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Dragonhide 9:06pm, 12 April 2007
Sexy Swedish Babe Eye Protection

Hello. Jallen Dragonhide checking in.

Today April 12, the day I happen to start my photo diary, is my 35th birthday. Blah.

I'm not sure what to say at the moment- I never do at first in "intro" topics.

So, Hi.


Sometimes it's best to don your peril sensitive goggles and just charge full speed!!

*UPDATE!* I will be wrapping this diary up in a day or so, but all my NEW 2008 posts are here:
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Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 19th got to be somewhere
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Find it! Because I enjoyed the belated Aug 19. and your long-distance rocky river pic.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 20

My office manager's a very interesting guy-- he's one of the original hippies, and is a "retired musician". He traded in his guitars for a computer keyboard. Well, not really, he still plays, but not professionally anymore.

He has a big twirly handlebar mustache, and has a very pleasant & soothing aura around him. He keeps track of all the little assorted things that the bosses and other employees let slide thru the cracks. But not him. He keeps us all on our toes.

And he still finds the time to print up weird poems and stuff to insert into that little bird's sign to surprise us in the office kitchen.

My Heads not real.
So I can't think
Neither can the author
cause these rhymes do stink
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 21

Just in a very somber mood. My very good friend is having such terrible troubles, and she's so far away. I wish I could do more for her. I was able to do a small thing for her today though, and that makes me feel a tiny bit better.

a somber  blink
sunshinecity 11 years ago
this is a fantastic portrait. Love the textures...
sorry to hear about your friend. Hope she'll be ok
I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I send her good wishes.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Best wishes to your troubled friend.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
She's the first flickr person I started following the photostream of.. 3 or so years ago. Before I was even a member. ("Flickr is just a silly fad like myspace I told myself.)

She and I have so much in common somehow that we somehow fell-into hanging out together outside Flickr.

She's been on a hiatus from flickr.

She has been on the run for so long, that now, she doesn't have anybody left as family or friends.

Her name's Zoe and she's been going through some real bad stuff.

I'm very worried about her.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear. Sounds terrible.

I hope things start to come good for her.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
I think about her every day.
Simon-K 11 years ago
God that sounds awful!!! I hope she'll be ok
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Praying for Zoe (the name means "life"in Greek).
friuduric 11 years ago
Sorry your friend is going through a rough time. Just knowing you care must help a little for her.

Adventures on Sabbatical
Loca.... 11 years ago
So sorry for your friend. Every tiny little thing that we can do for a friend is a gift, hope that makes her feel a bit better.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Aug 22

Sometimes you just gotta swing it.

Swinging it.

My son playing on a swing set made from recycled automobile fan belts. Our mechanic gave them to him when we picked up our truck after being repaired.

Great fun.

Ian also asked if he could take some pictures with my "good camera" (What he calls my Canon Rebel XT/350d)... so I let him have a go with it.

Here's a picture he took of Blue, our dog

"Dad will you buy me a camera like this?"
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
This is so beautiful, Tim.
Loca.... 11 years ago
Wow, your son took an amazing shot of your dog, buy him a camera, he's going to be a good photographer.

P.S. You are now bookmarked as well
Beautiful shot of your son and tell him that the flickr community says thumbs up to his career as a photographer. Fabulous. He takes after his dad.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Ian's got talent... with a bit of coaching he'll do great things!

Hope Zoe will be ok

~ a picture, a story
friuduric 11 years ago
That picture is the epitome of Summer.

And -- hey -- your dog *is* blue!

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eelend PRO 11 years ago
i love this shot

eelend's 2007
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
August 23

Summer Diet

This is the basics of what we eat nearly everyday during the summer. It is from our garden (My Dad's really....) that we grow every year. I usually have my own garden, but with the house add-on I simply didn't have time. So Dad- as usual- grows enough for an army.

It's amazing the variety of dishes one can make from just these... Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, green pepper & cucumbers.

