Sunday, September 24, 2017


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. 



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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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.


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.


Monday, September 18, 2017


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. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017


This is a cute cartoon, love the facial expresssions.

The donkeys "might" have some excitement in their lives today.  I am going to take the quad over to Burroland and see if it is at all possible to let them go over for an hour or so before afternoon round-up.  

I'm sure if we let them over there, they will be so eager to come back over here after just an hour or so..........NOT.....!!!  LOL  The 1st few days will be like herding cats I would imagine.  

The mornings are getting cool enough that John says he is going to start taking fly masks off at night.  We leave them on in the summer 24/7 except for taking them off to check for sticks or something that isn't suppose to be there.  Or if we see a weepy eye.  Other than that they stay on all the time during fly season, flies unfortunately get up before we do in the morning, during the season.  

Last night we went to the races, our late model and pro-stock were racing, and we don't want to miss anything.  They did OK, had some issues that kept them from being really competitive, but the cars came home in one piece, so that was a good thing.  

John is still working on my car trying to get it ready for the 30th.  There was so much damage underneath, every time he takes something off he finds more damage.  We've been to the junkyard 3 times and have to go again tomorrow.  We're dealing with,  1995, 1998 and 2001 parts and are finding out that they aren't the same.  So when we go to the junkyard and find something that looks good, when we get it home, it doesn't always fit.  

He's still got 2 weeks, but he's going to be gone for 4 days this week-end to a family reunion in Indiana, so he's starting to panic.  My theory is, I have 2 backup cars sitting just waiting to be called up to the front line.  Granted they wouldn't be as competitive, but they would keep me in the battle for points, and I have a pretty good point lead on the 4th place car.  John was awake over 2 hours the other night, trying to figure out how to fix the car..........LOL   Don't think it really helped much, except to make him tired the next day.  

Last night when we drove in the driveway at about 2am, when I was getting out of the car to open the gate, a mouse ran across my foot.  He made a quick u-turn and disappeared in the darkness, but I can't figure out why he ran towards a moving car in the 1st place.  Certainly surprised me.........LOL

Linda sent pictures of Leo's adoption party complete with a fruit plate.  Doug suggested Luc-ass, but Linda said there is already a Luc-ass that races.  Then I thought of Linus aka Lin-ass, but he had already been renamed.  At the rate they are going they might need another name in the future, that and a larger trailer.....!!!  

I asked Linda why the other boys weren't at the party.  She said they had to be locked out for the picture taking, they were being entirely too "helpful",  especially with the lovely fruit plate.  But once the pictures were taken they were allowed back in for the festivities aka, also know as "eat the fruit".  She said Leo isn't that big a fan of fruit, but I'm sure he'll learn quickly. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


The donkeys have been only going out from noon to 5pm for weeks, because of the mesquite bean problem.  Unfortunately in their boredom of being in their pens 19 hours a day they have started dismantling their shelters.  They aren't eating the boards, they are just splintering them.  Grrrrr........!!!  

A few days ago we started "poo investigation" to see how many bean seeds were showing up.  John had been saying there weren't many beans out there and yesterday when we checked there were only about the equivalent of a bean or two of seeds at the most in any one pile.  So last night at bedtime they got to go out overnight.  This morning at roundup for breakfast they were actually pretty cooperative, which was a surprised.  We figured they would decide to make us chase them, John rang the bell and they started wandering in.  

Another reason for going ahead and letting them out is earlier in the week when it was time for afternoon roundup, Cheyenne and Justin were over in Burroland, at the gate whining because they were on the wrong side and everyone else was over here.  Those things happen when you decide to take advantage of a weak place in the fence and head out on your own........!! LOL   John and Doug couldn't agree on where they "thought" the escape artists got out, so they fixed a spot and the next day just Cheyenne was over there whining at round up time.  It was the spot they fixed but unfortunately a visual barrier where she already knew she had gotten out before wasn't going to discourage her.  Doug "fixed" it this time, she trotted to that spot when she was let out at noon the next day, and figured out the game was over.  

