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Used to run a stable and live on a farm, now I am back into banking for awhile. Still have horses and love animals.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Revisiting one of my favorite youtube video's

I love the song Amazing Grace and it is even better when someone sings it with a beautiful voice. This version is very special and I love the song the way he sings it before the words, the melody and the way maybe the slaves sang it first. I love it because it touches the deepest part of my soul. Imagine being forced to come to a place and being sold, having your own beliefs and religion and suddenly being separated from your family and heritage and maybe even not allowed to practice your own beliefs.

Slaves were not allowed to learn to read, yet they learned about God. They cried out to Him but where and when did He reveal Himself to them. Why would they embrace the God of their oppressors and sing such beautiful songs in His name. I can only assume that somewhere they found each other against all odds.

Yes, I love this video because it reminds me that the Lord loves all people. It also reminds me that to be in His image I must do the same.  In fact, if the Lord dwells in our heart truly how can we not love unconditionally all of the Lord's creation including all of mankind.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Beautiful Life

  • Pieces of hay on the bathroom floor every day
  • Sawdust in the pockets of my hoodies
  • Burrs that have migrated through the laundry and attached themselves to my pajamas and underwear
  • Dog hair under the TV stand the size of large bunnies
  • Seed shells all over the floor in the sun room from untidy parrots
  • Unidentified clumps of stuff (from the barn) attached to every pair of shoes I own
  • Bed comforters that have more dog hair on it than a dog does
  • Dog toys that have had their time outside for a few weeks suddenly appearing in my bed or in the couch
  • Did I mention dog hair?
  • A canine audience when I go to the bathroom
  • A giant angry crowd of cats at the food bowl in the morning in the barn
  • Any single type of rodent carcass lovingly left by the barn doors by one of the cats
  • A screaming Cockatoo when I microwave my breakfast because she has no concept of cooking time
  • Being tackled by four dogs at one time when I come into the house
  • A food crazed bunny when I let the dogs out at night because I walked by his cage
  • Did I mention dog hair? Puke, eating the puke, rolling in worse.. to name a few ungodly things dogs do just before they want to lick my face
  • I did forget to mention dog and horse toots and horse sneezes (complete with slobber) on my clean shirt

These... are a few of my favorite things!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Kindred Acres, Kindred Spirits and Christmas Spirit!

Christmas time means something different to everyone, to me I think mostly it is a time to reflect. I didn't have money to buy anyone a gift this Christmas, not even for my daughter. It was hard to get into the spirit of things this year and I believe it is the same for many people this year. Still, money and gifts aren't really what is supposed to be important at this time of year.

This past week, several people have given us gifts, some cash, and many warm wishes to myself and Kylie. I have received a very precious letter from someone who called me earlier this year to help with two dogs that were losing their family and home. The letter was written as a thank you and it was a Christmas present I wasn't expecting, it brought tears to my eyes.

I believe it is the smallest of gestures, the most innocent thoughtfulness that sometimes lifts a heart at a time when it can feel very low. Truly it is the farm, not the mall or the other places people spend so much time and labor to experience Christmas that brings me real joy. This place has brought animals in need and people who care together and changed lives, not just at Christmas but all year round.

The most precious experience of all is walking into the barn Christmas eve after all the horses are fed and they are settled down for the night. The Christ child was born in a stables, a humble beginning by our standards but in the barn at night listening to the quiet contented sounds of horses and the smell of fresh hay and general barn smells it is very much a palace to me.

The herd members comfort each other and they share their days and nights together as a collective one. I sometimes walk in the midst of the herd when they are outside and they allow me to pass among them as part of their own. I know them all as individuals and as a member of the herd.

We have ten horses here at the farm, five parrots, four barn cats, four dogs, and a bunny. Harmony describes the relationships here between me and the animals, as well as, the relationship between the animals themselves. It seems, Kindred after all, is the appropriate namesake of the farm.

I worked many years in a bank, commuting long distances and not really having time to make friends. This year, I have been blessed with close friendships and a better connection with my biological sister (I'm adopted). I never thought I could ever help my sisters, I have two and one has been struggling with alcohol fir many years. They both live in California and so it is hard to do anything to help out but by talking on the phone and sharing concerns I believe I have been helped and I have been able to help support my sisters.

My darling daughter is taking the Christmas without presents from mom in stride, others have been generous so she would not be completely without gifts. Kylie is very mature for her age and knows how fortunate we are to live the life we live. It's a different life but a full one, full of life, love and humor.

I hope tomorrow, Christmas day, that everyone is blessed with family, friends, the wonder of nature, and the loveliest of Gods creatures. The Savior of all creation came to us, was born in a wonderful way, surrounded by love and the warmth of a stable. May everyone remember and embrace the Christ child's beginnings and His journey to give us the greatest gift of love, not just for one day but forever to us His beloved children. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A redneck drag!

Behold the beauty of a drag for the arena constructed of bed springs and T-posts. Yes, I am the clever designer of this magnificent piece of equipment.

I don't have a harrow so I plan on securing the pipe through the springs, using the T-posts for weight and making a triangular chain to attach to the back of my larger than life red tractor. All this to rake the arena and make it all pretty.

I guess where there is a will, there is a way! 

Poor Big Red...

Big Red's tire got a boo boo with a nail. What a pain to take off a tire that is taller than me. I had help and took the tire in for repair. I will have it back tomorrow and thank goodness as I am going through withdrawals.

I have a big tractor driving addiction, I have to confess. Moving stuff around, making lots of noise, and playing in the mud... now just sitting waiting for all to be right in the world again... soon. 

