Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why Is It Still Winter?

I no longer have any use for winter.  The holidays are over, the decorations packed up and stored away until next year.  The snow and cold air can go with them!

I have started to feel somewhat normal so I headed out to the barn yesterday.  I was sunny, slightly warm and very windy.  Rosie seemed pretty glad to see me.  This barn doesn't turn out when the weather has been nasty or if there is ice on the ground so who knows how long it has been since she was turned out.  She was eager to get out and I think would have haltered herself if she could.  I cross tied her and brushed her quickly just to get the shavings off of her back.  While I was doing that I noticed the darn goat had been chewing on the end of the breakaway strap for her halter.  Grrrr.  While there isn't damage that affects the use of the halter it still annoys me.  I just generally don't like goats.  This one lives in the stall next door with the barn owner's son's pony.  Occasionally the goat is let out to wander.  She doesn't go anywhere but she does chew on things and she can reach the halters because they are hung up outside each horses stall.  One day she came out to lick the salt off my truck.  That didn't bother me but I was afraid of what she might do next.  I had visions of her standing on the roof.    Now I know why my mom wouldn't let us have goats when we were kids.

Anyways, after cussing the goat and picking out Rosie's feet we headed to the indoor arena.  I figured I was in for a show when Rosie got all looky-louey and snorty at a girl carrying a harness.  She didn't disappoint!  She trotted around for a good five minutes doing her best Arab impression with her tail flagged and alternately arching her neck and then flinging her head up high.  After about 10 minutes she decided anything more than the usual slow trot was too much work and settled down nicely.  I made her change directions a few times and trot and canter for another five minutes or so for a total of about 15 minutes of lunging.  I quit there because I didn't want her to get too warm as we had hit our high temp at 8 a.m. and it was steadily getting colder.  She was a bit warm so we walked around for a bit before I put her away and gave her some treats.  I think she would have liked to stay out more but there was no way I was riding that fresh of a horse with the arena banging around in the wind like it was.  We had gusts up in the 50 mph range here!  I thought I was back in Wyoming.  I am hoping to get out and ride tomorrow, the temp is supposed to be 37 degrees for the high.  Plus, I told my daughter that if it was warm enough this weekend I would take her out to ride Rosie in the new saddle she got for her birthday a couple of weeks ago and there is no way I would let her ride a horse that fresh.  She will hound me mercilessly until she gets to ride so that is my motivation.

I hope everyone else is having a better winter than I am but I see even Arizona is pretty cold so I don't know where the warm air has gone.  Hopefully it comes back from where ever it is hiding soon!  I guess I also have to say "Go Steelers!" for the Super Bowl this weekend.  It doesn't matter to me one way or the other but the people in this area tend to get a little grumpy if their team doesn't do well.  My daughter has Steeler fever and decided to get the dog in on it too.  Poor dog, honestly.... :-)

Friday, January 28, 2011

I Wish I Could Say...

that my lack of blogging is due to copious amounts of time spent riding and fussing over my horse but that is most certainly NOT the case.  We have been sick.  My daughter and I have been to Urgent Care numerous times over the last three weeks.  It started with pink eye for here then moved into very sore throats for the both of us and an ear infection for her.  Then she had an allergic reaction to her eye drops.  By the next weekend of course I had pink eye.  After mostly getting the pink eye beat back I developed a sinus infection.  Then we both came down with another head cold.  Today my poor baby was on the couch, unable to keep anything in her stomach.  And her eyes are getting red again.  I'm not sure yet if she is getting another case of pink eye or if her eyes are just red because she is tired.  It is common for her eyes to be red when she is tired so I am just crossing my fingers that that is the case.

Before all off this illness descended upon our household I did manage to get in a couple of rides.  The second one was the best, starting out in the indoor just fiddling around and then moving outside.  In the indoor I was working a little on turns on the forehand.  Rosie knows how to do them but always tries to walk out of them.  At first she acted like she had no idea what I wanted from her so I got down and moved her haunches around her forelegs by putting my fingers into her side and removing them when she crossed her hind feet over.  She did this quite well and without hesitation.  So I hopped back into the saddle and asked her again.  At first she still acted like she didn't know what I wanted so I asked again and this time she did it.  We practiced that for a bit along with some sidepassing and working on going past the scary arena corners with out cutting them completely.  I'm not much for arena work so we headed outside to go cruise the open field behind the barn.  I wanted to do this partly because I like riding up there and partly because there was snow on the ground and I hadn't yet ridden Rosie in the snow.  Not that she hadn't seen snow, she had many times in Colorado and a little bit here but we hadn't had a chance to ride in it yet.  It was pretty chilly up on that hill but we still had a good time.  Later I figured out with the wind chill it was about 6 degrees out.  Brrrr.  We went out to dinner with some friends of ours later that evening and I just could not get warm and of course they sat us near the door.  It was the only table they had that was big enough for seven of us but boy was I chilly!  I'm still glad I went riding though.  I love riding in the snow!  I just wish it didn't have to be so darn cold to do so!  I wish I had some pictures but I was the only one crazy enough to be out that day so there aren't any.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Year in Review, Continued

Lets see if I can bust out a few more months on this year gone by.

