Welcome to Fern Valley

Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A beautiful Birdie!

So now for the big news! Family day, I got a call, that my niece Tara had delivered her baby!
I tried my best to wait but I did rush in to see her that day!
Babies name is Birdie Patrica , named in part for her grandmother (my mom Patricia) her Cree name is Pyesis (Bird ) her dad is Cree.
Anyhow, I  wrote a poem for Tara, when we found out she was expecting, and it was posted here.
Well after meeting Birdie, another poem came to me.
 I have had an odd relationship with birds of late, with a raven hanging around very close to the house over the past year or so since mom passed, also Eagles and owls staying near and gracing my presence more than usual.
I guess they were trying to tell me something!
Not all the photos are mine, I have scoffed some from family off of Facebook
 Proud Grandfather 

Ecstatic Grandmother ! Nana Heather !
 Great Auntie Sherry , Great Uncle Martin
 The beautiful little family

 Already the apple of her dads eye! 


Great  Grandpa Ron! 
 Loving Auntie Dee 

 Great Great Auntie Elsie


Me and "my" girls my heart is full 
 And here is the poem
A little Bird Story
The raven and crows chuckled out their delight
Staying just out of reach
But not out of sight,
They would laugh and tease
A secret they knew
A secret I asked?
No, we won’t tell you!
An eagle soared high
And the grouse started drumming
What’s it all about?
There’s a miracle coming!
A single white feather drifted to the ground
The message it brought
there is hope to be found!
Excitement and joy in all far and near
Be patient, said wise owl
The times not yet here
Then suddenly, magically
On a morning, so bright.
The Chickadees sang their song of delight!
And what did the little birds sing on that day?
That Birdie Patricia, had come home to stay!

That is all for now .
Stay safe friends! 

Home Sweet Home , oops! forgot to post!

I started this post just after I got home from vacation, and then suddenly I had so much to do I never finished! SO we will start with this, and then hang in there I have lots of wonderful pictures! But they need a post of their own so I will have to do a second post for that. Also I have been on the computer,but busy taking a course and so only popping on and posting on Facebook. Which is silly because while it is easy it just isn't the same as the sense of connection we get blogging.The course I took was called  "Reconciliation through indigenous education" Tough going by times as the history of the residential schools is quite simply heartbreaking, but as I have said, if they could bear it , the very least I can do is to learn about it. Next course is called "Brain Story" about the lasting effects of trauma on the brain.
Anyhow here is a glimpse of Mexico 2017

I had a list of things to do while I was on vacation in Mexico 
Relax
Go to the turtle sanctuary 
Walk the sand bar out from the resort to view old town pvr 
Oscars bar( I go there every time, it is a beautiful oasis at the end of the waterfront market)
Pipi's restaurant (a favorite of many and a must do if you are in Puerto Vallarta)
Try one new thing 
Read life of Pi ( I have tried before and could not get into it )
Swim the lazy river not just float in a tube.

So how did I do? 
well other than in deference to a sore ankle I did not walk the peninsula( did however walk a heck of a lot,including the proximate 1/2 mile to dinner after the turtle release and then however far it was to the room)
I pretty much NAILED IT!
read Life of Pi, and 3 other books!( absolutely loved Life of Pi, such a departure from what I normally read, but well worht it ! 
chilled and relaxed
made it to Oscars,and Pips
tried a few new things, if I include the turtles ,the Panorama restaurant and swimming the lazy river.(3 laps around it total with the current,as I am not strong enough yet to swim against it. Though I do hold my own swimming against the current,just not gaining ground)
Overall I had a wonderful time, but as always, it had to end. Okay with me, I am happy to be home!



















Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fur,frost fun, family, and a special project



 February 1 already! Spring will be here... well when it gets here. Meanwhile here is what I have been up to,


 Hanging with Henry
 And some adorable kittens

 And of course Johnny,all the rest too but he gets to be the face of the crew this post
And family of my heart, Cindy and her kids,she is not my actual sister but a sister of my heart all the same, and I am ever so proud that these wonderful kids know me as Auntie! 

And the special project,made with love for my niece Tara, by ME! 
Because...
well I think the photo shoot she and I had tells the story best! 





The little peanut that I met and fell hopelessly in love with the day my sister gave birth to her is soon to be mommy to a peanut of her own! I wrote this the day Tara told me,

I cried the day I met you
And heard your tiny cry
The day I became your
Auntie 
I knew one day you would fly
And fly you did my beauty
Took on life full force
Not one to just go with the flow
you mapped your very own course
Time has passed so quickly
Truly it has flown
And here you are just starting a family of your own
What wonderful days ahead for you
A time of joy and glory
I want to say how proud I am
And blessed to share in your story


 And then just last month dug out my crochet hook to make the bunting bag for her

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Tango's new dance!And update on FV Shall we Dance

Here is a n update, love the way this boy moves! Doing so well for Kat. The wonderful combination of a great minded horse and a wise young woman training him!

Tango's new dance!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

For Good

Looking back at 2016 , it seems for many it was a bad year. For me it was a year of finding my feet and balance after several large losses and changes in the years previous. Was it perfect and easy? Nope but life never is . It simply was a year with good, and bad, and healing,  and now  great expectations for the year ahead!

On December 31 at the stroke of midnight 10 yrs ago, I suddenly realized! 2007! I am going to be 40 this year!

