Banana Cookie

Have I mentioned that Cookie thinks I’m trying to poison her every time I offer her a banana?

Yeah, she’s 100% convinced that bananas=death.
Right up there with anything that has cinnamon in it, or bread.
Banana bread is the trifecta of Death to this poor horse.

Being the mean and horrible Horse Mama that I am, found a recipe for banana oatmeal cookies…and I had to make them for her to try.
I mean, **every** horse loves oats, right?!?
So, I figured it would make for a fun photo shoot, offering her these cookies, and see what she thought of them.

Daddy offers her the first one…

She lipped it up then spit it out right away.
He went to offer to the others, so The Kid offered her a piece of one…they were kinda big, and they were hard for the Girls to eat without breaking them up.

“Uh, this smells like it might be okay…”
~Cookie

Look at the eye I’m getting!
Hahahaha!!!
She smelled the banana right away but considering trying it because of the oats.

“Eeeeeewwwwww!!!”

“Yer tryin to kill me Woman!!”
~Cookie

As it turns out, oats cannot overcome the poisonous qualities of bananas.
At least, not for The Cookie.

Winging It

Maybe y’all have noticed that it’s been 2(ish) weeks since my last post.
Sorry ’bout that. It’s been an interesting time…
I missed last week’s Friday’s Hunt (Starts with P, Week’s Fave, Foot), which I’ll do now, with this week’s prompts(Starts with Q, Week’s Fave, Evening) as well, and I haven’t taken any pictures since the 15th, when I did some portraits at the Stable.

So, grab a coffee, and let me spin for you the yarn that has been the last 2 weeks here on the Farm…

Like I said, the 15th, I did some portraits at the Stable, starting with this very handsome fellow…

Oreo

This is the Barn Manager’s boy, Oreo, an OTTB, who can be as silly as he is pretty…and damn is he pretty! lol!
This shot is actually from after we were done shooting, and he just happened to be perfectly in the light for a lovely sunflare…

This next fellow, I just love…of course, I am a bit biased towards the black and white paints. 😉
(We’ll call this one week’s favorite for last week, ‘kay?)

Marty

Oh, but that blue eye! ❤
And, he’s such a little sweetheart…I’m looking forward to finishing editing his set…

Yeah, so I haven’t even finished with editing, because by the Monday after, I came down with the plague that has been going around. It’s a flu/cold/plague of death that just kicks your butt all the way to bed and back around the corner. It is unlike anything I’ve caught before…and now, 2 weeks later, I *still* have it. Ugh. It’s just plain gross.
That first few days, my morning chores, which normally take 35-45 minutes, were taking me 2 hours. Seriously. Just gross.
Computer time fell by the wayside.
Until, I decided out of the blue, to attempt to calibrate my new-to-me monitor. I only got it because it’s bigger than my old one…the problem is, the aspect ratio was wrong, and no matter what I did, all my images looked distorted.
*sigh*
So, I’m back to my old monitor, and I’m waiting for my tech guy to come out and update my OS. Mint has been giving me…issues…and DarkTable hasn’t been running as smoothly as it should. 😡
But, I can still edit, and now, that’s what I getting back to…

Oh, wait though…
A week ago Thursday, Hubby wakes me up at 4am and says “Uh, there’s something wrong with me…”
He was dizzy, nauseous, vision was wonky…and then he passed out at my feet.
Oh, joy.
Not.

Really really really really long story short…
Double inner ear infection.
Scary as hell at 4am, and you think your partner just had a heart attack in front of you.
Doctors, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and sleep…lots and lots of sleep…and he’s starting to feel better.

This past Tuesday, the last of my outdoor cats went to get fixed.
Yay!
Both Ghost…

Ghost, with feet in the air, asking for a belly rub…

And TroubleCat (awww!! Baby picture!)…

That Trouble is an adorable little fellow, that’s for sure!

Have lost their nuts…
And so, now they can stay home, and hunt here, while lounging on the deck in the sunshine during the day.
No more cats fights, no more injuries, no more holes from hunting geese…

The Kid now has her beginner’s driver’s license.
Driver’s Ed has been giving me fits.
I know the in class session schedule, but not the in-car schedule, and so it’s been hard to plan anything, or book her riding lessons.
And me, well, I have no control over this and it’s driving (lol) me nuts.
Control freak with no control over things…oh, it’s painful.

But, it hasn’t all been trying, this past few weeks.
I did get my seeds started, for my tomatoes, hot peppers and sweet peppers. I have them in the library this year, so that I don’t forget them in the basement…so far so good. We’re getting close to the first re-potting.
*sigh*
I’m going to have a garden this year, no matter what!

I’ve confirmed my new hens for June.
Again, we’re going with the ex-battery girls.
They’re already laying, and it gives them a chance at a good life of freedom in their yard, until we replace them in a year’s time.
This year’s girls will get the chop…we’ll take out what we can use for ground chicken, and the rest will become cat food.
They’ve had a great life with us here, and now it’s time for them to feed the kitties.
As sad as it is for the hennys, only the horses get a free pass to be money eating pets. 😉

Sable ❤

For Q, we’re going to use this image of Sable…quietly having a nap in the sunshine.

