Paragon

I absolutely love this prompt from The Daily Post.
When I can’t immediately find some image in my files to go with the prompt, I look for a quote to match up to…this one led me to a quote that sums me up very nicely.
When I read it, I just started nodding, and said to myself
“Ex-f*cking-zactly”

❤ Black Horse ❤

“Me, myself, personally, I like to keep myself private.
I have never said I am a paragon of virtue, a model of morality.
I simply do what I do.”

~ Steve Coogan

Snuggled down into the hay…

And so, because I feel this quote right down to the core of my bones, I’m pairing it with my very favorite photography subject…make no mistake, I love all my family, 2 feet and 4 feet, related by blood or chosen, but this one, she carries my heart and soul in that body with her. ❤

Volume

Ruby

Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference.
That is just not true.
Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume.
When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying.
And that can make a world of difference.

~ Nikki Haley

Turning the volume down, listening to what Black Horse is saying…

 

Friday’s Hunt June 11th

Well, it’s been an interesting week here.
I swear, I’m just itching to have a boring-as-the-day-is-long week, I’m telling you! lol
But, the grand news is, I have finally got some tomato plants in the garden…as well as all my peppers are in, both some hot and some sweet ones.
I have a few more tomatoes to get in, then the carrots, beets, beans and peas. If Hubby manages to get more tilling done, then, I’ll stick a pumpkin or two and some leafy greens.
All in all, it’s not going to be the huge garden I want, but, its way better than last year’s nothing.
And next year…well, next year, I’m going to make it work all over. 😉

Prompts for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills this week are Starts with W, Week’s Favorite, and Pastel.

Starts with W

What is that I see over there, in the shade beside the fence?

Why, it’s a pile of piggies having a nap.
And oh, what a piggie pile it is!!

Andy Piggie says “Listen Food Lady, if you aren’t bringing us food, then why are you waking us up?”

Well, I wasn’t trying to wake them up. I only wanted a few pictures of them being cute, but when they hear me coming, they jump up, looking for treats and scratches (mostly treats).

Week’s Favorite

Once again, my dear sweet horse spent a week not quite herself.
With the impending rain storm, I thought she might have been in the process of that very unpleasant “C” word that horse owners don’t like to use because we don’t ever want to give that word any sort of Power over our equines…
There has also been a wealth of flies and a few mosquitoes hanging about.

I spent the grocery money on bug juice…between the Konk sprayer in the shelter, and a Konk spray I can use right on her, she’s getting some relief.
But she’s sore. The damp is kicking her right in the arthritis (and last night during beet pulp, I found a mark where someone *ahem*Astrid*ahem* landed a kick on her hock), and we’re looking at adding some new supplements.
I’m trying to manage things as much as possible without using pain meds.
I have good reason for that.
I’m not saying I won’t give her pain meds, but I’m hoping to avoid that for as long as possible.

So, last night, after giving her a good once over with the new bug spray, some stretches and a back rub, I left her to her own devices. Which was the overwhelming need for a nap. I hadn’t even made the house when I heard her heave a big sigh…I turned to see her laying down comfortably, dozing. I went for Voldemort…

Near onto 10 at night, bugs are horrible, and she’s napping…<3

Look at that bottom lip. That’s a sleeping Girl.
I almost let out a shriek of triumphant joy…almost. But that would have woken her, and I didn’t want to do that.
Instead I went back to the deck, enjoyed a glass of wine with my eau’d’equine parfum lingering and watched her sleep.

Pastel

As I sat there, listening to my horse snore (by gosh and golly gee, that’s a beautiful sound…Black Horse snoring. ❤ ) I watched the moon rise. It had a lovely pale red glow to it, and I wondered…could I get away with using that as “pastel” this week?
Then I thought, it’s my blog, of course I can! 😉

Moon over the Farm

Through the trees…

Today is another day…
I’ve spent the morning with my Girl, cold hosing that leg that took the kick, and she’s feeling better. The dampness has eased off (since we’ve had 2 days of rain!) and she’s getting a hoof trim this afternoon.
Hubby dug out a few samples of Absorbine horse liniment that we were given, and I massaged that into her back and pelvic area…
So far, so good. 🙂
And now, I’m sending him and The Kid out driving…they can go to the nearest pet/tack shop and price out a bigger bottle of the liniment. While she gets some driving practice in.

