Weekend Birthday FUN!

My Birthday cake made by my good friend Colleen! She is a friend at our barn and loves to make the most delicious birthday cakes!

My birthday was October 21st and I have to say I had a ton of fun this birthday weekend. Colleen at the stables has been making cakes for each of us and we have had some fine cakes as she always changes it up and makes something entirely different each time. This cake was featured on Facebook called Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cake including the recipe and Colleen asked me if I’d like this cake for my birthday. YES! I said, if you are up for it as I knew it would be a bit complicated. Colleen said it was a challenge with a cake layer top and bottom, and a blueberry cream cheese filling. The cream cheese icing was lemon cream cheese and oh my, this was SO DELICIOUS! ❤

This was one of the best cakes I’ve tasted in awhile. LOVE homemade cakes!
I think my lens was dirty. I took this photo out because there is a distortion in it, but I decided to put it back in just because I think its fun to share even though its not perfect. Nothing is ever perfect right?
Getting ready to eat cake! Thank you all ladies, making my birthday weekend special!

I had a wonderful ride this weekend. I rode by myself on Chloe and ponied Zack along side and we just went on a short ride as I had to get back so we could eat cake. My birthday wasn’t until Monday but there are ladies that work day shift so we had the cake on Saturday to include as many as possible. It all worked out great! There is another birthday being celebrated today, so more cake on the way to my tummy. It seems October is a busy month for birthdays, so here is a shout out to ALL celebrating birthdays this month, HAPPY BIRTHDAY YA’LL!

Zack walking next to me on the trail!
The best view EVER! Looking between the ears of my horse!

As I am writing this I am thinking I should have started out with the SURPRISE of my life as seriously, I do not get surprised often which is a good thing. Maybe this is a fun way to end as I am actually writing in chronological order as all of the above happened on Saturday. When I returned from the stables with the left over cake, I drove up into my driveway and opened up my garage and low and behold I am staring at this white car in my garage. What???

My daughter was so sneaky telling me she was driving to SLO (San Luis Obispo) as we chatted on the phone while she was actually heading home. She spent the weekend with us and left Monday evening. THANK YOU LINEA from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful surprise. We had cake, lots of time together chatting while she went through cookbooks and I worked on my crochet blanket. These relaxing girl times are so precious to me and that was all of Saturday. I had to work this weekend but I work night shift so I still have time to spend awake during the day.

Sunday she drove down to my work as I am 10 minutes from IKEA. She had already items to be picked up that she bought online. We had a great lunch of Swedish Meatballs, so yummy and we shopped. I bought a few things and she bought more to help fill up her new apartment. Her items are like a coffee table that also is like a basket that can store items. And she bought a kitchen table which is what she ordered online. So FUN shopping with her, one of my favorite things to do for sure!

Monday was really fun too, but I felt bad because I already had an appointment with my farrier. My daughter’s best friend came over thankfully and hung out with her so they had some good girl time together. Then we got lunch and we went and got our nails done! OH MY, that is a treat and my nails look so beautiful. It is fun to look pretty as I am not much of a girly, girl. What an amazing, fun, surprising, fantastic weekend. I just had to share and I am going to end with a photo of my pony as I am heading out to take care of them this morning. I can’t believe it’s going to be in the 90’s today and its near the end of October! Cool down please! Go away Indian Summer as we call the fall heat wave here….

Miss Chloe coming to me for a trail ride!

I was so busy I didn’t take any photos with my daughter. Darn it all, but the memories will be with us forever never the less. I hope you all have a great week. I wanted to share my birthday happenings yesterday but just could not fit it in to my very busy day and weekend. I hope all the birthday celebrations this month are fun for everyone. Thankful and grateful to my family! I do LOVE YOU ALL so much! ❤ ❤ ❤

Birthday Pony Girl,

~Diana

Weekend Coffee Share; Trail Riding Success!


Weekend Coffee share is a time for us to take a break out of our busy lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? any weekend plans?

