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Night Crazies

Our cat Eli suffers from what has been officially unofficially diagnosed as nocturnal asshole cat syndrome the night crazies. As soon as the sun sets his symptoms begin to emerge.

Exhibit A

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He runs through the house at break neck speeds sliding across all the slick floors and managing to upset every throw rug in sight. He must murder them….all of them lest they rise up and attack in the middle of the night, you know…..as all throw rugs do after sunset.

Exhibit B

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He inspects every unlikely box he can. And then inserts himself in said box, front end only, and commences to pushing the box around the floor bumping into and knocking over anything in thier path. Because everyone needs a bulldozer cat at 2 a.m.

Exhibit C

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He must also steal every pencil off my desk and put them in neat rows under the table. Apparently he feels jilted because he doesn’t have opposable thumbs and this is his way of acting out.

If your cat suffers from nocturnal asshole cat syndrome the night crazies, I am in the process of starting a support group. Where at which we can all weap and reminisce over the lost sleep we suffer due to this terrible disease that afflicts out beloved cats.

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Wake Up Call from Eli

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Eli has been with our HK Bar family for a few weeks now. He is my mouse Hunter extrodinaire! And he’s recently been “my person”. I often go long periods of time without interacting with other adults other than my husband. Being rural Kansas there isn’t a whole lot of activity options that are close with a six year old and two two year olds in tow.

Eli wakes me up like this every morning. And he’s quite polite about it. There is no yowling or biting involved. He just perches on top of me and purrs loudly until I wake up and notice him. How could I not notice a fat handsome guy like him?

He reminds me to wake gently and happily. So thanks to Eli for being my cat my person these last several days. Cheers to him.

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day #18

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The weather is still cold! Currently low 30’s ° F and dropping. The rain keeps coming and promises to freeze tonight.

Flash and I got a late start today. We practiced standing tied. She was a good girl and stood quietly. Only pulled back on the lead once.

She as always enjoyed her brush out and as always hated my picking her feet up and cleaning them. I was going to leave well enough alone with them, but it is so muddy I don’t want to risk her getting thrush. She gave me a look and I told her to deal with it. Ha! Ha! She wasn’t amused but tolerated it.

We skipped lead training today and just stood in the barn and bonded over love scratches. My favorite part of the whole time. I felt my sanity come back, my zen restored standing in the barn loving on Flash. This girl has a bright future.

Total time elapsed today 17 minutes.

Until next time!

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A Book Review; Refining Fire By Tracie Peterson

This book is set in Seattle in the year of 1889. The main character is Militine Scott, a young woman whom is hiding from a tragic past at the Madison Bridal School. Her story is one of a struggle to find God and her true place in the world.

This book did have alot of spiritual dialogue, which did get a bit monotonous for me. But I did enjoy the characters despite a storyline that was sometimes dry, and  at other times too busy. I didn’t find a natural flow to the book. It was a fairly easy book to read. At 312 pages I read it in a couple of hours.

I would recommend this book only to people who enjoy spiritual based story lines. It did have some decent true historical  content that I found interesting. Overall, I would not read it again. But I believe it was a solid enough book that it would catch an audience given they enjoyed this genre.

Until my next review!

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Quest for Queen B Status of the HK Bar

Jo was up to her usual ornriness. This morning I found her in the paddock with Flash and Louise…..the gate wide open. .. Jo Standing in the dry barn munching hay looking out at Flash and Louise standing out in the mud and rain…..

As most of you know Jo is a Houdini with a  Queen complex. She had opened her pasture gate, traveled the quarter mile to the barn, opened the gate, and then commenced to kicking Flash and Louise out of the barn.

When I approached the paddock Flash looked at me and saying with her eyes, “Mom who is this crazy bitch?! And when is she leaving my barn!?”

Louise looked confused but stood next to Flash like “I’ll protect you Flash, I’m the only one that gets to throw cheaps kicks at you…..but that big grey mare is kinda big……and scary… And kind of the Queen B#%@& around here…..let’s just let Mom sort this out……”

And then there was Jo….standing in the barn munching her stolen hay and staring at me like, “What!? What!? I just came up here to put the little Princess Flash in her place because that’s all she is…..a princess…..as you know I AM THE QUEEN!”.

And then there was me. *insert pace palm here*

Mares, damn mares. So much personality.

All I could do was stand in the freezing rain and laugh. I’m sure I looked like a crazy person.

I gave Jo a groom in order to bring her Queen complex to a smolder from a blazing inferno from the seventh circle of Hell. She seemed content with that and then I took her back to the pasture. She gave me a dirty look when I padlocked her gate.

I got back to the barn and checked Flash up and down. She seems to be perfectly fine……aside from being soaked from standing out in the freezing rain…..and a little horrified to find out she was in fact, the Princess of the HK and not the Queen…..that title has already been taken……

Mares. Lord help me, my geldings never had this much fight and fire in them!

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Flash; Flinthillspaintedlady Training Day #17

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Dear Mom, Its too early! Like my morning look? Love, Flash

This morning Flash and I were up early. We had to get a jump on the day as the weather on the HK keeps deteriorating. More ice….lots more.

Flash wasn’t keen on being caught today. She would push her nose towards the ceiling when I went to halter her. Little booger. I finally got her halter on by being slow and persistent. Then we moved on to standing tied. She was pretty quiet but kept turning toward Louise eating her hay.

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Louise eating while Flash had school

I started grooming with the mane and tail brush. Flash doesn’t mind this at all. Her hair was crazy this morning  from all the wind, and she has thick hair that wants to go everywhere.

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Aren't I a Pretty Girl Now?

We got the hair tamed and sorted out and then moved on to the he metal curry. Flash rolled in her stall and had several manure spots. She loved the left side of her neck being curried and would lean into it. She used to be unsure of the metal curry, but it now seems to be one of her favorites.

We then moved on to the rubber curry and soft brush. Once again she stood quietly and enjoyed her brushing.

I decided to go ahead and clean her front two feet since she was so relaxed.

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She didn’t like this much, and pawed at the ground in protest. This was the first time I have ever seen this behavior (from her). I took it as a sign of stress and backed off. I instead gave her lots of love scratches and spoke to her quietly. She soon calmed and stood quietly.

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Me and Flash

Next we moved on to lead training. Once again it was small circles in the barn.The paddock is a complete mess; nothing but mud and ice.  We practiced start, stop, walk, backup, turn. Tonight was the first night I really noticed it but Flash was really in tune with my movement. She kept at my shoulder and stopped and turned when I did without a reminder with the lead or any type of pressure. What a break through! I was so excited! She is really listening and learning. The bonding is immense and we spent the next several minutes just talking and me giving her love scratches.

Then I took her halter off and stood quietly and talked to her and Louise as they munched thier hay.

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Flash and Louise

Total time elapsed was 1 hour 10 minutes.

I am so proud of Flash and I love to see her progress. My plan is to show her in halter classes in the spring/summer of 2016. She is well on her way for being prepared.

Until next time.