ahhhhhhhhh. Can you smell it? It’s piney and fresh.
Why it is called glistening snow is beyond me.
I’ve smelled plenty of snow in my day and it never smelled like this candle.
Glade Scented Candles makes a candle called “Glistening Snow“. I love the scent! It makes me homesick for Northern Michigan.
These are the latest books I am reading.
“Savannah Breeze” by Mary Kay Andrews. This is a cute, fast paced book. I am halfway thru it and still enjoying it. My first to read by this author. I would read another one of her books.
Back when I was reading a Jonothan Kellerman book someone commented I should give his wife’s books a try. So I picked up Faye Kellerman’s “Prayers For The Dead” to read. Havent started it yet.
I really enjoyed “Sundowners” by Lesley Lokko! It was a nice suprise, totally different from what I was anticipating.
Back in the early nineties, I was a victim of horse theft. It was not my much loved Scooter who was snatched but a lovely, athletic Appendix registered roping gelding I owned.
Streak is a stout, sorrel with 4 white socks. The kid I sold him to in 1994 still owns him and Streak is living out his retirement years on a ranch North of me. Streak can turn on a dime and was the fastest horse I have ever had the pleasure of riding in my lifetime.
I will try to make a long story short, it is an awful feeling going out to the pasture/barn and realizing someone has stolen your horse.
I noticed Streak was missing right away. His paddock bordered the driveway. When I pulled in I noticed the gate swinging in the wind. The other horses were safe in the far back and out of sight from the road. There were trailer tire marks and hoofprints where he’d been lead up the driveway and loaded into a trailer while hubs and I were away at work.
I called my local Brand Inspector and he got on the ball. Streak had just recently been shod. He was, thankfully, tattooed, which was documented on my AQHA papers.
Then I called the sheriff. The Brand inspector, the sheriff, and I met. We decided to start with the local sales and low and behold, we found Streak on his way to Joplin MO. He was ran thru a sale in another county about 2 1/2 hours away.
Streak was found with in 2 days. I was able to recover Streak 12 days later and bring him home on my birthday in 1991. The same day a deadly, tornadic storm hit Skiatook and our area. We raced home in front of the storm.
Streak was as happy to see me as I was to see him. He was a bit worse for the wear. About 100 pounds leaner and spooked. He calmed down as soon as I got him home safe and sound.
Charges were pressed against the horse thief. He got probation and a huge fine. After all was said and done, the Brand Inspector told me that hanging horse thieves is still legal in the Oklahoma law books! If I had known that when I was furious and frantic with worry about my horse being stolen, I’d have hung a noose from the huge, old, mulberry tree and taken care of that legal business myself.
Below is a letter all horse owners need to read. If your horse isnt branded, microchipped, or tattooed, please consider doing it! Never in my worse nightmares did I ever think of someone snatching my horse. It happened to me in ’91, it can very well happen to YOU.
It is getting close to Christmas and we see an increase of thefts this time of year, especially with kid safe horses and ponies. Do you have anything that falls into this category? Read the story below of an attempted theft in Virginia this past weekend. Now is a good time to take a moment and protect your horses and your property with microchips that you may insert yourself and farm/travel security signs for horses and equipment.
Protect your property and your horses: http://www.netposse.com/merch/paypal.htm
Below is an excerpt from a letter received at Stolen Horse International this weekend.
We live in Bumpass, Virginia, which is in Spotsylvania County Virginia. We never thought living in the country this could happen to us. Well it did. We are very lucky that our horses were not stolen but we feel that we need to warn other horse owners in this area. Three of my horses have tattoos and all five are micro-chipped. I have current pictures with their description in the event they are stolen or missing.
I want to personally thank Debi, as she really opened our eyes. My husband and I met Debi on November 3, 2007 in Richmond Virginia at the Virginia Equine Extravaganza. Debi please keep up the great work!!
On Friday November 2, 2007 at approximately 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm someone or persons attempted to steal my horses but where unsuccessful. It appears they were scared off by either my dog or neighbor. When my husband and I got home we noticed our gate and fence were damaged and the fence post was split in half and pulled out of the ground. There were also tire marks in the field and yard. My horses were very spooked and needless to say so were we. I called the police right away. My neighbor had heard a noise and looked over but could not see much as it was dark. All she heard was a crash and then the sound of a trailer door opening. She said right after the crashing sound and the sound of a trailer door opening, all she could see were the horses running around. My dog Zeus was barking non stop. She was by herself and was afraid to come on the property and tried to call us on our cells phones, but could not find our numbers. When we got home and saw the damage, we called the police. My three other horses who were in a different field were safe but also very spooked. When my neighbor saw that we were home, she came over a told us what she heard. When the police arrived they were very concerned and took a report and told us that they will start patrolling our area more. There are other horse owners on our road and we notified them of what happened to us so that it does not happen to them.
The gate, which even had a padlock on it, was pushed inwards and fence post was broken right out of the ground. We think the trailer hit the gate and pulled forward as the tire marks indicated this. Thank
goodness my horses ran away from it, as they could have gotten hurt. My mare had a few scrapes from the fence wire and was spooked and my gelding was very spooked. It took us awhile to calm everyone down. Once we got them into their stalls and locked them up for the night they finally settled down. We were up all night waiting for the thefts to come back, as the police said they may try again. Well needless to say
we were waiting…
Joyce and Johnny