Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday's Threads: Flamingo Edition

It's AMAZING out there today! Not a cloud in the sky and I think we're going to be around mid 80's. THIS is my weather. Finally! To celebrate, I decided to dress for the tropics.
It's hard to tell from far away, but there are a lot of flamingos happening here. I'm extra bummed the horses aren't working because they have matching flamingo outfits too. I'm sure eventually I'll get to share those though. And I mean, you can't have too many flamingo posts can you?

Top: Velvet Heart
How adorable is this loose fitting button down? I saw it at Marshalls and got super grabby hands about it. I already had the shoes (you'll see them soon, be patient) so I obviously had to own this too.

Belt: Mane Jane
To mix things up a little today, I paired a Mane Jane belt strap with an "H" buckle.

Jeans: Kut From the Kloth
My camera wasn't picking it up, but these actually have a really subtle pink wash to them. Perfect for a flamingo theme!

Shoes: Bucket Feet
I know. So Cute! I got these either last year or the year before, but have only worn them a few times. Definitely perfect with the top!

Tote: Kate Spade
I've been using a tote bag as a purse for awhile out of laziness, but it's pretty convenient because it holds so much stuff! The one I've been using is one of those ones  you can print a photo on. The photo on it was my holiday card photo... Clearly not appropriate for the season. So I switched to this one today.

Arm Party!
Left is sporting a Stacie original. I found this tutorial on a bead store's blog, and altered it to have a Flamingo theme. I think it came out pretty cute!

Righty is donning this ridiculously cute rhinestone flamingo cuff and two beaded bracelets from Pura Vida. The first has a little rose gold flamingo charm. So tiny!

That's it from here today! What are you wearing? Have any favorites?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

Not a whole lot going on here this week really. But to balance out yesterday's Negative Nancy post, I thought maybe I'd talk about some things that have been really positive during Jampy's bout with laminitis.
 First, I'm super grateful that he wears clothes without issue. He has been wearing ice boots 24/7 since this all started, and that is made a lot easier by him being willing to leave them on. My junior hunter used to tear apart every piece of clothing you put on him. He was a total houdini at getting out of blankets and wraps.
I also want to acknowledge what a good patient he's been. He's been stuck in a stall with no turnout and only 2-3 minutes of hand walking per day. He can eat nothing but soaked hay and his salt block. (He's also allowed to eat peanuts, but he's decided they are gross.) And while he's sometimes a bit sassy or a little rude, he's really behaving well. I can put him on the crossties to groom, and he just stands there like a good boy. Some days our three minute walk is cut short by antics, but most days he keeps it together. He seems to even know that he can't drag me to the grass, because he's hardly even tried.

I have the less local vet scheduled for Tuesday to take x-rays. I'm crossing all the crossables that everything has stayed put and hopefully we can start making a plan to move toward normal life for him. I'm hoping he'll be allowed to at least go out in the tiny walkout on Rio's side of the barn soon. When I was building the barn, I wanted to have run outs for the horses. Unfortunately, due to the layout of my property and zoning regulations, I had to make them really small. The side Rio lives on has the smaller sized walkouts, but in trade, they are also covered. They're about 12x20 in size. The one on Jamp's side of the barn is larger at around 20x50. Rio is currently using the larger one for his turnouts while he rehabs that bowed tendon. But hopefully soon Jampy can hang out in the smaller one for at least a few hours a day.

Another bonus that I've never considered a bonus, is that my horses turnout in the ring since they both hate the back paddock. Jampy won't be able to have grass anymore, so fortunately, once he's cleared for exercise, he can go back to his normal turnout routine in my sand ring.

