Didn’t we just have one of these last month!!?!! And, we woke up to snow AGAIN!!! Didn’t we just have some of that last month????

As usual, the snowfall we got was minimal – just enough to make it pretty, not enough to delay schools. South of us, strangely enough, got more snow!

The husband was out yesterday broadcasting seed in the paddocks. I know he was hoping for more snow to help with the seed germination!

The robins that have arrived are looking very confused, and my seed bar on the back deck has an overflow of patrons! To date, we have had juncos, mourning doves,blue jays, cardinals, titmice, chickadees, goldfinches, red finches, white crowned sparrows, and other sparrows, as regulars. The cracked corn for the deer attracts ground feeders,  starlings and grackles among them.

The feral cat has been limping for about 2 weeks now. I am torn between trapping him and inflicting further mental trauma, or just letting him be. He is still showing up to eat, and keeping his regular schedule during the day, so I am not too worried.

I got my “new” enlarged breast plate/collar back from The Saddle Doctor for my big guy, Prince John. We are changing  over to western tack, and I got a wonderful refurbished old saddle from a gal an hour south of here. The Saddle Doctor is local, and I found a used collar, but it was too small. She lengthened the straps, and we are good to go. I will have to take pictures of  ‘the big guy” in his new attire!!!

While at the Saddle Doctor, I got a tour, saw their new colts – foundation quarter horses,absolutely adorable!!! I also discovered that those folks sell horse feed, much better quality, and less expensive than what I have been buying from a commercial dealer. I am all about keeping business local, and of course, spending less when I can!  Brought home a 50 lb bag and mixed it in with the old stuff – and the horses just loved it!!! It is healthier, and dietetic at the same time – with less sweetener, more grain, more actual food for my dollar. So, it’s a win-win!! I am loving the small towns more every day!!!

The hunt for companion ponies still goes on. We visited some, one of which we would dearly love to have. But, the caretaker has yet to respond to our many inquiries. It is bordering on being rude- since he was quite excited about us having them. So, the search goes on…..

Yesterday, the daughter and I visited a local man with several miniature horses. We are looking to adopt, not buy. He was looking to sell, all of his minis are registered with papers, and I understand perfectly. But, he is moving from his present property, and I mentioned that if he got stuck, he was more than welcome to leave one or two of the tiny guys at my property for awhile. We left, and as we pulled into our own barn, here comes the guy, pulling in behind us!! He lives up the road from us, but the field he rents for the minis is on the other side of town. Since we were both taking the same route home, he was right behind us (I never noticed!) and thought he would just come and check out our property!  I guess we met muster, because he said  if he ran into a problem getting a new rental field, he wouldn’t mind letting one or two of his minis stay with us, and he’d PAY us to keep them!! Woohoo!!! Ownership of sorts, without the financial aspects of ownership works for me!!! But, I probably wouldn’t take his money – just having them there to play with will be enough for me!!!! As long as he covers farrier and vet bills!!

But, as with anything else, I won’t keep my hopes up – the offer is out there, if it’s meant to be, it will be!!!! We are still hoping to hear back at some point from the first guy. With my luck, I’ll get callbacks all at once, and will be overflowing with minis, and my husband will divorce me!!! LOL

Today is definitely a catch up and clean up day. I have been procrastinating for so long, and working on other things, that the house is falling to wrack and ruin!!!

Here are some pix of what has been going on-  “new” lawn ornaments at the entry to our driveway that the husband unearthed, some local minis (not the ones we looked at),the work of our local woodpecker pair.

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One of a matching pair at the head of the driveway

One of a matching pair at the head of the driveway

Who made these pine chip?

Who made these pine chips?

The origin of the chips - the woodpeckers' handiwork!

The origin of the chips - the woodpeckers' handiwork!

Pine tree canopy thru the woodpeckers' eyes

Pine tree canopy thru the woodpeckers' eyes

Minis!!

Minis!!

How cute is this?????

How cute is this?????

All is well, and the snow (what little there was) has almost melted, at Mountain Meadows this morning…………………..

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