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Day To Day

I keep looking at the blog thinking I have nothing to blog about, but then realize I have a TON to blog about but am not willing to take the time to do it :-)

Spending a couple days shoveling/snowblowing/plowing out from the storm.

Making sure the horses are warm and fed and not trapped in the barn with their snow drifts.

Keeping the kittens warm and fed and watered and safe in the barn at night.


Going on Girl’s weekend with Mom.

Carting Jason to baseball and friends’ houses and movie nights.

Carting Keira all around northern Colorado looking at horses.

Trying (and failing) to keep up with the house chores.

Hangin’ out with the fam relaxing every now and then.

Some day I’ll get around to posting pictures of all the goings on, but right now, life is happening and we’re enjoying it :-)

Happy winter!

It’s Not Brain Surgery

Oh wait! It IS brain surgery!

Dude absolutely LOVED his Principles of Bio-medical Science class as a freshman last year. I remember him coming home a month or so into the school year saying “I don’t know what I want to do, but I want to do something in science. It’s so awesome!”

What?! First time since he announced he wanted to be a garbage truck driver that he’s had any clue what he might want to do when he grows up. He knew a lot of things he DIDN’T want to do, but never what he might want to do.

This year, he is taking Forensic Science (yep – just like the show – DNA samples, trips to the morgue, gory videos, class trips to true crime scenes in town, visits from the Coroner), Bio-medical Science, and Biology.

He. Loves. It!

Loves it so much, in fact, that he joined a school club. All on his own. Never mentioned it, just texted after school one day that he’d be late because he was at a club meeting.

“What did he join?” you ask.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals of America (formerly Health Occupational Students of America).

Go here to check out their web site and see what they’re all about. Crazy!?!

They meet at 7:00 a.m. the 3rd Tuesday of every month before school.

He is so excited about it and just loves it.

So excited, in fact, that his request for our evening after Sunday football was to watch a show at 7:00 p.m.

“What show did he want to watch?” you ask.

THIS show – “Brain Surgery Live” on National Geographic channel.

Yep – we all watched a live brain surgery for 2 hours on TV . . . AND LOVED IT!

It was so cool! A patient with severe tremors from Parkinson’s disease was having brain surgery to insert electrical thingies into two specific spots in his brain – one on the right, one on the left. Then they can “turn on” the electrical impulses and stimulate the brain to control the tremors.

The show was the last 2 hours of a 6-hour surgery. At the end of the two hours when everything was in place, the patient held up his hand and it was shaking terribly like in home videos. The doc turned on the electrodes and the shaking STOPPED immediately. Patient cried! Then doc turned off the electrodes and the debilitating tremors returned almost immediately.

Crazy! And so cool.

Dude has found something he’s totally interested in and totally loves in the medical field that does not involve blood, guts, and gore.

I’m so happy for him that he’s found this . . . and so happy that our PUBLIC high school offers these classes for the kids. It’s something I just never would’ve been exposed to in high school.


4 months ago, we started with this:

Then the neighbor’s cat “disappeared” a couple weeks ago, and the voles were immediately running over our feet in the barn.

So we got these guys:


Which made the voles disappear from the barn (not the yard) almost immediately, even though they’re not hunting yet.

But then this guy showed up:


Bad cell phone photo from afar . . . but it’s a young coyote. Broad daylight. Alone. In the area out front that we mowed, so he has nowhere to hide. Just hanging out.

(We hear his buddies every night – love the sound of the coyotes!)

Why do I LOVE that this guy’s out there?

Because we have a major vole problem . . . like huge vole problem. And he eats them. Keep eating Wyle E.!

But he will also eat these guys given the chance:


And we can’t let that happen! Just look at those faces!!!

We’re in week 2 of barn kitty ownership. They’re growing, but still tiny. We’re following MS’s four-week “recipe” for training barn cats . . . teaching them that in the barn is safe and where their food is and where their bed is and where FUN is because we play with them daily.

They’ve been locked in their “room” in the barn for the past week. We play with them multiple times a day.

It’s week 2, so we let them out IN THE BARN, but put them back in their room at night. We’ve only been letting them out supervised because our barn is less than kitty tight – lots of spaces for them to escape! But today, I let them out for awhile in there unsupervised (we’re on hour 2). Princess texted me from school reminding me to put them back in their room – she’s convinced they’ll get out and get eaten by our friend in the front yard.

