The reason for the “road trip” was to look at a POA (Pony of the Americas — appaloosa pony) my sister found advertised on Craigslist. You’ll remember our granddaughter, Ava, loves horses and really wants one of her own. I talked to the owner yesterday and today I was super surprised when Will said he’d drive over with me today. I mean, he never goes anywhere! Of course, the two-hour drive passed through the small town of Effie, where our favorite little family café is located. We hadn’t eaten there for years. So this morning, after chores, we took our drive. It was pleasant to just go for a nice ride and take a break from our frantic spring planting. And, of course, on the way home, we ate a late lunch at the Effie Café!
Whinny was a very calm 12-hand pony and gentle in every way. It didn’t take me long to write out a check! Now my son, Bill, just has to drive up on one of his days off, pick up our new stock trailer, and go pick up the little mare. We’ll house her here at our place until he gets facilities built for her at home. I know of one little girl who will be thrilled beyond words!
Yesterday, Alisha came over for a trailer load of rotted manure for her garden. We’d loaned one of our small rototillers to her, and a friend’s son, who is a stout young man, tilled up a much bigger spot for a garden than she’d planned. After apprenticing with us and seeing, firsthand, the value of manure, she wants to add some, till it in, then get her garden planted. While she was here, we planted a nice big plot of Glass Gem popcorn, which I’d started indoors three weeks ago. It was very nice, about 4 inches tall when we set it out. I’d also set out the Hopi Pale Grey and San Filipe pumpkin plants that were started indoors. (Hopi is a C. maxima and San Filipe is a C. pepo so they don’t cross.)
Today I’ll get started planting corn in the Main garden and more in what we call Pinky’s Pen (where Pinky the pig used to live). But after a five hour’s drive, maybe I’ll join Will for a little nap first! I think we both ate too much. — Jackie