So this past week and weekend has been spent grooming the boys and trying to hand walk them between rain storms. Rio's gotten to graze a bunch too. He's like snow white out there, all the animals want to graze with him!
I decided Saturday that I needed to reintroduce exercise into my own life now that I'm not riding. But since it was pouring and my asthma has been terrible, I opted for a treadmill walk. I felt so much better afterwards! I need to make a real effort to take care of the old body. Easy to forget or just not want to when life's busy taking care of the ponies. The pugs joined me on my walk, but they were way lazier about it.
Sunday was supposed to be another nasty day, but we actually got to see the sun for about a half hour around 3PM. So I quickly grabbed the pups for a walk.
We wound up getting a little drizzled on, but it was nice to get out for a bit. It was really humid, though not super hot. But I think we're not used to it, and the pups were WIPED OUT after!
That's about all that's up over here this Wednesday! What's up with you? Do anything fun this weekend? Or exciting plans for next?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Truthful Tuesday: the one with some feels and blurry old screen shots

I made a pretty silly mistake over the last week/weekend. With my new found spare time, I decided to start converting my old riding videos into digital files. This seems like a great idea on the surface. And it was pretty fun to watch my very first horse show.
 Although, I didn't realize how terrible VHS quality was at the time! Holy grainy batman!
So why was it a bad plan? Because I can't ride. Watching old videos of Rio flying around the 1.2m A/O's,
 and my old junior hunter Bud doing his thing at Devon, and even Cosmo throwing his legs around in the adult jumpers,
 REALLY made me miss showing. This is the start of year number 3 without a show on the schedule. I was coping ok with that the last couple of years. I mean I didn't LOVE it.  But I was still riding and jumping around at home. So it was ok.
But now? Now that I haven't swung a leg over a horse in almost three weeks, it was super depressing. Then I start to feel guilty about feeling all woe is me because I can't ride when my horse was suffering through a painful bout with laminitis. Selfish much?

 On the bright side, Jampy is looking great! I'm super frustrated because I need to see the x-rays before we can move forward with things like figuring out his new diet, and if/when he can have turn out again. I just finally heard back from the local vet that he can't come until NEXT THURSDAY! Unacceptable. So I'm trying to see if the less local vet can get here sooner. The horse needs to get out. He's been such a good patient, but he's really bored, and not super happy with life right now. Not to mention, I'm still icing his legs regularly, which means I haven't had more than a six hour night sleep in close to three weeks. I'm also not sure how much longer I can get away with taking an hour and a half lunch away from work.
See? I told you there were some feels. Nostalgia, envy, disappointment, frustration. UGH. Fortunately, there's also some happy and relief that Jampy is feeling a lot better. And in time, I'll get to ride again. A good friend offered to let me sit on her horse this weekend, so hopefully we'll make that happen. In the meantime, I'll be hanging out with my old men waiting for the vet to come out.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday's Threads

Outfit Day! Sorry I skipped Thursday's Threads last week, but I was working from home and practically in my jammies. But I'm back with a work outfit this week! Might be awhile before I have a riding outfit to share again unfortunately.
It's another cool and rainy day here in CT. We're hoping to hit 60. Ugh. I need some sunshine in my life! And my horses would really like to not have to wear sheets again. On the bright side, when it's cool out, Jamp's ice boots stay cold longer. So there's that I guess.

Sweater: Ralph Lauren
This sweater is perfect on these weird in between season type days. It's cotton, so it's lightweight, but still warm enough. I think the pink cord on the hood is really fun too.

Belt: Mane Jane
Nothing new here, but you all know by now how much I love my Mane Jane's!

Jeans: KUT from the Kloth
Over the weekend I brought my sweaters back upstairs for the season, and brought down my spring and summer clothes. So the frayed hem jeans are back in rotation!

Shoes: Aeropostale
I figured my kind of drab outfit needed a little sparkle so I grabbed these slip on sneakers. I like how the glitter has an ombre effect to it.

Arm Party!
Lefty is donning one of these vintage bracelets I love so much, along with my trusty apple watch.

Righty decided to coordinate with the hood strings on my sweater. First is probably my most favorite bracelet I've gotten from Nicole's Creations. I love the beads and the fun spring colors! And the other is a bangle that I think came from Express several years ago.