March:  I don't remember anything in particular about March and I don't have many pictures from that month.  If I don't have any pictures, then not much happened.  I take at least a small camera everywhere.  So I guess we will just say that the snow melted and spring spring.

Some lovely crocuses from my front yard.

April:  By this time we are all getting a little spring feverish.  Outside we go.

We even made it to opening day of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They even won!  I don't think I would attend opening day again though.  It was basically a drunk fest for the college kids and my daughter got to hear some very colorful language.  I guess that is a part of life but I still didn't enjoy it.  We have attended at other times of the season and had a very nice time.

My beautiful old dog getting some fresh air.

We also went to Phoenix for my husband's grandmother's 90th birthday.  I handed my daughter the camera while we were having dinner at P.F. Chang's to keep her entertained.  I have a lot of pictures that look like this.

She actually got some nice pictures of the other family members but since I have no idea if they want to be splashed all over this blog this is the only picture I feel comfortable posting.  I also managed to get in another state on my "I Want to Ride a Horse In All 50 States" quest.  Apparently we found some tequila while wandering around in the desert because that is the only way I can explain the position of that helmet.  Next time I will try and fit my own helmet in my suitcase.

Drifter and I in what is left of the desert in Scottsdale.
Phoenix was warm and beautiful as usual.

Unfortunately Pittsburgh experienced some wild weather while we were gone and we came home to this little mess on our roof.  We got it fixed quickly though and nothing else was damaged thankfully.

To be continued...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Year in Review

As I think about this year that is almost over nothing really major jumps out at me.  I'm just glad we didn't move again.  So hopefully as I go through writing this post some things will come to mind that will make this year stand out a little.

January:  My little Rose Petal was in Florida being trained to be a productive equine citizen.  As I look back at the pictures, I see how much she has matured over the last year.  She still looks like a baby in some of these pictures.

We set up a fish tank.  It was something I had been wanting to do for years but the circumstances were never right until now.  My daughter and I spent a lot of time doing this that first month.

My little girl turned four and there was cake.  The yummy chocolate kind with chocolate frosting.  Now if only I could teach her to make this for me.

My daughter got Candyland for her birthday.  So guess what we played a lot of?  She enjoys it though so we play.

February:  Snowpocolypse.  Need I say more?  

The poor dog can't even find a place to pee!

Tough going for toddlers!

It started as a Ford Explorer...

A short drive into the city to dig up some dinosaur bones.  We originally went in for a whale exhibit but I she had just as much fun with the dinosaur stuff.  The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a pretty nice place to visit if you get the chance.  

My trip to Florida to see Rosie while she was in training.  This was such a wonderful trip!  Even though it was pretty cold in Florida I had a great time.

Wow, this is getting kind of long.  I think I will break the memories up into two month increments just so I have some hope of getting most of this posted before March.

Back to Normal

Well, the in-laws headed home yesterday after coming in for Christmas.  It was nice to see them but it is always nice to get back to normal too.  Unless you are my daughter who goes on a crying jag every time we have to leave family.  It's hard living so far from any family.

I made it out to the barn to see Rosie today.  I hadn't seen her since the Monday before Christmas.  It's times like these that I really wish I could keep her at home.  To be able to just give her a pat while feeding or something would be better than not seeing her for over a week.  Someday I will have my own place.  I didn't ride, I tweaked my back before Christmas and it is still really bothering me.  Stupid sciatica.  If it keeps bothering me I guess I will have to head to the doctor. What a way to ring in the new year, but chronic pain isn't high on my list of things to do.  Anyways, back to Rosie.  I took her out, brushed her and then lunged her for a bit in the indoor.  She was happy to get out and kick up her heels for a bit.  The barn where I board does turn out every other day.  Mostly because they don't have enough pasture space to turn all the horses out everyday.  It's not my ideal but all the other positives outweighed that negative.  On the days that I know she is going to be in I try and get out there and at least let her graze on the lawn for a bit.  Rosie did well lunging as usual.  I even took her down to the scary end of the indoor.  You know, where the horse eating monsters live.  She tried to cut the corners a bit at first but eventually she went fine.  After we finished lunging I walked her over to the Cave of Death or as I call it, the corner of the indoor.

