☆ January 13, 2016

Interesting turn of events: the Rooster Pouf must have telepathically received all the suggestions of “chicken soup” in response to my recent post about him, because he has been polite to me ever since. Really truly.

I spent my midday break-in-the-sun brushing and cutting frozen diarrhea blobs from an ailing horse’s tail. It was simultaneously disgusting and rewarding. Sunshine, who is nearly 30 and is having digestive issues, appeared to be in a state of bliss during the 40-minute procedure and I must have lightened his tail by ten pounds {icky face!}. His condition has vastly improved over the past two weeks, and he is in great spirits, so I, of course, have hope. He’s living in the front yard and wears a thick bed comforter under his horse blanket for extra warmth and looks like Merlin in horse-form. The other horses hang out on the other side of the yard fence, so he’s never lonely. His tail is now slightly shorter, but clean, and my hands still smell gross.

I have finished all my tax prep. You know I love doing it. Done!

I’ve also been watching Making A Murderer. I’m up to episode 9, just a few minutes in, and I’m stuck there – watching Brendan in court (and, previously, with police and investigators and LEN) feels like watching state-sanctioned child abuse and I just can’t deal. My cortisol is through the roof.

Mellowing out with an old pic of a cool cloud……



27 Responses to “Snippets”

  1. Liane B
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:08 am

    Beautiful pic. Beautiful life. Glad Sunshine is feeling much better. You are the best mama. :)

  2. Leigh
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:23 am

    Ugh, I know – poor Brendan doesn’t even know what’s happening to him!

  3. Amy
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:33 am

    F–king LEN. And KRATZ. Both of them seem like Fargo characters, but sadly, they are real. Just wait on Kratz.

  4. Susie Brandt
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

    Your horse “tale” reminds me of those occasions when I have had to physically crawl into our dogs’ crate to clean out overnight “catastrophes.”

  5. ELAINE ~ TX
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:37 am

    Beautiful picture – looks like the extra terrestrials are coming in a beautiful spaceship!

    Yes, animals do pick up on your thoughts. I have a cat who constantly picked major fights (the kind a vet needed to fix and costly) and I kept sending him messages that if he didn’t stop he wouldn’t like the alternative. After a week of sending messages he stopped messing with that cat. They know and they hear – everything is energy, every thought we think goes out.

    I would suggest for your hand ~ rubbing them with lemons or onions to get rid of the smell.

    You are an ANGEL to all your farmily!! XOXO

  6. nancys
    January 13th, 2016 @ 8:42 am

    Hope Sunshine fully recovers from whatever. Don’t like a sick horse anytime, but a freezing winter can be tough ):

    Keep those beautiful pictures coming ! :)

  7. Marg
    January 13th, 2016 @ 9:16 am

    Elaine and I had the same lemon idea, after soak them in baking soda and water to soften and balance the PH as lemon is super drying. LOVE the lenticular cloud shot and so happy your gladiator rooster has calmed down, I mean doesn’t he know that he lives in Peaceville???The bright side about Sunshine is that those blobs were frozen! Have a wonderful day.

  8. Torchy;
    January 13th, 2016 @ 9:53 am

    Cool pic? It looks like the mother ship!

  9. PatR
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    Poor Sunshine….. I know the tail is so important to swat flies…. I hope the improvement continues.

  10. Karen
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    What a beautiful and awe-inspiring cloud. I’ve been wanting to talk to someone for hours about ‘Murderer’… Brendan? My urge was to crawl through the screen and be his legal advocate along with just HELPING him. (I’ve thought back to your experience with the ‘justice’ system a few times while watching the show) These people have no voice or protection and definitely no presumption of innocence.

  11. Jameos
    January 13th, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    I know it’s a touchy subject…but the Steven Avery stuff…I live one county over from where that all happened. There is NO DOUBT that police and other officials made serious missteps in this case, no one can really argue that. But if you think they’d be capable of murdering that girl and framing Avery so perfectly, you really need to consider what was NOT in that documentary. Check out …while I’m sure a lot of people are absolutely certain that Avery is innocent, I have yet to hear any arguments that explain the stuff on the page above.

    In my view, for what it’s worth, and being exposed to every detail of the case as it was happening, Avery had a massive chip on his shoulder about being wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years and he felt that since he did the time, it’s only fair that he get to do the crime. What they did to that woman was absolutely horrible.

    Sorry about your horse, hope he’s doing much better! :)

  12. shreve
    January 13th, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

    J ~ but that’s not the only other alternative. Also, a lot of the bullet points in your linked article have been refuted/clarified, I don’t have the link, but it’s out there.

    Regardless, this seemed to me a documentation of the failings and manipulations of the judicial system (the press conference before the trial began, I mean….) If it can happen, without consequence, to them, it can happen to any of us.

    P ~ at least there are no flies in winter in WY!

    Thanks for the tips and <3 <3 :)

  13. Melanie
    January 13th, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

    Without knowing what your horse has beyond old age, this may or may not be helpful. Purina’s Equine Senior feed gave my old horse several more years. It is a complete feed, meaning it has the roughage in it, and is formulated specifically for seniors. There are some other brand versions of it as well that are a little cheaper. It was like a miracle for my old guy. He just passed away in September at 33 1/2.