We didn't want them to keep  getting over there where there are still a ton of beans laying on the ground.  So since everyone's poo is pretty clear of beans, we decided to go ahead and let them out to protect the fence and the shelters..........!!!!   LOL

Lynn and Linda called the other night and asked if we would have room for another donkey when they come back down in November.  As John says, "what's one more", but in this case we're out of pens with the addition of another donkey.  This morning we were figuring out the logistics.  Our pens have evolved over the years as needed, and we will be able to add another one on the west end of the west pens, pretty easy.  

Actually I just got a cryptic message from Linda and I think his name might be Leo instead of Lucas..!!

This is Chief aka Luc-ASS doing his thing.  He's a trained burro racer, unfortunately at this time in his life Turbo doesn't see a reason to run when he can walk and I'm sure that is very frustrating for Lynn.  Linda sent a video she took of them running and I think Lynn is going to have to step up his game, if he wants to keep up  Lucas really knows his job.  I guess Turbo will be a parade donkey, if he doesn't see any reason to run.  Linda likes her "Steady Leddy", so he will probably continue to be her running buddy and also do parades.  

Boaz's front feet decided to fall apart and they had to get the farrier out to trim the nasty stuff off before he got it caught on something.

Rather free form for a hoof

This was before, and after Lynn or someone had trimmed all the nasty gnarly growth off

 Linda sent a picture of his hoof when all the split hoof was sticking out just waiting to get caught, but I can't find it right now.  If I do I'll add it later, it was quite impressive in an icky sort of way. (DONE)

This is after the farrier cleaned it up and made it a little smoother

 At sometime in Boaz's life he has had significant damage to his hooves and they don't grow out smooth like they should.  As he's gotten older, they've gotten rougher.  It's just something that has to be watched and kept trimmed back.  One of the reasons he will always be in sanctuary to make sure it is taken care of. 

Here's what the race car looks like right now.

It's had the mangled parts stripped off, it's been attached to 2 trees and a wrecker to get it somewhat straightened, parts have been ordered from different places.  Unfortunately one of the places ships out of Orlando, Florida and they notified us the order will take at least a week longer than usual because of Irma............SIGH......!!!

We've been out to the junkyard twice in recent days.  Yesterday when it was 106* in Tucson in the afternoon, we were roaming around among wrecked cars gathering up parts that aren't available in stores or catalogs, such as a bumper and bumper cover.  I sometimes wonder about our sanity, especially John's.  He's the one doing all the work.............LOL  He'll be gone for 4 days to a family reunion the week before I'm suppose to race again, so he would like to get as much done as possible before then. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Three of the donkeys have a certain amount of muscle wasting because of age, lack of exercise or who knows what.  I had fed Old Pepper protein powder for the same reason years ago and had actually forgotten about it.  Patti suggested I try it with these guys, so I got some Muscle Milk, vanilla flavored and it was a big hit with all three of them.  I mean we are talking bury the nose and don't come up for air until it's gone.  WOW, that's pretty good, Penny is one of them and she is always suspicious of anything new or different.  

They also have strawberry flavor and most of the donkeys love strawberries, so this morning Doug was going to town and he picked up some strawberry protein powder.  I figured I'd trade off between two flavors.  Tonight they got strawberry flavor and you talk about refusal with judgement........!!!   Penny wouldn't even come close to it, and the other two, just looked at us like we weren't too bright..........!!!   SIGH

So I had to throw all their mush out and start all over  again.  Took it to the pens, carried a bucket to put the offending strawberry laced mush in, replaced it with the vanilla mush and in went the noses.  I guess I've learned my lesson.........!!! LOL

At feeding time tonight, Cheyenne and Justin were over in Burroland, waiting at the gate to get back on this side.........Grrrrrr.........!!!  Doug thought they got thru the fence across the wash, but John found a place under the fence, he said looked like an expressway, so we don't really don't know where they went thru.  Unfortunately once they find a place and we don't know where it is, they will keep going thru it.  Maybe tomorrow when we let them out, one of  us can watch them and see where they go.  They are such smart little critters, it's fun to watch them, but it would be nice if they would stay where we put them...........!!!!

