Saturday, November 13, 2010

Top This Computer Problem

You have to be very accurate when describing problems to the foreign tech support.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Emu Herding

Really, I don't make this stuff up.
Hubby & I were working on the arena today when I notice an Emu running loose with a couple of
people trying to wrangle it back to it's own pasture.  Looks pretty well handled so I head up to
the house to check on lunch.  I am only gone for FIVE minutes and when I come back, there are at least
7 people trying to herd up the critter, now in the neighbors pasture and it is now headed for ours!  They can go through almost
any fence!  So now of course it is in our pasture.  Our horses were all too eager to help.  Darn cow horses!
The head Emu wrangler managed to get the sucker lassoed and his buddy got a loop
on it's feet.  I guess they are pretty dangerous.  Long story short, the outcome wasn't good.
They got it caught alright, but, then it dropped dead.  Just a little too much activity for it's ticker.
I felt bad for the lady, but all I could think of was just how big of a turkey fryer you would need to cook it.
The biggest bummer...  No Camera!
Only in Loma Rica can you see this kind of stuff.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veterans Day!

I just love a parade! It's even better when you know someone in it.
The Sheriffs Posse made a showing and they looked great!

It was Tillie's first parade and she was just a little amped up, if you know what I mean!
She held it together and did just fine all in all.

And, who knew that Santa drove a 3 wheel motorcycle in the off season.  I would have never guessed!

And then, there was the giant Friesian

Just where is the heck is the ladder to get on?

Marching bands are an absolute must!

Yep, you guessed it, more horses!  And....

Ponies!!!  Or Minis....Whatever.
Cute, no matter what they are.

"Take my picture!  I'm cute!"

A spa day was required for this dog's debut!

And there you have it!  A good old fashioned small town parade.

Thanks to all of the veterans for serving our country.
You are all heroes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Visit To Camp Jacq

Just another busy day...  We loaded up some calves and took them to the sale.  Thought
cash would be a good idea since we bought more shade cloth for the arena.
Then, since we were already going that way, we planned a visit to Camp Jacq to see
the GJA and have a quick lesson.  We also went to visit Hanson Performance Horses.
They just happen to live next door to Camp Jacq and they are reining trainers.
Super nice folks, you can check them out at
Anyway, we made arrangements to drop off William for 90 days of training.
I am gearing up so show him next  year.  It's gonna be a busy show season...
How much more convenient could it be for lessons, stop and ride the GJA
and then tootle on  down the road to the next driveway and ride William.
In theory this should work well, I'll let you know.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Beautiful Weather, Beaches and Butterflies!

We have planned this trip to Pismo Beach for months and were scared to
death that the weather would be rotten.  It was a totally valid fear since it dumped
several inches of rain just 2 days before.  But, we must have pleased some gods somewhere
because it is going to be in the 80's today here in Pismo.  Totally unusual for this time of year.  YIPPEE!
At least it wasn't the freak snowstorm that hasn't happened in 100 years.
Anyway, the men went off happily with the ATVs right after breakfast to
ride on the sand dunes.  Meanwhile us women folk stayed behind to
go check out the butterfly grove.

These Monarch butterflies come to Pismo Beach every year from late October through
February.  They cluster in the the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach.  This colony is one of the largest in the nation, hosting an average of 25,000 butterflies over the last five years.  Being early
in the season, it was estimated that there were 10,000 today.

The Monarchs that visit Pismo Beach are a special variety. They have a life span of six months as opposed to that of common Monarchs who live only six weeks. This can be attributed to a unique fat storing system. However, even with an extended life span, those butterflies that leave in March will never return.

It was an amazing sight!  Vaquerogirl will be here today and I can't wait to take her over
there.  Our campground is right next door.

An absolutely beautiful day!