road to recovery

July 30th seems like such a long time ago, and yet it feels like yesterday. I am reminded of our accident daily. I don't dwell on it, and yet with most every movement it's impossible to not be reminded of how quickly life changes. With one wrong step.

Fall always finds me pensive, more so then any other seasonal change. This year is no different, and perhaps magnified. Everything is chaotic and everything is unfinished, in every area of my life. At least it feels that way. SO what's a person to do? You do whatever you can, and then a little more. The rest lays dormant, much like the plants and trees will soon be.

You can't change the past. I for one, don't want to. It makes me who I am. What I can do is devote myself to what matters, today. The most important thing I can do is spend time healing our injuries, the best way I can. It's the path to being able to do all the other things that matter, tomorrow.

Koda remains on full day turnout, with no leg wrap. Late afternoon his wound is rinsed, wiped and a light wrap with antibiotic ointment is applied. We are starting week four of his rehab riding, we are up to 12 minutes of walking a couple times a week. Ideally it would be 3X. I figure between a couple rides, turn out, galloping to the gate, hand walking to/from, he is getting enough movement. I hope. Koda's wound is very close to being healed. Once it is, they suggest one last recheck. Glad to be nearing the end, it's been a pricey ordeal. 

As for me, my doctor sent me for Xrays, and MRI's. Two Orthopedic doctors later, resulted in polar opposite opinions. I am also on the road to recovery. I think. Strangest outcome I've ever experienced. Is some of my Rotator Cuff completely separated? or torn? Jury is still out. Because of the varied opinions, I have a third Orthopedic doc appointment at the end of the month. What everyone does agree on is unlocking my (almost) frozen shoulder. I had my first steroid shot, which I am happy to report allowed me to sleep, lying down! The root of the pain remains, and when moved in the wrong direction finds me either fighting swear words or tears. But the constant evening dull ache/throbbing is gone. Yay! I started seeing an Athletic Trainer (similar to PT) and came home with 14 less then fun exercises from my first appointment (not counting variations).

my phone screen saver
(October 2014)
This year we will go on another horseless trail riding vacation. Sigh. It's never the same without our horses, but we are going regardless. We haven't taken any vacations since last Fall, and really need a break! The road to recovery can be a long, and painful path. But it's one well worth taking. 


build-a-barn ~ getting more done

With every week that passes, more things get done on the barn. The house, not so much. It has been at a stand still for weeks. The wood ceiling material our builder ordered from his supplier has yet to arrive. Without it, we can't put on a real roof. The giant blue smurf tarp doesn't count. At this rate we may be living in the barn saloon after all!

We didn't want to waste manpower or time, so the two guys building our house worked on the barn overhang ceiling instead. It's a work in progress.

the overhang, looking up
The entrance to the storage side of the barn got poured. Eventually we would like to have everything but the area with the six (potential stalls) windows done in concrete, or maybe just a center strip. For now, we will probably finish up with fill & top with gravel.

level flooring helps doors seal tighter 
looking out of storage side
Brad had the great idea of adding an interior window to the saloon! It faces the barn aisle, and will let in more natural light. You can see if someone comes into the barn, or if they are hiding taking a break in the saloon. 

all framed up
Board by board, the barn rooms are shaping up nicely. It's actually starting to look and feel like a barn. It doesn't smell like a horse barn, yet.

my guy working hard on the tack room
view from the other side

I walked over to look at the house site, came back - and just like that we have a saloon window!

adding this window was genius!

two saloon windows are better then one

inside saloon
There has been so much progress on the barn, yet much left to do. Most related decisions have been made, but not all. How to finish off the inside of the saloon, is a big topic these days. Just for the record, we are not putting in a bar. Sorry to disappoint everyone! We have zero plans of bartending and hosting big ol' barn parties. It's just not us. We will however enjoy the cherished space with friends & neighbors. Whatever we end up doing, needs to be low maintenance and useful. A refrigerator, comfy seating, and some type of cupboard/counter space comes to mind. Still in the dreaming stages.


a learning show ~ 3 of 4

Every show presents itself with learning opportunities that don't come up, until they do. I know I learned a lot at this show, altho I wasn't showing. I can see obvious differences in the show ring, nuances not as much. All I can say is, it's complicated and I still don't know half of it. Unless I immerse myself, that's not likely to change. Altho, I make a pretty good show mom *^*

Brad learned a lot from his time in and outside the ring. It wasn't his best show, especially in Ranch Riding. I know it's frustrating for him, to be so busy that he can't get enough hardly any lesson or practice riding time. He knew this when he committed to four shows this season. But still, I hope they can improve their riding together before the last big show rolls around. Regardless, he had some success at this show in other areas - and more importantly enjoyed his time with his sweet girl Cierra!! 

Together they earned 1 point in AQHA Amateur Ranch Trail (1st out of 8) and 3 points in Ranch Conformation (two 1st, two 2nd, out of 5 in Amateur & 6 in Open).

This show was last weekend, and already seems like a long time ago. That is where photos come in! Enjoy a few of my favorite dynamic duo getting ready for Conformation classes...

I wasn't going to share this one, because Brad looks like he is scowling. Frequently. 
Not exactly the look I try to capture,
but I love that they are both looking away.
He said, and I quote "that's just me". I know that, but viewers don't.

Here it is regardless, my scowly faced love with his beautiful girl!

My favorite of the few photos I took.
Can you see the love?


build-a-barn ~ summer update

Summer is flying by so quickly, it was Spring last time I did a barn update. We've made progress on a few more areas. In June, Brad graded the center aisle and got everything ready for more flooring. 

He also finished up the remaining tongue & groove walls on the storage side. In July, they poured the rest of the barn aisle, wheel barrel full by wheel barrel...in a sideways rain thunderstorm no less! They had to build a make shift tent entryway to get the job done. Poor guys came home soaked to the bone. They work so hard!!

Next up was the front, human, office room floor...you know "that room". Well that room, now has a name! We are calling it "the saloon" !!! Brad came up with the name, and it fits. Everyone that stops by seems to congregate in the general area. Remember that wheel table we bought at fair? It's going to fit perfect in the saloon! Who knows, maybe we'll even play some cards on it. What I do know is it will be a break area for us, a place to warm up or cool down. 

we poured colored concrete
(our son is in the background filling up the wheel barrel)

stamps & floor area had a non-stick spray applied,
then stamps were strategically placed,
and pounded to make an impression
(Brad's doing the pounding)
the saloon floor has to cure,
before having a contrast stain applied
to bring out the wood grain & then sealed.

By the end of July, Brad started framing rooms one by one...

mechanical & bathroom walls went up first

saloon on left, bathroom on right
mechanical behind bathroom

The barn interior is starting to take shape! Brad more or less finished rough framing all the rooms in early August. The tack room might still get a topper. The photo below is where we are at right now.

(L-R) Saloon, Bathroom, Wash Stall,
Feed Room/Misc Storage (door goes to storage side) and Tack Room

We've come so far, and yet there is soooo much left to do...