After it was determined that we weren't facing certain annihilation we walked calmly out of the arena to go eat some grass.  What little of it there is this time of year anyways.

The new year is already filling up with things to do.  My daughter's birthday is towards the end of this month and she wants to have her party at Chuck E. Cheese.  Heaven help my agoraphobic self.  Then there is the usual doctors/dentist/oil change appointments that have to be taken care of.  Stay with me now, I know the excitement is about to send you off your chair but please contain yourself.

Hope everyone is staying warm and busy!  Here's to hoping for some decent weather soon so we can get out and enjoy it!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Rules: YOU! Yes, you, reading this. You’re tagged. Now that you know more about me than you ever wanted to know, play the game, it’s fun! Let others know a little more about yourself, re post this as your name followed by “ology.”  (Or if you are paranoid about putting too much info out there just put "me" in the title with the "ology")


What is your salad dressing of choice?  
Blue Cheese

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?  Darby's, Belfast, Maine

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?  
It depends on the day but usually Chick-Fil-A or McDonalds

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
  Cheese, cheese and more cheese!

How many televisions are in your house?  

What color cell phone do you have? 


Are you right-handed or left-handed?  

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?  

What is the last heavy item you lifted?  
Nothing for a few days, I tweaked my back while sliding a box out of the way.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
  Only with anesthetic.

Have you ever fainted?  


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? 

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
  Wouldn't change it I like my name.

How many pairs of flip flops/thongs do you own?
  Many, I love flip flops in the summer.

Last person you talked to?  



Holiday? All of them

Day of the week?



Drink? Coke

Jolly Rancher


Missing someone? 

What are you listening to?  
Caillou (I have a five year old, it can't be helped.)

What are you watching?
  Well, my daughter is watching Calliou but I wouldn't really say that I am.

Worrying about?  
Not much at the moment
What’s the last movie you saw?  At the cinema - Tangled.  At home - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Do you smile often?
  Not as much as I used to.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?  
Green's the perfect color so no need to change them. 

What’s on your wish list for your birthday?  Well, since my birthday doesn't come around again for basically a year I have awhile to think about it but maybe a nice saddle.

Can you do a chin-up? 
 I have no idea.

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

Have you been in a car wreck?  Just a fender bender

Have you caused a car wreck?

Do you have an accent?  Occasionally I slip into my Mainer accent and drop a few R's.

Last time you cried?  
Don't remember

Plans tonight?
  Not a whole heck of a lot.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Name three things you bought yesterday?  
Plant pots, my daughter's first Breyer horse, and a bang trim for my daughter and I.
Have you met someone who changed your life?
  Yes, several people

For the better or worse?  Who knows, I'll have to wait until the end to know for sure.

How did you bring in the New Year?  
That was awhile ago, I don't really remember.  Probably just fell asleep on the couch watching t.v.

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?
 I probably would, yes

What songs do you sing in the shower?  

Have you held hands with someone today?  

Who was the last person you took a picture of?  My daughter and her friends at a Christmas cookie decorating party.

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?  I would say a good combination of both.
Do you like pulpy orange juice?  Eck no, it tastes like hair!
Last time you ate peanut butter and jelly?  I don't even remember.

What were you doing at 12 a.m. last night?  Stumbling to bed after falling asleep on the couch while watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond.
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?  Crap, I have a lot of cleaning to do today.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Not much going here lately.  I don't think I have been able to get a ride in since the last time I posted.  We did a ten day trip over Thanksgiving that took up a lot more time than just the ten days we were gone, what with having to get everything ready to go, unpacking when we got back and then the Christmas shopping rush.  I'm still not done with shopping for everyone.  I am getting there though.

While we were in Colorado I got to visit my favorite tack shop, Brighton Feed and Saddlery.  I love love love this place!  I haven't found another place like it here in PA.  If you are in the north Denver area and have time you should really stop in.  Unless you ride English, then you might not find much of interest.

My birthday/Christmas present for this year is an easy entry cart!  I got the harness last year for Christmas so this year I needed the cart.  Now I can continue on with the driving that I had Rosie trained to do.

It is cold and snowy in the Pittsburgh area today and is supposed to remain that way for the upcoming week.  I don't see a whole lot of riding in my future.  Just running out to kiss Rosie on the nose will probably have to be good enough!