Monday, June 18, 2012

Update from the Sandy Land Funny Farm

All the plants Jerry has bought are doing well by the studio entrance. I love the baskets from Steve and his wife, at the Green Thumb Market. They mix in so many different flower varieties in their hanging baskets. There's always a surprise or two in each planter. Poor Princess (on the step), is not doing well. She is 17 now and has been on transdermal medication for hyperthyroidism since February. I will take her back to the vet as soon as I am able. 

My little herb planter by the kitchen entrance needs some trimming. It has basil, cilantro, parsley and chives. I think we have about a dozen hummingbird feeders up now. The action is nonstop and we are going through a gallon and a half of nectar a day.

Jerry has been busy with his "creating" and has welded up some new animals, wind chimes, bird feeder hooks and plant stands. Boy, I really lucked out being married to such an energetic handy man!

In addition to two large hanging Cherry Tomato baskets, Farmer Jer's got three big tomato plants. He had to move them up on the deck after our momma groundhog, Chuckita, started munching on one. I hope they're the Big Boy variety. The deer demolished his big garden and I think he's given up on it.

The whole horse routine is down to a system. They hardly pay any attention to me when I make an appearance in the barn, although I have fed them lunch a couple of times when Jerry couldn't make it home.

My Paint, Rembrandt (Rudy) has been doing real well. They had their shots earlier this month and I had some blood work done on the old guy (32) and everything came back really well! Woo Hoo! The weather has been real nice and cool here and he's been pretty darn frisky. He doesn't do well in the heat and the National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning for Wednesday June, 2oth (also the summer solstice and the official first day of summer) into Thursday. They said;"MAKE SURE YOUR PETS HAVE PLENTY OF COOL WATER & ARE KEPT IN A COOL.WELL VENTILATED AREA. THE MOST HUMANE THING TO DO IS TO BRING THEM INDOORS WITH YOU."  Oh, Rudy and Rita would just love that!

Tigger spends most of the days sleeping and watching the hummingbirds from the screened in porch. Sometimes he stays up all night playing with his balls.

We put them back into his basket and few times a week, we wake up to his art. All four balls in a row, evenly spaced, like this photo taken today.

Since some of you have been asking, I went to the surgeon's office on June 12th and had these x-rays taken. They said everything looks good, come back in a month. The foot is stiff, swollen and still bothers me, especially at night.

It has been about eleven weeks since my accident on April fool's day. Along with going to physical therapy twice a week, I also ride my stationary bike and do my exercises at home everyday. Soon I can start driving! YAY! I haven't driven in almost three months. I am walking with a cane when I go out of the yard. When inside, I hardly use it. I am trying to go slow, which is hard. I'm learning patience. They said it will take about six months for a full recovery. The days still go whizzing by though, so I know it will be here before I know it.

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."  ~ John Quincy Adams
Besides sketching everyday and painting, I've been videoing and photographing the groundhogs and hummingbirds! What fun! I'll be sharing some of that stuff here soon! Hope your summer is going great! Thanks to all of you for your comments, caring thoughts and healing energy!

There is no season such delight can bring
As summer, autumn, winter and the spring.
~ William Browne ~


  1. Good to see that your injury is mending. Looks like a lovely home you have and I'm really envious of those windchimes. Love your horses, and how well your 32 year old is doing, yay. Our daughter has a pony who is now 25 and has had Cushings for the last 3 years - but I have to say is doing well on the medication and our daughter gets her bloods checked regularly to make sure the dose is correct - fluctuates according to the time of year, but she's worth it, when you love them you do the best for them don't you:)

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Ann. Rudy is on the Pergolid medication for Cushings too. Yes, we do love all of our fur babies, big and small! ♥

  2. Hi Sandy. I read your post with such pleasure!! Everything looks so good, and you are doing so very well with your ankle. I am thrilled! Your home, your baskets, the garden - all look great. I'm happy to see the horses doing so well. Boy, they are gorgeous! As for Tigger, he must have been a mathematician or an engineer in his previous life! ;) I have never heard of a cat [or any other animal] doing something like that on their own.
    Big hugs to you and Farmer Jer, and all the beasties!

    1. Holy cow, thanks for all your praises, Kathryn! Wow, so you think Tigger may have been a mathematician or an engineer, hugh. I never thought of that before! I was going more psychic alien connection or something. Your theory sounds much more plausible though. ☺ Really Weird, isn't it? Thanks again and Big Hugs Back at YA Girl! (And Rita says hugs to Bruno too!)

  3. Your plants look beautiful...glad the deer can't get to all of them! Good luck with getting that ankle back into shape.


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