It didn’t bother me much I was just suddenly aware of it. Well a lot has happened in that 10 yrs. A lot of good, some bad. Some wonderful, and some devastating. There have been times in that decade where I thought the loss and pain might actually break me. But it didn’t. Instead, it has made me stronger, and kinder (I hope) and so much more aware of the blessings I have.
In the year I turned 40 I saw my husband go through recovery from a serious car accident the year previous summer, including going through some intensive surgery. We had another loss in our attempts to have a baby. And we began a very challenging process of entering the world of adoption. Sadly that dream also was not meant to be and we finally accepted our childless status and closed our file in 2010. It was not easy and we did not do it lightly, rather we took a long look at the toll it was taking on us both and chose to move forward in our lives together.
Whether as a response to pain and loss, or just a need to say something, I became an author of poetry in this past decade. The first poems coming very much from pain, after losing some beloved horses to old age and frailty. But then it seems a muse awoke in me and the words flowed forth. I can say that my 40’s brought me something I didn’t know I had or wanted. I became a published author!
Martin and I have traveled and expanded our horizons, and even though we have no children of our own we have been blessed with the most wonderful extended family and been close by to watch them grow.

I have added to my repertoire also training as an Equine assisted personal development coach, and just recently been introduced to someone, who if the collaboration works out will help me expand my skill set and horizons greatly in the near future!

We faced some very sad goodbyes in our family and extended family , losing uncles, and Aunts, then  Martins father, my dear friend and second mom, and then just last year my own mother.  

we also  in turn celebrated some wonderful Hello’s with new babies, weddings and just the joys that having a close knit family brings.

This summer we gathered the family together from near and far and celebrated a family reunion, and with all the new lives expected in 2017, things look wonderful and bright!




So overall the last 10 yrs were, well the last ten yrs lol .

When I turned 30 , it seems I was jumping off cliff everywhere! I changed jobs, sold my store and got married! I was all about changing my life.

Well my 40’s seem more to be about my life changing me. And to paraphrase the lyrics from the Wicked musical song “For Good “

“Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But I have been changed for good


Happy New Year! My friends, and as always please Stay safe! 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Messing with the music reboot

Hey all ! If anyone is still reading I am still here ! And I can TYPE!!
Arm is healing well and while physio is brutal it is helping a lot.

Christmas is coming in a hurry! And while I am nearly ready is seems that I have been neglecting my usual routine of "messing with the music"

This is a redo of an old one but a bit of fun as we approach the big day! Some of the names and faces are different as some have gone on to new homes, or across that fabled rainbow bridge.
But the one it was written for , as sick as he was is still with me and I count that as a huge blessing .

so here we go
the 2016 version of  "A letter to Santa from Johnny"

From Johnnie to Santa
Jolly old Saint Nicholas, Lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say:
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now, you dear old man
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.

When the clock is striking twelve,
When I'm fast asleep
through the pastures cold and white,
With your pack you'll creep
All the horses you will find
Standing in a pen
I will be the shortest one,
Somewhere near the end

Maggie, wants a carrot please 
Reina, wants some oats 
Cactus and the Phoenix, want
 pretty girls, with some spotted coats

Ritchie wants some minerals
Stryker ,just wants hay
Casey wants to play
Annie and Lacey, are happy as they are
Dammit is showing her best spots
So she can be a star


Now I think ,I leave to you
What to give the rest
And for me, dear Santa Claus;
mums love is the best .

Merry Christmas my friends , and as always, stay safe!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Flying in circles

Hello my friends, I have been absent again but for good reason. I had my elbow replacement surgery October 31. All went very well and I was home in the next day recovering in the loving care of my husband, my pets and my family. 
 second day home,first time I attempted to do my hair, still had tape residue on my face and a lovely sharpie line on my good arm that read "other arm please" which my friend Deb finally was able to scrub off for me lol



I've had very little pain with this surgery and have been managing quite well from the outset I was getting up and walking nearly every day a little bit. My good friend Mel and her husband were mixing grain and feed rations for me, and feeding Johnny and the other horses.
 And after a few days began to take me down with them so I could get my "equine therapy" by the second week I was able to take the grain pails myself and do that little bit of feeding each day.




 Martin has been doing the greater amount of the chores as I will no longer be at able to fork hay even once I am completely recovered I will have a 5 pound weight limit on this arm. My days of pitching hay and pitching pitchforks have ended. I'm not a moment too soon.
 I can however saddle my horse one-handed so I'm not out for the count yet. That too may have to wait for sometime. 
I prepared a bunch of meals before I had my surgery and Martin has been a great cook while I was recovering. He has learned quite a few new skills. Also of course my sister made me some treats and had us over for dinner.

I got the cast off, on November 16, and I'm now learning to straighten my arm slowly and await starting physio  next Tuesday. I haven't been on the blogs much because I can't type yet. I am currently doing this post through voice to text on my cell phone, then will email it to myself, and post  that way. It is how I have been communicating with everyone on Facebook for the most part though I can type on my cell phone somewhat more easily than I can on the keyboard.

 I was able to have a few fun outings as well. attending Farm Fair, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, then  to the theatre to see Mama Mia with my family the following day.


my two beautiful nieces, and as you can see my soon to be great niece attended as well ! in the form of Tara's baby bump!


The "flying in circles "title speaks to a comment I made after having my cast removed that I will be soon learning to flap my wing again. While I doubt that I will ever fly, I do expect to be well recovered and enjoy straightening my arm and freedom from pain in that area at least. My short-term goal is to be back swimming by mid to the end of December.
Anyhow that's all for now, I am peeking at your blogs and reading but it is quite difficult for me to comment at the moment. But have no fear I will be back chatting away with you soon.


 Meanwhile stay safe my friends, and yes, I am behaving...mostly