Sunday, May 31, 2009
I will be giving a "surprise" prize to the winner!
Friday, May 29, 2009
But, believe me, that thing bucked! While we were in town we bought vegetable plants and bags of soil builder.
Then we watered them being very careful not to upset the plants and dirt walls.We covered the new plants with some old hay for protection against the harsh sun.
Ross really has a green thumb in this picture!
We planted tomatoes, lettuce, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, green peppers, eggplant, jalapenos, sweet peas, corn, cantaloupe and watermelon. We also threw in some herbs: dill, cilantro, and bee balm. We planted zinnia and marigolds here and there to help fight the bugs. I threw moth balls around the perimeter fence too.
I know this garden isn't going to be economically efficient. I mean we can buy lots of vegetables, and fruits too, for the hundreds of dollars we'll spend on it but it'll be fun. The produce will be healthy too.
Sit in the garden - song: If there is something, artist: Tin Machine covering
Roxy Music, album: Tin Machine
Monday, May 25, 2009
We did get this picture later when Lisa posed with him. Aren't they cute? Lisa and I had a great time together.
I can hear some pop...popular musics - Baby Grace (A horrid cassette), artist: David Bowie, album: Outside
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Some background on Annie: she is a maiden mare (never bred before) and 16 years old. Last year, on July 8th and 9th, she was bred by artificial insemination. As of today, she is 318-319 days gestation.
The hallmark signs of impending foaling include: (1) udder fills at two to four weeks prior to foaling, (2) tailhead relaxes within a week prior to foaling, (3) teats “wax” within a week prior to foaling or sometimes not at all, (4) teats fill and may drip milk in the days prior to foaling, (5) vulva relaxes and the mare is restless in the hours prior to foaling. The actual foaling process begins with labor generally lasting one to two hours. The mare will be restless and may seem colicky. The end of labor is marked by the rupture of the fetal membranes surrounding the foal. The delivery follows which is a quick process usually lasting 5 to 20 minutes. The normal presentation of the foal should be with the front hooves down, one slightly ahead of the other, and the nose tucked on the knees and cannons.
Annie has been bagged up for a few days now and this morning, I noticed yellow dripping from her teat. She also peed several times, the last time it was just a few dribbles, as I was feeding them.
I intend to go out in a couple of hours and hand graze them on grass. That's why their feeding appears to be so light, in case anyone was wondering.
To watch this creature fair - song: Lady Stardust, artist: David Bowie, album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This blue eyed performer cites Little Richard as his first musical influence.
This performer has something important in common with Elvis Presley.
Reasons why it could happen:
- He needs the money
- He's bored
- He's releasing a new album (fingers crossed)
- Lexie (his daughter) wants him to
Adam is being compared to Freddie Mercury for his fantastic vocals and to Mr. Bowie for his theatrics, extravagance, and "gayness." Bowie is Adam Lambert's idol too. Here is a photo of Adam at a New Year's performance wearing a great Bowie tee shirt. How can you fault him with taste like that?
I seriously doubt this duet will come to pass but I have my fingers crossed. I would love to see Bowie on stage again. This will get him in the public's eye in a big way because this show will be viewed by millions. The duet would have to be Under Pressure and what a performance it would be! How I wish I were a fly on Bowie's apartment wall right now. Is he going around singing Under Pressure?
Here is a youtube video of Adam's audition for American Idol.
I love his version of Tears for Fear's Mad World. He sang Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love and Aerosmith's Cryin' like a rock star!
Here's a video of Adam singing Mad World
To be fair, I'll include a Kris Allen video of Heartless by Kanye West
Who do you think should win?
Not unexpectedly, Adam didn't win. I think he was the better singer of the two, definitely more memorable, but I don't think America is ready for a singer like him. Americans prefer safe, cute, good 'ol country boy singers, like Kris. And Bowie didn't show. That's a shame but again, not unexpected.
Your Idol Singing Falsetto - song: Young Americans, artist: David Bowie, album: Young Americans
Monday, May 18, 2009
Lisa, at Laughing Orca Ranch, has begun Mare Watch Mondays for my Arabian mare, Annie. (Why didn't I think of that?? Anyway, great idea, thanks!)
We are anxiously anticipating Annie's foal. She is 16 years old and this is her first foal but Annie is in excellent health and spirits so I anticipate that everything will go well. Pregnancy has agreed with her, she is very calm nowadays whereas she was extremely flighty in her younger days. She used to kick a lot, so much that I worried about her being a mama. Now, she is gentle and patient and I can work all around her. I am glad that I waited to breed her until she settled down, however, I worried that it would be too late to ever have a foal. You can read about the challenging breeding process last year, here.
Her mother, Fantastka, was a winning racehorse in Poland and became the Polish National Champion mare before she was sold at the Polish sale for a price of $240,000 and imported to the United States. Annie's sire, AH Gallant, by the fabulous El Paso, was also a winning racehorse and register of merit racing stallion and a halter winner at age 16! I didn't want to lose her pedigree. I could never afford a horse with her bloodlines again. When I saw the flyer for Kakhem Sahib, I knew he was the "one".
Kakhem Sahib is a son of the famous Khemosabi. Khemo, as he is affectionately called, has been reserve champion working cow horse three times.
Isn't he pretty?Besides being a show horse, he's also ridden around the ranch. He's got a great disposition, is an outstanding performer, and looks good too. What more could I want? Oh, and he stands 15.1hh so maybe Annie, at 14.3hh, will produce a taller foal than herself. (fingers crossed)
I don't really care what sex the foal is as long as it's healthy. I haven't decided it's future either, since I am currently unemployed but I was hoping to show it.
I was checking on my mare's gestation at a great horse website called Justamere Ranch and this is what I found out.
If your mare was last bred on 7/10/2008, then your soon-to-be foal is now approximately:
45 weeks or 312 days old.
Considering that a mare's average gestation is 335 days, you should be seeing your new addition in approximately 23 days. Please remember, however, that your mare could foal several weeks earlier or later and still be considered to have a "normal" gestation.
Although you should monitor your mare, you probably won't need to spend eleven months of nearly sleepless nights. Normal gestation for a mare lasts about 335 days, with some healthy foals born as early as 300 days and others taking over 360 days. However, foals born before about 320 days are usually weak, have a low birth weight, and may require intensive care. Environmental factors, sex of the foal, and age of the mare can all affect the length of gestation. Foals born during the early spring are often carried a week to ten days longer than foals born during late summer. Colts are usually carried a couple of days longer than fillies. Mares tend to carry their foals longer as they age - usually about one day longer for each year of age over ten years. Mares seem to follow a pattern year after year therefore good record keeping helps to predict when an individual mare will foal.
This means that she could foal a little sooner than I've been anticipating. Or a little later, lol. She is huge and I think the foal is moving back some. I also noticed that her bags are filling. Hopefully, she'll wait a couple more weeks though, June 7th is a full moon.