Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Daily News

Well hello again!  Not a whole lot happening in my neck of the woods lately, but thought I'd just do a quickie posting here and see what transpires from my thoughts.  Scary thought huh?  :)

I have my annual doctor's visits all lined up and ready to go...oh boy.  Visited my primary care doc last week and did that fun bit, but I'm happy to report that most things are still in good working order, and that's the one that I look forward to the least.  Had my labs done and have to go back for a little talk time about some adjustments that are required, but nothing too bad.  The mammo is at the end of this month, then the annual trip to my eye doctor and that's it for another year!  Yay!!  I always feel so happy to have them behind me again...I've been blessed with very good health all my life so far, but I still hate going to the doctor.  I feel the same way about visiting the dentist, in fact I have some real fear where dentists are involved, but I really don't know why.  I have a fear of pain, I guess!  Maybe it's all that equipment just for a tiny mouth...not really sure.  Anyhoo!!

We got our third delivery from Bountiful Baskets last Saturday, and once again it was a true bounty of fresh produce.  We got mangoes this time!  I love mangoes!!  More lettuce, radishes, bananas, asparagus (yum), lemons, celery and some bokchoy.  There might have been something else, but I can't remember what.  Anyway, so far we're doing very well at keeping the produce eaten up and nothing has really gone to waste, except for that bunch of mint from the prior week.  I occasionally use fresh mint in iced tea in the summer, but I let it go bad.  :(  Just couldn't think of what to use it for...I will just add it to my compost pile and get some benefit out of it in that small way.

I have been working with Eagle and last night he was in no mood for a session...poor guy, he just wanted to go in and have dinner, and I made him work instead...I actually heard him squeal and throw his head down and give it a little shake!  He thought about bucking, but decided against that.  :)  I really believe that Eagle internalizes most of his feelings instead of showing his anger or unhappy emotions with reaction.  That's not necessarily a good thing, in my opinion.  I would really prefer that he felt comfortable enough to show his true emotions, regardless of what they are.  I think that with time, he will feel more secure in exhibiting his feelings, but for right now, I believe that he is still rather afraid to show his unhappy side.  Maybe in his past, he was seriously punished for "bad" behavior.  I'm not sure, but I bear in mind those whip marks on his butt cheeks as evidence of severe repercussions for something.  I have faith that he will be perfect one day soon, he is that wonderful.  I just don't want his feet and his mind getting stuck, and then really blowing someday when everything builds steam.  I don't really fear that happening though, he's pretty serene and laid back most of the time.  I asked him (fairly aggressively) for a canter in the round pen last night.  Going to the left, he obliged grudgingly, but he did it.  Well, actually Eagle doesn't canter, but goes from a trot, to a very fast trot, to a full-blown hand gallop.  There is nothing in between because he's not that relaxed with speed.  We're working on relaxing where speed is involved.  Anyway, he went into this very fast gallop and promptly slipped and nearly went to his knees.  He whipped his gaze in my direction, which clearly stated that his misstep was my fault.  *sigh*  I simply carried on as if nothing had happened.  One more full circle, then asked him to walk, which he does immediately...his favorite word other than whoa, which is swift and sure.  The boy prefers his snuggle time to work, hands down.  :)  Going to the right, I never did get him into anything more than a very fast trot.  He was huffing and puffing, and so was I.  Crap.  Since it was fairly dark, I decided to walk him out and let it go for the day.  It really wasn't where I wanted to end things, but we'd ran out of light and were going nowhere in a hurry.  We'll pick it up on another day.  Our relaxed walk time was sweet and quiet, and for that, at least I am thankful.

Ladde's 17th birthday is coming up on March 20th, the first day of spring.  I simply cannot believe that my big, baby boy is that seems like only yesterday that he was born.  He has been a blessing to us every single day since that wonderful morning on March 20, 1996.  Wow, does time ever fly!!!

I'm really looking forward to spring and the warmer, longer days to come.  The flowers, gardening, time spent on the deck and everything else that the warmer season involves.  I really, really want to make the most of this spring and summer.  I want to have friends over for bbq's, go camping and horseback riding, do the silly summer fairs and anything and everything else that we can think of.  I want to enjoy life and spend sweet, idle time with my husband and with friends and family.  Savor our time together and be thankful for everything in our lives.

Blessings and until next time,
Lorie @ Cingspots


Cindy D. said...

Boy I can sure relate to that round pen session. Much like mine with Killian on Tuesday. The whole canter thing just eludes him for some reason.

I love your goals for the summer. I wish we lived closer, I think we would have fun together!

By the way, I need to tell you that your horses are just beautiful. They are obviously loved very much. You can tell just by looking at them.

Jenn said...

Oh my loveliness! Look at all that green and color! I can't wait for that to come to our region.

Eagle may be just unbalanced enough in a round pen (evidenced by the slipping?) that he feels unsafe cantering. Does he canter in the pasture/on a straight line okay? It may just be he needs lots of trot/walk and walk/trot transitions in the round pen for him to gain confidence and balance. He'll get there!

Story said...

The only doctor that I usually don't mind seeing is the eye doctor, and yet that's the one that always hits the pocket book hardest! No doubt, I got my dad's eyes!

