The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.


Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca


Friday, October 30, 2009


*************Have a Frightfully Good Halloween!!!*************
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ride to the old Church

Last Monday when the weather was nice Gilly and I went for a ride to and old church about 2 miles from home. The name of the church is Wexler Church and it's pretty old, I can't remember for sure but sometime in the 1800's. On one side of the church is the old, old part of the cemetery. Some very interesting head stones, I didn't get a lot of pictures of them, will have to go back again.
The picture above is Lucy ahead of us on the old road, it's a beautiful ride on this short road off the main road.

The water tower, I was standing on the church steps to take this picture. The road turns into the church yard as you can see. It also goes on past the tower to the left and back down to a county road; Gilly and I came in from the right on the old road.

Here is the church and on this side is the newer part of the cemetery. I love coming up here it's so pretty and peaceful.

This is a bench mark set into the sandstone steps of the church. I think it's pretty neat, this is the first one I have ever seen!

This picture was taken at the very end of the cemetery, down by the road at the tree line. It's on the left in the picture of the tower.

Gilly taking a breather after our ride up to the church. There was a nice breeze blowing that day and it was warm. Gilly was watching some squirrels and some how Lucy missed them.

Looking toward the church from the far corner of the church yard. The picture below is of that spot where the red tree is.

This is a short video clip of me and Gilly riding up the old road with Lucy in the lead. Gonzo had to stay home that day, he doesn't mind really well when we have to ride on the main road way and I am afraid he will get hit. All the house dogs were home guarding the house! LOL
I wish for more days like I had for this ride, I fear that winter will come too fast, then I won't be riding much at all.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mom's Diner

Back when we went to the Paul Bunyan festival we stopped here at this little diner on the way home. We eat here every once in awhile, just a little diner along State Route 821 in Ohio. Not far from where we live, we like to take the scenic route instead of the interstate.

Since there was only one other fellow in the diner I got out my camera and snapped some pictures. This is the bar and the menu of items is written on the board behind the counter. (click on pictures to make larger)

Some of the tins on a shelf, the wall paper looks like plaster over old brick....the rustic look.

All kinds of pictures and some antique looking things on the walls.

More pictures and plaques.

I have to laugh when I see this one, the waitress is saying, "OK Toots, what'll it be?" How funny!

Even the salt and pepper holders say "mom's" on it. Wonder if they had these special made? This day they weren't busy but as we were leaving more cars and trucks were pulling in. The food is good and the atmosphere is good so a lot of people come from all around. Yum!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

More fall pictures

The road home; this is the gravel road that leads home.
While out on Thursday afternoon I took some pictures with my new little Canon camera. (Canon Power Shot SD780 IS) These cameras were taken out the windshield of the car as I was driving, no really! I just held it up and snapped it without looking, I was keeping my eyes on the road. This little camera is really fantastic!!! The pictures it takes are great and the videos are fantastic also.

Some tree tops along the road. I think that the very blue sky is from the tinted strip in the windshield, since I remember tilting the camera up as I took this picture.

The picture below is a one in a million shot! I just pointed and clicked....brings new meaning to the point and shoot camera! The orange tree caught my eye as I rounded the bend of the road....again the deep blue is probably from the tinted windshield.....but click on the picture to enlarge. I couldn't believe what I saw!!!! True love.

In case you can't see it really, really close.....
Here is a cropped cool is that???? Click on this one. The elderly man is walking with a cane and his wife is helping him as they go arm and arm back up the driveway. I am blown away that I got such a picture by just holding my camera up and clicking without really focusing and knowing what I was shooting at.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Autumn~Tree in front of farm house

Maple tree in front of our house, take just a few days ago before the rain set in again. Now sadly, most of the leaves are gone. Glad I snapped these before they were gone.

"Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure."
~Thomas Wolfe~

I found this in a newsletter from Lehman's, this store is wonderful! Amish type, non-electric, store all kinds of wonderful things for your home. Just received a hand grinder for our Red Flint corn to make cornmeal.
The store is located in Kidron, Ohio.....I would love to go there and look at all the great things they have. It's only a few hours drive from our home, maybe someday!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Paul Bunyan festival

Two weekends ago we went to Cambridge, Ohio to the Paul Bunyan festival. The above picture didn't come out too well because I took it through the back window of the truck as we were moving. I thought the name of the restaurant, "Bear's Den Restaurant" was amusing. We didn't stop there because we went home a different way.

