Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Friday, January 3, 2014

All's well that ends well...

A few highlights of the last month of 2013, where things finally began to look up. Nonetheless, I couldn't be happier for the debut of 2014 - Year of the Horse, as of January 31. Has a nice ring to it right?!

Val has spent much of his semi-retirement learning new skills, and catching up on beauty sleep. Hoping the doc clears me for normal activity next week. It's been a long 10 weeks out of the saddle, for both of us.

 Had the jolly ball for four years - this is the first action it's seen...

Val develops a strategy for getting the tasty hay crumbs out...

Just resting my eyes...

Until recently, the weather's been delightful. Sunny, in the 60's. Sorry - not bragging folks from up north - we're getting our comeuppance next week so I hear...

Lots of visits from critters... a great horned owl has been hanging out nearby - you can hear him whoo-whoo-whooting after dark. On warmer evenings I've been treated to multiple bats performing their aerial displays at dusk, and the other morning I discovered this fine fellow staring at me from a remarkably close distance. Apparently he knows hunting season is over too. 

 We've been treated to some dramatic skies as well. The other night there was a double rainbow arching right over the Shimmy Shack at sunset, which I couldn't help but take to be a positive sign.

Christmas was lovely. Gorgeous weather, and family gathered together for the first time in many years. Several afternoons my pop and I sat on the porch in shorts and flip flops, cracking delicious, icy cold, salty oysters. Heaven.

And today - !!!!! - I received a most wonderful package.

Jen from Wyvern Oaks, my secret santa, sent me a beautiful gift with a sweet note. She picked it up in Austria, and wrote she hoped I could find a spot for it in the Shimmy Shack. I absolutely can, but I'm also dreaming of the day I can give it a place of honor in the future farmhouse. Thank you so very much for the thoughtful gift Jen - I LOVE IT!!!


  1. Happy New Year! I hope that double rainbow reveals 2014 to be one of the best years ever.

    WRT comeuppance - my barn thermometer read 0 this morning just before sunrise. Crazy.

  2. So glad to hear you'll be back in the saddle soon. Those are great photos and the rainbow over the Shimmy Shack is awesome!
    Loved the Secret Santa gift. Very nice.

  3. Love all your pictures. The rainbow definitely is a good omen for you and Val in this Year of the Horse!

    Lovely gift from Austria. I hope your doctor clears you for some riding soon.

    I'm a little jealous of your warm weather. We had -11 last night and lots of snow.

    Your deer friend is beautiful. Glad hunting season is over.

  4. Happy new year! Here's hoping that 2014 is full of nothing but good adventures for you. What a beautiful post - Val, and Jen's present, and mmmm oysters, and those skies!

  5. Gorgeous skies for sure, and I agree that the double rainbow should be a harbinger of wonderful things for 2014! And I'm glad you liked the secret Santa gift!

  6. jenj -

    Seriously - you made my Christmas. Thanks so much. :D

  7. Loving the pictures! Val's so cute.

  8. What an awesome gift!

    Here's to more saddle time in 2014.

  9. So much personality in those photos!! And oysters, YUM! One of my fave foods!! Good news that you will be riding soon!

  10. I love Val sleeping in the sand. Happy New Year to you!

  11. Val is getting creative with his time :)

    Love love love the present!!!

    Here's to the dr clearing you!!

  12. I love your new header! I hope this year is a good one for you. Ironically the 'Year of the Horse' is going to be less horse-y for me, but I'm still following along with my favorite equine bloggers.

  13. Your new header is awesome! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Being from the northern hemisphere I can't imagine oysters and warm weather on Christmas!

  14. Lovely post - happy and hopeful for the new year!


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