SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION 2003
|Fair Winds Farm December, 2003 - Its been a fairly quite year on the farm with no major projects being addressed. Probably the most significant project was the total overhaul of the apartment. This required Elaine and Hayden to paint all the walls and ceiling, have new carpet laid and replace the tile floor in the bath and closet areas. Repairs and maintenance seem to be the order of the day. If its not one thing that's broken then its another. Fortunately Hayden's skills as a handyman continue to increase exponentially. Even Elaine has gotten into the act and swings a pretty good hammer or shovel when needed. The place looks better than is ever has, so the hard work must be paying off.|
| The farm has seen a number of horses
come and go during the course of the year. As of December, there are
five semi-permanent guests (plus the Hamilton's critter - Lenny). The
Hamiltons continue to build the farm's reputation as one of the premier North
San Diego County equine rehabilitation facilities.
|Lenny Starts Jumping Lessons
November, 2003 - Leonardo, the fat kid on the block has started learning a new set of tricks After four months of dressage, Elaine felt he needed a change of pace and brought in an instructor to teach him the ropes of jumping. Can we say natural? While he's not real sure of himself just yet, he's taken each training session in stride and you can see his confidence growing. For a horse that still spooks occasionally at his own shadow, its amazing to see him willing take the jumps without balking or shying - that will come later when Elaine starts trying to jump him..
Elaine started regular dressage lessons this past summer which have enhanced not only Lenny's portment, but hers as well. The jumping is the next stage of preparing Lenny as an eventing horse.
|Elaine and the Navy Part Ways
May, 2003 - After more than fourteen years as an independent contractor to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Elaine decided to look for greener pastures. This decision was in part due to contract negotiations that would have represented a substantial change in the position and services she had been providing. But, she also had been considering making a change that would allow her to take the next step on the management ladder. Elaine continues to be associated with the Naval Medical Center through her Pacific Nurse Practitioners, Inc. activities that provides pediatric nurse practitioners under contract.
Elaine has been actively exploring a number of management positions with in the local health care industry and we feel certain that it will only be a short period of time before she lands a position that will allow her to utilize her experience while providing an opportunity for personal growth.
All year, 2003 - Did you know that one of anagrams that you can make from "Hayden Hamilton" is "The Handy Oil man"? One of the things that Hayden has really come to realize since moving to the ranchita is a much better understanding of the life of a farmer. He has always been relatively capable with his hands at doing odd jobs. This has now been elevated and he is getting better with each new experience - be that carpentry, electrical, mechanic, plumbing or just general fix it - and there is a lot of this last category. He has also become relatively adept that tossing hay and picking up manure. FACTOID: Did you know that the there are over a 1000 different varieties of weeds. And, that they all grow in the Fair Winds Farm pastures, much to the dismay of the Hamiltons!
|Southern California Wildfires
October 2003 - This month saw San Diego County devastated by the worst wildfires in the county's recorded history. Something on the order of 600,000 acres and 2300 homes burned in a period of just a couple of days. There were three primary fires - De Luz, Cedar and Valley Center Paradise - with a number of smaller fires that either merged with one of the big three or were quickly contained. Fed by extremely low humidity and Santa Ana Winds (dry desert winds), the fire fronts moved at a rate of 10-15 miles per hour making it difficult for fire fighters to establish defensive lines.
From their hill-top home, the Hamiltons were able to see the smoke from all three fires simultaneously. The De Luz fire about about 8 miles to the northwest, the Valley Center Fire about 13 miles to the east, and the Pine Fire about 35 miles to the Southeast. They were very fortunate in that they didn't even get much smoke or ash from any of the fires.
The Hamiltons did have several friends that lost homes in the Scripts-Poway area and a number of others that were evacuated, but whose homes were saved by the fire fighters.
|Mick Comes to Stay
November, 2003 - The Hamilton's decided things were a little slow around the house. Shadow is getting on in years and is rapidly becoming a crotchety old woman. Ranger needed a
Ranger was ecstatic to have a new playmate - for about 60 minutes. At that point in time, Ranger was pooped and just wanted to find a quite corner to go recoup in. NOT. Mick was still pumped that he had a playmate, and this was no time for him to be trying to sleep on the job!
Shadow could have cared less as long as he stayed out of her room, left her alone, got out of her way and basically played second or third fiddle to her. NOT. Mick has no concept of space, respect, or basically anything else except playing and eating, so it wasn't long before Shadow was pleading with Elaine and Hayden to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PEST!
Actually, Mick has more energy than all four of them combined, but at least he has learned to entertain himself - chasing his tail - when the rest of his family has collapsed from exhaustion.
|Elaine Continues to Server on North County Health Services Board
April, 2003 - After two years as Chairman of the Board (COB) of North County Health Services, Elaine passed the mantle on to another board member. Technically, the COB is suppose to be a rotating position among the board members, but Elaine had been requested to server a second term. She continues to actively participate on the board and is a member of several of the board committees.
|Hayden Completes 1st Year at Document Sciences
December 2003 - Hayden completed his first year with Document Sciences as Director of Applications Marketing and Partner Programs. Its been a tough business year for the industry and company, but Document Sciences appears well positioned for 2004. Their xPression content processing software based on leading edge technology is well positioned to serve a variety of industries.
Document Sciences is the leading provider in content processing. They specialize is assembling final documents such as loan agreements or insurance policies and declarations, where these documents are composed of pre-existing and approved components. The components are assembled based on rules determined by the specifics of the agreement.
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October 2003 - Hayden continues to volunteer to help the American Aviation Historical Society with their web presence, time allowing. The web content continues to expand and the site has become one of the primary sources for new membership.
Visitation to the site continues to increase at a steady rate
If you have an interest in aviation history, check out their web site and consider joining. They are located on the web at: