Lazy


I am being lazy. I have spent most of the evening watching the horses graze in the windy pasture. Currently, Cheetah is pestering me for dinner and Petunia is smelling me as I sit…and trying to eat my phone. Well, Cheetah is doing that too now. There is just something about their breath on your skin. I can not describe it. If you have never been up close and personal with a horse and felt their breath on your skin. You should. That is all there is to it. There is something peaceful about it. It’s like puppy breath kisses. It’s better than a hug. 


I am OK with the lazy. Well, somewhat OK. It was a long, congested, windy drive out to the farm with the trailer. BUT, I have something exciting planned for tomorrow and want to get to bed early! 

I am leaving first thing in the morning to have a lesson! Let me clarify for my non horse followers, a horseback riding lesson with a dressage trainer. I have not had a lesson in YEARS. If you recall, taking lessons is on my 2017 goal list. 

I am very excited for multiple reasons. One, to make something on that list happen. Most of which though, to continue learning and getting better. Having someone educated on the ground to see what you are doing or not doing is extremely important for benchmark success. I have been feeling the need to ride and train with someone for quite some time now. It is just something that is lacking in my riding at the moment. 

I am going to ride one of her horses, at least for this first time, to see how it goes and how we get along. I plan to eventually haul Cheetah and Lito in for lessons with someone once I find that person. 

I stopped at the feed store on my way here and got everything I needed, including shavings for the trailer ride of my trip next weekend. I called ahead of time to make sure they had everything I needed. If I had a 3rd strike out, I would have been very upset. 

I am going to complain here a little bit. It is not like I can go to the feedstore whenever. It is not like a grocery store in town. I am limited to Fridays after work/before they close at 5:30 and Saturdays before 1 when they close. Sometimes, that is just plain hard. Between everything that needs to get done and trying to relax and let the country time soak in, there just does not seem to be enough time, especially when the feedstore doesn’t keep stocked on what you need. The next closest store that carries what I need is an over 20 minute drive! 

Sorry about that. I am over it now. 

I am also going to go visit a friend who just recently brought her horses home to live. I  excited to meet her horses and see her set up. She wants to talk over her care and feed plan. I will have to keep an eye on the weather so I can avoid visiting in the rain!

It is supposed to rain tomorrow evening and get a little cooler by Sunday morning. Although, the way it is blowing outside, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets here sooner. Tomorrow will be windy! I hope it doesn’t get in the way of my lesson. 

That is about all I have. I am so boring. I resorted to talking about the weather. Oh well. I am relaxing and being present. Enjoying nature and my horses being horses. 

Stay tuned for news from my lesson and details of my upcoming Hill Country horse girl trip. There is also bound to be some music next week too. 

Walk in love, dear readers!

Camp

Growing up, we went to camp in the summers. The last summer we went was the summer after my parents bought the farm. After that year, we spent all of our time at the farm, outside of the three summers we spent a month in Mexico. Thank goodness, because by that point in time, all I wanted to do was ride horses all day (special thanks to my parents for making that happen). However, that is a story for another day. 

OK, where was I. Oh yes, I was scrolling through the ‘book of face,’ as you do, and saw some pictures of the big sister of my Middle Sister’s friend. Confusing to read, I know. Anyway, she was one of the many councelors at camp. 

If I remember correctly, at meal times, campers sat in assigned seating that was changed every week so campers throughout the camp of all ages could get to know one another. Each table had a counselor as the head of the table. It was likely my first year, but I do not remember. That sister of my Sister’s friend was the head of my assigned table one of those weeks. 

At that time (and for a very long time…another story for another day), I was an extremely picky eater. Like, basically ate only five things, picky. Everyone at my table kept messing with me because I was not eating what was served. Trust me, if I could have eaten the food to make them stop and get the attention off of me, I would have. Sister of my Sister’s friend recognized what was going on. She quietly pulled me aside and taught me where to get a loaf of bread and peanut butter to make my own sandwich (without jelly, because that just would not do). I have a feeling she probably said something to some of the campers at our table too. 

