Sunday, September 30, 2012


My son is getting married!
That makes me happy.
He and she don't want a wedding, per se.
They just want a civil ceremony
at Town Hall
with friends present.
There can be no more than 6 guests.
They chose parents.
They make me so happy.
They are so in love with each other.
It shows in every way.
It makes me so happy.
I think I'm going to cry!

We will end our big trip on a high note.
We'll visit with our son and his soon-to-be bride
and then attend the ceremony.
October 29, 2012
We'll celebrate with her family
and their friends that evening.
Dreaming gets to have a dream come true.
I am filled with Happy!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Centus: Itsy, Bitsy Lego

It's Saturday, again. It's amazing how the weeks roll by! Once again I'm participating in Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. This week she challenged us write no more than 106 words and to include the words:
Sometimes you bend. Sometimes you break.

I'm not sure how this piece came about.
Perhaps it's just the season.
It's amazing how the brain works sometimes! 

huge tub of legos

Jonathan was playing contentedly on the floor, totally absorbed in his work. Legos were strewn around him making concentric circles. Like waves catching the sun, they moved outward to take over the room. He’d comment, now and then, about his progress. “Nope, not you, Mr. Yellow six block, I need a Mr. Red four here.” He reached behind him, groping blindly. He picked up the spider that had been making its way through the Lego maze, instead of a block. Not paying attention he pressed the spider onto his construction. “Oh well,” he commented, as he discarded the mangled body, “sometimes you bend. Sometimes you break.”

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Jenny Matlock

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop - 30: Travel Woes

I mentioned my 'big' trip to the Doctor today. She asked if I was up-to-date on my shots. I commented that I didn't think it was still necessary to have special shots to go through the Panama Canal. She reminded me that a flu shot might be important, since I will be rubbing elbows with many more people than I see in a month around home. So, I left her office with a Scooby-Doo bandaid and an arm that aches just a bit!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 30:
  1. Are you up-to-date on your shots? 
  2. What about your animals? What are your feelings about annual vaccinations?
  3. If you could travel anywhere... where would you go? What sort of things would you like to do or see? 
  4. What are your preferred ways to travel?
My answers:
1. There are probably some other shots I should have. I can't remember when I had my last Tetanus shot, but I do think it's been within the last 5 years or so. I am getting to the age where I should consider a Shingles vaccine - from what I've heard, that's a condition I don't want.
2. After hearing about how Rabies exhibits itself in horses, and because there have been cases in my area, I made sure that my horses were vaccinated against it. But, with regards to most vaccinations, in my opinion, our animals are 'over-vaccinated'. I find it hard to believe that they need annual boosters throughout their lives, to keep them disease-free. I've also heard terrible stories about reactions to vaccines. When my animals were home bound and I knew that they were not likely to be exposed to diseases, I would often let their vaccinations lapse for a period of time. Whenever I knew that my animals were likely to be exposed, for example if I knew I was planning on taking the horses to a clinic, or taking the dogs to a dog park, then they would get their vaccines to protect them and to protect me from a possible legal ramifications.
3. I would love to go to Australia and New Zealand. I have always had a fascination for the countries 'down under'. I would want to be there for several weeks, at minimum, and would like to travel throughout the country. Seeing the movie, Rabbit-Proof Fence, made me want to explore the outback even more. Naturally, I'd enjoy seeing the outback from the back of a horse!
4. Although I enjoy the speed of air travel, the hassles at the airport and the discomfort of the seats makes it distasteful. I love traveling by ship - of course, it must cater to me, providing good food and entertainment - no working freighter for me! I think I am also going to enjoy traveling on the RV, since Mr. Dreamy has declared he won't drive more than 6 or 7 hours on any given day. It used to be that on long trips we would get in the car and drive at least 12 hours before stopping - hated that!!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Circle Your Wagons

Recently we participated in a rally for owners of our make of RV. We traveled to Pueblo, CO and participated in a number of tours and activities...

oh, and let's not forget eating!

The dogs attended the rally, too.
They got to meet bark at 3 Papillons, 
2 Beagles, a Bassett cross
and a Cocker Spaniel.

We attended Octoberfest in Pueblo
and enjoyed upbeat German music,
beer and brats.

 This is our group at the festival:

We drove into the mountains to visit Bishop's Castle.
The castle has been under construction for almost 45 years.
Almost all of the work has been completed by Jim Bishop, alone,
using timbers and stone from the National Forest that surrounds the castle.