The glory in the midst of November

Tigs looking for some loving on a sunny day

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time for catching up

Well, it has been a great week but a very busy one. First, the manure spreader is fixed and works great but shortly after, the back tire (the really big tire) went flat and has a nail in it. It's going to be a pain to fix as it's tubed and it has some mighty big weights on it.

Of course, I am going through withdraws because I can't play with my favorite toy the "Big Red" tractor and move lots of dirt around. The back lot is nice and graded but I still have the low part of the turnout to build up so it won't puddle.

At least I can pull the manure spreader with the truck for the meantime. I brought a giant round bale into the back paddock today and the horses were taking naps on it as they ate themselves to sleep. My little herd waddled in the barn tonight and they all looked pregnant (hay bellies).

Joy the dog we were boarding for a rescue went home this afternoon with a foster family and we may be getting in a Sheppard with bad burns till she can get a foster home.

I did some grooming today and moved some wood to the front porch for some winter fires. Tomorrow I am staining the neighbors deck and working on the arena footing so it isn't so dusty. House cleaning is in order since Thanksgiving is next week.

I will be working long hours Monday and Tuesday and going to a concert on Wednesday with a friend. The following week my regular schedule starts and it will be part time. It will be easier around here to keep up with the barn chores and dog grooming etc.

I feel very blessed to have such a full life. The animals that we help actually helps me more. I feel a wonderful purpose working with animals and in nature in general. I am one of the few people that get to realize their life's dream. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A poem I wrote for a friend awhile back

You won’t admit but God does bestow His love
With every breath, He showers on you from above
May He give you eyes to see each little treasure
To intoxicate with wonder and pleasure
As the sun rises each day, may you prosper more
Each night, His presences does guard your door
Long life to you full of laughter, loved ones, and little sorrow
For we are here for a little while and from His strenghth and faith we must borrow
Your secret He knows and will someday unfold
He knows your true and good heart that you wish to remain untold
Many blessings you have shared with all that surround you
Though it seems these kind gestures are not appreciated abound you
So I pray He blesses you and holds you dear
For remember, He is always near
His hand gently caressing your soul, reached out to you from afar
Even though with life’s trials  it appeared to leave things ajar
I happily share the gift of this prose
As from Him the words freely flowed
All His blessings may He give
In you may He dwell and live

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

God and his mercy

This day started out like most but it has turned out to be truly an amazing day. So much good news has come and help from the most unexpected places. When all seems hopeless is when God is at His best. Truly, He has delivered us and blessed us profoundly.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Nana plays outside and gets a good snuggle!

A most difficult post tonight

I have wanted to write about what has happened in the barn this week but I wanted to wait till the right time to form the right words. It is with sadness that I say that Satire our most senior horse passed away Monday. It came as a shock and he was happy and spirited until the end. Even now, it seems strange to be writing this and to not believe that in the morning when I do chores that he isn't in his stall. I say not in his stall because I know his body in this life is gone but his spirit is still with us. I kind of sum it up as bodies are like shoes and they wear out but you can still walk without them.

A splendid spirit called Satire passed through all of us and touched our lives in a unique way. He was once a fine show horse and well known but I was blessed to know him as he was in the latter part of his days. I saw the heart and soul in him for his family, his herd mates, and the people who met him at my barn.

The quality in Satire was deeper than his outward appearance, it was the courage he in-bodied to live his life with passion. Satire had passion about everything he did and a great love that was inspiring to all that met him. Grace and elegance on the outside and great character on the inside.

His family deeply mourns him and that is a testament to his life. A splendid spirit indeed has passed through us and continues to live in our hearts and minds. Satire is free of the bondage of age, of tiring, and suffering and is embracing the wind in a youthful gallop, not away from us but along side of us.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kylie's all fancy for Halloween

My Sweet William goes to his new home tomorrow!

The mailbox

The mailbox was completely covered with vines and surrounded by old newspaper boxes. Taaa Daaa, here is the mailbox and now the house numbers are visible. 

Cold, but sunshine is good

It seems winter is right around the corner, the dogs and horses have exceptionally heavy coats a month early so look out. To catch up, Sheba is settled in her new home and happy, Cruiser is also settled, Chewy is pending and Will goes home with his new family tomorrow. Will has been here since June and has come a long way with his behavior and manners. I'm really proud of Will, I'll miss him but he will now have his own family which is the ultimate blessing for him.

Since we are blessed to have some sunshine today, I will be cleaning bird cages and moving some dirt. The manure spreader will be ready to go tomorrow because I will have a tire mounted and that's the last of the issues. Dave fixed the webbing and I am going to patch up the wood and oil the whole thing today too.

This week will be spent getting ready for the not so easy weather ahead of us. I have to make a place for the spreader in the barn so we can use it instead of the little spreader and lawn tractor. Once I clean the lawn tractor up it will be time to send it out for repairs and maybe next year trade it for something sturdier, we'll see.

My brother who is a saint will be helping with laundry and cleaning today. It is hard to get to everything around here because it is after all a working farm. Kylie went trick or treating last night at a friends and stayed overnight. It is great to have an evening to just be an adult and do my own thing which I did do.

Kylie rode Aubrey for the first time with a bit on Thursday, they both did very well. I need to do some major grooming on our horses as they all have burrs all over them from the pasture. I also need to buy another round bail for the paddock.

With all that said, I hope to more productive this week around here and focus on what needs to be done. We've had three hard frosts now and lots of rain. Rain... too much of a good thing!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sheba and Cruiser both have happy endings

Both of my precious little friends got new families! God is good to his little creatures!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hating Monday's...