I will always remember her for that. For her kindness and grace. She didn’t owe me anything. I didn’t even know who she was at the time. I honestly think that is my favorite memory from camp. 

Funny the things you remember. 

Walk in love, dear readers. 

Write.

That is what a blank blog post says.

Write.

I do not have anything.

I can not force it today. That is what it feels like.

Nothing clever or insightful to say. No song to share. No cute pictures to brighten your day.

Everything is old, nothing is new.

I will share that because it is at least funny. It will give you a chuckle. Maybe. It gives me a chuckle.

Let me explain. My Father’s brother, Uncle K and his family, live in Hawaii. Several years ago, we went to visit them. I have no idea when. Was I in elementary school or middle school? I do not know. That is not an important detail outside of the fact that I was much younger. Anyway, they introduced us to this Hawaiian comedian. There was a whole album to listen to. Half of his bit is prank calling restaurants. OK, if you worked at said restaurants, I can see how that might not be very funny…but come on. It is. As kids, we about lost it. We still laugh about it as a family. Reminds us of that special family trip. “Anything special. No. Everything is old, nothing is new,” stuck with us all!

The only exciting thing I have to share is that I skipped lunch to go to my local tack store to look for a new bit to try for Lito (OK, maybe only exciting for me and other horse people). He constantly plays with the simple, plain egg butt snaffle I have been using and fights it. I found two today to try. Might have been a bit of a splurge, but hey, you can never have too many bits, right?! No? Oh well, I got a three piece D ring with a copper link and a fatter, plain D snaffle. I already have a plain D ring that has a more curved mouth piece. For as big as he may seem, his lower jaw is somewhat narrow. I am thinking either the above mentioned 3 piece or the D I already have might work. We will see.

Random, I know.

Going to take my Darcy dog for a long walk now. Gotta get outside.

Walk in love, dear readers!

Pillow Talk

I am sitting here in bed, after a pretty good day. The fact that I am sitting here, in my bed, writing a blog post makes me think about this old movie I saw once. Probably on Turner Classic Movies. ‘Pillow Talk’ I believe it was called. Anyway, I digress. 

Between rides, I spent the day entertaining my Niece with my Mother. She is a gal after my own heart with how horse crazy she is. I basically escorted her from horse to horse all day. She sat on everyone at least once. My sister had to work today and my Father, Brother in law, and Nephew went fishing. My Mother the Grandmother, was on baby duty. 

I rode Cheetah about mid morning due to fog and Niece chasing. The ride was pretty good and definitely ended on a good note. We had to work through some ugly moments. Most likely due to my sucketude and how I apparently sometimes forget how to ride. Normally this would really put me in a mood and it had the potential to, but today it didn’t. We worked through it until it felt right. Until I didn’t suck anymore and she could actually relax without whatever I was or was not doing. Sometimes, that is just how it goes, whether it is horses or life. It is not and can not always be pretty. AHAmoment. You just have to work through the suck until it doesn’t anymore. Today, I did that and I am proud of it. 

The great part of my day was riding my Lito. I am always amazed my him. He tries so hard and is such a quick learner. I honestly feel bad for anyone who does not have a baby horse like him! I really made him work harder than I have yet to date and he really responded. Our progress may seem slow to some (or maybe just to me), but all of our rides have been a week or two apart. When I really think about that, it is pretty amazing. After our arena work, we went for a cool down walk out in the meadow pasture. While we were out there, a little storm blew over us. It sprinkled some, but what I was worried about was the cold wind. You know the kind. Right before it unleashes. Luckily for us, it didn’t. He was definitely hyper aware, but trusting and brave. The thought crossed my mind (slightly ashamed to admit it) to just hop off and walk him back. I did not want him to have an experience to shake his confidence…or mine with him (I am still worried that I am going to mess him up). He showed me that he could handle it. I am so proud of him.


That was the high of my day. I also took Ike for a spin, replaced a paddock fence board, and my dog is happily tired from all the running and playing. 


