Monday, October 16, 2017

RACING SEASON IS OVER.........!!!

 Still have not heard from Dave about the little baby burro........

Saturday night went well, I finished both main events with my straightened race car and it did just fine.  Well, except for jumping out of gear a few times.  When we got it back from getting straightened, with John's messed up hand, he and Larry just made sure it was back together.  Unfortunately one of the motor mounts probably got torn up when I hit the wall and was allowing the transmission to move around and jump out of gear.  

In both races I had managed to move up on the 3rd place car and was in the process of passing, when it jumped out of gear, which besides being a surprise, takes valuable time to push in on the clutch and shift back into 3rd.  The 1st time I pushed on the brake first, which doesn't help at all......!!!   LOL  So I finished 4th in both races.  This morning they posted the end of the year points and I finished in 3rd as we expected.  The banquet is in January and probably in late Feb or early March we can start the new season.   The two guys that finished 1st and 2nd are moving up to another class, so maybe I'll have a chance for a championship next year.  Either that or I'll be so old and creaky I won't be able to climb in the window opening..........LOL  John says if that happens, he'll cut the opening down to give me more room, he's always so helpful..........!!!  

I think we've decided to race this car rather than build a new car and John wants to have the motor freshened, so he'll be busy even though we aren't racing.  He's also planning on having a roll cage put in the Neon we got last week over the winter, just in case I need a backup.  I'm going to have enough race cars to have my own race, if I can find enough drivers, at this rate..........LOL

His hand is still pretty swollen and we think it might have a crack, the x-ray missed.  He was going to go in this morning and have it looked at, but decided he'd wait for awhile.  I could take the stitches out today, but since it's still swollen I'll wait too........!!!  



Got to use our new "donkey" stock this week.  We had it made last spring and they took measurements, but it was still not really convenient for the donkeys, since they come in different sizes.  I got in touch with the company that made it, and for some reason they weren't as eager to fix it as they had been to build it.  I called a few times and basically gave up.  Our neighbor Vic talked to Tyler the farrier and they agreed on a plan.  

Just got it back the day before Tyler came and he was really pleased with the changes.  Vic was here to show off  the "tricks" it has and we're all of the opinion it's a better fix than we would have gotten with the company anyway.

We will use it for the cripples and the cranky ones.  Gigi and Penny both are a real handful when it comes to giving up possession of their feet.  I was worried about whether the ones with feet issues could "jump" up in it or if they even would.  In fact John buried it in the ground when we first got it.  But we had 3 of them in it while Tyler was here and none of them had a problem getting on it.  And they were much easier to work on, it's almost like once they are in the stocks they give up the fight........which is a good thing....!! 

Penny knows the sound of Tyler's truck and also Dr. Jeremy's truck.  She is not a fan of either of them and we usually try to get a halter on her before she gets a chance to hear the truck coming down the road.  Tyler was early and we hadn't got her haltered.  When it came time she decided, "no halter today, thank you".  She can be a formidable  opponent.  Tyler has a helper that is very tall, very young and very strong.  He grabs a halter and off he goes into battle.  For a few minutes it looked like he might have met his match.  She was rearing up over his head and he was hanging on.  He's strong enough that he could direct her flying feet away from him and she finally gave up.  She was so mad she wouldn't even take a cookie from anyone for awhile............  She followed John to the stock and hopped up like it was her idea and later on after getting her feet trimmed, decided to take cookies if offered.  LOL

We decided to wait a while longer before letting the donkeys over on Burroland all day.  We might not see many beans, but when we do poo 101 there is a lot of beans in some of the poo and of course it is the ones that are already fat.  So they are only getting 5 hours a day, and they are still on short rations.  Haven't seen any ribs yet, so I guess they are doing OK............!!!  

