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Back to the exercise mat and machines

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Since I last blogged ...

In followup to my last blog, the insurance company decided to fix the car. It took them a week to decide because the repairs were within $500 of the value of the car. It looks really good now. The whole front was replaced, from the back doors forward. It had been starting to show a bit of rust but that's all gone now emoticon

At the end of October I went to the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH. I had a wonderful time - the horses were amazing, the people friendly and the vendors - well, let's just say I could have spent way, way too much money there.

For the last couple weeks I've been attending an Equine First Aid course. That's over now and I'm feeling a lot more confident around my ability to respond to an emergency should one arise.

I did my first formal work-out this morning since my riding is obviously over for the winter. Up until this year I've tried to convince myself that I'd ride all year round. I bought some very expensive, warm winter riding gear but I still didn't do it. I discovered that he riding isn't the issue - it's the tacking up. When it's -20 outside, the tack is also -20 and frozen leather is really hard to work with, my hands freeze and I'm just plain miserable ... so I don't. I'll see Red every day mother nature allows and we can do some ground work.

I have a really hard time getting back on track with the work-outs once riding ends. It's so easy to sit back and find excuses and I'm very creative when it comes to excuses emoticon Once I get back in the habit I'm fine, it's the transition I find difficult.

  
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SHOAPIE 11/24/2014 9:07PM

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MSWEEZER 11/24/2014 8:15PM

    Well I can't blame you for not wanting to get out there in those cold temps either. I'm sure you'll get back to your routine in no time. Stay warm!!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/24/2014 4:52PM

    I wouldn't be out riding in those temps - period, even if someone got my horse ready for me! I'm sure you and Red will survive the winter with ground work.

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BUTEAFULL 11/23/2014 9:12PM

    I never thought of the leather stiffening up when it gets colder, don't risk the frostbite. I can think up oodles of excuses too unfortunately for me.

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LILYGAL 11/23/2014 6:23PM

    You'll be fine....I'm sure!!! emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/23/2014 2:49PM

    Its amazing how easily we can find excuses. Good to know you have been busy and doing something productive with your time and having fun. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 11/23/2014 12:39PM

    Excuses? You? Don't worry I'm right up there with you.

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GINGKO711 11/23/2014 12:33PM

    Transitions are always the trickiest!

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Some days are just like that :-(

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Thursday was "one of those days". It started out just fine - I got some things done around the house and was on my way to the stable when out of nowhere (it seemed) a big 8 point buck crashed into my car. I spent the rest of the day racing around to get the insurance claim moving and going into the city to pick up a rental car. That 'replacement' rider on our insurance sure came in handy. The deer did a lot of damage and I haven't heard, yet, whether the insurance company is going to repair it or write it off.

So, the deer is dead, my car might be, and I have been very stiff and sore. I'm feeling some better today so I think Red and I will have a nice, gentle ride ... maybe work on some technical stuff.

  
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R-U-JELLEN 10/8/2014 11:44AM

    Thank goodness you weren't hurt badly. A couple years ago a deer ran into us. We didn't get hurt but the SUV was a mess. Last year my daughter in Oklahoma hit a deer on the way home from school (she teaches in a small town about 30 minutes from her home.) She was more worried about the deer than herself. It didn't die right away. Being tenderhearted, she said she was wishing she had a way to put it out if its misery--a big knife or something. Couldn't you just see my 5'2" daughter trying to kill an injured buck with a knife?! Jeesh!! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 10/7/2014 12:10PM

    I hope by now you have answers on your car and you are feeling better.

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SNOWFILLY 10/6/2014 6:59AM

    I am glad that you are OK and not hurt seriously. I am hoping that Red will help get the soreness out. I also hope that the insurance company comes through for you without a lot of hassle. emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 10/5/2014 11:25PM

    Oh, wow! Glad he ran into you and not the other way around! So glad that you are OK! Maybe riding will loosen you up a bit. Hope that the car is repaired or replaced without any expense to you! emoticon

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LILYGAL 10/5/2014 7:55PM

    Glad that you are feeling well enough to ride Red!!

