Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Here's Toma blazing a path for the NEW YEAR.
May you all have Happy Trails in 2010!
It's a fresh start, so let's all make the BEST of it!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Shelter Dogs From Christmas Past

Archie/03                     Jake/05

Two very adoptable Shelter dogs from Christmases past.
Happily they both found forever homes.
Please remember that many don't.
Help the homeless.
Adopt, don't shop!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

View from the Porch


Here's a photo taken last week of the view from our front porch.  It's much easier to look at this view every time I open my blog than my own silly, smiling face!  

Muletide Greetings to you All from the Mancos Mule Team!

Thursday, December 10, 2009



From All of us Here

To those of you Out There

Joy to the World

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It Looks like Winter is here....

HI HO, HI HO it's off to work we go! ...  Toma had to get the tractor out this morning to get the car out of the driveway to get to work, but after that it was smooth, but very slow, sailing all the way into Durango. 

I had a similar task to get to the barn for morning chores.  This time of year I don't fork manure, I fork poop-icles!  Temperature was below zero when I first walked past the thermometer, but it has warmed up to about 28 for the high today.

Maggie and I took a photo of the house from our neighbor's pasture.  The stacks of cow hay and our house made for a nice backdrop in the snow.   

Winter has arrived in Mancos, Colorado! 

Monday, December 7, 2009

Stupid Move

Within a fraction of a second
I knew that I had done something very stupid
as with so many really stupid moves
 thinking it didn't help
damage done
1200 pounds of mule
unintentionally slamming down
right on top of my left toe
  ouch .... an understatement

So here's just a little friendly advise....When trying to readjust a turnout blanket never stand right in front of the animal wearing the blanket.  Especially if there is a bit of static in the air.  Pow, the mule got a static shock and shot forward like a bolt. In a blink of an eye she repositioned all her body weight right down on my foot, which happened to be right in the way of her forward motion!!! In my forty-plus years of keeping horses this is my second such injury. And kinda like a bad sunburn ...  I feel very dumb to have let it happen!
Has it ever happened to you?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Here's the Birthday Boy
58 years ago!

Here's the Birthday Boy
Last year!

I don't think he's changed much.....
Another year older
and another chocolate cake!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Turkey Trot ... Dog style

Thanksgiving morning 
one of our local animal rescue groups 
had a benefit walk (Turkey Trot).  

It was wonderful to see so many mixed-breed dogs and their human companions out enjoying the brisk morning air.  Toma and I accompanied our dog Maggie.  I can't begin to tell you how many new urine sniffs she found on this short, but exciting little walk.  A good time was had by all.  There were big dogs and little dogs, young dogs and very old dogs.  But the nice thing was they were all there to help some of the less fortunate animals in our communities.  

It was a good way to spend Thanksgiving morning!!