Sunday, November 30, 2008
Scout looks like Nadia's baby here, doesn't he?
It looks like Annie is winking at me. Baby Doll is so interested and happy just watching those crazy Arabs running around.
If you say run - song: Let's Dance, artist: David Bowie, album: Let's Dance
Terra lazing about in a 'catnap'.
You're Sleepy Now - song: Hallo Spaceboy, artist: David Bowie, album: Outside
Friday, November 28, 2008
I was walking through the counters of a national concern
And a cash machine was spitting by my shoulder
And I saw the multitude of faces, honest, rich and clean
As the merchandise exchanged and money roared
Every year my husband and I would go at the crack of dawn, sometimes before light, and wait for the stores to open, just to save a few bucks. (There must be something wrong with me because I actually like to hang out in crowds, although I detest lines. Does that make sense)
This year, with no job, and no husband, I decided to pass on the early morning Black Friday Sales. I don't know what I'm going to do about Christmas. I will probably buy some gifts for my family, but I am definitely going to keep the spending down from other years.
What about you?
As the merchandise exchanged and money roared - song: God Knows I'm Good, artist: David Bowie, album: Space Oddity
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Like that snow that fell - song: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, artist: David Bowie, album: Young Americans
Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members. The earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, but the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.
I will be cooking a 22 pound turkey with all the fixings: mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, cornbread herb stuffing, sweet potatoes with apples and rum, corn, deviled eggs, homemade wheat bread, cranberry jello, and for dessert, pumpkin pie.
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
I give thanks for everything in my life, and may God bless us, everyone!!
Thanks - song: Joe the Lion, artist: David Bowie, album: "heroes"
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Annie is by AH Gallant.
AH Gallant is a winner on the track with a Top Ten Racing Association of California award for Outstanding Racing Ability, as well as a US National Champion Top 10 Halter Stallion and winner at Scottsdale at age 16. "He is a substantial horse and sire, being of the golden cross of Czort and Bandos lines. Beauty, strength and agility prevails in this cross and shows in AH Gallant and his offspring." (Amberlea Equestrian Services website)
He is by *El Paso, Scottsdale Champion Stallion and U.S. National Champion Stallion, siring U.S. National Champion Mare, *Wizja.
Annie is out of Fantastka. Fantastka was the Polish National Champion mare in 1985, at age 10. Fantastka holds the record for the highest amount ever paid for a mare from Poland. She was purchased from Poland, pregnant with FORDON, for $240,000 in 1985. Two years later she was bred to BANDOS and produced Cable Cowboy in 1988. She's had at least 10 foals:
- 1981- Fant (x Wist)
- 1983- Fazenda (x Bandos)
- 1984- Falsifikat (x Argo)
- 1985- Farmal (x Eternit)
- 1986- Fordon (x Eternit)
- 1987- Fantos (x Bandos)
- 1988- Cable Cowboy (*Bandos x *Fantastka by Palas) was a Champion Halter stallion and a Liberty winner. He was broke to ride and would have made a beautiful western pleasure horse, but Magness decided to keep him home and use him strictly as a breeding stallion. They felt he was much too valuable to be hauling around to shows and would leave that up to his offspring.
Quoted from Magness website: "Cable Cowboy is the epitome of the Saklawi stallion -- a very successful representative of the Diamond cross of Bandos/ Palas. Cable Cowboy is one of the last sons of the immortal Bandos. Cable Cowboy's dam, Fantastka, was the 1985 Polish National Champion Mare. Cable Cowboy has proven himself as a valuable progenitor of the Ibrahim sire line for Magness Arabian Farms through a number of his outstanding get. The best of Cable Cowboys's offspring to date is DAPPAR COWBOY -- a winner in Scottsdale and at the National level as Amateur Owner Western Pleasure Horse."