  14. shreve
    January 13th, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

    M ~ thank you so much! We have him on that, actually! It’s been really great. So sorry you just lost yours, but so glad to hear you had extra time with him…. <3

  15. Rose
    January 13th, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

    I’m glad that you cleaned up your poor horses tail, but I have one suggestion. Use nitril or vinyl gloves when you do things like that! I always have a box of those available, never know when they will be useful. Stay away from latex, though.

    When I first started nursing, we didn’t use gloves, and I’ve noticed that vets often don’t use them, either. But for the last 25 years, but things have changed.

  16. shreve
    January 13th, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    R ~ DEFINITELY {if there’s a next time}. Afterwards, I was like, WHY did I not get gloves on????

  17. Marg
    January 13th, 2016 @ 7:44 pm

    It’s so easy to NOT use gloves. I bought six new pair of gardening gloves last summer, remembered to open the package in the fall. Oh well.

  18. Ann Onny
    January 13th, 2016 @ 7:54 pm

    I volunteer at a sanctuary that cares exclusively for old horses (Retirement Home for Horses – they’re on FB and on the Web).

    Some of our seniors have sensitive tummies and seem to cycle through diarrhea at certain times of the year. We treat them with Metamucil and it really seems to help.

    Also, last year we switched from the old brand (Purina maybe?) to Nutrena Safe Choice for Seniors. A lot of our repeat offenders have been regular since the switch.


    Unrelated: Soooooooo awesome to be getting updates again. It is such a treat when you are able to share your life on the farm with us! Thank you.

  19. Theresa Szpila
    January 14th, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    Sunshine must feel sooo relieved to have a clean tail he can actually use for its intended purpose. I’m sure this must have been hard on your hands, though, especially in mid-winter. If your hands are chapped/badly dried, I recommend Bag Balm to help get them back to normal. Bag Balm was originally developed in New England to use as a salve on dairy cows’ udders to recover from or prevent chapping in winter, but it works equally well on human skin. A bit messy/goopy, but worth it.

    I hope Sunshine continues to improve ant that you have him for years yet to come!

    Thanks for the cloud – looks very other-worldly!

    Sending hugs and blessings to all the Farmily, including the reformed rooster.


  20. Patricia A. Long
    January 14th, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    Shreve, I don’t envy your job cleaning Sunshine but I am glad he is feeling better. Your rooster probably did pick up your thoughts. All is connected according to Q physics. I love the wonderful cloud photo which looks like surreal art!

  21. mlaiuppa
    January 15th, 2016 @ 5:08 am

    That is quite the unusual cloud.

    Kudos on getting your taxes done. I’m still waiting to get my W2s.

    I’ll bet Sunshine is most appreciative of your effort. Yes, it is a dirty job. (Too bad you can’t get Mike Rowe to do it.) But I’ll bet Sunshine feels so much better and loves you for your dedication. Nothing a little soap won’t handle. (BTW if you love natural soap, try I just bought some Great Outdoors and it smells heavenly. I use their Dog Gone It on my dog and he has no flea problems. It lasts longer than dog shampoo too.)

    If you’re going to go gloveless, try putting some vaseline or hand lotion on your hands first. Makes clean up a lot easier. Natural Mystic has a Gardener’s Soap that is great when you need to scrub your grubby hands. Yeah, I do love their soap. I’ve been buying it from way back when it was Kate’s Soap.

  22. Laura
    January 15th, 2016 @ 4:53 pm

    lemons!…. followed by Lemon scented lotion….works great on fish smells tooo.. I’m watching making a murderer as well-on episode 7-and it’s been hard to not read everything online about it…so don’t know end yet but cannot understand why someone isn’t advocating for this poor kid….absolutely awesome cloud pic…kind of like a puffy tornado!

  23. Chad Tanner
    January 15th, 2016 @ 4:56 pm

    Great news about the horse and the rooster…even greater news that you are feeling better too…

    I so love lenticular cloud forms…when I was a child I imagined they hid alien space craft from worlds beyond!

    Stay warm…stay safe…and stay the beautiful person that you are…

  24. Jess
    January 15th, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

    I am only on episode 4 of making a murderer, but I just cringe at the injustice for poor Brendan, from his first “public defender” to everything after that. It hurts my heart. I have been wanting to vent but did not think i would find that here! Life isnt fair, as you know from om all of your losses this year, but we go on. Poor Brendan will never have that opportunity.

  25. Carol K
    January 15th, 2016 @ 7:41 pm

    I’m glad several people were able to name the formation of those beautiful clouds! Just an amazing photo.

    Good luck to Sunshine and keep giving Sir Psycho the evil eye! He is far too ‘cocky’!

  26. Nancy H
    January 17th, 2016 @ 7:35 am

    LOVE the cloud picture!!! Actually, all of your pictures are excellent. You have a photographer’s ‘eye’ for sure.

    Question for you, Shreve: Did you ever post what happened to Eli? I don’t want to open old wounds but I’m curious.

  27. kelli
    January 17th, 2016 @ 9:35 am

    i live near mt. shasta and that type of cloud appears often at the mountain. it is called a lenticular cloud. such a lovely word for a lovely cloud, lol. (someone else has probably provided the name, but i didn’t see it in the quick scan i did.)

    happy new year to you!

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