Yes, I do hate Monday's sometimes. This a very good weekend with Sheba going to a new home and working with Will. The rain stopped and working outside is much nicer. I have had some time to reflect and clear my mind.

Tomorrow of course means back to business, the type that includes phone calls and working on problems. The week days do go fast with so much to do but I like Sunday evenings when all the work is done. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sheba and her new home

Earlier in the week a nice couple came to visit Sheba in hopes of adopting her. Their application was approved a couple of days ago and we agreed today would be the big day. Sheba got a bath and her nails done this morning and had play time before going on a short trip in the truck to her new home.

Sheba has a two pet parents now and two little dogs to get to know. Sheba liked the house and the people and the dogs and an added bonus, chickens. Also, a very nice fenced in back yard and a bed beside her new owners bed for her to sleep in.

What a happy and good day this was for me and Sheba!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Best day of my life

First, an update on Ben who is in a wonderful foster home. Ben was so ill that he can't be vaccinated for a month because of his weakened condition. When he gains weight, a skin infection is being addressed, and he is free from parasites he will be able to be bathed, vaccinated and neutered. As of now, Ben is out of danger and in good and loving hands. If Ben were to have remained where he was when we found him he surely would not have survived much longer.

Now, exciting news. I got to be a part of my first dog assessment with a very highly respected trainer. Will the dog who came here as a rescue from a drug house passed with flying colors. Not to say that Will doesn't need to be worked with more but he is doing great. I was so proud of him today, it was awesome.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Update on Ben

This morning Ben was feeling much better and was resolved to his new situation. Ben got picked up this morning to visit the Vet and to get the necessary care he needs. Dogs Unlimited Rescue has already found him a foster home and so he will not be returning. I said goodbye and of course wished him well on his journey. I am glad to at least played a small role in helping Ben, I didn't know him for long but I know in my heart he is a great dog and will have a happy ending. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ben's story

I assisted in evaluating a dog today for rescue. His name is Ben, he is a two-year-old Saint Bernard. As you can see from the picture he is in pretty bad shape.

Ben is very under weight and his coat is dry and rough, he has drainage coming from both eyes. Ben hasn't met very many people, nor has he been anywhere but a house with a small outside enclosure.

Ben loved his family and was very protective of them. At this point, Ben is very confused because he is suddenly in a new and very different environment.
Tonight he did settle in a little as you can see on a blanket and he ate some dinner. Ben is still pretty unsure though and tomorrow hopefully he can be vetted.

I am excited to see this dog transform into the beautiful dog he should be and find a wonderful family that will keep him forever. It will be a journey for us both and I am so honored to be able to assist Ben along the way to a new life.  

Ben has had a very long day being rescued

Ben trying out a blanket

Bringing Ben to the Farm

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Moving dirt and moving on

Last night was a rough night for me because I broke off contact with someone that I cared about. I have been grieving for about a month now and it's been difficult for me. I am blessed with many good friends and they have been here to support me, especially my brother.

Today, I remembered that the Lord gave the commandment in the Old Testament that it was proper to mourn for thirty days and then the mourning should end and it was time to carry on. I took this to heart this morning and also found some closure. I handled things as maturely as I could but it still hurt.

It is time to focus on my life, my daughter, and the farm. I'm so blessed and I'm happy that I made a good decision to get out of a bad situation. I moved a lot of dirt today on the farm and things are looking much better. We brought home a huge round bale of hay and the horses went wild for it.

Kylie is spending the first night at her dads house and hopefully it will all go well. She's getting closer to her dad now and at her age that's important. The manure spreader is on it's way to be fixed and so things are coming together. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Big Red is fixed and the spreader is almost

With winter coming on it is essential that the larger equipment that I have work. It is hard in the winter with horse stalls and snow and I have a huge tractor that need a hydraulic leak fixed. The spreader webbing broke and it sat so long the tire blew out. Kylie's dad was once a full time farm boy before becoming successful in other things. He popped the side off the tractor and pulled the line and got it welded and together we got the tire off the spreader. I am thinking the webbing will be fixed in a couple of weeks. I am very grateful for the help and now I can use the blade on the tractor for many things and not have to do it by hand. Yeah!!

Update on rescue babies

Poor Sheba had a melt down in the car on the way to her new family. She had such anxiety that when she got to her new home she fell apart and she had to come back to the farm. I will be working on her taking rides in the car to help her get over the car anxiety, it could be that she thought she was going to get dumped again.

Cruiser is doing okay but has had some issues adjusting. I am hoping it will work out for him if the family has a little patience and works on using a crate more.

People don't realize how hard it is on dogs to re-home them. Each time they lose a home it does take it's toll and it is sometimes difficult for them to adjust and bond in a new one unless people will take the time for them to adjust.

My little babies, they will succeed and I will do my best to help them. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

One dimensional verses three dimensional

Heaven help us, I am in a philosophical writing mood! I meet lots of people and animals now and there are all sorts. I have the privilege of meeting dogs, horses, cats and birds that may have been emotionally injured or neglected and they come here to heal. I have met some really wonderful loving and giving people and also people who want to get "rid of" a pet or it's just a dog etc.

When I tell an animal's particular story to someone who is a caring person the reply is always the same "how could someone do that" to an animal. Well, I have a theory, I see things and feel things when I come into contact with an animal, I like to think of it as seeing them in 3D. Not everyone sees the world like that, they can only experience a one dimensional world. I'm not sure if people are born a sort of way or it depends on their life experiences and the amount of adversity they have experienced. I do know that experiencing a lot of pain and neglect as a child seems to heighten someone's ability to have empathy with another soul that has suffered.

