|My commuter vehicle|
And it has been three (count 'em 3) months since I have posted. geepers. Well, let's see what I have been up to...
Shortly after my last post, we were doing this:
|Sweetie. (She really is too!)|
|Belly clip- Isn't my husband cute?|
|Bear always has to help at the end.|
Yay! shearing- so fun. We had visitors this year so we have actual photos of us doing stuff.
So, I had been really sick the two days before this event. I thought I had the flu! As you can see, I felt mostly recovered here... except for a small pain in my side (which I really, truly thought was a pulled muscle from the, well, vigorous vomiting I had been doing)
Flash to the next week:
Ut oh. the "pulled muscle" was really my appendix exploding!!! Yikes. You know I am brave since I am willing to post this photo out here! Apparently, my appendix burst and it took me a week (with a fever over 100) to figure out something wasn't right. So, one emergency surgery, 3 nights in the hospital and one heckuva 3 inch scar later, all is well:
|Sorting fleece for washing|
|I painted this for the Thompson Falls Market- so much fun!|
and miraculously found homes for 3 orphaned kittens.
|I'm tellin' ya, I'm innocent. Get me outta heeree!!|
There was Work:
Brian fenced our back pasture (40 acres!), mostly by himself while I was recovering from my appendectomy. I did help to manually weed whack and cut back some trees. This whole project may be a post of it's own- Wow is all I can say about it.
He did it so that we could put these guys out there.
|Home on the Range. (yes, I had to say it)|
|Better than a no trespassing sign...|
Haying is not for the faint of heart. Or the weak of back...
But, there is the satisfaction of a barn full of food for winter.
(and actually both sides are full to the brim now)
There was Play:
Brian did get to have some fun. He went to the Missoula Equestrian Expo:
|The Packing Guru himself, Smoke Elser|
I would have gone, but alas, the surgeon made me stay in the hospital.
And to Horse Progress Days in Pennsylvania. This is not the best photo he took there, but I love it because it has sheep in it! (and apparently someone's hat...)
I didn't go , because my sister and niece and their respective "significant others" were out to visit. I regret to say that no photos were taken- but much fun was had!!
Here is a more applicable photo:
|Wouldn't it be fun to go everywhere in a horse-drawn buggy?|
We also went a couple places together.
Like Mule Days down in Hamilton. Which coincidentally, and conveniently, happened concurrently with Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it (both the Festival and Mule Days).
And of course, a little bit of riding. This is at the Pee Wee Creek trail in Priest River, ID. It is always beautiful riding here, but in the evening the bugs are relentless! We ate dinner in the front seat of the truck.
|No, we did not buy this, but isn't she beautiful?|
|I call this series "peaceful coexistence".|
|In the "pen".|
Of course there was lounging.
|Talking about center of attention...|
|Dog Days of summer (you knew it was coming...)|
|And general standing around|
All in all, a big, good, action packed season! In case you are wondering "Where are the Bob Marshall photos?" We did not get to go at the end of July as we usually do. We spent my week's vacation doing hay. (if you don't know what that means, you are pretty lucky. If you do know what that means, I am sorry) We are, however, slated to go tomorrow!!
I hope you all were able to enjoy some summer goodness! I have another post in mind, having to do with some fiber fun- but it will have to wait until next month!!!
See you on the flip side. (maybe that isn't a good thing to say right before you go horse packing...)