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BUTEAFULL 10/5/2014 4:44PM

    OMG that must have been scary, I bet your heart went THUMP THUMP THUMP. The same thing (pretty much) happened to my hubby some years back, they fixed his truck, in case he was going to a mt lake to fish, and a deer jumped off the hillside just as he came around a curve and that was that.

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Fall colours at their peak.

Monday, September 29, 2014

These are pics taken (not by me) on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Algonquin Provincial Park, which is near me. The beauty of the area is one of the many reasons we love living where we do. I hope you enjoy.













  
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R-U-JELLEN 10/8/2014 11:35AM

    Beautiful! . . Gorgeous! There aren't enough words to describe such a glorious work of God. Living in west Texas we don't get to experience this first hand.
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TXGRANDMA 10/1/2014 2:53PM

    GORGEOUS!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 9/30/2014 6:56AM

    Just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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LILYGAL 9/30/2014 6:54AM

    Very beautiful! We have Muscatatuck Park here in our County that looks very much like that. Even with a river flowing thru it. At one time, there was an inn there where you could spend only weekends. Now it is just camping. But the park is very large. Thomas loves to hike there.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/29/2014 10:08PM

    Beautiful!!

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KEEPITUP62 9/29/2014 8:06PM

    Oh how lovely these pics are Alice. I just love the fall in all it's brilliant colors. God sure does paint the world beautiful here in Canada. We are all so very blessed to live here where there is peace.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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BUTEAFULL 9/29/2014 6:55PM

    I'm happy to see the colors, I'm going on a trip with my Mom to Pennsylvania in 2 weeks and I'm taking my camera hoping for Fall colour

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PARKSCANADA 9/29/2014 5:33PM

    WOW! Those pictures are stunning! I grew up in North Bay (I'm a base brat) and we moved out to Alberta when I was in high school. I've been back to ON in the summer, but I truly forgot how beautiful northern Ontario is in the fall. Enjoy! Fall in AB is beautiful as well, but in a quieter way - it's a golden season here without the vibrant colours you enjoy! Many blessings to you. So proud to be a Canadian!! emoticon emoticon

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Life is busy

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm flying by to say emoticon

I promised myself I'd be more responsible about posting - so far, so good.

The last few days have been lovely here; summer temps, lots of sunshine. Today feels more like fall, though ... cooler, cloudy and looking like rain.

I've been spending as much time with Red as possible. I think I've ridden for an average of 1 1/2 every day since last Wednesday and I am SO stiff. Anybody who wonders if horseback riding is really exercise should feel my muscles right now. *groan*

  
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TXGRANDMA 10/1/2014 2:58PM

    So glad that you've been able to ride! Wish I could, too....... I do miss having a horse!

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SNOWFILLY 9/30/2014 6:54AM

    So glad to see that you are riding. I haven't ridden as much as I like. Good for you!!!

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LILYGAL 9/29/2014 12:36PM

    Hope that you find time to get to Big Red!!

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BUTEAFULL 9/29/2014 12:03PM

    just soak that stiffness away good for you

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Why I've been AWOL - Photo blog 2

Monday, September 22, 2014

Quilt #2: This quilt is reversible; I called it Shifting Seasons because the warm colours made me think of autumn and the cool colours, spring/summer. It's 120" x 120"

It is my first attempt at a reversible quilt and, although there are a few learning curve errors, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.















  
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SNOWFILLY 9/30/2014 6:52AM

    You are just amazing!!! That had to be quite the challenge to get everything lined up like that for both sides. Just beautiful!!!! emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 9/23/2014 7:22PM

    Love both sides and what a beautiful job you did on both.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 9/22/2014 10:28PM

    What a fun quilt! Love both sides. It depends upon the mood. Great quilt.

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BUTEAFULL 9/22/2014 9:33PM

    perfect to cover all seasons, just flip, I saw some wonderful quilts at our county fair on display glad you have the patience to make something so beautiful

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TXGRANDMA 9/22/2014 8:36PM

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I like BOTH sides but I think the fall colors are my favorites! I have missed you, my friend! emoticon

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LILYGAL 9/22/2014 12:01PM

    I must admit that I like the cool side!! Of course, I'm not an autumn fan!! LOL!! It is really beautiful!!

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