Last night John got a big surprise when he went to let the donkeys out at bedtime.  He always checks to make sure everyone ate their supper.  When he went to check Penny's there was a rattlesnake right by her feeder, she had already left the area.  John said at first he thought it had a piece of hay in it's mouth, but that turned out to be what was left of a mouse that was headed down his throat, the end of the tail.  YUCK....!!!  They are so vulnerable when they are in the process of eating and can eject a possibly hard earned meal if they feel threatened enough to feel the need to bite.  John quickly backed off and closed the gate, so none of the donkeys could get in the pen.  We get a little casual about checking for snakes sometimes, this time of year they are moving around and getting ready to hibernate and we really should be on guard, but sometimes we forget. 





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NO NEWS ABOUT THE BABY

I am hoping  Dave got in touch with A.E.R.O in Phoenix and is getting help with the little guy.  I wish I had his phone number, but I neglected to get it and don't have caller ID.  He seemed to be highly motivated to help the baby, so I am hoping he has found help locally.

We've had a slight bump in the road of life this week.  John and I found another Neon coupe that had been wrecked, but has a lot of good stuff on it.  We brought it home and John was messing with it, and the hood fell on his left hand.  A trip to the ER, a few stitches and he seems to be accepting his fate graciously.  Still working on cars and has even messed with that one again.  Over the years I have learned to not be around when John does things like this, he focuses on what he is trying to accomplish and doesn't bother to look the situation over and see what might happen if it doesn't go well.  I should have been forewarned, when he buried a treble fishing lure in my ear on our honeymoon.........!!!  LOL

We got the race car back and he was going to work on it the day he hurt his hand.  So he called our friend Larry to come help him.  They got it all together, I drove it around the driveway a couple of times and it felt OK.  Started to go out the gate to the road, and it made that horrible racket again.  John knew by now what it was, so they had to replace part of the differential.  Tried it again and it seems to be good, and the car tracks straight, so I will be racing it Saturday night.  We have 2 twenty lap main events, hope it lasts thru both of them.  That's the last race for this season, until probably February.  John hasn't decided if I'm going to race this year's car again next year........or if he's going to build one of the others.  If I do race this one, he wants to freshen the motor, although it seems to be running just fine, just wish it had a little more power, so I could beat the guys........LOL

Heard from Linda and she sent pictures......!!  They have snow on the ground in Colorado and it's kind of staying there.   My thermometer on the back porch says 93* right now....!!!  They plan on leaving around the 1st of November to head for Arizona and from what she says they have a lot planned between now and then.


Here is Leddy, Turbo, and Boaz, not sure where Leo and Quilla are.  I would imagine they are putting on heavy winter coats, which they will probably not need once they get down here. 

 

Linda and Quilla in the snow

 
Lynn is worried that the donkeys aren't getting enough to eat with this pasture.  They are feeding hay too, and can't understand why the donkeys prefer this old dried up weeds to hay.  Because this is their natural browse.  I have never seen Boaz's leg bracelets this prominent.


Linda says this is normal........!!!   LOL  Doesn't look very comfortable for her, although Saddik and Lennon look happy....!!!  LOL


The donkeys are up to 4-5 hours a day going into Burroland.  There isn't much left over there for them to eat, at least that we can see.  But they REALLY like going over there, so they must be finding something.  We are still having to go round them up, although it's getting easier every day.  John has to go find them, but once they start moving they come to the gate and go thru without deviating.  I've been standing by the gate to make sure and Doug puts them in the pens.  Well except for Smoky Joe.  He comes thru the gate just fine, but when it's time to go into his pen, it's a battle of wills, we usually make at least 2 trips around the pen area, before he gives up.....!!!

John said we probably can go ahead and let them into Burroland after breakfast starting next week.  Three of them have put on so much weight it will take all winter to get it off probably.  John has cut their hay to almost nothing and it certainly hasn't help them lose any weight and what's really bad is they don't seem to care that they are on short rations........!!!  LOL
 


Sunday, October 08, 2017

WE MAY BE HEARING THE PATTER OF LITTLE FEET SOON




Just got a call from a man named Dave, that was camping in the Alamo Lake State park, about 90 miles west of Phoenix, with his family.  About half an hour before he called, they found a baby burro tangled in some barbed wire with no other burros around.  They got him to drink some water and were trying to get him to drink some cow's milk from a bowl with little success.  I guess he didn't have any wounds, just hadn't been able to get out of the wire.

