2. Jackson was very thorough about this episode. Five days of pain on the right front, one day of respite (yesterday), followed by pain in the left front. So, lucky boy, he gets two boots. The boots should stay on for a week, as long as he doesn't get crazy in the pasture.
3. Jackson, and all the other horses, have to lose weight. He's getting fat on a diet of grass hay and no grain. Fortunately, the pasture is brown so we don't have to worry about the calories in grass. We are cutting back to two feedings a day. Since the horses are on pasture, they are able to nibble all day long and keep their gut moving.
4. Sacramento set a record a few days ago for the most consecutive days without rain (46) in the rainy season. The record had been set in 1884. Average rainfall for our area in January is 6 inches. Today a record was set for high temperature in January: 79F. We are slightly cooler in the Placerville area but still around 70F. The lakes are mere puddles and the American river is reduced to a trickle. The white water river rafting companies are worried. We're all worried.
5. The unseasonably warm, dry weather has brought bear out of hibernation early. They have been playing on the ski runs. Skunks are out as well. The other night one sprayed near the house and it seeped into the house through the gaps in our windows. Everything reeked for days: the house, the garage, the cars and the dogs.