- 1992- Francheskaa (x Europejczyk)
- 1993- Fantastyk Gal (x AH Gallant)
- 1997- Monogramm Fantasy (x Monogramm)
Fantastka's sire was Palas. "Palas (Aswan x Panel) The truly great influence of the Saklawi I line came when Palas was imported from Russia in 1972. He was by Aswan, the gift horse from Egypt, and out of the Nil daughter Panel which made him three quarter egyptian. Aswan was a gift from the egyptian government to Russia as a "thank you" for the help building the Aswan dam (hence the name change from Raafat to Aswan). The russians were first reluctant to use him as he was incorrect and didn't have any race record to talk about. As he was a gift between states and so that no offence would be given he was bred to a few mares. The foals were outstanding and far more correct than their sire and he was permanently installed as chief sire at Tersk.
Palas was a tremendous success as a sire and a perfect outcross as he was hardly related to any of the polish mares. His dam line Selma is represented in Poland but it is very scarce and present mainly through the descendants of *Pietuszok who was a full brother to Panel's dam Platina. The other mares of this dam line who were imported are Sardhana 1924 (Nureddin II x Selima, imp 1928 from Crabbet, Zlota Iwa and Rokiczana traces to her), Potencja imp from Russia in 1956 (full sister to *Pietuszok and Platina) and Tiwiriada imp from Russia in 1968 (her dam was maternal sister to *Pietuszok and Platina). Neither one of these branches are large but have left some quality individuals.
Palas himself was described by Andrzej Krzysztalowicz: " He had a hollow back, rounded croup, short neck and decent yet not impressive movement. His refined, lean head boasted a very good eye. Generally speaking, he was a very dry horse whose weak hocks were his only deficiency". He sired many sons as well as daughters who has been used all over the world. He combined very well with the Negatiw daughters and this created the polish "golden cross"." (Amberlea Equetrian Services website)
Fantastka's dam was Fanza. She had nine foals, two of them were mares.
One of Annie's granddams was Forta. She delivered an impressive 22 foals!!
Annie definitely comes from good breeding females which is why at 15 and still maiden, I believed she could carry a healthy foal.
She also has Aladdinn, Czort, Bandos, Negativ and Ofir breeding.
About the Polish Arabian:
The Poles loved these characteristics for their cavalry force. King Sigmund Augustus (1548-1572) had a Royal Stud farm, called Knyszn, that bred pure Arabians.
In the 17th century, Polish noblemen sent emissaries out to search for the noblest desert horses from the Middle East. Prince Sanguszko at Slawuta, Count Branicki at Bialocerkiew, Count Dzieduszycki at Jarczowce, and Count Potocki at Antoniny were some of the best known breeders. The studs at Gumniska and Antoniny were founded with mares from Slawuta .
In the 19th century, Polish Arabs contributed to breeding pure-breds and half-breeds. The Polish silver-grey Obejan Srebrny was born in 1851. He had a line that descended through his foals to the Russian stud farm Strelet that was later known as the Tersky. Tersky is a breed similar to the Russian Strelet, which was in danger of extinction. They were taken to the Tersk stud farm at Stravopol in the northern Caucasus Mountains in the former U.S.S.R. They were mated with purebred Arabs, Kabardins, and Dons. In 1948, the Tersky had emerged as an official breed. The Tersky was a tough athletic horse. Today they race against Arabs in endurance competitions, and are used in harness by the army. Terskys are good-natured in temperment.
The Polish stallion Bagdady became a Hungarian stud at Babolna stud farm, and another called Ban Azel was sold to Emperor Franz Josef for the stud at Lipizza. A grey named Skowronek came from the Antoniny stud. While the stallions Urcus and Van Dyck were studded to Spain.
During World War I and the Russian Revolution, Slawuta, Bialocerkiew, and Antoniny studs were destroyed. Count Josef Potocki owned the Antoniny stud. He inherited some Slawuta horses through his mother, Maria, daughter of Prince Roman Sanguszko. Count Potocki died (in 1918) defending his stud from the Bolsheviks. His mares were burned alive and his stallions hanged or beheaded. This whole scene gives another yet reason why the Poles hated the Russians.
The desert stallion, Pharaoh, was purchased from Crabber stud (founded by Wilfred and Anne Scawen Blunt), in 1882, and other stallions came from Egypt, Turkey, India, and Arabia. The Blunts purchased what was left of the Arabians of Abbas Pasha I. These horses were the basis of U.K., U.S., Austrailian, and South African Arabians.