Gazpacho (With the addition of olive oil & garlic)

many varieties of Spanish salads sometimes with tuna added- always just Olive Oil and vinegar as dressing


Pisto Pasta Sauce

Of course, and the infamous mid-western fried Orange Tomatoes (Orange tastes better than green IMO), fried squash & Zucchini

The list goes on... I'm gonna quit now before I get hungry again, and besides, I'm sick of typing.

Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
August 24

Crazy Stormy Day!

So, my day started out pretty normally.. Pat my dog on the head, before heading out to work.


Then it ended up with a very close call with a Severe Storm with TORNADO SIRENS going off!!!!!!! Come and see the tornado chronicles! Start at the first picture and move on thru the story...

Dragonhide 11 years ago
August 25

Working the Farm

This is my Dad. He is brush-hogging one of our horse fields for us. We still use the original farm machinery that my Grandpa left behind on the farm, when he passed away. This was one of his favorites- a 1957 John Deere Model A Tractor.

It's about the "middle age" out of the pack of Tractors my Dad still has and uses around the farm.

Granted, he does use the diesel 1980s (?) Allis Chalmers tractor for most of the heavy stuff, but most all the 30s-40s-50s and 60s tractors still run fine.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Mmmmm... fresh vegies. I must remember to come visit you at dinner time {:->

How many tractors does your dad have?

That storm looks like it was pretty scary!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
He has 5 or 6 tractors... All still runs except one or two, I can't keep up with him and his toys :) I really would like to wrest away the 1938 (I think) tractor away from him and restore it proper. He is so cheap he doesn't believe in fixing anything with anything more than hay twine & black electric tape. If you look close in the picture above, you'd see the first cylinder on top is a painted coffee can. LOL

During hay season, we have at least 3 of them working on the fields.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Hi, I've not met you yet... If I hadn't slacked off in my garden this year, I'd have a lot more veggies like your beautiful pile there!

Tornadoes... I used to have nightmares about them and volcanoes when I was a kid. Though growing up in Maine, neither of them were a threat. Although neither were sharks in the lake, but after seeing Jaws I'd still get an occasional heebie-jeebie getting out on the dock...

Erica Day by Day 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
love all those summer veggies!! Yum... nothing like some nice fr3sh veggies!
It's such a great, colourful shot too!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Yaay, Pop on a "Johnny Pop"!
Loca.... 11 years ago
Great vegetables shot! Nice colours. My little garden on the school is not yet giving us alll this vegetables, the soil in there sn't so good...

Love to read the tornado story.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Looks like your dog knew that storm was coming. Really nice colourful pic with all the veggies.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hello Magpie, nice to meet you! I throughly enjoyed your latest in your stream... I'm an avid backpacker, but alas no summit under my belt. Your stream's right up my alley!

Sunshine- thank you! *uploads some to you*

Bunaen- hehe Pop on a Johnny Pop, hop on pop

Loca- We don't have very good soil either- BUT we have lots of hay & horse manure... that equals very good compost, which in turn means we do have good soil after all, I suppose :-D

Rob- you might be right... Animals do have a 6th sense for such things!
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
Love the photo from August 24th...I just love animals, especially dogs,.
Simon-K 11 years ago
That storm looks ominous!!! Great shots though
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Um, I wasn't making a Dr. Seuss reference. Everyone I ever knew called those old two cylinder John Deere tractors, "Johnny Pop"s.

Searching the net, I see the correct term is "JohnnyPopper" or "PoppinJohnny".

eelend PRO 11 years ago
your dog is so adorable
very good shot

eelend's 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Thank you cherry- and me TOO! Dogs rock!

Simon- it was scary! But ended up being a non-event.. thank goodness.. The past year has a few real bad ones (no power at all for total of almost 3 weeks of the year! The military got involved and everything)

Yup yup, I was expanding onto your reference by adding onto Dr. Seuss it just rolled off my fingers, dude.. No worries matey.


