Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Humane Society Visit

Had fun today with the grands and my DIL. We took T and D over to the Humane Society for a tour and to visit with the animals. They were very excited about this as we have been talking about doing it for some time now. It's school vacation so this was the perfect time to go.

We visited all the hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and rats first. The little mice running on their wheel was a bit hit. Then the bird room with the ring necked doves and parakeets. The doves not only coo but make a funny giggling noise! The two babies that were featherless and tiny only three weeks ago are almost the same size as the parents and are starting to fly.

Next we went into the cat area. We had to put antibacterial stuff on our hands after touching each cat that we petted so that we didn't inadvertently spread any kind of virus that might be floating around. D fell in love with Pork Chop a big gray male tabby that loved attention. He won't be there long!

On to the dogs where we have quite a number of different breeds in now. One we really liked was a Border Collie-Corgi mix! He is the cutest thing, looks like a border collie with SHORT legs! Another one we liked was a big Newfoundland named Andy. He was shy but a real nice boy, just BIG! D said we could ride him like the ponies!

We saw all the other rooms where surgery is done, training, kitchen where their food is prepared, intake area, isolation area where the strays are put until they can be checked out, given shots and have a check up. They have a nice little store there with all sorts of products for cats and dogs.

The kids enjoyed it and some of the pictures that I took D is going to use for a school project that is due soon. We went to Longhorn for lunch which was delicious and then headed home.

The lady that owns the stable where I board my guys in the winter had a bad accident on Monday. She was up high on an aluminum ladder cleaning snow off the barn roof and for some reason it slipped and she came down landing on her back. She couldn't move so had to lay there until her husband came home which thankfully wasn't too long. They took her to the hospital and after a long day of tests found out she fractured a bone that's around her spine. It's in the lower lumbar region and could have been so much worse then it is with paralysis involved.

I went up to the hospital to see her on Tuesday and she is being fitted for a body brace that she will wear for possibly three months. They don't think they will have to do surgery at this point which is good. She still is in a lot of pain even with strong pain meds so I hope that subsides once she gets the body brace on to give her back some support.

Obviously she won't be able to do anything in the barn for quite some time. She has an adult son and her husband is retired so they will do a lot of it plus we will all help out. There are three of us......ahem......'older' women that board there so we will help feed and do anything else that needs to be done. She's in her late 60's and not one to sit around so this is going to be hard. We sent flowers today so that she knows we are thinking of her. To land from roof high on to frozen ground is just a horrible assault on your body but I'm just glad it wasn't any worse then it was.

Want to send a big THANK YOU to Mikael over at Rising Rainbow for awarding me the Van Gogh's Ear Award! It always makes my day to receive an award from one of my fellow bloggers! Mikael is one of the most knowledgeable horse people around and her posts are wonderfully written. I have learned so much about training horses from her and always look forward to whatever subject she is talking about. Thanks Mikael!

Apparently, this Van Gogh's Ear Award is for blogs that are making a difference in the blogosphere. It's creator said, "We are all artists in our own way, be it art, photography, writing, philosophy, comedy, or blogging, and we all go a little crazy sometimes. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else."

Now I am supposed to pass it on to 5 people and I will do that soon. I'm going to try to pick five that I have never given an award to yet so this will take some thought.

Several of you asked for the recipe for the apple turnovers that T and D made here this weekend. It is as follows:

Quick Apple Turnovers

1 cooking apple peeled and chopped

3 T sugar

2 T chopped walnuts

2 T raisins (we didn't have any so left them out)

1/4 t cinnamon

1 can (8oz) refrigerated crescent roll dough

cinnamon/sugar for top

Preheat oven to 350* then mix together the apples, sugar, nuts, raisins and cinnamon in small bowl.

Then you separate the dough into 8 triangles stretching each one slightly.

Spoon a heaping tablespoon of apple mixture into center of each triangle

Fold corners over filling and pinch edges together to seal.

Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and pop them in the oven.

Bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown. (I cooked ours a bit too much) Cool about 20 minutes on wire rack before serving with ice cream. Makes 8. Enjoy!

Guess that's it for tonight. We're expecting snow tomorrow! Yippee!


Mrs Mom said...

YUMMMMM.... I see turnovers in my future soooon! hehehe

What a great day at the shelter with the kids. That had to be a blast. Great program your shelter has too- we dont have anything like that down here. In fact, I dont think I have lived anywhere that DID have a program quite like that. Great example for others to look to!!!

Will be sure ot keep your barn owner in our prayers too. Thats a long hard fall, and backs are just tricky. Heres hoping for a speedy strong recovery for her!!!

Much love to you Dear Midlife Mom!!!! Enjoy your snow! (We are looking at severe t-storms. Kind of ho-hum actually! LOL)

Alice Grace said...

