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Will it be Bionic?

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on December 12, 2008 by Raven

Back in 1991 while at work, I had the misfortune to fall and badly damage my right hand.  The pain was so intense, I thought I was going to pass out. I went to the city doctor (on contract with my employer), who told me that I had just “sprained” my hand. He wrapped it and gave the okay for me to return to work.  I did.  I cried whenever I had to use my hand, the pain was unbearable. A week later, I told my boss that there was “something very wrong with my hand”, she told me that I had to return to the city doctor, instead I went to the ER.  It was there that I was told “Of course, you’re in pain. You shattered all your carpal bones“. For those of you who may not know, there’s eight carpal bones in your hand.

I have had a total of six surgeries to try to “fix my hand”.     To this day, the daily pain is bad….bad….bad.

Back in 1995, during one of the surgeries, my hand surgeon did a partial fusion. He use bone removed from my hip. OUCH!!  It was hoped that it would stabilize my hand and stop the pain.  It took over a year for my hand to heal and work though the PT.  During that time, I lost my job, due to not being able to perform 100% of the duties.

Me..after the 1995 surgery.

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With each surgery I keep thinking…this will be the one to “fix my hand” and it does not.

Over the years, I have had to wear many splints to support my weak hand and to help with the pain.  Some of them….are darn right creepy looking!  Huh!?!  The ones stinky and dirty from horse work  are tossed in the trash!

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S&M ANYONE???  HAHAHA!!

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The circulation in my hand is crap, which means my hand is always cold. So….I’ve had to be a bit creative when it comes to keeping my hand warm.

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I cut the fingertips off cheap work gloves, they keep my hand warm when working with my laptop. If I need more warmth, I use the wool fingertip less glove.

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I also wear “sleeves” under the hard splints to help keep my hand warm, and of course….the funky ones look kinda cool.dsc03074

This one I wear when sleeping. Yes…it’s covered in beagle  hair. HA!dsc03073

Tomorrow morning, I will go in for total fusion of my hand. They will be replacing my bones with cadaver bones, adding a plate, pins, and fixing the loose tendon/ligaments.  This is major ….major work that will be done on my hand.  I’m a little scared.  I am hopeful that it will make my hand stronger and the pain…will finally be gone.

This is what my hand looks like now…hopefully it won’t look too different after tomorrow.

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I’ll be in the hospital for a few days, will be no mail/Internet until I feel well enough to get out of bed.

Ya know something, I’m always amazed at how well animals recover from surgery, and humans take longer. Why is that?

Anywho…when I feel up to it, I’m update you.

And now….for something totally different and off the wall.   Here’s a photo of me when I was a little  girl.    HAHA!    Is that funny or what!  That’s my mom’s hat that I’m wearing.ravenbaby1001

Here’s a cuter one!  My hubby likes to tease me about that tongue sticking out, cuz I still do it when concentrating really hard!

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Okay….I’m out of here. Take care!

Wear Your HELMET!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Raven

I grew up riding horses…without a helmet. Back in the old days, it was a large western hat to help keep the sun out of my eyes. As I grew older, that hat gave way to old baseball caps, they were great…cuz I could tuck my pony tail into the hole in the back of the cap.

Then…my horse Wizard started being hard to handle and we had a few spills. I got scared and got a riding helmet. That was maybe seven years ago.

Now…I do NOT ride Huginn without my riding helmet! In fact I even wear my riding helmet during my mini’s driving lessons.

Sure…they are hot, itchy, big and your hair looks like crap when you take the helmet off, but WHO CARES!

Sure…there is no guarantee that wearing a riding helmet will save your head or your life for that matter.

BUT….WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?? WHY….ASSUME THE RISKS?
It seems that every few months I read or hear about a horse accident with a rider ending up with head injuries, that could have been prevented by wearing a riding helmet.

Helmets are a farily cheap way to insure that your noggin is somewhat protected. Wouldn’t you agree that $50.00 – $100.00 is cheap?

Troxel has a excellent tool on their website to help you figure out which one of their helmets is best for your needs.

Check out the Troxel Helmet Advisor to see which helmet is best for you. They even have a “cowboy hat” looking helmet!