Thank you eelend!!! :-D
ParaScubaSailor Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ParaScubaSailor (member) 11 years ago
Your veggie photo is perfect, except for the cucumber. That's not a vegetable! It's a bag of smelly water! ;-)

It's great that today is a rainy day, so in between editing wedding photos I can visit your stream properly.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
sunshinecity Posted 11 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 11 years ago
lol thanks.. I made a great Ratatouille also known as Caponata in Italian
friuduric 11 years ago
I miss our garden. That's one bad thing about picking up and going somewhere else for one year: you can't put down plants, you can't harvest the ones you planted at home.

They sure did make tractors to last, back in the day. (I wouldn't be surprised if they built in some obsolescence nowadays.)

Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 26

Little Flamenca

Little Flamenca

We drove two hours from our house up north towards St. Louis and then across the Mississippi River into Illinois, to attend to a Spanish get-together of transplants in America from Spain.... It was my wife's first time being around HER peers that understood what it is like to be way over here in America and still feel SPANISH... Previously, she only had visitors FROM Spain come visit her.. and it's sometimes sort of awkward... because they don't understand why she is here. But these Spaniards in America do...

That girl danced the flamenco like no tomorrow, and EVERYBODY JOINED IN shortly after!

God, it was so awesome. This is why I didn't want to write in my diary about it for a while.. .It was just simply too awesome to put into words for a while.....
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I just love being around Spaniards. Maybe it;s an European thing, but I am so much more comfortable around them than I am with my average country people. Being Deaf, I just NEED to be able to use my hands to communicate with-- sign language, body language, basic gestures, it doesn't matter! I understand it all! And to a culture that likes to gesture a lot and talk with hands.. they seem to understand me too! Even though I don't know Spanish nor they English....

Spaniards are just so comfortable to be around... I don't even need to use a pen and paper to communicate with through writing, the majority of time.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Spaniards are just so comfortable to be around...
Watch out, Tim. That's when the get ya!
NO one expects the Spanish Inquisition!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
That is a wonderful shot of the little girl dancing. There was a lot of Spanish dancing in my childhood. Much of it in my presence. I even learned to play the castanets.

You really need your hands to communicate in Spanish. It is not just a cultural preference. English has what some might characterize as an overabundance of words. Spanish has a much more economical vocabulary. Using the hands fills is the "blanks."
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Yes, lovely, lively shot, and I guess your wife enjoyed the day also.
Simon-K 11 years ago
Sounds like you a had great time, I bet your wife really enjoyed it. Great picture as well
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
I'm so jealous! That sounds like the most amazing time {:->
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Great pic of the chica Flamenca ... ;-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Tim - swooping by to try and catch up a bit...good stuff. LOVE the bw dancer girl !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Gorgeous shot, I adore the look on her face... Way back when I was a summer camp counselor and we had some girls from Venezuela there. They would do the flamenco and I couldn't keep my eyes off of them. They were so vibrant and so confident. They even had little finger cymbals. I loved those girls.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
NO one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

I do. My in-laws are coming in little over a week (Sept 10) to stay with us for 6 weeks. I'm going into it with wide open eyes.... Wish me luck!

Bunaen- yeah? That would explain a lot. :) Even tho I can't hear anything or read lips (especially in spanish) I can often glean off their gestures what they're talking about. Not the specifics of course, but...

Rob- Oh, she LOVED it!! It was a tearful goodbye when it was time for us to leave... They were all wiping tears off their faces and hugging (which I got pulled into- Hugs All Around!) each other. And we just met a couple hours beforehand for our first time.

Thank you Simon! :)

Lalalian- Ok, we join you for tea, and then you join us for Flamenco!

para- Ole! thanx!

Collard- always good to see you around- you wanderer you! I loved following your journey to the mideast... good stuff.

Magpie- Oh yeah. Flamenco is something else.... That's for sure...

Marc- hehe the dogs name is actually "Blue".. :) Good to see you around! :)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
you'd have a field day with me talking with my hands.... i look like one of LaM's birds flapping LOL
I use my hands too--being a child of Portuguese immigrants. Love it.