This week’s favorite, is this one…from my portraits at the Stable…

Odie

This guy…OMG.
He is so gorgeous. The second I saw him, I wanted to photograph him.
I wanted him in a black background shoot so freakin’ bad.
Yeah, I’m working my way through the editing of his shoot, and he did not disappoint, let me tell you!
I will admit, I normally cull shots where I lose part of a muzzle. I’m really not a fan of them, but this one, I love his eye so much here…I just had to keep this shot because of it.

And so, I think I’ve pretty much caught y’all up on things here.
We’re finally getting back on track.
Enjoying the weather, letting the sun soak into our bodies and Heal us.
To finish, an evening image from a few weeks ago…

Sharing with Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.

Radio Silence

Sorry for the silence folks.
It’s been a wee bit busy here. Spring has sprung, the water is receding, we’re making building plans for an expanded henny coop, a turkey house and hopefully a second pig yard.
The Kid finished her drama production that had us busy 5 nights a week ’til 8pm…yeah we go to bed at 8:30 normally, so it was a tough couple of weeks.
But now, she’s started Driver’s Ed.
Whew. Hard to believe she’s old enough to drive…

Horses are good. Muddy, stinky, happy for sunshine.
I’ve had my 2nd article published at Homestead.org, about our experiences finding like-minded others, and am writing my 3rd. That’s my main reason for silence…deadline.
Today, though, I have a few sleepy in the sunshine images of the horses for you…then I’ll be back later on this weekend, after my latest article is submitted, for my Friday’s Hunt post.
Bear with me folks, I’m not ignoring you…I gotta make the money too, y’know?

The look I get when I wake Astrid from a snoring sleep…

❤ Sable ❤

My Old Lady snuggling with Sable…but you didn’t see that, because she’s not the snuggly type. 😉

And a muddy, stinky Palomino has a roll…

Friday’s Hunt April 2nd

Well, we still have water.
But it’s going down fast. Thank goodness!
The wind is helping, and we’ve had some wonderful warm weather.
I’m even seeing wee bits of green shoots of grass starting.
The hennys have finally decided that coming out of the coop for longer periods of time is a grand plan. They found a 1/4 of a medium square straw bale we had given them in the fall…now they are having fun ripping it apart and eating what bits of wheat they can find in it.

It’s so nice to see happy birds, and happy horses…though the Girls are frustrated that the grass isn’t long enough to eat yet. They are so tired of hay. Their bodies are crying out for new grass, much like we humans are craving green salads and fresh veggies.
I tell them it’s coming soon, but I’m not sure they believe me. 😉

This week, the prompts for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills are Starts with M, Week’s Favorite and Water.
Shall we?

Starts with M

My Girl…
My dirty, dirty Girl…

Having a shake after a roll on the last of the snow…

There’s almost no snow now, so any bit they find, they roll and roll and roll and roll on, trying to scrub out the winter coat.

Week’s Favorite

Silhouette!!
From yesterday at the Stable…I love silhouette days, and the Running of the Horses is an awesome time to practice getting those action/silhouette shots.

Coming in for dinner…

Water

Oh, poor Bella WaterHorse…

She loves to play in water, but not freezing cold-just-melted-from-being-ice water. Nope, our Girl loves sun warmed water to play in. ❤

“Uh, Kid? Could ya come help me out here?”

She stood there for a good 5 minutes, until The Kid went out an led her to dry land. It’s not that she couldn’t get there herself, she was just feeling sucky…and well, there was a big stick that might have been a killer water snake that might have gotten her…for the record, we have no killer water snakes around here. LOL!!
But, once she realized it was a stick, she tried to pick it up to take to The Kid…
Silly horse!

Friday’s Hunt Feb. 19th

What a lovely week of weather we’ve had!
It’s hard to believe it’s February. Yesterday we hit an amazing +6*c.
Sooooo nice!

The horses have been happily basking in the sunshine and the hennys have loved every second of outdoor time they’ve gotten. My birds are spoiled, they do not like to get cold, so when it’s below -15*c, I leave them in the coop. But this warmth? They’re loving boking ’round the chicken yard, snow drifts and all.

This week’s prompts are Starts with G, Week’s Favorite and Pink.
And here’s my images…

Starts with G

Who else could possibly be used for the letter G, other than my Ghost?

<3

My big, sweet, supposedly feral, TomCat.
The Kid and I worked hard on gaining this guy’s trust, and now, he’s the best barn cat ever. Even when he follows me around the Farm yard yapping up a storm. 😉

Week’s Favorite

Well, you saw that image the other day:

I love this shot so much...feral or friendly Palomino?!?

I love this shot so much…feral or friendly Palomino?!?

Definitely my favorite shot of the week.

Pink

This one is a close second though…just shot fresh this morning, with the help of The Kid.

pink-mintsMs Cookie lipping up pink mints from The Kid’s hand.
And, a huge thank you to everyone who’s been asking about her, offering wishes of good health and been checking up on us.
Thankfully, my big donkey is back to her normal, delightful self..
Eating her beet pulp happily, and scrapping with Astrid again.