Wow what a great day you had with the children at the shelter! I am sure it was hard for them to leave those wonderful animals! You are making memories with those sweet children! The turnovers sound wonderful!
I am sorry to hear about your barn owner's accident. I will pray for her speedy recovery/

PEA said...

Awwww I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of the kids visiting all those animals at the shelter, makes me wish I could have been there:-) Only problem is, I would have wanted to bring every one of them home! lol Anytime I go visit a pet shop or shelter, I need to be dragged away! lol Speaking of shelters, there's a big debate going on right now in my's the link if you want to read the article and comments.

Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear of your friend's fall from a ladder! She certainly is very lucky that she wasn't paralyzed!!! I pray that she has a full recovery.

Congratulations on receiving that Van Gogh Ear award...I'd never seen that one before, quite unusual! lol

Thank you for sharing your Apple Turnovers recipe, I'm printing it out right now:-) Love you lots! xoxoxox

hippo chick said...

I do get your grands mixed up so don't know whether it is D or T with the cool hat. I am such a hat lover. I could never go to the Humane Society. I would want to bring every dog home. I have agreed with hubby to not have a dog for now. Maybe in ten years or so when we don't travel so much.

OR maybe sooner, if the economy continues in a downward spiral and we can no longer afford to travel. Whichever, God will allow me to be content, I'm sure.

I'll be praying for your friend from the barn. She is lucky to have some "older" ladies to help h er out. In my mind, older is maybe 85 or 90.

~hippo hugs~

Susan said...

I enjoyed your post on the visit to the animal shelter.I love animals.I would have a house full if I could.Sorry to hear about your friend.My prayers are with her.Thanks for sharing the receipe.It sounds so good.Have a great weekend and God Bless.

Susie said...

What a great learning experience to visit the shelter! I'll have to suggest that as a school project for my daughter's class..
How scary to fall from that ladder. A real blessing she wasn't badly hurt. You and your friends are so thoughtful to pitch in and help.
Thanks for posting the turnover recipe.. They look and sound delish.
love you,

Dawn said...

That sounds like such a fun day with the grands. I can tell they loved animals as much as you do.

Yikes - that poor lady! I can't imagine first of all falling, then lying in the freezing cold. The pain sounds horrendous. Just yikes!

The turnovers look and sound so yummy, but I really want to keep off the pounds that the "flu diet" took away!

palmtreefanatic said...

Those turnovers sound so yummy!!!!!

Those are some great and fun pics you got of the kids at the shelter...awesome!

Andrea said...

Oh goody, I get to make those now!! They looked so yummy!!

And what a great idea to go and visit the Humane Society. It's great that they got a huge tour like that!! So neat. I have a hard time going there because I want to take all the animals home!! :)

And I do, do scrapbooking. I did digiscraping for a while. I worked for Oscraps for about a year.

Suzy said...

The recipe for turnovers looks really good, I'm gonna try that.
Every kid loves amimals,don't they !!!

kdwhorses said...

What a great trip with the G kids!

Sorry to hear about the barn owner, praying she has a quick recovery.

Apple turnovers, those sound delish!

Margaret Cloud said...

Those pictures are so nice, kids really like going out to the Humane Society, I don't like seeing them caged but it is better than being on the street. The turnovers sound so yummy, I guess I will have to make some.

Nancy said...

What a great trip to the shelter for your grands!!! Wish I could have tagged along!!! I can't go as I always come home with another...I have some smoky gray ones like that one pic. They are great cats. Your shelter is a MODEL shelter and should be showcased to other areas around the country.

Sorry to hear about your friend's fall. She is lucky that she isn't paralyzed from a fall such as that. And the older we get, the harder we land, or so it seems. Prayers going out for her for a speedy recovery!!! Nice that you all are pitching in to help out with the horses.

Congrats on the award! That's a pretty neat one if you read all that is scripted on the edge and folds of the ear.

I printed off a recipe you and your granddaughter (T or D...I get them mixed up) made one time before, but I keep forgetting to get a can of Mountain Dew or Sprite, whatever it was. I'll have to check and see which recipe that one was. I'll print this one off, too. I like quick, easy recipes when I bake just for myself.

Enjoy your weekend! Back to work for me!

((( HUGS )))

Tonya said...

Love T's hat. They are getting so big.

That's awful about the barn owner. Hope she makes a speedy recovery!

I may have to try those turnovers soon.


Tammy said...

Loved this visit to the Humane Society! I bet it's so hard not to fall in love with so many of them!

Our home school group is going on a field trip to a local veternarian's office in about a week, so that will be interesting!

I didn't read all of your post below yet...hope you had a nice "February vacation"...something you do realize that we westerners don't get over here at all! Do you get spring break, too? We get just a week off some time usually at the end of March.