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by texsuze
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Silk comforters?
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Silk comforters?

I purchased a set of flannel sheets (the cardinal and chickadee print) from Vermont Country store and they are the BEST sheets ever. Not too hot, not too cold, excellent. So I'll stick my neck out and say I believe their products are probably very good if you decide to buy their comforter. As down f...
by texsuze
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar Eclipse--Get ready!
Replies: 0
Views: 22

Lunar Eclipse--Get ready!

Another celestial night sky event coming this weekend (Jan 20/21):

https://earthsky.org/tonight/supermoon- ... -395353405
by texsuze
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Seedy toe
Replies: 6
Views: 159

Re: Seedy toe

One farrier told me that putting Campho-phenique ointment in the area can help a bit. My oldster had a bit of seedy toe about a year ago that my farrier managed with the right trimming and his special formula of copper liquid mixture. My guy wears shoes all around since he is not a candidate for goi...
by texsuze
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Who wants to play...Name the Pony!

Dashing Delwyn ;)
by texsuze
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: So what are you reading?
Replies: 26
Views: 432

Re: So what are you reading?

I also recently read "There, There" by Tommy Orange; not sure if I liked it, since it felt as if the ending was just quickly dumped after a fascinating development of several characters. I didn't feel any resolution to the story. Maybe just me. Don't let me discourage interested readers, t...
by texsuze
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Thanks, heddy; no mention was made of using eye ointment by the vets (although it makes sense to me). I'll see what I have in the medicine chest that is "neutral" for moisture. I thought about coconut oil on the lids... ;) This morning his eye looked so clear and normal compared to just 10...
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: Merry Christmas from Chancellor!

Emergency appendectomy seems like a piece of cake compared to getting all those critters to sit, stay and pose at the very same instant for your cute Christmas picture! :) Presuming no photo-shopping of course.....! Happy Healing (heeling?)!
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 820

Re: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)

Thanks for all the jingles. I've posted a (hopefully) final update in the Veterinary forum.
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse

Jingles for getting you and all your horses to a calm emotional place right now where you can breathe and think about things less stressfully, if that is possible. It always seems to come in a giant bundle, at either a weekend or holiday, too. FWIW, for the last several years I've given my oldster a...
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: **********2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: **********2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange

Thanks for all the cards! Nice variety of styles and sentiments! All are hanging up in the kitchen right now!
by texsuze
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Hopefully a final update: took my oldster back to the vet clinic last week to evaluate his eyeball and the upper and lower lids. Lid edges had become very crusty and were losing hair. My take on this was that chemo ointment got on the edge of the eyelids when being applied to the eyeball (can't real...
by texsuze
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!

Thanks for all following this saga and lending jingles. Question for those who've been in this boat: is eye pain to be expected post-chemo? My oldster is still highly sensitive to anything near his treated eye. Also, the exterior edge of the eyelid looks cracked and crusty, he has eye boogers in the...
by texsuze
Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 820

Re: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved?)

It has been a week since I brought my oldster home from being boarded while getting his chemo for SCC. He had his post-chemo exam from the vet ophthalmologist right before we trailered home, and vet was pleased with the results of treatment. A second round of chemo (to be administered by me, here at...
by texsuze
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: He's home!

Brought my oldster home from "eye camp" yesterday after a final exam from the ophthalmologist vet. Heck, what a day. Vet was pleased with the response to chemo (despite having received only half the prescribed dose for the first week of treatment--see my post in Obs...). The normal pigment...
by texsuze
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 820

Re: Fit to be tied.... (long, get ready)

Thanks for all the input and support. I went to see my guy yesterday. He seems depressed, understandably. We walked around the clinic grounds, did some grooming, feet care, treats. I told him the chickens said 'hi' and that we are all ready for him to come home, and to hang in there for a little whi...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)
Replies: 26
Views: 820

Fit to be tied.... (issue resolved, chemo finished for now)

Another rant, if you will. Bear with me.... My oldster has spent the last 8 days boarded at an equine clinic (2 hours away) so he could receive chemo ointment on his eye (squamous cell ca) and be monitored by the vets there (see my thread in the Veterinary forum). The vet ophthalmologist (who rotate...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: I hate colic-Round 2, different horse
Replies: 55
Views: 1225

Re: I hate colic

Jingles....
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post
Replies: 9
Views: 244

Re: Pre-Thanksgiving thanks giving post

Relieved to hear about all the folks (and their horses) who have overcome the valleys and speed bumps of life. I stand humbled. Thankful for competent veterinarians within driving distance of me. Thankful for a DH who, despite not being 'horsey', totally understands and supports, in all ways, where ...
by texsuze
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: SCC confirmed

Thanks for all jingles. Took my guy to "eye camp" yesterday. Met one of the vets I had not met before. The entire staff plus vets (except for a dental specialist vet) are gals, so lots of touchy-feely around! Two veterinarians live on-site while they complete an internship there, so lots o...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: SCC confirmed

Thanks, heddy! I got one of the UV super duper fly masks from the website you listed above. Almost too nice to wear ;) Might order a second one to have in reserve.
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Any Lake/River Kayakers?
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Any Lake/River Kayakers?

