By Patty Wilber
On Thanksgiving, we left for the airport at 4 in the morning in a snowstorm and used four wheel drive all the way there! A very unusual occurrence. Our plane got de-iced and we took off pretty close to on time (the crew was a bit late due to the weather.)
We landed in Oakland, CA, took the BART train to near my folks house, and as soon as I could, I got my hands on baby Amara!
Who needs to take their coat off when they can hold the grandbaby! Maegan in the background!
Most of the rest of my photos of my amazing family are terrible, so I won’t post them, but Jim got a couple nice ones (like the one above and the one below).
Granddaughter Leilani age 2 (left) and my niece Avery age 1 (right). My brother (Mike) and sister-in-law (Tina), Avery’s parents. You can tell which kid lives in Hawaii and thinks it is cold!
The entire immediate family got to hang out, and I have to say that while we might be a little competitive, we might have a hard time making group decisions, and we might be a little weird, I sure think the world of all of them!
We got home Saturday night, very late, and Sunday I went down to check out the arena. I found that it had transformed into a partial ice rink! This is the first time that has happened. I guess since we had an inch of rain the week before and then 10 or so inches of wet snow, which largely melted, but didn’t absorb, and cold overnight temperatures, we got ice–2 inches thick in some spots!
I didn’t even try to ride. I got out the old blue tractor and dragged and plowed and got things pretty well churned up, except in the thickest spots. Then I dug some little drain canals to try to accelerate the drying out process.
That is a definite improvement, but not rideable.
On Monday it was mostly ice. Tuesday had much less ice, and lots of water. Koh-Doh did get to practice ice water crossing, but most of our work was out on the roads.
Tuesday: Lots of water with ice underneath.
But, hey! We got to practice ice-water crossing!
On Wednesday, we were down to almost 100% water without the frozen base, so the pond/arena was rideable (with water wings)! Yay! And the predicted “wintery mix” did not materialize. Yay! Again.
Thursday, it was still very wet but still improving and Mary Ann, Sombra, the dogs and I had some wet fun!
I did pull the trailer up to the house Wednesday, just in case the weather went bad, as I was planning ahead for my trip to Clovis today (Friday) to do some cow work with Lucy and H at Clay Hight’s! It will be H’s first live go!
And so I will leave my arena to dry for a few more days and head southeast!
But…woke up to a horse not feeling great, so trip delayed at least for the moment. Fingers crossed.