Thursday, November 18, 2010


Janow was doing well yesterday. We went for a drive, Roger driving. He got his tongue over the bit two times and I had to jump out and head him while we fixed it. The noseband is now tighter and the bit is higher. Janow wanted to trot a lot, but we walked mostly.

Today I am not going, I get to rest.

Feeding horses is tricky. Add to that the fact that with boarding horses at a stable, you don't get ultimate power to choose, you have to go with what they feed everyone. Not every feed is available in every region and comparable prices. It's easier to get if you live where they grow it. If they have to truck it across three states....$$$$$

Rabbits and horses are very similar in both digestive anatomy and feed, and temperament. Both are prey animals. Both have functional cecums to digest roughage. Both practice copraphagy, though rabbits more than horses, and horse people try to limit it to control parasites.

Gastric stasis in rabbits and colic in horses are equally serious. Licking and chewing in horses is exactly like teeth purring in rabbits. A binky is a buck, only smaller. If you build their stall/hutch out of wood, they will eat their way out.

People who don't have horses have asked me if horses are like dogs or cats. People who don't have rabbits have asked me if rabbits are like dogs or cats. Actually, rabbits and horses are more like each other.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Janow

I am very tired.

Yesterday he ate more of his meds, but not all. I ran out of Isoxuprine but the new that I ordered isn't here yet.

Roger suggested rice bran to make him eat the meds. I did some research on it. It's hard to find good info without paying to subscribe the the vet journals. Most of what you find is stuff to help you realize you need to buy what they happen to have for sale, but no real data. Colorado State has THIS. (click here) It was tha best.

Here are some pictures. Janow's girlfriend is Sunbeam. She is also a carriage horse.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Janow has been refusing to eat his meds and his feet have begun to bother him. I have spent the past two days camping in the car and walking hin every hour. I come home at night, but its not quite an hour and a half drive out to the stable where his is right now.

He is on isosxprine and Prevocox for a while. The discomfort is minor at this point, but by catching it early being diligent, I am hoping to keep it mild and make it short lived.

Part of the problem is not getting enough thyroid and pergolide, part of the problem seems to be the feeder person at the barn deciding he was too ribby and trying to fatten him up, part of the problem may even be not walking long enough to increase circulation in his feet before beginning trot.

It may be all three of these things working together. I do not need to know precisely, I just need to help him out.

I believe everything will be fine in the end.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

San Jose Veteran's Day Parade

Joseph's NJROTC was in it.

Can you find him without the red arrow?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Death by Llama

Llamas live nearby to Roger. Janow had never seen one before.

Janow: "Can't go this way."
Roger: "Go on."
Janow: "Carriage horses never pass llamas."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "No, they don't."
Roger: "Yes, they do."
Janow: "This is getting boring."
Roger: "Go past the llama."
Janow: "Sheeesh!"
Roger: "Go."
Janow: "OK"

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


I found these self portraits in the camera when I loaded pictures into the computer. Inspired, I think, by a new hat.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Janow is a Carriage Horse

Yesterday was the first time Janow pulled a cart! Roger drove. Nothing happened. He wavered a little from side to side, then just went forward. He even trotted a little!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Legions of Troy

Here are some pictures from the Legions of Troy Jr ROTC Drill Team Competition. It was held at Milpitas High School. Very easy for us to go since it is just down the street.

Jospeph led his squad here.

Then he marched with his platoon. The platoon won their division.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Janow is a Star

My old horse is doing well in his training. He seems to miss being at home. OR He seems excited to be doing real work. He whinnies a lot and is antsier than a three year old sometimes. Then the work starts and he settles down.

Here he is getting longed and pulling the travois.
He is in love with Sunbeam next door. Maybe he misses Emmitt.

I've got to get a new laptop. I have pictures of the ROTC drill team competition that need editing. My computer is slow so it takes a long time. The battery life is about 25 seconds so I have to stay plugged in, and the WiFi is out so I have to stay plugged in to that too. Everywhere my wires reach is uncomfortable to sit at.

I have fallen behind on lots of blog news too. I miss it.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Here he is in the winter uniform. They had to wear uniforms on Tuesday this week because Wednesday was teacher inservice. Of course, it got hot again, and there was drill practice. He lived.

Next week they are marching in the San Jose Veteran's Day Parade. Thursday, I think.

Life with the Oldest and Slowest Laptop on the Planet continues. The ports don't work so I can't plug everything in at once. The WiFi doesn't work so I am chained to the wall, but not at a desk. I have my laptop on a chair in the living room and I sit on the floor. My back gets tired of that fast. Good thing Christmas is near.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Monday Bunday

A cute rabbit icanhascheeseburger would be fun, but Marshmallow needs help.

Spayed - 2 years old
Intake#: N/A
Appropriate for families witih children over 9 years old, or an adult home. Is good with small, well-behaved dogs and friendly cats.

Marshmalllow was abandoned by a family that recently moved away. Instead of taking Miss Marshmallow to the shelter, they stuffed her (inside of her terribly dirty cage) into a trash dumpster and drove off.

