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 .

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Keeping the water cool

The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
So this fable, while disturbing and likely a bit exaggerated is a metaphor for many things.
When we look at pain, physical or emotional, we can see similarities. In that in the event of a sudden trauma, we react quickly and at least attempt to escape, but when facing small insidious changes, like those that occur with aging , arthritis, wear and tear injuries, fatigue etc., we tend to “lean into the discomfort and try to “soldier through”
Being super reactive all the time like the frog in the boiling water will add to exhaustion, but ignoring pain, and indicators of illness can be just as harmful.
So to the point of this ramble, what can we do to essentially keep the water cool?
What I do, regular massage, follow up with my rheumatologist and GP.
But I also do a few  more things on the holistic side
I strive to drink more water, Adding Slique to this with its citrusy mint flavor makes this task a more pleasant one.
Daily I take , Ningxia, full of antioxidants and designed support healthy energy and vitality for body and mind, To this I add a drop each of, Ocotea, an essential oil related to  the cinnamon family with high levels of alpha humulene, cleansing and purifying properties. Frankinsence, to support wellbeing and immune support, Copiaba ,  supports the body's natural response to irritation and support healthy digestion.
  And supplements that include ,
Agile Ease-Supports Healthy joints and resilience/recovery 
 Sulphurzyme-“A combination of wolfberry and (MSM), a naturally occurring organic form of Helps to relieve discomfort in joints
 Super B-comprehensive multi-vitamin/multi-mineral complex containing all eight essential, energy-boosting B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12). Combined with Nutmeg essential oil and bioavailable chelated minerals such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc
Multi Greens- “spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and essential oils. Provides a daily source of greens, for those of us(pretty much everyone) who needs more greens in their diet.
Omegagize- omega-3, DHA-rich fish oil supplement , support brain, heart, skeletal, dental, and overall good health.
Topically I apply the oils that support my needs that day, but will save that for another post.
So what do you do to keep the water cool?
Stay safe and well friends !

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Possibilities, supplements- Agilease

"AgilEase; Supports Healthy joints and resilience/recovery after exercise. Normal healthy joints can become uncomfortable and reactive after activity, and those who live with inflammatory conditions can experience discomfort far more easily. AgilEase harnesses the benefits of Turmeric, frankincense powder, hyaluronic acid, along with copaiba, wintergreen and clove essential oils along with other key ingredients for use to support joint health or as a preventative measure to protect joint and cartilage health."

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been very busy. Road trips, teaching, lots of time on my feet and not a lot of rest in between. It was worth it, don't get me wrong but I takes a toll. This time last year I spent an entire weekend in bed, basically unable to do much more than hobble out to the kitchen for meals or to the restroom. I live with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and while my work is very rewarding I do have to be mindful of stress and fatigue. That was how the teaching rounds affected me lat year.

This year I have made some changes . and this series of posts will share what those changes have been and how I feel I have benefited.
I am not , nor does Young Living claim this to be a magic bullet or wonder cure but I certainly have noticed a considerable difference

 I have been taking this for a couple of months now and while I still experience pain and swelling after standing teaching all day ,I have not experienced any serious flare ups of Lupus or RA and my recovery and resilience are wonderful. Literally overnight I am much improved. Which then enhances to increase my ability to keep moving and exercise, a winning combination!

I am linking this review in Joint Health Magazine  for your consideration 

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

What was that line about busy?

Oh right , so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse!

