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Rejoice While You Are Alive – Thoughts From My Jubilee Year

    1. I will continue to strive to become the cowgirl I’ve always dreamed of being. I want to spend at least 2-3 hours a week just working or communing with my horse. Ground work, saddle work, grooming work – whatever I do, I am committed to creating a deeper bond with my beautiful beast. I want to have a deeper spiritual experience with this way of life that I have fallen so deeply in love with.
    2. Save more, spend less. I spent the first half of my life (yes, I plan to live to 100) trying to overcome deficits and rebound from the unexpected. Someday I would like to retire…and I think I will need some kinds of funds? I think what I really am trying to say (to myself) is: I need to become more responsible with my money. I can almost guarantee that 85% of my money troubles are because of my lack of self-control.
    3. I will attempt to become a healthier version of myself. I am fully aware my body will never be the same. I am never going to be 20 or 30 again. I will never have a pre-baby body, because I am post baby (x3). I will never have normal function of all my body parts, because I have broken things, pinned things, torn things, slipped things and generally gotten some serious use out of my body these past 50 years. I am still in shock that I was able to quit smoking on November 1, 2012 after 34 years of that addiction. I am even more surprised by the fact that quitting so has been so much easier than I ever, ever thought possible! I am not sure what the difference is, anyone would have thought being pregnant (x3) would have been motivation, but it was not for me. This time it is almost like I just adopted a new stance. My brain and I got together and decided I am a non-smoker. Not a quitter, not an ex-smoker. I am going to try to apply this new self-mind-control to other aspects of my health. I need better control of my diabetes and I truly, truly must lose about 30 pounds.
    4. Meditate, appreciate, enjoy. Try to find something every single day to really grasp and enjoy for the moment. Forgive, move on, find peace within. Have faith, preach faith, feel faith every second of every day.
    5. Find my voice. The voice inside me, always longing to get out. Make note of it when I hear it, allow it to flow and be savored.
    6. I am going to go heavy on following clichés/quotes. I will try to find every cliché or quote I’ve ever heard/read. I have ever liked and try to do it, best I can. Today I am starting with:

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think ~ Horace

Too Overwhelmed to Write

So a lot of things have changed around here since I have been regularly posting. So much, that I eventually gave up posting. I was/am overwhelmed. I want to share everything but there is so much I can’t get myself to do it. It seems impossible. So I will use bullets to share highlights of what I can remember. And then, if anyone still reads here, you can all PIPE UP in the comments and tell me which teaser you would like more information on first and that will be my next post! Sounds fun. (probably won’t work because no one reads anymore, but perhaps all this will be out-of-the-way and I will be free to begin blogging again? One can hope?)

  • RolyPoly is getting a baby sister! MacD and Funsize are having a scheduled c-section on Aug 30th. The baby needs a super-secret-internet name. You all should get on that right NOW.
  • Bear and Fishboy became engaged just before Christmas.
  • We got a second horse at Christmas. Miss Bonnie Blue (reg. Pushin Little Princess) is a curious, intelligent, trouble making sweetheart TN Walking Horse. She and Calypso adore each other. It was a gift from me to Mr. Vixen so we could start riding together.
  • Mr. Vixen got a new knee!
  • In February, at the beginning of my first ever trail ride a motorcycle came up on a side road and scared Calypso. He spun and took off, along with the two horses that were being ponied by my friends. I did not make the spin. I instead launched off, rolled down an embankment and landed under a pasture fence. I broke 7 bones throughout my body, needed surgical repair (pins) placed in my finger, bruised everything and also tore some menisc-ally stuff that still is going to need surgery to repair. Was not fun.
  • Because of that I haven’t ridden much and am just getting my confidence back.
  • Baby Banana (Nannygoat’s youngest) is going to turn one next month and she has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL EYES of any child on the planet. I have pictures to prove it. She also needs a better S-S-I name, which you all can pick too.
  • In May, Fishboy decided he did not want to be a part of the den anymore. At all. This caused significant heartache for Bear and for us to have to move on very short notice.
  • However, sometimes good things come out of bad experiences. In June, we relocated the Den to “Pterodactyl Ranch”. Our house is twice as big as before, has central air and (most importantly) is a horse property.
  • The horses now live in my back yard. This has reduced our TV time to zero and computer time to 1/16th of what it was before. We are real country-folk now. Living in the country is 100 times less stressful than I dreamed.
  • Being in the country and working on 2-acres of yard that had gone to waste is a good way to start losing weight. Mr. Vixen has lost 15 pounds already and I have lost 9. I am still more overweight than I have ever been in my entire life (even pregnant) and need to find ways to make that happen.
  • I made some super cute things for the new baby girl’s baby shower, very original, keepsake value and uber-inexpensive. I should put up how-to and pictures, right?

I know there are many, many more things I have left out. But if I don’t post this now….it will just sit here for another year and even more stuff will happen.

Know that I am still here and still reading all your blogs, even though I may not comment! Leave me a comment and help me change that!

One Week Vacation Wrap Up

I guess in some ways, I wish I had more things to show for my first week long vacation in forever, but my plan was to do nothing but relax and enjoy myself and that is exactly what I did! Besides cooking a 22lb turkey and all the fixings, moving Calypso to a new barn, reading the first book of Hunger Games in one sitting, barn work on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and watching a ton of TV. See not much for a week, right?

