indian Hill Ranch. Here she is:
I wrote this for the Indian Hills Ranch newsletter.
Welcome Pepper Lee
She’s here! Pepper Lee joins Yndi the driving pony on the back lane. She came all the way from Kentucky to get here. She is a Gotland pony, just like Yndi, and she likes people and being scratched on her neck.
She and Yndi got things sorted out right away, with only a hairy eyeball and a wrinkled nostril. Now they can be seen together, standing around the water cooler, passing the time.
It’s taking me a little longer to sort things out with her. We didn’t seem to be speaking the same language. I tried watching the show Justified, about the US Marshall in Kentucky, but then I found out that it’s shot in southern California by a bunch of posers with fake Kentucky accents. No wonder it didn't help.
Amber Lydic is helping us develop our communication.
Pepper is already trained to drive, and will, one day, go in a pair with Yndi, but I want to develop our relationship before I get her hooked up. The relationship with a horse is the best part.

Is she cute or what?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Shady Oaks Combined Driving Event

Joseph and I went to this last weekend. We were two of about 50 volunteers. It takes a lot of people to run one of these! We had a great time, staying at Motel 6 in Lodi on Saturday night.

A Combined Driving Event is like a Combined Training Event before they took out the Roads and Track part of the Cross Country phase.

 Dressage is dressage but the arena is 40x100 meters instead of 20x60 meters.

Instead of cross country jumps. they have obstacles that are like mini-mazes. You have to go through each part in the correct order and in the correct direction. Each obstacle gets timed.

 We were judges at obstacle 3, the Water Hole.
This is a four in hand going throuhg obstacle 2, right behind my back. I didn't get to watch much. Then they disappeared into an orchard for a while before coming out for obstacle 3.

The jumping on the third day is replaced by a cones course, with gates made of two cones a precise distance apart. Each cone has a ball on it, so if the wheels even jostle the cone a little bit, the ball falls off.

Volunteering at horse shows is a great way to participate without loading up the horse and all the stuff!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Welcome, HusBun

Silver and I went to the Rabbit Haven adoption fair, where she had her nails clipped and scent gland cleaned, and met Pierre. Pierre came home with us as the new husbun. Bonding is ongoing and hopefully they can soon share a bunker.
He is more than twice her size.

Pierre is a rex bunny, so he is very soft but without whiskers and eyelashes. Here, you can see he likes to get out for exercise. While he was out, Silver escaped and explored his pen, then came out and chsed him around.  There was not growling or boxing or biting. I hope this works out.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fairy Tale, Raider, and Yndi

Here are the photos I took on Tuesday. The white horse is Fairy Tale, a Gypsy Drum mare. The black horse is Raider, a young Percheron. The buckskin is Yndi. At 12.2, I don't let her play with the draft horses.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


I have taken one person to a Dr appointment, and another person to a hair cut, the foot Dr for my new orthotics, a lesson from Amber, the supermarket for a week of groceries, some drama with a Gotland pony far away, the Gotland society and a horse rescue that has questionable ethics. I am pooped.

And the tire. I got the tire set up to drag, and thought I would drag it around while I led Yndi so she would get used to it. She got used to it in mere seconds, but I dragged it further because other people were getting used to it. It was heavy. I dragged it too far, and I nearly died.

I thought Yndi would drag it in the lesson on Wednesday, but no, we worked on leg yield in hand. It was hard. Yndi's bad habit of running me down came back. My foot hurts.

I took some great pictures on Tuesday. Yndi, and Raider the Percheron and Fairy Tale the Gypsy Drum Horse. I can't show them to you. Blogger won't load them. Today, anyway.