If one or both DID get eaten, I would be sad first, then mad. Free barn kitties are only free until you take them to the vet for their shots . . . and when it’s multiplied by two, OUCH!

Please dear coyote, stick to the voles and leave our kitties alone until they’re bigger and can help you hunt those nasty critters!

A List

  1. There are worse things to do first thing in the morning than take care of horses and play with kittens.
  2. Late October rain, oh how do I love thee!
  3. Times are changing! Hubby is gone for the week and both kiddos spent all of last night doing homework. I got to do whatever I wanted – by myself! I liked it for about 5 minutes. The rest of the time was just weird.
  4. Palomino ponies love to roll in the mud on a gloriously rainy day.
  5. Owners of palomino ponies who love to roll in the mud on a gloriously rainy day do not appreciate the grooming afterward.
  6. My Highlander had this horrible smell the entire drive home from town last night – like a hot burning smell. All gauges are normal. Engine looked fine (but did smell when the fan turned on).
  7. I’m not in the mood to deal with a broken vehicle – so I will drive the truck until Hubby comes home and we decide what to do.
  8. I thought I’d hate having to drive the kids to and from school every day. Wrong! I love it! It’s so fun to see all the high school kids enjoying the days as they should. Homecoming week has been especially fun to watch.
  9. It’s frustrating having to wait weeks to get a quote on ground leveling for the arena.
  10. October is not a good time to need to buy hay, but we need to buy hay to get through winter.
  11. Horse shopping is fun, stressful, and incredibly educational.
  12. Large thoroughbred horses will act like they’re freezing to death in 45 degree weather, but find it absolutely acceptable to stand out in the rain and get soaked once you put a waterproof blanket on them.
  13. Irish coffee on a rainy Thursday morning – yum.
  14. I scheduled Senora Boedie and Kaboodle to get their booster shots . . . on Friday, November 13th. Great idea to take a black cat on a car ride on Friday the 13th???
  15. I love that my kiddos are old enough to have real conversations and joke around with us :-)

November 1st

That’s the next time Dude can play baseball – just in time for the season to be over 😉

Two weeks ago, he tore the tendon that attaches to his bicep. OUCH! He’s not allowed to throw or anything until at least November 1st. Of course, being a 15-year old boy, he thought it would be a good idea to throw a tennis ball for Duma the other day. I think the pain that followed was a nice kick in the behind for him to remember why doc said NO throwing.

So last Saturday, he wanted to go to the last games and support the guys – his legs work fine, and he can be a pinch runner! Sounded like a great plan to me.

He got to run the bases once as a pinch runner. One of the times when he dove back to 2nd on a pick-off attempt, the short stop stepped on his right pinky finger with his cleats.

Yep – broken finger. THAT we did not go to the doc for. It’s not deformed – just a little swollen and a bit numb still in the tip (feeling is coming back and he can bend it a bit now). So we just buddy-taped it.

His right arm is basically useless for a couple more weeks.

So ya – my kid comes from clutzy stock – and I can honestly say it’s NOT FROM ME!

I’m throwing his father and maternal grandfather under the bus on this one :-)

PS – Anyone wondering what to get him for Christmas? Bubble wrap would be a fine investment!


October at the Boedie Abode means our favorite season – fall – but also our favorite TV season … baseball playoffs (and some football)!

OK. “Our” might be a stretch.

Dude and I love to watch the playoffs even if we don’t care who’s playing.

Toronto vs Kansas City? Bleh. Dude wants the Blue Jays to win “because I’ve been cheering for them the entire time.” I want the Royals to win “because I really don’t care who wins, but I know people who love the Royals, so I’ll cheer with them.”

Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets? Dude is all for the Mets winning “because c’mon, they CAN’T get beat by the Cubbies!” I initially wanted the Cubs to win . . . but then I thought, it’s been SOOOOO long since they’ve won, would they still BE the Cubs if they won? After 106 years, it’s kinda cool to not win it all . . . would YOU want to be the team that breaks that record? What would the fans have to love and hate at the same time? So I’ll get on board with the Mets I guess. I want the Cubbies to STAY the Cubbies :-)

Princess? She’s grounded from TV (and all electronics) for another week yet, so if baseball is what’s on, she’ll watch without complaining.