 Jim grew up working for his father doing ornamental iron work.
Much of the castle is adorned with this type of work.

Dreaming is showing that she is 'large and in charge'
sitting in a giant chair at the base of the castle.

The park had a wonderful trail system that
Tucker and Gypsy enjoyed.
This was the 'Conduit' trail that ran along
a decades-old conduit which used to carry Arkansas River water
to the steel mills near Pueblo.
The first picture offers a bird's-eye view of part of the trail.

We visited an air museum.
One of our group members is a docent there.
We enjoyed a private guided tour.
This is a MASH helicopter used in the Korean War.

We also visited Rosemount Museum, the Pueblo waterfront
and the Center for American Values.

We did a little drinking...
Here I am enjoying a 'dry' beer!

And we did a little eating...

Then it was time to say 'Good-bye' until our next rally with this group. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch: I've Got a Secret!

How would you answer these questions? You can respond in comments, or you can participate in Patrice's "Chats on the Farmhouse Porch". It's a fun way to get to know friends in cyberspace. Oh, and speaking of fun - Wendell has chimed in with his answers. It is interesting to see things from a horse's perspective.

Wendell... can you get to San Francisco on Oct. 29? My son is getting married! You are the first 'person' in blogland that I've told that to! Shhhh! It's a secret! Don't tell! I think it would be great fun to have you in his wedding party!!

1. Please tell me a fond autumn memory. Or tell me something interesting you're doing now that fall is here.
I used to ride to the hounds. Fox hunting takes place in the fall when the mornings are cool and dew covers everything (we even had lots of dew on the grass out here this morning). Morning mist would hang in the woods and the sun would filter through what leaves remained on the trees as we waited for the hounds to pick up the scent of a fox. There was something magical about the anticipation of a good run, the rustle of the leaves as horses waited impatiently stirring up the earthy odor. Too-to-too-to-toot! Tally-ho! We're off!

Here's a not-so-great picture of the 
Genessee Valley Hunt - many years ago.
I'm in that mass of horses and people.... somewhere!

2. What's your favorite kind of cheese?
I'm with Patrice.... just about any cheese is my favorite. But I guess, if you put a selection out for me, I'd take baked Brie over anything else! Yummy!

3. Have you ever been in a wedding, other than your own (if applicable)?
I have never been in anyone's wedding... but, as I mentioned above. Son 1 is getting married! Woohoo! I guess I won't really be 'in' his wedding - but I think it will be tons better than dressing in a Bride's maid's dress. My heart will be so full! (My eyes, probably, too!)

4. Did you ever do anything as a child to earn money? (Lemon aid stand, crafts, mother's helper, chores, etc.)
We lived near a golf course tee and would sell lemonade on occasion. My brother would also scour the golf course for lost balls and would sell them as well. Several times golfers would find balls they had lost on previous outings. They would laugh and gladly pay my brother the small bit of change he was asking for the golf balls.

5. Do you wear a watch?
I haven't worn a watch for years. I probably quit using one about the turn of the century (doesn't that sound odd?!) when I realized that just about anywhere I was, I could see a clock: on the microwave, in my car, on my computer, on my cell phone, etc. But, I do have a lovely watch that my brother sent to me. It belonged to my mother. We think it was given to her by my dad on the occasion of their wedding. My brother had the works redone and the watched cleaned professionally. I treasure it - even though I have never worn it.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gypsy Jabbers: Furry or Food

I don't understand humans. 

They are so boring. 
They insist on walking on the trails. 

Don't they realize life would be much more interesting... 
if they sometimes walked off the trail?

And then there is their total disregard for odors...

Stupid people! 
They are missing out on so much.

I mean, with one sniff I 
can tell whether it was food...
or whether is was furry.
....or  whether it was not food.

Life doesn't get much simpler than that!
Food.... or not food....

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday Centus: Work-a-Day World

I look forward to Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus writing challenge. Recently, I have had the additional challenge of limited connectivity while we have been on the road. But today I was able to get out to the World Wide Web.  Hello, there, world!

We were asked to incorporate the words, "blah, blah, blah" in our work of any style, 103 words, max.
Here is the true story of my work, before I retird from the rat race:

I go to work to go to meetings
Then I go home to do my work.
At least they usually have coffee
And the cookies are a perk.