John spent almost  all day working on my race car.  He sure spends a lot of time working so I can go out and have fun.  He says he likes to watch me race, but it can't be that much fun watch..........LOL

We got 3 items at the junkyard yesterday, spent all afternoon pulling parts off different cars.  Unfortunately 2  of them won't work.  So we'll have to go  back this week and take  the front off of one of the cars to get at the bumper behind the bumper  cover.  John didn't have the right tool to get to it, so we took one that looked about the same.  Same car, different year, somebody had already taken the front apart on that car, so we were hoping  it would fit.  It didn't..........!!

Saturday, September 09, 2017


In the desert it's hard to tell, the nights are getting cooler and the morning shadows make me think of fall. We have no leaves changing to pretty fall colors though which I miss.  

Had a little bit of rain last night, so I guess the monsoons aren't over yet.  According to the "experts" monsoon lasts until the 15th of September.  John got up to close windows and by the time he got back to bed, it had quit.  

John went over on the quad to check Burroland and reported back there are tons of mesquite beans over there that still look tasty................SIGH...!!  I have no idea when the donkeys will be able to go back over there. The fatties look like blimps.  We could leave them in their pens day after day, so they would only have access to hay, but get no exercise.  Or we can continue to feed them half rations of hay, let them out on the 10 acres to scrounge and get exercise.   

Dr Jeremy and Tyler the farrier that has all sorts of special shoes to help with foundered equine had a talk this week on Founder/Laminitis this week, John and I made a point of going.  It was really good, lots of information from both of them.  Even got to see some good  friends that I don't see often enough.  John even enjoyed it, he usually squirms when I drag him to things like this.  But it kept his attention, so you know it must have been good........!!  LOL

One of the main causes of founder is obesity.  Dr. Jeremy had slides of obese horses and donkeys and I was surprised that none of them were some of ours.  Actually Frijolita and Coquette are worse  than some of the ones on the slides, unfortunately.  Even BlackJack is plumping up nicely..........!!


Today John and I are going on a mission to find car parts.  My races Saturday did not end well.  I ran 2 main events, finished 5th in the 1st one.  Had an altercation with 2 of the cars, one of them had something broke he said which slammed him into my car, which pushed me into another car.  They both went into the wall and I didn't.  The guy I got pushed into, borrowed another car for the next race, and put me into the wall and rather than just push and get off me, he stayed with me all the way along the wall.  His brother is the one that totaled my Kia 2 years ago by stuffing me into the wall, guess they don't like being beat by a woman on a regular basis, especially one old enough to probably be their mother............LOL

Doesn't look very bad on top, all the damage is underneath, although I have no idea where the end of my bumper went, scraped it off on the wall I guess.....!!

Needless to say my poor little car needs some TLC....!!!  I went in on Craigslist and found another Dodge Neon, cheap.  Called the guy, went to look at it, and John almost leaped out of the truck when he saw it.  It's a 2  door coupe, just like mine.  They are pretty rare, so it's like finding the mother lode in a gold mine.  We've also went on-line to order the parts available.  Today we're looking for parts we haven't been able to find, which means a trip to junk yard,  for the afternoon.  

Our friend Gary has a friend that has all the tools to straighten frames and other things that need to be straight or the car won't handle.  John took the car down to Gary and they decided they could straighten it, without all the fancy stuff.  So they used Gary's wrecker and 2 trees and actually got it pretty straight, won't know for sure until we get the motor mounts.  

Once he gets everything back on it, I'll take it out on our  "country" road for a high speed run to make sure it tracks straight.  Thank goodness my next race isn't until the 30th of this month, so he's got time.  He'll be gone for a few days to a family reunion in Indiana, so hopefully most of it will be done before he leaves.  

It's eating cactus time again.  Cisco came in yesterday looking like he tried to eat a porcupine.  The bad thing with him is, he tries to "share" by rubbing on you, which we really don't want him to do.  But he is really persistant, so he tries to share, we try to stay away, while trying to pick spines out of his face.  Some of the others eat the fruit, but not like Cisco, he also eats the pads and will dig down to get at the roots.  

Cisco and I'm not sure who, chowing down on cactus years ago....!!!

Friday, September 01, 2017


I guess we aren't on their route anymore.  They were hanging around, laying on the backyard wall sunning, doing all that cat stuff, but no more, haven't seen hide nor hair of them.  Had to cancel the yellow one's appointment last Monday.  But if we see him again in the future, we'll try again.

