It's 2017 and the time for resolutions. Except I'm not going to make any. Just going to ride the year through the best I can, as always.
The year has started out stormy as far as the weather goes. The last few days have been very foggy and rainy. Right now, I'm sitting her listening to the thunder and seeing the windows fill with lightning. It's been a mild winter so far, with only a few cold mornings.
I'm still riding every day but Sunday at 7am and loving it more and more. I feel like I'm finally making progress on my skills, and of course that makes it more enjoyable. Of course, it's usually three steps forward and two steps back in this process, but that's fine. It's through mistakes that we learn. And I had a good lesson today --- if you are going to stand in the arena chatting to a friend who is on horseback, be very aware of your surroundings. I took half a step back and my head made contact with the head of the horse ridden by my friend's daughter. It was my favorite horse, silly Chino. He was misbehaving and not listening to his rider, and he has the habit of wanting to run into the center of the arena, where I was. Just as I stepped back, he plowed right into me, knocking me to the sand. I guess you could say we ran into each other! Fortunately, I have a hard head, and after sitting with an ice pack and taking some aspirin, all was well. But heads up out there!
Gracie, still lame, is having a year sabbatical at a farm in the country. She's out in the pasture 24/7, unless there is really, really bad weather, in which case they bring her in. Her mane is matted and her sides mud streaked, but she's having fun with the herd. She's about an hour away and I go see her once a week to bring apples and cuddles. She takes the apples and leaves the cuddles! Really, it's pretty funny. She's all "HI MOM WHERE ARE THE APPLES!!!" And the after she's gulped them down its, "So long!" But I so happy she's made her place in the herd, even if it is apparently far, far below where she was here. We will try riding her some time in April or May, just to see if there has been any improvement. In the meantime, she's living the country life.
The cats are the same as always, constant fun and naps. They are such a part of my life, always waiting at the door for me to come home and begging to sit in my lap all day, that when they do go nap somewhere other than the living room, I miss them.
Jim, who left his job with the Federal government to work in the private sector here in town went back to the Feds last Spring on a year-to-year basis. With a possible Federal hiring freeze looming, we are very happy that he just secured his job on a full time basis. He's still living here and commuting to D.C., so it's really the best of both worlds for all of us.
So, as you see, life goes on. I'm still knitting like mad. Right now, I'm working on a hat for my son. He found one he liked in a shop in Ireland and instead of buying it, took a photo and asked me to knit it for him. Thanks to help from a friend, I was able to get the pattern worked out and I'm hoping to have it on his head in the next few days. Of course, I'll post a photo.
I'm not going to make any promises about how often I'll update the blog, but I think I might actually try to make it more of a priority this year. I've been keeping a private journal for the last few years, but I have some exciting plans for this year and it would be nice to not only have this record of them, but to share them as well. Stay tuned, as always!!