Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

To our family farm horses with love…

Monday, September 16: Write a public love letter to someone in your life. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be romantic.)

Good bye to our family horses, Stormy IMG_1143and Pokie. IMG_1154


Stormy was my sister, Janie’s first horse.   IMG_1148 She was once a racehorse and still has a tattoo on the inside of her lip. When we first got her, she used to rear and scare me. Janie knew how to ride her though. Stormy is now 20 something and the family has decided to put her down in the next week. It’s time and probably the best thing for Stormy before winter. You are loved, Stormy, and you will be missed. IMG_1142

Pokie is short for Pocahontas. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. My mom says, Pokie is her horse. She can be a punk when you ride her but she truly is a sweetheart. This poor older lady horse has painful arthritis and looks very knobby kneed. It is also her time to go.IMG_1150IMG_1141It was bittersweet when I went to the family farm to pick dahlias and run errands. IMG_1129 My sister said she wanted to call the vet this week. IMG_1130 IMG_1131 While my grandmother, “Tootie”, picked dahlias, imageJanie and I took lots of picturesIMG_1132 with Stormy and Pokie. In the field, the other horses wanted their pictures taken too.  Zoey and her mama, Classy, were so attentive, because they were hopingIMG_1153 we were going to feed them! IMG_1136 The barn kitties were also pretty cute and loved getting attention, too. IMG_1137 IMG_1138  Hard work and life cycles are a normal part of farm life but it still doesn’t make it easy when you have to put a family pet down. I haven’t been around the horses as much as an adult but it is still very sad to say good bye. I love you, Stormy and Pokie.

My week in Seattle, Fargo, North Dakota, Bow and Stanwood, WA!

In the last 5 weeks, I’ve been in Seattle, Victoria, B.C., Chicago, Michigan, Irvine, CA and most recently, Fargo, ND. IMGP1031Last weekend, we took advantage of the last rays of summer at swam at our wedding beach.   IMGP1032 The Puget Sound is in the 50s but it was refreshing and invigorating. I love reading on the beach to warm up and watching the boats go by, too. IMGP1050 IMGP1055imageBefore going to the airport on Tuesday morning, I met my sisters for breakfast for Katie’s actual birthday! Later that night, I was nearly 1500 miles East in Fargo, enjoying a lovely sunset and walk!image It turns out my hotel was right next to the zoo! IMG_1058_2image I’m so happy that I found a great restaurant in Fargo. IMG_1060_2 This weekend we celebrated Katie’s birthday at Gothberg Farms image with several delicious kinds of goat cheese, salmonIMG_1067_2 and ribs!!IMG_1069_2 IMG_1072_2 We had an amazing time with Katie’s boyfriend’s family on their farm. IMG_1078_2 I love how cute the goats are, IMG_1079and Janie even tried to kiss one!  IMG_1083 IMG_1085_2 IMG_1090_2 IMG_1091_2 Thank you, Rhonda, Travis and Roy for hosting! IMG_1098  IMG_1100 Happy 24th birthday, Katie! IMG_1104 IMG_1116 IMG_1117 IMG_1120It’s so nice to be home with my family!