build-an-arena ~ about that arena and more (electrical, tin, bench)
build-an-arena ~ an even dozen (ceiling)
build-an-arena ~ three of these things are not like the others (roof, cupolas, insulation, ceiling)
build-an-arena ~ windy days (setting trusses, windows)
build-an-arena ~ visible progress (standing walls, removing overhang)
build-an-arena ~ getting real (getting ready, building walls)
build-an-arena ~ hurry up and wait (materials)
build-an-arena ~ one load at a time (fill)
build-an-arena ~ a cold pause (on hold)
build-an-arena ~ walls (pouring frost walls)
build-an-arena ~ footings (pouring footings)
build-an-arena ~ site prep (strip frozen site, winter build)
As planned, our arena was started last weekend. Brad spent two very long days busting up the top layer of frozen ground. The quality control crew stopped by with me each day to take photos of the progress. I kept one eye on them, while the bobcat was whipping around moving dirt. Tank & Jameson were good observers and stuck close by me. Regardless, they won't be coming with me while others are operating machinery.
two cones show arena corners, second cone is to left edge of barn
Arena doesn't look very big from this angle,
but ask the guy who worked on it all weekend and he will tell you it is big
The barn wall will remain as is, door will be raised a couple inches.
my inspection crew checking things out
Tank & Jameson (L-R)
drainage is crucial, it makes or breaks a building
Monday views of the work that got done over the weekend:
We begin another construction project, tomorrow. Brad is bringing equipment home to strip our sandy dirt. Much to my surprise we are starting our 144' x 66' indoor arena. It will be up by early Spring!! For real. Our son will be digging out the site next weekend. I am still trying to get used to the idea that we are growing, once again.
It is common for scheduled work to ebb and flow in any type of construction, add a pandemic to the mix and projects shift and become more unpredictable. In this case, it worked in our favor. Who knew our indoor would be going up so soon. Not me.
An indoor has been a far fetched dream of ours for many many years. We've talked about it off/on since we got Koda and Nemo in 2008. Since then we have ridden in and/or seen countless arenas, noting likes and dislikes and asking questions of those that own and maintain them (thanks Arline!). We squirreled away details of what we liked and was practical, to possibly implement on our very own. We do not need anything fancy, but want to avoid the common pitfalls. This build is happening late in our lives, but at least it is happening. Better late than never. Most people our age are scaling down, and turning into snowbirds. Not us. We plan to stay put and thoroughly enjoy our little slice of paradise as long as we can.
We had hoped an indoor arena would be part of our original homestead build, but they are expensive and it got put on hold. We recently bumped it up on our endless wish list based on usage. We think we will use it a lot, especially in Winter. Obviously it will allow us to ride year-round, eliminating weather related stop-n-start riding. Koda (and I) will definitely benefit from it. It will also provide a place for our horses to stretch their legs on those dangerously bitter cold or ice covered treacherous days, where turn out is less than ideal. Cierra and her future foal will have a safe place to stretch their legs during earlier days. Ditto should one of our horses require separation or rehab due to injury. I am also holding onto hope that with an indoor arena, Brad will bring his show horse home at certain intervals and continue training/riding at home. He is perfectly capable of it. We've talked about potentially having a trainer come to us for lessons at some point, or even the occasional mini-clinic.
It would be nice to get to know the new blonde girl that is about to be in his life, and see her more than a few times a year at shows. Speaking of the blonde girl, we got our vets blessing yesterday to go ahead with the purchase of Padame. For a while, it looked like it could turn out the other way. I will elaborate in a future post, once the purchase is a done deal. If you missed it, you can read earlier posts about the worlds longest horse purchase that started on December 1, 2020 here, here and the latest sale pending post is here.
Below are initial drafts of the outside of the arena building. Not too exciting, in WI most indoors are pretty much a shell. The north end is the side that will be attached to our existing barn. The placement/addition of a few things have since changed. We upsized the smaller service door, added a human door and some windows on the south end. Most things have been decided, but not all interior details are finalized.
Hoping our three barn cats do okay while building onto their safe haven. One in particular dislikes any loud noises (Tinkerbell) and instantly high tails it. She eventually comes backs. If it is really cold, we may lock them up on the storage side. The two girls choose to stay inside on colder days. My hiking buddy Leo still hunts in the snow.
I will be documenting the build throughout, just like I did with Build-a-Barn. It will be fun to have something to photograph, and watch as the building goes up! I will however miss the serenity and wildlife viewing of the pasture behind the barn. There will still be some open pasture left, but it will no doubt look and feel different.
the calm after the storm
Nemo, Koda, Harmony and Cierra watching Brad & McBouncy fill their feeder with the good stuff.
1) Vaccines: Rhino/Influenza vaccine, Lyme vaccine and Rabie vaccine
3) Full Body Assessment
5) Teeth Exam
6) Health Papers, required by Wisconsin for animals crossing State lines
It will likely take a few days for both vets (hers and ours) to evaluate all of the results, and then Brad to make his final decision.
Not gonna lie, I didn't think we should buy her unless she had 100% clean bill of health. However, since learning about GBED (thank you Shirley for sharing your valued knowledge!!) and that it only becomes a concern if bred to another carrier, I guess I am okay with it. I still support the purchase thus far. We aren't buying Padame for breeding, but in reality who knows what the future holds. Brad also contacted our vet, and his response was the same.
Time passes. Another year, another chapter. Tick tock, goes the clock. In reality, New Years is just the turn of another day. But it always feels like so much more than that.
I have such fond memories of past years celebrating the upcoming new number. From my youth spent with multiple families and gaggles of kids, to party years and then back to youth spent with families - but this time as adults. Then there were our overnight spa get-away years, that morphed into the past several years. My favorite. Quiet. Home. With Brad and our beloved animals. Soaking up the nature that surrounds us. Dreaming. Sooo many dreams. No reviews, goals or intentions nor good riddance to 2020 here. No one wants bad stuff to linger. It just seems odd to wish time away. See first paragraph.
New Year affirmations are absolutely great to restart the positive. Here you'll find dreams. Yep, pretty much the same thing. I've always been a dreamer, literally. Ask my husband. Ha ha!! My head is always in the clouds, looking up to the sky. Dreaming. Unintentionally. I just find myself a-dreaming, until they come true. Many more than I ever imagined, in my wildest dreams. I truly am blessed, and forever thankful. My life had and still has plenty of ugly bumps and bruises, but I prefer to focus on the positive. I am a glass half full kinda gal. Or at least I try.
I've got this guy to keep me smiling:
As for this years dreams/goals/affirmations, I've written about the upcoming achievable ones throughout my previous posts. Let's just say I am super excited for 2021! Instead of wishing time away let us see what positive things transpire, shall we?!!