Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We haven't had 5 minutes with each other since we came home from his Mom's funeral. He had sleep apnea surgery 12 days before we left for his Mom's funeral and then a month after we got back he had neck surgery with 3 weeks of recovery.
So this morning at the last minute I called in sick ** cough***
In my defense I really was not feeling well, sore throat, cough, feverish etc...
So we went to the movies, ate candy, did some house chores, went to Michael's, Costco, came home spent some time ALONE, then went to the gym and sat in the hot tub, came home ate dinner had some ice cream...
Everyone should do it once in awhile.
I have to say I have never called in just to play hooky, but it sure was fun!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I am WELL AWARE of my riding posture faults. So I talked to Deb and said, my back hurts so bad every time I ride.
I feel like I am struggling to get through a ride sometimes.
So what have I have been doing is switching my balance and center of gravity to Stars body and not making her stay under ME and using the outside aids enough to keep her spine straight. The transformation of suspension and roundness was amazing.
Then it came to my attention that I cannot get Star to successfully get into the left lead for any more than a few strides. I have been enlightened to the leg/hip swing if your horse is on the correct lead. WHO KNEW!
So we are going to work on that left lead like maniacs for the next two weeks until the schooling show on the 7th.
Star and I are going to do our very first canter class EVER.. EVER... She has always been a W/T princess, this time she has to work it like a big girl. :)
It's going to either be awesome or a disaster.....
Friday, October 23, 2009
The bridle is mine :) We love us some fancy browbands.
So I hopped on, but Star was unusually spooky last night. That is not like her at all.
We were riding alone so we didn't do much work, just getting used to the saddle etc..
Star prefers an English/dressage/endurance saddle to the typical western saddle. She will really move out like a fancy horse.
Here is something funny about Star. If I say,"Stand still and look pretty" She will!! She stood like a rock for a good 5 minutes while I was trying to take these pictures :) Ears forward and everything! She is such a crack up.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
So, I showed Star a slide show of other ponies that actually work for a living.
This was her response.
Starting with this.
Mamma.. First off I can only really run in a 80x120 indoor lighted perfect footing arena.
That track is like waaaaaaaay long and it's dark, and wtf with the midgets on their backs? You know how I feel about mini's.
ME: Star we don't say things like that, it's impolite.
ugh.. moving on
STAR:OK, now this looks fun , but I must say the only time I am going to come to a sliding stop on my backside in my lifetime is to the gate for my dinner. I might pull out a tail hair.
ME: The only time you go anywhere fast it's for your dinner.
STAR: Jumping? Look at that pansy with his feet all tucked up under him like he's jumping over gators. You really want to put your butt in the air for the world to see? You complain about breeches all the time.
ME: This is not about me, it's about you getting a job.
STAR: ( eye roll ) whatever.... When's lunch?
STAR: JEEZUS is that HAIR on the breast collar and brow band?
ME: Focus Star we are running out of options.
STAR: Yeah.... no... that screams rodeo, and what do they have at rodeos? COWS....
ME: So I guess this is out of the question?
STAR: O.M.G.. You are hilarious. How about you pretend to be the cow?
ME: Well here is another option. Dressage. You have to perform a test of your skills .It's lots of cantering in circles and no jog trot. Very fancy and everyone's doing it.
STAR: Translation ... Mom wants to go to fancy places with her fancy friends with their fancy ponies and drink margaritas and I do all the work.
ME: No Star, you need to find something you are good at at let's do that.
STAR: I'm good at pretending to be a stork, I'm good at finishing my dinner, I'm good at being the boss mare in the pasture. What else do you need?
ME: We need to work towards a goal and show something for the board bill I pay every month, your shoes, your vitamins and your fancy digs you get to live at.
STAR: Ouch, I think my foot hurts, Ouch, oh no I'm lame, oh my belly hurts, I thinks it's colic. I better go lie down. Can we talk about this later? Like after lunch?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
So we had to go east out of Portland to The Dalles.
I don't think he has ever even had a bath in his entire life. This poor boy screams for a good spa day and some aerobic exercise doesn't he? He is bred like an old school Morgan solidly built and made to last. His head is kinda jug headed but we like that here. His legs are sturdy , straight and clean. That is the most important thing !
So on the way out of the owners place we ran into a small herd of deer. They literally stood still so I could take this picture.
I love how the colors of fall are coming out everywhere.
Pony shopping is my favorite activity , but taking pictures on a beautiful day sometimes trumps that. We have made no decision on the gelding. I'm not sure I want to work that hard on a project horse again.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
This is a proud face of a kid who loves his school and is getting all A's and B's and has only got into trouble ONCE and is now the Squad Leader. This just fills me with so much joy and pride that he is doing so well. He loves his school and the new found sense of self worth and respect he has.
This program was Logens Life Saver.
A little bit of marching, since Logen is Squad Leader he is in charge of the marching and the tempo.
