Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Appaloosas!


The latest issue of Massachusetts Horse magazine is online. I wrote about Appaloosas for this issue and talked to some really neat people!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Simple Things

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up my cousin's eight year old son for a morning of snacks and board games. While I was spreading tortilla chips out on a cookie sheet, and putting salsa and cheese on top for homeade nachos, he looked up at me and said, "This is the best day ever!"

I know for a fact that he had an awesome Christmas (a new bike), as well as many other great days. But the simple joy he expressed over his favorite snack and a game of Chinese checkers reminded me that we all need to find joy in the simple things in life.

Not every day will be monumental, but a plate of nachos, a good ride on your favorite horse, or many of life's other simple things can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one with the right attitude.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Snow Days

Last Saturday, we had some serious snow. Not like the snowmaggedon we ended up with last year, but we got around 6 inches. We were going to leave the horses in, because it was snowing so hard. But Remi was insistent that they go out. She turns into "popcorn" in her stall when she is left in for too long. Her definition of too long is about 1/2 an hour after their normal morning turnout time.

Given a choice, I think she would be happiest in a run-in with 24 hour turnout. I'm working on that for her.

But last week, the best I could do was turn them out for a little while. I cleaned their stalls and stayed in the barn, so that as soon as they had enough, I could put them in.

John loves his stall and was a little curious as to why they were out in a snowstorm.



After about an hour outside, Remi wasn't so sure that going out in the storm was a good idea after all.



She was a lot mellower when she came inside, and even had snow in her eyelashes.



On Sunday, they were all happier outside. The sun was shining and they had fresh snow to play in.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PERU!!!!


I am beyond excited! I have wanted to go to Peru since my junior year of high school (and that was a long time ago). Thanks to First Descents, this year it is going to happen!! We're going white water rafting and hiking to Machu Picchu in October. Thank you First Descents!!!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year Everyone!

I took this photo of the sunrise while I was filling water jugs to take to the calves this morning. I rarely "ring in the new year," anymore, but I do get to enjoy some spectacular sunrises.

It was one of the nicest New Years days I can remember in a long time - 50 degrees and sunny. In between dairy farm activities, I managed to get all three horses worked and go for a 2-mile run; I am tired now!

Like the rest of you, I made a list of things I want to accomplish in the New Year. Rather than worrying too much about the list though, I am going to concentrate on living each day to the fullest - and doing what I need to do to reach my goals and achieve balance in life.

May 2012 bring you peace and happiness!