Sunday, March 31, 2013

POA

I have been doing some cleaning recently and I came across this photo of me with my first pony, January. She was a POA and a really really nice pony. We searched for months and saw a lot of not nice ponies before my dad called up the neighbors to inquire about the pony out in their field. Their kids had used her for 4-H but were grown and gone by that point and so they agreed to sell her to us. When we got her I wasn't able to saddle her with out help, so I spent lots of time riding her bareback around our 30 acre farm. She was a wonderful pony. Now, my younger brother tells me that all of my horses are POA's. He says it stands for Prisoner of Alanna.

Sunshine!!!

I have been majorly slacking off on the blogging. I had a cold earlier this week and wasn't doing too much, and then the last couple days have been super gorgeous around here. Normally springtime in Oregon means a lot of rain. That has not been the case this year. I turned Roz out for a few hours yesterday and this was the show he gave me.


I got to go meet Roxy's adorable baby yesterday. Sadly my camera battery was not in my camera so I was only able to take pictures on my phone. But I'm going back on Monday so I should have lots of adorable photos then.



In other news, I heard from Chevy's new owner and he is doing well. The had traveled a few hours away for the weekend and planned to trail ride him and play with him through an obstacle course.

Finally, Happy Easter! 
"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he is risen, just as he said.'" Matthew 28:5

Monday, March 25, 2013

NW Horse Fair & Expo

Check out my photos of a drill team and Tarra and Mystic in the All Breed Challenge. They did an awesome job even if they didn't make it in to the finals.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Energy

I'm a little over 2 weeks out from my last chemo treatment and I'm feeling great. I have been so energetic and SO busy over that last week or so. Yesterday I hauled Mystic over to the Linn County Fairgrounds for the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo. He's competing in the All Breed Challenge this weekend. He made it through round 1 and will compete in round 2 tomorrow night.

Tarra letting Mystic scope out the competition arena
The Nags...sidesaddle riders doing a drill. Aren't they cute!? 
My friends adorable baby watching the opening ceremony. She likes the horses!
We saw these adorable mini donkeys today. I think I need one!

In other news, I had a fecal run on Roz this week and it came back with 1850 strongyles. Yikes! A high load would be considered 500. I spoke with my vet and they recommended de-worming him with Quest (moxidectin) and running a fecal in 10 days to be sure that it comes back clear. Then 3-4 months later we will run another one to determine what we need to treat him with next.  Roz looks completely healthy and I just ran the fecal as a routine screening. The vet said that he is probably very resilient and a high shedder. Apparently genetics play in to whether a horse a horse deals well with parasites or not. I thought it was pretty interesting. 

She's Here!

Roxanne finally foaled last night. I don't have any details yet but she appears to have had a beautiful, healthy, filly.  Yah!




Sunday, March 17, 2013

So Willing

I had the pleasure of riding Mystic Pony tonight. He was excellent as always. I have never ridden a more willing horse than that one. I have ridden him a little more lately and I am getting a better feel for his way of going. He's currently working on second level dressage and is such a talented guy. This next week he and Tarra are going to be competing in the All Breeds Challenge at the NW Horse Fair and Expo. I'm sure I will have pictures and updates at they go. It's 3 rounds and should be a lot of fun.




Apparently he doesn't normally like you to blow in his nose but he has done it twice with me lately. 
Yesterday, Tarra and I had a booth at the Canby Tack Sale. We sold over $1000 worth of tack! Some of it was my stuff and then we also took tack for several friends.  It was rainy and cold but thankfully it went by fairly quickly since we stayed pretty busy. Some day I want to go just to shop for some good deals. I did help Tarra find a new bridle and reins for Tolo. I didn't start looking around until later on in the morning. I think if we drive all the way up there and pay $1 to get in I would plan on getting there early in hopes of finding the best deals. Regardless, my pony fund grew this weekend and that was fun!

And Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Today my cousin and I hosted a baby shower for my sister in law. I'm going to be an aunt in less than a month. We went with the Irish theme since my family is Irish and we are planning a vacation to Ireland later this year. It all came together really well and was a lot of fun. 

Goodies
Adorable cupcakes made by my cousin
Motorcyle made out of diapers and a few other baby things
Clothesline for our onesie guessing game. Each guest brought a onesie that reflected something about them. Holly's job was to guess who brought what! 
The onesie I brought. "I have a need for horsepower"

Oh...and no baby from Roxy yet either.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Not yet...

I got to visit the Roxy mare today. She is big and seemed very tired! It was so nice to see her.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waiting....

Roxanne is due to foal today! For those of you who don't know, Roxy is a mare that I used to own, and the mother of Pants. She is in foal to the Appaloosa stallion, Spot My Blue Boy. She is now owned by a friend of mine and I'm excited to go visit Roxy and baby once she foals. I'm also house sitting this weekend near the barn where she is stabled, so I volunteered for foal watch. We'll see if she has foaled by then. I will definitely take my camera out when the baby comes and will share some adorable photos with you.

