Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sore Feet

Sheba and Suzi, mom and daughter, are two older miniature horses we have on the ranch.  They are pretty much spoiled, enjoying a lavish life filled with free range grazing, sauntering around the ranch without a care in the world, and even a creek to play in when the weather is warm.  All play and no work for these two lucky girls.  

As luck would have it the girls turned up walking funny a while back, sort of like they had arthritis or something bothering their legs or feet.  We checked them for burrs and stickers in their coats and checked their hooves and couldn't find anything.  As the days passed their walking became worse; we scheduled a visit with the horse doc to find out what was going on.

After a visit from the horse doc, we learned the miniatures had "hot foot".

This is how it went....

After the visit with the horse doc, we discovered our little horses were being fed too much and the food they were eating, natural grasses and bremuda, was too rich them causing them problems in their feet

Poor girls won't be able to have free range all day long anymore and they have to go on a strict diet because they are a bit overweight.  They will still get a lot of love and attention so maybe that will make up for it.

This is Sheba, she is the mother of the Suzi, the mini standing next to her.  They were having their breakfast just before the horse doc came for a visit.

The two mini's are so good with children.  It was fun to watch how my three year old interacted with them today.

Sophia and Sheba in deep conversation and a bit of laughter. 

Let hope the mini's feet get better!

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Letter For Her

Once upon a time there was a little girl who planned her days with dreamy thoughts of swing-set time, coloring, and play dough fun with her mommy.  When her mommy needed a break from play time she played fetch with her doggies and watched a little Max & Ruby on Nick Jr.  One day last week, like many days in the week, her mommy decided it was time to go out and take pictures, of things.  The little girl liked taking pictures most of the time, but sometimes it got a little boring.  When her mommy told her that they were going to take pictures of her in the chair and the train down at the Junction, she was puzzled.  What chair she asked? Her mommy explained that the chair was a very special chair, one that she herself sat in when she was little when she visited her grandmother's house. The little girl thought that sounded pretty good to her as long as she could bring her favorite toys.  So off they went down to the Junction.

This is how it went....

 Down at the Junction the little girl's mommy started taking pictures like there was no tomorrow.  She put her in the old house that didn't have windows anymore and took a gazillion pictures in the window, behind the window, and in front of the window.  When mommy was done with the house, the chair came out of the car and they walked down the little dirt road to find a good place to put the chair.

 Once the chair was in the perfect spot, mommy took lots of pictures while the little girl played with her toys.  As mommy took pictures she talked a lot about sitting in the chair when she was little.  The little girl didn't seem to care much about that, she was trying to find the perfect place for her toys to sit in her lap. 

 She cuddled her friends and covered their ears from the rumbling train noise.

 Finally when mommy had taken enough pictures they decided to go get the mail at the Post Office.  The little girl loved getting the mail because there was always so much stuff in the tiny little box.  Mommy never seemed to like the stuff inside the box because she says it's always bills.  The little girl didn't know why Bill's stuff was always in their box but maybe he didn't have a box of his own.

 Upon emptying the tiny little box, mommy noticed a piece of mail that wasn't hers.  The little girl's name was on it! It was the first letter she ever received addressed only to her!  The excitement of getting a letter was just too much for the little girl, her mind spun with wonderment.  Mommy opened it up for her and found inside was an invitation to a princess birthday party!  This was the first birthday party invitation she ever received where her big sisters weren't invited too.  Her mommy explained that it was from her friend Reagan. 

The little girl was so happy that her day ended with such joy.  Her mind was filled with excitement and thoughts of the up-coming party, she drove home singing and laughing and asking when they were going to the party.  Mommy was filled with smiles, overjoyed for her little girl, and very happy she had her camera with her at the Post Office.  

The End.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

In the spirit of red, pink, and all things hearts, we are starting off February with chocolate dipped pretzels sprinkled with tiny hearts.

Making chocolate dipped pretzels is about as easy as it gets, they look really pretty too!

This is how it went....

We chose to use what we had on hand; white chocolate chips.

 Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, be careful not to over heat the chocolate.

 Dip your favorite brand of pretzel in the melted chocolate.  We dipped the front side of the pretzel only.

Hold the chocolate dipped pretzel over a container and sprinkle with heart shaped sprinkles.  We used Wilton's Micro Hearts which are really cute for this project.

 Set the pretzels on wax paper to cool and set.

These turned out tasty and cute.  

Great idea for teacher gifts, party's, and Valentines Day!


Level of Ease:

Super easy, fun for three year olds to sprinkle!
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