Hubby? He’s been tolerating Dude and I switching back and forth between baseball games and football games. Hubby left today and won’t be back until Sunday. Quite frankly, I think he’s happy to get to sit in a hotel room and do anything OTHER THAN watch baseball on TV!

Go Royals! er Blue Jays! er Mets! er Cubs!

Go Baseball!

PS – The Packers haven’t been bad to watch, either 😉 October is lookin’ pretty good!

I Need (Waves Arms) Space

Sitting at dinner last night with the fam.

Dude says “I need to take a trash bag and bin down to my room this weekend and get rid of stuff. I have too much stuff and just need . . . space.”


While I really do not want him to get rid of anything in his displayed collection (and he assured me he wouldn’t) . . . you all know how his room makes me twitch.

I’m still stunned at his comment . . . happy . . . but stunned :-)

Side Effects

You know all those lists of side effects that drugs have? I’ve always kind of glanced over them . . . we’re a hearty folk who heal quickly and don’t typically have reactions to stuff.

For the first time last week, we had a reaction. And it was kinda weird!

Dude has been on Singulair for a while now – he finally got close enough to 15 over the summer that doc prescribed it for his allergies. With all the rain we had this spring, everything grew, and then it got way dry and everything started blowing around. Yuck! Everyone seemed to have allergy problems this year – even the horses!

Dude started getting extra stuffy and feeling like he had a cold coming on . . . and it wasn’t improving, so doc said there were a few things he could take WITH Singulair. He also said to ask the pharmacist about specific nose sprays that might help. So off to the pharmacy we went! He came home with Afrin, which he LOVED and it worked awesome and made him feel great!

Until it didn’t.

About 4 days after he started taking it, I picked him up from school and he said “That was weird. I was standing there talking with the guys and I suddenly got all dizzy then my vision went black then it came back.”

Um – not right! He said he felt fine and we chalked it up to dehydration – tough baseball workouts plus hot weather plus dry weather plus lots of school and homework – drink more water and eat better food!

Two days later, he texted me and said “My eyes are doing that funny thing again.” He asked me to get him a doc appt. So I called the eye doc cuz VISION is impt.! She looked in his eyes and dilated him and all that jazz and everything looked fine (whew!). She referred us to an eye specialist guy just to make sure. The appt. was two mornings away.

No big issues that Thursday – yay!

Friday morning, we’re headed to his appt. and we’re chatting and we have an ah ha moment. The only thing that’s changed in the past week is that he started taking Afrin (which the pharmacist said to not take for more than 7 days, so he was cutting back already).

Eye doc asked all the usual questions . . . and looked at his eyes  . . . and said all was well.

Way glad that his eyes were fine.

Then we went online and looked up Afrin side effects and lo and behold . . . dizziness – temporary loss of vision – vertigo . . . all the things he’d been experiencing.

He immediately quite taking Afrin and hasn’t had anything happen since.

I will definitely read the labels more carefully on all new meds anyone starts taking!

And I will also be more persistent with docs – we mentioned over and over to eye specialist guy that he had started taking Afrin (because he asked what was different) and he totally dismissed it.

So all is good with Dude and his eyes and his melon – except he’s a 15 year old boy who can’t think beyond the next 10 minutes . . . a side effect of being a teenage boy :-)

124 and 147

They continue to move up! In four year’s time, they’ve each gained ground :-)

Dude is currently #39,174 on the list
Princess is currently #49,168 on the list

Whoop whoop!


Original Post – 10.10.2011

Approximate ages of Dude and Princess, respectively, when their number for Green Bay Packers season tickets will come up and allow them to purchase  general stadium bowl seats :-)

Dude is currently #45,360 on the list
Princess is currently #55,686 on the list

Wow – Just Wow

So we bought a horse trailer last March. It was a 2014 model, but it was new.

We never used it at night, and I guess on the rare occasion that we might have, we never had anyone follow us.

A couple weeks ago, Princess was packing the tack room for a show. She tried to turn on the light, but it didn’t work. We’d never needed it before because it was always light enough out.

So I tried. Still didn’t work – apparently I’m NOT magic – who knew?

