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20 02, 2018

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Ground Hogs Day, MLK Day and Presidents Day

2018-02-20T19:57:50+00:00 By |General|0 Comments

It has been a while. I have no excuses other than a busy life. No busier than ever, I have to admit, but busy enough. Of course there was the holidays etc. Let me begin.

December. December was a great month. We had a great Christmas. Highlights included going out in the woods and actually chopping down our own tree. We picked a big one, but no so big as to have it fall over again this Christmas. That was the best present of all. We had all of the relatives over at Christmas except for Susan’s parents who we went to visit. They are 92 and 93. The kids were home from college and Joe and Sarah are really doing great. They both had straight A’s this semester and Sarah is loving student teaching. They did not stay long as Sarah had to get back for her college testing and Joe had to get back for being an RA.

January. Right before everyone left we got to go to one musical Waitress. It was really good, fabulous singers etc. Drew was again on the ski team and for those of you that aren’t on Facebook, I somehow became the official team photographer which means I need to climb up the hill each week and take photos during the race. Of course it is cold and you can’t really wear gloves and snap the picture, but the weather has cooperated pretty well. Drew also is still not driving so I need to be at the hill anyway so I might as well do something productive. We also sold Ivy in January. I nice couple from here in Wisconsin came to look at Derby but loved Ivy. It was perfect for us too as we had quite a few horses all which were started but not finished. They were experienced riders so Ivy will be perfect for them. We still have Derby, Ariel and Madonna all of which can be ridden but are not totally “finished”.

February. Unbelievably it is February already. Joe, Sarah and now Drew are all ready one year older. Sarah had her 21st birthday and  Drew had his golden 17th birthday. The last ski race is this week for Drew and Sarah and Joe are looking forward to summer. We have had a ton of rain, so much so that in the lowest areas of the pastures where flooded up to the top board. The horses do not seem to mind, but I am not sure how the boards will hold up once the water recedes. The highlight for me this winter  was getting to see a bald eagle. I will post a couple of those pictures here too and they are also on Facebook for those that might have missed them.

Thanks for watching,

S/B

 

3 12, 2017

Winter is coming

2017-12-03T08:48:33+00:00 By |General|0 Comments

We have been so lucky here with the weather so far this year. Nice warm days and nights. Not really warm of course, but warm for Wisconsin. This is all going to change this week. The temps are diving down and soon I am sure there will be some snow. This is good for Drew however as he has again joined the ski team, and without snow, it would be a short season. His skis are all waxed and ready. The first race starts mid December.

All of the kids were home for Thanksgiving and we made the trek up to Susan’s brothers house for the dinner. Everyone was there except for Susan’s sister Cindy. She is here this week. Over thirty people including both of Susan’s parents who are 92 and 93. They were great to see and we picked them up from the assisted living center and made the short drive over. The food was great, and I got to talk to some of the people I have not seen for a while. Susan’s brother from Pittsburg and even my niece Rachel who took a new job with Amazon.

We did get to spend lots of time with Joe and Sarah also. We had not seen them for most of the semester. Sarah is growing up and talking more and more like a grown up. Putting things away after herself, studying, etc. She is student teaching now and really seems to be doing well. Joe is wrapping up his undergrad class and is doing well in his graduate classes and still looks to have his masters a year from now.

Susan and I are also staying busy. Susan has been doing some traveling locally for work. I have been working too, but without the travel. The BarnCam business is heating up and that along with my HR job keeps me busy. I need to get Drew driving but he is so busy. I think he needs two more behind the wheels.

This week I am excited to go to the Milwaukee house of corrections to do some mock job interviews with some of the people there. They are doing really interviews the next day as part of Ron Johnsons Joseph Project. It is a great project that helps get inner city people turned around and in good jobs. It is a win win for everyone.

Horses. Yes I did not forget about them. I have a bunch of new pictures I will be adding to the website. We just got an email from our friends in China. The rules have changed and we can now directly ship there. I am sending them pictures of our three gorgeous mares. Ariel, Madonna and Ivy. We will keep you posted.

Click here for my unedited photos https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mpkfdwchlpt1bax/AAA3_EJNT0pA6C1hR93d7lAJa?dl=0

Thanks for watching,

S/B

8 10, 2017

Fall is here

2017-10-08T09:29:27+00:00 By |General|0 Comments

Time sure flys while you are having fun. Our two oldest are back at college. They both are doing well this year. It is Joe’s last year as an undergrad and Sarah is student teaching. Drew is a junior in high school and in a couple of weeks will take his ACT test. They are all growing up.

Our two oldest call occasionally and don’t keep us updated as much as we would like. They both took a car to school this year and a couple weeks after that Joe was in a accident (no one was hurt), but let’s just say the car did not last in Ohio for long. Both Joe and Sarah need cars at college this year due to college activities so we quickly found another used one for Joe that hopefully will last him until he gets his first job. We really didn’t have money for another car as this summer we remodeled the middle bathroom and our front driveway, so we decided to sell Susan’s mustang. We hadn’t used it much and with Drew driving very soon we might actually need a car for Joe and one that Drew can drive too.

Drew meanwhile made the JV soccer team playing defense again and is in the high school pit band for the play. This years play is Cabaret and he hopefully will get to play my fathers accordion on a couple songs. We have just had the accordion which is 75 years old tuned up by a local repairmen (they have those here in Wisconsin). He is also still leading the band as a drum major and of course has his AP classes so he is really busy.

Susan and I are staying busy at work. We did get to spend a couple days in Vegas last month as we each had work meetings a couple days a part in the same city. It was a great time and before any of the recent events which might make you look over your shoulders.

Our parents, three of which are in their 90s are not doing all that well. Susan’s two parents needed to move into an assisted living facility after her mother became ill. My father meanwhile is getting a pacemaker next week to help keep his heart beating at the right pace. I never realized how hard it can get when you get old.

So finally I get to the horses. Actually with everything else going on, we have not done very much with them. I did update the website a little with the new coding so that the cameras still work. The downside is that now you can’t view them on your smart phone. There is one more fix I can do to make everything work, but I haven’t totally figured that out yet. Otherwise no new horses, no horses sold, three cuttings of nice hay and here comes fall again.

 

Thanks for watching,

S/B