I am completely enjoying this month as we move into fall. You can smell it in the air as we cool down especially at night so the mornings stay fairly cool for many hours. The nights will start to dip down into the 50’s soon a very welcome reprieve from the summer months. I often mention how time flies as we get older, it just goes by faster each year so it seems. I really do try and savor each day. I have dreams for the future that sometimes feel out of reach, so instead of getting frustrated I try and concentrate on each day to each week. It does make life more fulfilling this way in my eyes! How is your coffee this morning? I had a delicious cup with my oatmeal and english muffin. Or maybe you are drinking tea? I have been having a wonderful time this last month trail riding on my horses, and it took some experimenting but I figured out a way to pony Zack next to Chloe with little to no biting. I’ll explain!

Miss Chloe and Zack, I ride Chloe and have Zack follow on the lead line. This is SO DIFFERENT for me and my youth training of riding Hunter/ Jumpers. This is a whole new discipline of riding that I am enjoying very much! ❤
I ride Miss Chloe with a short rein that is easy to hold, since I have to hold Zack’s lead rope as well. I am getting very comfortable with them both. TONS OF FUN!
I bought a trail riding muzzle, not very successful! He can still be annoying!

When I started on my trail rides ponying Zack I started with just his blue halter with a stud shank (the chain that is attached to the halter) and the lead rope. For those of you who do not know horses, the stud shank chain adds a bit of strength for us puny humans. Most horses weigh around 1,000 pounds give or take 100 pounds. (Zack weighs about 1,000 pounds, Chloe weighs just over 1,200 pounds. We use a tape that measures their height on one side of the tape and measures their weight on the other side that goes around their barrel/belly and approximates how much they weigh. We use it for treatment purposes, as I have to watch Zack’s weight because he has Insulin resistance a metabolic syndrome older horses sometimes acquire as they age. It is nice to have if you want to see how tall your horse is too!)

Zack knows his strength and my sister and I have had him just put his head down with us holding the lead rope while we lead him and he would trot off pulling us on the other end! He is too strong and he knows exactly what he is doing and so we have to let go or be dragged. I have been working on his ground manners with GREAT SUCCESS! And he hasn’t tried to “run off” like that in some years. But I do not want to lose him on the trail, should he shy or spook at something I want as much control of him as I can while riding Chloe. This chain works PERFECT! It goes over their nose and up the side and they have nerves on their nose which when pressured applied, they will comply. It doesn’t hurt him unless he tries to pull away. He actually LOVES Chloe so he stays pretty close, but that’s where the biting comes into play. He just nips and bites her butt, side or my leg as I ride! He is such a brat!!!

He can actually bite the lead rope through the muzzle I bought him which I show in the last photo above. He can grab the lead rope with the muzzle and lead rope in his mouth and then pull and pull on my arm. UGH! He then bumps Chloe trying to bite her through the muzzle which after awhile she gets VERY ANNOYED! STOP IT ZACK!!

I decided to try a bridle with a bit and I took off the reins. Low and behold he is so much happier with the bit in his mouth. He has an oral fixation and just chews and chews on the bit and rarely tries to bite as we ride along. I finally found a solution to my problem as the trail rides were getting more and more annoying with all the nipping and biting. I was about to give up, but it is absolutely the best thing I started doing because I can exercise both horses at the same time and he really needs the exercise! It is usually 30 up to 50 minutes of walking depending on the trails we choose to ride on any given day.

I am a happy cowgirl, thankful for my ponies and the fun and joy they bring to my life. I was asked on my weekly smile to share a photo of my haircut. So I will share what I took here. 😀 weekly smile

I didn’t share because I thought it was a little blurry in the background. I love my color as it always comes out great. Thank you Preference by L’Oreal! Hehe!
I can barely braid it now that its cut, but a small braid is better than none. I like a braid for the stables as I ride with a helmet. So now I have a short braid, better than no braid at all! Haha!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by my weekend coffee share! I am heading to the stables and am thinking this will be bath day for my ponies. Zack is starting to grow his winter coat and each year I always pray it won’t grow to thick. I know I am hoping for a miracle because he just grows a super thick coat like he lives in Alaska or something. I will just shave the hair off once November arrives. It is just to hard to manage in this warm winter climate here in So Cal. Chloe does not grow a long coat, Love that girl! ❤

Happy trail riding Cowgirl!

