Then COVID-19 hit and Wyatt was no longer in school and we both knew that once life opened back up again during the summer our practices would get too busy to allow time off. It looked like the last week of April was our best shot at a family vacation even if it had to be a "staycation". Which, is sorta funny that we were aching for a week at home when so many are aching for a chance to get back out. It shows you how while we are all going through this storm, we are all in very different boats.
So what did we do with all this time off?
Sunday - Dusty worked Saturday, so I count Sunday as our first actual day of vacation. The warm, wet winter had allowed the pastures to continue to grow nearly the entire season and spring has been wet enough that the pastures are never dry enough to allow them mowed when I can mow them. This had led to the pastures looking more akin to hay fields than grazing areas. My #1 priority for the week, which was mercifully dry for most of it, was to mow. I was able to get the far side of the property done Sunday while Dusty was able to do the more tedious personal lawn care on the riding mower.
|Fluffzilla loves to play in the tall grass. He is pouncing on Einstein which you can only see as a small dark spot right in front of him.|
Monday - More mowing. The morning dew dried up around 10 am and I sat my butt on the tractor to do the main pasture which took me until 6 pm. Once maintained, it can take as few as 6 hours, but it is a solid 8 hours when it gets that thick/high. It was a long day on the tractor. I can't recall what the boys got up to all day, but I know some of it included handing me iced tea and refilling the diesel.
|Nicely mowed. It was good to see the horses using all the pasture once cut versus eating down certain areas and avoiding others.|
Tuesday - The farrier was slated to come in the afternoon, but texted early saying they were a few hours ahead of schedule. I got everyone ready while Dusty took a turn on the mower and did the final pasture. It was really nice to be able to be present while the farrier was around so I could discuss Eeyore and his terrible feet. By the end of this day we had burned through 20 gallons of diesel.
|While the pups enjoyed being home with us, they were pretty tired and it was only Tuesday. A tired dog is a good dog though.|
Wednesday - This was kind of a waste of a day. Eeyore's vet appointment was at 10 am but on my way there they called and said a few emergencies came in and I'd have to reschedule to 12pm. I was stuck in construction on a back country road 20 minutes from the clinic and 25 from home. I told them I'd come and wait if they could let Eeyore use an outdoor paddock. It made no sense to turn around as I would then have to nearly immediately hit the road back again. So I arrived and waited two hours in the parking lot. By the time I got home with no real diagnosis and a still not right horse, I wasn't in the best of moods. So...we went and bought Wyatt a new quad.
|A happy boy|
Thursday - Basically a relaxing day. Having gotten all the hard work around the property completed, Dusty dug in on the tack locker in the tack room and I sat and read a book outside while Wyatt enjoyed his quad. The afternoon brought nasty storms with heavy rain which drove us inside to watch movies.
|This was a BIG issue. Fluff is in Waggy's spot which hadn't been an problem before this day since he couldn't get on the couch. Wags was not happy when she came in and saw him snuggled there.|
Friday - So...I admit I was in a foul mood this day. That morning I unwrapped Eeyore's leg with bated breath only to feel tears sting my eyes when it looked no different. Maybe a little worse now that it was shaved. The shockwave, Equioxx and wrap did nothing. I sat around moping most of the morning until Trainer AB called me asking if I would happen to want a lesson on one of her horses. They had all originally been spoken for but multiple people had canceled. I jumped on that opportunity and quickly changed to head her way.
|The pond is gorgeous this time of year. This was taken before mowing this part, so it is still wild and unruly in this picture. Now it clean and even.|
I was in much better spirits when I returned home. I had just enough time to change before heading off to the drive in movie theater. We watched Trolls World Tour wondering exactly how much acid they did while writing that script and listening to Wyatt laugh. Honestly, I really could care less what movie is playing while at the drive in theater. A nice evening outside watching a massive screen is never a bad evening.
Saturday - Moping turned to pure frustration at yet another gorgeous day spent out of the saddle with four horses in my yard. But nothing to do for it, so I read a book in the sunshine, went swimming with Wyatt in the pond, came up with various obstacle courses for him to drive his quad through and weeded the vegetable garden. Dusty and Wyatt spent the evening jug fishing for cat fish while I read another book and relaxed. By the end of the day I had read 5 books during the week, some better than others but all highly enjoyable. I miss reading.
|I miss reading a lot. I used to always have a book at hand, but now I'm too tired by bed time and too busy during the day.|
Sunday - Last day of vacation blues. I woke up with a sharp stabbing pain in my right ear plus a nasty sun burn from the day before. I’m very good at using sunscreen when at the pool or beach but never remember at home. The ear got worse so I went to the minute clinic down the road and was diagnosed with an ear infection. How? No clue. It got worse throughout the day so I took a nap, went out for ice cream and then chilled back at home the rest of the day.
Dusty wasn’t staying down though. He spent the day on the tractor working on a trail around the property for me once my horse is functional again. He is 3/4 of the way done. When finished it will be about 1 mile long.
|The tractor got a work out this week. The nice thing about his trail vision is that it won't require opening or closing any gates. The only obstacle will be crossing an inlet to the pond, but the footing is good there so even when the pond is up it won'tb e an issue.|
The entire week was nearly perfect and a much needed break from the stress of normal life with COVID-19 piled on top of it. Back in early March I was noticing all the signs of burn out having not had any time off beyond federal holidays since August (7 months). I could feel the need for a break coming and was hoping to make it to early June. Thankfully we were able to make this week happen and I am glad for the staycation.
As an aside - Eeyore is still massively swollen though sound. I made an appointment for this Friday with the owner of Tryon Equine for a second opinion. I swear there is a suspensory tear in there along the medial branch that was hidden by all the fluid. Otherwise I can't see why he'd be so focally swollen and intermittently lame. I don't want that to be the answer as it means a year off which sucks in so many regards, but I can't see how it isn't. So we will see what they say Friday.
I've already decided that if it is indeed a suspensory tear that will require a careful year of rehab, Gem is coming out of retirement and Trainer will get to see the circus that that entails. Gem needs to exercise and I need a horse, so sucks to be her. She can take her complaints to the Big Orange Doofus because we can't get a 5th horse and I can't go a year with only riding twice a month.