One thing I am sure of, animals see the world in 3D because they grieve, they feel abandonment, and they love very deeply. They don't want to "get rid of" someone or it's just a human. Ours is a throw away society where things or sometimes pets are there for pleasure, status or whatever and then they are no longer needed and that is it. It is unfortunate for pets but also I have to remember it is so for children and people too in some cases. Plenty of children are neglected and abandoned either physically or emotionally or both.

As far as experiencing the not so good things in life as a child, I suffered and it wasn't easy but now looking back I would change little simply because of the person it has made me today. Sometimes it still isn't easy because there are flashbacks but I have lots of furry and feathery companions and counselors who understand.

I'm thankful for the good human friends I have made that feel the same and together we have helped some of these little creatures heal and find new homes. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tired but happy

Today I was bent on working hard and getting things done. Stalls got done early and I indeed kept busy. I went with a friend thrift shopping and we looked for things to wear on Sunday because I am going to a charity event. It should be fun and lots of food etc.

Kylie and I rode our horses this evening for a little while. I needed to wear myself out totally. It keeps me from stressing about different things right now. I got some calls from some customers for more business this week which is always good. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sheba and Cruiser

These two dogs lost their homes and met each other here at Kindred Acres. They have been good friends and have comforted each other through their life transition and now both of them have adoptive families who will be taking them home soon.

I love them both and I am so happy to have been able to help them out along their journey for a better life. Dogs Unlimited Rescue stepped in to help me find them new homes and they are an awesome rescue. Both have been vetted and their shots updated by the rescue. I wished they could have gone together since they are so cute but it is all good just having someone to give them the love they deserve. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cruiser Dude in his new coat

A whirlwind life

Chewy got returned to the rescue because he was protecting his food from the other dogs. He needed time to become a part of the household and that takes time. He's such a smart and sweet boy, the real person for him is out there. Sheba has a pending application and Cruiser is on the website for adoption. I hate to split them up they are so cute together.

Will is awesome and is in his final phase of training with Jennifer and is being socialized now with other dogs a little. Will is such a great dog and I know he has a very wonderful future. I wish people had as much resilience as these animals do after all they have suffered. Animals are so forgiving, science says they live in the moment but I know they have memories yet they carry on and rise to the occasion of a new life without hashing out the past.

Satire had a colic scare but is fine now. It was a stressful three days but it seems everything is going to be okay. Mare Girl almost got sick to but thank goodness she snapped out of it. Seniors are so fragile and it takes patience and caution to make sure they stay healthy.

Kylie is riding Aubrey beautifully and I am riding Cody more now and loving it. I had a beautiful fire last night with friends and starlight. Yesterday was truly a good day and I enjoyed the old oak tree and the beauty around me.

Man troubles plagued last weekend but it seems I survived the week and had a terrific weekend. Thanks to good friends. I have lost weight and am really thrilled about it, losing weight can really cheer you up for sure.

Business is picking up for October and I had a productive business meeting last week and hope to have another this week. My dad, has after all these years become supportive and even somewhat proud of me. I haven't really been close to my biological dad and he isn't the type to be supportive or approachable but I guess growing old gives pause for thought.

I hope for some cooler, sunnier days before the cold and damp returns. It would be nice to enjoy fall and get the farm ready for winter. My little part time job is very fun and I am meeting lots of animal folks. I really love helping pets and people.

Tomorrow is Monday and I am grooming and have business to call on and the regular chores. I hope to finally get the house cleaned. I put a new belt on my dryer myself. I asked several manly men to help but it seems it was to scary. It was a ten minute fix once I got the belt and a baboon could have figured it out. I am not a baboon but a very intelligent woman but you get the point :)

Clean clothes is really an important thing and we had them drying outside but the rain kind of blew that apart pretty quick. I am happy to have my dryer back and to have plenty of clean jeans. This isn't the kind of life that allows you to wear anything for long without barn smells and stuff or muddy paw prints to adorn you.

I did my highlights and used my thinning shears on my hair and I'm really happy with the results. It is good to feel better about myself again. Look out world I am ready to paint the town red or at least a little pink!

Daniel with a high four!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chewy's new Furever home!

The visitors

Kylie & her Dad with Aubrey

The power of the blade....

The blade of power!

It was cold and rainy but the day got nicer only it stayed cold. We went to buy some decent shampoo because I have wanted to save money where I can but to be honest with long hair a woman has got to do what a woman has got to do.

I bought the world's biggest poop scoop to and it will make cleaning up easier. We now have eight dogs in for boarding and I have four of my own so there is plenty of things to clean up. Nana got a bag of Avi-cakes today before she got really mad cause she is a bird that isn't patient.

Kylie road Aubrey today to practice riding outside. She is going with her dad on her first trail ride in October and she is nervous. I am a little nervous for her but it will be a great experience for her. Her dad helped me put a back blade on Big Red today so I could start filling in dirt where we had to dig up the water line. Now this whole has been around since spring and there have been plenty of men around to help get the blade on but always some excuse. Finally, I asked Dave to do it as he knew exactly how and it took a total of 5 minutes to attach the blade, another few minutes to figure out the hydraulics and maybe 10 minutes to tell me exactly how to move the dirt.

Move the dirt is what I did and I will finish filling in the hole tomorrow and I can move the dirt that was dumped to fill in the hole on the side of the house. So many things can now be done with such a big piece of equipment. There is plenty of labor intensive jobs around here and one thing that can make it easier is worth a great deal to me.