The Dzieduszycki family had studs at Jarczowce that were lost, stolen or killed off during World War I. Count Juliusz brought the desert stallion, Bagdad for an enormous price. In 1845, he returned with seven (7) stallions; including Abu Hejl, and three mares (Sahara, Mlecha, and Gazella).
Of the five hundred (500) broodmares from Polish stud farms, only forty-six (46) were still alive in 1926.
However, the state stud at Janow Podlaski (founded in 1817), in 1918, had four mares from the Jarczowce's blood (the three mares mentioned above). In 1926, a Polish Arab horse breeding society was established.
In 1803, Prince Sanguszko was the first to import horses from the east. The studs were Slawuta (b. 1877), Chrestowska, Antoniny, and Gumniska. Prince Roman Sanguszko was killed during the Russian Revolution in 1917. At Gumniska, Prince Roman III gathered the rest of the remaining Polish studs and breed mares. In 1919, the breeding program was re-established at Janow Podlaski. Witraz, Otir, Makuta, Dziwa, and Fetysz were bred there.
In 1930, Prince Roman sent his stud manager, Boghan von Zietarski and German Carl Schmidt (later known as Raswan) to buy new Arabs. They acquired Bedouin (a mare) and a stallion of the kehilan haifi strain. Then, in 1931, von Zietarski returned to Gumniska with five stallions and four mares (including Bedouin, the pearl of Arabia).
Kuhailan Zaid (a stallion) was purchsed for Babolna, the Hungarian state stud ranch. The other stallions were Kuhailan Haifi and Kuhailan Afas (ancestors of Comet) Among the foals born to Kuhailan Haifi was Ofir, a great Polish sire. Ofir was at Janow Podlaski from 1937 until 1939, when he was taken by the Russians.
The four males and four females that were saved were Witraz, Weiki Szlem, and Witwz II. Witraz's son, Bask, became the leading sire of the U.S.A. champions. Witraz's mare heirs were Bandola (the "Legend of Janow") who produced Bandos and Banat (stud stallions).
Kukailan Haifi sired Czort who sired the race horses: Sambor and El Paso.
In September 1939, the Soviets took the Janow Podlaski studs including Ofir. Ofir was then the stud at Tersk and made a contribution to the Russian Arabians. The Tersk stud was founded on French, Crabbat, and Polish bloodlines.
In 1944, Janow Podlaski was evacuated to Germany. These studs were returned to Poland in 1946. The sons of Ofir were Witraz, Wielki Szilem, and Amuruth Sahib. In 1946, fifty-two (52) mares were registered in the Polish Arab horse stud book.
By 1961, Janow Podlaski was completed. In 1973, three more stud farms were established: Michalow (the largest state stud farm after World War II), Kurozweki (with champions Euforia and Eukaliptus), and Bialka. Polish Arab horses were sought by breeders all over the world. Banat, Bandos, Struria, Penitent, Pilarska, Dornaba, Aramus, Wizja, Gwalior, Elkana, and Erros were some of the best. Dr Skorkowski and Dr. Ignacy Jaworowsky were responsible for their breeding success.
Poland and Hungary often exchanged breeding stock. For 173 years Hungary was ruled by the Turks until they became a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1699. (this history is from here)
Follow the lines - song: Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere, artist: David Bowie covering Pete townsend, album: Pinups
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And here's some random shots of Annie.
I wonder what color the foal will be, most likely flea bitten gray, although I'd love a dark brown or bay.
I wonder sometimes - song: Black Tie, White Noise, artist: David Bowie, album: Black Tie White Noise
Friday, November 21, 2008
Full of folk who don't know me
And they walk in twos or threes or more
While the light that shines above the grocer's store
investigates my face so rudely
And my essays lying scattered on the floor
Fulfill their needs just by being there
And my hands shake, my head hurts,
my voice sticks inside my throat
I'm invisible and dumb,
no-one will recall me
But since I've been tagged, here goes:
- I was born in Japan. I lived there about two years, and no, I cannot speak Japanese nor do I look asian.
- I grew a half inch taller in my forties. I've always been 5' 4-1/2" and now I'm exactly 5'5".
- I'm allergic to horses and dogs, but not cats.
