regular horse-ly chore

i came across these pics on my mom’s computer last night, they must have been from five years ago or so.. i came home from l.a. for a visit and during that time i helped my dad fill the horse barn with feed and we took a bunch of pics, my mom was there too. anyhow, filling up the barn is something that needs doing every couple of months or so – depending on how many bags of feed we get of course. the two horses eat a 50 lb. bag of feed in two days at least, so it’s always the more bags the better. with the new little truck we have, with the small bed, i can only fit about twenty bags of feed, but with the old one, shown here, my dad would pack in 40, 50 bags. anyhow, here’s how it’s done, courtesy of my dad.

out & about

summer is great for remembering how times were as a kid. really, it’s such a nostalgic season, but not just in your mind, but also literally doing what you did as a kid. marveling at gorgeous summer sunsets. smiling as fireflies dance around you as you walk through the woods at dusk. biking down a dirt path along the river and passing log after log, half submerged in the water with families of turtles sunning — heads arched up to catch the maximum sunlight, tails and feet even stretched out. sitting in the car on a road trip – in this case a mini one, to my uncle’s for the day – listening and singing along to old music, feet propped up.

animals i have seen recently:

~ fox (crossing the street, many times now. eyes flashing in the glare of the headlights, tail always bouncy and beautiful.)
~ slug (in my left rainboot, just a little one.)
~ bird (in nest, on top of a ledge in the lower garage, sitting very still as i pulled the car in)
~ koi fish (only by the deck, the ones by the gazebo are gone – heron ate them(!) )
~ frogs (orchestra every night. my dad used to collect them by the bucket & take them to the canal where it’s all park land. my mom keeps dropping hints i should do it too. hm.)
~ tadpoles (there are so many they deserve their own line)
~ dragonfly (three days now, the same blue one, i think)
~ neighbor’s dogs (annoying yips)
~ our dogs (the best sweethearts)
~ my cats (loving their new cat beds & scratch lounge-things)
~ junebugs (pepper, my black cat from many years ago, used to love to snack on them)
~ fireflies (official summer bug, i love them.)
~ moth (giant grey beauty in the horse’s stable, and made a straight beeline to my red clogs. oh! and another one clinging to the side of a gas station pump. aqua colors. — just found out, it’s called a luna moth. ;) )
~ horses (they’re getting re-used to the halter. and coats are gleaming. except when it just rained & then they’re encrusted with mud. they like to play.)
~ bees (ginormous ones and plain old little honeybees. wish we had a beehive still.)
~ beaver (chomping very loudly on some greens near the canal)
~ deer (many, most of them alive ;(. and one sitting by the side of the road with cars flashing their hazards as they parked, got out, and approached the deer. i kept driving but worried. :Z)
~ fish (fish tanks upstairs and downstairs. now that my mom’s back, she looks after them.)
~ sheep (at poole’s store)
~ turkey (ditto)
~ chickens (ditto. baby chicks too, but now they’re outside, no longer in the box in the store with a heat lamp over them.)
~ ducks and geese (fed them bread with my nieces & nephew last weekend, at a nearby manmade pond / shopping complex thing)
~ snake (in the stable’s attic, as i was loading up horse food. black little beauty.)