I talked to him for awhile and it sounds like the little guy, is a guy, is probably less than a week old, only 2 upper teeth and a scab on his belly button.

Dave managed to get him to drink the milk out of a bowl, while we were talking, by sticking his fingers in the milk and playing with the little guy's mouth.  But it's cow's milk, which will give him diarrhea long term, and shouldn't be used as a replacement for equine.  He needs Foal-lac or some milk replacement made for baby equine.  Dave said he was headed home to Phoenix and was taking the baby with him.  He also said he was going to call a feed store close to where he lives to see if they would be open when he got there, or deliver the Foal-lac to his home if they closed.  I love a person that gets involved by jumping in with both feet, without hesitation .......!!!

I told him to call me tomorrow and we'd figure out a plan.  I think that means that we as a rescue will probably be taking the little guy in.  That should certainly liven up this "retirement" home.......!!  Well he will have plenty of "aunts and uncles" here to irritate.  We haven't had a little one since Wister and that's been about 5 years ago.

Stay tuned...............

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

POOR PENNY

Monday night Penny ate her supper good, but when John went out at bedtime to let everyone out, she was just standing and not interested in chasing John down for animal crackers.  Tuesday morning she was about the same and not interested in eating her breakfast.  

I love having Dr. Jeremy just a phone call away, for so many years we had to share our farm calls with a small animal clinic, which means if we had a sick animal, depending on how many clinic appointments were in the waiting room, our emergency might not get seen for hours.

If it was one of other donkeys I probably would have given her a shot of banamine and watched her for awhile.  But she had colic surgery 2 summers ago and I don't want to take a chance.  Called him and he came out, on his way from one appointment to another.  Penny is not a fan of vets, or farriers, she knows the sound of all of their trucks, so John put a halter on her before Dr. Jeremy got here.  And right now our stocks are off the property having some remodeling welding done.  They are much better than squeezing donkeys between 2 corral panels, but they needed some changes to make them really effective.  I called the company that built it 2 or 3 times, but I guess once out the door they aren't that interested in remodeling.  One of our neighbor's is a pretty good welder and said he'd fix it.  

So we had to squeeze her with corral panels.  She doesn't like that either.  Actually she doesn't like much of anything except animal crackers, the more the better.........LOL  Dr. Jeremy had to give her a happy shot before he could even exam her.  Then the "hated" tube up the nose and down to the stomach routine.  She actually wasn't as bad as she could have been without the shot.  He didn't find anything and her stomach was empty.  He put some mineral oil into her stomach, gave her a couple of shots and said watch her.  By afternoon, she had eaten a little of her breakfast mush and was tired of being penned up when everyone else was out and about.  

She was ready for her supper mush and we had planned on leaving her in her pen overnight, to watch for poo and to see how much water she would drink.  John went out at bedtime to let everyone but her out, came back in and said she was having a tantrum.  Since she had eaten, drank some water and pooed we decided that she'd probably be better off out than in and having a fit.  She seems back to normal this morning........WHEW.......!!!  I would imagine she probably had some gas colic, although it usually doesn't last hours and hours.  

We were going to leave the donkeys on the 10 acres today.  John's cousins Don and Carol from Fairbanks, Alaska are going to be in Benson overnight tonight and we're suppose to meet them for supper.  Since the donkeys don't see any reason to come in for supper, we figured it would be easier to round them up if they didn't go to Burroland.  Unfortunately the gate to Burroland got left open this morning.  We came home from town and there wasn't a donkey in sight.........So we'll have to do an early round up, still don't know what time we are suppose to meet for supper.  


Quite a difference in size huh?    The little one is really little.........!!!


