Thoughts and Trail Rides!

My Chloe girl, getting her ready for our trail ride!

She’s a little fuzzy on this winter day, as I get her ready for our trail ride. It’s a beautiful Saturday after some wintry rainy days and the weather is perfect. She doesn’t get a very long winter coat which I am thankful for, as she stays clean and is easier to groom. Unlike her stable mate, Zack, who is as hairy as a bear! I am looking forward to my trail ride with my best friend Sally. We have known each other since we were 8 years old or maybe we were younger, it’s been just over 50 years as I give away our age. We are both 58 years old and loving life like there is no tomorrow, as it should be!

In front is Sally on Gracie as we ride on our trails in Norco, Ca.

As we ride, we talk and talk. Why do women talk so much? Why do we need to talk so much? It truly is a need. I do not talk to my husband as much as I talk with my women friends. Well, I LOVE my husband talks I think he is a good listener if I do not ramble or get off on a tangent; if I do, I will lose his attention! BUT mostly he is a good listener. In turn, I try and be a good listener back and sometimes I get disinterested in the topics he talks about. Shhh please don’t tell him as I try and look interested, and most of the time I can pay attention to his conversations. And most of the time we have wonderful conversations, they are just different than my girlfriend’s conversations. I know all the girls out there will know what I mean, the men should understand, I hope. (Girls, that’s what we are right? I’ll always feel like that young girl galloping on my horse!) ❤

We have so much FUN riding on the trails. We are so lucky that our ponies are seasoned trail horses and even though there may be a tiny spook here or there, to be expected in town – they are really good just walking along as we chat away about life. We may talk about our dreams, like how I need to extend out my plans to move to Arizona. We need to take things a bit slower and make sure everything is in place before we can make this huge move. We both are grandma’s now and that’s such a fun subject to talk about as we share our photos and our grandchildren. Oh, how I miss my granddaughter. She is close to my heart always, and I think about her every day.  LOVE YOU MISS ALICE! 

This is the barn at night, I thought I would share as it is a pretty picture.

The photo above I took on the next evening as my other horse Zack was not feeling good and after watching him for a few hours in the afternoon, with him laying down which is unusual and no movement of manure from him I decided to call my vet. He was dehydrated which is common in this weather and so he was oiled and given meds to get over this bought of colic. He is all better and recovered nicely. I do not know why they have to get sick on a Sunday, so it’s an emergency call, costs more and it kind of screwed up my sleep but it’s all good. And I am happy he recovered quickly.

I was going to write and get this finished just over a week ago when life got super busy. Its been hard decisions and just a crazy time for me. I ended up taking a few more photos of my horses that I really wanted to share, so I’ll share on this post. It’s life right? When I think one week will be like the next, then a wrench gets thrown into it and things get turned upside down and sideways. Things have settled down for me and I have some time to finish this post! I will say one thing that throws things off for us horse owners is the weather and it is raining as I write with more rain storms coming this weekend. I know there are many out there dealing with this Polar Vortex I am listening to on the news and I pray everyone stays safe and warm. I can’t imagine how that cold feels, Brrrr……. Here’s the last of my photos, as they look at me in the arena they seem to just pose for the shots! LOVE these ponies!

Miss Chloe on this cloudy day!
Zack feeling fine and looking good!
Miss Gracie, my girlfriends horse heading my way, she’s so cute!

Loving life, Loving ponies, Loving granddaughters!

-Diana

Too Much Rain for Horses!

My Chloe girl LOVES water! 

My goodness, we haven’t seen this much rain in over a year. I think it was two years ago we had a really wet winter but what is bad about all the rain we are getting here in Southern California is the amount all at once. We are completely saturated and the ground just can’t take any more water. We are fighting with mother nature as we want to have our ponies have a dry spot to eat and sleep. We buy loads of shavings to help dry the stall but we are slowly losing this battle. 😦

As sad as I feel, the rain feels good. It feels cleansing and the air fresh and crisp. I know I should not complain because I know that all this deluge of rain can cause mud slides in mud slide prone areas that are prone to slides because of the bad fires that happened last year. So as much as I would like to complain, I know the sun will shine and things will eventually dry out. For now it’s slogging through the mud to try and get to our stalls and I’m thankful that my horses do not go nuts and can be turned out into our saturated arena. No riding until we see some sun. We have had rain for 5 days straight, something rather unusual for our sunny not so rainy area!

We have a lake in our arena, you can see the water running, we are saturated!
I do not try, but I now have a photo with Zack’s tongue out, Yay! I LOVE IT!

