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Lazy Day on the Farm

Yesterday the girls and I said goodbye to our helper and spent the hottest part of the day inside. After dinner I decided to get a little work done.

Shennen is a selfie queen. I on the other hand am not.

It’s impossible to do anything without these girls wanting in on it.

So I figured it was a good time to introduce them to pulling the sled.

The load is light enough for me to pull but gave enough resistance to give the girls a taste. After yesterday’s successful introduction to working I caved and bought a harness.

I think it’s a little silly to show it on a toy but here goes nothing (in 2-5 days).

I won’t use the bit or blinders though just the harness body.

The rope just gave me a good idea on how the horses would react to a load.

Even Shennen got a turn. I put gloves on in case either decided it was too scary having the sled following them but they were both champs.

Shennen has gotten herself stuck in a few situations and has proven to be calm under pressure. A horse that doesn’t panic when stuck is a real blessing.

Cross your fingers for a quick delivery of the new harness. That’ll be our next real workout with the horses.

Until then the girls and I will put in a little elbow grease.

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Horsing around…

I’ve talked about our goal of teaching the horses to pack and drive. I haven’t put a lot of energy into it just as opportunities arise. Yesterday evening while putting horses and sheep back in their separate pastures another opportunity arose.

The lead rope isn’t tied to her just laid on her back. The horses had been on the house yard for the day taking advantage of me not mowing. Ever. The ewe and her lambs were let out too. When we brought the horses back we played a little.

Shennen is getting comfortable with new stuff and situations. The lead rope on her back is weird but things will definitely get weirder as I save for actual packing bags and harness.

August marks one year of being single mom again and living with a single income and savings. Anyone who’s had to make that transition can attest all “fun” stuff gets put on hold.

On a side note if anyone knows of miniature horse gear for cheap or free we’re in the market.

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Sushi bites

Tuesday my tween asked if we could try making sushi. I’ve made spring rolls, Chinese style BBQ pork, ramen and other Asian inspired dishes. I even had seaweed wraps laying around but I hadn’t actually tried my hand at rolling sushi.

Of course I couldn’t say no so a grocery shopping trip yesterday morning and we had everything we needed for California rolls.

A California roll consists of imitation crab, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese rolled up in sticky rice and seaweed.

If you’re not a fan of fish tar tar this is a fun way to still enjoy sushi. It’s basically a crab salad with rice but the crab isn’t shellfish it’s made of a white fish, haddock is common.

For the breakfast bites I made sticky rice and put a small layer in each tin, added bite size bits of imitation crab, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese then topped it with egg.

The egg ends up holding everything together which is handy. If I had a little extra time I would’ve tried adding the seaweed wrapper to each tin but… You know how time can get crunched before you know it.

On the farm front we’ve been teaching the mini horses to ground tie. What that means is if you drop the rope on their halter they’ll stand still.

It’s a good idea for any horse, not just minis. Having a horse that will stand while you’re working around it without being tied to anything is useful in ways you don’t think about until it happens.

The younger of the two has started picking up the habit of going back to her pasture when she sees the halter/rope because that’s where we take her but we’re going to have to break that because the pasture won’t always be the final destination.

The teens having a hair crisis.

Have a good breakfast and a great day!