Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rattle Snakes and Choking Dogs

Last week I saved Josephine's life. Literally. The poor little dog was choking on a piece of dog food and I performed the doggy version of the heimlich on her.

This week I saved Jane's life. Literally. We had a rattlesnake in the house and she walked right next to it barefoot without actually seeing it.

Needless to say it has been an eventful few weeks here in California.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Best Friend Forever - Scout

Today I had to say goodbye to my best friend Scout. He was the best boy that anyone could ever ask for. If you have ever met me, then chances are you'd also met Scouter Lee. He was truly the most special dog. Scout walked thousands of miles along side of me on the trails of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, did some of the most incredible things a dog can do (like zip lining!) and made an impact on so many lives. Scout made my life incredible in more ways than one. Today was the day though that his colon cancer had progressed beyond treatment and he crossed that rainbow bridge. I love my dog more than words can describe and my heart is broken that he's not beside me right now. Thank you to the staff at UC Davis Small Animal Clinic who made his passing painless and thank you to Jane for being with me on such an incredibly hard day.

Saying Goodbye

Buried Next to the Horses

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Travel and New Places

Expo Pomona
Since I last blogged Jane and I went to Pomona California for the Western States Horse Expo. It was beautiful and sunny in Pomona, however I felt that the horse expo itself wasn't a good as in years past. Tis' a shame for all of those who came with high hopes.

Beef Short Rib and Mashed Potatoes

Group Photo at Dinner!
We ended up eating dinner one night with horse trainer Mary Kitzmiller and Kirsten Mew. Plus John Brand came and Shelly from Equi-Sure. What fun times it was!

After Pomona Jane and I worked for a few days at work (In Depth Vision) then headed to Portland, Oregon for the Northwest Sportsman Show. It was a long show and both Jane and I were fighting sickness, but I'm glad I got to go. I was able to eat dinner with my sister Lisa and her husband Craig at Vinnie's in Vancouver. The food was so delicious! (Jane and I ended up eating there twice!!)
Pizza Margarita from Vinnie's

Lisa and Craig

The view from our room at the Red Lion

Jane and a very neat elk.
The next horse expo is Albany in March. I always love going to Albany... Pretty much because I love Oregon and my family is from the Salem area. Plus the Hungarian restaurant in in Albany: Novak's. Who wouldn't want to go there and eat the Chicken Paprika or the Hungarian Gulyas. Yummy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Life is Full of Adventure

Life is full of adventure. Traveling adventures to be specific. Since the beginning of the new year I've traveled a lot and I hope this trend continues through the year.

For my birthday in January I flew to Phoenix, Arizona first then Atlanta, Georgia next, and finally a car ride to Alabama.  It was a fabulous trip and I was able to spend my birthday with my sister Heidi, her husband David, and their exchange student from Italy, Anna. Highlights of the trip include:
Eating at a really neat Japanese restaurant where they grill the food in front of you.
Alabama got snow!
Heidi and I went to the Natural History museum and then ate Thai food in Anniston.
We played board games.
We played more games.
And even more board games!
On my birthday I got to sing in the Methodist Church choir with Heidi.
We had lasagna for my birthday dinner (my request) along with yellow cake and chocolate frosting.
We ate fabulous cookies from a bakery in Anniston and I drank lots of hot chocolate.
I got to open presents!
All around it was a great birthday!

Last weekend Jane and I traveled up to Red Bluff, California for the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale. It rained so much it wasn't even funny... We had some little hiccups like the fact that the power box was about 100 feet from where we parked Jane's horse trailer, but it was a fun trip. We got tickets to the sponsor dinner, which was really fun! They had meat. Lots of meat. We are talking about New York Steak, meat balls, ribs, and lots of shrimp. Plus it was an open bar, so of course I had to get a drink because I wanted one of the wine glasses that said "Red Bluff 75th Anniversary."

Tomorrow (Thursday at about 4am) Jane and I are going to hit the road and drive down to southern California to Pomona. We will be at the Pomona Horse Expo for the weekend.  Then the following weekend we will fly to Portland Oregon to attend the sportsman expo.

It'll be a lot of travel - but it sure will be fun!

Tiny House Living

My journey of living in a not so perfect but charismatic and charming Tuff Shed... I mean tiny house.

When I moved to California the plan was to move into a tiny house. A whole 120 square feet all to myself located right behind Jane's house. The building was originally a Tuff Shed used to store saddles and tack. One of Jane's dear friends came up with the plan to convert this little shed into my future house. 

My tiny house is connected to main water, sewer, and propane. I use a little electric heater in the winter and a window air conditioner in the summer (which is a must have given the heat in California). I have a small refrigerator under the starts, a standard size stall shower, a queen size bed, two dressers, a full size stainless steel kitchen sink, water heater, apartment size propane stove/oven, toilet, writing desk, love seat (which doubles as my dogs bed at night), microwave, and a bookshelf. I also have a rail to hang clothes on, a place for shoes, a little shelf which serves as my night stand, and more windows than I know what to do with. There is a window over my sink, desk, love seat, one behind my upstairs dresser and one next to my bed. Not to mention the two sky lights.

There are some flaws in my house though. Nothing that was flawed in R's design but my own doing. I refused to give up my desk or dresser and insisted on having a full size sink and oven. Plus I a girl am therefore have a ridiculous amount of shoes, clothes, and horse/western decor. Oh and jewelry.    Lots of jewelry. 

I wish I had a better system for food/dishes storage. That's a work in progress. Another issue is that my clothes rail is too short and my shirts hand on the ground but I'm limited by the angle and height of the wall. So far those are the only real issues I have... And the heater is on the fritz but I'm researching a new heater with a thermostat. I would love an adorable little (fake) electric wood stove but that's probably out of the question. 

My tiny house has so much character. From the stain glass windows that my mother made years ago to the steel rose by the sink. It is crooked too. Like the house I grew up in. The counter is mahogany and gorgeous, just like the stair/ladder combo that leads to the loft. 

I also have the cutest porch in the world. I've got old brick on the bottom and a tin roof on top. Then some of Jane's rocking chairs and a little table to set a cup on. 

There is also a kennel for Scout in case he needs it, but most days when we are gone he stays inside Jane's house with Josephine, Nellie, and Dooley.

Life is good here in tiny house nation.