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by boots-aregard
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Where is everyone????
Replies: 49
Views: 5567

Re: Where is everyone????

I know that with all the stuff going on in my life, I can't keep up a regular schedule. If I make it to 3 lessons out of 4 in a month (!!!) I'm doing pretty well. Right now I'm looking for a new barn, and I caught a bad cold and have had to reschedule my first lesson there TWICE. They already have a...
by boots-aregard
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Gift ideas for serious eventers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Re: Gift ideas for serious eventers?

Depends on your budget. Horse boots always wear out. A giant tub of clay poultice is satisfactorily heavy. An IceHorse (or whatever is the thing now) terribly useful, and seem as an 'extra' by some. A matching set of wheelbarrow, tubs, trugs, feed bins in her colors?
by boots-aregard
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What is your opinion about this?
Replies: 61
Views: 7442

Re: What is your opinion about this?

Yikes, i'm a cart abandoner! I should check for wayward items! I always go up and down the aisles in the same order, if I realize I forgot something I will often pull over, 'park' and run back to get the single item vs doing a U turn and taking the cart back and forth.... It's not as if we roll up ...
by boots-aregard
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: For those who got their own indoor arena...
Replies: 39
Views: 4963

Re: For those who got their own indoor arena...

I'll check further about easements, etc. And I need to look further into insurance if I were to take on even one boarder. We got extra insurance even when we didn't board. If you have anybody -- ANYBODY -- who comes on your property to look at a horse, to tend a horse during your absence, to farmsi...
by boots-aregard
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Horse show manager
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Horse show manager

I enjoyed it when I did it. (Schooling shows. Not "real" ones.) Show manager is a whole lot easier than Technical Delegate. Everybody thinks the rules don't apply to them...
by boots-aregard
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Las Vegas Shooting
Replies: 34
Views: 4740

Re: Las Vegas Shooting

Because regulations only work for those willing to obey the regulations. Those in a tizzy would have obeyed the law and lost their guns while the nuts would have done what they wanted. Laws are only for the law abiders. Which sort of raises the question of why we even have a congress, don't you thi...
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Would you do it differently?
Replies: 16
Views: 3121

Re: Would you do it differently?

I've done both, and have leased horses to others. My firm conviction is that in modern life, and for *most* people, one horse requires at least 2 riders. Almost no one (who isn't a pro in the business) can ride every day and the horse generally benefits from daily riding.* Leasing serves a very usef...
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: PSA about sending care packages to Puerto Rico
Replies: 8
Views: 1850

Re: PSA about sending care packages to Puerto Rico

Thanks for the update, Tsavo.
by boots-aregard
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk me down... so frustrated, barn help deal imploded
Replies: 19
Views: 2849

Re: Talk me down... so frustrated, barn help deal imploded

Oh gosh, commiserations. I'll bet they are upset as well: this isn't good for any of the parties involved. Be kind to them, be kind to you as you sort this out. I like the upthread suggestion that you give them a month extra to sort out the details. You *will* get your privacy back and they *will* c...
by boots-aregard
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Delayed grieving?
Replies: 9
Views: 1454

Re: Delayed grieving?

Who do you have to comfort you? I'm sorry -- you sound a bit lost right now. It's all very hard. We can sometimes cling to what we used to want, what we thought we wanted, what we wanted forever. This is a trivial example, but it helped open my eyes. I was in Santa Fe with friends recently and we we...
by boots-aregard
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: The Equifax debacle
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: The Equifax debacle

I froze all my credit accounts. I'm now working with the banks to secure those accounts, since that's where my real money is. They seem to have no plan. Yikes!
by boots-aregard
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Please tell me it can stop
Replies: 57
Views: 7825

Re: Please tell me it can stop

"It" may all stop when we end up in a thermonuclear war with Korea....

After all, borrowing from Bush's playbook, starting a war may be 45's "best" chance to get reelected.
by boots-aregard
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Referring to barn crew as "the Mexicans"
Replies: 14
Views: 2741

Re: Referring to barn crew as "the Mexicans"

The cluelessness is astounding sometimes, isn't it? I recall when a rather nice private house/barn set up was for sale in the horsey town where I used to live. A friend of mine bought it so I got this info from the inside. At the time of sale, there was a worker on the grounds, and the sellers were ...
by boots-aregard
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Good bye Princess, Hello Hulk
Replies: 14
Views: 2667

Re: Good bye Princess, Hello Hulk

Very nice! You sure look happy about it.
by boots-aregard
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is a coming
Replies: 15
Views: 3189

Re: Winter is a coming

Egg production has screeched to a halt. Used to be about 16 eggs a week. Now, 3. Molting has begun...
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!
Replies: 8
Views: 1741

Re: So It's Official...the Farm Sign is Up!

HEY, you must grin every time you turn into the drive. Good for you.
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fitness trackers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Fitness trackers?