My girlfriend Nancy and I were at the stables today trying to help our horses with a tiny bit of exercise and to put a little bit more shavings under the shelters so they have a dry place to stand and eat and sleep if they so choose. My horses lay down in the wet shavings, can’t control that but it will all dry out hopefully by next week. We will buy more shavings to help the stalls dry out faster!!

He is so silly! This is his way of begging. Yes, for a treat! He did not get one because I did not have one in my pocket. 

I wanted to write about the aggravation of too much WATER! I love the rain, I really do, but I wish mother nature would rain in a more rationed way. Haha, like we can ask anything from mother nature. I guess that is where the old saying comes from “when it rains, it pours!” Because it has been raining, and pouring, then raining some more. It is definitely what we call here where I live a VERY WET WINTER! I know the snow lovers will love all the snow our local mountains are now getting. I lived in the local mountains for one year, that was enough for me. I did not have horses then, I do not miss the snow. I am not a winter snow person, that I know for sure.

How is your winter evolving? I have been getting really wet and funny thing I do not have the correct attire to be out in the rain. I do not own rubber boots, something I wish I had today. I do not have a water proof jacket, something that would be very helpful this week. And I do not have a water proof hat, but my hat kept the rain from getting my glasses all wet. I guess I may need to purchase some rain gear, even though this may be all over with soon and I may not see this much rain again in what, 2 years? We will see.

Water logged in California,

-Diana ❤

Horse Therapy for Me!

I think everyone should have some outlet to unwind and for me the best place to unwind and de-stress is at the barn with my ponies. I know many people enjoy hiking, walking, maybe spending time with a good book. Maybe you live near the beach or a lake to relax and unwind. How do you like to unwind? I know sometimes weather does not permit outside activities as I also enjoy crochet and baking to help me relax. I absolutely love crafts and I know some enjoy sewing and quilting. I also think many find cooking and/or baking as a go to therapy session. Is there something that helps you with the daily stresses of life? Back to horses……

I believe most horse owners like to call even big horses ponies, it’s an endearing way to call them and they bring us much love and therapy. It was a beautiful sunny day today, no wind and not a cloud in the sky. My girlfriend and I had a most excellent trail ride, temps in the 60’s (I did not take a photo of that ride, I wish I had) I would categorize this day as a perfect day!  ❤

My Chloe girl after a beautiful trail ride!
Selfies are difficult with these huge animals! But fun to try! 😀

I had so much fun taking my photos today as I tried to take a selfie with each horse. I’ve tried before with the same outcome. I think they are cute even though we both don’t fit into the photo very well. Hehe, they make me giggle! I had a really tough day at work yesterday, the stress from my job can sometimes get almost unbearable as I was pulled so many different directions, trying to put out fires and answer questions…. I would have to say one of the most stressful mornings that I have had in a long time. I went to work Monday night shift at 12:45 am and because of unforeseen circumstances of one of our other lab sights needing to send us lab work to be completed at our lab, I ended up staying into the next day to 2:30 pm. I worked 14 hours straight, no lunch, and we couldn’t even finish the job when I just had enough and had to go home. My legs were so sore from standing and just a very long shift. After such a long arduous day, to be able to have the most fabulous relaxing trail ride with my girlfriend -we have what I call therapeutic talks – this day with my ponies just filled my soul. I feel so lucky and blessed! ❤

My selfie with Zack! ❤

After my trail ride on Chloe I had time on this day to ride Zack. I’m thankful I had the day off today. He is my second horse that I adopted from my sister who moved to Idaho. I have many posts about my horses, and I just had to write about them today. One of the reasons this day was so good is because the rides were just perfect. Each horse walked on our trails here in Norco which has trails all over town, absolutely perfect. Not one spook, sometimes there is a little something to jump or spook at, all horses do as they are horses. It could be as simple as a plastic bag on the trail, something Zack would look at, or a dog hiding in the shadows to jump out and bark at their fence as we walk by. Both horses have gotten barked at and shy away or jump a little, its expected and they come right back and continue walking on like nothing happened. All in all they are excellent trail ponies with tons of trail miles!

Zack and I walking on the trail! ❤
The sun felt so good on my back today, the shadows are amazing!
I took this shot because I LOVED THE SHADOW!

I felt like a kid again noticing my shadow! The sun was in such a great location high in the sky for perfect shadows. I have to say that I so enjoy the outdoors with these beautiful horses. Did I say how lucky I am? I know I say it often, lucky and blessed. I’ll say it all day long. I would much rather share the FUN even though I have bad days, I so enjoy sharing these wonderful days. I hope you all have had a great day, or even better a great week. I am hoping for less stressful workdays, boy, yesterday does not need to be repeated any time soon. Here is to therapy for a happy life! I hope you all can do things that you enjoy and that bring happiness, relaxation and much needed therapy to your life! ❤

Thank goodness for the good days,

-Diana

Happy New Year – 2019!