The reason we were went to town was to deliver my race car to the guy with the frame jig to hopefully get it straightened enough that I can race it the 14th of Oct.  He seemed to think he can fix it, so we'll see. 



This picture was either taken a the start of the race, when I started beside the car that is in 1st place.  Or later on in the race when he lapped me...........LOL  It's a real nice dirt car, but not that great on asphalt.  Unfortunately we relied on the dirt track opening up again, as they said it would, and it looks like that isn't going to happen.  Just because people think they can do something, doesn't mean they can, so John basically wasted his time building the 2 dirt cars.  There isn't any other tracks within 300 miles that races the Hornets.  Maybe sometime in the future the dirt track will get some good leadership, but not any time soon. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

LOVELY WEATHER

I don't think we could ask for nicer weather.  Fall in the desert is wonderful, chilly nights and warm sunny days.  All the grasses and ground covers are dried up, but it won't be "winter" until the mesquite trees start shedding their leaves.  So far that isn't happening, it's usually in late November or early December.

The donkeys are a little less mad at us about time out and Burroland time.  They are up to 2 1/2 hours over in Burroland and actually aren't eating beans as much as we thought they would.  Although the beans still look pretty good, I guess they've been on the ground too long to really be tasty.  They do seem to think going into Burroland is a right and we aren't very smart.  I think they are also tired of short rations.  The other day Bill, Don, Buddy and BlackJack figured out how to break into the hay barn.  Don figured out how to push in the corral panels across the front of the barn and get them close enough to the hay that a head thru the panels on the end of a long neck could reach the hay bales enough to grab hay.  Doug and John had to put in more T-posts and finally stopped them.  

They spend most of their time after we let them out of the pens, standing over by the gate to Burroland.  I look at it like, if they are standing they aren't eating, so that's a good thing.  Unfortunately when it's time to come back over here for evening feeding, they have forgotten how to do it on their own, and we have to go get them.  Needless to say they aren't very cooperative and seem to know they can run much faster than people can.  And if they can't see the slow people behind them, it's OK to just run past the gate, rather than turning and coming over to the pen area.  Tula is very good at it, yesterday I was hiding by the gate, when she and her little band of about 6 followers came in ahead of John.  She's been just bypassing the gate, so  she was quite surprised when I hopped up, pointed where I wanted her to go and told her to git..........!!!  SHE GOT..........!!!!!   LOL  Sure would be nice if they would remember to come in on their own, so we don't have to chase them, maybe when they are out longer they'll be more cooperative.  

Lynn and Linda took Turbo and Leddy to a training session last week-end.  Turbo is learning to coon jump.  It's amazing how high donkeys and mules can jump from a standing start.  Maybe that will be more of his style than running, who knows.   I've often wondered once they learn to coon jump, how do you keep them in a fenced area.........LOL

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I raced as planned Saturday night.  Brought the Kia home in one piece no major crisis', but it's not the car the Neon is.  I managed to finish 9th, I actually thought it was worse than that, seemed like everyone on the track passed me at least once......!!!  LOL  It's not an easy car to drive, and John came in this morning and thinks he's found out why.  The rear wheels aren't tracking in line with the front wheels.  


The Hornet lineup, the #18 parked on the left of the Kia is in first place for end of the year points and he won again Saturday night. 

At least the 2 brothers that seem to think pushing me into the wall is fun, left me alone and finished in front of me.   Oh! well, I'm still in 3rd place for end of the year points and John has figured points and thinks the 4th place car would have to win our next 2 races.  I don't think that will happen, the 2 cars in front of me for points are both really fast and are close enough in points that they aren't going to be very open to anyone getting in their space.  

John has made a date with a racer than has a frame jig to see if he can straighten the frame on the Neon this week.  If they can get it straightened and patch it together I'll probably drive it for the last 2 races the 14th of Oct.  He's also making arrangements to have the Kia aligned, so the rear wheels aren't doing their own thing.  It should make it a lot easier to drive. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

JOHN'S HOME, BUSINESS AS USUAL

He got home in time to go to bed and get up for chores the next morning, no rest for the wicked you know..........LOL  He had a good time visiting and telling war stories, with family and Mark's buddies.  Mark and Sandy his sister always show their guests a great time.  

