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, 29 December 2022

I resolve not to resovle

 As 2022 wraps up we often see people making resolutions. To lose weight or to gain momentum in whatever goals they have. I suck at resolutions  I feel like they can be a recipe for disaster and self loathing. If you feel you need a change, then change.

I am not doing the "new year, new me" because I actually kind of like the old me. She is a pretty cool gal, not perfect but I am not really good at perfect either.
Instead of a resolution last year, I made a vision board.I didn't do it January one, actually it took me most of the month to get it to a place where it reflected what I felt Not for specific things, more about feelings. How I wanted to feel in the coming year.
I titled it "Picture the feeling", added photos of things that aligned with how I wanted to feel and a little about how I wanted to get there.

How did it work out for me?
Mid January I accepted a temporay position as an Addiction and Mental Health prevention promotion facilitator. Did I have some imposter syndrome around that? yep, but I gave it my all, including in a particular situation, while I was nervous as all get out to do so, I stood ground, and spoke truth to power, giving voice to a population who trusted me with this task, and therefore had a role in changing the outcome.
As a result when the position ended in October, my manager asked me to continue teaching on a smaller scale and created a permanent casual position to compensate me "adequately for the value of my work!"
I felt better than I have in years and I continued my journey with essential oils and supplements finding new strengths and abilities on my way.
I travelled and kept on "swimming"
And I returned to writing, as I mentioned in previous posts I have a new book out and another few on the go.
And I gave back, I donated, and helped out where I was able and the gift of passing on our blessings is indeed a feeling I will forever be grateful for .
I wasn't in the saddle bit I did spend a lot of time with the horses, and that feeds my soul.
It has been a year! I am proud of the path/story this year as been and I am interested to see what next year brings.
It took me most of Januaryt to create my vision board for last year, and I will take my time again this year, being midful of what I want to feel and how I want to create that.
What I know for sure is that when we believe in ourselves and our purpose we are unstoppable!

When they tell your story let it be the stuff of legends!

What is your vision for your coming year? If you want to share I will start beliving for you right away too!

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Messin with the music

 repost of messin with the music , featuring Miss Whoa Dammit herself!

You know Dasher and dancer and prancer and vixen…
But do you recall
The grumpiest reindeer of all?
“Dammit”, the cranky reindeer, had a lot of appytude!
I got her to wear deer Antlers
And what she said was very rude

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Tell Me a Story

 I just realized I had not yet shared this here. I have some updates 

First of all I hope everyone is well and warm, the weather has been, weather.

The fillies are warm n cozy in the barn and weaning has gone well so far.

I wrote another book. not the one I have been working on , that is still in progress, but a little memorial of sorts and a childrens story . The story of Skeeter

All of my work is now available in one spot on Amazon , or as always directly through me .My Authors Page

Also, it is calender time again!


It has been a year for sure! Stay safe and warm friends , until we meet again 

Monday, 12 September 2022

Photo dump of the summer

 SO the good news is I have been busy , and also the bad news is I have been busy! wow! summer shot by at the speed of light! 

Here is a photo dump of some of what I have been doing .

The  Baby girls are growing up big and strong


     40 yr long service award for Martin with local  488 as a Pipefitter/plumber/steamfitter

   Visits with Henry's favorite little favorite Birdie (my favorite too)
 My welcome package staying with some wonderful heart family while teaching Mental Health First Aid at Maskwasis, Louis Bull Cree Nation 

  My gift from these beautiful people that I stayed with, the Burns family, hand crafted at Wounded Knee battle memorial South Dakota 
We attended a celebration of life for a dear old friend.The ladies pictured below are all gals I grew up 

with on the old home farm. You just can't make new old friends  

   My sister Heather, dad and I at the event 
   Another good year for the roses 

     My pin cherry harvest 

 And sometimes, we rest

Hope all are well and happy, till we meet again 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

We settled on the name

Baby's Gone Hollywood it is . Barn name Babe. First name we thought of and the only one that stuck 
Not much else to say, its hot, she is doing well as are the others. Here is some "Babe spam"

And my campfire rose in beautiful bloom


Sunday, 17 July 2022

Joining up and Hey Shirley! She is here!

SO it seemed time last week to put the little girls together, Mystik has been looking for a playmate and Calypso seemed mature enough to keep up so we did just that. Very different personalities, these two, Mystik, sweet and brave, Calypso very shy but gentle. It is taking some time but they are doing well together and slowly venturing away from moms to engage a little .

Mystik also was showing off her "power take off" 

And because I thought I had already posted the other photos, I have kind of buried the lead...
Welcome the last Foal for 2022 at Fern Valley! ,and if you are wondering why neither mom nor babe look like an Appy , its because they are Quarter Horses. Martins mare (I never did figure out how exactly that happened lol but he loves her so that is fine AV Doc's Baby , and her filly by Hollywood Olenadunit

I poosted this photo taken last evening, and made a comment that she needed to foal soon as she looked ready to bust. NO sooner did I post but we went out to check and ...

Playing with Names but the first thing that popped to mind was "Baby's gone Hollywood" barn name Babe, but the little white feather marking has me wondering