- I LOVE chocolate, and ice cream, and chocolate ice cream especially.
- I want to write a fictional book about my horse someday.
- I love going to movies and smelling the movie theater popcorn.
Rules:~Link to the person who tagged you.~Post the rules on your blog.~Write six random things about yourself.~Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.~Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.~Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
I'm only going to tag three bloggers. Here they are:
The World is full of folk who don't know me - song: Conversation Piece, artist: David Bowie
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- It's worthy; they use the plasma for research and medical needs.
- You get a free mini physical. You have to be healthy or they don't accept you.
- They pay you for your time. $$ is always good!
Since I lost my job last month, I've really been thinking about it. I finally decided to just do it! So, I stopped by on Tuesday. There wasn't any free parking anywhere nearby. I parked a few blocks down the street and walked to the office. There were bars on the doors and windows. At first, I wondered why, but then I remembered that they pay out in cash, so they must keep a hefty amout of money on hand.
There were lots of loiterers hanging around outside. I found it really hard to go in but I took a deep breath and pulled the heavy door open.
The waiting room was so crowded!! I felt strange and out of place. When I asked about being a new donor, they told me I had to come back because I needed to have my social security card with me. They also told me it would take about 5 or 6 hours because they were so busy. I decided to come back another time.
Today, I ventured out again. The Donor Center opened around 7:30, so I got up early, showered, dressed, walked the dogs, fed the horses, ate a bagel and cream cheese, drank some coffee and left. The traffic wasn't bad and I arrived around 7:40. I parked next door in the "pay" parking lot, stuck in $2.00 for 2 hours, and prayed it wouldn't take much longer than that.
The office was already crowded. I found out they opened just after 7:00 this morning. So, I signed in and waited.
They called me and checked my IDs. Then they gave me papers to read and sign about my medical history. They asked me about AIDS, pregnancy, medications, etc.
I sat back in the waiting room and waited.
They called me again to check my weight, blood pressure, and temperature. They checked for needle tracks and asked about tattoos. I noticed that this is one place where it pays to weigh more. They actually pay according to your weight when you donate.
I sat back down in the lobby and waited.
One man was turned away because of his tatoo(s). You cannot have had any within 12 months and no more than three total.
Someone else was turned away for some reason? Not eating?? He was to come back tomorrow.
They called me again and took a blood sample.
I sat back down and waited.
Another person is turned away- not hydrated enough. They would come back next day.
They called me again to ask if I'd eaten recently (they want you to eat and drink beforehand) and then I had to give a urine sample. This was good because after a couple of cups of coffee (decaf!) I really did have to go anyway. On the way to the bathroom, I went through the room where they draw the plasma. There are about 20 recliners with people laying down on them, hooked up to tubes and machines. You are not supposed to eat or drink, chew gum, sleep, or even wear sunglasses while laying there. This way they can catch any potentially bad side effects, whatever they might be.
And then, you guessed it! I had to go sit down and wait to be called.
There were at least four other new donors this morning.
And then they called me. I took a deep breath and went into the back room. I was led into an office where they do a mini physical.
The technician asked about my prescription, Levothyroxine. I told him I had Graves Disease 20 years ago and now I take synthetic thyroid hormone daily. He told me that unfortunately, because of this, I was not allowed to be a donor. Graves Disease is an "autoimmune" illness and there is a slight possibility that it can be passed on in the plasma.
After all I had been through, working up the proper mindset and all the time spent, I was rather disappointed. Besides, I really could have used the money.
Also, does this count as being accomplished on my "bucket list"?
I do recommend anyone to consider this. It's not really too bad and there are great benefits.
Something in our blood - song: The Hearts Filthy Lesson, artist: David Bowie, album: Outside
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I had a very bad time with Annie however. I wrapped her lead over the cross tie post rather than tying it because she has a terrible habit of sitting back and getting hurt. True to form, she did not disappoint. She pulled back and the rope snugged up rather than falling free. It was terrifying! I was so afraid the post would snap in half. It happened once before when she was cross tied and she got all cut up with the post dangling between her legs.