Still fighting the battle of the beans, although there aren't that many anymore, but the donkeys are still finding some.   Linda called from Colorado last night and said Quilla's legs are starting to really break out and keep her busy doctoring.  I do think they have been better up there, it's not as hot and the sun probably isn't as direct, I really believe the sun is a large part of the problem.

They don't plan on coming down here until in November, and I'm sure by then it will be a lot cooler in Colorado and she won't have to doctor so much.

Boaz has an old wound on his coronet, which is where the hoof grows out.  It's like where our finger or toenails grow out.  At sometime in his  life he has had damage to the coronet and like when we damage our nails a lot of times they grow weird after that.  When they left here, it had split and looked nasty.  For the trip we wrapped it, so one of the other donkeys wouldn't step on it in the trailer, or he wouldn't get it hung up and rip it off.  She sent a picture of it and it is really growing out gnarly, so they are going to have the farrier come out and if nothing else cut off all the excess that is  growing in all directions.  She'll probably have to wrap it for the trip again, it  takes about a year for a  hoof to grow completely out.

Friday, August 25, 2017


Last night we were watching the vast wasteland called TV and the cats were on point, 3 at the back door and the other one, at one of the windows.  Just about the time I said something, I heard the distinct sound of a unhappy rattlesnake.  John got a flashlight and sure enough, it was right by the screen door, on the other side, thank goodness.  

Cats can really focus when they want to, and it was really hard to get them away from the door.  All this time the snake is letting the world know his opinion of the situation and John said he couldn't hear it.  Too many years working on jet planes, his hearing isn't very good.  That's an understatement when the sound is a cranky  snake...........LOL   

Lately the cats have been exceptionally obnoxious, picking on each other or demanding their space or whatever they can do to be the picker or the pickee.  Either way, a few days ago I  armed myself with a spray bottle  of water.  If you ever need to get a snake to move, water will usually do it.  Rather than go off the porch, it got up against the wall of the house.  So John was real careful when he went out to feed the birds this morning, but the snake was gone.  

This time of year we usually see more snakes than any other time of  the year, they are getting ready for hibernation and eating  heavy.  We've had 4 donkeys bitten by rattlesnakes and all of them were in Aug/Sept.  

A few days ago, the "cat patrol" was in the spa room, yelling and screaming like banshees.  We had just went to bed, so we got up with a flashlight.  Thought it was probably one of the tomcats, but it turned out to be a  desert  fox and it was right by the open  window, where the cats were having their fits.  It wasn't afraid of them, but it took off when it saw us.  We don't see fox very often, mostly skunks and raccoons.  

This morning I found a nice fat scorpion in the bathroom sink.  Guess that explains  why we don't see bugs or spiders in the bathroom anymore.  Sorry, but he got relocated outside.  I don't mind scorpions, but not in close proximity.  

The donkeys are still on limited hours out of their pens and have just  about quite eating the beans, unless the wind blows some down.  There's not many left in the trees, which is a good thing.  We haven't checked Burroland yet to see what the bean situation is over there.  Haven't heard many cows lately, but hopefully even if they haven't eaten all the beans, they should be getting unappetizing the longer they lay of the ground.  

What a difference even though they are both equine..........!!! 
OBTW haven't seen the black kitty since he was in such a hurry to get out the back gate.  Also haven't seen the orange kitty that has a date with destiny Monday.  I might have to cancel his "surgery"............LOL

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


It's going pretty good, they are up to 5 hours a day, from noon to 5pm.  We are watching to make sure they eat their hay, if some of them don't eat their hay, they will have to stay in.  The hay is important to add fiber and bulk to their systems, to hopefully keep the beans from gathering up in a ball and impacting.  

This was last year during bean season, when Coquette did stay in for awhile.

Coquette is about the only one that looks at her hay with disdain on a regular basis, and wants to wait for the good stuff.  Just about the time we decide she needs to stay in, she will eat just enough hay to change our minds.  Maybe she has ESP tuned into our minds, who knows............LOL  

There's not many beans in their poo now, so we'll probably check out Burroland and see if the few range cows available, have made a dent in the bean crop.  We'll start them out just a few hours over there for a few days to see how it goes.  Hopefully a few days of introduction and we can get back to pre-bean normal routine.  I know the donkeys will be more than ready.  

