Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A lovely day in the neighborhood...

Hi all! Just thought I'd better check in and drop a few lines. I've joined Facebook a few months ago and have found it to be very interesting. Perhaps that's why I've been neglecting my blog so...This afternoon I touched base with an old high school classmate and she had posted some pictures from our 30 year class reunion which was held the summer of 2008. I didn't go. I wish I would have gone now, after seeing these pictures. I suppose I had more than one reason, but I just couldn't muster the energy or whatever to go. Maybe it's my vanity, or maybe I'm just a coward. But, I really got a kick out of seeing pictures of some of my old high school classmates. And, what a shock to see how everyone's aged! Good grief!! I guess I needn't have been so worried about my appearance so much after all. Some looked great!...and some, well, some looked not so great. But it looked like I really missed out on something that probably would have been very enjoyable. I haven't gone to any of my high school reunions, but the next one I'm going to go, if at all possible.

So, I've been hauling Harley to a nearby indoor arena and have been riding a couple of times a week lately. He's been such a good boy, except for last Sunday!!! He was a complete BRAT!!! If I wasn't mistaken, I surely think that he meant to buck me off...little turd anyway. So, this old gal decided to dismount, save dignity and lunge his little spotted butt instead. He galloped full tilt yelling and digging in until he was frothy and dripping in sweat. For what, I have absolutely no idea except that my hubby had brought Ladde along! After 20 or so minutes of pure insanity, he came back to his senses and calmed down...somewhat. I then got back on and we walked for another 15-20 minutes and tried to just chill. Sheesh!! He had a bee in his bonnet for sure!! Oh well, it happens to the best of us from time to time, I guess. After his cooling out session and a quick brush, we loaded up and headed home. Thankfully it was a very warm day and it didn't bother him to be turned out in the pasture soaking wet. He galloped off, tail in the air, apparently none the worse for wear and rejoined his herdmates. I can take him alone and he's a perfect little gentleman. Bring Ladde...and his brain disengages and he becomes a raving lunatic!! Go figure!! Does anybody else have this particular problem, and if so...how do you overcome it? Maybe we just need to persist and eventually the problem will just cease to exist. I would love to have some input on this particular subject. They do seem to be joined at the brain and/or hip. Horses!! Such a fickle lot!!

Life is fairly bland right now. I just keep showing up at the clinic everyday, going home to chores each evening, going to bed and then rising to begin all over again. Monotony - pure and simple!! Winter can be so extremely tedious and boring sometimes. Our weather for the last month or more has been warmer than average, in fact, this is the third warmest January on record to date. And very, very wet. Yeeuck!! That means more than average amounts of mud to endure...what a complete drag!!

I wish it weren't so, but sometimes I feel like I live my life awaiting the warm spring and summer months...and they come and go so very quickly that I am surely wishing my life away. Just like my mom used to say I did, so many years ago...apparently I've been this way all my life it seems. *sigh* Life is too short to not enjoy the full set of seasons. Maybe I should start looking seriously at relocating to a more suitable climate. Where oh where do you think that might be? A perfect place I'm sure, exists only in my imagination. But drier ones would certainly suit my fancy just fine. Trouble is, I don't want it terribly hot either. I'm so difficult to please. Maybe I just need some ice cream. Ice cream always helps a troubled mind. My grandma told me so.

Blessings everyone,


Patience: "the will or ability to wait or endure without complaint". God help me...


fernvalley01 said...

Sounds like Harley just had a wild hair up his butt! Sometimes I think they are better working alone ,then they don't have a buddy to feed of of or show off for . Way to cowgirl up though , glad he didn't launch you . Winter is ...eh winter , pretty, then pretty cold. HAng in there the spring is coming ... Ithink

panthercreekcottage said...

love you Lorie, lets go a walkin' soon.

Kate said...

Ice cream is good! In fact, very good - I'm not much of one for sweets, but ice cream gets me every time - I even eat it in the winter. My Maisie is better alone than in company - somehow the presence of others gets her going.

