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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Breeches and Tall Boots

This week was a new adventure in my horse journey!  

Long time followers may know my road on horses has been a bumpy one.  Excitement and anticipation quickly turned to fear and trembling when we brought horses home to our new farm four years ago.  Hours of western groundwork and riding lessons, showmanship, and even a college equestrian class have helped me progress along the way.  Yet, I still had not found my "horse fit".  There were just so many types of riding, types of horses, classes and events.  I knew I loved horses.  I just didn't know what to do with them.

  Six months ago, our middle son made the switch to English and jumping.  I quietly watched him learn a new way of riding.  While attending an eventing competition, I watched dressage... and wondered.  Standing there at the edge of the arena, a new dream emerged in my heart ~ one that included breeches and tall boots.  My husband whispered to me, "I can see you doing this." {smile} After 25 years of marriage, he knows me too well!  

A few months of thinking pondering getting up my courage and I asked my son's coach what she thought about me taking lessons. She was enthusiastic but I knew there was little chance of this happening.  For one thing, I had no horse to do this on.  "My horse", D, is being ridden by my son and she is too spirited for me anyway.  Amazing how things work out.  Some friends offered their very nice English horse for me to ride this winter in their heated barn.  

This week I had my first ride in breeches and tall boots. 
I think I've found my fit.
And so, I begin my new adventure 
~ Dressage Style!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Goat Coat

Poor Brownie was so cold!  
With freezing rain and wind chills in the 20's, she was huddled up shivering today.  As the lone goat in a pasture full of woolly sheep, she was not getting any sympathy.

I decided something had to be done!  A Carhartt vest that the boys have outgrown was pulled out of the donation pile and put on the goat.  It took some wrestling to get it on but it actually fits pretty well, except that the waistline is a little... um...snug.

The sheep came running to see what on earth she had on.
And then they had the nerve to gather around and stare.
They whispered among themselves, 
ran away,
 crept up,
 and stared some more.

"It's a goat coat.  What do you think it is? Silly sheep!"

"It's OK, Brownie.  We think you look cute in your coat."

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fuzzy Faces

Day Old Dominique

Waiting for the phone call.
Driving to the post office.
Hearing them chirp from the back room.
Carefully carrying the package to the car.
Greeting fuzzy faces as I lift the lid.

It's always exciting when the chicks arrive!

They are so tiny and cute ~ all 18 of them.
New life always amazes me!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away. Behold; the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Cold Wind

The sun is shining but a cold wind blew in
bringing with it winter's chill. 
It's finishing off the green grass and the flower blooms.

All of the animals are hunkered down to try to escape it.

Guess it's time for a long winter's nap.


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ordered Fall Chicks

My chickens are not laying.  I'm not sure why.
Last year we hatched eggs from our own chickens to replace our older girls.  They grew up and started laying and now... nothing.  Well, we are getting 1-3 eggs per day.  That's not up to our usual dozen/day.  I know the days are getting colder but we have never had such a drop off even in the dead of winter.

It calls for drastic matters! 
New fall chicks are on order.
This time we are going with a heritage breed ~ Dominiques.
I ordered 18 pullet chicks knowing one or two would end up being roosters (at least I hope so).

These aren't my chickens but this is what they will look like.
Dominique Photo Credit 

They will arrive in a few weeks.
In the meantime, mine are going to find new homes, 
(the young ones possibly in the fry pan)
except dear Lizzy and she will stay to be momma hen to all the little chicks.  She's been spending lots of time in the coop.  Maybe she knows she's expecting. ;)

I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
Psalm 89:2


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