Wow, am I ever glad it's Friday again. *sigh* I'm tired. My brain doesn't want to function and a really, long nap sounds heavenly. Our grandson has spent the last 2 weeks with us. I am sooo not used to teenagers being around 24/7...dear God, how do people do it? Guess you just adapt. Like everything else. However, I will say that our grandson, Dave is a unique individual. His mom is bi-polar, manic-depressive and Dave shows those tendencies already. He's been behaviorally challenged for years and years. He takes all sorts of meds and without them is beyond difficult. He's diagnosed ADHT, or whatever that is...hyperactive, short attention-span, whatever. The only two areas that I can relate to Dave is with the horses, and animals in general; and taking pictures. He really shows promise in the area of photography. But when he's with the horses, they calm him and bring him peace. Anyone out there relate to this? :) What is it about horses? There definitely is something special about horses that grounds us, levels our emotions and gives us a feeling of relaxation, joy, and just being alright with what is. I can't explain it, but I know it's true, certainly couldn't have survived my childhood without them. Well, that's probably a bit dramatic, but it wouldn't have been so manageable for sure. Horses have always been my rock. Still are...my faith and my horses. Life without these wouldn't be worth living, for me.
|Harley wearing his "horses in black", cool shades|
|My girl with her "precious"...the only toy she'd play with. Ever.|
Anyway, moving on. I'm canning peaches tonight. We love freshly canned peaces and some frozen ones for cooking in the winter. It's like a little bit of summer sunshine in a jar. But honestly, canning is the last thing in the world that I want to be doing this evening. I'd really like to get outa dodge and just go relax and rejuvenate. Do something fun. If we get that job done quickly, maybe we can do just that.
I'd really like to take Eagle somewhere and go for a little ride. I'm anxious and a little worried at the same time about this. I don't want to get all nervous and worried, and make him feel insecure. That would not be good. But, I've just gotta get our first trail ride under our belts. The little rides I took at Rachel's don't really count; they were pretty short...but, once out and on our way, I did start relaxing fairly quickly. I'm hopeful that's what will happen again. Our riding club has a scheduled camp-out this weekend, but we're just not ready for that. The way I'm feeling right now, truly? I'd love to head to the beach. Sleep in, breathe deeply of the fresh, ocean air and walk with my dog. Take a nap with the cool breeze blowing in the window...read a little and have a nap. I don't want to be social. I don't want to work. I just want to veg...
We're expected to get a little rain this Sunday. That would be so refreshing, and we could really use it. You sure don't hear me saying that very often! :) Surprise even myself sometimes. We haven't had any measurable rainfall since the very beginning of June, in fact the day we took Eagle to Rachel's. That impressive storm, where it dumped and then moved on. This sure has been an unusual year, actually starting back to last October when it was so unusually warm and it dumped so much rain, so early, that everything started molding and it felt tropical. That was followed by a much warmer and drier winter - the year of no winter, followed by an early spring, and our summer starting very much earlier (and hotter) than usual. The times are sure a-changin' - no doubt! I'm not complaining, and I certainly don't worry about the weather. Just taking note, that's all. It is, what it is.
My rides on Eags have been going overall, pretty well. We have our ups and our downs, but I'm getting more comfortable and more competent in my requests of him. His unusually low headset is still a bit disconcerting to me, feels at times like I have no horse in front of me. But, when I don't fixate on it, continue to ask for more forward with a nice momentum, with lots of transitions, stops and goes...it really does get better. Someone on a FB horsemanship site that I follow, likened it to that game many of us played as children. Red light, Green light. Keep your horse mentally and physically at the ready, which promotes balance and readiness from both of us. It would work even better if I had a good groundsman calling out the orders. We include, walk and trot, with lots of stops, upward and downward transitions, some backing and lots of variance in distances between changes. It's proving to be a great exercise. Keeps Eagle guessing, and doesn't allow his attention to go wandering on our rides. I have to admit. It's challenging for me too, because I've just been a lollygagging trail rider for many years now...we both need work. :) But we're having fun and trail riding is what I truly love, so he doesn't have to be trained to the nines! All I truly hope for is a calm, soft and responsive and confident trail horse. That would be perfect. I just love Eagle. Oh, and so does David. He is absolutely and infinitely ga-ga over Eags...go figure. I can't explain it, but every single person who meets my boy, loves my boy. He should have been named Don Juan, or Valentino, or some other legendary lover who ensnared people with his wiles and charms!
Color me blessed...for he is mine, and I am his!!! **happy dance** :)
Oh, an update on my on-going issue of weight loss. I'm down another 8-10 lbs. since last winter. However, it's only about 4 lbs lighter than I was last summer. I tend to gain in the winter and lose in the summer. 10 more pounds to go and I'll be back to my pre-clinic days of 16 years ago, come August 16(which isn't yet my goal, but still)...wow. Slow going though! I enjoy my food, just like my dog. *sigh* Oh well, whatever!
I'll try once again to upload my pics that I've got on my phone, and if I do manage it - we'll celebrate, but if not - memories of my beautiful (and oh, so missed) Annie will suffice for now. Have a wonderful weekend my friends!!
|It's been hot!|