I have an idea to decorate the horses and use dreadlocks that are decorated to clip onto their tails and manes to make them look dressed up. I am thinking about riding in a parade or going to the park to let children pet them and give the children rides. I want to make the experience fantastical for the children; something they will remember for the rest of their lives as magical and beautiful.
I am thinking of decorating these with light brown and glittery accents.
The neighbor behind us used to have sheep in this pasture. Unfortunately the sheep were killed by coyotes and the pasture has been farrow for a few years. I finally got a hold of our neighbor and he said I could use the pasture for our horses.
I built a little gate and let them out into the long grass. They wandered around a while looking bewildered but now they are grazing up close to our back fence. I guess they don’t want to get too far away from home.
I can’t say I blame them. I love being here myself.
We took Mairsiedotes for a little walk to continue her ground training. An added benefit is that both Honey and Bay spend this time running around their corral wanting to be with Mairsiedotes, so they get their exercise that way.
Below is a video of her trotting with John leading. We did some starts and stops with her on this walk.
New Years Eve is here and the Christmas Holiday is past. Time to clear the decks for another wonderful year.
It’s funny how, even with all the crazy and often extremely difficult experiences in my life, I always feel somewhat like a princess, spoiled with love by the Great Everything. Maybe being brought up by loving parents who praised us kids and seldom criticized has something to do with my perspective.
In my senior year high school social studies class I learned that our family income fell within the “poverty” level in the USA at the time. I was shocked because we always had what we needed: food, clothes, a place to live, and even luxuries like TV’s, stereos, etc. I guess the fact that most of the things we furnished our home with, and clothed our bodies with (unless we sewed them ourselves), and drove around in, were from garage sales or inexpensive secondhand, which allowed us to have many things we couldn’t otherwise have had.
Sure there were things we did without, like expensive family vacations to Disneyland or Hawaii, or being able to own some of the big beautiful horses I used to dream about (I was a horse loving girl from the age of 2!). However, I did get to buy a Shetland pony when I was twelve, which I paid for with my babysitting money, then later a Morgan/Welsh yearling filly. also with my babysitting money. My dad, who is an extremely gregarious person, found those deals for me through people he knew, and also free places within a block or two from home to keep my pets while I had them. I believe allowing me that luxury and responsibility as a young person was probably one of the best things my parents did for me, aside from being kind and good to us children.
Now, at fifty-nine I am in the second half of my life (unless of course I live to be 120 which I think would be cool). Most of my nine children have grown and have families of their own. I am so grateful for everything in my life, past and present, the good and the bad, because I have learned so much from each and every experience. I am grateful for the ability to choose, to make mistakes, to be able to listen to those who have more wisdom and make to better choices. I am grateful for that still small voice that I’ve learned to try to listen to, which guides me for good and helps me avoid pitfalls and frustration.
I am looking forward to this new year with hope and joy. I am on an upswing and that feels great! I hope everyone has a new year filled with joy and love and experiences that bring us all closer to wisdom, love, and peace.
As you can see our opaque white roof is on now. I used Suntuf opal white roofing panels which I made of poly carbonate, which allows light to come through but not as intensely as a clear roof would. It’s a beautiful soft white glow inside.
Next we will put in the stall walls and doors and then the overhang that will extend out beyond the stalls.
I’m so glad to get the roof done. On the bright side, I burned a lot of calories up there the last few weeks.
Just kidding. I should say horses having a frolic down the neighborhood street through perfectly groomed and just planted yards.
Yesterday, I was running errands and my horses got out. Fortunately there was someone at home to go get them when one of the neighbors kindly came and told us. My son, and a young man who is doing some work for me, went and wrangled them back home again. Unfortunately, in their outing the horses had done some damage to two yards.
One of the neighbors didn’t get too upset but they have horses so they are more sympathetic I guess. The horses did bend over their newly planted crêpe myrtle tree as well as fling up bark dust in their newly landscaped backyard.
The other neighbor was a little more upset. He controlled his anger but I could still feel it plenty. He didn’t yell or anything but the horses had left their footprints all over his freshly smoothed out dirt that he was having planted the next day. He said he spent the last three hours smoothing it again. He let me know if they came over after it was planted he wouldn’t be too happy about it.
I let him know that I would have come and smooth it out if he would have let me know. I felt pretty bad. I went in my room and cried. I felt like moving from our “country” neighborhood to the real country where people are a little more used to animals and their ways. I feel like my neighborhood is not meant for country people but for fancy yard people.