October 5th, 2003


Crabmeat, Shrimp, and the Touchy Taste Bud

Marthy wrote about craving shrimp served with ketchup mixed with lemon, lettuce and Ritz crackers, which I once served her. She leaves out something, but I can't remember which thing it is...

So, then, of course, *I* start to crave it, but put the package back the last trip to the grocery, trying to save a bit on my bill.

I have crab meat salad in the fridge, but no milk, which is a MUST to accompany it. You dip the Ritz cracker substitute into the crab meat, then take a drink of milk... (well, swallow first.) On the good side, I eat chocolate the same way. Not with a sip of cider, not with a sip of water... nor with orange juice or grape juice... it MUST be milk...

Every time I go to town and get groceries, even if I only need bread and milk, I spend $50, so I am trying NOT to go until I NEED that much. Of course, that may lead to bills of $100, who knows? This is an untested theory.

On the Road Again

Jess wanted to take Pandemonium Cortaj (Mizan Taj Halim x Pandemonium Coqet) and go to a trail ride with his mother this afternoon. They decided not to go, but still wanted to ride on this perfect fall day.

Jess is SPOILED. He didn't want to ride one of hers... She came over with him and they rode Cortaj and Pandemonium Adagio (ROL Raven x Pandemonium Cariñosa). They went rough riding (always an adventure with Jess!)

"Things went fine," Jess reported, (who is in college and has mastered the quixotic use of understatement) but to get back to the road, they had to ride through an unharvested corn field. Corn is TALL, over the horse's heads, and CRACKLY. Cortaj was last ridden a year ago...and only greened for a short 30 days, then. So, the cornfield was where Jess decided the monsters were hiding on this trip. (They vary their location so you can't fall asleep while you are aboard...)

Nan said she'd take the better broke Adagio through first. She'd been having a bit of trouble with Miss Dagi and her wayward eating. Nan isn't overly corrective, so will let her mount get away with things more forceful riders correct automatically.

"She'll probably EAT her way down the row," quipped Jess.

Cortaj got her foot caught in a vine and was unable to get it out, so Jess dismounted and set her free. When he got back to the road, she'd cut her foot a bit tugging on the vine.

Dagi, who had been Miss Mellow after sweating herself up making them corner her in the lot before getting caught, saw something exciting. Jess thought is was probably some blowing leaves. She decided she was SPOOKED, so she turned her little self right around (this mare could REIN in a heartbeat...she's very handy.) The saddle went sideways, so Nan stepped off.

"I fell off," Nan announced when they returned. I must have looked suitably shocked, as she then continued, "Not really. I just wanted to see what you'd say."

But I noticed that her nice white blouse was a bit dirty in several places, so I thought she really did hit the ground...and said so. Nope. Dagi slobbered on her...

(Once, when Adagio was pretty green, a part Indian fellow who is an expert rider, was going to ride her bareback. Using the well cover to mount, he rode her forward a step. She was between the gate and the others, me on Lucretia and Sue on Angelina... and in an area the length and width of her body, she spun three complete circles as fast as she could go. I got dizzy just watching. He calmly rode her forward after that, and she never made another misstep. Most people would have been in the dirt after turn one...)

Ah, such adventures we have!

I shot actual film, (not any of the exciting stuff, though...) so photos will have to wait for processing.

Last of a Bloodline

Sun, 5 Oct 2003 14:50:16 -0500
Hi, Sandy,

Sorry that Dave and I are such miserable corespondents. We rarely use our email. We do check into your web site on occasion to see how things are with you.

I just wanted to tell you the we had to put Love (Pandemonium Deelovly [PtHA Champion Jay Dee x Hamorita]) down yesterday. She was 28 and doing well with a lot of pampering. In the last couple months, she had frequent times when she would lay down and not be able to get up, so we would have to call the vet for Banamine IV.

This weekend, no matter how much bute and banamine we gave, she could not get up, and we thought she looked in pain. So we made the decision to put her out of pain.

This summer a 4H kid (we are leaders!) showed Love and won a blue and 2 reds in showmanship, & walk/trot classes. She was our best riding horse.

Love's last foal, Clark, won blue and red in the 4H open show in English pleasure and equitation (his only classes). Clark was ridden by our previous 4H kid.

She was a great horse, Sandy. All the others are old, but ok.

Hope that everything is ok with you and wanted you to know this sad news.

Linda & Dave


Yes, it is always sad, but she had a good life, and brought joy to many, many folks along the way. She always was and will continue to be one of my favorites.

She was on my mind today. When Jess was here, I was talking to him about a mare someone in Florida had and just loved, Casi Pandemonium, (ROL Raven x Pandemonium Cariñosa) and miscalled her dam as Deelovly. Jess really teased me, but I see connections... (My mother miss-calls me all the time... First, I'll be my aunt, both sisters, then me... Must be something hereditary.)

I've also been waiting to hear about Gai Carousel (*Lancers Sahm x Gai Tapestry), who is in a retirement home, and 26... We're all aging. I don't recommend it, but it happens anyway.