Next... the big manure spreader must be fixed... before winter... I guess I will have to resort to grabbing someone by the ear and not letting go till it's done....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Mercies yet again!

This morning the well guy made it out and he found the problem. Dennis fixed it without charging me and he didn't have to do that so blessings to him. I still felt pretty run down this morning but I feel 100% better now. The house is a mess but I have decided to take on one room at a time and get us back into an organized state.

Will is doing so good on his walks and yard time. He has turned the corner in his mind and is now content walking along side of me and listening for guidance. Sheba and Cruiser are keeping company again and are doing very well.

I will have five dogs in at once from the same household for a few days. It will be fun I'm sure to learn all the different personalities. I pray for good days and am thankful that we have this place!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another just shoot me now week

We have no water again because of a short in the well pump. It will be fixed tomorrow morning but we had to drag the 100lb water tank down to the neighbors and fill it to keep the horses and other animals in fresh water. Thank the Lord for the neighbor and my good friend Marcie for letting us take a shower at her house.

I am tired and I am not feeling well this week and just hate this. No clean dishes and well just total frustration. I've had cancellations and just really difficult days. I'm tired and I know I'll feel better tomorrow.

Still, I have my dogs and my horses and beautiful days a head. Hopefully, cleaner days as well!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rolling right along

Yesterday I worked for a few hours at a locally owned pet store and had a very good time. I had a really busy day as I had a pet sit for a great little dog named Max and caring for Sheba and Will.

Today we went to the feed store and bought lime for the stalls and feed for the horses. Since we got a delivery of fresh sawdust it was time to blow out the stalls and make them smell fresh. I had to be at a friends house to help with a birthday party that Kylie was invited to.

Jennifer came and helped with Will and Holly came to see Sheba and helped me with the stalls so we could finish them in time. Shirley and Michelle helped with bringing in the big herd and letting out the little one while I was gone.

At the birthday party the golf cart melted down and the girls caught a black snake in a garbage can of all things. We promptly turned him loose. Then it was off to putt  putt and air hockey and the girls had a great time. We went back to Marcie's house and had pizza and I trimmed Honey's nails, she is a senior dog with really long nails and she had a bad experience having them trimmed once and she bled. I used my dremel so I wouldn't hurt her.

I came home once to feed the horses and went back for a little while and then came home for the night feeding of the two senior horses. I decided to take a hot bath and watch a movie. Time for quiet and me time. I've been going and going and I just felt like crashing with my dogs and finding myself.

It's been good and it's peaceful. I haven't had time to be thankful and talk to God. It's important that I don't drift away from Him because He is my friend. I know some folks won't understand what I am saying but He is and so there it is.

Tomorrow Will gets a visit from someone who may adopt him and I will groom him and another dog. We will be getting Cruiser back who is a little min pin and I hope the rescue can find him a good home. I never thought I'd be in the position of helping pets find new and good homes but here I am and chugging right along with it. I'm also thankful for many good friends I've made a long the way. When I worked at the bank all those years I met many people and got to know them over a desk but through mutual love of animals I have made life long friends. The friends and family I never had growing up. Yes, God is good. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Getting checked out

I had to go to a clinic today to have some lumps checked out and I am relieved with very good news. They are not a concern at all according to the doctors. I hate going to a doctor and would rather eat worms but in this case it is what it is and I had to go get checked out.

I had an interesting day with a new dog I am pet sitting for and it was a challenge as well as a learning experience. Will is still doing very well on his walks and play time in the yard. The more he is exposed to the calmer he is becoming.

Tomorrow I hope to spend more time here at the farm cleaning the kenneling rooms. The week is going fast and furious with mostly good news so far. Griff brought over a used mower that doesn't have a deck on it to use to pull the small manure wagon. The wagon needed a new bolt and he put that on for us and we are good to go.

Kylie was very excited because Uncle Gregg let her drive his car down the driveway. She was so excited and proud, it seems like just yesterday she was riding a tricycle.

This morning was cold enough in the house to warrant trying to start a fire. I didn't have much success and then it seemed to warm up. With the drastic change in temps from 90 to 50 it just seems really cold. It is time to fix the dryer belt because it will take forever for clothes to dry on the line. I guess Uncle Gregg and I will attempt the repair this weekend.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Finally, the heat subsides!

I started a little part time job at a locally owned pet store for some extra money. I loved it the very first day and felt like I belonged there. I get to meet lots of pet owners and their pets and talk about my favorite thing, pets!

We had a couple or super hot days again and I got through it but am really tired of working in the heat. Today was much cooler and it is just easier to get things done. My brother and I went fishing for a little while last night. We call it fishing but what it really is amounts to sitting by the still waters while the breeze blows through the trees and talking about funny stuff. I cast out and just chill.

The horses are also relieved that they can graze in peace and the flies and mosquitoes aren't so much an issue. On one of the super hot days I kept the horses in and they wen't out at dusk and stayed out all night. It was good for them and they ate breakfast and snoozed when the day was at it's hottest.

Learning curves

Jennifer is a great trainer and she has been working with Will the rescue we are boarding. Will was chained to a tree for months when he was found and was very sick and neglected. Will is relatively young but is a very strong dog who hasn't learned social skills yet. Dogs that are chained to a tree don't get much opportunity to meet other dogs or people much less learn manners and basic skills to fit into a home.

Both Will and myself are learning together thanks to Jennifer. Will is learning self control and how to behave and what is generally expected of him in his new environment and I am learning new skills when I help Jennifer with his training. One thing that is on Will's side is his willingness to learn and how sweet he is now that all of his medical issues have been addressed. Good job Will and Jennifer!