All of the fitness trackers are only approximations. But I think you can rely on them to be somewhat consistent in their approximations. You may not have actually taken 5000 steps yesterday, but if it says 10,000 steps today, you can be pretty confident you did twice as much. Your phone will track s...
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I bought the farm!
Replies: 21
Views: 4020

Re: I bought the farm!

Congrats to you! You will (have to) become a terrific mole hunter. My husband was excellent at this when we had our little acre. I don't think there's an easier solution.
by boots-aregard
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Farm/Stable on 16 acres for sale!
Replies: 31
Views: 5748

Re: Farm/Stable on 16 acres for sale!

Yeah, I was wondering about hay storage as well. Those of us who have done it think differently, I guess. Lovely home. Hope it goes to someone nice.
by boots-aregard
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.
Replies: 29
Views: 5563

Re: Some Sad News. Godspeed Gunny.

Fergusnc, I'm sorry. Take all the time you need.
by boots-aregard
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?
Replies: 13
Views: 3183

Re: Was Robert E. Lee a traitor?

I don't know much about Lee, granted. And I understand what people mean when they say 'chose state over country' as that was a bigger focus for many at the time. But we WERE a country at the time, not merely a collection of states. And he could have said no. So, yes, sorry, traitor in my book, even ...
by boots-aregard
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you own a rental property?
Replies: 16
Views: 3163

Re: Do you own a rental property?

piedmontfields - would love to hear the easier ways! I have to say I do not have the temperament for the stock market. Even when I studied finance, my eyes would glaze over and it was an important topic. I just don't connect to how money grows in a back room somewhere, so I steer clear of that. But,...
by boots-aregard
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Do you own a rental property?
Replies: 16
Views: 3163

Re: Do you own a rental property?

Yes. We have mortgages on all our rentals, because some resulted from a 1031 exchange from the house we owned and moved out of (right in the teeth of the recession) from southern to northern California. Couldn't sell it for what we owed, so rather than walk away, we rented it until it recovered (8 y...
by boots-aregard
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....
Replies: 35
Views: 7865

Re: Hurricane Harvey, ya'll....

Jingles for everyone there, and everyone who left. It's awful watching the damage, and awful not knowing what the damage is until you get home. I keep thinking of the poor Katrina diaspora who settled in Houston...
by boots-aregard
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 41
Views: 7013

Re: Breakfast

Two eggs when the chickens are laying (I sure miss it when they stop), over easy. Sometimes with fried tomatoes. When the garden is going great guns, french bread toast with mayo and cut tomatoes, open faced. lucious. Fresh figs, when the trees are bearing. I *LOVE* fruit in the morning, but it does...
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: My ex mother-in-law died
Replies: 10
Views: 2372

Re: My ex mother-in-law died

That's very sad, I'm sorry.

Friend of mine just lost her MIL two weeks back as well. Very small family. Her husband is feeling like it's just him against the world now.

These transition times are hard. Take care of yourself.
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Property investment
Replies: 13
Views: 2692

Re: Property investment

Some towns have Real Estate Investment Clubs. Some have just "Investment Clubs". My town's RE club has monthly meetings with a speaker, and there's an all-day "boot camp" each year for people to dive in and get all the baseline terms explained to them. So, social connections and ...
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Jingles for Chancellor
Replies: 42
Views: 7391

Re: Jingles for Chancellor

Oh, that doesn't sound good. Come on, Chancellor -- JINGLES! Can you take off the day for the eclipse? (er....or, as it is also known, the Sour Patch Candies eating day?)
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Most hated domestic task.
Replies: 31
Views: 5667

Re: Most hated domestic task.

Looking around, I would have to say organizing my desk is my most hated task. Or my most neglected task at any rate.
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Please tell me it can stop
Replies: 57
Views: 7825

Re: Please tell me it can stop

"We" didn't learn, no. We are humans, and apparently incapable of learning from the mistakes of others. We have to blunder ahead and repeat them all ourselves. Trump can't abandon his base or they won't vote for him, and if THEY don't vote for him, who will? Who will come to his rallies if...
by boots-aregard
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: "What's for dinner?"
Replies: 679
Views: 108875

Re: "What's for dinner?"

I just made Pico de Gallo from my garden. Yummyness. Though I had to purchase one (teenie tiny) jalapeno pepper.
by boots-aregard
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Spinoff of Prudent -- your riding genesis
Replies: 19
Views: 5055

Spinoff of Prudent -- your riding genesis

Pick the option most descriptive of how you first began riding, then tell us more...
by boots-aregard
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today
Replies: 20
Views: 4237

Re: Katie Prudent on the state of horsemanship today

Yeah, we have to acknowledge if the trainers are in training for the money (selling expensive horses) and the coaches are in it for the wealthy students, Katie herself should be a little more thoughtful about the origin of the problems. Fact is, the top 10% is still the top 10% whether it's the top ...
by boots-aregard
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 5 acre property layout and poop
Replies: 17
Views: 3853

Re: 5 acre property layout and poop

Re the perimeter track. I'm liking the perimeter track for the track aspect, not for the manure disposal aspect. Hasn't anyone else had experiences with how slipperly wet manure tracks are? I don't know your climate, so maybe it's not a thing, but I've always understood you don't put manure on tracks.
by boots-aregard
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...
Replies: 15
Views: 2544

Re: Wash pits, mats, rough concrete, non-slip paint and a pit bull ?? Thoughts please...