~Diana ❤

The Weekly Smile

I think it is so important to smile. I am joining in on the weekly smile with friends and this is put together by Trent who is so kind to put this all together for all of us to enjoy! Thank you Trent! I know I am enjoying reading and hearing about everyone’s smile and so I will share what I am smiling about this week. Part of my smiles is a vacation day with July 4th off tomorrow! Yippee!! We all LOVE an extra day off of work, and to celebrate our Independence even better right? I hope you all are going to have a wonderful day tomorrow, I know I will have a great day! 😀

Me Smiling today riding my girl Miss Chloe on trail!

I am so happy to be riding my girl down the trail. Today I was by myself and am lucky she is really a good girl all by herself. We do not travel far and she knows the route by heart. I don’t even need to guide her as she knows every turn. We ride around the block which takes about 30 minutes and what a big huge smile on my face as we quietly walked the trails. Thank you Miss Chloe for a perfectly, wonderful ride! Love her so much! ❤

This morning I was watering and the smell of this rose AMAZING! MADE ME SMILE!

I have had a busy week, it will only get busier later in July for me but I went outside this morning to water my very small garden and the temperature and air were just wonderful. I was just taking in the beauty of the day and as I was watering I noticed some beautiful blooms. This one rose bush did not bloom last year and almost died. But this year it is flourishing and I am thinking probably because of all the rain we have had, what ever the reason this rose has the most incredible rose smell. I don’t know much about roses, but this one the buds are so round and compact and then when they eventually unfold, it is just beautiful but so different than my other roses or what I would call “normal” blooms. I guess its just the species of this rose. I’ll have to do some research. These roses were all planted by the previous owner of the house.

This is a bloom from the same plant above. It’s so different, and I am glad it came back to life!

What are you smiling about today? or this week? I have a new employee starting at work this week and that puts a huge smile on my face. I am hoping she will like working at the lab. I am looking forward to more trail riding tomorrow and through the weekend. Both my horses need the exercise and it is so fun to ride and am hoping to be joined with my girlfriends at the barn. I will end with a photo of my horses since they are my therapy and really help keep that smile on my face. I hope you enjoy your weekend too! 😀 😀 😀

This photo is from 2015. I’m planning on sharing more photos on my next blog post from 2015, but thought I’d share this one here as I smile at them beauties!

I feel like I am smiling at a lot of different things, but that happens right? So this blog is about my day to day things I love and when I see things that catch my eye, I sure enjoy sharing!

Keep Smiling!! 😀

-Diana

Memorial Day – Thank You!

First I have to thank all our Veterans who have sacrificed with their lives as we honor all of those this Memorial Day. We are a military family, my husband was in the Air Force and my daughter is a Captain in the Air Force. My Dad was a Captain in the Army many years ago, rest in peace Dad. ❤ My heart goes out to all who serve or have served as it is a sacrifice that you would not know unless you have experienced. It is a Memorial Day too for all our fallen horses, too many to count in past wars throughout the ages.

Switching gears here, I was able to get out on the trails and I wanted to share some photo’s. I work night shift and so I have mornings free to ride with my friends at the stables. I do have this holiday off so I get to sleep tonight after a 5 day stretch. I usually have my week broken up with days off after a couple of days of work. My days off are all over the place, but it all works for me with my horses. 😀 😀 😀

My ride on Saturday in between rain storms.
Gracie looking at something on the trail today. It was a pretty morning, so cool at 60 degrees!
Heading down 6th street in Norco today. It was too cold and windy yesterday to ride! Haha, I can’t believe I am writing this at the end of May which is usually in the 80‘s! 😀

We have been having so much weather it is great! I am wondering if Summer is coming? I’m thinking that with the climate these days, maybe we will have a cooler Summer. I would not mind that at all! I have had a nice weekend even though I had to work. Enjoying my horses and being able to trail ride is always something near and dear to my heart so I am so grateful that I can fit this into my busy schedule!