Chewy gets a new home

Chewy our little drop off here at the farm got a new family! They have other terriers, a acre and a half, and lots of love! I'm happy for Chewy and I hope to get updates once he settles in to his new home. Thanks to Dogs Unlimited Rescue for all the help in finding Chewy a new home!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blessings abound!

Today was very busy and we had plenty of dogs and the regular chores. Will did great on his walk and yard time and his focus is a 100% better. Shania is a little angel and it looks like she will be in a nice cozy foster home tomorrow and will be instantly spoiled.

We have a sweet little dog in for the weekend named Mocha, she's very pretty and very smart. Sheba is happy all of the time and she will be getting her shots tomorrow along with Shania.

I worked for a few hours at a local family owned pet store and it was fun. It's a blast to be able to work and have animal people all around. I so hope that the farm continues to grow and prosper and bring kindred hearts together. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

There is no greater pleasure

Today a gentlemen asked me about dogs we board and I told him about Sheba. Sheba is a Rottweiler and she is the sweetest dog, her owner is very sick and need to send her someplace for awhile but didn't have the money to pay for board. I decided to take Sheba for a month to help out because so many times good people have helped me out. The gentlemen called me a sucker. Sheba's owner will not be able to take her back so I am going to foster her until she can be placed in a new home.

I wonder in my heart who is the sucker here. I know what is like not to be wanted, to feel helpless and alone in a not so nice world. But, I made up my mind a long time ago that my life would have purpose. I want to leave this world someday knowing I helped, I did something to make it a better place. People who live only for themselves are really the suckers for they miss out on the beauty and the good. It seems that so many hold on to small and petty things and never see the brilliant daybreak of giving and sharing.

I've been blessed in my life in so many ways and it's like throwing a stone into the water just watching the ripples when one life is changed, even a dogs life. I won't accept the ridicule but instead go to sleep at night feeling good about the labor of my days.

Today was a good day and I sat with Sheba and let her know I loved her. I am excited for her to have a special person to take care of her for the rest of her life. Will is recovering from being neutered and I am going to walk him tomorrow and start working on basic commands.

I hope to ride my horse Cody tomorrow because that always makes me feel really good. My dogs are here with me now content to sprawl out for a good sleep. The parrots are all asleep in there funny way with their beaks tucked under their feathers. Bunny is awake of course and hoping for a night time carrot.

All is well at Kindred Acres Farm with a rag tag group of people and animals. Things are as they should be. 

Aubrey and Pony

Sweet William - soon available for adoption

My Darling Daniel

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Being part of the big picture

Monk got a great home and Chewy is on his way to a new life. Will came back for training. It feels good to see things come together and along the way some very special animals get a better life. God has allowed me to have a place where people and animals can interact and grow. Sheba has a place to stay while her owner is in the hospital and Chloe will have some much needed socialization. A regular is Scrappy who is a very sweet dog who I look forward to seeing every Thursday.

There are dogs that come here who are afraid to have baths and be groomed and I let them explore and relax in between bathing and drying. I love it when they warm up to me and give me kisses and wags. The horses have their routine and the security of being able to go out together. I love them all. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Finally things are shaping up

Today I groomed a very nice dog and took in a boarder for the weekend. After working till the afternoon I came in the house and got some much needed cleaning done. I feel much better and only have to weed wack around the buildings to feel like everything is in order. I stress when things are all unorganized and so this is bliss for me.

Kylie is sick and recovering from a cold or flu bug. The weather is cool and sunny and I am grateful and really feel for the folks getting hit by the hurricane. The horses are all feeling good as they can graze without getting eaten up by a bunch of flies. The grass is nice and green and so it is a good August even though it feels like fall is setting in to soon.

I have business calls to make next week and some regular customers coming back. Business is picking up and I get the chance to meet many nice people and great dogs. I have to get some of my clipper blades sharpened so they will perform better but my little shop is great to work in and I have everything I need.

I'm feeling restless tonight and would love to go out for awhile but my friends are busy so I guess it's blogging and TV tonight. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Getting things done

This morning started with a nice breakfast with friends at an area pet professional meeting and I gained some valuable information and enjoyed the company. I moved on to a doctor's appointment and received a referral for some tests to check out a lump. I hate doctor stuff so my brother is going to go with me for courage.

Later in the day I did some chores and Kylie and I had a talk about getting more things done. Kylie is 14 and a great daughter but the work is hard here sometimes and she needs to help more. Tomorrow her school starts online so we will have to get things in order so there is time for the studies.

I got the basement completely cleaned and am ready to start on the rooms on the first floor. Heavy stuff got moved with a little help and I feel better now. I always start to freak out when the house gets to messy. I like things to be tidy after working all day. Of course, with birds and feather dust, four dogs and a busy schedule (did I mention the 14 year old to) it is a challenge.

My mom was brutal about a clean house and I guess that stuck with me but not to the extreme it was growing up. I do feel better though when everything feels clean and fresh.

Tomorrow will be more cleaning and maybe some work outside here and there. I hope to have a quieter day tomorrow but we will see. Tornado watch tonight with thunderstorms, I hope it passes us without turning into something big. I hate late night drama. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another day with no end

The day started with Mike building up a wall for Aubrey and bringing us railing for the stairs in the barn. It will be a real project putting them up and I won't get it started till the end of September. The usual chores of course today with a little shopping for dog food and some things around the house.

Laundry was done and hung out to dry which I love to do but we don't really have a choice right now since the dryer died. I took care of Sheba and Will and hung out with Diane and Shirley while the rescue dog Monk and Shirley's dog Rocky got acquainted.