I tried to calm her and release the rope. I don't know whether she or I was more terrified at this point. Then she settled down and I loosened the rope and rubbed her neck and face, calming her. I then reset the rope against the tie ring, not even wrapped and she pulled back again! Again, the rope somehow got "fixed" and she panicked. Pulling back and plunging forward and sitting back again. I again calmed her down and loosened the rope. I don't even know how it got tight this time. I couldn't find any damage although I was sure she hit the post at least once.
I gave up and took her in the barn to finish the job. In the barn I just lay the rope over the stall door and she stood really well. I brushed her down, put hoof conditioner on her feet, fed her cookies and put her away.
I get so tired of her manic panic attacks. She has been hurt so many times because of them. Last year, my horseshoer came early one day and decided to start on the horses before I arrived. I have always held them in hand when he trims. They are very good for him but I enjoy spending a little one on one with them and seeing how their feet are. Anyway, he tied Annie to pipe rails in the corner of her stall paddock. She panicked and pulled back.
My neighbor saw all the commotion from her upstairs window and called me. She couldn't tell what was happening exactly. I felt so helpless as I was driving home from work. It sounded like the horseshoer was killing my horse! She said he was beating her and she was rearing. When I did get there everything was already settled down. The horseshoer met me and said everything was okay and that all three horses had been trimmed. I paid him and went to see the horses and assess the damages.
Annie had battle scars! Her face was scraped in several places from the halter.
Doesn't she look defeated in those photos? Poor baby!
She even had a cut at her throatlatch.
Her knee had a nasty laceration on the side.
The fence had even lost it's weld and the rail fell shortly after! Although I don't know how this rail fell because she was tied in the corner according to the farrier.
I was stunned!! He was wrong to be there without me. However, I never told him about Annie's tying issues. She was always very good for him in the past because I held her. I think he was still in shock when I talked to him afterwards. He could have killed my horse or been killed himself!
I debated whether to cancel his services and even sue him. But Annie did heal and although she has a scar on her leg, she is completely sound. It's so hard to find, and keep, good farriers. He is fast and the horses seem to like him. He is always on time too. Was it my fault too, for not telling him she wouldn't tie? In the end, I decided it was a horrific accident and not really his fault. Now he waits for me to be there.
What would you have done?
And, how can I train her to tie??
Didn't mean to hurt you - song: Sorry, artist: Tin Machine, album: Tin Machine II
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I recently listened to Sabine Becker speak about her life.
She is amazing!
Her mother took the drug thalidomide when she was pregnant to alleviate her morning sickness and Sabine was born with tiny arms.
She was never treated as disabled and learned to do EVERYTHING that others can do.
She writes with her left foot.
She can drive a regular car using her feet.
She had a child and was able to change his diapers and feed him.
She lives in Albuquerque and sells real estate.
Here is her website if you want to find out more about her.
Wikipedia has more information about thalidomide.
It's unfortunate that there wasn't sufficient testing before the approximately 10,000 children in Africa and Europe were born with severe malformities from 1956 to 1962, including phocomelia, because their mothers had taken thalidomide during pregnancy.
However, it has been used to help people with leprosy to sleep.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Remember how they messed up this old fool...
And if the homework brings you down
Then we'll throw it on the fire
And take the car downtown
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
My good friend Lisa, her son Jem, and I took a little hike down Gutierrez Canyon today and picked pine nuts along the way.
We picked about a pound each.
I saw this tree along the high canyon wall and wondered how it could still be alive at all.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of thosewho died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
In the '14-'18 war - song: Rubber Band, artist: David Bowie, album: David Bowie: The Deram Anthology
Every year the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosts free flights for youth ages 8-17 through their Young Eagles program. It's a great program and I highly recommend it. I didn't expect to get a ride because it's for the youth, but the pilot had extra time and offered. It was so fantastyk! I really loved it. This was my son's second flight; he had also gone the year before.
Monday, November 10, 2008
So, she carved a lovely stamp for the Monkey Cave. I had the pleasure of accompanying her family to the designated spot. Here are some photos of the area.
I've circled the monkey cave and marked the climbing route Jax and I climbed. It was scary because the shale was loose and slippy. In the crevice, the rocks tumbled down. I've also circled the small square cave that we decided not to go to. (right, center)