Sharing for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills.

Embrace the Chaos!

I’ve come to the conclusion that will be my theme for all 2017 photo shoots.

Embrace the Chaos

My attempts at calm, serene, ethereal images (much like other equine photographers capture) have gone far awry.
Y’know, for a while I was frustrated with it…but then, I thought, that’s life here. We’re not calm, serene, ethereal people, nor are our animals.
So, when I went out today to attempt some sort of heart themed photo shoot (because V-Day is coming and even though we don’t acknowledge it, I do like a themed photo shoot) and it didn’t work out like I had hoped (a horse with a thick winter coat won’t show a trimmed pattern unless you shave it into their coat. Trust me, shaving Cookie in any way ain’t gonna happen!!) I fell back on Embrace the Chaos and just took pictures…and then gave the camera to my Kid, who took 2 of today’s images.

Here we are, my offerings for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills

Starts with F

Today was a day of feet!
It was Sable’s turn to get a trim, and she was making sure Hubby did it right:

"Make sure it looks good too, Dad!" ~Sable

“Make sure it looks good too, Dad!”
~Sable

She has a thing for watching her feet being done.
She does it with Hubby.
She does it with Michele.
It’s a Bella thing. 😉

Week’s Favorite

This… ❤

<3

My Kid captured my Girl and I in a moment.

Heart

So, I wanted to cut out a heart pattern on her rump, like a My Little Pony cutie mark…didn’t work. At. All.
Lipstick on her forehead last year was much better.
Maybe I’ll do that again tomorrow…we’ll see.
Instead my Kid captured this:

Me and my SweetHeart

Me and my SweetHeart

That’ll do for heart, I believe. 🙂

How You Doin’?

Hey, how was your week?

Ours was…ah, it was a week.
Last Friday, Ms Cookie went off her feed.
Oh, she was still eating hay and drinking just fine, but she refused her beet pulp. That is so out of character for her.
There was no cinnamon, no bananas, no bread (these are all things she’s convinced will poison her) in her bucket. Just her normal soaked beet pulp and ground flax. Same thing she’s been eating for the past 2 1/2 years. Same thing she comes galloping in for…
Friday though, she refused it.
I wasn’t overly worried, because I had put a slice of banana in earlier in the week, and didn’t scrub her bucket afterwards…have I mentioned she likes her bucket spotless? Yeah, gotta scrub her bucket once a week, minimum.

Saturday though…

Came home from the stable to find her napping in the sunset.

<3

So, I went and snapped a few pictures. Then I rubbed her back and rump. She likes that. 😉
Meanwhile, The Kid had gotten the beet pulp ready and taken it out to hang up for them.
Cookie didn’t even bother getting up.

Okay, now I was beginning to worry.
Time to check pulse, temperature, gum colour…
Everything was normal.
*stumped*

Hubby brought hay to the feeders, and she got up and went to eat hay.
Ooookay…
Huh.
So, I went and got a handful of canning salt and offered it to her.
She licked a bit up off my hand, but for the most part, she wasn’t interested. But, was still eating her hay.
So, after making sure I could hear her tummy working, I left her to eat.

And that’s been my week.
Oh, toss in a nausea inducing migraine for me too.
Brought on by the stress of worrying about my big Dork, no doubt.

By Tuesday, she still hadn’t eaten more than a mouthful from her bucket, so I scrubbed it again, rinsed it with an apple cider vinegar/water solution (which I gave to the chickens 😉 ) and soaked a red solo cup of alfalfa cubes with a 1/2 cup beet pulp, and scaled her flax back to 1/2 cup.

That she ate about half of.
Still not normal, but definite improvement.
And that’s where we’re at, feed wise. More alfalfa cubes than beet pulp, flax at 1/2 cup, and she’s eating more and more of it.
Yesterday, she even picked a fight with Astrid…though, I tell ya, I think some of the problems this week have to do with Astrid throwing her weight around. Cookie is still second in the herd and Astrid doesn’t like it. So, when Cookie shows even the teeniest bit of weakness, Astrid is all over her.
Hubby’s theory is that during some asshat-ery, Cookie tweaked something, and was sore from it. Astrid jumped on it, pushing her around and jockeying for herd position. Cookie, not feeling 100% already, felt the stress of it, and went off her feed.

It does make some sense, since, as she’s eating more and more of her pail, she’s snapping at Astrid’s little pushiness movements.
Like, yesterday, she chased Astrid up the snow drift, biting her the whole way. And, when Astrid tried to come down to retaliate, Cookie bit her fetlock (that’s how tall the drift is!).

Either way, made me worry myself sick about it all.
Never a good time. 😦

Edited to add:
She hasn’t refused all food. She’s been eating her hay like normal, she’s been drinking just fine, and things are coming out the other end as they should be.
It’s her daily pail of beet pulp that she was refusing.
She hasn’t lost weight, and yes, she’s been seen by the vet. 🙂

Napping and ignoring The Kid. ;)

Napping and ignoring The Kid. 😉

"Ugh. Child woke me from my nap!" ~Cookie

“Ugh. Child woke me from my nap!”
~Cookie