I never finish anything,

I'm rushing here to there.
I think I left my pen someplace,
But, Lord knows where!

I throw my notes upon my desk.
I answer just one call.
Then I grab the nearest notebook
And run to the meeting down the hall.

Blah, blah, blah the speaker drones on
While what I hear echoing inside my head 
Is the growing, tedious list of things
I'll have to do tonight instead!

You can read other responses to Jenny's Saturday challenge by visiting her site .

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop - Week 29: Fall Follies

Fall is coming. The horses are shedding their summer coats and showing the first signs of new shaggy coats for winter. Our mornings have a fall-like chill that inspires me and brings me new-found energy. I love this season - but I dread that first snow fall!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 29:
  1. How do you deal with a shaggy winter coat (on your horses!)? Do you blanket? Do you clip? Do you have a special clip you prefer? Do you let the coat grow to keep the horse warm on its own?
  2. What's the most recent sign of fall that you have seen at your place?
  3. Do you change decorations for the seasons? If so, has fall come out in your home?
  4. Does your community have any special fall activities that you enjoy?
My Answers:
1. The Haffies were left with long, shaggy coats. When I rode them, I never went so far as to let them get too very sweaty - a little under the saddle and on the chest was taken care of by cooling them down after work, using a fleece cooler and toweling them. When I actively showed and followed the hounds my horses were clipped. I really liked the trace clip best, but a full body clip looks so much neater!
2. I noticed that the veins of the leaves on our Maple trees are turning red. Soon the leaves will follow.
3. I don't do a lot of seasonal decorating... but I do put some things around for fall, and then change that for Christmas items. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of fall. So, I have a few sprays of fake fall flowers, berries and grasses that get put around. I have a table cloth with fall leaves that I usually put on the dining room table and I have a little wooden scarecrow that goes outside by the front door. I have some other decorations, candles and baskets - but so far I haven't hauled them out.
4. My town has a barbecue cook off over Labor Day Weekend. I guess that's a fall activity. They sell roasted chili's and fresh corn-on-the-cob dripping with butter. There are commercial vendors of barbecue and then the contestants. This cook off is similar to what you see if you have been bored enough had nothing else to do but to watch Barbecue Pit Masters on TV. The contestants have a number of dishes they must prepare and they have strict time deadlines. We watched several participants running up to the official entry table at the last second. It was interesting to talk to one of the local contestants. He travels to a half dozen competitions, but others that were at the event go to events almost every weekend. For some, it is a full-time job. 
Thanks for joining the conversation!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'll See Your Spider, And Raise You....

I didn't particularly care for the arachnid I found in my closet
I thought he was disgustingly, stomach-churningly huge!
Then...Gypsy found this fellow:

Do you see him? 
He is easily twice the size of the critter in the closet!
(I apologize for the less than wonderful photo.
I had to grab Mr. Dreamy's phone - and his
phone doesn't do that great a job of taking pictures!)

I learned something new this weekend.
I learned that tarantulas can be found in southern Colorado.
It seems that males, after 7-10 years,
develop long legs and abandon their burrows
to seek female companionship. 
The males are on the move in the cool of the day
from late summer to early fall.


Monday, September 17, 2012

The Itsy Bitsy Spider....

This guy surprised me the other day. He was in my closet. I thought it was a bit of stray Australian Shepherd fluff, from 'you-know-who' and I started to reach down to pick it up. Bleech!
I don't mind insects and spiders - if I'm the one going to look for them. But, when they show up and surprise me - I am not a happy camper! I did spray this fellow - or I tried to. He was rather nimble and jumped under the hanging clothes.  I really did not pursue him. So, for three days I made sure I turned on the closet light and looked where I stepped. Today I found his remains. RIP, Dreaming. You can now walk in the closet without worrying!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Stills - Me and My Shadow

I just had to do this challenge... well, I suppose if you have the pictures in your personal archives, it's not that much of a challenge. So, technically, I am cheating! Sunday Stills is a weekly photography challenge. You can find more information about it by clicking here. This week's challenge was to post pictures of shadows of ourselves.  Every once in a while I enjoy seeing notice what the sun does to my shadowy self and I snap a picture.

Looking tall.....

Looking small.....

Looking strong....

Friday, September 14, 2012

On the road...