Sitting here, reflecting on the day, I feel as though I might have already had too much family time and it has not really even begun. Do any of you ever feel like no one in your family listens to you? I do. All the time. Is it because I’m the youngest? Do I not have interesting things to listen to? Is there something wrong with me? I don’t know. It makes me sad. I will be in the middle of saying something, and someone will either just start having another conversation or worse, just stop paying attention all together. 

But. I don’t want to focus on that. I want to focus on the fact that my dog is happy being a dog and that I had some great rides on some great horses. 

Walk in love, dear readers. 

This Moment. 

I am currently sitting on the porch at the farm next to my mother as she reads, under the great live oak, enjoying the breeze. Apache is across the yard, eating his fill of senior feed. I am about ready to make a cocktail. My dad just let the cows up from the meadow and into the pond pasture where the horses live. I have been blogging a lot from my phone lately, so apologies if the formatting looks goofy. 


Things went pretty well this morning and only time will tell how well. After our meeting, we (everyone in my company) all had a relaxing lunch together at my request. Not long after, my boss told everyone to go home and enjoy the long weekend. I am so blessed to work with he people I do. I know it has been hard working in this industry during this downturn (harder for many others than for me…I still have a job). I know sometimes I am unsure if this is what I should be doing and that I do not know what my next step will be, but I am happy and proud to work with such high caliber individuals that know what it is all about. Family always comes first. Blessed beyond measure to be there. 


Enjoy the long weekend with family, dogs, and horses I will!

I am shooting for riding Lito Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in addition to everyone else. I have his first off property, ridden experience booked for the first weekend in May in the hill country. More on that later. I hope to get the trailer in for a good once over on Saturday if the place is open in preparation. R and the horse she rides, Ronan, are coming with us. In addition to all the riding we will be doing, we are going to have our own little Kentucky Derby watching party!

That is what is going on in this moment. It is a pretty good AHAmoment to really feel how blessed I truly am. 

More later. Walk in love, dear readers. 

Monday Musings

I am at a convention for work the beginning of this week and am on a break between sessions. I figured I would take this time to check in with you! 

I am cold and hungry. Their air conditioning is working really well. I think they must have thought it was July or August. Or that we would fall asleep? Not sure. 

I see many familiar faces. Some from undergrad. Some from graduate school. Some from not that long ago. So many memories. 

There is a girl here hobbling around in crutches. She is seemingly having a hard time because there is no handrail o get up the stairs. I feel bad for her. It reminds me of a time I wheeled my friend in a wheel chair a really long distance so we could go see a ranch rodeo. The things we will do for a look at some nice horses and handsome cowboys. 

I stayed up past midnight watching TV last night. Oops. So much for going to bed early to be rested for this thing. I just couldn’t stop. Like reading a good book. This Monday morning came too quickly. 

My morning was made brighter by a phone call from a friend. We are both morning people. We are going on a trail ride this weekend with friends. It is an annual event for us. We are too excited, clearly. I always stay with her in her trailer. Her horse, Chica, has had an appearance on this blog, in fact. Along with another friend and the horse she rides who will also be on this ride. Is it Thursday yet? I baked a big batch of cookies yesterday to take for the weekend and stuck them in the freezer. My everything but the kitchen sink cookies as my mother calls them. I should share the recipe soon! I am also bringing a watermelon (sounds good after a long, warm day of riding, right!?) and my jalapeño popper dip that I have shared with you before. I am going to add bacon to it this time. Not sure why I have not done that before. Seems a natural thing to do! And who does not like bacon. I mean, come on. And jalapeño poppers are wrapped in bacon, duh! 

Got in a couple good rides this weekend. I even had a riding buddy for one! I miss having someone to ride with sometimes. I rode Lito while my friend rode Ike. Lito was ok. He had a few baby moments. Which, he is a baby and this was what, his 18th ride, maybe? And all at best a week apart. He’s a good boy. Cheetah was lovely. I just hopped on her bareback and we dinked around and had fun. I just love my girl and can not wait to have a fun weekend with her. Sure is a good view from the backs of those two horses. 



That is all I’ve got. Not terribly exciting. 

Walk in love, dear readers! 

