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 .

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Rain dances and updates

Step back nonbelievers, 
or the rain will never come. 
Someone keep that fire burning,
 somebody beat the drum.
Some may think I'm crazy,
 for making all these claims.
But I swear before this day is over,
you folks are going to see some rain" 
Lizzie and the rain man 

We I will start at the end lol. We got some rain! Some much needed rain today, and hopefully more over the next few days.

The fires in Alberta are terrible with the worst being Fort Mac Murray.over 80000  people evacuated in the city itself and greater than 1600 dwellings lost. But, no loss of life as a result of the fires.It has been said that there is no other city in the world that would have done the evacuations so well.With so many folks working in the oil and gas industry,probably most are trained in emergency managemnet, WHIMIS,first aid,etc. They handled themselves with grace and composure, helping one another and making sure all got out safely! 
The fire continues to burn there and in other area, our continued prayers for all affected,and for the brave first responders who are standing strong.
We had a bit of a scare here a while ago with a wildfire just a few miles away.We did not need to evacuate,but we do have a plan , and I am humbled by the number of calls, messages  and texts I received offering housing and transport for my critters! 

May has been a whirlwind so far,we celebrated my birthday, then the next week,my Uncles wedding celebration, 
(this taken at the wedding celebration, Martin and I got our dancing shoes on that night! )

and just last weekend a 75 birthday party for my dad! 

No time to think just party party party! lol

And another birthday this coming weekend with Miss Abby turning 7! 

A busy month! well that is almost it,only to mention that Harley is sold! He will be going to Katie (the gal that started him) She always liked him ,calling him the smartest colt she ever started! Well it seems that it is just the right time for he and she to get together! Yay! another of my horses going to not only a great home but one where I can keep up with their career! 
that's it for now, my internet has been intermittent so I am hoping to get caught up with everyone else blogs soon as well. 
Meanwhile stay safe my friends

Sunday, 1 May 2016

If you know whats good for you

Well, I seem to have lost the entire month of April!
Not sure exactly how that happened,but it did. We are calving here, and things had been going along nicely. Spring arrived very early ,but with it dry conditions.
The heat,the dry feed, and the smoke from a few local fires contributed to Johnny falling quite ill with a bout of COPD, he is medicated now and seems to be recovering well, but it brought me a few scary days.
Which brings me,in part to the title of this post.'Johnny has always been led by his belly, he is never afraid to eat or to look for treats, and it really scared me when he got sick because he would not eat.I had to mix his meds with applesauce to squirt into his mouth. I did this for 3 days and he finally seemed to improve enough to want to eat grain so I have since been able to mix his meds in feed. He is not too bad about taking meds that way seems to know it is helping him, to be honest he actually took the squirted meds into his mouth with a lot less resistance than some. He just somehow seems to know I am trying to help him.Funny how even a fractious(which Johnny is not)  horse can seem to understand what they need and often tolerate care they might not if they were more well.

And us also, we seem to take health and wellness for granted by times and push well beyond our limits.I am certainly guilty of that. In fact having done that so ling I am now facing surgery on my elbow, but not the initial "cleaning up" procedure that was proposed. In fact there is not enough of the joint left to clean up, and I will be getting an elbow replacement in the next few months. Long term it is the right thing but I will be faced with some limits also . No greater than 5 lbs to lift with that arm ever again! I was startled but that info,but I too hope to have learned whats good for me, and will abide by that rule. I simply will have to.

Armed (pardon the pun) with this new information, and feeling a little sorry for myself I( went to the barn to see Cat and Andee, I went to do 2 things, 1) hug my horse and make myself feel better , and 2) try to saddle her one handed to see if I could.
The results were not pretty but I did it, I then did something I should have done months ago... I rode my horse. and while I did not ride long somehow when I was done all seemed right in my world again. Funny, Cat also seemed to know it was what I needed as she walked right up to the mounting block, and squared herself up as if to say " Up you get". Horses and critters in general really are smarter than we are some days ! Lol

Henry and Skeeter too are very therapeutic and bring joy ,peace and calm when things are unsettled.
I guess that is what I have always seen, the therapeutic power of animals. I think though I forget sometimes when I am working with others and the animals , just how much they do for me as well.

In other news there is a new Cactus baby out there! One by him out of a mare owned by friends of mine. Looks like he has stamped this pretty filly with his signature style!

Also speaking of Cactus Babies, FV Dandy line has found a new home and is doing very well in the north of BC with his new family and his new handle "Elvis"  I am so pleased hsi new owners tracked me down to update me on him. And thank you Julia for allowing me to share your great photos of him!

I will leave you with some photos of how things are going here, I hope to be back to blogging more regularly,but we will just have to see what the next little while brings me.

Meanwhile, stay safe my friends

Friday, 25 March 2016

Restored, recharged,and re fried? Mexico 2016

I have been away for a bit, got home from our yearly winter vacation last Sunday, I meant to post sooner, but as things go, it seems we are twice as busy coming home than we were before we left.
Many thanks to my Brother in law Marc, and my sweet friend Mel for holding down the fort and taking such great care of the critters.It makes the trip so much more relaxing knowing the home fires are tended with such care and attention.
We were in Nuevo Vallarta again, a favorite destination.
 toes in the water...
 we walked this sandbar all the way out no deeper than ankle deep water 
the resort in the back ground . and me attempting a mermaid pose? or as I like to call it "As easy as falling off a log"

 Downtown PVR

 Sister in Law Connie and I 
 Occaisionally I really do have an angel on my shoulder
 Cheaper by the pail Margaritas! 
 a friend from the turtle sanctuary
 Just me 

 the lights and dinner at La Cantina, for the laser show. I will post the videos in another post 
Connie and Mike

 these stairs were our workout pretty often, the shops at the top, the beach and restaurants at the bottom
 Some sunset shots on the last day

Martin and his sister  

 that's all for now.I hope All my blogging buddies are well,it is sure good to be home! 
And as always, Stay safe my friends