Test Drive

I went to a good friend’s house yesterday afternoon for a test drive.
I’ve been on the lookout for a new horse, and he’s been helping me.
My dream horse:
         6 or 7 years old (the stupid has usually left by then!)
         Short enough I can get on…(the stirrup keeps getting harder to reach for some reason)
         no buck (duh…)
         good right turn, left turn, and whoa (the most important is WHOA!)
         has an idea what a cow is… (a horse that can read a cow is important here)
         can relax and be mellow… (a nervous, side-stepping, head tossing horse is a PITA)
         and if “flash” is available… I prefer buckskins!  (never had one… everyone wants color)
My friend has this horse.
He even saddled and bridled her for me.
She’s four… hmmm… kinda young, kinda got that 4 year old stupid about her…
Short enough
He says there’s no buck in her… but you know, I’m a dude, he’s a cowboy…
good enough on right, left, and whoa
I’m not sure on the relax and mellow thing…
Cows… That’s why she’s here and I’ll ride her in the next few days…
This girl’s got a lot!
Just look at those wild blue eyes…
Just for the record…
I hitched that brow band for my friend.
It took me hours and hours and I was gonna make one for me, but it takes hours and hours.
I just used some cotton cord… and it matched his saddle pad back in the day, but he’s a cowboy and goes through saddle pads… so now it doesn’t match anything.
That’s probably more of a cowgirl thing anyway… guys don’t care.
Like I said… lotsa flash.
I’m trying her behind cows… because flash doesn’t get you there… and get the job done.
But I had the nicest time.
We rode for two hours for FUN!  I can’t remember the last time I rode a horse for FUN.  We talked and laughed and looked at spring coming to Wyoming…
I could have ridden for two more hours.
Thanks, S, I’ll see if she’ll work for me!
Just can’t get over those eyes…

Busy Day… one of many to come!

I know I’m late, but I have had a busy day…

My mother and daughter left after lunch today… so we spent the morning trying to talk about everything we’ve not had a chance to cover the past two days.  It always seems like such a short visit…

We had to play with the puppies one more time.

We had to go to the Mills place again, just to review the progress we’ve made.

We had to finish off some of the great food we cooked yesterday.

We had to eat chocolate.

They left at 2.

By 2:15 I was on my way to a neighbor’s place to try out something new.

Something new and gorgeous.

Something with spunk.

Something with Rory-blue eyes… and if you ever met Rory… you’d know exactly what I meant in a split second!

Something like this:

But then I had to hurry home and teach some Korean students… so this entry is short… but tomorrow, depending on the weather… I’ll talk about this again!

Happy Easter!

I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday!


Sometimes I get a little pressured.
I’ve got company coming and a filthy house.
I don’t know what’s for lunch and I have to feed people.
I need to be naming puppies and writing my centennial stories and creating my book design and cleaning this ranch and painting the Mills place and … you know… life!  I think that’s why I like that new song… Sounds Like Life by Darryl Worley.
Sometimes I just need to relax.
Like this.
Of course, I’m a snuggler… so this looks good.
A buddy just to “chill out” with is a great and wonderful thing.
I am even friendly with those in the same bunch that have a different twist to the same things I like to do…
But if I could do this all day long… what would my life be like?

It’s Quiet…

I went to the Mills Place yesterday to do a little painting.  Our new kitchen cabinets are almost totally installed (!) and since the day was going to be a dreary day of rain/snow mix, it seemed a good time to put some color in the mud room.  I loaded up Lucas and Dally and drove out the mile to the highway.  Within that mile I pass the yearling steers in the field, the two year old heifers with their first babies, and a bunch of the older cows and calves.
With lowering clouds and damp atmosphere, I was almost shocked as I drove by the cows and calves.  I put my Durango in reverse and backed up to take these photos.  On a bright spring day, calves will play just like kids.  They’ll run and stop in non-sensical circles.  They’ll jump and buck.  They’ll play “king on the mountain”.  They’ll butt heads in mock battles.  Tails held high and noses in the air, most spring days are FUN!
Today was like walking into an abandoned kindergarten class and finding them all at their desks.
One or two calves were standing.
The rest were still bedded down.
I might find this scene early in the morning, but this was 9 am!
I had tossed my camera into the back when I loaded Lucas, since occasionally he needs an extra “catch and shove” movement to get him successfully in the back of my car.
Mumbling at myself for being stupid enough to leave my camera in the back, I quietly opened my door and slowly went to the back thinking all the while that the bedded calves would stand and play “stampede” at my movements.
Not to worry.
They didn’t budge a hair.
Mommas did… walking towards their calves and messing up some good shots, but the calves remained at rest.
It’s quiet… too quiet…
A few nervous mothers check out the location of their calves…
Within view of the highway, these calves relax.
Ho hum… “Mo-om!  I’m BORED!”  Can you hear it???
Unfazed by mommas eating their beds… calves lay among the legs…