Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In which we continue with rehab and we combat global warming

Not all of the days have been sunny and warm lately, 
but many of them have been.

I had a meeting this afternoon so I got up early
to hit the trails with Fiddle before leaving for town.

We Swamplanders are not accustomed to all the blue sky overhead. We get giddy.  We need less coffee, we need less sleep. We spend more time outdoors, choosing to skip lunch in favor of walking around and admiring everything in bloom.  

55 minutes, mostly walking.  Here's the LINK to our track.

But some of us have not forgotten last Summer, and the terrible wildfires that devastated our Swamp while the rain didn't fall.  

This winter brought record rainfall, which we welcome...but the Spring has been a little too bright and cheery for comfort.

Spanish moss on the trees attest to the dampness of the air in winter,
but the trail underfoot is already completely dry.  And it's only May....

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

I've decided to invoke the Tomato Curse.

Science has conclusively shown that whenever I plant tomatoes,
it rains all summer.

Because I'd really like to see SOME sunshine this summer, I got Jim to plant half of the tomatoes in the garden.  I planted the rest.

Will this mitigate the Curse?  Will this anger the Weather Gods?  

Stay tuned, I guess.

Patty plants tomato seeds, and then gifts all the Usual Suspects
with lots of seedlings!

It started raining about 45 minutes after we set the last tomato plants into the soil.  

A good start, right?

And then today:

Sunshine again

Either way (rain?  or tomatoes?) I guess I win!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

In which it's a happy day, and we wave goodbye to a little friend

Today was a big day for Kaleaf.

Are you coming to visit me?

I've had fun riding the little fellow for the last few months.  

American Trail Gear sent a beautiful pink breastcollar
for Kaleaf, and have promised a matching headstall.

We've done arena work, trails, and just doodling around.  But he is not, and was never meant to be, my horse.

As of today, Kaleaf belongs to Jacqui.

Ten years ago, she gave me a horse.
Today, I helped Dory give her a horse.

She's got a boarding barn all set up for him on Vancouver Island, and has already started building a barn of her own on her farm property.  

She says she's forgotten a lot about having a horse.  That's maybe not surprising, given that she's undergone several sets of chemo/radiation to the brain since she owned Fiddle.

Here's the thing, New Mama:  horses need to eat Lots of Grass.
You will need to remember that, New Mama.

We loaded him up, and we waved goodbye.

Kaleaf wasn't convinced that he should get in the trailer.
We convinced him.  Imagine that.

I know he and Jacqui (and little Eliza) are going to have a wonderful life together.

Just thinking about it makes me smile.