I then went to work on taring down Kylie's old bed and struggled to put together the new one. I also worked on the basement cleaning the room we are going to use for storage.

I started at 8 a.m. and am now just sitting down. Tomorrow will be another big day because I have a meeting to attend in the morning, a doctor's appointment, and a dog wash. I have to finish fixing Will's fence and get the stuff moved off the front porch. Did I mention the usual barn chores and dog walking in between?

It feels like the work is endless and nothing gets done but that isn't true. Slowly things will get done I just have to remember there are only so many hours in a day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22, lots of catching up to do

Lets see, this month has been rough and fast paced. First the brakes on the truck, the air conditioning in the house and then we lost water for a day. All very difficult but the solutions came reasonably well and I thank the good Lord for that.

We have been busy with multiple dogs because it is vacation season. I am happy to have good business and to enjoy all the wonderful pet personalities I get to meet and get to know.

Will is going to a foster home on Thursday and he has been with us for two months now. He's ready for the next step in his journey for a forever home. We had two dogs that came in that might of ended up rehomed because of behavior but one is going to be kept by the family and the other is going to a good home where he will be better suited to the environment.

I also have a lovely rottweiler we are caring for while the owner is in the hospital for a month, her name is Sheeba and she is darling.

Tomorrow, Mike one of our boarders is going to help me fix the area where Aubrey is so that he has more privacy. I have a new bedroom suit for Kylie and we are in the middle of cleaning and moving things around in the basement and taking her old bed out so the house is a mess for this week.

The past weeks I have been able to organize and fix some things in the barn and in the back area of the property. I will be weed wacking most of this week to get things shaped up to make things look more appealing. I didn't do much of the weeding while it was so hot but now I am ready and I did some spraying too which will hopefully help for the rest of the growing season.

Griff fixed Kylie's bicycle and gave me one and so we will all be riding around getting some exercise. He picked up a go-cart that needs work and it will be fun here on the farm to ride around in. We all went over to Marcie's place for pizza last weekend and Griff gave my brother a gas grill he had and Uncle Gregg was surprised.

Kylie got to go to Cedar Point twice in one week which is nice because she hasn't had a real vacation and she works hard on the farm most of the time and I was glad she had fun. She is also riding Aubrey almost every day now and they are both doing very well.

I visited a fun alpaca farm over the weekend and got to pet them and see some babies. I have pictures and will post them soon.

It's been a fast summer and soon Kylie starts school again. I hope to be making improvements in the kennel when Will moves on and continue to make space for dog boarding. My dogs are really enjoying the socialization they give to other dogs that visit the farm when they need it.

Shirley had company for a week and a half and was slacking on her barn responsibilities but is back to business now. She is being very brave by considering fostering a very special needs Saint Bernard. This place does bring people and animals together. Kindred spirits together here at Kindred Acres. The name didn't mean as much when I chose it as it does now.

I am rich in good friends, fun and treasured creatures!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday Summary

I had a pretty good day on my birthday yesterday in spite of the weekend of drama. I got lots of hugs, a great kiss, a new rod and reel, a tractor pin and I found out my hydraulics work on my tractor (it has a leak). We had a huge hail storm but it cooled things off and the house wasn't that bad last night.

We are truly blessed here and I am so happy to have such good friends and family!

Kindred Acres Farm

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Aubrey gets a bath after getting skunked


I've been too busy to blog but we have had some great days and not so great days. I lost my brakes on the truck going through an intersection and live to tell about it. I didn't hit anyone and they didn't hit me but if it had happened two seconds earlier or later I am sure I'd have been smashed.

The air conditioner died on us and I thought boy here we go again. Today a client pulled in the drive to drop their dogs off and they happened to do air conditioning repair. The air will be fixed by Saturday.

I had a tough time with a fencing panel issue that was just unbelievable but resolved now. The horses and dogs are doing well, the birds and bunny too. We have a steady flow of customers for kenneling and repeat customers. I am very happy because this is my first year and the first three are tough.

Now about Will, he is a great dog. Will was locked in a basement and then chained to a tree for months in inter city Cleveland. He was very sick and in pain and very aggressive. The APL felt it best to put him down but another rescue stepped in and they sedated him and got him off the tree. Will was then taken to the vet where he was treated and was heart worm positive. He was under weight and had sores all over his head and ears. Next, they brought me Will.

Animals are so forgiving, Will was here five minutes and he just came over and put his head in my arms. He has put on weight, the sores are healed, and he is undergoing heart worm treatment. Luckily, Will is in the early stages and the treatment is not as harsh. He is a wonderful dog and will make a family very happy once he is neutered and done with treatment.

I am happy to make a difference in Will's life. He is very calm and happy now and is getting used to a lot of petting and the rescue has given him the best food and treats. I let Will have my block building alone so he doesn't have to be crated or caged. I will be very excited to see him get a new family that will give him the love and care he deserves.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I am hoping it will be a good day. Lots of work of course but it would be nice to have a normal day instead of who knows what next. I have been helped by many nice people lately. It means a great deal to me to have such good friends and my brother Greg who is such a blessing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bracing for the heat

We finally got some much needed rain but the heat will be a challenge this week. I am thankful we are not in the middle of the worst of the heatwave but I will be extra careful with the horses. The dogs are in air conditioning and we can do the barn work in the early morning and evening hours. As they say, you do what you have to do.

The moon was beautiful tonight and there is so much to thank God for here. I am thinking about becoming a non-profit as it isn't about the money but about the good things we do here for animals and sometimes people. Life has much more meaning when you are making a difference.

