Thursday, August 01, 2013

Not Much New Here

Weather's Been A Mixed Blessing

It's been off and on hot here, making the riding a question for me. We did have two nice days. I was tied up for one. But on Tuesday, I went for my swim and decided to ride when I got back home.

No sooner had I pulled into the driveway when I heard a truck outside. Sure enough, it was Scott coming to shoe the Boys.  Tucker, as you may recall, had lost his shoe and stepped on the clinch. I had him inside with his hoof wrapped with an iodine pack because he'd suddenly pulled up really lame on Sunday after I turned him out for a bit with a protective boot on.

Scott checked him out before trimming and shoeing and found no soreness, so I'm not at all sure what happened. At any rate, he was able to put a shoe on Tuck's foot anyhow since the spot where he'd stepped on the clinch would still be open if I needed to soak or treat him. So far, though, he's really sound and if it hadn't decided to rain today, I would have ridden him for a bit.

Toby's eye is still healing, I hope. I've been treating it every day and my vet is scheduled to come again tomorrow to examine him. He is so good and patient for the medications and the exams. What a good boy he is.

Chance is just being Chance which means I have to keep an eye on him to make sure there's no place he can get into mischief. I was going to take him out on a trail the day Scott showed up, but that never happened. Scott's cell phone crashed and he was not able to call me ahead of time, but since he can easily do my Boys without my being here, he decided he'd just drop by regardless. Apparently the dead phone messed up the bulk of his day anyhow, so I lucked out.

Yesterday, after a very long swim--I apparently swam a mile (35 laps of 50 meters each)--I came home and mowed the lawn. With the rain we've had this year, it just keeps growing. Normally, by now it waould be dried up and not need much tending. I bless my garden tractor every time I need to mow as it makes the job a lot easier.

But a lot of areas needed trimming where the big mower could not go. So this morning, at around 7 AM, I got up and took out the DR Trimmer to do the tricky spots. The trimmer does not have drive wheels so I have to push the darn thing. Some of the places that need mowing have little hills and bumps, making some of the job extra hard. (Buying a self propelled model is really extra expensive.)  As a result, in the end, I got a really good workout of about 90 minutes or so.

That proved to be a good thing. As I finished and went out to feed the Boys it started to rain, and it's been raining all day. The swimming pool was closed for the day, so the mowing job had to replace my water exercise. Any exercise is good for burning calories, and I think the mowing was just fine.

I just picked up my CSA (community supported agriculture) share from the farm market today. I  share meant for one person, I got: an eggplant, four ears of corn, two large tomatoes and a bunch of grape tomatoes, a green pepper, a cucumber, a green squash, and several potatoes. It is honestly way more than enough to feed me for the week. As a matter of fact, I may make eggplant parmesan again--did that last week--but this time make a bigger one to share with some friends. I still have last week's cucumber, so
I could also make a nice dish of pickled cucumbers for a salad and we'd have a meal.

The CSA was a fabulous idea and I am certainly going to sign up again next year.

1 comment:

  1. Glad all the boys are doing well. I haven't been able to ride either. Too busy. It's nice to have them home but I rode more when I boarded. I'd never board again but it would be nice to have less maintenance around the farm.

    The CSA is a good idea. We have that around here and my niece and daughter belong to it.