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Monday, November 4, 2013

Changing stuff around ...


Well, this blog seems to have fallen by the wayside.  I had a whirlwind of a summer and started going back to school.  Still riding a ton and enjoying every minute of it.  Tossing around the idea of getting back into sheep and dogs and stuff.  We'll see.

I'm going to leave this blog up, but further postings are going to go on my new Facebook page - Between the Ears

I'm not impressed with Google+.  They are trying to hard to be like Facebook and it's not working.  I thought they'd change it back by now, but haven't.  I don't like the photo sharing options, or the constant barrage of asking me to switch to Google+.  I've gone Facebook, so catch me there!

Happy trails, all!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Long Overdue

I didn't realize how long it's been since I've updated this thing.  The horses are doing great, been working around my place, and without sheep, my place is completely overgrown cause the horses don't eat it down like the sheep did.  I think I'll be mowing a whole lot more this year than in years past ... or picking up a few goats or something.  It's nice not having the sheep around for the dogs to be magnetized to, though.  They're just ... dogs.  Love it.

I have tons of photos of places I've ridden ... but I'm not going to post them all here.  But here's a small taste ...

My friend Katie at work has a friend named Joe who wanted to learn how to ride.  So I put him on Kahlua and the first ride I took him on was the 4-H ride out at Blackstock Ranch.  Gorgeous day, fun ride!




The following day, we rode out at Joe's place.  He lives out near Murphy and his land backs up to BLM.



We also did the St. Jude ride at Wilson Creek ...



Some friends and I then went to the top of Jump Creek.  This was an amazing ride.  So much open land to explore there. The canyon was breathtaking, but I couldn't get a good shot of it.






Went to Bogus Basin with Phyllis' husband, Craig ... and we had a blast!  What a beautiful place!  The horses were awesome!  Rode 12 miles between storms and almost made it to Stack Rock, but decided to head back and still got hit by the storm.  What fun!









Karen and I took my horses out to Sands Basin area (French John Rd) and went and found the Charles Brown grave site.  Some history behind that, and it was fun to find it ... it's sort of the back side of Jump Creek.  Wide open area that I will definitely be heading back to.








And the other day, I went for a ride at the lake with the Ten Mile Riding Club.  This isn't the most exciting ride, but trotted and loped most of the way, pushed Kahlua pretty hard, and had a great time!  Man, am I sore!  But scheduled to ride the lake again on Thursday, only this time I'm going to take Buck and ride bareback for the first time as an adult.  Should be interesting.




We took the horses into the lake ...


Some further than others ... LOL!



Have a couple of fun, short weekend trips planned.  Heading to New Meadows on in the middle of June, and up to Bear Valley in July.  Can't wait!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Slow & Steady Wins the Race !!

I did it!  Finally!  I'm down 50 pounds!  It's been a goal for me for quite some time.  These last ten pounds have not come off as the first 40.  But now the exercise is starting, so I'm looking forward to the next 50 lbs.

At work, there are two things going on.

One is with two of my co-workers.  First person to lose 20 lbs. wins -- losers buy drinks.  I have 13 lbs. to go. 

The other thing is thru Blue Cross (in a way).  It's a climb to Mt. Everest.  It's to promote good health all around.  You pay a $5 entry, and my employer matched it.  There's a pot of about $250 ... so there are five $50 prizes.  I wouldn't mind one of those.  Here's how it works.  Mt. Everest is a ridiculous amount of miles to the top (don't remember how many right now).  Over a five week period, you keep track of how many 32 oz. glasses of water you drink, how many flights of stairs you climb, how many miles you walk or run, how many hours of aerobics you do, etc., and each of those things is with a certain amount of miles.  We keep weekly track, and did a starting weigh-in and took measurements.  There's a prize for the biggest loser, the one with the most inches off, the one that's first to the top, etc.  There are quite a few employees involved.  What's great is the level of support ... the encouragement from your co-workers ... motivation, etc. 

This is the first week.  I've already done zumba twice (fun, but man do I have two left feet!) and found a 3 1/2 mile loop at my house that I will walk every day.  There's also a very busy flight of stairs at work, too.  Love seeing that. 

The thing that prompted me to start losing weight (other than my son, of course) was how much junk food is at this job, and I knew I'd be as big as a house in no time.  It didn't take much of an excuse (a birthday, a Friday, a holiday) for a shit-ton of sweets and fattening fabulous food to show up.  And it's not easy to resist at times, but it's gotten much easier for me now.  The reward is worth it.

And I feel so much better.  And what's even better than that ... I have health insurance, and have gotten all my tests done.  All of my test results are within normal limits -- sugar, kidney, liver, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.  I couldn't be happier and so looking forward to summer!   I will still look like a cow in a tank top this year, but anything will be better than last year.


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Colleen, Buck and Hardtrigger

Colleen came down for the weekend.  We took the horses out to Hardtrigger for a while.  What a gorgeous day!  Finally!

Buck is doing all kinds of shedding out.  We were checking out his newly developed dappling! 




Colleen took all three of the dogs with us.  They did great!  Didn't bother with the horses, and stuck with us for the most part.






Both horses were perfect!  I love these guys!  It's so nice knowing I've got horses I can throw anyone on and not worry about it. 

I hope today is just as nice!  Happy Easter!  (Oh, for those of you that believe in Easter, enjoy your day!  For those of you that don't believe in Easter and can't handle being told Happy Easter ... please go take your meds.)



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Crocodile Rock ...

Went over to Emily's last night, and took a ride through the orchards, behind St. Chapelle's and over to Crocodile Rock, er, um, Lizard Butte.  Gorgeous evening!  And lots of fun! 




The beauty of the naked orchard was not captured in this photo.  I don't think I'd ever seen the orchard without a leaf on any one of the trees.  It was a really neat look ... especially in wide expanses.


Kahlua was her amazing self as always.  I love this horse.  Here's Crocodile Rock off in the background.



Up on the back of it is this religious ... thing.  Kahlua colors!