Love the photo of the dancing. Fantastic.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
love teh shot Tim... and I totally understand how you feel and how you relate to the spanish. We're so similar us italians... rather frigtening. But yes, there's a strange familiarity and comfortableness when you're around them it's astounding!
You need to come visit us romas... you'd love it here too!
We're all about the hands... LOL
Jissy 11 years ago
oh Jallen thats just beautiful!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I'm alive... just been overwhelmed with work and just plain BLAH
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
BLAH's no good!
Jissy 11 years ago
yeah Blah sux!
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
Tim I love your Flamenco picture. Wow, just beautifui.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Aug 28

Photo & Writer's Block

Not sure what the picture above was all about.. It's a roadblock which leads to a bridge that has been replaced in the town near me.

Trying to kick myself back into the groove.. The 28th of Aug was the last time I messed with the dSLR :P however, most days I did take at least one camera phone picture.. I'll start digging.

in an overall rut lately.
I know what you mean about ruts. I am too; stuck in my own mud. I like this shot--in a sort of Salvador Daliesque way--that must be your wife's spanish influence.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 29

Typical commute to work.

You just gotta be careful on our highways.. This is State Highway U. and I'm stuck behind a farm tractor going 15 MPH. No, I can't pass safely.. the highway is rolling and curvy with terrible blind curves.

So you just gotta grin and bear it (and take a picture too)

I am 12 miles from work, and on a normal day it takes 12 minutes to get to work. rural living at its finest :) (My heart goes out to you city folks and your brutal commutes... I've been there.)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hehe Dali? Thanks.. I dig that guy's stuff, LaM :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 30

frugal orangXXXX GREEN cleaner

frugal orangXXXX GREEN cleaner

my office manager is a constant inspiration of the frugal life.

This was an Orange Cleaner in its past life.

Posted in my stream for my group, The Frugality Group. Will you please join in the fun? :-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Aug 31

Horses, Cows & Sheep NOT ACCEPTED!

It pays to be very specific in the deep rural country.

PS: nor cats either!
Equitable too.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
At least your roads are clean, and the tractors are small. Around here the corn harvest is just winding up, and the off-road ten wheelers leave the roads covered with clods the size of welsh corgi's. Last month it was the feedlot manure trucks leaving tracks of,...well, shit.

I like that Dali-esque shot too. And you know I love me some Dali.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Sept 1

Test driving this 1999 Dodge 2500 (3/4 ton) Diesel truck.

Last year we had a 2005 Dodge diesel truck, and we got rid of it when we realized that it was stupid to own such a nice newish truck. For one thing, it was too nice to drive into the bushes like we have to do when we're making our farm rounds- getting hay, fixing fence, etc. It was so stressful worrying about scratching the paint. Besides, the monthly payment of the sucker was too large that we didn't have much leftover to actually get to enjoy the truck by hauling our horses to various shows.

Anyway, back to this beautiful truck. It's less than HALF of what we paid for the last truck, and in outstanding shape! So they let us have it over Labor Day weekend to test drive...
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hey Casey- that's something that we certainly don't have around.. Big Giant Commercial Farms with those insanely HUGE farm tractors that are bigger than my house! Those are further south of here in the Bootheel of Missouri.

No, around here all the farms are small family-owned farms... We're a dying breed.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Sept 2

Coming soon... Ian's yanking on my arm wanting to play... So gonna go PLAY! be back to catch up some more later.
Ok, Back.

I kept telling my my wife that this truck is so much more responsive with tons more acceleration than out 2005 model we had.. Something totally unexpected from a diesel truck. Those beasts are lumbering beasts that can pull anything and just keep on going forever. They're not known for being dragsters.

But this truck.. WOW. My mechanic friend that works for Dodge dealership looked over the truck for me and found this "power box".. it's an aftermarket computer you plug into your truck's fuel computer. It is supposed to both increase your power & at the same time give you improved miles per gallon. Both I found to be true. I got 24 MPG on the highway... Most gasoline trucks would get 12 MPG, and unmodified diesels would get about 20 mpg.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
BTW that's something the dealership neglected to tell us- that we were test driving a friggin hot-rod!

