Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bits and Pieces

Since I've been concentrating on Pony Penning this past week, I've let a few things slide that I'd like to write about.  First, on Monday, 22 July, the same afternoon that Prince George of Great Britain arrived. my niece, Sarah Snow Fleetwood gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl, named Evelyn Estelle.  She weighed in at 7 pounds 3 ounces, arrived at 4 p.m. MDT on the dot, had had a full head of dark red hair.  Mother and child returned to their home in Edgewater (a part of Denver) the next afternoon, with a very proud father, Michael Fleetwood.  As first time grandparents, my sister and brother-in-law are as giddy as teens on their first sleep-over.
  My nephew, Mike Snow, married his beautiful wife Erin on 12 December last year, and kept it a secret.  Their wedding party is this evening, from 6 until 9, at the Dushanbe Tea House here in Boulder.  I was convinced to dress up for this occasion, and am already nervous.  I feel like mutton dressing as lamb.  But I have a red satin sheath, with black flats, and a navy blue shawl with small red and white birds worked on it. I also have a brooch to hold the shawl in place, and matching earrings...  Like I said, mutton as lamb.  I'll get Jim to take a couple of photos so everyone can have a good laugh!
  Horses - I always come back to them...  St. Nicholas Abbey, the European champion son of Montjeau, was out on a normal training gallop earlier in the week, when one of his pastern bones broke.  I haven't been able to find out if it was the long or short pastern bone, nor which leg this happened to.  He has undergone surgery to place pins in the bone, and is listed in "guarded" condition at the Equine hospital.  There are hopes that he will survive and be able to go to stud.  ....  Also, handsome grey Unbridled's Song was euthanized Friday.  He had covered his booked mares this spring, and went into a sudden decline Thursday morning. An MRI showed an aggressively-growing mass in his sinus cavities and around his optic nerves; as there was no way to operate, and he was in pain, it was decided to put the stallion down.  He will be missed.
  Busy, busy, busy.  Lovey and Nedi are doing very well, and are spending as much time as possible outdoors while I am home.  I am currently staying at Rosie's, after a single night with Cloudy and Shady. Next week, I'll be back on a week's course of Blackberry and Chocolate (and, of course, Courtney, the goldfish) for Paulina.  And I recently met with a new client, and will be caring for his two rescue dogs and his wife's two cats  - the cats are Tipsy and Mopsy, while the dogs are Cooper and Lola.  "Twill be interesting!

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