Pony Pedicure

 Posted by at 3:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172014
 

A little after eight yesterday morning a farrier came over to trim the horses hooves, and even though it was at least two hours before my normal wakeup time, I was out of bed and ready to watch. I mean, how many times do you get the opportunity to see a pony pedicure?

We have been amazed at how patient and well behaved Hailey’s horse Pixie is. She just stands there calmly while Hailey grooms her, braids her mane and tail, and picks her hooves and never blinks an eye. But she didn’t like getting her feet messed with by this stranger. She didn’t kick or bite, but she sure didn’t cooperate either. The farrier had to muscle her around and let her know who was boss to get the job done. I have added farrier to the list of careers I’m very glad I don’t have.

Farrier and Pixie

Farrier and Pixie 2

Terry and I both have back problems, and for years we have tried to find a mattress that will give us a comfortable nights’ sleep. We have tried a Sleep Number airbed and a couple of innerspring mattresses and have not been happy with any of them. We have talked to several people with memory foam mattresses who seem to be very happy with them, so last week we ordered a Night Therapy Elite 12" MyGel Ultimate Memory Foam Mattress from Sam’s Club. It has thousands of gel beads for better air flow movement, which makes it cooler, since one complaint we have heard about memory foam is that it can be hot to sleep on.

It arrived yesterday in a cardboard box that measured 22x22inches by five feet long. We carried the box inside and carefully tore it away, revealing the mattress rolled up tightly inside. Once we removed the plastic wrapping it unrolled and quickly expanded to it’s full queen size of 60×80 inches We left it lay flat for twelve hours or so before Terry put on the sheets and blankets, and by the time you read this we’ll have had our first nights’ sleep on it. Hopefully it will be a good one.

Bed rolled up

Mattress unrolled 2

Mattress unrolled

I spent most of the day with my friend Jim Lewis, helping him sort through some things and talking about the recent loss of his wife and what life holds in store for him next. Just a quiet time with a good friend and I think we both needed it.

When I got back to Tiffany’s place, her husband Scott replaced several struts on our motorhome’s bay doors. Hopefully I won’t have them coming down on top of my head any more. I’ve learned from experience that it hurts!

We finished just in time for a delicious dinner of Miss Terry’s homemade chicken noodle soup, along with yeasted biscuits. And yes, the recipes are in her cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. Tiffany and Scott keep trying to talk us out of leaving next week but Scott says if I have to go, maybe Terry should stay behind. Yeah, he likes her cooking too.

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  6 Responses to “Pony Pedicure”

  1. I hope you sleep as well on that type of mattress as we do. We have one in our camper, which means we leave the dinette seats folded down into a bed all of the time, which was the norm for us, except when we were moving from one place to the next. We’re going to have to do something about the bed in the stick house though, either replace the mattress……. or just go RVing for a while. 😉

  2. We love our sleep number, but everyone’s different. We’re hoping that you had a good night of sweet dreams last night with the new set up.

  3. What is under your mattress? Plywood? Or is a box spring needed?

    Be sure to let us know how this sleeps.

  4. Dick, it just has a wooden platform underneath

  5. We have the thinner memory foam topper that is about 4 inches thick and have it on top of a mattress in our RV. I agree with you, it is very comfortable and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Never have back aches.

  6. We love our Sam’s Club memory foam mattress. Have had it for about 4 years.

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