BTW again- This week is a major geek out on trucks and stuff.. That's all I did that week- work, and then go home and research and test drive trucks.. I'm not about to make the same mistake TWICE, get in over our heads.

I can be such a geek. They're all the pictures I have for the week.. bear with me :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 3

Well, we didn't get the truck. Bummer. I loved the truck. But after consulting with several of my mechanic friends and other local rednecks (It pays to have friends in high AND low places hehe) we decided that the truck is way overpriced- asking TOP dollar.

The dealer wouldn't go down in price, not even a freaking dollar. So bye-bye. Boy, my heart was broken.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 5

Trucks & more Trucks.

You're looking at a 1996 Ford F250 Powerstroke Diesel engine. Rawr.

This one had too many miles on it. Moving along...
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 6

Tired of trucks yet? I am.

Ok, this one is a 2001 Dodge 2500 Diesel. Non-hotrod Very nice. Out of my price range.

Merche and I decide to quit looking for now.. it's too frustrating and oddly enough very depressing. We'll look again in a few months or so. We DID just add onto our house over the summer. So it wouldn't hurt to keep building funds.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 7

Yay, not a truck shot!


Just to note- all photos after 28th are cameraphone pictures with my Palm Treo680. I just didn't have any energy left over to mess with my dSLR.

There- all caught up to yesterday. :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sorry if I bored you all with the truck shoppin' talk! That was the sum of my week pretty much.. hehe
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
If you would settle for two wheel drive,* I have it on good authority you can get this Chevy for a very reasonable price.

* I have been assured it will be four wheel drive in a matter of weeks, or months, possibly years.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Though I don't have a big gun (dSLR), I too have been shooting pretty exclusively with the camphone. I'm lovin' it--partly because I've been playing around with flashing the phones firmware and throwing in different camera drivers to get the most out of the little bugger.

24mpg on that monster?! that's what my mom gets on her 4-cyl suv.
Dragonhide 11 years ago

That's a nicer and.... higher version of my Trusty ol' Rusty- my 1983 Chevy I still use for hard farm work. It stays on the farm, I don't take it on the road often- worried about dropping truck parts along the road.

My company had a Native American employee- one day I drove trusty ol rusty to work so I could pick up some fence paneling in town on my way home. I pulled it up besides her in the parking lot, and she exclaimed:

"Wow, that is one AWESOME Reservation Truck you have!"
Dragonhide 11 years ago
yeah 24 MPG! I would get 18-20 MPG on my unmodified diesel 2005 I had last year.

Diesel engines are very good... It's a shame they are not more popular in the USA for cars. I believe that Diesel can solve a lot of energy/gasoline problems...

You can even make your own biodiesel with a kit, that requires used cooking oil & lye. The engine doesn't even need to be modified to take it.

I personally think it would be cool to be behind a diesel car and smell.... egg rolls.. McD's fries... etc. hehe

There's also these "grease cars" which are modified diesel engines that can take used cooking oil straight.. Not sure how they work, but that's just cool. :)

I'm not usually a motorhead like this, but I'm like that... I get stuck in a roll, I become almost obsessive.. until the next random thing that suddenly catches my fancy then I'd suddenly change focus completely! :)
I drive a 1985 Toyoto Extra-cab. Old, but reliable, needs replacing soon though
Dragonhide 11 years ago
My cousin JUST retired his 1982 (I think) Toyota truck.. He lives at the end of a one mile long dirt road and put on about 350k (big part being offroad- farmwork) miles on that little truck. They really made those trucks RIGHT! So way I figure it, you still have 3 years to go.. hehe

He replaced it with another small toyota truck, of course. :)

Marc- Yay! I should start taking notes from you and SexySwedishBabe about cameraphone art :) Emil too- cameraphone hacking, oh my!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Those trucks all looked the same, and they were faaaar too shiny with too much chrome.
And they didn't smell of diesel either...
Yeah, the engine will probably go a long time; but the body rattles like I am driving a jack hammer.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
parascuba- exactly why I liked them. When the mining industry fell apart in the 70s-80s, a lot of people around here started commuting to St. Louis- about 2 hours drive to work.

