I did warn everyone that now I can read books on my I pad I might wander off, but I didn't mean to be this bad!
So here I am to wrap up and review 2013, before its time to do 2014!if you want more infor on each of the items I mention, look for the blue print and click on the links to return to the original posts
The winter of 2013, felt like the winter that would not end! we had huge amounts of snow, and every time we thought it was done? nope back to shoveling again !
But it had some pretty awesome highlights!
I met Temple Grandin!! Attended the Horse Industry conference in Red Deer ,quite simply because I read she would be there . I was so excited to hear her speak!
I also attended a session with another speaker , that prompted me to do something I have not done in a long time, but ,the details on that will wait...
I didn't write poetry as prolifically as I have in past years, but I did find my muse from time to time
Here's to the Horses
The Yard sale
And this one , written for my folks on the occasion of their 50 wedding anniversary
For Mom and Dad
Some big milestones and changes in this year. My folks celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary and later in the year my sister Heather and hubby Marc celebrated 25 yrs married.
Such joy at both those events.
Martin and I again fled the snow and cold for a week in paradise in February, Third star to the right , and straight on till morning
Bittersweet memories, with mom and dad moving out of the home that they built together and into a facility where mom can receive ongoing care. The house that dad built the home that love built
And then spring ,was finally upon us!! Nope not quite!! Calving started, I continued to chronicle the antics of Harley, and we. got. more. snow!
I posted a few "thoughtful posts" You know the kind where I have a thought and a point to make and ramble on for several paragraphs desperately trying to make you understand? Here is an example
Its not how much they love you
I took my yearly jaunt down to the Mane Event in Red Deer, which was, as always great fun!
This year I had a little different fun with my photography, in addition to all the pics I take around here, I had the opportunity to play "paparazzi" twice, first for my cousin at his branding , then for Angela at a horse show ! From Cowboys to Cross rails
Then , of course it was time for the babies!!!!
Maks (FV Rainmakers Quest )
Casey (FV Casino Quest )
Tango (FV Shall We Dance)
and finally , arriving with a splash (quite literally) ,the littlest cowgirl Oakley's Arctic Heather (Sprite)
The rest of the summer was spent adoring these 4 beauties, and taking innumerable photos
Mom had a bobble with her health again this summer, but true to form ,she rallied and was home from hospital far sooner than was expected.
I mentioned that I listened to a speaker at the main event who convinced me to do something I had not done in some time. Well the speaker was Dan James of Double Dan horsemanship
His simple common sense approach impressed me , and before I could let fear or common sense stop me I had signed up for a clinic with little Miss Whoa Dammit! Just a ground work clinic, but it had been nearly 20 yrs since I had attended a clinic of any kind and it was a ways away so the trailering etc had to be considered. I had high hopes of working with her a bunch before we went, but unfortunately that did not happen , so instead, I took my chubby, unkempt girl straight out of the pasture at 5 in the morning the day we went and ...
She was a star!
I took on a couple little side challenges this year as well, first working with a little mare of my Uncle's
The later in September I took on an extra job one day a week at a not for profit organization for persons with Mental illness. I prepare the meals for the lunch and also education on food handling safety and hygiene as well and budgeting and meal planning .Sounds pretty good, I wonder if I could teach me that at home???)
The summer marched on with the regular, work, gaze at the foals , take water and Popsicles to the guys on the hay field etc with not much new, till August when my cousin Enid,her hubby , as well As Auntie Peggy and Uncle Brian came for a visit from Seattle .
Then again in September when we all gathered as a family once again to celebrate my cousin Kirk's wedding to his lovely Amber!
Heather, Marc, Martin and I did our usual venture to Jasper to the healing waters of Miette
Just shortly after this I received a message on Facebook asking if I had owned a horse named Dandy. Sure enough it was my FV Dandy Line she was asking about. Long story short , he has a new home and I a new friend!
The fall time was peaceful more or less, weaning of the calves, then the foals went very well , and we have settled into a routine here again as we wait till spring.
But the blog? well between my internet crapping out , and being super busy, I occasionally thought of letting it just go. But then the blog and I received a very special gift! in the form of Guest Blogger Ron Horricks. My dad! He has written 3 posts so far chronicles of the family history and inventions , and I so hope he continues in the New Year
Guest Post #1
Guest post #2
Guest Post #3
And with that, I think it s time to wrap up this post. It was a good year overall.Changes, celebrations , and wonderful times with family. Can't ask for much more than that can we ?
Stay safe and warm my friends , and may 2014 be awesome and all you wished for
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 .