Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Woman Can Change Her Mind, Can't She ?

Well actually it wasn't so much as me changing my mind as it was Billy making the decision for me. I wrote in my last blog that Melaza's owner has decided to move back to Canada, so she was going to sell both horses. Well Billy thought that we should keep Melaza since I made the mistake of falling in love with her as I was training  her. Of course, Melaza made that real easy to do, she has a great personality  and is a very quick learner. So when Billy told me I needed to keep her I didn't argue with him.  Despite my last post where I wrote that I didn't want to own a horse in Mexico, I now own one! Dulce is Melaza's mom and we
had a few people come out and look at her and we had her sold to one lady, but we didn't think it would be the best fit for Dulce.  But we didn't have any other options so it looked like she was going to get Dulce. But then the universe lined up and I found out that the woman, Stephanie, who bought all the equipment from Sherry might be interested in a nice safe riding horse. I was like OMG you have to buy her she would be great for you! I had been out to Stephanie's place a few days ago so I knew just how nice Dulce would have it there, plus Stephanie takes great care of all her animals.  I made arragements for Stephanie to come out and ride her right away, we had to close this deal fast!  She came out along with her girlfriend, Elaine, and they both rode her, thought she was great and showed me the Money!!! Deal done, happy ending! I had to go out and find a place to board Melaza. I managed to find one not to far away from me, and the woman who runs it also does Parelli! so that should be a good fit for us. Melaza is not used to a stall, she had free run at our last place so that will be an adjustment for her, and she has never been away from her mom for more than a few hours so that will be new for her too. There is a horse next to her so hopefully she will like him. The new place has a dog park and there are all kinds of obstacles that we can play with . I am looking forward to that, but not sure if Melaza is. I will let you know how she feels about that in a future post.

Waiting: When you live in Mexico you have to get used to waiting, like right now I am waiting for the guys to call me when they get close to the ranch because they are going to be taking the fencing down and the two shelters that are out there. Then today at 3 we have someone coming to trailer the horses out. I hope that they load right up for us as they are not used to being trailered so we shall see how this goes.

MRI in Mexico:  I had to get Billy's permission to post this as this story is about him. Billy has had pain in his neck now for a long time, (no, not me) so he went to a doctor who ordered an MRI for him, so that we would know what is going on in there. We had to drive in to Guadalajara, because that is where all the big medical facilities are. We find the place, go in and pay for the test, which by the way was only 351.00 dollars, and wait downstairs for our turn. After a few minutes they call us in, they lay Billy on the table, put this plastic cage-like mask thing over his head to keep it still, oh no that is not going to fly, they have to take it off him, and try to calm him down. Ok so then Billy makes the mistake of asking "How long do I have to be in there"?  They replied "35 minutes". NO way he said I can't do this I'm sorry Cher. I couldn't believe it!!!! the nurse said don't worry this happens all the time. Did I mention that Billy is claustrophobic!!!! So upstairs we go agian to make another apointment for him, this time they are going to knock him out. At that point I wanted to knock him out!!!!! lol  I guess it is hard to understand if you don't have a problem with small spaces, he doesn't even like elevators. Not a big fan of flying either. No problem with it the next time, just gave him a shot and he was out like a light.( where did that saying come from?)  We got the results back, brought them to the doctor who then told us Billy had a pinched nerve and would need surgery. Set us up with another doctor of course in GDL again, we go and see him, did I mention this one was really cute??? He examined Billy and looked at the MRI and said you don't need surgery you have a very weak neck muscle, gave him muscle relaxers and told him he would need PT. We are very glad he doesn't need the surgery but he still has pain in his neck.  Billy will be going to PT next week and we  will see if that helps.

Vacation:  I am on count down mode now, one month, 4 short weeks away and we will be in the states. All we talk about is who we will see and what foods we are going to eat!! I am going to have to do some kind of exercise while I am gone or I will gain to much weight . I haven't left yet and I already miss my animals, never thought I would be saying that but you do get so attached to them. We are having a friend, Dale, come in and spend the nights here so the cats will have a person around. We thought that would be the best way to go, 3 weeks is to long for some one to just come in and check on them. Now  I have to decide on what to pack. I don't plan on bringing to much with me as I want to buy some new clothes once I get there. I have a date with my friend Pam who lives in Florida, she's a great shopping buddy. Clothes shopping,  lunch,  and catching up! Gran Kids, we are so looking forward to seeing them, they grow so fast, it was hard saying goodbye to them when we moved here.  Then there's the beach. Oh I can't wait to go to the beach in Florida, I miss it, beautiful sandy beaches warm water! Then I have my horsey friends that want me to go out and ride with them, ok so they won't have to twist my arm to get me to go out.  Rhode Island will be fun, lot's of  family to see  things to do, and food to eat !!!! I might need a vacation from my vacation.

Wrap it up:  This is post is being done in 2 parts, I am going to take some pictures of the horses moving today, so I will finish this later, of course that is if the internet is working. Till then Happy Trails to you.

Back Again:  Well I am so happy to report that the girls loaded right up, and the guy who did the hauling for us was right on time! so off to their new homes they went, they are both doing fine, Dulce, Melaza's mom got a little upset when Melaza got off the trailer and she didn't, but I have heard from Dulce's new mom that she is doing fine, and she already has a buddy out there. Life is good.

Pictures: ok time for me to try and load them for all to enjoy wish me luck!

Stephanie taking Dulce for a test ride

Melaza checking out her new place
Melaza running the fence line

checking out the riding ring, where we will be spending lot's of time.

one of her stable buddies  Nubay

The view from the riding ring.