William the dog that was to be put down because he was chained to an abandoned house which in his condition was very aggressive is a big teddy bear and is getting sweeter every day. He's gained weight and will soon be treated for heartworm. I know he'll make it because he is strong and loves life. I want to do more for animals like him and also I want to help children who have been abused and neglected. It is good to still have dreams and try to realize them.

Thursday is supposed to be brutally hot and I am thinking it would be a good time to take a swim at the neighbors during the heat of the day. I guess we'll see how the day goes.

I am restless tonight and hope tomorrow brings good things our way.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

All things seemed to fall into place today

I stayed up late last night with a friend but had to get up early. I felt pretty good this morning and had a super busy day. Scrappy came for his weekly visit and he is a great dog, I just love him! Will the dog got into the groom again and did some damage but he is so sweet I can't get upset with him.

Kylie, Shirley and I rode Cody and enjoyed the cooler temperatures. Becky stayed most of the day and she cleaned the kitchen yesterday and did such a beautiful job I was so happy. I hate clutter and not being able to clean the house but with the farm I end up doing more outside and the job is never done.

Griff and I went to Shirley's to sort through somethings she has and we will be going back Saturday. Scrappy got a bath and Griff fixed the door with a bolt so that the door would stay shut and Will wouldn't get into things. I will have to clean up the room tomorrow.

Becky groomed the bunny and gave him some much needed attention. Kylie and her dad started working with Aubrey in earnest. Kylie rode Aubrey in her new saddle and he did well but as he isn't completely broke, Aubrey wasn't let off the lead line. Both did wonderfully and Kylie and her dad got along and she is very happy.

I got my truck back yesterday and have a big repair bill but it so needed the tuneup and the front bearing was going. It drives so much better now.

The lack of sleep is catching up with me and so I will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow Emily is coming to visit and I am sure it will be another day of adventure. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

An end to a great weekend

Friday night I went out with a friend and we were out till 2:00 and it was a blast, lots of girl talk. Yesterday started out slow but we found Kylie a great saddle for the price of $100. Today was her birthday and we had a delicious cake with Uncle Gregg, Shirley and Griff. Kylie loved the saddle when she rode in it and I took a turn and it felt great.

Tomorrow is supposed to be hot so we will maybe go swimming. It is good to do something away from the farm and the work. The weather feels like August and the grass is dry.

Kylie is going to start working with Aubrey in earnest with her dad. They are both stubborn and rub each other the wrong way sometimes and I hope they can get the job done without killing each other!

Kylie's miracle birthday present

Kylie's birthday is tomorrow and her dad gave her money this year to go shopping. Kylie thought it would be fun to go to Valley Tack because we seldom go there.

We looked for synthetic saddle to see what they cost and I could only find two.  One of the saddles was at the very bottom in the corner and I noticed the tag said $100. We inquired and it in deed was $100 for clearance but the original price was $600. It is a new saddle not a used one so it is really hard to believe we found it at that price. God is good and I felt so good that she could have something special for her birthday. Uncle Gregg bought the stirrups and leathers etc. Kylie is ready to go tomorrow to try it out.

The whole day went really well and we all had a great time. We may be keeping Will through his heartworm treatment which last 60 days. I am happy to help him because he now has a chance of getting a family. Will behaves well and is young and strong, I think he will survive the heartworm treatment.

Tomorrow is supposed to be super hot but it's Kylie's birthday and we will have fun.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A precious little soul

Baby animals are so fragile, a baby lamb that had health issues passed away this week. My friend Libby was trying to save her and she would have come here to live if she would have survived. It seems like things were going okay and then she just passed. I have experienced this before and I know all things belong to God and the little lamb has returned to Him. We are only stewards here and the Lord shares His precious creatures with us for a time. Now the little lamb can not only walk but run and the suffering that she endured is now in our hearts as we will miss her.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I had fun today

They lied it was really hot earlier today. I was very tired and took a nap. I got the stalls done while my brother cooked out. We ate well and then Jennifer came to work with the rescue dog. She's a great trainer and Will is going to get a great new life.

Chewie is the little terrier we are looking after till he finds a good home. He will be easy as he is a great little dog. All the dogs had a great time in the backyard and I sat down and enjoyed myself. It is good to have fun once and awhile and not be so serious all the time. So far, it's been a good holiday weekend. 


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mechanical s grrrrrr

Today started with off to the feed store and on the way the engine light came on in the truck. We stopped at a parts store and it is a misfiring spark plug. I lured Griff over for coconut donuts and got him started working on the mower. Next thing we are at home depot looking for new blades and some of the belts are pretty worn.

I hate whenever things happen all at once but it is what it is I guess. We have two dogs kenneled for the holiday and one that may be here for a bit longer.

The heat was horrible today but it was still a good day. 

Two pretty boys

Friday, July 1, 2011

Saving lives

We have a rescue overnight in our kennel. William is a boxer who was abandoned at his house, chained with a four foot chain. They said he was aggressive when they went to get him but he is a sweet boy now. I'm happy to help out and make him feel safe.

We have another little rescue named Chewy. He's a Cairn Terrier that was found running the streets. We need to find him a good home.

Busy here as usual, we got a load of sawdust this morning and well other crazy stuff. Must update later. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Riding again

Over slept this morning which doesn't happen very often but I so needed to sleep in. The day was a busy one but I rode with Shirley and we had a great time. Shirley let Kylie and I ride Preacher with an English saddle and I must be getting back into shape because it felt great!

I am starting to feel a little better now and less overwhelmed. I think a few more nights sleeping and pacing myself more will help. Of course, riding is the best medicine.