Still have not heard from Dave about the little baby burro........
Saturday night went well, I finished both main events with my straightened race car and it did just fine. Well, except for jumping out of gear a few times. When we got it back from getting straightened, with John's messed up hand, he and Larry just made sure it was back together. Unfortunately one of the motor mounts probably got torn up when I hit the wall and was allowing the transmission to move around and jump out of gear.
In both races I had managed to move up on the 3rd place car and was in the process of passing, when it jumped out of gear, which besides being a surprise, takes valuable time to push in on the clutch and shift back into 3rd. The 1st time I pushed on the brake first, which doesn't help at all......!!! LOL So I finished 4th in both races. This morning they posted the end of the year points and I finished in 3rd as we expected. The banquet is in January and probably in late Feb or early March we can start the new season. The two guys that finished 1st and 2nd are moving up to another class, so maybe I'll have a chance for a championship next year. Either that or I'll be so old and creaky I won't be able to climb in the window opening..........LOL John says if that happens, he'll cut the opening down to give me more room, he's always so helpful..........!!!
I think we've decided to race this car rather than build a new car and John wants to have the motor freshened, so he'll be busy even though we aren't racing. He's also planning on having a roll cage put in the Neon we got last week over the winter, just in case I need a backup. I'm going to have enough race cars to have my own race, if I can find enough drivers, at this rate..........LOL
His hand is still pretty swollen and we think it might have a crack, the x-ray missed. He was going to go in this morning and have it looked at, but decided he'd wait for awhile. I could take the stitches out today, but since it's still swollen I'll wait too........!!!
Got to use our new "donkey" stock this week. We had it made last spring and they took measurements, but it was still not really convenient for the donkeys, since they come in different sizes. I got in touch with the company that made it, and for some reason they weren't as eager to fix it as they had been to build it. I called a few times and basically gave up. Our neighbor Vic talked to Tyler the farrier and they agreed on a plan.
Just got it back the day before Tyler came and he was really pleased with the changes. Vic was here to show off the "tricks" it has and we're all of the opinion it's a better fix than we would have gotten with the company anyway.
We will use it for the cripples and the cranky ones. Gigi and Penny both are a real handful when it comes to giving up possession of their feet. I was worried about whether the ones with feet issues could "jump" up in it or if they even would. In fact John buried it in the ground when we first got it. But we had 3 of them in it while Tyler was here and none of them had a problem getting on it. And they were much easier to work on, it's almost like once they are in the stocks they give up the fight........which is a good thing....!!
Penny knows the sound of Tyler's truck and also Dr. Jeremy's truck. She is not a fan of either of them and we usually try to get a halter on her before she gets a chance to hear the truck coming down the road. Tyler was early and we hadn't got her haltered. When it came time she decided, "no halter today, thank you". She can be a formidable opponent. Tyler has a helper that is very tall, very young and very strong. He grabs a halter and off he goes into battle. For a few minutes it looked like he might have met his match. She was rearing up over his head and he was hanging on. He's strong enough that he could direct her flying feet away from him and she finally gave up. She was so mad she wouldn't even take a cookie from anyone for awhile............ She followed John to the stock and hopped up like it was her idea and later on after getting her feet trimmed, decided to take cookies if offered. LOL
We decided to wait a while longer before letting the donkeys over on Burroland all day. We might not see many beans, but when we do poo 101 there is a lot of beans in some of the poo and of course it is the ones that are already fat. So they are only getting 5 hours a day, and they are still on short rations. Haven't seen any ribs yet, so I guess they are doing OK............!!!
Last night John got a big surprise when he went to let the donkeys out at bedtime. He always checks to make sure everyone ate their supper. When he went to check Penny's there was a rattlesnake right by her feeder, she had already left the area. John said at first he thought it had a piece of hay in it's mouth, but that turned out to be what was left of a mouse that was headed down his throat, the end of the tail. YUCK....!!! They are so vulnerable when they are in the process of eating and can eject a possibly hard earned meal if they feel threatened enough to feel the need to bite. John quickly backed off and closed the gate, so none of the donkeys could get in the pen. We get a little casual about checking for snakes sometimes, this time of year they are moving around and getting ready to hibernate and we really should be on guard, but sometimes we forget.