Friday, June 29, 2012

Sunday Stills- Roads

This is what I have to look forward to three or four days a week.
It reminds me of Autopia in Disneyland- except not nearly as much fun.
This is where Highways 960 and 580 and 880 and Bart all come together in a huge Maze. It is also where my commute slows to a 10 mph crawl.
This was taken with my camera phone going about 5 mph. I think the people in the car ahead of me were a little freaked out that I was taking pictures, they kept swerving to the side!
I hope all of your roads are more bucolic- but I wanted to represent the unlovely side of roadways!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Teeth and sympathy

 Warning- these are kind of grisly pictures.

Turn away now if you are squeemish~

Aha! You want to see this!

Ok~ I warned you.

This picture is of Rem's remaining teeth.

As you may remember, right before I was able to purchase him, he flipped himself over and smashed the side of his mouth. He broke the top teeth and the bottom teeth. His jaw is not misaligned, and so I purchased him even though his teeth looked horrible.

The bottom corner teeth  were pushed out and a permanent tooth was behind it. It erupted early because there was nothing above it, holding it down so to speak. The day I had him gelded, I had those two teeth removed, leaving just the permanent tooth to come in, and hopefully slide into place.

Then on the day of the May horse show, he broke that tooth too. Or rather, he ripped it out of his face, leaving the open and gaping wound shown. Took a whole lot of flesh with it, I think he must have been 'teething' on something, got it caught somehow, panicked and pulled until it broke.

I took him to the vet and had it x-rayed. It was fractured horizontally, not vertically. Thank heaven for small favors. The vet said he couldn't tell if the pulp was still alive or not, only time would tell.

So I've been flushing the wound every day with antiseptic mouthwash and brushing that tooth.

Yep, Really. I. Have. Been. Brushing. That. Tooth.
 Rem is really good about it. I just hand twitch his nose out of the way and brush gently.
 This is the same tooth after one month. The flesh is healing and the tooth hasn't died ...yet. The other teeth are still baby teeth. Lord help him when they fall out.
He was sore and a little bit unfocused for the first few weeks, so I didn't ride much. But now it seems better, so we are back on the training path.
It's always something....

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sunday Stills~ Clouds

Spring over Alhambra Valley, 2012

Valley Oak standing vigil over sleeping vineyard,2012

Both of these pictures were taken with my camera phone and then enhanced and re sized with PicMonkey. It's almost as good as my last program, and it gives great results!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cleaning house is hard to do

I've taken first 'baby' steps to cleaning house. Yep- another Garage Sale.
I usually have at least one a year, but somehow the 'stuff' never seems to go away. Today though, with the help of Lil Mama and my good friend Tericita I was able to sell a bunch of small items and donate a bunch of large ones. In fact the whole bed of my Dually is full to the brim with donations that will go away tomorrow as soon as the Donation Trailer opens.

I do have to admit though, that I tried to wriggle out of the sale. Lil Mama held firm and the whole day was successful. I still don't have empty closets or a cleared garage, but I am working on it!

Thanks ladies!