Visiting Cave Creek Arizona with my family for Christmas!

I Can’t believe it’s 2019! HAPPY NEW YEAR to each and everyone of you and I hope this will be a great year for all and as I look towards the future I need to get into the groove of all the changes that lie ahead. That is one of my New Year’s resolutions, HELPING my family make this huge move to Arizona. I know I am making a big deal about the helping part. See, I have been talking about moving and have helped make this decision and get the ball rolling with my job but mentally I have felt like it isn’t really happening. Well, it’s more like I come home from my full time job spend a few hours at the stables and then just continue to do my crafts (I LOVE to crochet and am rather obsessed with it to be honest, and other crafts too, but crochet is my zen time and I need to cut back and start packing). Part of the job of packing is to go through stuff and DONATE! We have accumulated WAY too much stuff or held on to things that need to go, I wish I had that minimalist mindset, or minimalist gene, could it be a gene? I so envy those who don’t form attachments to “things” as we are awful at living a life in a minimal way holding on to things from the past (especially hard when it is something your mom or dad had or family heirlooms) basically things that are stored and not seen. Oh my, I could write a whole novel about being a pack rat and needing to de-clutter our lives! 😀

I can’t wait for her to see a real snowman someday!
My daughter and hubby with Alice and the snowman!
Alice and her Mom, love them so! ❤

As I am contemplating my loosely put together list of New Year’s resolution’s, exercise at least 4 days a week, write one blog a week, eat healthier foods by cooking more often which I love but get busy and don’t do often enough. Since the beginning of this year will be focused on moving to Arizona that’s about all I can handle for a list of things to improve my life style. I find it invigorating to start this New Year by being as helpful as I can in all the hours of the day I can dedicate towards the house and what I need to do to help my husband get it ready to be sold. He is going to see a new ME. He will say to himself who is this person I’m married to as I hustle and bustle around the house packing up donation boxes full of old clothes, books and other items. Yes, I feel like this is really a new start to a new chapter for us for 2019, HOW EXCITING! I hope you will enjoy following my journey as this year has started and I will keep you update on my progress. It will help me to stay focused on my plan of action. I can’t wait to get things moving!

One of my Christmas presents my family got for me is this pillow laptop table and a mouse! I got this laptop as a anniversary gift over a year ago and this is what has propelled me 
into this journey of blogging. I am loving every minute!
My attempt at a selfie with new jammies, haha! Thank you family for the new pajamas, I love both sets!
Love this little stinker, my inspiration, my motivation!

I feel excited, and a wee bit scared at what the future holds. I have gotten nothing but the MOST POSITIVE feedback from everyone in my life that I do not know why I should feel scared. I guess because I have never moved to another state. I want to thank all of our military out there including my daughter as their lives are full of change as they move all the time. I talk to my daughter often, she is my support, my pillar of strength as someone I can lean on when I feel anxious or afraid. Since my Mom and Dad can only support me from above I’m so thankful for my sweet daughter helping me get through some of these tough decisions we have made. My sons are also so supportive and are excellent listener’s and I also need to thank my sister’s as I have called and gotten HUGE support from them as well. My friends have been awesome too, you all have been great and so hears a huge giant thank you from the bottom of my heart as we step into this year full of changes! It’s hard to describe the feelings but I need to take one day at a time and get things done.

Since I was trying to center this blog around the future and New Year’s resolutions do you have any resolutions? I know people say why bother and who can stick to them, but I think of them as a way to start anew, try to fit a new routine in your life or just trying to stay focused on a goal. Goals are wonderful, my daughter is going to go vegan and I applaud her and am trying to eat more vegetarian and have enjoyed trying new recipes on this quest of healthy eating. I know it is in our best interest. My daughter also loves to bake, so do I and I’m rather obsessed at watching cooking shows! All kinds of cooking shows, but the baking shows are my favorite.

I digress, I hope you all have a great start to the New Year. It is windy and cold here and believe it or not I have to work today, yes, New Years day. Our holiday at our veterinary laboratory is New Years Eve so all the blood and other things that were drawn in the animal hospitals yesterday will be waiting at work this morning for us to process and test. So I wanted to get this blog out today before I go to work to help all those animals out there who need blood test results. It’s my job, I do love my job. ❤

Happy New Year!

Diana