Monday, March 11, 2013

A taste of Spring

We had some nice weather yesterday.  I didn't manage to clean much of the house (my usual Sunday thing), but I managed some barn chores, fence mending and Duncan got some PLAY time!  He was very happy to have lunch at the park and play on the merry-go-round.  I will admit I got on myself and laughed like a fool with him!

Good news, baby Nicholas (from my last post) is doing better and is off the Ventilator and in his parents arms!  That's a huge praise!  Thanks to all who have continued to have him in their prayers!
Spring is just around the corner and I am thankful.  I am trying to remind myself that all things will be new and green soon.  That from the cold and dark of winter, comes the beauty of flowers and all that we love.  It's important for me to remember to keep moving forward and take time to ride the merry-go-round with my "not so little" boy every  now and then!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prayers for Nicholas

It's not my story to tell, so I will just ask today that anyone and everyone who can pray for little Nicholas would do so!
He is 7 days old and has had heart surgery and is working hard to survive. 

Please pray

Monday, January 28, 2013

A good Sunday

We are having strange weather in Indiana.  That may be a little redundant since Indiana is known for such weirdness.  However, yesterday this mean the nicer part of our day was early before 'freezing rain replaced slightly below freezing and just cold".  I got up and fixed Bacon, Eggs and Pancakes for the little bear.  He lives for Sundays and pancakes.  I was planning to go trail riding (or road riding in this case) with my friend and neighbor, Martha, at 10.  So Dunc and I hopped in the car and I ran to town to get a caffeinated drink!
ON the way back I saw a large bird in the trees near my house.  Guess who?  A Bald Eagle.  This is about my 6th personal sighting  and 5 very near my house.  This one being closest yet!  Since when I was growing up they were all but GONE from Indiana and definately not this far North, this is exciting to me.  So I stopped to take his picture.  While stopped a lovely elderly couple stopped to chekc on me  and I showed them the Eagle.  They were thrilled.  I so appreciated giving them a 'lift' to their morning for their good deed of checking on me!

When I see things like this bird I always think I should have a really nice camera and carry it everywhere.  Seems like a good idea...somehow a new bridle always wins the battle of where to spend my money.

Then I got out my horse and met Martha on our road for a ride.  We rode for about 2 1/2 hours.  It was a good ride.  My mare was a bit silly after a month off because of weather, but it was nice to get out.  Rode by the creek and love the sound of the water squeezing around the ice.  Made me think I need to plan a lunch date with myself by a creek soon!

Got my girl brushed down, and back in her blanket and came to the house.  Dunc asked for a trip to town and I relented.  I'm again glad I did because in the field down the road were 13 wild turkeys!  Those birds get portrayed and not very pretty, but in all honesty, they have lovely coloration.  When they fly they are quite pretty and graceful.  Like the eagle, it was something we didn't see in Indiana when I was younger. 
Overall, I'll take that for a dismal Sunday weatherwise!

Friday, January 18, 2013

A boy and his horse

Last year I bought a new horse for ME.  She has taken me to some shows, event camp and more.  I ride her pretty regularly, but if you ask Duncan, she is HIS!  I'm pretty sure if you ask her, she agrees.  If it were anyone else, I would be jealous, but loving Duncan is a pretty good way to guarantee yourself a warm blanket, feed and love at my house!  It helps that she totes me dutifully over jumps and through the woods.
I'm elated Duncan loves his "grey mare", even if he offends her by making me sing the "old grey mare" to her!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

May your year be full of laughter!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fair weather blogger

I'm not sure why this is true about me, but I feel like I can't blog or write when life is kicking me in the shins.  I sometimes feel like since I started this blog to discuss house/home type things that I can't write when I am not really doing those things!
I feel guilty that I have cut and designed all the parts for the coffee table I am buidling, but yet I can't find the time to sand the legs and get it all painted.
In all, when I say life is kicking me in the shins, it's relative.  Life is pretty 'normal', but little things keep me too busy working, too busy caring for D-bear and too busy running to get it all done.
Somehow I miss the fact that every day I feed and care for 2 horses, 3 dogs, 7 hens and 1 cat.  Everyone is happy and shiny and fed.  I also manage to run a business, pay all the bills, raise a kid with significant special needs. I also get to the gym most of the time, ride my horse and even did a few shows last year.  I also manage to keep the floor swept, the dishes done, the laundry washed and everybody vertical on any given day.  Yet I feel guilty I haven't sanded those dang table legs!  LOL

I'm going to try to be less of a fair weather person.  I tend to get so caught up in 'perfection' that I fall victim to "why bother" mentality. 
This Christmas I was hating myself for only getting TWO Christmas trees up.  What is wrong with me?  that's two more than some people!  LOL  So...I am going to try again to focus on the moment...and if that coffee table EVER gets done I will surely blog about it.  If it doesn't, I'll just keep trucking.

Do yourself a favor this Christmas. Don't hold yourself to a higher standard than you would a friend!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inherited treasure

My Aunt calls me a few weeks ago asking if I want my grandmother's dresser.  I am thinking of the 1950's blonde set she had and wondering what possessed her to think I would want it.  Then she tells me it is an antique that was in the 'front' room, not grandma's room.
My aunt was bringing some other things from Jacksonville, so she could bring it to Southern Indiana and I could meet her.  I honestly didn't have memories of this dresser, as my mental picture is that blonde set and grandma's hairbrushes there.
  There are two stories on this peice.  The one my aunt tells is grandma bought it for 50c from my great great uncle and fixed the finish and some damage to it.  He then offered her $2 to get it back, she was offended.   My dad, however, says he remembers going with my grandfather to buy it at an auction.  Since, all firsthand parties are no longer with us, I may never know.
However, she fits nicely in my home.  I got her home, unwrapped the marble top and put her in place.  I quickly shoved a few items on it so it wasn't naked and snapped this picture for my aunt, so she knew it had gotten a good home!   The little guy on the right was my Dad's teddy.  I thought it only fitting!
I opened the drawers and was surprised to find I DO remember the shelf liner in the drawers!  Funny how memory works.  I believe every drawer in grandmas house was the bright stuff!
I love to have her dresser and cook with her wearever pans.  If I could bottle the love she gave me I would wear it everyday.  These pieces bring a little of it closer to home. 
I love my new/old gift from Grandma!  Thank you Aunt Barb for knowing how much it would mean to me!