Sounds like we got a similar basket to yours and it has proven to be really fun! I used one of the mangoes to make a hot sauce for chicken sliders last night. The surprise contents can really get you thinking creatively. We will certainly do it again.

I can't wait for summer! I believe it will bring good things to our family this year so it definitely can't get here fast enough!

Paint Girl said...

My Paint Fritzy is the same way... It is really hard to get her into the canter, especially when she is out of shape. But she also isn't the most graceful horse either. She has fallen numerous times on the lunge line. Poor thing. My Arab Brandy likes to just gallop on the lunge line, she gets going really fast and bucks and when she slips and almost falls, she bucks out at me, like it's my fault. I typically don't allow my horses to play on the lunge line and only Brandy gets to do it, since she has a one track mind when lunging! Lol!
I am super excited for summer too. I hope it comes quick!! I have a long list of things to do and I am ready now!!

Carolynn Anctil said...

I've been spending way too much time at my doctor's office lately, too. Nothing serious, but I'll be glad when it's all behind me.

Ladde and I share a birthday. *smile*

Do you really have all that green stuff and pretty flower baskets happening right now? *sigh* We're still buried in mountains of snow and are expecting more of it. Yeesh!

allhorsestuff said...

Lovely Weather Isn't It Lorie!

Great To Hear You Have Been Out In It, Riding That Handsome Dude,Eagle! Good Job! Even if You Were Huffing A Bit. Keep It Up.It Shall Count.

I'm Working On A Post About Hind End Strength On Our Horse.As I Was Writing, Kate@ " A Year With HorseS" POsted One AbouT hat Very Thing. It's Before Her Current Post Up Now About"Spirituality" , And Horses. You'll Like That One Too.
.If You've Not Visited Her Before, You'll Quickly Have Her On You're Sidebar Of FAVORITE S!!

My Mare Is 17 This Month Too!!!! And Woo, Can't Believe That Either!

Good Prayers To You, As You Check Up The Body, In Your Dr. Tune Ups.I'm Over Due, Totally!


C-ingspots said...

Cindy: Thank you! I think our horses are beautiful too...just a little fluffy if you catch my drift. :)
You're right, we would have fun if we lived closer, I'm sure of it!
Jenn: You just may be right about him feeling unsafe because that's the feeling I get from him. I don't usually ask that of him, but occasionally I like to test the water. But no, I don't see him cantering. Ever. He hunkers down and runs like the wind for short sprints, but usually in straight lines only. Curious huh? Does walk/trot transitioning help balance issues?
Story: Yes, bountiful baskets is so much fun!! I love the surprise element of it, and you're right it forces me to get creative in using everything up. So glad you did it, and are enjoying the bounty!! That mango sauce sounds wonderful, would you be willing to share your recipe?? :)
Paint Girl: Me too! I can't wait because there's so many things I want to do!!
Carolyn: Ya, docs are no and the Laddmonster share a birthday?? How cool is that?? :) And yes, we are very, very green and lush right now, and spring bulbs are blooming, but I confess that the pic I posted is from last summer.
Kacy: That was a round pen session, I wasn't riding Eagle. And yes, I LOVE Kate's blog and it is definitely one of my favorites!! I'll go check those posts out very soon. Thanks!! And yes, I'm loving the warmer, drier weather. Whoohoo!! :)

ted and bunny said...

hi there,
I just read your generous comment on my blog and came straight over to say a really huge THANKS!

It really helps to know that others are going through the same thing- it just comes a bit hard doesn't it when it was never like this before and suddenly WHAM, you start thinking about (and feeling) the what-ifs?

The horses are too precious to give up, too much a part of our lucky lives, and I think for me anyway, the answer is to be satisfied with less- perhaps a good walk, attention, and a square halt is good enough these days rather than thinking about those cross country fences!

My boy has taught me so much and I'm sure the more I listen the more I'll learn- its just gonna be different stuff than before.

have a lovely weekend and give your beautiful horses a pat from me

aurora said...

Your world looks so lush & green AND you have mangos ~ lucky you!! Messy fruit, but mmmm good. One of my fav's. Instant sweetener for smoothies.

I sure hope Eagle doesn't have permanent whip marks, and you are referencing the lucky day he became your's. Either way, it sounds like he's got some healing to do, poor baby. Glad your beautiful boy has found such a loving home. Wish I could lend you our trainer, she is a master at deciphering movement. I stink at it. Do you know anyone who can help you watch how Eagle's moves between gaits? It might help figure things out.

Love your spring/summer plans, I'll be there in spirit, and look forward to reading about them!!

Story said...

Here is the mango sauce recipe I used:

Bobby's Buffalo Chicken Sliders.

The salty blue cheese with the sweet spicy sauce was a terrific combination! Super easy. I did remove the skin from the mango, though...I just didn't see how that would work out and there is the potential allergy factor.

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Jeanne said...

Yes, I have those doctor's visits going on, too. I avoided going to the doctors and the dentist during flu season.
Have a great day and I'll we wishing an early happy birthday to Laddie. Come to visit my blog!

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