Monday, June 8, 2009

100th Post Medley - YeeHaw!!

Whoever would have thought that I had so much to say!? Okay, nobody answer that - that's just a rhetorical question. How exciting is that? Can you believe it, 100 posts!! And since this is a Monday, and I really have no topic of discussion here - big surprise - I've decided to post some pictures and be random. Come to think of it, that pretty much sums up most of my life. Random...kind of rolls off the tongue rather nicely, don't you think? I'm not now, nor have I ever been much of a planner. I'm more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal...go with the flow, or against the grain - whatever suits my fancy. Whimsical by nature. Yep, that's me. So, here are some pictures that I've taken lately from around my home. My life here on the internet for all the world to see...exciting huh?

Here's my friend Shannon riding my special boy, Harley. We rode 4 horses last night. Shannon rode her two horses, Frank and Emma; and I rode Ladde and Harley. Then, just for the heck of it, Shannon hopped aboard Harley and gave him a try. Harley was on his best behavior...such a gentleman.

And here's Frank...he's 3 years old. He's such a good boy, a real in-your-pocket guy. I think Shannon's put about 10 or so rides on him. He's so good. He's a lover boy too, just my kinda horse. He lets me give him kisses, and comes when I call him.

And here's Frank's other eye. Wonder what he was thinking about...

Sorry for the blurred picture, I must have fumbled or something. Frank really is a good horse, he has one of those natural little show horse head sets and he's sooo very relaxed, and pretty darn unflappable. It sure helps when your rider is calm and relaxed too.

That's Shannon's motorhome in the background there. It sure is fun having a friend around all the time. We've been riding and visiting and having a lot of fun. Shannon's even helping me put more schooling time in on our boys. We're going to start working on Harley's collection. Ladde's one of those short-backed, high-energy and beautifully animated movers. Collection usually comes very naturally for Ladde. Harley on the other hand, is a fairly long-backed horse, and he's slightly ewe-necked, so collection is more of a challenge because of the way he's built. But, when he is collected and soft, he's a dreamboat to ride. Harley's also more relaxed, and likes to take his time in life, so he likes to poke his little nose out and take everything in stride...which makes for a rather bumpy ride if his back gets all hollowed out. So...we have ourselves a project to work on in the evenings, along with Shannon's horses. Ladde's main problem is his weight - he's a little, how should I put it?...fluffy. Yep, that's it - Ladde's fluffy, and we're trying to reduce the amount of fluff he's carrying. If I'm honest here, Lad and I have the same problem in life. We both enjoy our food and therefore are very easy keepers. I don't want to talk about that though.

Look how much my tomato plants are growing! Our horses outdid themselves, and have created some mighty fine growing medium. Indeed!! All the tomatoes, and the berries are doing quite are the weeds. There's another project I don't wish to discuss right now.

Here's Frank and Emma relaxing. Frank's on the left - see his little brown spot on his forehead? That's his reverse star. And, Emma's on the right. Emma's 4 years old. She's a very nice girl too. Frank and Emma - (those names crack me up, makes me think of an old married couple, instead of horses), are full brother and sister, and have been raised by Shannon.

This is Emma. I love this eye. She really is a beautiful girl. It's hard to take a bad picture when your subject's so beautiful to look at.

This is our roundpen. I just like the way the wood is aging and thought it looked pretty with the blue background. I even like the way the grasses are growing up on the edge. Very artsy fartsy, don't you think?

Once again, Frank and Emma - respectively.

Ladde loves Emma. Come to think of it...I don't think Ladde's ever met a female he hasn't fallen in love with. *sigh* My Laddster's quite the Don Juan...he is quite the lady's man, and loves to seduce the mares and treat them to his special little love noogies and nibbles. Emma won't admit it, especially in polite society, but I think she kinda likes the Ladmonster too. sshhh, don't tell anyone. It'll just be our little secret.

Our old barn cat, Albert, preening. Even old barn cats like to look nice.

The lovely Miss Emma...and she thought I wasn't watching.

One of the views from out in our pasture. I thought the sky was pretty.

I sure am thankful that things have calmed down the last couple of days, and even more thankful that we got our winter's hay loaded in the barn before the storm. It feels so good to have the barns full of hay, and now we can just maintain the yard, keep the garden plants weeded and hopefully enjoy the coming summer. I'm quite anxious to go on our first of the season horse camping trip. Sitting around a campfire with friends after spending a day on horseback in the mountains is one of my most favorite pastimes.

It's a rare opportunity to get a shot of our whole herd. Ladde's always watching. He sure is his momma's son. He's very much like Kadie, except for he's bigger and he's all boy.

I love this house. It's right next door to my most favorite house of all in the small town I travel through on the way to work everyday. It looks very Georgia plantationish. I can just imagine Scarlet O'Hara strolling out with one of her grand ballgowns on...

And this is my most favorite house of all. I love this house. I would love to have this house on our acreage. I've never seen the inside, but I can just imagine that it's perfect. But, as you can see it suffered some damage from the storm last week. This huge cedar tree was splintered by the wind and it came crashing down on "my" house. I was shocked! I do hope the family has good insurance.