Needless to say the donkeys were absolutely thrilled to have him home.  I don't think it was personal, BUT, it meant they got to go over to Burroland after 4 days of not going over.  They made the most of it, it took about an hour and a half to get them all back over to the pen area.  The last 2, BlackJack and Justin were being sneaky, I think they were doubling back, if seen and seemed to know where we were at all times.  Finally John rooted them out and they gave up the chase.  

Their winter hair is really coming in quickly, it hasn't been that long ago we were still brushing last winter's hair off them.  Donkeys really shed weird.  Horses seem to shed in the spring and get it over with pretty quickly once the process starts.  Then they are good until about now.  

Donkeys don't even start shedding until May or June and then it's not really shedding.  You can brush them and maybe get a brush full of hair total.  By the end of July early August it starts letting go a little more.  By the time they've shed completely out, it seems in a couple of weeks they are starting to get hairy again, don't know how they do it.  A lot of new donkey families worry when they don't shed out and it's 110*. but this seems to be the donkey way it's done.  

I think I might have stumbled onto something about Penny we never thought about.  She is always on alert, there is no way you could ever surprise her or sneak up on her.  This morning when I got up, she was outside the bedroom window, less than 20 feet from the house, snacking on dried up sticky weeds.  They don't look very appetizing to me, but the donkeys seems to think they are tasty.  

When the donkeys are around the house I always talk to them, I started talking to her and she did not react at all.  I clapped my hands, nothing.  Don Juan came roaming around and when I talked to him, his ears swiveled and he tried to figure out where the voice was coming from.  Now I'm wondering if one of the reasons she is so alert at all times, is because she doesn't hear well, or maybe at all.  

I will be racing this week-end in the Kia.  We're suppose to take it out on the road today to see if it handles OK and doesn't fall apart.  I'm sure it will be fine, but John is a worry wart, and I do need to get some seat time.  I thought we were going to do it this morning, but John's up there doing something and hasn't come back down to the house, guess we'll do it later.  

The guy that wrecked me last race day, put out the word on FaceBook that he is going to hang up his helmet after this season.  As far as I'm concerned he can hang it up right now and I won't have to watch out for him our last 3 races.  LOL

I wonder what Quilla did with his ears?  He talks with his ears more than any of the other donkeys, I have a feeling he was begging for cookies..  Thanks Linda for the pictures........!!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

JOHN SHOULD BE HEADED HOME

If I have my times figured out correctly he should be sitting in the airport at Indianapolis waiting for his connecting flight to Chicago.  Should get in tonight about 7pm, he left the little car at the airport, so he'll get home around 9, have a good night's sleep and chores in the morning.........LOL  The donkeys don't know it yet, but they will be ecstatic to see him home.  That will mean they get to go over to Burroland starting tomorrow afternoon, it also means they will have to go back into training to come back over here at feeding time.  They weren't exactly trained, so it will be like starting all over again.....!!!  

They've actually been pretty good about not going over there, although they have spent quite a bit of time standing by the gate, wishing it open.  Anytime Doug or I go out and they see us they come running to see if we've finally come to our senses.  So I would imagine tomorrow will be very exciting for them.............and for us when it's time to come back over here..........!!!!

John called last night and told me all about the get together, they even had a big bonfire they enjoyed until 2am........!!!  John's cousin Sandy sent pictures, I guess it was pretty hot there yesterday, although John said it cooled off after sundown to sweatshirt time.   But if you plan for a bonfire you can't let a little thing like a heat wave interfere with the plans. 


NO LITTLE PUNY BONFIRE FOR MARK.......!!!    YOU'LL NOTICE THEY HAVE THEIR CHAIRS QUITE AWAYS AWAY...........LOL



LOOKS LIKE JOHN WAS STANDING UP AND TALKING WITH HIS HANDS - HOPE IT WAS A GOOD STORY.....!!

