Sunday, March 30, 2008

weekend, horses, and other random things

I always feel like I'm trying to catch up on things but that I might never actually get caught up.

It was another busy weekend. Aren't they all?

Jessie the dog is doing better. She hadn't been wanting to eat, but was coaxed with cooked eggs and canned dog food, so she's got her appetite back and is better in that regard. I really don't know how much longer she will be around, but she's hanging in there and perhaps most importantly she seems so darn happy! :-)

Eddie the rooster is living the good life. I still don't have a coop for him (til next weekend, when I take all the rest of the extra birds to auction) so he's still camping out in the kitchen at night and roaming the yard during the day. He will soon be living outside though, full time, in a chicken coop, again. Strangely I'm going to miss having him around, and the silly little routine where he shows up on the back door step in the evening. He is not a friendly bird though. He's not mean, not at all, but he really wants nothing to do with people. He's never been easy to catch, does not like being picked up or petted. He could easily fit the "crotchety old man" category.

I rode a bunch this weekend, including a lot of cantering today which wasn't any fun at all, although she does get smoother when she's going really fast, so I had her out in the "arena pasture" moving about as swiftly as she goes, and that was briefly good. I need to go out to Sloughhouse and ride Dusty so I can get my "canter fix." :-)

Here's a pic of Shylah and Gwen that I took last week:

So who does this remind you of?

No, it's not Shylah! Today I went to an open house at a local (~15 minutes away) Canadian Horse ranch. They have the only Canadian stud standing CA. I'd been in touch with them via email before and talked about visiting but it was just one of those things that never panned out, so I went there today. What a kick to see a bunch of horses that look like mine!

I have to say I am REALLY impressed with the stallion (pictured above here). Like, WOW. He's 15.3 hands and seems enormous, gorgeous, friendly, so calm. Hmmm, liking him a lot I am... I entered a raffle to win a free breeding but sadly my name was not picked. Anyway I don't have any intention of having another horse around any time soon. But I like him...

I have not put the scrim on ebay yet. I am debating now I need some sort of display stand or if maybe I ought to even frame it. I mean, how does one display something so small? A lot of them do have little display stands. Hmmm.

I baked a nectarine pie yesterday. And I watched "Waitress" on Friday. That's a really good movie (it has a lot of pies in it, if you're wondering what that has to do with me baking). Baking makes me happy. I just need people to indulge who are willing to be guinea pigs for new recipes. I really like indulging people (me included) with desserts. One of the best compliments I ever got, said through a mouthful of chocolate chip coconut oatmeal peanut butter cookie was "whoever you someday marry is going to be a very happy man... and probably very fat."

Well, that's all I've got. Time to hit the hay.

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