Sunday, November 1, 2020

A Little Hello & Hope You're Doing AWESOME!!



I hope you're all doing well and finding happiness and love and all the things that make life beautiful.  We are certainly trying to do the same in our little patch of the world. Being somewhat introverts, our lives haven't changed all that much in the day to day living part. And, we do find ways to bring in aspects that we lost--like "Symphonies in the Sunroom:" An evening with a good glass of wine, a warm room, candles, and my best friend--my husband. 



All of our horses are doing good, and I hope to get out on the trails as soon as I'm done posting to enjoy a rare Autumn sunshine.

Tumbleweed is still growing and learning. We are participating in something called the "100 Mile Challenge." It's something a friend started to get out walking with our horses.  She has weanling that needs the walks, and I have oldies and Tumbleweed.  We use the app All Trails--which records your path and distance. I have trailered him out for these walks, and we've had some lovely ones. That is probably what I'll do today-- a walk --and tomorrow, hopefully, a ride.





I haven't had as many trail rides as I'd like, but there have been a few.




Cowgirl is continuing to mend from her tendon injury. She is about four months pregnant, and that seems to be going well.  I tried to put her out with the herd, locking Beautiful in, but the other horses were a bit mean to her and put too much stress on that leg.  So, she's back in a 24x12 stall with a large turnout of her own. Honestly, she doesn't seem to mind it and interacts with them through the panels.

This has been a crazy year, but even in these times, there has been much to be thankful for.  Oh, I have a new daughter-in-law! My son married his longtime fiance, and they will have a big celebration post-Covid.  She has always been like a daughter to me, and now she is officially my daughter, so I'm very, very happy.

My granddaughter, Sophie, has been studying the Masterson Method.  She was signed up to attend a clinic in Kalispel, MT, but a snow storm canceled it. I'm trying to decide which one to take her to next. Possibly, the one in Wickenberg, AZ.

Here are a few more photos of our autumn. Please leave me a little note about how you're all doing--and how you're surviving these crazy times! Any inspiration? Suggestions for living a happier "locked in"life?  Any, and all, words of wisdom are welcome.
















11 comments:

  1. Life didn't change a lot for us, no Covid in our area and everyone is following basic protocols to keep it that way.
    Did a lot more gardening this summer in anticipation of there not being as much food available in stores through the winter. Storing stuff is the problem for us, no way to build a proper cold room so we are improvising.
    Moondance is keeping me busy, and I am getting in a few rides; nice to have some new riding friends this year.
    Your horses look great! Hope Cowgirl heals up well.

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    1. I’ve followed your rides. They look marvelous. That Moondance is beautiful!

      Good for you all, keeping Covid at bay. My area has done pretty well, too, but we’re still somewhat locked down.

      I know a lot of people who gardened and canned this year. My parents told me to go out and fill up all our vehicles and propane tanks today, just in case there are disruptions after the election. Better to be safe than sorry, I guess.

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  2. We're doing well. Our province is open but with masking in place and limited gathering sizes. I find that we are spending time with friends and finding it more precious. One thing that covid did for us it teach us the beauty of a less hectic pace.

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    1. Glad to hear you’re doing well!! And less hectic is a blessing. The pandemic has allowed a lot of people to work from home and spend more time with their families. We did it a year before Covid, and it was wonderful! Interesting that you’re spending more time with friends. I’ve spent much, much less. We used to gather for coffee, but there are limits on group sizes now, and I think many of my friends don’t want to risk it. One of my closest friends hasn’t seen her grandkids since this started. Her kids are really scared for her, I guess. Everyone is handling it differently.

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    2. We only have 4 cases here now and all travel related. So we created a 'friends bubble' which allows us to hang out more regularly.

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    3. That’s amazing that you have so few cases. We never got that low, even when we were all on full lockdown. We had outbreaks at the “essential” facilities. We’ve had mandatory mask mandates since they reversed course and said masks were good. I think our young people, though, mostly do whatever they want. And they’ll go to the neighboring state if they feel like it, which is largely open.

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  3. Good to hear from you. We're all well and basically staying home and only going out to shop for essentials like food, the rest I order online. My husband is working from home mostly and only going to the office when necessary. We wear masks when in public. I'd say that without the horses and farm to keep me busy I'd probably go a little nuts. But being with the horses is calming and I am getting to do all the big and little jobs that need doing before winter sets in. And working with the horses is a nice way to spend the days.

    Good to hear that you're getting out on the trails when you can. Hope that Cowgirl heals quickly. Tumbleweed looks like he's growing leaps and bounds. Stay safe and well.

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    1. It sounds like you’re doing very well! We are lucky to have our horses to keep us busy. Our lives barely changed, just the loss of music and theater. I call it the salt and pepper of our lives. I have my own music, and the symphonies in the sunroom though.

      Thank goodness for online orders! It makes it possible to stay home and pretty safe. I’ve always relied heavily on it, but more so now.

      All my kids are essential workers—healthcare and what not. We see them regularly, which puts us at high risk, but we can’t imagine life without them. It’s a decision we sat down together and made at the very beginning. So far, so good. None of my immediate family have got it—that they know of. I may have had it last February when I was in Sedona. I interacted closely with Chinese tourists, and then a few days later came down with something exactly like Covid, even losing my sense of taste and smell.

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    2. And you stay well, too! Enjoy that sweet herd of yours and give them all hugs from me.

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  4. It is so good to see you post :)) WI went from not so bad during madatory lockdown/mask mandate, to one of the worse States. We are very divided, between those who don't give a damn and those that do. Being a political swing State and having the Big 10 UW college nearby hasn't helped. Rural spread is the current concern. WI is now on voluntary lockdown, mask mandate continues until later this month (unless changed). Extremely sad for the small businesses, and those affected personally. We have continued to see our kids and parents, altho not together and not as much of my healthcare daughter's family. When I do see the grandkids, it is mostly outside. She deals with horrible reality, and is understandably more cautious. No extended gatherings. So far it hasn't changed our personal day-to-day life too much, and we are not travelers. Blessed with endless things to do and enjoy on our homestead. I am an outdoor girl at heart. With all that said, it has been an eye-opener on what really matters in life. Glad you and your's continue doing well. Tumbleweed looks awesome, good job working with him! You have a beautiful sunroom, must be incredibly uplifting to fill with the soothing sound of music <3 Nice pics of your beautiful herd, and their humans too!

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    1. Hi Aurora! Glad to hear from you again! It sounds like our lives are pretty similar. My youngest son is in nursing school and if he got Covid it would take out his semester. He’s extremely cautious, too. But like you, it’s going around quite a bit and we also live near colleges. I’ve enjoyed your pictures and the excitement of planning for a baby foal. That will give you a lot to look forward to. Stay safe and well!

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