Capn Boo Revises my New Years Resolution List


I thought I would sit down today, reflect on the past year, and make a list of my 2015 new years resolutions. Capn Boo was sitting across from me at our kitchen table coloring, Owl was sitting beside her in her booster seat playing with play doh, and Bunny was next to me in her booster seat playing with blocks.

My list went something like this:
1.) Start my business
2.)Buy an easy entry miniature horse cart
3.) Organize my house
4.) Excersize more

That’s about as far as I’d gotten when Boo put her yellow crayon down and said,
“Mom, what’s your resolution thing say?”

I read them to her while she wildly laughed and rolled around in her chair in hysterics.

I said, “I’m glad you find my goals for the next year so funny.”

Capn Boo with her million dollar smile snickered and said,

“You need to get rid of that list! Its too starchy. Here throw that away and I’ll tell you what to write. ”

I decided to play along, throwing my paper in the trash. I knew I could fish it back out because it was a new bag and empty.

Ok, you ready Mom? (I nodded my bead trying not to laugh.) OK, #1. Spend more time with the horses.

I said, ” OK, what’s number two?”

Capn Boo laughed her laugh and said in all of her five year old wisdom,

“That’s all you need to write down. More time with your horses. It solves every problem, well almost, except the problem when you run out of chocolate milk. But then I guess in a way they could solve it cuz you could just ride your horse to the store and buy some more. Otherwise horses teach you to be happy, they teach you to be patient, and best of all they teach you to live how God would want us too.”

She promptly picked her crayon up and went right back  to coloring.

My Dear Sweet, Capn Boo, you are so right. I didn’t retrieve my first list out of the trash can. I left it there. Boo is so right. The only goal I’m making for 2015 is to spend more time with my horse, as they make me reach goals higher than what I would have set for myself.

I put my new list on the fridge.

1.) Spend more time with my horses.

And I did add a #2 without Boos direction…

2.) Listen more to my children.

From the HK Bar to the world Happy New Year and cheers to 2015!


Just plain cold


A few of the miniature horses waiting on breakfast.

This morning I made myself get out of bed at a decent hour. 0530 found me feeding the six miniatures, the two ponies and the two horses. It was a whopping 16° F. My double gloved hands became very cold quickly. I could feel my face beginning to burn from the cold just after I checked everybody’s water and doled out hay and grain. I wanted to stay out and groom but it was just too cold.

I should have known it was too cold for grooming when our Labrador Bo, our three heelers, Tough, Bullet and Tucker, and our miniature Australia Shep, Precious, didn’t offer to come out of their igloo houses. So after feeding the animals I came back in and showered. But I still couldn’t get warm. Its 62° F in our house, plenty warm.

Today is just one of those days you just get cold to the bone and can hardly warm back up. So I roasted a chicken and made an apple crisp in the crock pot.

I tucked all three girls in for their nap, and their dad as well. He is still trying to catch up on sleep from working long hours during the holidays. So I guess when the apple crisp is done I get the first warm bowl all to myself! Maybe that will thaw me out a bit.

I miss the sun, but I will enjoy what I can of winter while its here.

Stay warm. Stay peaceful.


Romeo and Jo at breakfast


Jumping off a cliff.

Not literally, but right now you’d think that’s what I was about to do from the pounding in my chest and the ringing in my ears. I am waiting to hear from a loan officer. This morning I turned in my business plan and business model for a production business providing ponies, miniature horses, and horses for children’s birthday parties, company picnics, etc.

Its funny I’m writing this now, knowing I may get a call denying my business loan, and knowing I will delete this whole post. But for now this keeps my mind busy, and keeps me from checking my watch every five minutes.

Not only would this business be a ton of fun, but it would provide another way to support the horses we love. The income would provide money for their vetting, their farrier care, and eventually a new barn.

One of the things that makes me happiest in life, other than my three girls, is seeing an animal happy and well taken care of. The HK Bar is far from perfect. We have old barns, old fences, used equipment, etc. But we always have happy horses that are treated well, their health is always looked after, they see the farrier on an every 6-10 week schedule, they are worked with, and they are truly cherished.

The farm we purchased all of our minis from is a very beautiful place. I literally would feel comfortable eating off the alley floor of the barn, yes it is that clean. And so beautiful. I felt a bit guilty taking them from a five star resort to the HK Bar. I joked with the woman I purchased them from saying ,

“They came from the Ritz and are now staying at the Best Western!”

I remember she laughed and said something to the effect of,  oh nonsense, they will get five star room service with you. And they will get so much attention and love.

She was right. Beautiful barns and new equipment may not be part of the HK Bar farm, but we have what we need. We care for our horses well, and always ensure their needs are being met.

Cheers to this fun ride I am about to embark on! Wish me luck, and if you’re the praying kind please put in a kind word for me to the big man upstairs.

P.s. I was approved


A quick groom turns into an all day ordeal


Katelyn and Charger


My beaitiful Jo


Romeos reaction when i stopped brushing

Hubby and three girls all took a nap this afternoon, so I decided to take advantage and groom horses. I’ve felt a bit harried lately, and a good grooming session always puts my mind at peace. The horses were mudballs! But they looked lovely after I was done, and it left me feeling peaceful.