If you look on the bottom corner of the window there is a roadrunner, sitting on the outside of the window,  looking in.  We have a couple of them that hang around the house, looking for a lizard snack and have been known to take a hummingbird.  I have no idea what he wanted, he sat there for a few minutes and then disappeared.

Haven't heard much from Lynn and Linda, although she did send some pictures of an outing they had on Mt. Huron, which is 14,003 feet high.  YIKES.......I'm glad she sent pictures, so I won't have to ever climb that high to see how gorgeous the area is.........LOL





I raced last Saturday night, finished 3rd to the 2 guys that have  been finishing 1st and 2nd to my 3rd or 4th.  Now I'm 15 points out of 1st place.  And the other guy is moving up more each race.  We will be running two 25 lap features the 2nd of September, and he'll probably pass me for 2nd place then, unless something happens.  Not that I'm wishing him any bad luck............LOL 

Heading out for the races Saturday, with the quad in the bed of the truck.  We were having to get to  the track, unload the car, unhitch the trailer, drive out of the pits to a place that was high, to use the ramps to get it out of the bed of the truck.  When we were ready to head for home, John had to reverse the process.  So he is using the flatbed trailer, we drove the quad up the ramps to the trailer, then ramps up into the pick-up.  John didn't like the way I did it, so I guess he'll do it from now on.....LOL  We have an enclosed box trailer, that we could use, I'm not sure why that hasn't happened.  Our grandson has it, but he isn't racing, doesn't like asphalt and waiting for the dirt track to open.  So it will be available for awhile I'm afraid.  The dirt track doesn't seem to be doing what they need to do to open for racing.  Hopefully by next year they will figure it out, but I'm not holding my breath.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


The donkeys seem to be resigned to only getting an hour or so out of their pens.  But they do know how to tell time, and know when it's time to go out......!!!  

We've noticed the beans that have been laying on the ground for a few days are not being eaten, which is a good thing.  They are eating the newly fallen beans and all the greenery that is everywhere.  So this afternoon we'll let them out for 2 hours and see how it goes.  There are still plenty of beans up in the trees, that will fall when the wind blows, so I don't think they will go hungry.  

Haven't heard from Linda about how their race went last week-end as yet.  I'm sure they are busy, busy, busy and she'll get around to it sooner or later.  

We're in a drying out time, no rain in the forecast until probably Sunday.  I hope so, I'm suppose to race this Saturday, it's been awhile since our last race got rained out.  But the rain does help the fallen beans to become uneatable, so I wouldn't mind rain, just not on Saturday......!!!  


Sunday, August 13, 2017


They ate their breakfast like good little boys and girls, so John and I started letting them out at 4:02pm yesterday afternoon.

 This is Buddy Brat and BlackJack hoping me coming out at an odd time, might mean good things will happen.  

The minis saw BJ and Buddy get out, and started milling in anticipation

You can see how far they got when the gate opened......LOL  There's 4 little butts lined up with heads down

Just about the time we got everyone's gate open which only took about 5 minutes, the sky opened with lightening, thunder and a real frog choker of a rain storm.  Lasted about 40 minutes, off and on which if you are keeping score was eating into their hour of "out" time.  

Those white spots are rain drops that showed up in the sunshine during the deluge.

I don't know if they continued to scarf up beans during the rain, or stood with their butts to the rain as usual.  I do know when the rain finally quit at 5:10pm it was like trying to round up cats.  They were determined NOT to go into their pens and if it took running and trying to hide, so be it.  Let me just say, John Doug and I got our exercise in the mud and wet bushes.  But we did manage to get them rounded up at 5:57pm which was a miracle.  

When doing a roundup like that it is absolutely necessary to find a victim and stick with them until they figure out you aren't going to give up and the only "safe" place is the pen.  I must admit most of the time, us humans were pretty far behind the chase, but they knew we were back there and one by one gave up.  Should be a little easier today and after a few days, they should go into their pens with little effort.  At least I hope so.......LOL

They are eating their hay and mush now as usual, and as long as they do so, we'll continue to let them out for an hour.  There are beans everywhere, and the wind that came with the monsoon rain yesterday afternoon, knocked down a lot more.  We noticed this morning the beans that have been laying on the ground for a few days and have been rained on are starting to look rather unappetizing, at least by our standards.  Hopefully this means they will ignore those and only eat fresh fallen ones, which is bad enough. 

