We had a nice long weekend.
On Saturday evening, Steve and I went with Jake, Ashlee, Mom and Owen to a genuine pig-pickin’. It was a lot of fun. It was hosted by a driver that Dad’s known for awhile, so he was pretty much the only person we knew. But there were a few folks there who went out of their way to be friendly and strike up some conversation. The food was excellent, and plentiful. I thought it was funny, someone (never found out who) brought Libby Hill take-out and put it on the table in the Styrofoam cartons. Oh my goodness. I made a pan of Great-Aunt Sue’s Baked Beans, and brought home a spoonful. Mom took a chocolate frosted chocolate poundcake, and Ashlee took a loaf of banana bread.
After it got dark, R and Jake and a couple of the other fellows put on a good fireworks display. I think we didn’t actually end up leaving till around 10pm. Owen was mesmerized by the open flames on the Citronella torches set up around the picnic area. It was so funny to see!
When we went to get back in the car, thank goodness I’d taken one of Jake’s spotlights, because as I rounded the bank of the car, I almost ran into one of those orange and black and white ‘Halloween’ spiders. It had spun its web, probably 2 feet in diameter, between the back door of the car and the bank we were parked next to. He was sitting happily in the center of the web, as if daring me to walk on through. I went around the other way, and squeezed in without disturbing him. Then I rolled up all the windows on that side!
We got home around 11:15pm I think. We’d left the porch light on, of course, and when we got out of the car, we noticed about 20 Giant hornets swarming the light and front door. So we had to stumble around the house in the dark and go in the back. We’ve been fighting them ever since. We’ve killed three in the house, and are having to shut all the windows after dark to keep them out. That makes for rather warm nights, but it’s better than having the comicazies in the house. They seem to be in the pine tree out front during the day, I don’t know if they’re building a nest or what. Not nice, though. However, we thought they were Japanese hornets… though these guys are big and ugly, they’re not as dangerous as their Asian counterparts. Silver linings!
I couldn’t have been more wrong about Sully’s foot. It doesn’t appear to be a strain at all, but that silly abcess. So for three days, I soaked it twice daily, 15 minutes at a time, in warm water and Epsom salts.
That pulled the infection right out and revealed a nickel-sized area of raw flesh.
I put an Easyboot on that hoof and have kept him confined to the dry paddock at night, and to the front paddock during the day so he has grazing. He’s getting fat and lazy! I actually pulled him out and longed him this morning, and he moved out without any visible discomfort. He picked up his correct leads at the lope and bucked and squealed a few times. He’s such a goof off. I’m really hoping this means we’ll be riding again soon. It’s been over a month.
No wonder we’re getting fat!
He’s thriving on the Nutrena EnergX . I give him about 3 pounds a day of that, with 2 ounces of loose salt, plus he gets the occasional treat of corn shucks, carrot, apple or peppermint, when he’s good. I think I’ll have plenty of grass to get me beyond the first frost.
I haven’t gotten a stall built, but am still planning to. I’m actually looking for an old gate that I could use as the front of it. The hardest part is just going to be cleaning the area. There must be 2 dozen old windows stacked at the back, plus a stack of shingles. I’m just going to move everything to the other side of the building. I plan to have it done before the cold hits. I know I’ll feel better having a place a to bed him if we do actually get a winter this year.
I heard again from Jaz’s new owners. Sounds like she’s getting along fine. She’s gotten out on them once, but it sounds like she found a spot where there was no fence at all. Whose fault is that?? Jeepers. Hopefully I’ll be getting some money from them soon. I’d hate to have to go collect.
Well, I’ve got a whole bucket of peaches to peel, pit, slice and freeze. They came from one of our neighbors. Not to mention the rest of the housework that’s screaming my name.