I bought a Perception Tribe 9.5 (sit on top) a couple weeks ago. My plan is to kayak on a river which is about 25 minutes from me; we actually have nice warm days (yesterday sunny, 60F) sprinkled throughout winter. No insights, since I'm a total newbie, but for me, I plan to use either a full or par...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites
Replies: 15
Views: 402

Re: Quarter Sheets - Your Favorites

I had one a few years back that I believe I sold to someone on either the 'former' or the 'current' DBB. It was 100% wool, navy with baby blue trim, from somewhere in England, I think. Great weight and construction but I never actually used it myself. Maybe current owner will chime in if they read t...
by texsuze
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: yep, confirmed

NEW UPDATE: biopsy results came back positive for SCC. No evidence of lymph or vascular invasion and no cells in the submucosa per path report. The 5-F chemotherapy ointment has been ordered and plan is to take my gelding to the equine clinic on Monday (2 hours away) for what I am calling "eye ...
by texsuze
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Rabies
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: Rabies

Rabies is the first vacc I have given to my oldster gelding each year, although vet told me last year I'd be able to skip in 2018 since my guy has had annual rabies each year forever. Our strictly-indoor kitties get rabies vaccs each year, also. Rabies is endemic in our part of the states, mainly fo...
by texsuze
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Winter is here....
Replies: 23
Views: 573

Re: Winter is here....

Oh, very sad that baby started out ok but met with trouble...

Keep us posted on details of your move down here, if possible!
by texsuze
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Long over due Twins update
Replies: 44
Views: 738

Re: Long over due Twins update

Delightful update on the twins! Do they realize they have this huge fan club of folks they've never met? ;)
by texsuze
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: biopsy done

Took my oldster on a 4-hour round trip jaunt to the ophthalmologist vet. Vet didn't want to commit to a diagnosis, but seeing the little bleb on my gelding's eyeball leads him to cautiously suspect squamous cell ca. He did, however, mention the possibility of habronemiasis (?sp)-("summer sores&...
by texsuze
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hey, there, folks!
Replies: 26
Views: 816

Re: Hey, there, folks!

Hi, fallingwaters, hope you (and the other 'returnees') are doing well!
by texsuze
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--vet visit rescheduled

Thanks, 'Flint, for your comprehensive run-down on your mare. Very glad that her prognosis is good, despite all the intervention and chemo. Interesting that the vets opted for treatment first to see if the lesion could be cleared. Our rescheduled appt is 3 weeks from now and I don't have a feel for ...
by texsuze
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--vet visit rescheduled

Flash floods, a bit of hail, big 'ol storms... I decided to reschedule today's vet visit, seeing as how we'd be making most of the 2-hour trip to the vet entirely within this line of strong storms as it moves eastward. If my horse were symptomatic, and/or if his eyeball were showing changes, I certa...
by texsuze
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: **********2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: 2018 holiday/Christmas/Kwanza etc card exchange

Thanks for undertaking this again! Will be in touch with my particulars.
by texsuze
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Talk to me about ocular squamous cell carcinoma

Thanks; DH wonders if it might not be a pterygium, which humans get from not using sunglasses. Haven't researched to see if this occurs in equines. The vet also invoked a benign hyperplastic type of neoplasm, so that's what I hope this blob turns out to be. I should know in a couple weeks. Thanks fo...
by texsuze
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: French horn anyone?
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: French horn anyone?

Sorry, you can't have my violin, but my brother might be willing to part with his cello ;)

Hey, Beorn, if you are seriously thinking of re-homing your viola, please consider donating. Our rural community has a youth orchestra that is expanding! www.hcyo.org
by texsuze
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Re: Talk to me about ocular squamous cell carcinoma

Thanks for all the input so far. We are scheduled to see a veterinary ophthalmologist in two weeks' time. He works with the clinic I hoped to use, so fingers crossed. A fairly straightforward 2-hour drive away. As best I can tell, this 'growth' on my horse's eye is limited to the eyeball and not inv...
by texsuze
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)
Replies: 25
Views: 740

Ocular squamous cell carcinoma?--UPDATE: Chemo done (for now...)