A 3/4 ton truck that sparkles like that shows it hasn't been used for hard core farm work- and most likely was driven gently on the highway to work. Which in turn means it will likely last longer after I get it for farm work. :)

LaM- hehe my current farm truck is just like that. Relatively new engine, but the body panels are just about to fall off. And I'm afraid my butt is going to fall thru the floor one day.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 8 is somewhere
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lol hello mr. truck man...
The days go by so quickly, I feel like I have lost some of them too. Perhaps my September 8 ran off with yours. >:-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 9

Boy and his Pony

Today was a very tender/vulnerable day for me. Today I rode a horse for my first time in about 10 years. This is despite the fact that we've always had horses at home.

It's just so personal.... My Mom was such a horse zealot, she could find the meaning of life in horses.

I'm just now beginning to see why. Ian and I had SUCH a great time riding together.

Details in my comments in the picture above.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Tim - had to breeze through this morning (promise to read more at lunch). Trucks - love them, don't see them much here as small vans have taken the place (inner city theft from open beds). I drove a 1983 Jeep J-10 since it was new ($12,500 then) and only sold it late last year (garaged for 8 years while here in EU). Torque...low end torque to be specific - that is what is needed in farm trucks. High speed and chrome ...well is for high speed and chrome guys. Torque...

sunshinecity 11 years ago
that is such an amazing picture... I have yet top read your comments, but already the pictures speaks to me...

Loca.... 11 years ago
Your kid with the horse looks so good, very beautiful shot.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That is a tender and vulnerable shot! I think you should have got that Dodge truck - you obviously were impressed and wanted it, and much cheaper than the one you got rid of. But, who am I to say?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
CG- Oh that truck had tons of torque.. no doubt about that! I'll just keep trying out trucks until I find the right one for the right price :)

Loca & sunshine- Thank you. :)

Rob- I will get a truck... it's just a matter of waiting for the right time and deal :-)


mount -t equine /usr/jallen /horse

then to dismount:
umount /horse

friuduric 11 years ago
Great boy & his horse shot!

Hey, if you want a horse, my sister-in-law is trying to reduce her farm's occupancy rate (she's currently got 42 horses, and is hoping to sell about 10 of them). They're all very well trained!

Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Friuduric- Thank you very much... but no way!!!


I've been there- My late mother had about 50 horses at one point that I had to help manage... We participated in the revival of a rare breed of horses- Rocky Mountain Horses in the 90s.

Anyway, when my Mom got so sick with cancer she couldn't do anything anymore with the horses, we slowly cut back, and then Dad had a big farm sale after she passed last October. We do still have a handful left.

All that was part of several reasons I got so burned out and didn't want to ride anymore.

But, you know, things change when you have kids.... :)
jelliajamb 11 years ago
Definitely a sweet pic with great black and whiting. I know this isn't what I was supposed to get out of it, but I was just having a little pity party over how my shorts were fitting. First thing I thought of when I saw this horse was, "Now that's a big butt!" Made me feel better :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
LOL Jellia!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 10

My inlaws are here! Allt he way from Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain!

This is the only picture I took yesterday with the cameraphone.. Oh well.. I had wanted to do a lot more.. capture my parents in law and my family and stuff.. But their plane didnt get in until 10 pm, and we still have 2 hours drive to the farmhouse from the airport... So, we're all TIRED today.

They'll be here for 4 weeks.. maybe 6 yet, they haven't decided yet. We tend to stay a long time when we visit each other, cause it is such a big commitment in time and finances to travel such a distance. From here, it starts out with a 2 hour drive to the airport, and then 3 or 4 jet airplanes with a train ride between them.. A big production. The dumb thing is that it costs about the same to fly from Missouri to Madrid as it does from Madrid to Canary Islands... so you're talking big money grrrrr

Anyway it's good to see them. Since my sister-in-law had her kid, and we had our little boy, we're trying to see each other one way or another once a year. Not like before when my wife would go 4-5 years without seeing her parents. It isn't easy being a transplant in a whole different country, that is for sure.
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