And that's it for today! Maybe one of these days I'll get back to running and have a running outfit to share. I really need to do SOMETHING since I'm not riding. The handwalking is something I guess, but I really think I need a little more cardio in my life. Not want mind you. But need.

How's the weather by you? Have any fun new clothes in your life? Or a new favorite riding outfit?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

I feel like everyday is pretty much the same right now. Jampy seems to be feeling a lot better, but I won't know for sure what kind of damage we have until next week when we take more x-rays. I'm glad he's in good spirits though. He's allowed out for a two minute walk once a day. So that's pretty exciting! He's definitely wild, but he's trying to behave himself.
He is standing more square than he was last week, but I have noticed him pointing the left front a bit:
Not a lot, but it's definitely a thing. So I'm a little worried about that. He's still getting iced regularly, but I have cut it back slightly so I can go to work. He's not any worse for the wear with the slightly less frequent icing fortunately.
Rio has been getting plenty of attention too, fear not! He gets a 20-30 minute hand walk in the evenings and a few minutes of grass too.
Last night we got hit with some crazy storms when I got home from work though. Tornadoes touched down a few towns over even! Needless to say, everyone stayed in last night.
The weekend was mostly the same minus the work part. I ran a few errands, but otherwise have just been staying close to the farm. My brother and sister-in-law hosted mother's day though, so I did go over there to see my mom.
Since I've been somewhat house bound I finally started getting my old riding videos transferred onto my computer. So that's been a hilarious walk down memory lane. I imagine you'll see some clips over on my instagram in the coming days.
And really, that's about it from here. Not very exciting, but sometimes not exciting is preferable. I'm looking forward to when Jampy can wean off the ice and I can get a full night's sleep!
What's happening with you all? Have you been showing? Do anything fun? I need to live vicariously through you, so please share some fun stories with me!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Truthful Tuesday: Rio edition

Today's confession comes from Rio. Because sibling rivalry is real, even with horses. So as you know, Jampy is working through a bout of laminitis. Which means he can't eat much of anything except for soaked hay and peanuts. And sadly for him, he's decided he hates peanuts. Poor choice kid. Anyway, Rio is under no such food regulation, so he's happily eating all his normal stuff. Which includes grass.
His confession today is that every time he comes in from the all you can eat grass buffet, he immediately goes to his brother's stall and breathes grass breath all over him. It's as mean as it sounds, and Jampy is totally offended by it. I'm just curious how Jamp intends to pay him back once he's out and about again...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

Still waiting over here! I don't have much news as to how Jampy is doing. Seems to be holding steady. I have had a few people asking what might have caused the bout of laminitis, so I thought maybe I'd touch on that today. We will have a better idea if our hypothesis is correct after we get the blood work back.
We think that over the past year Jampy has developed some metabolic issues. I had even commented on here about his dad bod. Unfortunately, neither myself nor my vets really thought much of his weight gain. We attributed it to the long winter. He really was looking great otherwise. So as normal we did his hocks last week to get him all ready for the summer. And that's where we think things went wrong. If you have a horse that's teetering on the edge of being diabetic (or some other metabolic condition) adding a steroid will spell disaster. So that is what we're waiting to learn from the blood work. Those results will help to manage his health and diet moving forward. And obviously no more joint maintenance. What it won't do is help right now. We really just have to wait for his body to calm down.
naps help!
I'm very lucky in that my office is letting me work from home. I can do almost everything from here that I can do in the office, so hopefully my physical absence isn't causing too much extra work for anyone. I don't really need to sit here and stare at him all day, but I do need to swap out his ice boots every couple of hours. My job is 30 minutes away so I'm more productive staying here than trying to drive back and forth.
Jamp's kind of reversed rolls with my nosy neighbor...
I wonder if neighbor feels like he's being watched?