Yesterday, I noticed a tiny, gray "bleb" in the outside corner of my oldster's eye, on the sclera. DH sent photos to the equine vet at our local vet clinic and vet suspects squamous cell ca. A biopsy would be needed for a definitive diagnosis, and after that, there might be several treatme...
by texsuze
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?

Bucket cover arrived today. It would make a most excellent kitty cup! I couldn't access the 30% off sale :( but thanks anyway. I only bought one cover for now, since they're not cheap. Will only get to test it in, oh, probably Dec or Jan when we have our first really freezing night ;)
by texsuze
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Facilities & Transportation
Topic: Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Insulated Water Bucket Covers---any critiques?

SmarkPak has them advertised now. They're like a snowsuit for hanging water buckets. They'd be very useful for all the times I'm either bringing a jug of hot water to the barn to de-ice stall buckets, or for when I cross my fingers and turn on the barn's hot water, hoping the lines aren't frozen som...
by texsuze
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Book Recommendation
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Book Recommendation

Recently finished reading "Costly Grace--an Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love" by Rob Schenck. Despite the fact that I'm not a religious person, it was a very eye-opening and timely book.
by texsuze
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Should I get rid of the typewriter?
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Should I get rid of the typewriter?

I say 'nope', keep the antique. Ralph Nader still uses a typewriter ;) . One day you can show all the plugged-in, yet disconnected upstarts how things used to be and how folks still survived and thrived even with these primitive communication tools!
by texsuze
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?
Replies: 84
Views: 1986

Re: Musical Comedy asks what's it going to take to retire my horse?

The decision to retire my horse was made by his physical situation. It was like having the rug yanked out from under me in the spring of 2011 when I finally retired him. In a nutshell: intermittent lameness on the RT front (the sound/unsound roller coaster), non-specific origin, and the resultant in...
by texsuze
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Hip replacement who here has had one?
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Re: Hip replacement who here has had one?

No artificial parts for me....yet. Neighbor down the road (she is very heavy) had hip done two months ago, and my farrier had hip replacement exactly a year ago. I've known several folks over the last few years with hip or knee replacements. All are very happy with results, and the surgeries went as...
by texsuze
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Repurposed materials-- found a website
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Repurposed materials-- found a website

Found this website while searching something on CL. Pretty cool industrial stuff they obtain/repurpose: https://www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com Check out their inventories. Fishing nets, artificial turf, wood floors from railway cars, street sweeper brushes, old firehoses....just thinking of barn use...
by texsuze
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans

Wonderful that you got to see it!
by texsuze
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: I don't think my horse can hear much
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: I don't think my horse can hear much

I, too, have wondered about my horse's level of hearing these days. He'll turn 27 next month. He often hears something (me, driving up in the Gator), but has difficulty determining which direction a sound comes from, looking around, periscope up, then finally figuring out what's going on. I can driv...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Lunar eclipse 7/27 for Aussies, Kiwis, Africans

Red moon, red Mars, longest lunar eclipse in this century! But alas, those of us in N.A. will miss out unless viewing via live-streaming telescope: http://earthsky.org/tonight/centurys-longest-lunar-eclipse-july-27?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=81903a50dc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_0...
by texsuze
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Miracle cure suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 389

Re: Miracle cure suggestions

Any option for getting another set of eyes on this horse? I'm certainly not one to go vet shopping in hopes of finding the 'happy' diagnosis, but for a prognosis as limiting as this seems to be, I'd be inclined to seek another opinion which might either concur, or give another slant on the situation.
by texsuze
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 14
Views: 1007

Re: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

OK, just ordered the 6 qt Instant Pot cooker, plus an "official" cookbook :) Will probably order a set of "official" extra gaskets and a second "official" s.s. bowl. DH's birthday comes up in a few weeks, so this will be his gift appliance. He is a meat + potatoes type ...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Geraniums
Replies: 11
Views: 938

Re: Geraniums

Agree with living amongst wildlife. Deer are the decimators around here, so we've salvaged the +/- 2 acre patch around the house by enclosing it with 6' tall mesh fence. There are few natives down here that actually survive a 'taste test' by deer after deer, so I get where you are coming from.
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The DDBB Cookbook Forum
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

DH wants to get one of these appliances, based on rave recommendations from his brother. My only experience with pressure cookers are living with the antiquated, stove-top, noisy, scary ones that mom used to cook strange food in that I never liked :D My own brother does a hilarious imitation of the ...
by texsuze
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The Observation Lounge
Topic: Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers
Replies: 14
Views: 1007

Talk to me about: electric pressure cookers

DH wants to get one of these appliances, based on rave recommendations from his brother. My only experience with pressure cookers are living with the antiquated, stove-top, noisy, scary ones that mom used to cook strange food in that I never liked :D My own brother does a hilarious imitation of the ...

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