We are taking the RV on a trip this weekend. We found a local group of people who own RV's made by Tiffin, and we are joining a few of them for a 'rally'. We will be in Pueblo, CO and will attend the Octoberfest. I'll try to remember to take pictures so I can share our trip with you! (Is there anyone else out there who has "V-8" moments as you leave something, or drive by something, and you think, "Wow, I should have taken some pictures of that to put on my blog?!")
We are going to be staying at a State Park and we will have no Internet services. (This will be a test of our fortitude, for sure!) It is a challenge to post things from my iPhone! Heck, we may not even have cell phone coverage - who knows, with AT&T, which, as Mr. Dreamy likes to say, has 'no bars in more places!' So.... I'm just warning you that you may not see any new posts for a few days. (Did I hear someone shouting, "Hallelujah"????) Well, actually, I have scheduled some posts, but I will be limited on visiting your blogs and posting comments. I will catch up with you upon my return.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering.... this is not my RV (but our's looks like it) and I haven't been on this lovely road with the beautiful red rocks with my RV.... yet!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop - Week 28: Then the Rain Came

Rain, rain, I'm glad to say
You came to visit us today!

We had over an inch of rain yesterday - it was so very exciting! OK, my friends from SC can stop laughing at me! I know, an inch is a drop in the bucket for you! But, we haven't had more than a tenth of an inch of rain at any one time since the beginning of June. Our pastures have been reduced to dried out stubble and dust. It will be interesting to see if any of the grasses recover.
Our neighbor's paint horses enjoyed the cool air and the mud. Mr. Dreamy reported that when they were let out of the barn, he saw them bucking and kicking as they ran down the hill.  Then.... they rolled! They are now sporting lovely mud coats. Yuck - glad I don't have to brush them!

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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 28:
  1. What do you like to do on a rainy day?
  2. Is there a favorite food you enjoy in the fall?
  3. How do you manage your horses on a rainy day?
My answers:
1. If I have the opportunity, I love to sleep in with the sound of rain on the roof. But, that rarely happens - sleeping in AND the rain! And, for me, 'sleeping in' means staying in bed past 7:00 AM. Another option is to watch a movie on TV or read a good book. Today I spent some time working down in the basement - we haven't organized furniture or unpacked down there since we moved a year ago. I think it is time to do something with that space!
2. I love pumpkin spice anything!
3. My horses had the freedom to go where they wanted to go in just about all weather. I have a paddock which has an opening into a run-in area in the barn. Each of my two stalls has an opening into the run-in area. So, horses can go into the stalls, stand in the run-in area, or venture out into the rain. Many times they would be soaking wet, even having the chance to be under cover.
Summer 2011 - when we had grass in the pasture!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Living Life - No Regrets

Have you ever stumbled on something 
that gives you a, "Holy crap!" moment? 

You hear something, 
or read something 
or see something on television 
and are struck by the principles expressed?
You are stopped in your tracks,
perhaps with your mouth hanging open.
The information makes you pause...
and think.

 It happens to me. 
And, when I hear it, or see it, or read it, 
I often think, "I knew that." 
But, that knowledge is so scattered in my brain, 
and covered up with so much other minutiae 
and I haven't taken the time in our hurry-scurry world
to pull the pieces together, 
to dig more deeply into that information,
to find supporting details,
and to comprehend
the overall impact of that knowledge.

Watching the following video was one of those moments for me.
I sat staring at my computer screen
with my mind sifting through what I had heard
and what I had stored away.
I realized that Jane McGonigal,
the speaker, a game programmer,
had helped me wrap up some knowledge
and put a big bow around it.

The video is 19 minutes in length,
so, don't begin it if you don't have the time to watch.
But, do watch it!

It will add 10 years to your life!

Click on the image to watch the video
to watch the video and have access to an interactive transcript of the talk if your preference is reading over viewing.

For me, it's not so much about adding minutes to my life. 
For me, it's about living my life more fully 
and contributing to the lives of others.

My personal quest is to be more conscious about practicing and boosting my physical, mental, social and emotional resilience.

Of those, the area I will need to work most on is the emotional resilience. Although I tend to have a "Pollyanna personality" and look on the bright side of life, I'm not convinced my positive emotions outweigh the negative 3 to 1!

What about you?
Did this present you with an "Ah, ha!" moment?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday Centus: Only Words

Jenny asked us to use 100 words and the prompt:
It's only words. And words are all I have...
It was hard for me to think with the BeeGees singing in my brain!