Confirmed that the trailer was plugged into the truck. Checked the light in the horse part of the trailer. It worked. Tack room light still did not work.

Turned on the lights in the truck. Still no tack room light.

Turned the truck on and turned the lights on. Still no tack room light.

Wasn’t the end of the world – got the awesome camping lantern out the camping box o’ stuff I took out the camper when I sold it – worked like a charm.

Went to the gymkhana and the person following us told us that the right tail light and running light weren’t working – BUT the brake lights and blinkers worked (we always check with flashers, so didn’t realize the few running lights weren’t working).

Plugged the trailer into a different vehicle the next day to rule out a short in the truck hookup.

Still had the same lights not working.

I finally get around to taking it to the trailer place we bought it from.

9:45 a.m. – I drop it off and tell them again that the right rear running light doesn’t work and the tack room light doesn’t work. All other lights work. And the right blinker and brake lights work. I hooked it up to another vehicle and they still didn’t work. So I’m guessing it’s a short in the wiring.

10:15 a.m. – Phone rings while I’m driving home. “Trailer is done. There was nothing wrong with the lights. We hooked up our tractor and turned the flashers on and everything works fine. You have to have the trailer plugged into the tow vehicle for the lights to work.”

10:17 a.m. – Are you effin’ kidding me?! Didn’t I just TELL you my troubleshooting steps? Try again! (My filter WAS working and I was nicer. They agreed to continue checking it out.)

11:30 a.m. – Phone rings. “Trailer is done. They had to rewire faulty wiring in the right running lights, but it works now. The tack room light was fine. You have to have the truck lights on for that to work. The total for the labor is $68.” Silence from me while I decide what to say.

1:30 p.m. (really 11:30:36, but it felt like I waited in silence for a couple hours!) – I tell him that the tack room light has never worked. Did they even check it?! Guy tells me they don’t have the tack room key. I tell him I offered to leave it, but they didn’t want it and that we’d unlocked it before I left. He said they couldn’t get the door open. THEN HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW THE FRIGGIN’ LIGHT DOES OR DOES NOT WORK?!!! I said try pushing IN on the door a bit while you pull the handle. He said he’d call back.

1:30 p.m. (for real) – Phone rings. “Ma’am. We got the tack room door open. It was tough, but we figured it out.” ***Seriously? My 12 year old daughter opens that tack room door every day without trouble.*** “Turns out the tack room light wasn’t working. So we went ahead and fixed that wiring for you since we had the trailer here for service. The price will be $74 total. You can come get it anytime.”

O. M. G.

I went up the next day to pick up the trailer, all ready with my spiel about how the trailer is less than 6 months old and should be under warranty and I shouldn’t have to pay for incorrect wiring. But, amazingly, my filter was working yet again 😉

The guy helping me was super nice. But he had trouble, saying he couldn’t find an amount on the ticket. I told him the guy told me $74, but that I didn’t feel I should pay since it was under warranty. He said he had to find the amount for me to pay – didn’t even listen to me. Found another guy. That guy was even MORE confused that they ticket was in the done pile but had no amount on it. Guy #3 – same thing. Totally flabbergasted, and not one of them would listen to me.

Finally, the young guy I usually get to work with walks in. I tell him what we’re doing, which trailer was mine, and that the guys can’t figure out my ticket. After 10 minutes (no joke) of young guy telling original guy + his two buddies that it’s warranty work and I don’t have to pay, they finally say “Well. Nothing we can do about it. We fixed your trailer for you so I guess you can take it and we’ll get in touch with you if we need payment.” WTH?!

So young guy and I head toward the door so he can go get the trailer out of the storage area and bring it around with his tractor. Guy #1 says “Little Lady? Did you bring your husband with, or do you need help backing the truck up to the trailer?”

Oh yes he did! AND surprisingly, he’s still alive.

Young guy was much smarter than original guy and just kept walking as a human shield between me and the guy at the counter.

I got the trailer. Young guy was awesome and nice. All the lights worked. I didn’t have to pay for it. And I didn’t kill anyone.

I call that a success 😉

***Full Disclosure – I’ve had nothing but great experiences with the trailer place in the past (which is why I’m not naming them). Young guy told me outside, as he shook his head, that guy #1 was new and clearly needed some work in the customer service department. Um, ya think?!