Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I'm on standby for now...

Things are pretty slow around here right now.  I didn't get up to visit the horses AT ALL during my spring break last week because we had a 23 year old eucalyptus tree blow over in the horrible wind and it not only took out our front fence, but it also broke the main water line into our house.  I woke up at 5:30 the next morning to find our front yard covered with water!  Eh?  Did it rain?  Nope...the back yard was dry.  I didn't even hear the tree go down!

So, we had to get a plumber out to redo the pipe after we called the water district to shut off the water.  We spent 2 days WITHOUT water in the house.  Fortunately, hubby ran out and bought 20 gallons of water, but we both didn't have a shower.  And, fortunately, it wasn't too hot!

So, our 6' wooden front fence is now completely gone, the tree is now cut into pieces, and the front yard has been raked a dozen times.  Each time I rake it, I rake it into the huge, massive hole that was left from the water main leak.  It still isn't level, but it is almost there...sigh..

I had NO days to go up and visit the herd.  I feel badly about that, but I only have 4 weeks until I retire FOR GOOD!  WHOOPIE!  Then, I'll have free time.

In the meantime, today we are getting the other eucalyptus tree severely trimmed back because if it falls down, it will go into the neighbors' yard, and we don't want that. I spent every day of spring break cleaning up the front yard and moving furniture onto the side patio.  A neighbor of our daughter's came and helped me for 2 days and the gardeners were busy, busy, busy.

I can't WAIT to retire!

What a mess!  Fortunately, our insurance company was very cooperative.  Thank you, SAFECO! :-)


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Well, that sucks. The tree and the water main, I mean. The educational system where I live has a lot of problems, so I filled out an application to volunteer in the schools in January, and they still haven't bothered to get my background check done. I have a hard time feeling sorry for a school district that won't take good help when its offered. My daughter has only put in 2 and a half years as a teacher and she's ready to change careers.

Mrs Shoes said...

Speedy response & co-operation from insurance can be the difference between a hard time & a completely miserable one.
Excited for you about the upcoming retirement!

Cheryl Ann said...

Don't EVEN get me started on our educational system. What a JOKE. Really, all we do is test, test, test. If the kids want an EDUCATION, they are going to have to get it elsewhere.

I was surprised yesterday when a student answered my question, "What is dialogue?" to say, "It is a conversation between characters." SAY WHAT? I never said that. Turns out, he has a tutor. So do other students in class. It is through a program where, if they complete the lessons, they receive a tablet!

GOOD FOR THEM! They certainly aren't learning much in school, that's for sure.

Common core? FORGET IT.