Sunset

I was able to make it out to the farm in time to do a little grooming of my horses, dinner prep, and watch the sunset. I am so grateful for it. All is well. 

Side note, not sure if the spell check is working on this, but I am too tired to worry about it at present. 


I had a it of a headache and stomach ache during the drive back from my work trip today, I am guessing due to car sickness…thanks little car. It is a thing for me and it can be so very annoying. I was able to get this shot while I we were working…


I really did have a fun time inspite of the questionable accommodations. That is a story for another day. 

Once I made it home, I took some advil and a couple short naps and I was able to hop in the truck with the parentals to head to the farm. 

Getting in as much riding tomorrow as possible. Rain is expected on Sunday. 

I hope everyone had a great end to their week and has an even better weekend. Next week is another busy work week for us with a conference. I hope to be back to my regular posting even still.

Walk in love, dear readers. 

Sunrise

This morning brings an early departure for a work road trip. Any day that starts with the viewing of the sunrise is going to be a great day. It should be a fun excursion. I am hoping to be back in time to catch the sunset at the farm tomorrow. 


I hope each of you has a great day today! 

Walk in love, dear readers! 

Today Is A New Day

Or, I guess at this point, close to was a new day. None the less, it was new and it was great. 

Sorry for the bah humbug dramatic attitude yesterday. It was what it was. Enough of that though, because today was amazing. 

First off, yesterday evening, after dark, I could not help but be shaken out of my blah mood. I was walking out to the barn for my last check before calling it a night. The first thing I noticed was all the fireflies. I remember having them at the farm when I was younger, but then they disappeared. Now that we are coming out of this drought, they are coming back! I almost fell on my face for staring into the dark at them. Then I noticed how cool it got after the dog rolled in. Before walking out there, I closed the windows and turned on the air conditioning because it was just warm enough. Go figure!

This morning I woke up early. I fed the horses in my pajamas before coming back in to brew some coffee. A quick coffee (…I put ice cream in it because why not. And well, I didn’t have any milk or cream) and breakfast (something I picked up from a Mexican bakery earlier this week, yum!) and I was off to get dressed. 

I tacked up my Cheetah girl in a hurry and we were off. Boy oh boy was it a great ride. I know this is logically probably not the case, but is sure seemed like she felt the same as I did about our ride yesterday. We were just feeding off of each other’s energy. Another go figure. Today, I focused on not doing that. Breaking the cycle. Staying relaxed. She stayed relaxed pretty much the whole time. We both finished happy and proud. I shoved her full of treats and turned her back out with the heard. 

I had a second cup of coffee while I worked Chance in the round pen before getting Ike out. I spent forever getting burs out of Ike’s mane. Seriously, dude. Need to stop playing in the burs. He has the most hair! Anyway, we had a nice, relaxing bareback ride all around the farm. He is such a good boy all the time. 


Everything must come to an end, as they say, and the same is true about this weekend. When I told Darcy it was time to load up and head home, this was her reaction…








And that was that. Darcy is passed out and Monday awaits. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend! What did y’all do?! 

Walk in love, dear readers! 

Right Now

Right now I am sorry for being MIA. 

I am sitting on the porch in a rocking chair watching the sunset behind the grazing cows, listening to some great music with a cocktail. 

My dog just chased a dove out of the yard. She was eating the pistachio shells I threw on the ground. 

A few minutes ago, I was bitten by a tree ant. Ouch. 

I rode Cheetah today. Was not the best. For a minute there, I thought I did not have any brakes. It is making me feel down. It is hard to feel better telling myself that tomorrow is a new day when I have so few days with them. Oh well. I cleaned my saddle after, so that is something. 

I took Lito for a walk down the road. He was pretty good. That is something too. 

Tomorrow is a new day, and I will ride Cheetah again first thing in the morning. Then I will ride Ike. Time permitting, I will longe Lito. 

I already do not want to go back to town tomorrow. The sunsets and sunrises I can see here. The sounds and feels. The horses. The cows. My happy dog. She’s happy all the time, yes, no matter where we are. It is different here. I am different here. 

Walk in love, dear readers.