I am not a negotiator but BBFF is, had I known that I would have given her my money and let her do the talking. Note to self for next time.
The Tack sale is like a huge tack/bling/clothes/anything horsie Garage sale. There are some vendors with new stuff but mostly it is used. This is the Clackamas County 4H fundraiser.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Like BG's butterfly cupcakes. I probably hadn't done them unless the BG had said
"Jocelyn butterflies don't talk they are just bugs.." ( insert sassy three year old tone).
So, now we are onto our Guest Room. I love anything French Country and Asian decor.
I know weird. BUT you can totally mix them, and I am attempting to do so in our room.
Check this out.... Whoa... they even still have the plastic on the shades.
Had I done that, I wouldn't be shopping for new expensive shades as we speak. Note to self.
I love the bed in this room and the not matchy matchy of the art and decor on the walls.
This is more subdued French room with a classic iron bed, yellow on the walls , metal lamps, red accents and simple art on the walls. OH Check Check Check for what JP has already started in her room.
Ahh.. Now we are talking... the same colors and yet different decorating style. This one is definitely Asian inspired. Scroll up and down to get the mixture of the two effect.
So I don't want a ginormous mirrored headboard as I certainly don't need to look at myself getting in and out of bed, clothes on or off, most definitely not SP in the same state of undress as he strolls out to make the morning coffee. However, the red Toile and yellow walls are making my heart skip a beat. Can you have too much Toile? I think not. Lord, I would give my left arm for some perfect lampshades.
Oh now can't you just see yourself in this room? When the Step kid moves out the Guest Room number two will slightly resemble this room. Cornice Boards and all.
We are almost done with the guest room, need to buy a few more picture frames , curtains and pillows.
It should be amazing.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
SO what better cure than to go on a long trail ride with your barn frens.. This is MAD MARE FACE. Everyone was loping in the front field and she really wanted to join in. My endurance saddle is NOT made for that so we stayed behind. Poor Sis.. :(
This is the Sandy River Christmas tree farm. There were 8 of us girls today, the more the merrier !
All of us standing around waiting for Erica to get wet. : ) It was so much fun and we all hope we can all get together soon and do it again before the weather gets too nasty and muddy outside.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Shawn cut the chicken breast into strips like fajitas and I browned them in Rosemary I blended the devil out of in my SILVER BULLET grinder , fresh garlic and grapeseed oil.
Then I made a Greek type salsa with Lemon Cucumbers, Mint, parsley, tomatoes, lemon juice and red onion.
Then I made a Cous Cous warm side dish. To this I added tomatoes, lemon juice, red bell pepper and mint and parsley.
Cous Cous is easy peasy, cook it first, then add the fresh ingredients after its done. Voila!
I bought the tzatziki this time, I would have liked to make it fresh, but I was in a huge hurry last night. Got to love Trader Joe's. This picture came in sideways and I don't know why, but you can see the Cous Cous side dish and the salsa and tzatziki if you turn your head.
Then you buy the NON Pita bread, Nan bread or I bought the middle eastern bread. It's all the same basically. Flat bread is super yummy. You make them like Tacos, and boy howdy they are soo good. If you have ever had a GYRO sandwich, this is the same but with Chicken. I will skip the lettuce next time, it kept falling out.
Then the leftovers you can just eat the cous cous cold with the left over chicken on top, like a Tabouli salad that you pay big $$$ more in a restaurant.
Next dish? Fish and bean and corn salsa side. Hungry yet?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is a Myler Curb snaffle, short shanks and copper rollers all the way across. Very mild if you are soft handed.
Last night we worked on bending, not biting my toes as shown here, but getting soft and flexible.
I had to ride without much contact last night as I didn't want her to get pissed off about the new bit and set a precedence for next time.
She did great and was very soft. I panicked when I took it off because there was some foam at the sides and I thought I had been pinching her mouth! GAH! I almost got sick.
So like any Mother I took my own shirt and wiped her mouth and much to my relief it was just foam build up not bare skin. Whew. She is becoming such a good girl and so grown up.
Friday night I will post video of our bitless fabulousness. She is doing so great and I'm excited to work on that this winter.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
In Spokane they have the coolest park in the middle of town and you have to take a foot bridge to the island where the wedding was. This is the view from the foot bridge. It is so beautiful. It was the site of the Worlds Fair in 1974.
Friday, October 2, 2009
As anyone in my world knows, this doesn't happen.. EVER. I am a planner, scheduler, list maker, tight on the details kind of girl. Ask the BBFF and JP2, I am OCD about traveling and pretty much everything else.
running home tonight last minute packing a bag, picking out an outfit for a casual wedding, going out dancing outfits, grabbing cash , makeup, blow dryer etc, rearranging my weekend schedule, sends me into what is nothing short of a TIZZY.
I can only imagine what I might forget and have a melt down over. So, from now until 4:30 pm, I will be inking out what is known as the JP TO DO LIST.
Wish me Luck... :)
Pictures will cometh...