Crazy Busy This Month of May

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I am trying to take in everything in this month of May.  I am enjoying babysitting my granddaughter as my son is finishing his last semester of college. It’s been a bit of long road for him but the end is in sight! So exciting, he graduates in a month. And we just celebrated my other son’s graduation from college this last weekend! We are a very busy family, that is for sure and how I keep up is a wonder to me sometimes, and then I try to squeeze more things in each day.  I’m also proud of my daughter who will be graduating this summer with her Master’s degree, busy as bees this family…..

As I have been babysitting each day, I’ve been brought outside as little Alice LOVES the outdoors. She also loves animals so we get to spend more time with not only my horses but our dogs and we have a kitty cat too. My front yard has suffered greatly by drought conditions where we live and once the weeds took hold we stopped watering our lawn. Some day we will address where the lawn once was, so it’s just a big dirt area. I had probably close to 20 rose bushes but many have died, and so I’m down to about 8 with 3 not looking too good and the other 5 are doing great. I’m able to water them so much more now that the little one and I go outside every day, funny how I was not doing this when I wasn’t babysitting. I need to continue when the babysitting schedule changes.

So the rose bushes I am watering are really blooming and looking great! I just love the smell of roses, and eventually we will replant and redo our front yard, but at least I am able to salvage some of the plants before they all died. The very front of the house has a nice bunch of plants that get shade and enough water that even neglected have stayed nice. I also have a bunch of palm trees that of course do great with little water.

What I have been wanting to do for years is plant a vegetable garden and so I thought it would be fun to try growing some in a container, partly because we do have gophers that I’m sure once they figured out something new is growing will help themselves. But I really wanted to grow some pumpkins and either squash or cucumbers, I settled with cucumbers and these two are in the ground as their vines get so long I didn’t want to even try to grow them in a container. I’ve grown pumpkins once before at this house over 10 years ago, and they did fine with little bother by gophers so I think I’ll be okay.

This is only one side of my container garden with the one plant being a blueberry that I bought already started. I’ve planted the rest with seeds and they are just starting to sprout! In the container is snap peas, bell peppers, tomatoes and the blueberries. The two photos on the right are not very pretty but are sprouts of cucumber and pumpkins in less than a week!! So exciting to see these sprout, the cucumbers are going crazy!! I’m going to have to pull out some of them once they get bigger because there are so many sprouting there will be too much competition with the soil and I’ll have too many plants, ha ha! I’m having so much FUN watching these seedlings grow!

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My daughter bought me this little container for herbs and I have sprouts!! The dill is the tallest with basil and oregano right behind. I’m not sure about parsley, but hopefully it will peek through the soil soon. I forgot how fun it is to grow veggies and herbs! Now I need to get cooking once I get something on the vines or plants!  😀

I’m going to share a few more rose photos, as they are just so beautiful! I hope you all are enjoying May, I can’t believe there is only one week left of this month. It’s been what we call June gloom here in California with a lot of overcast cloudy days this month. But we here all love it since once summer arrives it will be hot, but we all say, it’s a dry heat! LOL – Let me know what you are growing, do you have a veggie garden? I’ve read some blogs about some pretty big gardens, so fun to see them grow. I’m keeping it small this year so as not to get to overwhelmed. I’m so surprised I got something in the ground, I surprise myself sometimes! Ha! Life is full, busy but good.  ❤

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3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

“If you climb in the SADDLE be ready for the RIDE”  –  Blackmtnranch.com

                                                MY PASSION – HORSES

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I was born ready to ride. I will never run out of things to say about riding horses, my love for them, how they make me feel, how free I feel when sitting in that saddle.  I have ridden in a few different saddles in my years. I started riding English – Hunter/Jumpers and was in training with some mighty fine trainers that taught me so much about equitation, hunters and training them in general. I worked as a groom for several horse trainers back in the day, my how fun it was and hard work too…. I have a photo I will share of my show days, astride my show horse Norwegian Wood, stable name Chester. We had such a blast, sometimes winning blue ribbons, sometimes not, but it was all good times! 

“Dressage is the basis. If there’s something off here, there will be something off with the jumping.”  –  George Morris

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Brings back so many fond memories, I truly miss those days. I try to ride English in the arena on my Warmblood, Zack. He is a fun ride in the English saddle and it gives my core a workout as I post around at a nice trot. He needs this exercise too, so it’s good for both of us. But unless I buy a new horse to get back into showing, my showing days are mostly over. Things could change but I am happy riding Western on trail and huntseat for the arena, I am lucky I can do both! This girl Chloe, who I just happened to snap this photo as she stuck her tongue out (probably licking her lips after a horse treat) is the perfect trail horse! With her injured back leg she is perfectly happy walking all over the trails in my town and she truly loves going out, and it helps keep her in shape and so its a win-win for us both!  ❤

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“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”  –  John Wayne

I use to say I’ve never been scared, funny how you grow up and things change. I really am not scared to death but have a healthy fear and I pick and choose what horse I would ride. Back in my younger years, my fears did not really exist. To be young again! But I’m older and wiser and I feel like there may be some horses that are just not meant to be ridden, or not meant to do a certain genre or be trained to do something it’s not capable of doing… etc… I could go on and on about horses, their personalities and what some people do or don’t do with them. I’m fortunate enough to have enough experience to be able to use and take care of my horses to where I believe they are healthy and HAPPY!

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I’ll conclude with a couple more quotes, oh there are so many good ones it’s hard to choose!

“Every second, you’re either schooling or unschooling your horse. There is no in-between.”  –  George Morris

“I didn’t have talent, but I had great ambition. I still have ambition.”   –  George Morris

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3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Today is day 2 of my quote challenge.  I have been thinking about what else that I am passionate about and other than my horses and my family, I’m very passionate about music. I actually love many genre’s of music, from classical to pop rock, country western to Celtic music. I consider movie Soundtracks among my top favorites. I grew up learning how to play the piano and am an accomplished pianist playing mostly classical music, Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven to name a few composer’s. One of my favorites is Rachmaninoff, definitely a challenging composer and his music is beautiful.  ❤

I decided to write about music because I believe music can evoke many emotions. Music can make you feel incredibly happy, or sad. It can bring back memories or make new memories depending on the situation you are in while listening. It is amazing how music can affect our brains and our bodies. Since music is such a big part of our lives I’ll touch upon a few interesting effects music has and ways we react to it without even realizing it.

“Without music, life would be a mistake”  – Friedrich Nietzche

It’s interesting how music affects our emotions even short pieces of happy and sad music can affect us. there are two kinds of emotions related to music: perceived emotions and felt emotions. This means that you can understand the emotions of a music piece without actually feeling them.  This explains why some of us find listening to sad music rather enjoyable, rather than depressing.

Music in moderate noise levels is a sweet spot for our creativity. Ambient noise apparently gets our creative juices flowing, and doesn’t put us off the way high levels of noise or music does. The way this works is moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing leading to higher creativity. This means when we struggle just enough to process things as we normally would, we resort to more creative approaches while listening to the music. High noise levels can impair creativity because we are overwhelmed and struggle to process information efficiently.

It just goes to show you how much music can affect our daily lives. How many of us put on some really good tunes to get the motor in motion to vacuum or clean the kitchen floor! A good tune or two can put you in the groove, sense who likes to do housework? But it has to get done!

I find that my most favorite artists are the ones that have piano in their repertoire, I’m partial to the piano but certainly can appreciate an excellent string quartet!

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“Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.”  –  Beethoven

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