Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Birthday eve

Today was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow's gonna be another one.

Dr. Seuss

I'm one of those odd ducks that doesn't mind birthdays.  In my family, growing up we never made a big fuss of birthdays.  I remember having one party when I was in grade school, but otherwise, there was usually a cake.  Don't remember too many gifts.  But the day in itself is the gift.  Oh sure, there's pitfalls to growing older, but overall it's a blessing.  The alternative's rather boring, so bring them on!
But holy moly, I'm going to be 56 - where has the time gone???  So many memories, so many adventures and so many that I've forgotten about (conveniently?)!!  Maybe...

Ladde continues on the road to recovery.  He's off all pain meds and has no bandages on his feet, and he's on turn-out with the crew weather-permitting.  Lately it's been a day out, a day in, a day out and so on.  Yes, we're still raining.  *sigh*  We sleep with our bedroom window open because temps are in the 50's and down comforters are so warm.  I'm sort of hoping for a cold snap, frozen mud and blue skies, but we'll see how that goes.

Charlotte is now 7 months old and is almost as tall as Ruby.  She's long-legged and very slender, but a tall girl.  She's going in for her spaying surgery this coming Tuesday.  I pray it goes well and her recovery is smooth-sailing.  She's a very active girl, so we're hoping for the best.

Rick (boss man) took some action shots of her the other day with his new lens.  So many of my pictures of Charlotte are just a blur, but apparently the new lens is meant to capture action shots.  Guess it works!  I haven't been posting many pics here lately because of being photo-uploading challenged.  And my phone lost all the pics I've taken since the first week of December.  grrrrrr!!  It seems to "think" that the chip has been unloaded, and needs to be reloaded, which of course, it hasn't.  And there's a procedure to follow when taking the chip out or there's a danger of losing photos!  Really!?  Problem with that is - I didn't remove it.  I really kind of hate technology.  Anyway, no sense in crying over spilled milk...they're gone.  So, I'm thankful to have these...






She's a fun little dog.  Very interactive, wants to be in your business all the time.  All the time.  She's a watcher too, and I like that.  Annie always kept her eye on me, and I've been missing that.  Ruby's more like an adolescent girl who needs her space. Very protective of "her" private space and all that.  Two very different personalities, both good.  Both loved and appreciated.  How much more boring would life be without dogs in it?

Guess I'll never know...

Our "daughter from another mother" Jessie, lost her horse Monday to an ulcerated intestine - basically an internal hernia.  We thought we were dealing with an impaction colic as he wasn't ever very painful.  Just mildly uncomfortable for several days, and we didn't think he'd pooped.  The first vet examined him, wasn't very concerned, announced his vitals were all good, and to just watch him.  24 hours later, same vet called out and this time he was stomach-tubed with mineral oil and water, left a tube of banamine and said to watch him.  Rectal exam revealed no distension and a spongy impaction which she thought would pass within 24 hours time.  That was Sunday afternoon.  By Monday morning he was so distended that a rectal exam couldn't even be performed.  Jessie took him to OSU where they did an exploratory surgery and found the problem.  Grave prognosis, so Lil Buck was euthanized on the table.  Sad day for all.

Appreciate those in your lives that you love.  None of us is guaranteed anything.

Take care and for all you fellow Oregonians...take care not to float away.

10 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

So sorry for th loss of Li'l Buck! And Happy Birthday !

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of her horse. And I'm glad to hear that your guy is feeling better. With the rain this week, I am feeling thankful that my horses are boarded because as I get older each year (funny how that works), I am less inclined to want to tromp through mud.
Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

C-ingspots said...

Thanks!!

Gail said...

Happy Birthday. You're just a spring chick!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful time for your birthday.

Love the action shots. Glad to her Ladde is doing well too. Sorry to hear about Buck. It's so hard to lose the ones we love.

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Happy birthday!! Birthdays were always a big deal at our house. I didn't have to do the dishes, got to choose the meal, and hear my "birth story". Not doing the dishes was the absolute highlight, but I felt like a slacker.

That is very sad about Buck. I had a similar thing happen to my colt, Cowboy"s nephew and twin. Broke my heart. I hope she's okay.

aurora said...

Happy Birthday Lorie!! Life is full of surprises, good & bad. Glad Laddie continues healing. Sorry about the loss of Lil Buck, never easy. Nice pics, action shots are my favorite to shoot - he got some good ones! Maybe a techy from the provider where you bought the phone can help you recover the pics? Not sure what kind you have, but some smart phones are set to backup in the cloud (they should know) and some sync to computers when plugged in. Also, rebooting a phone resets things back to normal (on an iphone it's the top button & front circle on button, held down simultaneously for several seconds). Hope you get your pics back, unless you switched phones things shouldn't just disappear. I have a love-hate relationship with technology. Best wishes for Charlotte (and you!) surgery recovery time is hard for them to understand.

T.L. Merrybard said...

Charlotte looks lovely. I've got two 'teenage girl' type dogs here now and miss having a clingy one around.

Poor Lil Buck. I sometimes wonder how many horse are diagnosed with colic and PTS under that diagnosis, when it fact it was something else equally bad that showed similar symptoms, but most people don't do surgery even now (and for good reasons in many cases) so we'll never know. Lost one to a rapid and awful 'colic' many years ago now. Terrible. Have always suspected it was a bolus cancer that suddenly dislodged. It all went to crap very quickly despite the vet being there.

Karen Ann said...

Sorry to hear of your daughter's loss - colic can be such a fickle thing - hard to tell sometimes when they're in deep trouble or can ride it out safely.