Friday, August 11, 2017


It rained yesterday afternoon during roundup for evening feeding, which always adds to the fun.  Of course when it's raining the donkeys don't like to move, they just hunker down and wait for it to quit.  It took John and Doug about an hour to finally get everyone in their pens.  The wind had blown down a lot of beans, so most of them weren't the least bit interested in our offering of hay and mush.  

When John went out at 9:30 last night to give them a treat and explain to them, they would be staying in their pens overnight, it went pretty well, until he headed for the house and they were still in their pens.  Some of them, Rosie for one let him know that this wasn't acceptable behavior and yelled for quite sometime with others chiming in.

I was actually surprised there wasn't much braying overnight, at least not enough to keep us awake.  This morning we figured they would have eaten their hay, but quite a few of them obviously are holding out for the good stuff.  

After chores this morning John and I took the golf cart around on the trail Lynn made this spring to see just how bad the beans are.  They are pretty bad, John said we need 150 volunteers with rakes to make a difference..........  So what to do?  

I guess they will stay in their pens until they start eating hay and mush like they should, so they won't be going out today at all.  My plan is once they start eating proper food, they will get out one hour a day right before evening chores.  At least we'll try it.  I would imagine it will take 2 hours to round them up, since one hour of freedom to eat beans probably won't be enough by their standards.  

This isn't even addressing the issue of Burroland and the vast amount of mesquite trees over there.  The cows are going in there but I think we'd need about 150 cows to go with those 150 volunteers to make a difference..........LOL  Unfortunately when we look up into the trees, a lot of them are still loaded with beans. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Tonight is going to be a traumatic experience for all the donkeys............they will be kept in their pens overnight.  And will continue to stay in at night until the tasty weeds and mesquite beans are gone or at least not as tasty as they seem to be now.  

All the rain we've had this year has cause the vegetation including beans to explode.  Our greenery isn't as tall as a lot of people are having to contend with, I guess the donkeys walking around and nipping off tasty bites has kept it under control a little bit.  We've seen areas that are waist high and still growing, on the way to town.  

All the donkeys are fat except for svelte Miss Penny Packer, she seems to have a built in calorie counter and only eats what she needs to keep her girlish figure.  The ones like Rosie, Buddy Brat, and Coquette are eating machines and they look like it.  Getting weight off them is almost impossible even when there isn't that much to eat on the property.  

So this calls for drastic measures........!!!  They will stay in until noon, like they've been doing for weeks.  When they go in to eat in the afternoon they will stay in until noon the next day.  So they will get about 4-5 hours out a day.  And if they continue to reject their mush and hay, which has become SOP recently, they may lose most of that. Gus will still get moved during the day to the temporary pen by the dog pen.  He could stay in there 24/7 but there isn't a shelter in case it rains.  

It's going to be real noisy around here I would imagine.  They are all so anxious to get out of their pens, you would think we use them as torture.  We've told them that many donkeys are kept in a little pen and never get to go out to explore and snack on flora and fauna, but they don't seem to care....LOL  So this is going to really upset their applecart, I would imagine.  

The greenery will dry up pretty quick without rain.  In fact some of it is already wilting.  But the beans will be viable, until they lay and turn black.  Don't know how long that will take, but I guess we'll find out.  

Did have something good happen this week.  Because of the rain we've been having Chris couldn't deliver hay and we were getting down to raking the hay barn floor, if the weather didn't let up.  Not that most of the donkeys would care, they have been less than appreciative of the hay they've been getting lately anyway. 


The weatherman finally strung 3 or 4 days of no rain together in the forecast, so we made a date, and it worked out.  We use to get twice as much at a time, but it took a year to use it.  Chris is willing to bring half a load and come out more often, so that's much better for us.  

