Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last Post of 2012

Probably. I surprise myself sometimes.

I don’t know why everyone is so anxious to head south. The winter weather is just beginning! Besides this is what it looks like at my house. Why would I want to leave?

This lovely photo was taken by the lovely Amanda at the top of our drive.

This lovely photo was taken by the lovely Amanda at the top of our drive.

I’ve been back to Georgia several times this year, but mostly for work, and I haven’t gotten to do a lot of visiting. I was determined to change that during my trip south for Christmas. Those 5-and-a-half days were jam packed and wonderful! Here we go in pictures….

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First thing’s first – breakfast with Pedro at an awesome cafe in town and coffee with my Cherokee twin, Lorin. This by far, was one of the best days of the week.

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A visit to the square, where this awesome mural at the Corner greets you. I’ve never seen a flute player at the square, but who knows what’s been happening since I left ol’ C’town. I got my fix at my old coffee shop, which has changed a lot, but still holds good memories, and got some cool finds at the Underground Bookstore.

A surprise visit to Daniel's, where I met his awesome cat, Artax. He's a good dog.

A surprise visit to Daniel’s, where I met his awesome cat, Artax. He’s a good dog.

My first outing with the hounds! Thrilling to ride Bailey, although we had to have a few discussions about standing quietly at the checks. Woof.

My first outing with the hounds! Thrilling to ride Bailey, although we had to have a few discussions about standing quietly at the checks. Woof.

Met my four-week-old nephew, Ben! He did not like my hat.

Met my four-week-old nephew, Ben! He did not like my hat.

Hat off = happy baby.

Hat off = happy baby.

Plumpy isn't doing too swell. I probably won't be seeing her again in this life, but she was very sociable and sweet. I let her share my plates of food, too... the benefits of hospice care.

Plumpy isn’t doing too swell. I probably won’t be seeing her again in this life, but she was very sociable and sweet. I let her share my plates of food, too… the benefits of hospice care.

A lot of Carrollton kids will remember her as the "band kitty" sophmore year. She's had a good life since then, you guys.

A lot of Carrollton kids will remember her as the “band kitty” sophmore year. She’s had a good life since then, you guys.

Horseware Plumpy.

Horseware Plumpy.

This is zombie dog. Her name is Sweetie. She's totally blind and afraid of thunder. She gets around remarkably well nevertheless.

This is zombie dog. Her name is Sweetie. She’s totally blind and afraid of thunder. She gets around remarkably well nevertheless.

My little sister is a riot! A sweet, sweet girl with one hell of an imagination.

My little sister is a riot! A sweet, sweet girl with one hell of an imagination.

Princess playtime in her new castle.

Princess playtime in her new castle.

Silly times, too. I didn't get a photo of my brother, but he's started high school and is taller than me by 4 inches now at least.

Silly times, too. I didn’t get a photo of my brother, but he’s started high school and is taller than me by 4 inches now at least.

It was a great trip, but I was very happy to get home and hug my Sam. He's had quite the year, and I'm just happy to have him around. Next year - Novice!

It was a great trip, but I was very happy to get home and hug my Sam. He’s had quite the year, and I’m just happy to have him around. Next year – Novice!

Can't forget Harold...Sam's possessive redheaded boyfriend.

Can’t forget Harold…Sam’s possessive redheaded boyfriend.

Cortney and I had our Christmas when I got home. He built the most awesome tree out of a lamp and poster tube.

Cortney and I had our Christmas when I got home. He built the most awesome tree out of a lamp and poster tube.

It was snowing fairly heavily this morning. I’m going to go squeeze Sam and give him a Jammy Sammy bar that his Maj put in my stocking. Drunk kitchen tonight with my favorite people. Crafts and coffee for the afternoon. Happy wishes and positive thoughts for the coming year. x x


Twinkle Toes

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I haven’t spoken of Sam’s foot in a while, not since the wound closed up in JuneĀ and I quit treating it. A reader asked if I had recent pictures, I just happened to have taken some the other day! The battle has been giving him enough support at his heel while the hoof itself grows back. It was June when I stopped treating it with Equiaid. Here it is December it still doesn’t look totally normal, and it probably never will. But through amazing attentiveness from my farrier, an aggressive supplement regime, and the careful selection and application of specific to the status of the hoof wall oils and hardeners, we have getting-there-healthy feet, read: we don’t walk out of them every day and they don’t feel like butter to drive a nail through. Hooray!

He’s in a balance that I’ve never felt from him before. It seems as though he is moving more freely than I recall from years past and is miles different from how he felt during our first day of attempting trotting on the hills by the farm (sad). We are still being diligent with shoeing, massaging, and oiling, and my farrier has started building a clay hoof wall where he had his injury in order give him a bit more heel, thus more balance. I’m amazed and grateful for all the support!

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Sam has extra hoof wall built up on his heel with a clay-type substance. You can kind of see it on the far right.