It's cold (for me, don't laugh, everyone - it is in the low 60's) and drizzly, which is to be expected. One thing I would like to do is to control the mud around the barn better this next year. My horse popped another abscess - this climate is easy for one of my horses, and really, really hard for my paint. I have been soaking him and giving him anti-inflammatories and feeding him separate from the aggressive mare so he gets his fair share, but it is hard to know what to do. I listened to a farrier who promised me eight kinds of miracles, and now he is so much worse than he ever was - and it takes a long time for a horse to come back from that. Hooves only grow so fast. My new/old farrier told maybe it is time to put him down, but the horse is such a good soul, such a kind and courageous horse. I am not sure that is what is best for him, because it may be possible to get him back to walk-trot sound - he has been this bad in the past, and we pulled through.
I should never, ever have let my boss pasture his wild horse here - she broke all my fences and took my baby and her baby for a long run - and he road foundered before I could catch them. I know it is weird to think of wild horses in Hawaii, but we have them - they are in Waipio Valley - they break all the fences down there, too. A fellow teacher caught her, sold her to my boss, and when he went on a trip, I took care of the mare for a month. Her wild hooves were fine, my poor paint has weak white hooves, and it was the end of it. It was ironic, because it was the day she was supposed to be out of there, too.
We worked hard on the greenhouse frame. I could see my 16 year old looking at the materials and thinking, "There goes my drivers' ed class - again." I understand his pain, and really, having him driving would help so much, but there are things we need to do here on the homestead to make sure we eat. Our family may be facing some big life changes soon, and food is important.
On a bright spot, the lambs are healthy and fun. My adult chickens (5) laid 5 eggs yesterday, so we're on the way back to full production (only 3 today). Our greenhouse frame is up (although I thought I might have cracked a bone in the putting up the beam - false alarm: twanged my nerves in my wrist and it was just numb for the night), all that's left is the covering and a course of bricks at the bottom - for which I have already dug the trench. My kids were extremely helpful in putting away the Christmas decorations and they GO BACK TO SCHOOL tomorrow - except the college child.