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Now for the train ride back from Keystone.  If you have never been to keystone you can see some of the city street in first pic.  Also got a good shot of the loco running around.

This railroad has a lot of curves making it fun to see the engine if you are in the last car.

Now we are off to Mt Rushmore then Loud American in Sturgis for beef tips. After dinner we head to Wall.

Anybody tired of the vaca yet?

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Well, just go back and get a picture of those mountain goats!

RRW, I've really enjoyed my--I mean your-- vacation! You're a good egg to load all those photos and take us along. Thank you.

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Good for your garden, Queen! I only planted tomatoes ten days ago but one has a bloom. I named them Fred and Sally. I think they will produce more if they have names. I've never tried anything else because I've always had next door neighbors who plant enough vegetables for the whole county. And until last year, I couldn't even get tomatoes to grow.

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Jubal I post pics from my phone.  It is stupidly easy to attach.  We don't carry cameras while traveling.

QB your potted garden is going crazy.  I was thinking of potting tomatoes in my pails then put them in the pool room of the motel for an early start.

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I loved your vacation!  

Q - Sounds like you enjoyed the chili cookoff in spite of the non-participation of the Fire Department and the organizers.  The Fire Dept not participating would have really bummed me out.

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OK last big stop of the what feels like a never ending road trip.

Wall Drug.  Didn't get a free water or 5 cent coffee.  Instead found a new sheep skin for my chair.

Shortman is trooper putting up with silly pics.  

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So I lied.  We stopped to the massive museum in Murdo.  At this rate we will never make it home.

Hubby always wanted at wood boat.  Now he found a new dream, wood car.

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Yay, Wall Drugs!  I bought some oversized postcards there with facsimile western news papers on the front. I framed them and they hung in my kitchen for years. I'd forgotten I still have them.

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OK so we made a drive by tourist trap.  Corn Palace in Mitchell.  

Believe we are done but hubby is driving so we will see.

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They're building a four lane highway over my first horse's gravesite.  It's on the first farm I owned, back in Virginia.  I thought I would always live there, but I got married and sold it.  My own dad, who owns a small property next door, was the one that pushed for development.  He has been asking the planning commission to develop his land for years.  He doesn't need the money.  It's just plain greed.  I expressed my dismay, but fat lot of good that will do now.  He just didn't think.  I have her tail, but it sickens me thinking about those big trucks pushing up her bones and carting them away.  

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LC, I'm so sorry.  (((hugs)))

RRW, my fave pic is shortman on the jackalope and that wooden car really is beautiful.  Toothpicks if you crash it, though!

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Thanks, Heidi.  

I made a stupid mistake on our new farm.  I asked my dad to buy the three acres next door to keep it from being developed.  We asked if we could buy it back from him later.  It was a big thing to ask, but he offered to help.  Now, all he's been doing is scheming on how to develop it.  It doesn't cost very much, but it's more than we have right now.  

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LC, could you arrange to pay your dad a small amount periodically? You could then have it under contract and avoid having it developed.

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21 hours ago, jubal said:

LC, could you arrange to pay your dad a small amount periodically? You could then have it under contract and avoid having it developed.

He is not one to do that with.  He changes his mind and tries to control us, if we owe him money.  We had to just back way off and say we couldn't afford it.  If we can save enough, we would buy it outright.  

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Sounds like he is just trying to find easy $$.  

Been a busy shopping day.  Bought lawn care items so have to get busy put ng together then weed & feed.

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Our tractor is fixed!   It still needs some work to get the scoop fixed, but I was able to mow the pasture yesterday.  We were looking for someone local who could fix it, but the people that were recommended were too busy.  Finally, this neighbor who always brings his little girl down the road to visit our donkey turns out to be a small engine repair person.  I am always nice to people who bring their kids by.  Our animals love kids.  When I mentioned the tractor, he left and came back with his tool bag to help us out.  He'll be back to fix the scoop after he orders parts.  Very reasonable, too.  We don't have a trailer big enough to haul our tractor, so it helps us a lot.  One less worry.  Now, if I could just sell these two cows, we'd have a good stocking rate for our pastures.  

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LC sire was nice of your neighbor to help you out.  We have four vehicles waiting at the shop to get fixed.  To little time & not enough help where we take our stuff.  Won't go to another garage as this one does good work.

Boy it will be nice to have school done.  The battles are getting old.  Time of year for being active & outside are here.

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I just want to say that this little girl blows me away everytime she comes to the farm. She needs no prompting or suggesting. I look over, and this is what I see her doing. Yep, I know she doesnt have Margarita tied correctly and Im aware she isnt picking her hoof totally properly, but just the initiative she takes to DO IT blows me away. 

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It is a great thing to be able to work with someone so willing to learn, isnt it?

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RRW, I hear you loud and clear on the school thing.  It's the age, I think.  I sub many grades and the most drama is always in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  It changes a bit in the middle grades '(6th, 7th, and 8th) because the boys start to realize that girls are kinda cute, lol!  Teasing between boys and girls goes up and the dislike between certain boys intensifies, but they all seem to settle down a bit in other ways.  There is more obvious 'showing off'' by boys.  LJ is finishing up 5th and he is DONE, lol!  I love how dramatic ten year olds can be.  

Queen, looks like a good kid.  Keep her away from the boys as long as possible, lol!

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18 hours ago, noponies said:

It is a great thing to be able to work with someone so willing to learn, isnt it?

Yes! Shes such a natural too. I was considering selling Margarita a few months ago. Shes sassy with Zoey and Zoey isnt even interested at all anymore in horses. I figured maybe Margarita would be too sassy for beginners but yet had some show experience under her belt, her kid was no longer interested, and shes not Zarinnas favorite, so it was the right time to sell her. Buuut, Im so glad I didnt. Given all the horses to work with, Lyric picks Margarita, and I think Margarita likes Lyric. I havent seen any sassyness and when that picture was taken Margarita had fallen asleep while Lyric brushed her. I think theyre a good fit. Lyric will be showing Margarita in trail obstacles next Saturday.

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On 5/14/2019 at 9:33 PM, little cow said:

They're building a four lane highway over my first horse's gravesite.  It's on the first farm I owned, back in Virginia.  I thought I would always live there, but I got married and sold it.  My own dad, who owns a small property next door, was the one that pushed for development.  He has been asking the planning commission to develop his land for years.  He doesn't need the money.  It's just plain greed.  I expressed my dismay, but fat lot of good that will do now.  He just didn't think.  I have her tail, but it sickens me thinking about those big trucks pushing up her bones and carting them away.  

Im in Virginia. Curious as to where your horses gravesite/old farm is.

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QB so long as the horse is a trooper there is no point in over correcting what she is doing.  At least that is what I'd do.

LC the past 4 months it has been about the hair.  Can also see how he is trying to be cool with body language.  However the hearing is worse as there is more yelling to get things done.

Yesterday it was beautiful out.  We worked like crazy to get outdoor clean up done as Mich as possible.  Got a good chunk done & good thing since it has been pouring rain since early morning.  S

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3 hours ago, QueenBAW said:

Im in Virginia. Curious as to where your horses gravesite/old farm is.

Chesapeake.

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Oh yes.  I think some days I spend half my time yelling at LJ.  He gets distracted so easily.  Nothing wrong with him.  He's just ten.  I send him off to do something and he gives me a blank look when I find him wandering about looking at a bug, lol!  Oh, these are the sweet days though.  No puberty, yet.  

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Oh I bring up "What are you going to do when he's 16"  Hubby doesn't get it.  Fingers crossed it is sugar & pie, but when personalities are to alike it will probably be fireworks.

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