Friday, February 17, 2017

All these days

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Life.  So many twists, turns and so much happening.  I can't even begin to make sense of it all.  The world is ever-changing and constantly evolving.  My head just spins trying to take in even a small picture of events.  But we go on, we keep on, soldiering on.

We have had several days of non-stop rain, flooding rains and landslides.  Our world is saturated and our skies are grey.  It's beautiful in its' way, but a break is so appreciated.  Today, the rains have subsided and our waters abate.  For now.  I am thankful for this...

Lots of stuff going on in so many people's lives.  With every passing day, there seems to be a whirlwind of stuff.  Changes.  Happenings that fall within that grey area in time.  Mind numbing in their numbers and possibilities of outcome.  Throughout it all, we keep our faith.  We do what we can to keep our heads above water and our spirits above.

I try to keep myself aware, but in many cases it's overwhelming to me.  I have no power to change it, but I can do good and possibly impact someone else's life in a positive way who might bless someone else, who can bless someone else.  Regardless of the bad everywhere, we can overcome by sharing love and kindness everywhere we go.  Spread a little light and it makes a huge difference in a dark place.  That's what we can do.  I believe that's how we change our world.

One tiny little piece at a time.

Our horses are all doing well, having a bit of cabin fever like the rest of us, but enjoying their freedoms where and when they can.  They look terribly scruffy and most are covered in a fair amount of mud because man, we have enough of that everywhere.  They must be a bit itchy because even the ones who don't normally trash themselves, are trashed.  Harley was the first I had noticed to start shedding, and now Eagle's face is shedding.  Before long, we'll have piles of the stuff everywhere, and little nests being feathered with their hair and life awakening to spring.

I can't wait!  I am so looking forward to riding my horse.  Just getting out there and walking along, breathing in the fresh air and hearing the birdsong and coming out of my cocoon again.  Yeah, that's what it feels like for me.  Along with the season, I experience an awakening too.  It really does feel like the shedding of those heavy layers and being freed up.  Unstuck and so ready to move on again.
Riding my horse is my freedom.  That one place where I feel better than anywhere else on this earth.

Earlier this winter I was a bit worried about our hay supply.  It seemed to be dwindling at an alarming rate, but for whatever reason, our consumption (even though it remains steady) seems to be slowing and our pile of hay seems to be sufficient for our needs.  Funny how often that happens.  I can't explain it, but there it is.  I am thankful.  God is good.

I remain photo challenged here on this blog.  But knowing how important pictures are to most of us, I will be borrowing something inspiring or beautiful, or just interesting to me to share with you all.  I hope your winter days are numbered and sunshine is making its' way to your doors.  Just over 4 more weeks to go...

and my Ladde's birthday will be here again.  Oh my, how these days fly by...21 years old this year, my big and beautiful boy!  May we be blessed with you for many more to come.


8 comments:

Karen Ann said...

Your photos are stunning! You are not photo challenged! - love that first images too - nice portrait.

Now see - there is so much we agree on .. lol. Great words today - the little things, the way we treat ourselves and each other and reach out to those in need - make a big difference in a huge world full of things that are out of our control.

Have a good weekend -

C-ingspots said...

KA: Yes! So much more in common than not...

DJan said...

It's always wonderful to see the world from another perspective. I am glad you are now looking forward to spring, just round the corner! :-)

aurora said...

Crazy weather patterns for sure, WI has weather predicted to hit a record 63F - in February?! While I like the warmth & sunshine just as much as the next person, it is cause for concern. Big global concern, for future generations. I choose to not absorb political/world/news sadness. I try to focus on the positive and do my minuscule part of making this a better world. I look forward to hearing and seeing updates on your riding adventures, they will be here before you know it. Not soon enough, I know!! Love your photos Lorie, sorry it continues to be a challenge on blogger. Wish I could help. Happy upcoming birthday to your sweet Laddie, 21 years young!!

Shirley said...

That first photo is for sure inspiring, thanks for sharing it!
The February blahs are the worst part of winter. Spring is so close but unattainable yet!

T.L. Merrybard said...

Our weather has been so cool down here that I have been getting confused when I see winter shots from my friends in the northern hemisphere! That is a great shot of you guys and your magnificent Ladde!

Grey Horse Matters said...

The weather has been crazy due to climate change. We have highs and lows here,snow and rain etc. but it will pass. Happy pre-birthday to Ladde. He's a sweet boy. Hope that mud dries up soon.

Linda said...

Happy birthday, beautiful Ladde. Yes, this winter has got the best of me, too, and to top it off, it took my Red. I am very tempted to move the horses further south so they never have to experience this again.