Just in case you are still thinking that helmets are not for you. Then wear one for those you love.

Below is an email that hit my inbox this morning. I gotto tell you, it left me in tears. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman that died over the weekend.

Read it and make you own decision on if a helmet is “right for you“.

Posted with permission and rider’s name was removed upon request. Replaced with XXXX

Dear RAA Riders, fellow club members and friends,

I am writing this letter to each of you tonight after having witnessed a horrible accident this past weekend. It happened in New York – a weekend “get away” with family reunion and wedding we were attending, but the best thing was we were meeting with friends I’ve made over the years back where I was raised as a kid. I couldn’t wait. We all met at Mendon Ponds, a beautiful park I’m sure, to ride together. We never got to ride. A series of calamities happened that will forever change our lives and snuffed the life of one of our riders. She never got to go home to her son.

One of the horses had a bad time in one of the trailers, so a couple of the other horses were spooked. One of the riders, XXXX got on her horse to try to settle it down and ride it down a bit before we rode off. She was not wearing a helmet. Another horse, the same one who had problems in the trailer, bucked his rider off and in doing so the saddle slipped, sending the horse flying around the parked vehicles, close to a road and eventually, as the saddle was still hanging under its belly, the horse took off for parts unknown (later he was caught and has some lacerations, but otherwise survived). XXXX did not. Somehow, her head was smashed against a low limb on a tree, the next thing we knew, she was lying on the ground. What we thought was her breathing was actually her blood pumping out of her body as her brain was no longer functioning to tell the rest of the body to shut down. We didn’t know all that and of course did everything we could, thinking she was still alive. Part of her brain were on the front of her along with a lot of blood.

Why am I sending you this message? Because those of us who were her friends, who were there are still in mourning with this tragedy. Could it have been avoided – we don’t know. But what we do know is that a helmet would at least have protected her head and multiple head injury was listed as the cause of death. So, the next time you think that wearing a helmet is not cool or for sissies – try to stop being so selfish about your beauty and think about what an accident like this does to everyone else around you. Thank God she died, as there wasn’t much brain left on her left side. Does this sound gruesome? I hope so, because as I’m writing this, I’m crying so hard I can’t read what I’m writing. Please, wear a helmet when you ride. The image of XXXX lying on the ground with bits of her brain splattered around in a pool of blood is am image that will be with me for years. Please, put on your helmets – think of those who will find you, those you leave behind, your friends and relatives. They care – and maybe you are doing what you want to do, but there are those of us left who need to try to go on with our lives who will forever be left with a bloody, gruesome scene that will never go away.

PLEASE – WEAR A HELMET.

PS….also please use a breastcollar on your horse! Folks, there are all safety items that serve a very useful purpose!!

Bright Blessings and Reiki sent to all involved in this horrible accident. {{{HUGS}}}

WEAR YOUR HELMET!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Raven


I grew up riding horses…without a helmet.

Back in the old days, it was a large western hat to help keep the sun out of my eyes. As I grew older, that hat gave way to old baseball caps, they were great…cuz I could tuck my pony tail into the hole in the back of the cap.

Then…my horse Wizard started being hard to handle and we had a few spills. I got scared and got my first riding helmet. It was a Troxel. That was maybe eight years ago.

Nowadays …I do NOT ride my Icelandic Horse Huginn, without my riding helmet! In fact I even wear my riding helmet during my mini Dixie’s driving lessons.


My old Troxel saved my head, during a horse spill. I ended up with a hairline fracture on my forehead and a huge concussion. Headache and puking for a few days….but I was alive.

I have three riding helmets; two Troxels (black one and purple one) and one Tipperary.

Sure…helmets are hot, itchy, big and your hair looks like crap when you take the helmet off, but WHO CARES!

Sure…there is no guarantee that wearing a riding helmet will save your head, brain, or your life for that matter.

BUT….WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?? WHY….ASSUME THE RISKS?

It seems that every few months I read or hear about a horse accident with a rider ending up with head injuries, that could have been prevented by wearing a riding helmet.