I took my camera to the new place tonight and I will share pictures and explain why I moved in another post. For now, I wanted to share this awesome and inexpensive table décor I made.

The large glass vases I got from Walmart for only $2 and change, the inner votives (in glass) were 12 for $4 at Big Lots. The best are the acorns. Roly Poly and I collected those at the new barn. The property has tons of oak trees and the acorns were ours for the collecting. He and I had such a blast. I wish I’d had my camera with me to show you his adorably proud face every time he found one and brought it over to me.

I think they came out awesome. But after we lit them on Thanksgiving I was even more impressed, the light flickers and filters through the acorns and they are simply stunning.

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow. Sad me, right?

Don’t forget to go enter my contest for a chance to win your choice of a Lalaoopsy doll or a LEGO set HERE. And be sure the check out and enter the cutest kid contest at Nannygoat’s photography Facebook page HERE.

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The Time Has Escaped Me

Not sure when the calendar from January to September. Or how I got here.

But here I am. Behind on everything, but enjoying the heck out of life even though I miss contact with you every day.

I doubt it will get better, although I tell myself it will. But life just has a way of going on, even while I try to catch my breath.

Any moment (or no later than the 20th-induction day) I will have another beautiful grandchild, Baby Banana, and I can hardly wait. Possibly the sharing of her new little life will spur me into more often posting here, who knows?

I am riding almost every day now, it keeps me sane in an insane world. The time I spend with Calypso is such a gift.

A lot has happened this summer, most of which I haven’t been able to share here, which sometimes makes me resent this place. That it isn’t my ‘secret’ space anymore. It makes me yearn for your advise, your empathy, your comforting, listening ears. It is what it is, I guess. I just have to work with it.

I think about you all. Every day.

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination

After much consideration (really more like gut feeling, because I am merrily going along with no idea of what I am doing), I moved Calypso to a new place. We found the new place by accident while driving last month and gave our notice. Although the ranch was beautiful, it just wasn’t for us. We needed a place where “horses have names” and are not just livestock. What we didn’t realize, until we moved him, was how unhappy Calypso had been. What we discovered upon our arrival, was an entirely new horse. A different animal than we have known for the past two months. And boy is he beautiful in his new element. We had never seen him move much, I spent more time trying to get him to move/exercise than he ever moved. This is how he is at the new place. Sara, be sure to watch until the end…there is a thank you to you!

March Into April

Prompt 163: Reciprocate

Time scampering past
Days full of new adventures
Life adjusting, changing, a constant metamorphosis
My shell crumbling, giving and taking,
Emerging quickly into the light,
My heart and soul given freely
I now redeem my reward
A fair trading of struggle bartered and in return
A collection of memories inherited
Reaping what I’ve sown
Seeking peace, obtaining balance
Give me a moment, I’ll give you a lifetime
Or perhaps,
I just ride off into the sunset

Maybe I’m Crazy

We lost a great talent today, so gifted and such a beautiful soul. I hope people remember me as fondly after I am gone.

Now, about the crazy part….I see a resemblance, don’t you? We the horses could be siblings, right?

Pardon Me Sir, Have You Any Carrots?

Elephants and grandchildren never forget

See others: SOOC Sunday AND Unconscious Mutterings

I have two SOOC (straight out of the camera) shots for this week. The girls had their first ever horse riding turns last Sunday on Calypso. They both really, really loved it. Ladybug would have liked to “go faster”, but  What-about-me? was quite content to go “slowly”. Scroll down for unconscious mutterings.

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Below, Ladybug is explaining to me the hard “leg tricks” she is performing. She had never been a horse before, yet had created her own ‘tricks’ and was performing them brilliantly.

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Our prompts from LunaNina this week:

  1. Judge :: not, lest ye be judged
  2. Safe ::  zone
  3. Boulevard ::  tattoo
  4. 27 ::  Nannygoat?!
  5. Next ::  time I will be a little better
  6. Ma’am ::  Yes, Sir.
  7. Desktop ::  publishing
  8. Club :: what I will take to Mr. Vixen’s head if he ever accidentally shoots me in the leg with an air soft gun again.
  9. Violet ::  flower
  10. Enamel :: teapot

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears

He knows when you’re happy
He knows when you’re comfortable
He knows when you’re confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.

Calypso he loves his carrots. He thinks Mr. Vixen is the Carrot Man. He knows he has them somewhere and follows him around hoping for a treat. Yet another miracle of this horse is how close it is bringing Mr. Vixen and I back together. He has never been a horse person; barely tolerated being around them for my sake and for as little time as possible. That has definitely changed. I haven’t seen Mr. V so relaxed and at peace in years and years. He goes with me every day and spends as much time fawning over Calypso as I do. A very unexpected, but appreciated bonus.

I thought I’d share Calypso’s new home with you. I know he probably misses his previous BFF-lady very much, but I do believe he is very much enjoying our weather compared to Vermont’s.

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So I rode today. First time. MAGICAL. Tomorrow I am taking the girls for their first time on a horse too! ladybug has been asking all week when she gets to ride “Quipso” and the day is finally here!

 

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