Saturday, October 23, 2010

Odds and Ends

Time for another catch up post!

Our "St. Joseph" showing (the one that called immediately after we had purchased St Joseph for burial) came last Wednesday.  The showing went well.... as usual.  No negative comments.

So we'll see.  They stayed for about an hour and a half and it was pitch black by the time they left.  According to the realtor,  two of the previous showings have yet to purchase a house so those are also still in the mix as possible sales.

I'm now to the point where I'm committed to having another Christmas in the house and gave everyone the green light to get their airline tickets to come home.  Owen and Kathleen were quick on the purchase and will be here the 23rd through the 27th!

In the pet department:  "Her Highness" aka Noel was sick last week with a bladder infection.  Luckily we caught it early and she is getting back to her normal annoying self!!   Atta had her yearly checkup and tipped the scales at 97 heavy as Sammy!

Our camping trip this week to the Claiborne Trails area in Kisatchie National Forest was wonderful.  I'm embarrassed to admit that it had been well over a year since we used the big trailer for the horses.  When we arrived at the campground Sunday afternoon, there were a few other trailers but they were all in the process of loading up.  By the time we got settled, we had the campground to ourselves!

"Campground" is a bit of a misnomer.  The ATV and dirt bike campground about a mile away has wonderful limestone roads, paved pads, lantern poles, picnic tables, bathroom buildings etc.  The Ahtus Melder Horse Campground is simply a big field with pine trees.

We had brought plenty of water for the horses and we had our generator, so we were set.  We had a nice 2 hour ride that first day mostly on the narrower motorcyle/horse trails that wound around south of the campground.  The horses were pumped up and so it wasn't an entirely relaxing ride!   We grilled pork chops that evening and slept like logs!

On Monday, we rode almost 9 miles and on Sunday a little more than 10 miles.  We were in the saddle for 3-4 hours each day since we had decided to work on the horses behaving themselves and walk the whole time.  Lots of wildflowers were blooming and the weather was perfect.  Tshirts in the daytime and longsleeves at night.  We didn't see another person the whole three days!

It's impossible to get a good picture of Sarge.... but you can see how pretty the woods were this weekend...

We had our longest ride on Tuesday AM and then left in the early afternoon for home.  Arrived home around 5pm and I quickly began work on my Mark Twain report for the next morning!  My ladies Reading Group was to be here the next AM and so I was both the host and the presenter.  Though I had done some reading (I had 5 books along with me from the library) I didn't want to bring the computer or write longhand so most of the report writing needed to be done when we got home.

Thanks to Joe who went to the store and bought butter that I needed for baking and a DiGuilio's pizza for dinner, I was in bed by 11 pm.  What a day!  Riding 10 miles in the AM and then driving 150 miles home plus I managed to write my report on Twain, come up with commentary and discussion questions about The Prince and the Pauper (we're doing Children's books this year) and make a delicious Pistachio Torte (second time to make this recipe) for the AM.

Weekend plans for the family far and wide:

Carter?? I've tried to call, but haven't had any luck.  It would be a great weekend for camping in the mountains.

Asher is headed for Saratoga Springs (pictures, please?) with Chris.

Clark has a certain beautiful curly headed girl visiting again!  She just can't get enough of Lexington!  I'm not sure what they can do to top the Safari Park and the drive in movie from her last visit, but I'm sure they'll come up with something.   Oh wait.... last second editing:  Look who is at the Pink Cadillac for lunch!

Owen and Kathleen are in Las Vegas for the weekend!!!  We'll see if Owen has inherited his father's ability to walk away from the tables or his mother's propensity to think that just one more bet might be the right hit on the roulette wheel!  Kathleen, keep him in line if he's taking after me!

As for our weekend plans.... you'll have to wait and see the photos on Monday!

Anybody else reading.... Cathy... what are you doing?


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