Jenn said...

Winter is tediously boring...I agree! I'm ready for it to be DONE. C'mon spring, c'mon!

As for Harley and the bee in his bonnet...I've been around horses that behave like that when they are in a different place with their herd buddies. They may feel a little uncomfortable where they are and want to be near that herd buddy to feel safer. When it's just you and him...YOU are his herd buddy and he feels safe with just you. Could be his issue. Who knows. Could be him feeling a bit o' spring fever. :D

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

They're ALL feeling good right now! Glad you weren't hurt! Two times a week ride....you lucky woman!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

It's funny you bring up high school reunions. An old friend just sent me some photos from an informal high school reunion and I have decided that living in California makes people stay young, because everyone still looked like they were in their 30s as opposed to mid-40s. Then there's me, who's been working on a ranch for the past 10-plus years. I look my age.

Leah Fry said...

I am closer to 60 than I am to 50 and have been to 3 reunions. Two of them were pretty early on, but the last one was 30 years, if I remember correctly. Some looked great, some not, and there was quite a long list of deceased. I don't imagine I'll do it again. I just don't care that much.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Ice cream is the cure for anything that ails ya. I have it all year long and it is the one thing that make me feel better about everything. I don't have a problem with any of my horses behaving that particular way so I'm no help there. As for reunions, I've never been to one, I didn't like school that much to begin with and never regret not going to a reunion.

Julie said...

A bit of cold air up the tail maybe??!!! ha ha..

Enjoyed my visit to your blog!

allhorsestuff said...

I loved your post Lorie!And not only that...I loved reading the comments too!
I had a difficult time in HS and did go to the first one at 10 years...what a bummer it was!I had paid the money and brought my husband too...got the little booklet they made(sent my fav photo in and wrote up the 20 words or less script of life)They edited my words! Whhhaaattt@3?x!!
And every one walked up to my husband like he was on acid and had drumsticks in his hands- just because his hair was longer.
I have never and will never go to another...my friends are my friends NOW!
HAPPY BELATED birthday sweets!
I just read through your fabulous post, with all the wonderful times of Hawaii and also horse camping.
50...I am RIGHT behind ya girlie!!! doesn't it feel weird too...I actually feel 30..but when I much too many stalls or brush too much mudd or walk too many trails with the mare...um, then I feel it! God just did not intend these bods' to last.

Well, I am so very glad that you have been trailering out to ride so much! Very good to hear this. I have slowed some..being dependent upon my riding buddy to pick me up..she hates the crap weather and so I have slowed my riding some due to rain. It is different for me...being without an arena this past year. Good in some respects though..my man sees a bit more of me.
YES..I have that problem with Wa when her mare PANTZ is around. She acts stupidly and can't listen well...it is a horse thing. Buddy sour. Even when they are with them!
Well...got a split shift goin here..and the second half needs me to show up for it!
Sure Love you too girlie...YOU hang in and -oh- my- Never pray for patience...it is the secret ingredient answer to EVERY prayer known to leave man's lips! HAHAHA!
My delima of late is my barn owner is changing some big things and never talked to me..but told me to "Get ready"..So, It depresses me to have to EVEN think of Moving again! I can't mention it on my blog as she reads it too!
All is capable hands- Gods!!

オテモヤン said...


Donna said...

A bunch of friends from my childhood formed a group on FB and then we had a couple of get-togethers. Wow. Most of the women looked pretty good, but the majority of the men were either fat or bald or both. Sheesh.

I've found that the presence of other horses has such a profound effect on the horses at my barn. My TB mare HATES the saddlebreds and is absolutely unrideable whenever any of them are out.

C-ingspots said...

The next ride on Harley was amazing. He was a perfect little gentleman, which leads me to the conclusion that Ladde is Harley's security blanket. When it's just the two of us, I'm the security blanket. Patience ... grasshopper. :)

Thanks for the insight everybody!

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