Friday, July 30, 2010

Pictures of a Wiggle Worm

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I wanted to show an area that I have made into a little garden. A little corner that is peaceful to me.
I have the "before" picture---

After days of work, I was ready for the "after" picture---Now entering the picture--The Wiggle Worm.
"Okay, just sit there and smile"

As I push the button-"Oh, a flower"

"Okay, now smile for me" 

"Where you going??"

"If you would please just sit there one second and smile, I promise I won't take anymore"
"Thank you"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Working it Out

   I have been working with my horse, Gracie trying to see if the whole kicking episode was due to lack of respect or not. Have I let small things go by and major problems come from it? She has been having the laid back ear action when I fed her and I went ahead and fed. I think I was rewarding bad attitude. Then on the last ride she kicked out at another horse. I worked her on the trail when she did and we did circles and I corrected her.

So the last few days I have been lungeing her on a long line and making her run circles both ways.  She seemed to have an attitude while doing this but I have seen some change in her.  Then I ride her and work her with stops, back-ups and figure eights. I think somewhere along the way we had become equals but not partners. We both have had wake-up calls this week.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you." Isa. 54:9

"And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
Phil. 4:7

Friday, July 23, 2010

Snow pictures in July

It is in the 90's here today. I thought we needed a reminder of days past and days to come.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Learned from my Mistake

   I didn't know if I wanted to write about this or not. But in life I think we need to remember the bad with the good and learn from our experiences. I learned from this one.
   See my horse and that tree. To the right of that tree I almost had a tragedy but instead I saw God's protection.
  My granddaughter and I went out to feed the horses apples late in the evening. We had a horse on each side and was feeding them one  by one. Suddenly my horse that I love so much, wheeled around and kicked us square with both feet. My granddaughter right in the middle of it. I can't stand to think of it. The only thing that happen to her was a scrape across her neck from the hoof.  The only cut on that baby. Thank you Lord.
  The horse got me with both feet. She caught me in the thigh inches from my knee and upper arm right about the elbow. There is black and blue goose eggs on my arm and leg and also a half moon cut on my forehead from a hoof. But I am okay. It knocked me back into the water and I went under. I came up thinking where is my baby? She was standing and crying and that was a good sight. So hard to think of. She even quit crying when she saw me with blood on my forehead and starting saying, "Meme are you okay?" So we limped, and dripped and squished our way back to the house. She said, "Meme, I am glad I ducked down".
    What did I learn? I posted the story on a horse forum that I am a member of. The answers--don't ever walk out in a pasture with food to hand feed. Don't ever take a child out there among horses. We were taking food away from an alpha mare. They aren't pets. They think like horses. You don't have to hit me in the head twice. I learned my lesson.

"Indeed he was ill and almost died. But God had mercy on him and not only on him but also on me to spare me sorrow upon sorrow." Phil. 2:27
 Thank you Lord for sparing me sorrow upon sorrow.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Farm Dog

Daisy, Michael & Kayla's farm dog had to make every step we made in our trip to the sunflowers. She knows this land so well since she has been many trips trotting along as Michael rides the farm.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunflowers Again

I made a couple of trips to see the sunflowers again this week. The first time I had planned to ride with a couple of friends but plans changed. One friend had to go welcome her new grandbaby into the world. Didn't that baby know a ride was planned?
The other friend couldn't go also so I make the decision to go by myself. I left out heading
down the road by 7AM. I strapped my camera bag on the side of the saddle just like the old days. (I didn't think about Gracie sweating and getting the bag wet. 90 degrees and she is black--what was I thinking). But the camera was fine.
It was the perfect time to take pictures and was enjoyable being by myself and taking as long as I wanted to.

The second trip was a evening walk at sunset with my aunt and Daisy, a farm dog. The sky was overcast.

It was a beautiful sunset.

Friday, July 9, 2010

An Old Barn

I love this old barn. 
 It has served as home for some beautiful Tennessee Walker horses.
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"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer." Ps. 19:14

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunflowers (hope is this just part 1)

  Why do I love taking pictures of the sunflowers? All my riding buddies would love to know. Don't they all look alike. Not to me.
I really look forward to taking their pictures each year. The man who farms where we ride plants a huge field each year.

When we rode last week a few blooms were open (just like they were teasing me). I start worrying. What if we don't ride the next week? Since no one seems to share my excitement and the temps are high nineties I am steady trying to figure this out. Well so far I didn't get my ride in but I got my walk in.
My cousins and I walked to them Monday and I snapped away.

I love my family. I can talk them into anything.
The blooms aren't quite ready but should be by Friday. I like it when the whole field is yellow. I am working on the ride even if it is by myself.