As we sat in the grandstands waiting for the axe throwing, two man sawing and log chopping to start I got this picture of the pool where people try to stay upright on the log, rolling it in the water. They didn't have that contest on Saturday it was to be on Sunday and we weren't coming back the next day....darn!

Boy, these two guys really made quick work of the three slices of wood they had to saw off. Notice how their feet are spaced; some of the other contestants had boards nailed to the platform to keep their feet from sliding. From where I was sitting it looked easy.....but I am sure I couldn't have made one swipe with that big saw! LOL

This guy was using a chainsaw to carve bears! Pretty neat, they make special blades to do all the fancy cutting, pretty amazing!

Some of the bears that were carved out and for sale. I wasn't interested but maybe if they had done some horses????

There was a lot of noise around there, big chippers, shredders and a lot of chainsaws running. Most all of the machinery was for timbering or some kind of forestry work. Mike was more interested in looking at it all then me.

Here is a guy chopping a block of wood that made me cringe, I could just see that big axe slipping and chopping off his foot! They would chop on one side then try and jump around and make a complete turn to start chopping the other side until it broke into. Some of them were pretty good and really made quick work of it.

Now this was a little more interesting for me, the axe throwing; it's not easy either! I saw a lot of axes go flying past the target and land in the mud....ugh! Some of the guys were really good, there was one woman who tried it but didn't place. Hum, maybe I should set up a target back the hollow and try that..NOT!

There were two of this machines off in the distance from where we were sitting. They would pick up the logs, place them there the poles are set up to simulate the bed of a logging truck. They had to stack them without knocking over the poles and it was a timed event. Some of them got that big arm moving pretty fast.
We decided to leave about 4 since the activity was over at 5 and didn't want to be stuck in traffic. I was really disappointed that there was no Babe the Blue Ox anywhere, how can that be???? Paul Bunyan wouldn't be who he was with the ox, right?

As we stopped at a light on the way out of town I saw this sitting at gas station! Now this is more like what I would enjoy looking at!!!! Click on the picture to enlarge so you can see the painting on the side of the truck. Nice truck and trailer!!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's fixed!!!

What ever the problem was with Firefox and Google is all better now! See me smiling, Gilly is sighing for relief also! LOL Not really, he could care less, he only wants his food and to play with Pokey. What a life, wish that's all I had to worry about, eating and if you asked my husband he would say that's all I do with the horse! Now I ask you, what the heck is wrong with THAT???? :-)

Thursday, October 8, 2009


At the top of my blog, that I can see anyway is a garbled message that says my blog has been flagged as having objectionable content. WHAT THE HECK IS THAT???? My music blog has the same thing on it.
Does anyone else have this on their blog? I don't know how to get rid of it either! I checked in the help section of blogger and there are a lot of people with the same problem. The nav bar is missing at the top, I had one heck of a time getting here to post.....that is if I can post! What is up with blogger???

Note: added at 5:30 pm EST. I just checked out my blog on Internet Explorer (which I don't like!) I use Firefox. It appears to be something with Firefox and blogger that is the problem! Great, what next! :-( Anyone else on Firefox having the problem?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Me and Gil in oil

Someone said they wanted to see me in a picture so here you go! I am not crazy about posting my pictures, only my beautiful boy. LOL I cropped this down and did the oil painting button in my Print Shop program. You can adjust the intensity, size of the brush and such. Fun! (again click on picture to enlarge to really see details)

Doesn't Gilly look sweet in this picture? He was being a good boy, this is from the group of pictures that were taken by my neighbor, Kim, the day I cantered bareback!

My round pen is back together and we are starting to work with Dennis' program. I will have to get Kim up here to video and take pictures. It's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow so that will be out of the question for awhile. Darn. But I can still study my books and watch the DVD's.

Kim and I went and got sawdust today so I am set for winter! I have heard that we, here in southeastern Ohio, are supposed to have a hard winter. Boy, I hope not; I would prefer if it just stayed fall all year round!

I still have a lot of pictures of places we have been this past weekend and some others from last year to post. But am having way tooooo much fun playing with pictures!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gilly's portrait

This is Tracey's fault, I had another post I was going to do but after seeing the picture of her mustang that she had done in Photo Shop.....well I started playing with Print Shop that has some pretty neat stuff in it. So here is a portrait of Gilly done in a sort of smudging effect. This was a picture of me and him, I cut me out, we were down by the creek when this was taken. I LOVE the effect this has, almost looks like an oil painting of him. (Click on it to make it bigger.)
I may have to print this one out and frame it!


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