Roxanne and her first foal, Pants.

This weekend is a huge tack sale somewhat near us. Tarra and I are taking a bunch of my tack, along with tack from some of our barn mates, to sell. Last year we had a table and did pretty well. We have to be up early but I'm sure it will be fun. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Rozzy Ridge turned 21 today! It's hard to believe that he is that old. He still looks and feels great though, so that's all that matters. I am so thankful to have him. He has taught me a lot and been a fantastic partner over the years.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Done with Chemo

Chemo number 8 is done! I had to go see the doctor yesterday and have my lab work done because she was teaching a mentor class for a while this morning. It was weird to just go in and get started with the drugs rather than the normal pattern. My port was being fussy again so I had to be reclined for the whole thing. It's not too bad except the benadryl they give me makes me sleepy and it's hard to eat and drink when you are reclined. I already have surgery scheduled for April 23 to complete my reconstruction and to have my port removed. I honestly can't wait to have it out! My parents brought in Dutch Bro's for the nurses, and we had chocolate cake to celebrate my last chemo. It was fun and hopefully it blessed their day as they have blessed many of mine.

There are so many people who have taken great care of me through out the past several months. Of course my parents are a huge one. They cried with me when I found out and then we went to work formulating a plan to beat that nasty cancer. My mom has spent hours researching all sorts of stuff, and we are eating healthier than ever before. My dad has given me a lot of extra help outside, feeding Roz on evenings where I don't feel up to going outside. Those are just a few examples of all that they have done for me.

My family, extended family, and church family has been a great support over these past several months showing their love and care for me and my family. My sister in law, Holly, came to all of my appointments in the beginning as we were finding out what exactly we were dealing with and trying to formulate a plan and my grandparents met up with us at the clinic several times.

Tarra and April rode Chevy for me for a month, and that was huge! Kellie sat with me through 7 out of 8 chemo treatments and Tarra visited me on the one Kellie didn't. My parents also traded "Chemo sitting duties." 4 hours sitting around getting chemo is not my idea of fun but they made it fun by visiting with me. We schemed up great horse plans, plans for a beautiful farm to buy, and just had a lot of fun. Lindsey made my a paper chain to countdown the weeks until the completion of chemo and I finished that off tonight.

Then I need to thank all of the wonderful people that prayed for me, sent me card, hats, notes on facebook or paused an extra minute to give me a hug. I so appreciate all of those little encouragements. Plus all of the ladies who gave me a "hat party" to boost my hat selection (which previously consisted of about 2 hats).

My work has been amazing about this whole thing, and I can't thank all of my co-workers enough.

I'm sure there are things and people that I am leaving out but know that I appreciate all of the love and support I have received. You all helped me make it through this adventure and come out smiling. I'm also thankful that God is with us and provided me with peace through out this experience. My final verse on my paper chain tonight was this:

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

A yummy chocolate cake made by my friend Carol, at Roth's. 
My brother, Ryan, stopped by to celebrate with me. 
Lindsey and Koa came to say "hi"
Kellie and I after 14 long weeks of chemo!
My excellent, encouraging oncologist,  Dr. Boric.  
My lovely grandparents who came in to cheer me on. My Grandpa went through surgery and chemo for colon cancer almost 10 years ago and he is doing great! 
My sweet parents
The amazing nurses! It you want a job serving people being a nurse could be the job for you.


After chemo today my mom and I worked out at Curves before I headed home to change and head up to NDF. Tarra didn't have time to ride Mystic today and offered him to me. We had an excellent ride and it was really nice to be back out at the barn. Tarra has done an excellent job with Mystic and he is well trained and super willing. Talk about a nice combo! 

Last night, I met up with my cousin for dinner. We went to Chinese food and I had 2 fortune cookies. 
1) An investment opportunity will be profitable for you- I sure like the sound of that considering I have pony I want to buy! 
2) You will soon be involved in many gatherings and parties- This is totally true, as we had one today plus my birthday is next week! 

P.S. This is really a rambling post, so if you read the whole thing, I'm impressed! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Sunshine

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here in Oregon. Still a bit cool but it's so nice to see the sunshine. Tarra and I hit the trails with Roz and Mystic. This was Roz's first real trail ride since going barefoot this fall, and so it was his first long ride in his hoof boots. They worked great and he seemed totally comfortable. We went 4 miles. He was enthusiastic to start but settled in and marched right along. I turned him out for some time on the pasture when we got home. He's a happy boy.



Saturday, March 2, 2013

Photo Share

We had an "open farm" at our house today so I spent the morning taking pictures of cute kids and cute critters. Enjoy!