Miss Chloe after our trail ride. She is such a veteran, with tons of trail miles and is a very steady mount! ❤

I had every intention of riding Zack today, but since I worked last night and then after my ride on Chloe I was feeling rather tired. So I decided to work him in the round pen and then gave him a proper grooming. I plan on riding him tomorrow. I am thinking a better plan of riding is riding one of them one day and the other the next as I usually end up biting off more than I can chew, as it were. I always set lofty goals, and then as the hours tick by my body is saying, nope. You need to stop and get some rest! ;D

We are really bonding and he had a nice little workout in the round pen!
Silly boy, he really stretches his head sideways for a treat. I could take so many photos of these cute horses! I guess I already do! HAHA! ❤

What ever your plans may be I hope each and every one of you has a WONDERFUL Memorial Day. I know it’s true meaning is for our fallen heros, we shall never forget. EVER!

Thankful, grateful and indebted,

-Diana

The Trails and My Horses!

My best friend on her horse Gracie, and Chloe looking in the field. ❤

I can’t express in words how truly lucky and blessed I am to own one of the BEST trail horses ever! She has some limitations as I can’t ride up or down steep hills, but there are plenty of other trails that I can ride that she is just perfect. That would be my girl Miss Chloe, she has so many trail miles and she completely enjoys our rides and is steady and strong. Not much ruffles her feathers as my girlfriend and I enjoy our rides each week. We are seeing so many wildflowers bloom with all our rain. Here are a few photo’s of a big field we ride by often, full of wildflowers! Are flowers blooming yet where you live? I feel fortunate to be in mild climate in Southern California.

A close up of flowers on this trail!
A big usually brown field full of growth! So beautiful! It will get plowed eventually.

I have written in other posts about all my riding in the past which rarely included trail rides. I use to show Hunter/Jumpers and my riding life was all arena riding with many jumping lessons and a ton of horse shows. My, how my horse enjoyment has changed, but then I have changed and grown old and my time and money are such that the trails are what I do each week. I dream of showing, but then am tired most of the time and wonder why I would want the stress of showing, plus I don’t own a show horse and the money it would take to get back into showing is a bit crazy. I think if I got back into any kind of horse showing it would be trail shows, or trail trials and I do not own a horse that can do this but I thought one day it would be fun to try competitive trail riding, maybe someday. 😀

They love their lunch, I LOVE her roan color! She is an amazing mare! ❤
He sheds in patches, crazy boy! He is tenacious in his old age! ❤
She watches me, and poses for these beautiful photos! ❤ Chloe, you melt my heart!

I use to not give trail riding much thought, like it was just this thing you do if you own a horse and can’t afford much else. Or if your horse has lameness issues or is restricted because of lameness issues and you can’t exercise them in the arena (which is all I really knew in the past was arena exercise). I’m coming to the realization that a true trail horse has extensive training and I don’t give myself enough credit for all the training I have done with my trail horses. Miss Chloe has a bad back leg so we only trail ride to keep her limber and in shape.

I am terrible to myself, I should be so proud as I bought Miss Chloe as an unbroken 2 year old and I broke her to ride which includes walk, trot and canter (lope) in the arena! She knows many things, side pass, turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, backing up, moving off the leg and a bit of neck reining. We do not practice any more in the arena because all I ever do with her any more is TRAIL RIDING and she is a PRO! 😀 We have over 10 years under our belt of the best ever trail rides. She brings so much with her on the trails, so calm and reassuring to any horse that is nervous or spooky. I know I have helped her with all her training and I am so proud of my mare, she is one of a kind, my friend, my muse. ❤ ❤ ❤

This is from one year ago, my granddaughter and Chloe! She Loves Kids!

I can’t believe it has been one year since this photo of Alice on Chloe! I am missing Alice terribly since she has moved to Arizona but I have been visiting as often as I can and I am off to Arizona next week. I will be helping with babysitting and I can’t wait for my visit. I wish I could take the horses with me, but I can’t afford to take them and so they will be taken care of by my best friend, Gracie’s Mom.

