a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sweating, Marking, Boxing, and Drinking...

 I don't know why I think I can get every thing done in one day.  Never have been able to but always keep trying.  I spent my morning doing like a little boy dog, as Momma used to say, doing a little here, a little there...

I check the computer before any one else hits the floor.  That's my quiet time, but the cool morning called to me.  I answered.  I walked through the kitchen saw watermelon hulls for the horses.  Carried one batch out, carried a few rocks back and added them to the garden I had cleared by the house.
When I returned to the kitchen for the second load of treats, I thought, I need to gather all the halters, ropes and bridles and sort them for each animal.  I dumped my gear bag in the middle of the dining room (remember, that's where my saddles are) and decided to make a hanger for all the head gear in the dining room.  That's right!  Where we eat!  Hey, this is a working farm, not a fancy magazine place, where nothing is ever out of place.  Now, they are all in place, I made a hanger using old door knobs and a two by four.  How's that for fancy?  Charme wears purple, Arrow; black, Knot; red and Magic; blue(he's a Patriotic horse...red, white, and blue)  All halters, leads, bridles are all in place...wait a minute...where the hell is my blue halter?? 
So I head back to the old barn, with more watermelon, and I have company.  No one will let me take a good picture, they all want treats so most pictures would have looked like fish eye photos.
Magic dances after Ki, and I holler, No, to Ki and Magic thinks I am talking to him!  Gosh, it sure gets confusing around when we all know the same language.
I asked Knot to smile pretty, not look like a mule but he mule-hammed for the camera anyway.  Their minds were on that watermelon.  I asked every one, where is the blue halter and every one denied ever seeing a blue halter.

Horses spoiled and loved, I headed back to the house...yes, I am sweating now and marking my territory well.

Bev calls and says, I'm going to the shop so that is where my boxing comes in...been boxing stuff all week I want to sell.  Load the car with said boxes and head to the shop...with two drinks but it was not nearly enough.  It is cooler but not working in the shop where we only had fans going.

My nephew bought some big-ass shelves at an auction and did not stay home long enough to put them together so, you guessed it, it's up to me and Bev. (Nephew is in Alaska working...hope it's black fly season!)  These are supposed to be tall shelves, we can't budge them!  Two elephants couldn't lift them with three trunks!

So we improvise, we stack the big rolly bases together and place shelves on them and make a wonderfully solid display table.  We move a couch or two,a couple of tables and move some boxes.  We are drinking heavy, breaking often and sweating a lot.

Hubby and Andrew show up...Thank goodness!  The four of us with a dolly, moved three of those darn sections and it took all we four had, to do it.  We are gonna stack those boogers and if someone else wants to put them together, they are welcome to do so.  Hey, cover 'em with a quilt and it will make a great table.

The two men also unload my car, which I had not gotten around to doing, left and came back with drinks for me and Bev.  Hubby and Andrew are looking pretty darn good, what I can see through my sweating eyeballs.

We continue to discuss ideas and arrangements...til we both just sweated out.  Left for the day.

I came home to the smell of tacos, I'm so hot, I really don't care to eat, took a shower, drinking liquids like I haven't had a drink all day and never did find that dang blue halter!!!


carolina nana said...

I've always heard that sweating is good for you,if that's true we must be 2 of the healthiest ladies around !!!
Have a blessed Sunday

Pat said...

Sounds like a whole lotta sweating going on! Where could that blue halter have gone to?

Nora said...

That blue halter isn't in one of those boxes, is it?

Rob said...

Hi Gail, I like the sound of you kitchen, it sounds like the sort of kitchen I grew up around, not just ours but most of the farm kitchens were like that back then. Here we have a lot of farmhouses being bought up by city folk and they do them up all fancy and then kid themselves that they have a real farmhouse kitchen when what they really have is a kitchen they spend loads of money on to make it just like the kitchen they're running away from in the city. Well each to his own but I prefer the real farmhouse look and not the manufactured city farmhouse style.

Marie Anne said...

What's wrong with halters in the dining room?

I think the doorknobs is a cool idea and might steal it!

Debi@7Gates said...

What a work day! I just had this vision in my mind of all this walking back and forth and sweating and looking for the halter. I sure hope you slept well. There's just so many hours in a day and never enough time.

Dreaming said...

I am laughing so hard at the "doing like a little boy dog!" What a perfect description of many of my days! What a great visual....I think?!
Well, I was just looking at my guys and thinking I needed to do something...I have some melon in the fridge...So, I'll begin my 'doing like a little boy dog' day and head out with that!
Have a great day!

John Gray said...

there is something quite benign about a horses face!

Sue said...

I am impressed by how hard you work. It inspires me to be more physical myself.


Jules said...

Well I don't have one of those magazine houses either, I think they only exist in magazines. :)

You sure do flit around in one day, wore me out just reading about it. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Farm Girl said...

Well you still got alot done. It is really hot here so I know all about sweating and drinking lots of water. You will be loosing more weight again.
I tried to enter in your mystery give away but I never could get to comments again. It just sat there so I would like to enter if it isn't to late.
I hope you get to rest today and I hope you come across the blue halter.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Little boy dog..great description..I call it 52 pick up and put away in it's proper place..sometimes I don't get past ten..:)

Rudee said...

Whew! That's a lot of work. I love your horses.

Michaele said...

Now THAT'S a full Saturday! Go tired just reading it. Wonder where the halter went.

Toni Day said...

That is hurtful Aunt Gail...haha...I didn't have time or the manpower to put them up either!!

labbie1 said...

You need to take a picture of the Halter and Bridle rack that you made with the doorknobs! I want to see!

Love the horses! I never knew they liked watermelon husks! I can relax for the day because I have learned something new already! :)

What a day for you! I bet you miss your jacuzzi too after that day! :)

Ishta Mercurio said...

Sweating is good for you - it rids your body of toxins. So be proud of it; you're healthier now.

And I like that idea of using doorknobs to make a hanger for things; I might do something like that sometime.

Thanks for sharing about your day.

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