Wednesday, February 7, 2018
You just never know
Life is full of unexpected happenings. Surprises when you least expect them. Some are extraordinary and life altering; others are just a welcome change to the routine.
We had a beautiful, warm weekend. Yes, the sun was shining! Oh my goodness, did it ever feel good! All of us, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and people alike turned our faces heavenward and just reveled in the warmth beaming down upon us. It was so nice.
Just what we needed to lift our spirits and remove some of the gloom that has been cloaking our world lately. The horses were dropping like flies. They ate breakfast and then were sprawled out all over the pasture, just basking in the warmth. It felt so much like spring, temps were in the 60's and I even saw a honeybee. The flowering tree in our back yard will be budding soon, as will the daphne bush by the deck. One of the most heavenly scents imaginable! I love to pick a bouquet and place the vase on my night stand...sweet dreams. :)
As I looked around I noticed signs of spring everywhere. Daffodils are pushed through the soil, tiny buds on many trees and the horses are starting to shed a bit. And the days are getting longer! It's no longer dark when I leave the clinic in the evening. Oh man, what a blessing. Just thinking that winters' end is near, makes me feel so much lighter. I know I can't complain, because we really haven't had much of a "winter", but the rains all through January just seemed to be never ending and even the horses seemed depressed. For whatever reason, this year I seem to be struggling with the endless grey skies, rain and mud. But, knowing the end is in sight helps me so much.
Another true surprise happened to us recently. Something so unexpected, but very cool. Shortly before Christmas I received a private message from someone I didn't know. She asked if I knew someone (name withheld for privacy), and I said yes, that's my husband's son. She said she was searching for long-lost relatives. Curious, I asked her if she thought she was somehow related to him. She said yes, he's my biological father. You could have knocked me down with a feather!
We had a fairly long correspondence that day and I got the feeling she was a very nice young lady. Apparently, unbeknownst to us, JP fathered a baby with a girl years ago when they were in high school. The infant was given up for adoption and she was raised within an hour of where we now live. What a small world, huh? Last year she graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and now works for Oregon Dept. of Transportation in The Dalles, which is several hours from here in the Columbia Gorge area. I really enjoyed visiting with her and so did my hubby. He was even more excited than me, since this is another granddaughter he was unaware of. This Sunday, Anita and her dad are coming to our home for a visit. We're really looking forward to meeting her in person and the chance to get acquainted with her. As far as looks go, there's no doubt that JP is her biological father. She's the spitting image of him, same complexion, hair color, smile, everything. Pretty amazing huh? We're ready for all the questions she's likely to have, although we've already covered some of the basics earlier. We've got lots of pictures we can share, she's an active outdoorsy type, loves animals, has a dog and seems very down to earth. I'm sure we'll get along just fine. She used to be a horseback rider, took English riding lessons for years and loves to dance. In her spare time, she teaches Hip-hop dance and has several videos on You-Tube.
I'm actually a little bit nervous, but I'm sure that will pass as soon as she walks through the door. The dogs will assault her, we'll try to get them under control to no avail, and the ice will have been broken. As far as meeting our horses goes, the timing couldn't possibly be worse. They are shaggy, muddy and fat, but will welcome the attention from someone new. Ladde will do his best to give her kisses, and Eagle will work his wiles and seduce her just like he does all the ladies he meets.
Should be an interesting day.
Until next time,
Lorie @ Cingspots