Helmets are a farily cheap way to insure that your noggin is somewhat protected. Wouldn’t you agree that $50.00 – $100.00 is cheap?

Troxel has a excellent tool on their website to help you figure out which one of their helmets is best for your needs.

Check out the Troxel Helmet Advisor to see which helmet is best for you.  They even have a “cowboy hat” looking helmet!

Just in case you are still thinking that helmets are not for you. Then wear one for those you love.

Below is an email that hit my inbox this morning. I gotto tell you, it left me in tears. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman that died over the weekend.

Read it and make you own decision on if a helmet is “right for you“.

Posted with permission and rider’s name was removed upon request. Replaced with XXXX

Dear RAA Riders, fellow club members and friends,

I am writing this letter to each of you tonight after having witnessed a horrible accident this past weekend. It happened in New York – a weekend “get away” with family reunion and wedding we were attending, but the best thing was we were meeting with friends I’ve made over the years back where I was raised as a kid. I couldn’t wait. We all met at Mendon Ponds, a beautiful park I’m sure, to ride together. We never got to ride. A series of calamities happened that will forever change our lives and snuffed the life of one of our riders. She never got to go home to her son.

One of the horses had a bad time in one of the trailers, so a couple of the other horses were spooked. One of the riders, XXXX  got on her horse to try to settle it down and ride it down a bit before we rode off. She was not wearing a helmet. Another horse, the same one who had problems in the trailer, bucked his rider off and in doing so the saddle slipped, sending the horse flying around the parked vehicles, close to a road and eventually, as the saddle was still hanging under its belly, the horse took off for parts unknown (later he was caught and has some lacerations, but otherwise survived).  XXXX did not. Somehow, her head was smashed against a low limb on a tree, the next thing we knew, she was lying on the ground. What we thought was her breathing was actually her blood pumping out of her body as her brain was no longer functioning to tell the rest of the body to shut down. We didn’t know all that and of course did everything we could, thinking she was still alive. Part of her brain were on the front of her along with a lot of blood.

Why am I sending you this message? Because those of us who were her friends, who were there are still in mourning with this tragedy. Could it have been avoided – we don’t know. But what we do know is that a helmet would at least have protected her head and multiple head injury was listed as the cause of death. So, the next time you think that wearing a helmet is not cool or for sissies – try to stop being so selfish about your beauty and think about what an accident like this does to everyone else around you. Thank God she died, as there wasn’t much brain left on her left side. Does this sound gruesome? I hope so, because as I’m writing this, I’m crying so hard I can’t read what I’m writing. Please, wear a helmet when you ride. The image of XXXX lying on the ground with bits of her brain splattered around in a pool of blood is am image that will be with me for years. Please, put on your helmets – think of those who will find you, those you leave behind, your friends and relatives. They care – and maybe you are doing what you want to do, but there are those of us left who need to try to go on with our lives who will forever be left with a bloody, gruesome scene that will never go away.

PLEASE – WEAR A HELMET.

PS….also please use a breastcollar on your horse!  Folks, there are all safety items that serve a very useful purpose!!

Bright Blessings and Reiki sent to all involved in this horrible accident.  {{{HUGS}}}

Sarah’s New Threads – Much Ado about Nothing

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by Raven

Do we really care that Sarah Palin has a new wardrobe and makeup?

Heck, I’m glad that she has decided not to wear fur on the campaign!  At least with the new threads, no animals were hurt or killed for their fur.

Course, she is wearing knee length leather boots.   But, I have no problem with them there boots. They’re kinda sexy, Sarah. And maybe that is the “look” you’re going for?

I actually have no problem with the RNC spending $150,000.00 on Sarah’s new clothes. I would rather they spend the money to clothe Sarah, then run them damm negative ads. Boy, don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of hearing how bad that “other guy” is. How about telling us what is “good” about your guy!?

Okay, back to Sarah, I’ve got to tell you, I can’t stand the woman. I think she’s off her rocker. And on top of that she is anti-animal and anti-earth.

Sarah is a pretty woman and some pretty women do like to wear pretty clothes.  Sarah is one of them.  Sarah’s a Caribou Barbie doll; boobs, legs, and an air head.