Now that we've covered Jampy, I might as well tell you about everything else going on around here. Last Wednesday I had my birthday dinner with my dad and stepmom. They got me the BEST gift!
Unfortunately, I didn't get to test it out. Also a waste was having a memory card sent second day air to have for Saturday. Bummer. Maybe I'll strap it to a pug? We'll have to wait and see! 

Rio is doing well. His tendon is looking smaller, so hopefully he'll be on the mend soon. He's been enjoying hand walks, grazing, and lots of groomies. 

In other annoying adulting news.... Tuesday when I was cold hosing Jamp's hocks I discovered that this puddle appeared in my ring afterwards:
Yeah. That's where the septic is for the barn. So that's not good. I had a guy out Saturday. He was pretty sure it was just a filter problem, but obviously that would be too easy. 
He'll be back later in the week or early next week to hunt down the bad pipe. Good times here at the farm!
This is also the week that my roofer had my house on the schedule. That's nice and quiet while I'm working from home. Especially since Artie feels the need to bark at every hammer stroke. Sigh. 
P on the other hand could not care less.

Pretty sure my company hand book says sleeping on the job is a fireable offense... But she's not actually on the payroll so I guess we won't report her.

I was super bummed to miss the Derby de Mayo party I had been invited to on Saturday. I probably could have gone, it wasn't far away, but I just wasn't in the party mood. I had a fantastic little sombrero fascinator I was going to wear though. Guess I'll just have to wait seven years for the next time the holidays collide.

One of the nice things about my family living close by is that I didn't have to miss my nieces' birthday dinner on Sunday. My brother lives just 5 miles from me, so I popped over after swapping Jamp's ice boots. The girls' birthdays are just one day apart, so while they're little at least, we can combine b-day dinners. Ellie, the younger one, turned 2 on Sunday. Keira, the big sister, turned 5 on Monday. My step mom shares her birthday, but I'm sure she doesn't want me broadcasting her age!

I didn't stay too long, but got to watch them open gifts and have a hot dog. It was the first thing I'd eaten that wasn't a bagel with cream cheese or potato chips for three days. So that was nice!

A couple of weeks ago I was approached to make some bracelets for awards at an upcoming horse show. Since I'm pretty property bound, I managed to get those all made up this weekend.
They came out cute! These are my favorites:

That's where we're at so far this week. This duffle bag pretty much sums up life right now:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Truthful Tuesday

If you follow me on social, then you probably already know that we're going through a thing over here at the farm...
Jampy is foundering. This is my first personal experience with laminitis, and I have to tell you, I don't recommend this to anyone. There's not a whole lot to do other than Banamine and ice. Over and over. And then you wait. You wait for blood work. You wait for new x-rays. You wait for the vet. Until we know what caused this, he can only eat soaked hay. So I can't even stuff his face with cookies. I am going to get some peanuts and see how he feels about those though. Hopefully he'll like them.
I feel so badly for him. His feet really hurt. But he actually doesn't care all that much about that. What he cares about is that he can only eat super bland hay, and he REALLY wants his grain. I hate that I can't just fix this for him. That I can't tell him "in two days, you can get back to normal handsome boy."
But the other thing I hate? Is that I also have these selfish thoughts (which is my confession today). I have no horses to ride. Both my old men are laid up, possibly forever. And that's super depressing. For them as much as for me. I was super excited to try out the Soloshot3 this weekend, but last night I just packed it back in its box. Set aside for maybe when Badger comes back to CT? Who knows. I miss riding. It's not so bad in the winter when it's 10 degrees outside. But it's finally nice out here.
I'm doing my best to shove those thoughts aside where they belong though. It's not about something so unimportant right now. It's about getting Jampy comfortable and healthy again.
On the bright side, we've had plenty of comic relief. You should see some of the "ice packs" we've tried out while waiting for more ice boots to arrive and/or to freeze. I'll share some of that tomorrow. But for now, we wait.