Friday, August 31, 2012
Where did the summer go?
We had an odd sort of a summer up here in the beautiful north woods
We arrived to witness the blossoming of
A family of Canadian Geese go from goslings to full grown-ready-to-fly
A loon family raising their family of chicks and lose two of them to a mother eagle.
We traveled to Scotland in June.
Oh, such a splendid trip to Bonnie Scotland.
It was a hot, dry summer by northern Minnesota standards.
Still lovely when one considers the alternative
the hot dry deserts of Arizona.
I grew beautiful sunflowers and oodles of heirloom tomatoes.
A funny Asian bean about a foot long
and three cherries!
The birds or bears ate my beautiful blueberries.
And my raspberry bushes never produced a single berry.
We never fished.
We tell people, when they ask:
how can you live on a lake and not fish?
we simply love the view.
And I love my log cabin.
The winds are changing, fall is around the bend
it's time to head back to where my other
I suspect many changes will be hidden
in the winds
over the next nine months.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I don't know why, but I Love Flash Mobs I got this one in an email from Hubby and SMIL.
I'm so excited!!
I am playing in a chamber group of cellists through Scottsdale Community College!
My cello teacher hooked me up and we're going to perform this piece for our concert.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Buddy has a new home!!
Here's my happy boy grazing on some nice green grass--
a far cry from before!
He has a lovely indoor/outdoor stall with
plenty of fresh bedding
three meals a day.
The text I got today said he has a new pasture mate too!
A sweet little filly named Twitch.
Rumor has it, Buddy is quite smitten with his new lady friend.
One of Buddy's new stable mates. This beauty is huge!! He measures at about 18 hands.
I'm thinking I'd like to ride him one day... but I think he needs a little more training.
Buddy is being rehabilitated at the moment. Something horrible happened to him at his previous home, that has caused him to be lame in his hindquarters.
Sadly, I can't ride him for awhile and I even tried lungeing him and that was causing my boy to not feel so good.
So, I have retained a chiropractor--well respected in the horsey world--to come take a look at Buddy and see if he can relieve some of his soreness.
Eventually, my dream would be to take him on a trail ride such as the one shown above.
Alas, that might be a long way off.
The other very bright spot in in my life is this shining face, below.
My sweet granddaughter... loved spending the weekend with my Cammie Bear and my Kids.
Kory and I really packed it in... moved my horse, had a Cam Day,
spent time with my Sister and Niece and Nephew,
Took in a Diamondback's game
and settled my Buddy into his new home.
Family and my loving pets make life worthwhile.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I'm pretty psyched today.
Buddy is moving to his new stable!
My youngest and I are flying to the desert to help get Buddy moved.
Every horse should have proper care. I won't go into details of his current stable, but it is missing the mark.
By a long shot.
My new stable owner says he will have a clean bed and dinner
waiting for him when he gets there tonight.
I'll post again after his move and let you know how it went..
with pictures too.
Here are a couple shots of his new place.
Here's his new home!! He has indoor and outdoor digs. Love it!
He's heading to greener pastures today....
Thanks to my sister for her input on Buddy's stable...
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Life gets busy... funny to say that, actually. After all, time doesn't change. A minute is a minute. But, somehow these never changing minutes get away from me. In a sentence, I drove 1,800 miles to the north country of Minnesota, flew back 1,800 miles to Phoenix to visit my grand-baby, my kids and my Buddy, attended my 35th high school class reunion, attended a funeral, flew approximately 7,000 miles to Scotland and back. Whew! And it's only June 30th.
|Camdyn at Pelatas Betty's|
|Anne, Patti, Me and Michele|
35th Class Reunion
This brings me to the present moment.
A calm morning, promising to be warm and muggy, with a chance for storms tonight.
I've been digging around to find a nicer summer place for Buddy.
It won't happen this summer, but perhaps for next summer.
There are a couple options for me at the moment, but neither is confirmed positively.
I just feel so bad for Buddy in the brutal heat in Phoenix this summer. The past few days have been 113 degrees and getting a tad more humid, I've heard. My trainer, says the temps in the barn have been in the 130 degree range and she's moved the horses out into the horse motel for now.. which is basically covered parking for horses.
I ordered this new fly mask for Buddy.. I like that I can see his eyes through this one.
He could see out of the other one too, but I couldn't see his his eyes.
I miss my riding lessons with Buddy and I hope he is doing well with his training during the summer. My trainer has been working on getting him to be softer and more responsive with less input.
My training over the summer is reading a lot of books on horses. Books on their physical conformation, their mindset, their intuitive abilities, fitness for me when I get back and the most promising--
I am getting the opportunity to
hang out at one of the boarding prospects for Buddy's new home next summer and commune with their horses and groom them with brushing and whatever else needs to be done.
Keeping busy is key to managing my longing for my family.
Until next time....
I huge thank you to everyone who
pays Buddy a visit
gives carrots for his treats!!
I really appreciate this
more than you know!!
Monday, April 16, 2012
"I BE A BUD"
I am the proud owner of an American Paint Horse!
I bought my "Buddy" on Friday the 13th.
I still can't believe I bought a horse--I never thought I'd be a horse owner.
I never thought I'd ride horses again, before beginning lessons
This is Buddy with his previous owner doing his jumping. He didn't like to jump
higher that two feet and the young owner was looking for
a horse more likely to jump higher for
My instructor thinks I'll be jumping with Buddy one day.
I don't know about that,
but I guess anything is possible.
I'm currently working on ground work
which is a form of
This is the area I want to work in for now, because it will teach
me how a horse moves and how to communicate with him with
Friday the 13th with my new Buddy.
Big Golden Brown Eyes
Poor boy needs a fly mask--I've ordered one for him, but sure hope it gets here soon.
I visited him today and his right eye was tearing a lot from the flies.
This is Buddy the day I met him and rode him the first time.
He was pretty excited to go in the
turnout and see his pal Sparkles.
I think he's a bit under weight and my aim is to plump him up by next fall.
Oh, and to grow his mane out. It's like a crew cut and I want it long and flowing.
He is such a sweet horse.
I was trotting with him at my last lesson and occasionally I would lose my balance and he would go to a walk
until I got myself back in balance.
I brought him an apple today and he loved every morsel of it.
Here's Buddy in his stall..just peeking out the door.
I am anxiously awaiting my order for my saddle,
bridle, harness, lead and of course some horsey treats.