August 30, 2018


I always like to try to do something big and brave and bold on or around my birthday.
Last year I walked 180 miles in August.
This year (my 55th) Cora and I rode together in the arena for the first time. :)

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August 26, 2018

August 20, 2018

August 18, 2018

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everyone should get their very own patch of fresh green grass every once in a while

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young cardinals

August 17, 2018

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I dimly remember seeing a diagram like this inside an office copier
back in the olden days when i worked under fluorescent lights and had a perpetual brain cloud

August 16, 2018

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it's a theme or a metaphor or something

August 15, 2018

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yes, sometimes I sing to her

August 9, 2018

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I spent about a minute on Cora's back today - first time I've been on her. Look at those ears! :)
I stroked her mane, rubbed her neck, scratched her butt and took this picture, then got off.
I was tempted to try more, but no, no, we're taking this easy. Baby steps.
Bitless and bareback - she's wearing a rope halter and a bareback pad.
(It's likely she's never been ridden without a bunch of tack, but there's no way to know.)
I was going to wait and do this with my instructor present, but I felt like I had to be wholly focused on Cora, you know, not splitting my attention between my instructor and my mule.
It could have ended badly, I guess, but I was wearing my helmet and I had to believe in us.
She is heart-thumpingly wonderful.

August 4, 2018

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today's word of the day is trust

August 3, 2018

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We startled a bunny. I asked her to step over that big log in the background of the second picture - it's about 18 inches in diameter - no problem. 

August 2, 2018

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yup, real
(for the full 'xperience you have to imaginerially add birdsong and blistering heat)

August 1, 2018

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Remind me to grab some of those seeds - that's pearl milkweed, a lovely vining plant.
Also, that's Rumor taking a nap before a morning workshop and Cora being all beautiful in one of the round pens. She let me wash her legs with a hose today - not sure she's ever had that done before.
She wasn't super thrilled about it but she behaved.