Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
We spent a couple hours moving the tanbark from the driveway to the back yard Friday after work. We probably got through 1/3 of the pile and it just covered part of the section by the pool. The pile didn’t look as mountainous as we thought it would (which let us hope that we’d truly finish moving it all in one weekend) and we were still wondering if 5 yards would be enough (plus the 1 yard we got last weekend). Only time would tell.
The timing was perfect. We finished with the tanbark as the first drops of rain started to fall. Yep – RAIN. Sheesh - and 2pm was the luau party Kari and Stephan were throwing for Gracey’s graduation. Luckily they have a great party house with a spacious gathering area so the rain didn’t put a damper on the party.
Friday, May 27, 2011
And speaking of Memorial Day weekend...I have borrowed (with permission) a portion of an email from my CIO because it struck a chord. I wanted to share.
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Current Herpes Update: The good news is that there have not been any newly diagnosed cases in
With this going on Mike is keeping an eagle eye out and came over as soon as I got out of my car. Since I don’t have exposure to other horses I don’t have to worry (too much) about transmitting anything to the horses here. But it’s nice to know everyone is on alert.
When I called Ken to let him know I was coming home I found out that he’d pitched a complete game! It was a surprise because another guy had been asking for a while to be starting pitcher for a game but he didn’t show up (grrr). The Giants played the Cardinals. The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league. And while the Giants lost, it was a very low scoring game. I wish I could have been there to watch. Because of course I would have stayed home if I’d known I wouldn’t get to ride and could instead watch Ken pitch. I love watching him pitch. He's so good at it from all those years playing Strike-Out with Brett I'm sure.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
We’d all decided to sleep in and have a leisurely travel day. That meant waking up whenever (to glorious sun), gathering when we were all ready, then going to breakfast.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I’m not sure how well this will translate to the written word – but basically, I would gather the tail up and go to the last 6 inches or so of it. From there I would clump it together then divide it into 3 strands like I would if I were going to braid. I then bring it up towards the top of the tail where the tailbone is and where some of the strands are just coming out. I’d gather some hair there and would join them to braid them together.
So we utilized a different person’s recommendation (non sushi). It has an odd name. Marmalade. Turned out to be pretty darned good. And open. Imagine that.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
So, once we knew what class they were on we were prepared to go to the warm up arena. Nazz was right on schedule. That’s important when you’re the groom!
It was totally amazing watching Blu come into the arena for the first time, seeing those flashy legs and face and the pretty movement. I fell in love all over again.
And in the interest of full disclosure – and that I want this to be an accurate representation of my experience – Blu didn’t have a perfect ride. I edited the video to show only his first direction. But I didn’t edit anything out of the first direction - I just edited his second direction.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Little E was in her halter class this morning. Todd was at the barn at 6am washing the filly and prepping her for her class. The bummer about halter classes is that they are always in the morning. It means extra early arrival times and baths in the morning because no matter what, they seem to manage to get green marks on themselves overnight. Even if they’re put up in bubble wrap.
In the lineup
I brought my ‘big’ camera to this show – my Nikon – because I thought I’d been slacking on my photography during the last few shows with my Cannon. The benefits of the Cannon are that it is small and it can take video. The Nikon is an SLR and I’ve got a nice all-around lens that allows for some decent telephoto photography without having to do much editing to the photos afterwards. That is a good thing because about all I know how to do on my digital photos is crop. So if you’re ever wondering if I’ve altered a photo you can rest assured I don’t know how– so it’s highly unlikely! Someday I’ll learn PhotoShop.