Saturday, January 30, 2010

Knock, knock

Not my favorite thing to wake up to at 610am
on a Saturday morning (also 5 wildly barking dogs didn't help).

As I peal my eyes open and try to figure out what is going
on I hear it again.

Knock, knock.

Not the door bell, but someone actually
knocking on my door and
it's really just a little after 6a.

I stumble around looking for a robe and the hubby
says, don't answer it - probably someone wanting
something - What? He turns over and goes back
to sleep. Big help he is right?

I make it downstairs and the dogs are just freaking out.
I turn on the light and they instantly become silent.
That is strange, never happened before.

I peer out my door and see some man standing
there that I've never seen before and he is saying something
I can't hear/understand - no coffee yet -
I figure well if he is an ax murder I'm in trouble cuz the
hubby is currently snoozing in bed, but hey this is WI
and surely this guy isn't an ax murder and the odds are good
the dogs will protect me - insert big laugh here -.

I open the door and this guy says
"You got a couple of mini horses and some big horses?"
I stammer out yes, he says "Well, they are up on the highway
racing up and down it and I almost hit the big white one."


I hurriedly thank him, slam the door and run for some clothes!
Heart pounding, I race up the stairs to get dressed and
meet Chyann and Caden as they are coming down.
I yell out what is going on and they run to put their winter stuff on.

In record breaking time we are out to the barn with flashlights
to see what's what. I'm glad we had that full moon
shining because it really lit everything up.

Sure enough only Gypsy is at the barn
(I was really hoping this guy was wrong and it was the neighbors
horses that were out - they have a big Appaloosa that
might be mistaken for Jenny) and she was just frantic!

I grab some halters and ropes while the kids look for any
downed fence. They find the section that is down back
by Copper and Scotch comes running from out of no where
scarring the crap out of the kids. I threw out some hay for
Gypsy and Scotch hoping this would keep them at the house
while we looked for the others.

Chyann said there were tracks from our house to Coppers'
owners place on a trail that runs between our homes.
When we reach the neighbors place they are coming
down their driveway and stop to see what we are doing (they
are going to a wrestling tournament) said they'd keep an
eye out for the horses.

The kids and I head back to our place
on the trail, Chyann takes the low trail and Caden and I
are on the high trail (small ridge) when Caden says I think I see
one of them on the road. Sure enough off in the distance,
maybe 200 yards, in the moonlight we can see the three of them
running down the highway away from our house.
I whistle for them (I have an amazingly loud whistle) and they
turned around heading back our way right down
the middle of the highway!

I shout for Chyann that they are headed home and we race
for the barn.

Holy cow, do you know how hard it is to run with snow
pants and bunny boots on through approximately 6" of snow?
Well, it's not a pretty sight let me tell you.

Finally making it back to the barn they are at the gate,
freaking out! Gypsy and Scotch are racing up and down
the fence also freaking out. When I notice headlights coming
down the driveway. Oh, no. I'm scared. I hope no one is hurt.
I can just picture someone trying to avoid hitting one of our
horses and driving off into a ditch or hitting a telephone pole.
But, thankfully it's just the neighbors wanting to let us know
they saw them heading our way and asking if we needed help.
Nope, so they left. That was nice of them though.

Chyann grabbed Casper to lead him back to the barn and the
others followed her. It was like a huge happy reunion when
they were all back together. Everyone running around, rearing
up on each other and all that.

So, I fed the animals.
The kids went inside to warm up and I fixed the fence.

Did I mention it was about -15 this am?
I'm so glad the wind wasn't blowing.
I got back inside at 730a.

I just get my stuff off when the dogs start going nuts again.
I look out the window and see it's the Sheriff.

Oh, shit.

I'm thinking all sorts of scarry stuff now.

He comes in and asks if those were our horses out on the highway.
Yes and I just got them in and fixed the fence.
He wants to know my name, phone number, exact address and
a bunch of other stuff. I think he is going to give me a ticket
for the horses' getting out, but no he just wants the info
incase they ever get out again and someone reports it they
can call us to let us know.

Apparently a lot of folks called 911 to
say they were out on the road.

I am sooo Thankful no one was hurt!

The Sheriff finally leaves, but sits in his cruiser for about 15 min
before actually leaving. That was weird.

Heart finally slowing down I take my first sip of coffee.

Wow, what a way to start a Saturday.


tainterturtles said...

Kellie? I think you need to have a serious talk with ALL your animals. Tell them to behave, or else!

Your story had me on the edge of my seat. You are a great storyteller. Too bad it wasn't fiction.

I bet that cup of coffee tasted really, really good.

Aunt Krissy said...

I don't think that you needed a cup of coffee after that morning! That was enough to keep you awake for a week.

crochet lady said...

Wow, that was defiantly enough excitement for one day and so early in the morning. I would have rolled hubby out of bed and made him run through the snow in bunny boots!

Colorful Colorado said...

And hubby "slept" thru all that??!!

Anonymous said...

Cal..shame on you! you should have gotten up to help! glad the kids did.. thats a crazy way to start a Saturday. hope you got to take a nap.

PAK ART said...

And I thought I had bad mornings sometimes! This beats any I've ever had hands down! It's a good thing nobody ever depends on me to whistle loudly in an emergency! I can't even whistle when I put all 100% of my brain into it.

Anonymous said...

Kellie- do people in WI know what bunny boots are?

Anonymous said...

Casper will not be getting any treats any time soon. The worst part is I'm probably not going to stick ot that.
I can't stay mad at him.He's so cute!!


Anonymous said...

Casper will not be getting any treats any time soon. The worst part is I'm probably not going to stick ot that.
I can't stay mad at him.He's so cute!!