One of the pictures that the newspaper published showed that one of the branches pierced through the bathroom wall and went right into the bathtub. Fortunately, no one was home at the time...only the family dog, and he was uninjured. Very lucky that no one was taking a bath at the time. Mercy!

Maybe I should stop planting trees all around my house.
On another note, my hubby is doing better after his major dental work last week. He's starting to look a little more like himself, and less like a chipmunk with food-stuffed cheeks. He's still eating his meals in mostly liquid form though, but he's made a lot of progress and before you know it, I'll have to resume cooking again.
That's it for now from Cingspots!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations - and thank you for all the lovely pictures, particularly of your horses!

fernvalley01 said...

Congrats on post #100! lovely photos ,lovely horses all of them , but I still think the spooted ones are best!
Too bad about that beautiful house ,I just love the veranda!.hope they are able to fix it!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. It's amazing how much we all have to say isn't it.
Love your pictures and your horses. Have a great day.

Kathleen Coy said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I love Frank and Emma!

Gail said...

Happy One Hundred!!!

Did not see a bad picture in the bunch!

Hook that camper up and come on, I have four that need work!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I'd have to go and look on mine? I have no idea how many I have by now? Is there a counter somewhere that I don't know about?LOL! I am just crazy about Ladde and his, he's nice! Like the way he's put together! Beautiful eyeliner! I cannot tell Ladde and Frank one from another when looking from the side profile? It's the one you're riding in front of the motorhome...Ladde? All the photos are so nice! I really liked the sky! Thanks! Luanne

Anonymous said...

first of all MAZELTOV on the century mark... way to go.. Second the eyes have it.. gorgeous horses

here where we got HAILED on in the middle of our ride.. Those hailstones hurt like you know what.. our horses werent too happy but definitely made a better horsewoman outa me ! :)

happy trails
and to another century my friend
trot on

Reddunappy said...

congrats on the 100th post! I enjoy reading your blog!

Suzanne said...

Oh my gosh -- where do I start? First of all I should probably confess that I think I've fallen for Frank. Seriously, if I lived nearby I might stalk him. He's that handsome.

That is one fine looking tomato plant!

So sad to see your favorite house in disrepair. Yikes.

These really are beautiful photos -- really enjoyed your "random" post!

Paint Girl said...

Congratulations on post 100!
Hank is one gorgeous boy! Wow! Emma is beautiful too!
I love both those houses. How terrible for the one that was damaged! Scary! Thankfully no one was home.
Lovely pictures, as always!

Leah Fry said...

Congratulations on your 100th post and thanks for sharing the great photos.

Carolynn said...

Happy Anniversary, Momma Bear. *snort* Your post over at my place made me laugh. Very astute observations though, I must say...

Frank & Emma look so sweet together, with their white faces, they look like mimes.

It's crazy when nature makes itself known in a big way like that. It kinda puts us in our place, doesn't it.

C-ingspots said...

Luanne, That's my friend Shannon riding her horse Frank. The other paint is Emma, also Shannon's.
My horse is Ladde. He's the big, mostly white Appaloosa.

Suzanne, you're too funny! He is a handsome fellow though.

Carolynn, I never thought of that, but they do look like mimes. That's a hoot!
Love, Momma Bear

Thanks everybody - I love each and every one of your comments!!

Strawberry Lane said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Loved all the great photos. Great looking horses ... and absolutely love the cat!

P.S. Thanks very much for your comment on my site about Royal and West Nile. That is great info about the Zero reactions to the killed-virus in 9 years! I'm really glad to know that.

You are right, California has been hit hard. Most people in my area are very prompt in giving WN. I've never missed.

However, some use the live-virus and that is where the problem seems to be regarding laminitis following giving the vaccine.

Interesting that you mentioned Ft. Dodge, I've been working with one of the research vets at Ft.Dodge regarding the timing in giving the vaccine to Royal.

He advised that Royal wait until he is no longer compromised. He says there is a carry over from the previous WN vaccine. I sure hope he is right!

Thanks again for your sound advice.
And ... thanks for 100 great posts for us to enjoy!

Molly said...

Happy 100. Very good job.

I love that poor house with the tree! I love that style.

Frank and Emma are a nice addition to the Appaloosa herd. Thanks for all the great pictures.

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Whew! LOL what a read...and a great one too! I havent been on the computer much so I'm so behind with everyone! I loved all your posts, (the one before this was so awesome!) and congrats on your 100th post! WOO HOO! So you guys got a doozy of a storm! Looks like things did indeed get interesting! What a lovely house to have that huge tree on top of it!!!! How terrible! WONDERFUL photos of your horses, they are so beautiful!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Congrats on your 100th. I'm afraid to post how many posts I've done....add an extra zero! gah!
I've been blogging for over 3 years...isn't that a good excuse? hehe!

Poor house...and folks who own that house. Yikes! That was doozy of a storm!

Emma is so pretty. Looks like she has eyeliner.
Ladmonster is looking handsome, too. No wonder the ladies like him. hehe!

I'm glad you're having such a great time with your friend there, and getting lots of time to ride, too.
I hope you have a terrific time on your camping trips, too.


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