well I don't know if I have been quite that busy but I sure have had a lot going on.
The last time I posted I shared a picture or two of FV Practically Magic (Its what we settled on for his name) not sure what his barn name will be , currently he is still "baby"
You would have thought, that I would have been deluging  the blog and internet with pictures.
But what in fact is been happening is we have been deluged with rain.
I will share the pictures I have taken in the brief moments that it hasn't been pouring rain but we have had record rainfalls for the last month and a half. Frustrating because we cannot get the hay cut, but we are far further ahead than those that are still struggling with the forest fires in Northern Alberta.
So if I'm not out taking pictures, what am I doing that I am so busy?
I shared before that I had taken on the task of mental health first-aid facilitator for the MHFA Basic program, in doing that I wound up adding to my workload at work in a very positive way and I have taught approximately 10 classes is January, in the basic program in addition to that, I took the training last summer for MHFA for seniors. This class is a entry-level mental health first-aid program specifically geared to mental health for seniors. It is not a cookie-cutter program just copying the basic program, it is very much geared to seniors and seniors issues. It also adds two new sections one on delirium and one on dementia. I was required to co-facilitate three sessions in order to get my certificate as a certified facilitator. So again this year I spent an awful lot of time on the road, I was in Bonnyville , Grand Prairie, and my final co-facilitation was held in Swan Hills. The upside is that I got to work with wonderful trainers and mentors, in my travels I got to see to black bear cub's plus beautiful countryside, and I earned my certification. The downside, is oh good grief have I been tired!
Any and all of my social interaction as far as social media has gone has been on Facebook because I can do that from my phone. To actually sit at my desk at my computer and load pictures and write has been simply beyond me. But having completed all of my training's for the year I now have the month of July and August to recoup and recover before I begin teaching again in September. If only the sun would come out and I could start taking pictures of horses or maybe even, gasp ride one!

In another previous post I talked about Young living essential oils, and my use of those over the past few years, in my efforts to return to blogging I will be adding posts specific to the essential oils I use, their benefits, and also the supplement same using because as tired as I have been I have been blessed to not have a huge flareup of pain resulting from lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. I will take tired overtired and painful any day. I found a huge increase in my resilience and recovery. I am not touting this as a magic bullet or a cure-all but I have certainly reaped a great deal of benefit. I don't plan to post exclusively about essential oils and I will tag them separately. More for my use and records they will be under the tab of Possibilities, as well as in the regular blog thread. My first series will be in fact on the supplements that I am using.
But moving forward, I am hoping for sunny days and more photo opportunities of my handsome colt, and I will leave you with some photos that I have been able to take between showers and road trips!

Stay safe and well my friends

Sunday, 16 June 2019

So this happened

Yes it was expected, eagerly anticipated a matter of fact as I was pretty sure this cross was a good one

“And he should have one green eye and one blue” a quote from  Practical Magic. Well he doesn’t have a green eye but he certainly has one lovely Blue eye. A gift from his sire Fern Valley’s Phoenix. Out of The Drama Queen (Reina) 

Funny thing I can't seem to get that magic thing out of my head , seems I am leaning towards FV Practically Magic" as a name, not written in stone yet but...
and yes I usually try to connect to the pedigree but sometimes the name just calls you 

Monday, 22 April 2019

Equine Authors of Canada at The Mane Event 2019 Red Deer Alberta

Books,a portal to imagination, adventure, joy and education. Unlike TV and movies, books can take you anywhere you want to go, at your pace and rather than just show you, a book will lead you on the pathways to your adventure but the only limitations on your adventure/journey are the ones you set. 
Our goals as author are to tell our story and let you go wherever you want it to take you! Join us at the Mane Event in Red Deer this weekend at the Equine Authors of Canada booth! Visit, adventure, meet the authors! Booth 4317 
 I will be there with my 3 collections of poetry 
Telling Tails 
Tails Trails and Campfire stories
and the newest 
Cowgirl Logic, its not just about the horses
Plus my children's book, "Why? Mother Earth and Father Sky ", and the newest in my efforts
A farm first aid  book"What's in your Kit?" 
 I will be attending with Carolyn Williams , who has penned  two children's books The Lil Grey Donkey And The Happy Horse 

Also Linda Finstad  will have some of her newest books there,including  Shorty The Shetland Pony
I have included links with all the the books if you cannot come to the show, please consider supporting Canadian authors.
If you can make it we would love to see you !  Our booth is in a different area than usual we will be right across from the arena.

I take my coffee with one cream, just sayin'
 Stay safe! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Give me a horse

As some of you know I am a writer. Usually poetry but more recently I have felt called to write and share different writing. Recently published  "Whats in your kit?" a beginners look at farm first Aid.

What's in your Kit?

I am also considering putting together my "honorable mentions" in a collection of short stories
 Opening with the poem "Give me a Horse "  and that is currently the working title.

Just a little update.

