Friday, September 26, 2014

Moving Ahead With Peace

My sweetie came home last night after being away for 11 days.   We had a bite of Thai food and he listened to the tales of my days.   It's priceless, having that kind of support.   

Yesterday I had the vet out to evaluate Beau and decide how he's doing, whether he's ready for regular shoes, etc.   He's made such great progress with his feet so we put hind shoes on him for a little better support while the fronts continue to grow out and are ready for shoes.   Treating a founder by keeping a horse barefoot in sand allows for more frequent and small adjustments by the farrier without having to put shoes on, take them off, put them on, take them off.   Better to get him to a point where he's at a normal interval, 6 weeks, for trims.   Shoes and pads are expensive and you don't want to be doing that every 2 weeks or so.

Thank you all for your comments about yesterday's post.   It's clear this friendship is changed and I'm really okay with that.   I no longer need to wonder if it's still worth my energy.   It's not.   I know that investing emotional energy won't have the rewards I was hoping for.   And so it is.   Cordial, pleasant, but no bond that I feel needs nurturing.   I'm too old to worry about whether I'm doing or saying the right thing at every moment.   I crave peace and gentleness at this time in my life.   Nothing else is worth the energy it involves.

We have this weekend to enjoy some peace around our home before the contractor arrives on Monday to tear out the kitchen and make a big mess.   Besides enjoying cooler temperatures, I'm hopeful we'll take a little time to take in views like this...

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fork in the Road

I've come to a fork in the road over a friendship.   When two people don't sit down and have honest conversations for a long time, feelings fester and can reach a boiling point.   I was blindsided and verbally attacked yesterday morning and spent the rest of the day reeling from it.   Even though she apologized and hugged me and told me she loved me, the words and the whole incident have cut pretty deep.   I can forgive but not forget, I can make the effort to heal my wounds for the sake of my happiness, but I may just be at a point in my life where I don't accept that and walk away.   I'm just not sure.   

Just as that incident ended, an amazing woman came to do body work on my horse.   She has an energy and healing spirit that is unmatched.   She is one of those people with a special gift that cannot be described.   She gave me a big hug and a few words to help me through, and it was surely what saved me from getting in my truck and heading down the road at that very emotional moment.   

And tonight my sweetheart will be home after being away for about 10 days.   With my house being torn up next Monday, I need a few days of soulful healing.   And with time, I will make the right decision.

Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Everything Not in Its Place

Rearranging, reorganizing, relocating.   Most of the prep work is finished.   The exterior work is progressing and I'm hoping by the end of the day one of the new doors will be installed.   Zoey is making me a little crazy with her incessant barking every time she hears the pounding of a hammer.   She is hyper sensitive to loud noises and she just can't relax.   With the exception of my annual exam at the doctor this afternoon, I am taking it very easy today.   No work with the horses, no errands, no moving boxes from one room to another.    I really needed a day to wind down my brain a little.   After recharging my battery somewhere close to normal, I will get back to finding a place for everything that's still in the kitchen.  

Even if I have to hide something under a rock.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quiet Please

Today the materials will be dropped off for the exterior work we're having done.   Fortunately it's not a long project but will involve a lot of the air compressor and nailing noise that we all love so much.   We have siding on our house that is very common out here, T-111.   Over time it deteriorates from the sun and heat and rain and general aging.   We're replacing it with a Hardy board material.   We're also replacing two exterior doors that have been on the list for a long time.   They are both patio sliders but only one new door is a slider.   The other one is the old slider coming out and a regular size door going in.   

Just about the time the exterior work is finished, the kitchen remodel work will begin.   I have to get busy and pack up the kitchen, and wouldn't you know I woke up with a neck/shoulder muscle that seized up for some reason.   Oh how I detest tight muscles in a spot that I can't reach to massage out the knots.   And my sweetie isn't home.   And Icy Hot isn't helping that much.   And did I mention I have a lot to do?   And my neck hurts?   And my shoulder?   Ow ow ow!!!

Construction noise can sometimes get on my last nerve because I'm used to a fairly quiet house with the exception of the animals.   I will be seeking solitude.

Enjoy your day.   I will be working on doing the same.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's Kickoff Time

And not just for football.   Although, let me just say, the Niners win on Sunday was a very good thing in this house.   Woop woop!!!

Yesterday my Beau was given the go ahead by Dr. Dave to start back to light work under saddle.   He has made huge progress in his recovery this past few weeks and the vet was thrilled to see how well he's doing.   Now I need to find a very talented rider to start him back because he's only supposed to walk for now.   A horse like Beau with lots of energy is going to want to do more than walk.   It's going to take someone with experience to start the rehab riding.   This gal had a birthday over the weekend and I am just too old to be attempting the first rides.   Once we get to the trotting stage, I can't wait to ride him again.   Break out the good bottle of wine because there will be some celebrating!!!

Now a photo intermission.....We had some clouds this week and I saw this as I was leaving the barn Sunday evening.   It was simply beautiful.

Today I am meeting with 2 contractors.   One of them is going to do the kitchen remodel, and we have a few more details to work out before he starts work in 2-3 weeks.   The second one is replacing 2 doors and some of the siding on our house.   Needless to say, I have a lot going on with coordinating everything and getting ready for the kitchen demolition.   I've started boxing things from the kitchen but I have a long long way to go.      

I may need some breaks in the action to enjoy more of this.

And so it's kickoff time.   As my friend Daryl would say....Oy!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Few Miles

Leaving the location of my previous photo, driving a few miles south and pulling off Hwy 1 again, on another day....

A cloudy sky can make such a difference in the light and colors.   I think this one might also be going on one of my walls.

Loving the photo opportunities I'm finding this past week.   I'm putting a few miles on my truck driving back and forth, but it's been absolutely worth it.   

Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Just A Normal Sunday?

When I got home from the barn yesterday, late morning, I saw a very large red tailed hawk sitting on the fence next to the chicken coop.   I rushed over to wave my arms and chase it away, noticing that it dropped something on the ground as it flew away.   I carefully walked over, hoping it wasn't one of my chickens, and found that it was a dastardly ground squirrel.   Whew!   I got a scoop of scratch and hurried all the chickens into their yard, grabbing one off her nest in the horse trailer, and counting heads when I was finished.   In their yard, they can get under the large coop and also hunker down inside the smaller coop if they need protection.   Mission accomplished.

The hawk returned a while later to claim its meal and took its time eating all it wanted.   After departing for distant trees, the vultures were next in line for lunch.   It's amazing to me how quickly they know something is dead, and they show up in full force to finish off the meal.   Harry and Gunny were out and claimed the space under the eucalyptus tree, but the vultures were not concerned about the chubby equines and went about their business.   I thought the donkeys might chase after them, but they also seemed not to care.   Well, the odor might have been a bit unsettling.

Just another Sunday here.  

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