Well, June has been utterly insane, without any time to spend updating the blog - and this will just be a quickie. It seems lately that I have more projects than arms to deal with them. Wish I could afford to hire an assistant (or get a clone!).
I'm eyeballs deep in saddle work - everything from strip flocks to billets to bridle repairs to the Crosby that needed the seat seam re-sewn (which is ready to reassemble, and yes, I promise I'll blog about it). I've also been doing tons of fittings, barn calls, sales and consulting, and am setting up a bench at home so I can get my "big" repairs out of the shop and into a space where I can get to them without feeling as though I'm neglecting my saddle-buying customers.
In the personal life, there was a garden to get in, a fat-but-not-in-foal mare to cycle (the semen shipped today, so we'll breed tomorrow and Wednesday - think "foal," please!), the usual chaos that accompanies 2 sons at the end of the school year, and some major renovations on the kitchen and dining area that started with my husband innocently saying, "You know, that barn board's been up since I can remember. I wonder what's under it?" (Renovations are still ongoing, but the electricians were there today, so we can start putting up sheet rock tomorrow, and hopefully we'll be done in a week or so.)
And the rain - good grief, the rain! I feel as though we're having our own monsoon season. I don't think we've had more than 3 or 4 dry days this month, which means that haying has been delayed by over 3 weeks. And rain is forecast right through to the 4th of July, and then we'll have to wait for the fields to dry out before we can think of putting a tractor on them ... This isn't making for happy people here in the shop, since Edie's the Chief Haymaker and the rest of us help out and get our hay from her. First cut doesn't promise much, but fortunately my mare's an air fern - in case that wasn't obvious from the earlier "Is she pregnant" photos!