Yes, I'm a fraidy cat. Always have been. And the feared thing shifts and changes. I have a ride coming up at a new trail tomorrow and I'm afraid of hauling Leah down the freeway. The trail ride itself is fine, but the hauling with all those crazy drivers--noooooo! I'm taking my horse trailer in for all new tires today at noon, just to be safe.
But what I'm even more afraid of is professional pictures with my heart horse. The photographer has been patiently waiting for me to choose a date, and I went radio silent. Why? Because I was procrastinating. Why? Because I'm afraid they won't turn out well, because of me (I'm terribly unphotogenic) and then I'll feel horrible.
I tell myself--you already have so many pictures with your boy ....
and newer ones...
Well, I emailed her today to set a date for this weekend, or as soon as possible. If it doesn't work out well, at least I'll know I tried, and I'll always have the photos above.
It has been raining here for two days and I can't help but feel very happy. We avoided wildfire season in 2019!! Yay! And, this rain will replenish our pastures, which were starting to get bone dry and dormant. I even ordered my round bales from our hay supplier because I was starting to have to feed by square-bale-winter-stash. (He's harvesting wheat, so he can't deliver now anyway.)
So, my friend gifted me a box of Elberta peaches yesterday. Have you ever had an Elberta peach? She loves them, and she knew I would, too. She was like, "Cut one now! Try it!" So, I cut one into slices and.....OMG--yes, they are pretty wonderful. So wonderful that as soon as she left I found an online recipe for Tennessee Peach Pudding, aka peach cobbler.
Here are the Elberta peaches, picked at Greenbluff, right outside of Spokane, WA.
And here they are swimming in sugar, butter, and flour.
Add more sugar and butter
Cook them up into something resembling "healthy" food.
And add a scoop of ice cream.
Voila! Tennessee Peach Pudding! And since my family is from Tennessee--it's also a genealogy lesson.
All this cooking of cakes is really just me embracing Autumn. It's here. Lovely, cool, crisp, wet, Autumn. The fireplace is going. Candles are lit. It's getting dark earlier. Football season started. And we're craving comfort foods. A spring and summer of plenty are giving way to a time of rest and thankfulness. Last trail rides. Hay in the barn. Chores and projects mostly finished.
And soon, hopefully some professional Fall photos with my heart horse.