The view of the mts. from out bedroom this morning those are clouds running
down them, so cool !

Sunday, June 3, 2012

You Know It's Time To...... When ?

You Know it's time to  do a new post, when one of your readers emails you to let you know that she is Waiting for you to write a new post. Nice to know that there are a few people out there who actually read my blog. So I guess I could give you all some excuses as to why it took me soooo long to finally sit down and write, the first being it takes awhile for me to do this so I have to set aside the time, and then I have to be in the mood to write it, have to get all my pictures that I want to put on here all ready to go, and then there is the Internet problem here!!! sometimes you're on and sometimes you're not! So lets hope this stays on and I get it all done in one sitting.

What is going on in my life: Finally all settled in our new place, love the pool and the views, still can't believe that I managed to fit all our stuff in here. Took some pictures and posted them for all to see.

Trading in one set of problems for another:  So now that we have been here for one month there are somethings that I don't like about living here. We never thought we would have the internet problems that we have been experiencing, very frustrating. The pool pump for some reason has burned out twice, lucky for us they get it fixed right away. One of the washing machines takes Forever!!! to fill up, which means it takes a really long time to do a wash in that one, so I have learned to only use that one on a low setting, yes I can be taught LOL.  When the snowbirds come back we will need another washer & dryer  there is 2 there now but that won't be enough.  At our old place we had our own washer and dryer in the guest bath. Thank god we decided to stay upstairs, the parking lot is right up to the building and you can hear the cars pull in at night, if you are downstairs your bedroom slider is right there, not a good design idea, I would put up a short wall to solve that problem. Plus it gets very dusty, it would be worse downstairs. Put my Biggest compliant!
they are putting up a new apartment building!!!!! only 2 units but it is across from us which means at night I will have to close my blinds so no one can look in, not happy about this at all!!! It is going up really fast and the workers are all very nice, just wasn't expecting this to happen.

Can you believe it:  Billy still plays cards at our old apartment and he found out just the other day that the man who lived next door to us, the one that complained about our cats, which led us to move out, is going to be Moving, yes that's right he is moving out of the complex, I hear that management is not Happy with him, now they will have 2 empty apartments there, and right now it is the slow season.

Horses:  I have bad news on this subject, my friend Sherry who owns the horses has decided to move back to Canada, so now the horses are up for sale. I can take Melaza if I want her, but owning a horse here is not something I want to do. Getting feed can be a problem, not like in the states where you just go to the feed store and get what you need, here you never know when they are open or if they will have the feed in stock, getting hay is difficult, Sherry had to buy a truck load of it, to last till the winter. Then there is the problem of not owning a place to keep her at, board here is expensive, yes I know you wouldn't think it would be but it is. If I keep her on the land she is on  now it would be up to me to carry all the expenses and the feedings 2 times a day everyday. I love this little filly and it breaks my heart to think about not having her in my life, but it would be complicated to keep her, and I moved here to uncomplicate my life! So now I think I should look in the mirror and repeat : I Will Not Fall In Love With Another Horse !!!! I don't think that will work though as I tried Not to fall in love with Melaza but she just made it to easy. We did have someone come out and look at Dulce, the filly's mom and the lady really liked her so Dulce may have found a new home, we shall see. I will keep you all updated.

Weather:  Well this sounds like a broken record, it is always beautiful here, sunny and warm, great for swimming. We are just waiting for the rains to start, we did have a small storm the other night, but nothing like we will be getting.

How can you stand it?  My friend asked me the other day, wow how can you stand being out here in this heat working the horses? My answer, I'm from Florida, heat and humidity this is nothing, plus I don't think about the heat, just focus on playing with the girls.

Violence:  One of my readers asked me the other day how I felt about living here after the  recent events. Well we are not happy about the drug wars, I don't think people understand the vast and I mean vast amounts of money that is involved with the drug trade. Up until now it was always in someone Else's back yard, are we going to move, no! there is to many good points in staying and there is violence everywhere. I am a firm believer in when your number is up it's up, doesn't matter where you are.

Vacation:  Going back to the states in July, looking forward to seeing family and friends, not to mention eating all the foods that we can't get here, I still want to take off 5 lbs before I get there, cause I  certainly don't want to add them to my weight. Can't wait to go clothes shopping, Beals outlet here I come!

Didn't your Momma?  It never ceases to amaze me how people don't think before they talk, didn't their momma ever teach them that " if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all" I mean is it so important for a person to have something to say that they don't care what they are saying?  Or how about when you are talking to someone and they are not really listening because they are thinking about what they want to say, has that ever happened to you? I think observing people is very interesting, you can see who has the A personality, who is having a bad day etc. Maybe I like observing people now because of the horses, you can learn so much from them by just watching, I often say your horse will tell you everything you just need to learn how to listen to them.  

Wrap it up: Ok I think that should do it for now, time to add the pictures, I was going to do that first but I don't usually so I forgot to. Oh well hope they load for me. Till next time, and I will try and write sooner, Kip!

Living Room before  the wall  was painted.

insperation for the mural

wall being painted, after  3 days of looking at the mural we
decided that we didn't like how the top part came out
so we painted over it, now we love it.

our living room now

 Our dining area
after we took  out the top of the mural.

Our bedroom, first time we have ever had a king size bed, the cats love it!

view of the kitchen, we bought the ligths that are hanging down,
 adds a ncie touch  to the place.

Sooo, it took me two sessions to finish this post, the pictures would not upload, due to our terrible internet
connection, good new is that on Monday we should have a new line, I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Today I am going to be showing the filly to a lady who is Suppose to come out and see her, that is if she shows up! Mixed feelings on this. Will keep you posted.