More SnowWe got dumped on again here in Spokane, and that, unfortunately, canceled our February horse clinic. The roads were slick and dangerous--so it was a good call--but, oh, so sad! Hopefully, we'll be able to reschedule for next Saturday--weather permitting--which will be one day before we leave for a Hawaiian vacation. (More on that below.)
Before the dumping, I did get a couple more rides at the barn in. I rode Leah in a new saddle and bareback, but this time I didn't see any difference in the two. She tosses her head when I ask for the trot. I had a friend ride her, too, and she thinks its a habit--a kind of tizzy over being asked to do something that differs from she wants to do. Time will tell.
I packed two days ago--completely packed--for our Hawaii vacation. We've saved all year for this trip and we're making sure to stay longer this time. We leave next week, but when it started to snow...and snow...and snow...I consoled myself by packing swimsuit, sun hat, shorts, sun dresses, sunscreen, etc.etc. I also packed riding boots & jeans because I do plan to ride on the island again, but not at the same spot. This time we'll be riding here. Paniolo Adventures--picnic ride. I need to book it!
I used to think a Hawaiian vacation was a waste of money, after all, you could buy a new horse or saddle with that $$--or guitar--or piano, but that only lasted until we actually went to Hawaii.
Hawaii is our How to Survive Winter drug.
After a year of playing the guitar, this is what my fingers look like. I promise, they don't hurt! In fact, they're rather numb. I was worried it would affect my piano playing, but if anything, it has improved it. I hear music differently now--I see it differently, too. I so wish I'd started playing the guitar at the same time I started piano.
I love my guitars. I have the Big Baby Taylor and the Taylor 414ce. The Big Baby is my porch/boat/office guitar and the Taylor 414 is my LOVE. I play so often now, everyday, multiples times a day, that I have to restring every few weeks. I buy my strings in bulk and learned to string by watching this video by Martin.
Here are some photos of the process:
I had over 3,000 pictures on my phone, so I weeded them out. But while I was at it, I found this one of Cowboy's plate. I kept it as a souvenir all these years to remember everything we've been through and how lucky I am to still have him.