It was 41 degrees here this morning, great sleeping weather, that's the coolest morning so far.  I'd say it's feels like fall, but in the desert it's hard to tell, it's up to 80 degrees and the sun is shining brightly and will probably be in the 90's this afternoon.

I would imagine we will take the Kia race car out on the road tomorrow for a shake down run to make sure it's ready for Saturday.  I don't expect it to be a front running car, but do hope it finishes the race.  John has a few things he needs to do to it, nothing major, hopefully he won't spend all this week under it, turning wrenches.  

Linda sent some more pictures, I see Boaz is working on his begging routine again......or still

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IT LOOKS LIKE LEO IS LEARNING FROM BEGGING MASTER, BOAZ

AND LYNN THINKS THERE IS NOTHING OUT HERE FOR THE BOYS TO EAT.....???  I GUESS IT'S BOAZ'S TURN TO LOOK FOR DANGER, WHILE THE OTHERS CHOW DOWN ON "NOTHING"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NOT THE NEWS I WANTED TO HEAR

John just called, he had taken my car down to a friend's to do some welding.  Yesterday he finished doing all the suspension work, and got it ready to race the 30th.  He wanted me to drive it up on the trailer.  I got in, started it up, put it in gear, let out on the clutch, it moved about 6 inches and made one of the most horrible noises I've ever heard, I can't even explain how horrible the sound was.  John looked at everything and didn't see anything, asked me to try again..........same results, so he winched it up on the trailer to take to Gary.

He called to tell me they found the problem.  Although they had porta powered and pushed this and pulled that, unfortunately the the car is so bent the axle won't go in far enough to engage, that's what the noise was, the axle almost where it should be but not really........!!!  It's too bent to fix, so my little road racing Dodge Neon ACR is no more.  

Thankfully I have a backup Kia Sephia.  It won't be competitive, but will keep me in the chase for end of year points hopefully, if I don't get ran over again..........LOL  Poor John has been under that car since the 3rd of Sept turning wrenches and busting knuckles.  I don't know of another husband that would work so hard so his wife could go have fun.

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This morning I had a nice young man come over to help me work with videos, you know cut them up and piece them together.  Otherwise you end up with a 15 minutes of video that could tell the story in 30 seconds.  I hope it is as simple as he said it was.  He had me do it and of course with him here looking over my shoulder it was easy..............we'll see long term.  If this video downloads, this is what we did while he was here.  I haven't done anything since he left.............LOL

Shannon his girlfriend has been here a couple of times to brush the donkeys and she came with him this morning, which I'm sure the donkeys enjoyed.  They love to be groomed and it's just something that gets lost in the shuffle around here most of the time.

Yesterday the donkeys hung around the gate to Burroland most of the day.  They were ready, when we opened the gate.  Wish they were that cooperative when their hour of fun is over.  I tried going over on the quad, which doesn't work very well.  You run on the path Lynn made in the spring and see a donkey.  Of course the donkey isn't close to the path, so you have to get off and go to the donkey, who starts running away from where they know you want him to go.  So you chase donkey until he gives up and heads for the gate.  By this time you can't see the quad for all the brush etc and surprise, surprise as soon as you head for the quad, the donkey changes direction.  John was much more efficient on foot than I was.  I even tried going cross country, which was "fun", I had lots of cactus to pick out of my feet and legs and not one donkey to show for my effort.

John is leaving for Indiana tomorrow and I'm afraid the donkeys are going to be on the 10 acres only, until he gets back Sunday.  If they would come back at feeding time without all the drama, it would be OK, BUT that isn't what is happening.  It's going to be traumatic I'm sure, they've gone over there for 4 days in a row, so as far as they are concerned that is the way it should be done.



Another picture Linda sent of Leo, looks like he's been hanging around with Boaz too much, his tongue is sticking out.  I'm not sure what they call the spotted ones that have 3 colors, tri-color works for me, but I'm not sure that's right.  