There are mats and there are mats. I believe rubber mats under horses are for concussion and to make cleaning areas easier (by covering the potentially uneven dirt/gravel surface below). They aren't meant to be "non slip" insofar as they are installed on flat surfaces. You have to buy mats...
by boots-aregard
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Witnessing a Choke Death
Replies: 16
Views: 3786

Re: Witnessing a Choke Death

Yeah, where I ride, vet's number is posted on the door of each stall. End of life planning is a subject everybody should consider, and in fact it should be taught in Pony Club (though perhaps not pony camp). If you like the barn otherwise, perhaps your next gentle nudge would be to put together an e...
by boots-aregard
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: 5 acre property layout and poop
Replies: 17
Views: 3853

Re: 5 acre property layout and poop

Don't you have to put the manure pile at the top of the highest ground? I mean, ____ rolls downhill, right? (We composted manure from 2-5 horses and oddly, our pile never quite seemed to get bigger. It just reduced downed over time, and we dug out composted manure each spring for the trees. This was...
by boots-aregard
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: What do you have around your house from the old BB?
Replies: 43
Views: 8532

Re: What do you have around your house from the old BB?

But most of all, highly prized and especially treasured are the printout of our journey through John' stroke and it's aftermath and the birthday cards that were sent to Matthew when he was afraid his daddy wouldn't be able to leave the hospital to go to his birthday party. ... No one could understa...
by boots-aregard
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: OMG, Off The Rails!
Replies: 22
Views: 4409

Re: OMG, Off The Rails!

I'd guess some kind of environmental poison from the new location, myself. Did she happen to move to Flint, Michigan?
by boots-aregard
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: PSA: Wills and probate
Replies: 18
Views: 3522

Re: PSA: Wills and probate

In California, probating a will is expensive. If one has any assets worth talking about, a trust is the way to go. I don't know if there are a lot of states out there where this is the case. Probate is an attorney's bread and butter, so many attorneys won't answer that question clearly. The question...
by boots-aregard
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Remodelistas! Laundry room/bathroom (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3761

Re: Remodelistas! Laundry room/bathroom

I like the tree one, because the colors are more muted.
by boots-aregard
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: April 22 March for Science
Replies: 13
Views: 3328

April 22 March for Science

Yep. You know the drill. As opposed to the Women's March, the March for Science has actual CONSTITUENTS. If you use a mobile phone, support your local march. If you have ever taken a pill, support your march. If you drive a car, support your march. If you use a computer, support your march. Our marc...
by boots-aregard
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Jan 21 Women's March
Replies: 90
Views: 16866

Re: Jan 21 Women's March

Well, you gotta know EVERYTHING is going to be politicized. If someone is squinting into the sun, it's going to be an "ugly snarl of superiority!" to somebody.

Let it just not be _us_ who are foolish this way.
by boots-aregard
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Turns out, I am done with chemo
Replies: 24
Views: 4741

Re: Turns out, I am done with chemo

Ditto what Leo-App said.
by boots-aregard
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: HAMILTON!
Replies: 13
Views: 2903

Re: HAMILTON!

We're seeing it in SF when it arrives. The lottery for tickets was insane.
by boots-aregard
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Jan 21 Women's March
Replies: 90
Views: 16866

Re: Jan 21 Women's March

Bravo to you, Thursdaynext. These are our problems.

Until everyone is free, nobody is free.
by boots-aregard
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Jan 21 Women's March
Replies: 90
Views: 16866

Re: Jan 21 Women's March

Chancellor wrote:
There is a facebook meme going around that says that Trump got more women up and walking in one day than Michele Obama did the entire 8 years...


Good thing you aren't running for office, Chancellor.
by boots-aregard
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: A ban on people based on their religion
Replies: 14
Views: 2885

Re: A ban on people based on their religion

Mr. George Soros is starting to concern me. Since he is a private person there isn't a lot to be found about him without significant effort that isn't approved by him. But I've started to develop a working thesis that he isn't so interested in supporting "human rights" as he is in destabi...
by boots-aregard
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Jan 21 Women's March
Replies: 90
Views: 16866

Re: Jan 21 Women's March

Our final official tally was 38,000. Still chasing the food trucks for their contributions. I love the comments on social media that attempt to diminish the marches with "Everybody went home feeling great and that's it. Nothing happened." For something that is only a week gone. ;) We funne...
by boots-aregard
Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: to the person who recommended
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: to the person who recommended

Car wax would probably work, too, and might be sitting in your basement already.

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