Thursday, 28 March 2019


This post is something a little different. Sharing  one of the new(er) things I am doing in my world.
I recently started a page on Facebook called Possibilities . It is about and for my use of young living essential oils. Here is part of my "why"
In this current day and age we are seeing a trend towards people returning to nature and returning to a more organic way of life. With so much technology and pollution both of the air and of our minds, we are seeking a simpler gentle lifestyle.
People are turning back to ancient ritual, ancient learning and ways of knowing. Using homegrown natural products, making/growing our own food, and looking to the plants and the earth for medicine, and healing. One of the ways we're doing this is the use of pure extracted essential oils.
I have used essential oils for many years, and have reaped great benefit from the natural healing properties. In approximately 2009 I signed up with Young Living, essentially just to get my oils at a discount. I wasn't interested at that time in building a business or networking just wanted my oils.
 I have recently connected with a wonderful group of people who are sharing education, supports, and mentor-ship for those of us who are interested in building community with Young living oils.
 If this is something that interests you , let me know, if not carry on and we will keep talking horses and poetry and life. 
I am just sharing this part of my life with you all as well 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

for the cowgirls

got thinking about horses and cowgirls, and one in particular who joined us all in blogging for a time. I miss my friend. But I believe this to be true so we will meet again.

When they have died 
When they are gone
Fear not friends 
The cowgirls live on 
In the crackle of lightning 
And the rumble of thunder
Those left behind
Will listen and wonder
If the cowgirls of past
Are racing their horses
Or climbing the mountains
to meadows of green 
Riding new trails yet to be seen
Forever they are
And stories they’ll share
The cowgirls and horses

Beyond the great somewhere

Thursday, 28 February 2019

My Muse beckons

One of the things I find I miss most about blogging regularly, other than all of my wonderful frends is, the writing. Simple right? I seem to get busy running in circles and forget to sit done and write. Well I think my muse is tired of that crap and I have been feeling a strong pull to open my mind and share. Not just on Facebook or social media, but to REALLY  share . SO I am sitting at my desk, both elbows feeling fine and well able to type and sharing my thoughts. For now just with my computer but ...
What I did share so far on social media is this :
apparently I am entitled to more vacation time than I thought. So am now blessed with a few random days off to do ... well I intended to do nothing, and do far I am knocking that plan right out of the park. But also feeling called to do some writing. Not poetry this time, but something different. I wrote an essay/short story for submission to a writing contest last fall and it seems to be calling me to come back and write some more of that story. Will it ever become a book? Maybe, or maybe it will only be a little story I tell myself. Either way when the muse beckons ,I must follow.
Here is the first line
"In the beginning it was simple. Just the girl and her dreams"

Lets see where my muse takes me! 
I am also going to set time in my calendar every day, to "connect" everyone talks about disconnecting ,but I am good at that it seems I need to reconnect with my writing and my blog, and with you, my wonderful friends. See you soon and stay safe

Monday, 18 February 2019

Playin' in Playa!

I had intended to be more present here, but I feel like of late I haven't had a lot to say. My muse was broken? Maybe , or maybe just tired. In any case I was away fro a bit to Mexico, I picked the perfect week to go as we had temps of -40 and beyond. For those on Imperial measure - 40C is - 40 F reallyfreakin cold!
 SO now I am back and while it has still been cold apparently the "polar vortex is finally on its way out. We came home to temps of -20 C so certainly colder than Mexico but way better than what we missed.
I haven't looked at the regular camera, and we didn't take as many pics as past years but here are a few highlights
 Feeling like a fat cat in a sun spot
 Post massage hair, don't care
 Dinner at Alux (restaurant in a Cenote)
 Our very adorable guests at the room 
 Coati, "give us all the foods!"

 Dinner with Heather and Marc, we swapped seating to prove after a week together we can still get along lol 
 Martin and I upping our selfie game
 Met our nieces Terri and Kristy with who were staying in Play at the same time

 Me and my guy
 Swam a few laps, I guessed the distance at about 150 meters,however a military fellow commented later I had underestimated and I actually did about 300 meters, a straight and true! Pretty pleased with the new elbow! 

My new friend. I am not typically a little dog person but this little charmer! I can almost hear hime saying "come Senora, we drink some tequila, we buy some shiny things!" 
The shop owner who he belonged to handed him to me while he showed Martin some things, so the pup and I just snuggled.

That's it for now, I will be back. Time to go see what you all have been up to .
Stay safe!