We had a tri-color mule here years ago and strangely enough his name was Chief, which was Leo's name in a former life.  I know I have pictures of him, but haven't figured out where.  Maybe I'll find them, if I do I'll add them.

FOUND HIM IN 2011


Monday, September 18, 2017

WHO'S IN CONTROL?

Good question, today was the 2nd day of Burroland opening at 4pm for about an hour's worth of eating as many mesquite beans as they can find.  

Yesterday at 4pm, we went out to open the gate....unfortunately there was no donkeys in sight.  I opened the gate making as much noise with the gate as I could, but no takers.  So John and I started looking for them, the first few actually followed us and passed us when they figured out what was happening.  BlackJack stopped right inside the gate, in fact his fanny was still almost in the opening of the gate, head down, munching away.  

Got the easy ones and then went out with a halter, and caught a couple, led them over and their friends followed.  We got all of them except Gus stayed on this side, I don't want him eating any beans anyway.  

At 5pm, John went over in Burroland and Doug stayed on this side to put whoever showed up in their pens.  I wandered out to see how things were going, they had about half of them in and John was searching for the others.  So I grabbed my trusty riding bat, which makes a snapping noise when I slap my thigh with it, they seem to hate and off I went.  

All those lovely green weeds have turned brown and are very sticky and very brittle.  Since I wear flip flops, it was an interesting experience, but I did find some hold outs, that started running as soon as they saw me.  Didn't even have to snap my bat, and of course I couldn't keep up with the racers, but they knew I was back there.  I also saw poor little Casper over at the neighbors all by himself.  He was running the fence and squealing in his little helium mule voice at all the excitement.  I stopped long enough to tell him, if he'd stay in the fence he could come over here and play with the donkeys, but he basically ignored me.  We're on the lookout for a little mini mare or mini molly mule, I wish I knew of one I could borrow to see if he would behave himself with a little girl.  We don't know for sure but I think the horses he tried to fight with were probably all males.  Of course since we've had him gelded and it's been over a year since that happened, he might get along with geldings now without all that testosterone coursing thru his system......!!  

Today went about the same, except today some of them added bucking and farting to the running.......LOL  But they headed in the right direction, Doug said it sounded like a herd of elephants coming in......!!  

John is leaving Thursday for Indiana, will be gone until Sunday evening, so it will just be Doug and I to round them up.  Hopefully by Thursday they will come in on their own and I won't have to wade thru those nasty weeds.  I'm not holding my breath though, wish I had some boots to wear.....LOL



Linda sent some more pictures of their latest outing.  There is actually a video of Turbo going thru this creek rather than trying to jump it without touching water.  Leo went thru it like it was no big deal, so maybe Turbo is learning by observing.  Sure is pretty country.........!!!

They tried leading one donkey and having the other 2 at liberty and said it went really well.  I have a good friend that walks all over Arizona in the summer with her little mini named Jasmine and she has Jasmine at liberty a lot of the time when they are out on trails.  Leigh Anne said Jasmine will stop to sneak a bite or two, but knows when it's time to catch up and hurries to join up.  She has a little pack saddle and carries their supplies, when they go out for days and camp.  

We were back at the junkyard today, getting another spindle for the race car.  It's pretty bad when the people working there remember you were just there a couple of days ago.....!!!   The spindle we got the other day is from a newer Neon and for some reason they changed the spindles and it wouldn't fit the older Neon......!!  John needs to get the right side of the front end put together enough to get a wheel on it, he's suppose to take it down to a racing buddy's shop to get some welding done Wednesday.  Once the welding is done, John says it's just about done.  We'll take it out on the road for a high speed run to make sure everything is OK, John will follow in the truck.  We'll also take it to a practice at the track the night before the race the 30th.  Our last race this season will be the 16th of October and we will run 2 main events.  Hopefully the car will stay together for all 3 races, I'm still in 3rd place for end of the year points.