Have a great week ahead, friends.
We’re working on a better one here.

Polish or Polish?

The Daily Post prompt today…
Is it Polish, or polish?
Well now, depends on interpretation, doesn’t it?
And so, one quote from a renowned Polish artist…

“I am obsessed with the process of creation.”
~ Zdzisław Beksiński

And another regarding polishing, or putting a shine, on skills…

You are an uncut gemstone of priceless value.
Cut and polish your potential with knowledge, skills and service, and you will be in great demand throughout your life.
~ Denis Waitley

 

Friday’s Hunt June 4th

So, we’re well on our way to having the garden in…
Yesterday, The Kid and I got our last few small beds planted. She put in 300 kidney beans. Sounds like a lot, but you pretty much plant them, and then ignore them until the pods are finished and dried. The joy of a dry bean. However, that also means they don’t produce continuously, like most other beans. Bush bean, pole beans, they’ll produce more flowers and pods the more you pick them. Which is why we’ll also plant 2 types of pole beans, and a purple bush bean…for fresh eating and putting up for the winter.

Today, the plan is to work on the main garden bed…I did say, I will have a garden this year. It’s just going to take a whole lotta heavy lifting. 😉
Good thing we’re not afraid to get out hands dirty.

This week’s prompts for Friday’s Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills are Starts with V, Week’s Favorite and Inch.

Starts with V

Now that we’re in June, summer vacation is coming up for The Kid. Already. The school year has flown past, I tell ya…
We won’t however, be taking any sort of family vacation. That’s just not something we can do…not with these guys:

My toddlers.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a vacation person anyways…I like to stay close to home, and I do love my Farm. 🙂
(And yes, Sable is doing exactly what you think she is…)

Week’s Favorite

3 horse down…flat babies in the sunshine.

Life rarely presents fully finished photographs.
An image evolves, often from a single strand of visual interest – a distant horizon, a moment of light, a held expression.

~ Sam Abell

Inch

My helper cat, Sir Maximillion…helping me do what I do best…take pictures of the horses at sunrise:

Thankfully, he helped without his usual stance of having his butt an inch from my face. It’s really hard to take pictures like that.
LOL!

Imaginary

There is nothing imaginary about the benefits horses provide to the lives of people who love them and live with them.

Are they a lot of work?
Oh, hell yeah…and they eat money like there’s no tomorrow.
Oh and some, like this one:

❤ Sable ❤

Can injure themselves at the drop of a hat…or just standing still.

But, y’know, I can’t imagine life without them now.
Even with the headstrong ones:

“Nyah. I’ll do what I want, when I want…”
~Ruby

And the little bit damaged ones:

My Love…
Only I am willing to put up with her quirkiness and crochetyness…

And the playful, adorable ones:

That forelock!!
So long, so beautiful…

Life is better with horses.

Past few days have been blazing hot, so we’ve been working long hours getting things done in the garden. Hubby’s been working long hours at work too. Some days, it seems too hard to do this Farm thing. So much to do, so little time to do it.
And then…
When we call it for the evening, sit on the deck with a drink, while waiting for supper to cook, we watch the horses wander, eat and play.
It’s all worth it.

Life is good.
Busy, hard, crazy and with lots of heavy lifting…
But good.
🙂

Brassy

“…I like ’em sweet, I like ’em with a heart of gold
Yeah, and I like ’em brassy, I like ’em brazen and bold
Well, they say that opposites attract, well I don’t agree
I want a woman just as tacky as me
Yeah, I like my women just a little on the trashy side…”
~ Confederate RailRoad “Trashy Women”


Perfect quote for our Ruby…
She is an absolute brazen hussy when it comes to being groomed.
Girl loves her some hands on pampering time.
😉