I have so enjoyed sharing my ponies with you all and I have such great respect for all the trail riders out in this world. I know there are many kinds of trails, our trails are among residential houses which are mostly quite, only one busy street otherwise not much traffic. We also are close to a riverbed which is an all natural habitat but the sand is too deep for my horses. There is a lot to see and learn for the horses on our trails. Not much spooks our seasoned trail horses any more! THEY ARE THE BEST TRAIL PONIES! I can’t help myself, I have to brag, they deserve it!

Proud Trail Pony Mom,

-Diana 😀

Weekend Coffee Share; Spring is coming!

Wild flowers Bloom!

I am enjoying an afternoon cup of decaf coffee because I will need to take a nap as I will be working tonight. I prefer regular coffee but a cup of decaf works in a pinch. Can I pour you a cup of coffee? or maybe tea or decaf of either? I am super happy that we had a wonderful weekend and the rain passed us by this weekend. We really need a break so we can dry out from all the rain this winter. It was a chilly day, but a beautiful day as I enjoyed meeting up with my friends at the stables for a couple of trail rides. I actually enjoyed 2 rides, one on my girl Chloe and the other on my pretty boy Zack. The birds were singing, it was cool and crisp. These wild flowers are on the trails where we ride. ❤

Such pretty wild flowers!

I took close up photos above, this is what we ride by on this trail!

I have to say that Spring is in the air, and I think everyone can agree that we are all looking forward to Spring! I have been reading and seeing many blogs and following many people that are still knee deep in snow, or deeper. I have been seeing that so many are still in single digit weather, I can’t imagine to be completely honest. I told myself and I think I’ve written that I would stop complaining of the rain and what little cold weather we experience here in Southern California because it is nothing like what I read or see in the news in the cold northern states. Stay warm, have another cup of coffee! Spring will be here soon! 😀

She makes me smile! As she is longing for a treat! ❤ ❤ ❤

This weekend was picking my youngest son up at the airport as he flew in from spending three weeks in Arizona helping his brother and their family. These young adults are so silly, his first time flying alone he almost missed his flight. Not realizing he needed to be at the airport at least an hour before take-off, he didn’t get there until 25 minutes before take-off. They had closed boarding but he was lucky as there was some delay in the departure and they ended up letting him board. Silly guy, he will do better next time.

I am enjoying my brew, the warmth of the mug in my hands and the wonderful smell of coffee. Don’t you just love the smell of coffee? I sure do, the taste is wonderful too, can I pour you another cup? As I sit here pondering my future and what it holds I am a bit confused. I have grown children living in different locations which I wish I could live near both of them. That is not going to happen soon, and I can’t live by both so I must choose. OR we stay were we are…. I thought I had everything figured out, but I don’t. I can’t see our future path, I know we can’t see what the future holds? I know we can plan, I know we have choices but somethings are just plain difficult.

Even though this is a coffee share, I’d like to say that it takes some strength to put words to virtual paper and to share with the world. I think it can be scary but for some reason I really want to share my thoughts with you all. Don’t you all feel special? YOU ARE ALL SPECIAL, you really are and I do love to share as much positive words as I can but life is full of other things that are less positive. There are disappointments and sad things that affects all our lives, but we see enough of that in the news. That’s why I find it important to keep things up beat and positive. I am human and have sad days, and I have a crazy busy life full of family that have things that are happy and some that are tragic and sad. There have been some sad events in my family and I know they will recover and move past their events and grow stronger and look towards the future.

Thank you for sharing a cup of coffee with me this afternoon. Thank you for reading along with my writings as I find writing extremely fun and therapeutic. I so enjoy sharing my world with the world. I so enjoy sharing all my photos, I LOVE photography and can’t get enough of them and I so enjoy hearing from you if you care to comment. It’s okay if you don’t, I still love blogging, even if no one was there I would still enjoy this and I’ve met some wonderful folks. Thank you friends and thank you family.

With loving thoughts, positive thoughts, warm thoughts to all…

-Diana ❤

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