Once a beauty pageant girl….always a pamper princes.

Course.. I don’t know too many down to earth, hockey moms, Mrs. Joe Six-Packs or Mrs. Joe the Plumber from small towns who get a chance to blow $150,000.00 at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sarah, did you know that Target, Kohls, TJ Maxx and other lower budget stores also sell really nice clothes? Or have you tried the “sale racks”?  I guess I would have expected that from the “Wal-Mart” governor who fired the governor’s mansion cook and listed the governor’s private jet on eBay.

Some would say that Sarah was in dire need of a warerobe update?  Here’s a photo of something that she picked out on her own.

Gosh…hum….yes, IMHO…Sarah needed new threads!

Me…I get 90% of my clothes from Goodwill, thrift, second hand and consignment stores. THIS DRIVES MY HUBBY CRAZY!   I think the only things that I purchase new are my “under things” and oh…yea….my riding stuff.

If I were to splurge on anything, it would be on a pair of high end riding breeches.  I would LOVE to own a pair of Icelandic jodhpurs or Equissential breeches. But, at $300.00 a pop, I instead stick that into my gas tank (ANOTHER TOPIC….for ANOTHER DAY!).

Anywho….I hope the democrats don’t take off running with this Sarah’s new wardrobe story. There’s more important issues at hand; the war, oil prices, our economy, homeless, health insurance, etc…etc….etc.  Geez louise, gives me a headache just thinking about it.

I heard this morning that Sarah will donate them new threads to charity after the election.  What I want to know is … will she also be donating her red Naughty Monkey pumps?   I’d love to own those kickers!    I have a par of sexy purple pumps…that I enjoy wearing!

Sarah, you go girl!

If you’re going to pick on Sarah, pick on her for something else.  Like the fact that’s she’s an airhead.  That her mouth is malfunctioning!!

I like Sarah’s new style, love her shoes and boots. I just can not stand the woman!

So, how much do you think Obama paid for his suits?

Okay, I’m out of here, gonna to ride my pony in my big buck saddle.

“I say, are you stuck?”

Posted in Photo of the Day, Ramblings with tags , , , , on October 24, 2008 by Raven
Winnie The Pooh and the Honey Tree

Owl “I say, are you stuck?”

Winnie the Pooh “No, just resting and thinking and humming to myself.”
Oh dear!Do you suppose this horse wanted something sweet from the honey tree?

Oh, oh, help and brother….I’m stuck!

Poor Gracie, she found herself in a pickle.

Christopher Robin “Pooh Bear, there’s only one thing we can do, wait for you to get thin again.”

Winnie the Pooh “Oh bother. How long will that take?”

Eeyore “Days, weeks, months, who knows?”

Winnie the Pooh” books were written by A.A. Milne. They were my daughter Jenni’s favorite children’s book series.   We all loved Edward Bear, known as Pooh to his friends!

As a child, did you love Pooh?  Did you day dream about life in the Hundred Acre Wood?

As Pooh would say “Time for something sweet”.

“Courage in Women is Often Mistaken for Insanity”

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , on September 30, 2008 by Raven

One of my girlfriends sent me this.  It’s an amazing read.  ‘Course, we are all familiar with these women and the fight they fought on our behalf.  I bet some of us even watched the film “Iron Jawed Angels“, if you’re one of those who hasn’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.

It always amazes me…how strong women are.  These were woman that I would have been proud to support and call my “friends”. I would like to believe that I would have been right there…at their side..fighting for our rights.  Yes…I think I would have been strong enough.

No matter what party you are supporting or what causes you are fighting for.  Honor these women and cast your vote on November 4, 2008.

To find your local voting location, just click on “Where to Vote“.

WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived
only 90 years ago.



Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

(Lucy Burns)
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’  They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson‘s White House for the right to vote.


For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

To read their stories please click on Suffrage Prisoners


So, refresh my memory. Some women won’t vote this year because- why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.


Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote republican, democrat, or independent party – remember to vote.

History is being made.

Didn’t I tell ya it was an amazing read! WHAT WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE DO YOU ADMIRE?

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , on September 25, 2008 by Raven

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