The flies right now are horrid.  My fly traps are working overtime and of course I still use the fly predator wasps, BUT, right now the cattle flies that sit on their backs are bad and the stable flies that chew on their legs below the knee are busy.  I don't think the cattle flies go in the traps, they actually don't bite the donkeys, They sit on the donkeys backs and make them twitch constantly waiting for a cow to come by I guess.  I'm not sure about the stable flies, but I doubt if they get in the traps.  They feed within 2 feet of the ground, and the traps are in a tree.

Our son Rod, raced his modified last week-end and finished 2nd, which is his best finish on asphalt.  It was a great race to watch, he and the 1st place car battled back and forth and Rod lost by about a foot, at the checkered flag.  

His margin of loss was even less than this picture taken during the battle........!!

Lynn, Linda and the boys raced 15 miles at Leadville, CO last week-end.  I don't even want to think about how far 15 miles is.............LOL  And that was the short run, the long one was 29 miles....!! 

They finished, the boys behaved themselves, no more jackass meltdowns and Turbo and Lynn got to round up a couple of wayward burros.  I guess at one time Lynn was holding on to 2 burros and Turbo after he and Turbo ran them down.

The race started at over 10,000 feet and went up from there........!! 

Linda and Leddy discussing strategy, maybe?

Turbo sporting his new hat.....!!!  


Here's a link, Linda sent about one of the racers, it's an interesting read, she might have won if she had gotten her rest...........!!!   LOL

Saturday, August 05, 2017


This really doesn't look like the desert, does it?  This stuff is growing while you watch it I think.  As long as we get rain, I guess it will just get taller.  The donkeys are doing their best to eat some of it, but some of it they won't touch.  They also are not "touching" our lovingly prepared donkey meals.  That is scary, we still have memories of Penny last summer when she impacted with mesquite beans and had to have surgery.

We're on poo watch and so far they are eating beans, but it looks like they are actually eating more greens, which is a good thing.  

We're in a drying out time right now, haven't had any rain except for sprinkles the last couple of days and nothing in the forecast until late next week.  A few days of hot weather without rain and that green stuff will shrivel up quickly.  

The hay broker that delivers our hay has been putting it off for the last couple of weeks because of the weather.  She is going to try to deliver a load Tuesday, so hopefully the weather will stay dry at least until then.  We're getting down to where she either brings a load or we have to buy from the feed store, so we have our fingers crossed.  We'd only buy enough to tide us over, but we would have to unload it in the barn....... by hand..........LOL 

 John and Doug have been having fun, John usually on the tractor and Doug with a shovel.  The feed room septic system started backing up.   Years ago when we were trying to figure out how to get the beet pulp grey water from the feed room, to someplace else a friend said, to put in a plastic barrel, like a small septic tank and it should work.  It has, BUT, after many years it plugged up.  We figured the barrel was full, so they dug it up and it was fine.  NOW WHAT?

That's where the barrel was sitting

Start digging out pipe, at least at the 2 curved places.  NOTHING......!!!  Next idea get a plumbing snake and get rid of the plug. 

When John rented it they said it was 100ft, but it was only 50ft.........!!!  Didn't really matter since it went in about half way and hung up.  Came out with little bitty tree roots on the end.  Mesquite trees are really good at finding water and don't let a little thing like pipe stop them.  

So he has an idea of where the blockage is now.  Rod, our son is racing his modified tonight and a friend is racing our late model, so today is going to be a short day for working.  John's out there putting the barrel back in, since the problem is at the other end, which should be good for a couple of days.  

I came up with what I think is a brilliant idea, why not put something on the outside of the pipe where he finds the invading roots, like weed killer, or a lot of salt or something to discourage the roots from getting in again.  I suggested RoundUp, but John doesn't want to use it.  It is about the same thing as Agent Orange, which he dealt with in Vietnam and has been under treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma since 1999.  NHL is one of about a dozen diseases the VA recognizes as caused by Agent Orange.  I guess I'll see if there are any good ideas on the internet.

Linda sent some pictures taken last week-end at the Fairplay race.  The donkey boys didn't have a real good day.  I think Leddy had a jackass meltdown and broke a little tree that Linda had tied him to, so he could have some "quiet" time to reflect on his bad behavior.

Here is a link to a video from one of the local TV stations about the race.

