Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Life's a Beach

Our weather has been mild mannered and overall enjoyable so far this winter.  Yesterday we were 49 F and the same is predicted for today.  The last four or five days, except for some light sprinkles on Saturday, have been mostly sunshine, slightly breezy and a few high clouds.  Just about perfect if you ask me.  And, I noticed last night for the first time in a while, there was actually a little bit of light in the sky when I left work to drive home.  Hot dog!!!  That always puts a smile on my face.  The calendar says only 7 more weeks until daylight savings time - can you believe it??  This girl needs to get busy bringing our horses back into shape.  And me too!

Last weekend seemed pretty busy, but when I reflect on it, it really wasn't bad at all.  Very enjoyable overall, and we didn't accomplish much...oh well, that's what weekends were meant for, right?  Friday evening, mexican sounded so good, so the hubs and I went to our favorite, local eatery and indulged.  Oh my, did it ever hit the spot!  I even enjoyed a margarita with my meal and everything was delicious.  

Saturday morning we decided to skip going to church in favor of staying home and enjoying a quiet, relaxing day.  The previous couple of days were not good ones for Annie.  She seemed unusually depressed and more uncomfortable than usual, so it seemed important to have some quiet time with her in front of the fire.  I puttered around the house, took a shower and made a potluck dish for our riding club meeting in the evening.  I don't think I did much of anything else.  It felt good.  

With our fellow riding club members, we enjoyed some worship, socializing, food,  and we decided upon several upcoming summer camp outs and day rides.  I am really, really hoping that this summer will be the year I start riding Eagle out on the trails.  He's ready.  I need to get ready!  I'd still really like to find someone who could put a few rides on him, without having to board him out and pay so much for full blown "training".  That's really not in our budget.  I'm sure I can figure it out if I just put my mind to it.  

On Sunday, Annie seemed to be feeling much more like herself, so we decided to spend the entire day with our dogs.  I fixed ham and eggs for breakfast for both dogs.  They loved that!! Then, hubs and I went out for a quick breakfast and my dear friend Betty and her husband Fitz joined us, and that was so nice!  After that,  we decided to head for the beach.  Annie loves car rides and she loves the beach.  The day was grey, with a few sprinkles and a little fog.  Same down at the beach, but not cold at all, and no wind.  That's always good.  We stopped about four different times, at different locations and enjoyed short walks, with plenty of snooping around and sniffing time.  I took several pictures, and then we headed home in time to do the evening chores.  Annie was so happy!!  She was livelier and much more energetic than I've seen her in weeks.  She even got a little doggy socializing time with a few other dogs on the beach and shared an ice cream cone with Ruby on the trip home.  I am so happy that we went because the feeling seems to be tying her over, and even today she's more perky than all of last week.  I think I might have been over-medicating her slightly, so I've backed off a bit.  It's so hard to decipher how someone else feels physically.  But, all I can do is my best...

Yesterday the pooches and I took a little stroll in the park and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. Oh my, it felt like a lovely spring day!  Today is sunshine again, but with a few more high clouds. Tomorrow is supposed to be wet, then another dry day forecast for Friday and a very rainy weekend.  Guess that means we'll be doing inside stuff.  Housecleaning anyone???  I don't mind cleaning my house, but I like to do it when no one else is home...that's hard to accomplish.  *sigh*  

Well, I guess that brings us up to date.  Other than working at the clinic every day, taking care of horse chores, house chores, laundry and keeping the home fires burning...that's my life.  Exciting isn't it?  :)  

I have a big, fat file folder filled with 2014 receipts that I need to sort and document in a ledger for the accountant.  *sigh*  Tax time is quickly approaching and I like to get my part finished and all the information to the tax guy as early as possible, so that isn't hanging over my head.  And with any luck at all, we'll get a refund that will buy the horse's new season of hay come spring. Always lots of things to keep me occupied!  I guess since boredom is something I can't abide, and usually don't have time for...I'll be thankful for something to keep me occupied.  

Still contemplating on my word to inspire me through this year, and I have two different ones that keep coming to mind.  They both seem appropriate, but I'll wait until one really seems comfortable for me.  



Karen Ann said...

I had no idea you were so close to that beautiful coast! WOW what a great place to take a stroll with the dogs!

Lori Skoog said...

I envy your mild weather and love the beach! How far is it from your farm?

C-ingspots said...

We're about an hour from the ocean, about an hour from Portland and about an hour and a half from the mountain ski areas...and yes, we love taking the dogs there! We have fun because they have so much fun!

fernvalley01 said...

beautiful pics, so glad Annie is having some good quality of life, and you are so wise to just slow down and enjoy it

aurora said...

Sounds wonderful, all of it!!

Michaele said...

Amazing photos! I just love the scenery!

T.L. Merrybard said...

You are making some great memories with Annie. It's a lucky time, though I know it will also be a sad time. But, it's so hard if we lose them suddenly.

Mine love the beach too but we have to cross so much traffic to get there now Perth is a gold rush town, I keep chickening out. Tuppence is three and has only been twice! We do take them to rivers and dams a lot more often than that though. Love the 'marry me' picture!