Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Let the boyz out as usual this morning, they munched inside a bit then headed out to their field. Had the Grandsons so busy inside all day. I noticed Merlin hanging on his own quite a bit, in the field, napping on their patio...As Pippin enjoys napping in the barn & they aren't always in my line of sight in the field, I didn't think much of it.
Grandsons went home shortly after 5, chatted with the Hubs a bit, headed out to do my barn thing. Merlin was napping on the patio, I asked "where's your brother."  Then realized the barn door was closed!!!  Slid it open & there stood Pippin, I'd woken him from a nap so he wasn't to stressed. He'd had hay nets, and I keep their water trough inside as well (Merlin had grass & puddles). Six piles of poo though so, I know he'd stressed a bit, he's not one who enjoys his alone time. I have a feeling however that Merlin did, hopefully he doesn't realize now he can be rid of his pesky brother by sliding the door shut while Pippin is in there. Not even sure how it happened, guessing/hoping Merlin didn't do it on purpose!  
I'll be more aware now when I see either all alone for any period of time!!!  Bad human. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

He's all that...

Pippin is pretty certain, he's all that and a bag of chips to boot...

Anytime you see Pippin shaking his head, he's about to get up to no good!

The boarding barn was trying to bring their lesson horses in. They (the boarders) hadn't been out in a week. I'm guessing coming back in after finally getting turn out was of no interest to them. The humans were shaking feed pans, calling, banging gates, the horses were charging about having a good ol time. My boyz joined in, one day I'll clear space on my phone to record all their antics. Such a hoot
to watch them have a good time.
Arguing again, Pippin wouldn't allow Merlin into the paddock as I brought them in last night. Pippin would come in, then run back as Merlin was coming from the field, stopping him at the gate. I finally grabbed a flashlight and long whip, Merlin seemed relieved when he saw the whip. Pippin, not so much!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Day after...

Luckily it was in the 40's yesterday, during a break in the rain and after hauling things up from basement (I'll get to that part). I went out and dug several small trenches in the paddock. I'd much rather flood the backyard than have the boys falling all over on ice. The temps were to drop to the 20's overnight so, I had to do something. 
Between Hubbies French drains and my trenching this is what I woke up too!!!  I was so happy. 
Still some water but, under the ice it was moving. I extended my trenches to move more out. A small area in front of the gate to the field held the most water still. Hopefully it'll drain by tonight. I also ran out to TSC and picked up 50 lbs of crushed oyster. It's something you put down for chickens and I found a few years back it helps with traction on ice. I'm prepared now, hopefully I won't need it now. Kind of like if you have your umbrella it won't rain lol. 
Back to the basement: I'd thought midday yesterday to turn on the exhaust fan so we wouldn't have the putrid smell we get with heavy rains. Standing at the top of the stairs looking down, I see a puddle!  Yes a puddle in the basement!  
We have 2 sump pumps, between the snow melt and rain they couldn't keep up. Of course Hubs is at work but, at least I didn't have the boys as I normally would. I hustled to get things not in Rubbermaid containers up to the laundry room, thankfully only a few old text books were ruined. The indoor/outdoor carpet is questionable, I used the shop vac most of the day till my wrists were killing me. t this point I'm thinking toss the d*#^ carpet lol. Could've been so much worse though once the rain stopped the sumps were able to do their job so the basement flood was basically a basement puddle. 
Hubby is home tomorrow so we'll figure it out. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stop the rain...

I much prefer snow over rain, here is why...
The boys went running out after their bowls were emptied to this!  They both stopped in their tracks confused. Pippin about faced and headed to a hay net right away...

Pippin stood there a while wondering why/when we'd gotten a swimming pool.

Merlin: "Is it worth swimming?  Can I swim?"

Apparently, it was worth the wade!

Poor Pippin, he so wanted to be with Merilin but, was quite dubious about taking the plunge. It took him a bit, he did eventually decide to head out. 
We had a short break in the rain, the sun even peaked out for a moment. It's once again pouring down the winds have picked up. So much so that if the boyz had surf boards they could give it a go!  All hooves crossed that the barn stays dry! They're both inside now, thankfully common sense kicked in as there is very little grass and two nets filled with hay inside. 
Hubs worked so hard on drainage too but, when it comes down like this this is what we still end up with. Hopefully it will drain once it's stopped, before another freeze!  
Our septic is working over time. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rain & rolling...

 It's gone from negative temps to the 50's, snow to freezing rain, to rain. The boyz were enjoying the now lack of snow and warmer temps despite the rain most of the day. 
Ahhhhhhh, fresh bedding feels so good...

He looks like a freshly breaded pork chop...

A good satisfying shake off!  Didn't work very well, he was still quite covered in bedding.