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Jenny Matlock

The dashboard clock confirmed he had just enough time to grab some flowers and stop by the jewelers. She need not know their anniversary had slipped his mind; but with the new project at work, things had been pretty hectic. He pulled out to pass....
.... he awakened one sense at a time. He could hear, and finally he could see.  She was holding his hand against her tear-moistened cheek. Awareness dominoed in from his fingers and crashed into his heart. He turned his head and whispered, “I love you. With all my heart.  It’s only words. And words are all I have to give to you right now.”

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hobby Horse Blog Hop - 27: Bargains

Today I stumbled upon a bargain. I walked into Staples to buy something else, of course, and found a package of see-through labels you could print on with your computer. I wasn't looking for a package of see-through labels you could print on with your computer, but I figured I might find a use for them... one never knows. So, I tucked them under my arm and proceeded to pick up the half-dozen items I originally came for. The package of labels, originally $22.49 was only $2.50!

But, it gets better...

Going through the ream of cash register tape generated by the sale, the clerk was quick to point out the $5.00 off coupon I could use if I were to come back within the next week and make a purchase of $25.00 or more. She pointed out the survey I could take online, and register for a chance to win a zillion bucks, or something like that. Finally she pointed to my form for a rebate of $5.00 on my labels. The labels I just purchased for  $2.50. Now, that's a bargain!

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Choose one or respond to all. Don't forget!!
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Hobby Horse Blog Hop Prompts - Week 27:
  1. When it comes to your horse (dog, cat, husband, kid or anything else), tell about a bargain you were thrilled to find.
  2. How about the flip side of that. Tell about a bargain you discovered that turned out not to be such a bargain after all.  
  3. Benjamin Franklin once said, "A bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have bought it." Your thoughts? 
My answers:
1. Here's a bargain: One bargain that really excited me was the purchase of my Wintec dressage saddle. Again, like the labels I just bought, I wasn't really looking for a saddle. In fact, at that point I didn't even own a horse. I walked into a pawn shop, something I rarely do, and saw the saddle hanging on the wall. It looked like it had been used maybe a half dozen times. The price on the saddle? $79.00 When a salesman came over I asked him about the saddle. He knew nothing. At that point, I also didn't know about Wintec saddles. In fact, I think it was the first synthetic English saddle I had seen. I asked if he'd consider taking something off the price. After consulting his records, he indicated they could come down 10%. Yes, it was quite a bargain! 

2. Here's not so much of a bargain: We decided we must install a water softener in our new house. The well water is full of minerals and is so hard, it almost cracks when it comes out of the faucet. We diligently did our research and had 5 representatives from different companies show us their wares and price a system for us. We finally settled on one and had the system installed. In this instance, the price quoted to us was less than that of other systems, a bargain. However, I do have to say that it wasn't price, alone, that sold us on this model. The salesman seemed especially knowledgeable and honest. He also turned out to be the installer - and this turned our bargain into no bargain at all. Maybe he is a better salesman than a plumber! When he disconnected the line that went to the refrigerator, installing a direct line from the system, the valve behind the refrigerator didn't turn off completely. He didn't know this as the water was turned off at the main valve when he did the switch-over. It wasn't until about 10 days later that we noticed that our floor was cupping.                                         

We immediately realized that we had a small leak that had been dripping since the installation. We called the installer. He came and capped the pipe. We used fans to move the air in an attempt to help dry the floors and subfloor. 

While we were gone, the wood continued to swell. Now there is an example of plate tectonics in our kitchen! We have a new mountain range in front of the refrigerator! It is so high, it is even pushing the refrigerator off the floor. 
Our insurance will cover the repair of the floor... our beautiful floor... but we have a huge deductible to pay. No bargain at all!
3. Mr. Benjamin was so darn witty and smart. He's right. I have a number of things sitting around, gathering dust, that haven't been put to use. I guess, since I am not using the greenhouse, it wasn't a bargain! Since I never got the harness hooks installed in the barn, they probably weren't a bargain, either! Nor were the decorative metal stars, nor the 
treadmill that still sits, folded up, in the basement, nor..... 
I'd love to hear about some of your bargains - or perhaps about bargains that in hindsight, weren't such great deals.

I knew I Could - Vickie's A-musings

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