I haven't posted for a while but I've been busy!! I've been working alot so it's left little time for my horses but I managed to squeeze in a play day with a friend last Sunday. We played on the ground in the morning then saddled up and did FTR out in her big pasture. We did walk and trot and when both were going well, we added in transitions. We practiced getting our go and whoa equal and getting a nice, light back-up. Renegade was really leaning on my hands to begin with but I was as "dependable as a fence post", just maintaining until he gave me the slightest try backwards. After a few repetitions we were backing up softly and if I did have to pick up the reins, I only had to lift with an open hand!! As his reward, Renegade got to just stand and rest quietly while my friend and I visited for a bit. Then it was time to dismount, unsaddle, spend a bit of undemanding time and head home.
Once home, I had to unload Renegade then load a cow to take to auction. Fortunately she loaded easily and fairly quickly. We headed off to the auction and dropped the cow off and on the way back my truck suddenly overheated and the oil light came on. Pulled in to the nearest gas station and discovered no water and low oil. Apparently we'd blown a head gasket just that quickly. I called some wonderful friends to come rescue us and the trailer and called a tow truck for my truck. The news on my truck is not good; apparently it's not recommended to just replace the head gasket but rather to either replace the motor with a used or remanufactured engine to the tune of $4,500 - $4,800. I'm debating what to do...look at used/new vehicles or repair my truck. I LOVE my truck and I really don't want payments!! Plus...I know I've done all the maintenance on my truck, I know what I have. It would be a crap shoot buying a used vehicle. To further complicate the situation, my husband has been unemployed for quite a while now and with the economy the way it is, the prospects don't look hopeful any time soon. It makes the decision about what to do about my truck all the more complicated.
On top of that, I caught a bad cold from someone at work. It bothers me when people come in to work when they're sick and spread it around. Why can't they stay home? I don't have time to be sick and now I've given it to my husband!! Arrrrggggghhhhhh!!
I want to get in the holiday spirit, but it's been difficult. I'm upset/worried about what to do about my truck, our financial situation is getting so tight we're having sell our cows and pigs, I'm going to be looking for a second job shortly, and we're having to cut way back on everything and that's tough because we don't live extravagantly to begin with...we're pretty frugal.
I'm really trying to focus on all the things we do have: our health (mostly, except for this cold), my job, our home, having a second vehicle (even if it is a beater...it does run and get me to work), having food on the table, and great friends that love, encourage, and are there for me when I need them. I'm also trying to give over my cares to God; I know he'll take care of me.