They put a mic on Linda for the entire race and it really turned out good.  

 Turbo was doing great in this picture.  As you can see not all the trail is nice and smooth, but he seemed to be taking it all in stride.  They ended up behind Linda and Leddy.  Linda said when they came in  Lynn's sunglasses were missing and I think Turbo got to find out what a stud chain is and found out he isn't stronger than a telephone pole.  He is so strong, even though Lynn is also strong, a human is no match for a donkey that insists on doing it his way. 

But they all finished, which is the  goal.  They are suppose to race again this week-end, hopefully the "fur" kids will behave themselves this time. 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

DID YOU MISS ME.........?????

I have been without internet for 4 days, consequently I couldn't update my blog.  It all started with an electrical storm, that didn't seem that close until it "zapped"  my router for the computer.  Called my provider and they were out that afternoon to replace it.  That evening when I was making sure I hadn't missed something while my router was down, we had another nasty storm, only this time it as really quick, really loud and I saw fire in my computer corner, where I was sitting.  And my brand new router,was no more.  The poor thing only lasted about 6-7 hours....!!!  Called again and was told they had no more routers, I wasn't the only one having router outages.  We had a lot of nasty weather for 2 or 3 days.  They had them on order and it took till this morning to get them.  Robert, bless his heart came out as soon as they got them.

We've known Robert since he was about 3 years old.  His mom has been in this valley probably close to 50 years and he was raised here.  I was looking for a rooster when he was a little bitty thing and his mom said she had an extra one, she'd drop by next time she went to town.  Unfortunately Robert was with her and he was under the impression that rooster was his.  Oh! my, talk about a rooster loving breakdown.......I hope the rest of her trip went better than the few minutes they were here.  LOL

Heard from Linda about their latest burro pack race last week-end.  She said the boys seem to be figuring out what they are suppose to do.  This year was suppose to be mostly training to get the boys use to all the excitement and being out of their comfort zone.  She said when they were loading Leddy and Turbo, Quilla started braying.  I guess he likes going on adventures too.  Maybe if they have another parade, that's more his style, but I guess he's ready to go anywhere now.  I told her Quilla and Boaz are going to be bored when they come back down here, we don't do anything exciting, like they do on a daily basis, there's always something going on up there, it sounds like.

Here's a nice picture of Leddy all ready to go, or resting afterwards, I'm not sure which.  She said he's lost some weight, which is a good thing.  He was a little chubby before they left for Colorado.  All this running and training is good exercise.

Unfortunately, the flies have finally arrived in Colorado and the donkeys are having to wear flymasks.  I'm sure the flies aren't as bad as they are in Arizona.  You would think with all the rain and humidity, the flies  would have plenty of moisture.  I don't think they are as bad as when it's really dry, but they are still a nuisance.

Here's Quilla showing off his fly mask and leggings.   The boys were already wearing masks and Quilla was wearing leggings when they left in early May, so Colorado weather is definitely better for them. 

I had to put leggings on Coquette this morning.  I've been able to keep her legs from getting bloody with daily doctoring, but noticed this morning a couple of spots that were open, so she's now covered on all 4 legs.  Gus and Penny are the only others having to have their legs covered.  So I'm actually having a pretty easy summer of doctoring this year, thanks to Linda.

We're still fighting the battle of the mesquite beans, not to mention green stuff growing everywhere.  Most of them are looking at our offer of hay, like we're trying to poison them by giving them "equine jerky" as my good friend Claire called it years ago.  Why would they eat hay when all that green stuff is out there just for the taking.  Coquette just looks at the hay like we aren't very bright if we think she's going to waste her time eating "THAT".......!!  She's plumped up nicely and when the season is over she is going on a diet along with some of the other chunky ones. 

We have had a few cows go on the 20 acres.  John opened the gate a few days ago, hoping they would go in.  But I don't think they've made a dent in the mesquite beans over on Burroland.  There are still quite a few beans over on this side and the donkeys are eating all they can find, but there's always more when the wind blows.  Even with all the rain, none of the ones that have fallen have turned black yet.  Over here the donkeys are eating them before they have a chance to lay very long.  But they are piling up over in Burroland.

Thanks for the pictures, Linda.