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Pip had surgery back at the end of summer for canker in his offside front hoof. It went better than everyone anticipated but he’s still stallbound until the first of the year at least.  He will have another surgery at the end of this month to hopefully route out all the canker and we will be canker free. I can already tell that the hoof is feeling better as he’s quite boisterous on his short stints out to graze.

G is doing well. He’s got a funky abscess thing on his hip that is refusing to heal up properly. Most likely it’s due to the location on the point of his hip that is causing it to heal so slowly. However we will be exploring it more fully over the next few days. It’s very ouchy so I’m loathe to try to mess with it too much without back up.

Everybody else is doing pretty good.  Lucy and Jen are looking fat and sassy, probably the best they have ever looking going into winter which makes me super happy. We have been working very closely with the nutritionist at Tribute to work out a very specific feeding plan for all of them and the effort really shows. Also crediting them with Pip’s fast recovery after surgery as we had a very specific game plan for about a week before and then on going after his surgery.

We are nearing the end of the proverbial bad year. I’ve been counting the days until Thanksgiving when hopefully it will be over. There’s some amusement that I’ve been blogging long enough to see 3 “bad” years.  It’s very macabre amusement at best.

So I’m pretty much going insane from the lack of riding. My last ride was in February and it looks like it will be February or so before Pip is sound enough for riding. Of course I have G but we spent the better part of the summer getting G and his gastric issues worked out and now I have a fat and sassy nearly 18hh divo gelding that I sort of don’t exactly know how to ride. If Pip is the nice reliable, easy to handle Land Rover, then G is the high-end, finicky Lamborghini. Fun to ride, but he just might kill me over a subtle miscommunication. I was working on taking G to lessons with Amy but he didn’t fit on the trailer (1st world horse owner problems) and then L had to take a hiatus from lessons due to her dog’s battle with cancer (seriously… it’s been a bad year).

Come on Thanksgiving!!

So anyway… I’m hoping to do a pen post soon. I’ve kept myself pseudo-sane with a slightly unhealthy pen addiction. I think I’m single-handedly keeping several online pen shops afloat with my Japanese pen addiction. I’ve got a couple of journal related posts planned as well and hopefully I can get those queued up soon.

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Planners and Journals

2017 Journals and Planners

I have always loved planners.  Way back in my hellish days at Erskine, I had a class with some forgettable professor who mentioned briefly that using a DayRunner was only for people who could be dedicated to using it properly. I was insulted that his tone indicated that no one in the lecture had that level of dedication and spurred to have the need to prove him wrong.

A couple of years prior to that I had briefly been an exchange student to Belgium and one of the things assigned to me at school was my first student planner. I loved it and used it even after I returned home for the rest of that school year.

During the time before I was married, when I trained and exercised horses and farm-sat locally, I relied on a DayRunner to keep me on track. I never needed all the features in a DayRunner, but I enjoyed having a planner to map out my day and keep up with my clients and expenses.

After parenthood I needed something smaller and moved into a Sanrio Hello Kitty planner.  It was just a little A6 size 3 ring binder but it kept me on track and it amused me with its bright colors and illustrations.

At some point I decided I needed to be a grown up and moved into a Filofax which I adored… until the elastic broke and it started to fall apart.  Then I moved into a Franklin Covey that also fell apart on me (curse you magnetic closures!). Somewhere along the way I used a couple different Moleskines for farm records and even used spiral notebooks at one point.

A few years ago I ran across Midori Travelers Notebooks and really felt like this was a thing I needed in my life.  It took another year or so to convince myself to purchase one and when I did I opted for a cheaper version just in case it didn’t work out.

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Thanksgiving 2015

Long story short, I love TNs. My brother is also a fan and we spent a recent Thanksgiving making various versions of notebooks and inserts. I was in love with the Tomoe River paper that Midori uses in their inserts so instead of buying the Midori inserts I bought a ream of TRP and made my own.  Aren’t I clever? I use many of these inserts in a year as I use my standard TN for art journalling and mind-dump journalling.  I use my larger B5 TN for all my farm and horse records.

However they still did not fulfill my planner needs.

Enter the Hobonichi Techo.
I got my first Hobonichi last year and because I was nervous about ordering something too expensive that I would not like, I opted for one of the cheaper iterations… the A6 English Planner with one of the simpler pink covers.

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2016 Hobonichi and TN journal (and a hatchet!? must have been a bad night!)

It was love.

I know most people who use the Hobonichi are quite talented artists and do these beautiful watercolors and stamped themes.

I am not that person.

I used my little A6 to simply record the things that were going on and to keep me on schedule… with the occasional sticker or washi tape thrown in for kawaii effect.

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2017 Hobonichi Cousin Sunflower

So for my birthday, J surprised me with the bigger A5 Cousin with the ohhh so lovely Sunflower leather cover.

I can’t even.

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Daily Spread Hobonichi Cousin

I have been in the Cousin since the first of the year and with it I have found complete planner peace.  I still use it primarily as a planner, but also as a way to record the highlights of the day and an expense tracker.  I have succumbed to the sticker frenzy and while my dailies will never be artist quality, they make me happy to flip back through and that’s winning right?

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2017 Hobonichi Weeks Meow Meow (gaaahhhh it’s so cute)

He also gave me a Hobonichi Weeks in the Meow Meow cover. It’s a week on one page with notes on the facing page. I use it to record farm expenses and important animal information.

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Weeks Interior

I think there is a lot to be said for liking the esthetic of a planner/journal and the feel of the paper and the look of the covers really feels all of my needs.  My family knows that my planner has nearly holy book level status as I use it to keep up with all the little minutiae that used to clutter up my brain instead.  It is, in effect, my external memory storage device of choice!

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