Fortunately, neighbors were aware of what happened. They pulled Marshmallow from the dumpster. This sweet, sweet bunny is now in foster care.

Like most bunnies, Marshmallow is resilient and forgiving. She is incredibly sweet and loving, and we hope to find a wonderful home for her soon.

Marshmallow is currently at PETCO in Murrieta (24480 Village Walk Place, Murrieta, CA 92562, 951.691.5063). Please contact if you would like to learn more, or call 951-790-BUNS (2867).

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Houston, we have a problem.

Our dishwasher broke. It's OK, we will live. The new one comes on Wednesday. Meanwhile we wash dishes by hand. "We?"

I plugged the drain and added hot water and soap. I washed. Dave asked: "Do you want me to dry these?"

"No, they need to be rinsed first, but I'm done washing, you can take over and rinse."

"We have another problem.....the sink isn't draining."

"That's because I plugged it up to wash the dishes."

"I knew that."

Friday, October 29, 2010


Here is Janow in his first training session with Roger.
It was going to be a walking ground driving session in which Roger was going to test out the training that I had done and see how Janow's temperament would be to train. It progressed to trotting in circles and then to leg yielding along the rail in both directions.

Then the sled came out so Janow could see it being dragged while he worked.

Janow was doing well so far, so he actually got to pull the sled, which was no problem either.

A very successful day.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Voyage

Janow's Journey went just fine. He arrived in his temporary digs and formed and instant bond with a white pony mare whose name is Sunbeam, if I recall correctly. Lots to do and see, lots of screaming to be done. I will go out there this morning. Roger is going to ground drive him and test out the work I have done. I will take my camera.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Janow leaves today

Janow leaves for Knightsen today. Maureen is taking him. I was hoping the trailer would be done before the winter rains set in, but they have set in. The rains I was originally concerned with were the rains of winter '09. He is going here for a month. It is about an hour and 20 minutes by car.

I have begun taking a new medication to prevent migraine headaches. I was very hopefully. Twenty five mg for 7 days,
50 mg for 7 days,
75 mg for 7 days,
finally 100 mg is the lowest effective dose and you have to take that for 2 months or so before it becomes effective.

By the time I got up to 100 mgs per day, I was in so much pain because all my joints became inflamed, and I was so tired I could hardly move, but my thought processes were so adversely effected that I was not really able to say "Hay, this medication is bad." Now I am going back down in the dose. I can't stop cold turkey without risking seizures. I may be a normal person again soon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

More New Pads

Here are two more new pads. The carrot pads are going faster than I thought. Both dressage are gone, leaving only the two all purpose.
We didnt need to have the transmission rebuilt after all, or worse yet, buy a new car. It was just a bad sensor. Whew!

The weather is turning fast! The Crane Project is not done! Can I squeeze it in?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I am having trouble with my internet connection. It involves ports and cables and furniture and computers as well as interpersonal relationships and nueroses. Things were easier back in the day when fire and the wheel were hot.

There are two more of these:These are both dressage. They are 35.00 until October 31st. On November 1st, they go up to $45.00, if, that is, If get around to updating my website on that day. Pretty big "if," if you ask me!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Bunday

Short today because I am spending more of Monday Bunday with the Buncluse and less of it with my laptop.

She needs more petting.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Buntastic Carrots and Pumpkins

These are some things I finished up this week. I made four of the Jack saddle pads, three sold already.

They are batik on cotton twill. It's a bit heavier than cotton broadcloth. The carrots are also batik on cotton twill. They are $35.00 until October 31, Then the carrots go up to $45.00. The Jack stays at $35 if still unsold, but he will probably hang around in inventory until next year. Shipping is $9.00 to US, Canada and US Armed Forces Overseas.

There are more carrots on the way.

This primitive sweatshirt is size XL, Fruit of the Loom Heavy Cotton. Hand dyed fabirc collage, the texture is fantastic and it will get comments everywhere you go! It's $53.00, $6.00 shipping. You'd pay twice that much at a whine and cheese festival. Really.

Friday, October 08, 2010

California Buckeye

This is my favorite tree.

It's the buckeye tree at Indian Hill.
I get to ride past it every day and see how it changes through the seasons. In the fall, it looks the strangest right after the leaves fall off, leaving only the buckeyes, which is any day now. The husk will peel off the buckeyes, then a big wind will come and blow off all the buckeyes.
The buckeyes are about the size of golf balls.

There are many buckeye trees up Mt Hmailton Road through Grant Ranch and on up the mountain. They are the first to trun in the fall, and the ones closest to the top of the mountain turn first. They are the first to leaf out in the spring too.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Pictures, for Mom

Here are the birthday pictures for Mom. She is too far away, so there should be enough pictures here to make it almost feel like she was here.

Tha Haul. The card table for the tower was too big to wrap. It should be easy to get up the hill, and not too much trouble to get from the top to the bottom as needed with a block and tackle on the eaves to pull it up and down the outside.

I dsaved money on wrapping paper. This is propane. Joseph says he could have saved money on that too, he always has extra gas.

I see stupid people reading my shirt