All In A Day Of Working

Sometimes, Jeannie and I have gaps of time in between appointments.

Typically, we go to eat.

So we did.

Then we ended up with another gap of time.

So we went to check on a few of her horses. And got stuck in the mud.

Picture, if you will:

Two self-appointed princesses telling the other to get out and push!

Uh, not happening.

We called for help and after a good chewing out, the car was rescued.

And we went back to work!

I love days like this!

Jeannie is suppose to go back and fix this. Ha, ha! We all had a good laugh over that one!

Jeannie is suppose to go back and fix this. Ha, ha! We all had a good laugh over that one!

We were asked, "When the ground went, squish, squish, why did you keep going??"

We were asked, “When the ground went, squish, squish, why did you keep going??”

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Can you believe Lady is 30?

Happy is going to be bred. I didn't recognize her from her show days! What a difference hanging out makes!

Happy is going to be bred. I didn’t recognize her from her show days! What a difference hanging out makes!

Tree shots while we waited to become unstuck.

Tree shots while we waited to become unstuck.

Snow gone. Gloomy sky gone. Had to take a pic.

Snow gone. Gloomy sky gone. Had to take a pic.

Jeannie said these are weeds? Are they???

Jeannie said these are weeds? Are they???

In The Saddle Again

Jeannie and I went to visit a couple who share her love of horses. They have an impressive stable of champion horses they train. I’m a big fan of the Rocking Horse cantor Tennessee Walking Horses (TWH) do in competitions. I become giddy and clap like a child when I watch this particular cantor. When “M” offered to ride one of the horses, guess what I requested?

I was impressed with Fabio, the horse “M” rode. He is beautiful and vain. He has an amazing mane he likes to toss around, hence the name. He is also padded. (I call them high heels for horses.) When “M” finished riding, she asked me if I wanted to ride Fabio.

Ummm, lemme see……….

No!

I haven’t been on a horse in 30 years, let alone to get on a padded TWH. Not this kid. I’m not falling and breaking bones. Then that little voice inside me said, “Why not? You want to. You gonna let a little bit of fear stop you from doing something you really want to do?”

And I saddled up!

Talk about scared. TWH’s tend to be high energy and sensitive to the mood of their rider. Jeannie teased me because I was “led” but I didn’t mind. I sat on Fabio cheesing from my left ear to my right ear! As “M” led me around the stable, I tried to relax and ease my anxiety. I could tell Fabio was picking up on how nervous I was by the way he was walking. I took a deep breath, told myself to relax and Fabio picked up on the change in my anxiety. We finished the ride like champs.

Turns out Fabio is a champ! A 2 time world-champion horse! I didn’t know this until after we left. I was so excited to have ridden a horse. Then to find out he is world champion horse.

For me, it was a nice reminder about how amazing things can happen when you face your fears. If I had given into my fear, I wouldn’t have the amazing memory of riding a world champion horse. Instead, I would have the thoughts of, what if I had ridden the horse, why didn’t I ride? And all the other things that come along with regrets.

After we left, we went to Jeannie’s house and while I was nervous about riding again, I was all too happy to ride Miss Kitty, a Missouri Foxtrotter. I fell in love with Miss Kitty from the first day I saw her. This time I wasn’t led! I took the reins and impressed Jeannie a time or two. It truly was an awesome day for me. I’m looking forward to this summer where I’ll be doing more riding.

Watch out fear!

I’m in the saddle again!!!!!!!!!!!

We face fears constantly. Sometimes we’re bound by them. Other times we directly challenge them. Some we pretend aren’t there. All kinds of ways to deal or not deal with our fears. One of my favorite quotes is: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” by FDR. When you really think about that quote, it’s true. We learn fears as we’re taught the dangers of things as a child. The things we are taught to keep us safe can at times roll over into other areas of our lives blurring the lines.

What are some fears you’ve faced? What are some things you would do if you faced your fear?


Lunch at T’s Redneck Steakhouse

My BFF’s daughter had an ear appointment yesterday. Bobo (bff) asked if I wanted to go along so I went. It gave me the opportunity to do something a little different on a Monday.  A friend of hers invited us all to lunch after the appointment at a restaurant I’d never heard about. 


For some reason, the name T’s Redneck Steakhouse struck me as funny and I kept asking over and over, “What’s it called again?” It just wouldn’t stick in my head that’s really the name. 


When we walked in, I immediately thought about Jeannie, who loves and owns a billion horses. (A few of us went on a road trip in January of this year to get a couple of horses. That was an interesting and fun road trip.) Anyway, I thought I’d snap some pictures for Jeannie. 

I figured she’d appreciate the saddles. 

This saddle is selling for $1000. Say what??

For those of you who have a B-I-G appetite, here’s a little challenge!

They had pictures of 3 guys who attempted this. On all three pictures, they wrote boldly: FAILED


Of course, this is what really caught my eye!



When I got back to the office, I was excited to share my pics with Jeannie. She bursted my bubble!  


Turns out she’s been there a few times! 


It was a nice change from my usual  Monday. 

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